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October 11, 2017

Charcoal in toothpaste???

    Charcoal seems to be the current "it" ingredient on Social Media. These charcoal products in food, beauty and health products tout supposed health benefits.
    The latest issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association published a literature review of toothpastes with charcoal as an ingredient. They found insufficient evidence to support the efficacy claims of charcoal products. None of these products have the ADA Seal of Approval.
     More studies need to be done regarding any harm from the use of charcoal internally.           MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on teeth whitening, including natural teeth whitening.

July 19, 2017

Opiod Epidemic

    As health care professionals, we see how opioid abuse causes devastating destruction in people's lives. Unfortunately, this problem has escalated in recent years and now has national attention.
     For many years Dentistry has been taking steps to prevent widespread abuse of opioid pain medications. When considering prescribing opioids, we conduct a thorough medical and dental history, review current medications and history of drug abuse.
     In the vast majority of cases of dental pain, over the counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory analgesics (like Ibuprofen and Tylenol) are effective to manage the pain. In fact, we have research showing that a regimen alternating between Ibuprofen and Tylenol is MORE effective than prescription pain medications.
    Dentistry as a whole is using their collective power of prevention to help reverse this epidemic.

June 21, 2017

Scientific Evidence Does Not Support Benefits Of Oil Pulling

Although the ancient, traditional folk remedy of oil pulling has experienced a resurgence in recent years as a way to improve oral health, there is no proof it actually does so. The American Dental Association's Science in the News states: "Based on the lack of currently available evidence, oil pulling is not recommended as a supplementary oral hygiene practice, and certainly not as a replacement for standard, time-tested oral health behaviors and modalities".
The ADA continues to recommend that to maintain good oral health, you brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoridated toothpaste and floss between your teeth once a day.
So the bottom line is, there still is no "magic bullet" to replace flossing!

April 6, 2017

Health Challenges for Older Adults

    Because our bodies become more vulnerable as we age, decay, infections and bacteria that occur in our mouths can grow into serious problems that impact overall health.  
     Medications can create dry mouth. Dry mouth can also be part of the aging process. Saliva protects against tooth decay and controls bacteria. A dry mouth becomes very acidic, which leads to more tooth decay and gum disease.
     Arthritis limits dexterity and creates transportation and mobility issues. Arthritis can make brushing and flossing difficult.  Poor oral health can increase the risk for diabetes, pneumonia, and infections elsewhere in the body and strokes.        The Centers for Disease Control offers a checklist for seniors to maintain good oral health that includes:
  • Drink Fluoridated water and use fluoride toothpaste to protect against tooth decay.
  • Brush and floss regularly to reduce dental plaque and prevent periodontal disease.
  • See your dentist regularly, even if you wear dentures and have no natural teeth.
  • Avoid tobacco and limit alcohol to lower risk of oral and throat cancers.
  • If you have a dry mouth, drink plenty of water and chew sugarless gum. Avoid sweetened beverages.

April 3, 2017

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month.
The ADA News (3/28) reported that April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, “an apt time for dental professionals to review information about oral cavity and oropharynx cancers.” These cancers account for nearly 3 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States and 1.6 percent of cancer deaths. The article noted that “the Association recognizes that early oral cancer diagnoses have the potential to have a significant impact on treatment decisions and outcomes, and it supports routine visual and tactile examinations, particularly for patients who are at risk, including those who use tobacco or who are heavy consumers of alcohol, according to House of Delegates Resolution 85H-2014.”

Oral Health Topics on ADA.org offers information on oral and oropharyngeal cancers for dental professionals, including statistics and a protocol for oral cancer examinations. The ADA’s consumer website, MouthHealthy.org, also provides information for patients about oral cancer.

March 15, 2017

Why are they called "Wisdom" teeth?

Everyone has a wisdom teeth story, but how many of us know the story of why they are called wisdom teeth? The doctors at Hanley Murphy Dental explain the history of wisdom teeth.

January 31, 2017

Enamel and Erosion

Your teeth's enamel may be tough, but your teeth still need your help to protect them from erosion.
Acid erosion occurs when acids wear away at the tooth's enamel. When erosion occurs, it exposes the tooth's inner layers, which increases sensitivity and makes the tooth more susceptible to cavities.
How can enamel erosion be prevented?
  • Eliminate or reduce highly acidic foods and drinks from your diet.
  • Avoid brushing immediately after consuming acidic foods or drinks. The acid softens the enamel, which can be damaged by the abrasive action of brushing. Wait to brush for at least 30 minutes to allow your mouth to produce enough saliva to neutralize the acidity and allow the enamel to harden.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after consuming acidic foods or drinks.
  • Avoid sugary snacks and chew sugar-free gum.
  • Drink water throughout the day
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste.

December 6, 2016

Have you been naughty or nice to your teeth?

    Here we are into December and all the hub bub of the season. Often routine is difficult - eating, work-outs, sleep etc. Set a goal for yourself to floss every day until Christmas - Santa is watching! You will be amazed at the benefits and may even develop a habit along the way.
     Don't miss the fun activities from the ADA - Hermey from the classic TV special Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer is the star. They really are not just for kids. Happy Holidays to all.
    Go to : www.mouthhealthykids.org

November 9, 2016

NIH: Differences Between Those Who Floss And Those Who Don’t

In its November newsletter, the National Institutes Of Health (11/1) states that although news stories have questioned the benefits of dental flossing due to lacking research, dentists have “seen the teeth and gums of people who floss regularly and those who haven’t,” and “the differences can be striking.” The article notes that “red or swollen gums that bleed easily” can indicate “flossing and better dental habits are needed.” A dental health expert at NIH says, “Cleaning all sides of your teeth, including between your teeth where the toothbrush can’t reach, is a good thing.” While strong evidence showing the benefits of flossing “may be somewhat lacking,” the article observes that “there’s little evidence for any harm or side effects from flossing, and it’s low cost.” The article encourages people to talk to their dentist to address any questions or concerns about their teeth or gums and to learn the proper flossing technique.  The ADA has released a statement on the benefits of using interdental cleaners, and a Science in the News article titled "The Medical Benefit of Daily Flossing Called Into Question" discussed evidence about the impact of flossing on oral health.
        MouthHealthy.org also provides resources for patients on flossing, including correct flossing technique.

October 20, 2016

Want whiter teeth?

There are a number of causes for tooth discoloration. We can separate them in to three categories: Extrinsic, Intrinsic and age-related discoloration.
  • EXTRINSIC or surface stains are mainly caused by food and beverages. The most common are coffee, tea, wine, and cola. Other stain causing substances are tomato sauce, berries and hard candy. Try to consume these in moderation, followed by water and/or brushing.
  • INTRINSIC discoloration is caused when the inner structure of the tooth (dentin) darkens or tints. This can be caused by trauma, certain medications or genetics.
  • AGE-RELATED discoloration is a combination of both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. The enamel on our teeth thins over time allowing the yellower dentin under it to show more.

    Appropriate treatment to achieve whiter teeth depends on the causes and extent. If you would like a brighter smile, be sure to ask us what can be done for you.

Office Resources

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