Pregnant? Trying To Get Pregnant? Good Oral Health Is Important.

As a mom of two sons, I remember being pregnant all too well! Like all moms-to-be, I sometimes felt a little overwhelmed at how much there was to monitor to ensure a healthy baby. If you are pregnant or wanting to become pregnant, let me add one, very important item to your list: Maintain excellent oral health throughout your pregnancy, for yourself and your baby. Here’s why…

Pregnant women have elevated hormone levels that create a higher vulnerability to gum disease. This is why almost half of pregnant females will experience swollen, red and tender gums that bleed while brushing. The cause is a form of gum disease known as Pregnancy Gingivitis. Since pregnancy hormones make the gums more susceptible to inflammation, they simply are more sensitive to the oral bacteria of periodontal disease.

MomToBeIt is estimated that about a third of all pregnant women have gum disease. However, the damage from oral bacteria extends far beyond the mom-to-be’s mouth. Studies have shown that gum disease increases the risk for preterm delivery (before 37 weeks) and low birth weight babies. Gum disease also increases the risk for poor obstetrical outcomes, late miscarriage and pre-eclampsia. For example, the preterm birth rate for women without periodontal disease is approximately 11% compared to nearly 29% for females with moderate to severe gum disease.

It is believed that the risk happens through the entry of oral bacteria to the bloodstream, which occurs through tears in diseased gum tissues. Once this bacteria reaches placental membranes, it can trigger inflammation that can cause preeclampsia or labor.

The links between the oral health of the mother and babies prior to birth is becoming more profound as research continues. One study found that that blood from pregnant women who had higher levels of antibodies to oral bacteria also had higher incidences of preterm birth and low birth weight babies. These same elevated antibodies have been found in amniotic fluid and in fetal cord blood samples of infants delivered preterm or of low birth weight.

Fortunately, studies also show that treating periodontal disease reduces the risk of preterm births. This is why a growing number of obstetricians are advising pregnant patients to have a complete oral examination to determine signs of periodontal disease. If it does exist, the mom-to-be can be given the appropriate treatment to restore her to good oral health. It is also important to note that gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss and has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and arthritis.

Our periodontal therapy is safe for pregnant women, as well as all patients. With a healthy mouth, you’ll give your baby an added advantage for a healthy beginning while ensuring your smile is in good shape.

Begin with a free consultation by calling 1-866-9-Smiles. However, if you’ve noticed gum disease symptoms, such as bleeding when brushing, tender gums or gums that are red in color, call promptly for an examination. Gum disease only worsens when treatment is delayed.

Dentures & Partials Made To Fit, Look Great!

I make it no secret that my top recommendation for patients who need to replace teeth are Dental Implants. Because implants are held by the jaw bone, just as natural tooth roots were once positioned, chewing stability and dependability are restored to an optimal level.

However, for various reasons I respect, some patients opt for a denture or a partial. My goal is to provide each patient with the best results possible, and dentures and partials get no less of my commitment to excellence than the other procedures we offer.

Today’s dentistry provides an impressive array of materials, techniques and technology to restore anyone to a comfortable smile with natural appeal. The challenge with dentures, in particular, is typically creating one that provides a snug, comfortable fit. With advanced skills and years of experience, I’ve been able to help patients achieve that.

Yet, no one wants a smile that looks ‘plastic’ or cheap. Regardless of the fit, when dentures or partials LOOK like dentures or partials (or ‘false teeth’), the confidence one should have when smiling drops drastically.

I know there are ‘clinics’ who create same-day dentures and are known for their low prices. Like anything, getting a cheap price doesn’t mean you are getting your money’s worth. We’ve all been victims of buying a ‘bargain’ appliance or product only to discover we really didn’t save anything (and may have ended up spending more for repairs, replacements, etc.).

We believe our denture and partial wearers deserve a proper fit that is comfortable and dependable. We also believe they need a smile they’ll enjoy sharing with others. When people feel good about their smile, they smile more often. Research has even shown that smiling triggers the brain to release endorphins. These are the chemicals that create a happy mood. It has also been determined that people who smile more extend their lifespans while those who frown more decrease theirs.

Dentures that are made well not only fit comfortably and look natural, they can giveCosmetic Dentures Gal you a more youthful appearance. When a denture is designed to fill out the face while slightly heightening the distance between the nose and chin, you get a mini-face lift that takes years off your actual age!

If dentures or partials are your preference, there IS a difference in how they’re made. A cheap denture will look cheap, feel fake, and fit about like you – down deep – know it will. Be good to your smile and yourself. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smile and ask for a free consultation. We’ll discuss your options and the best way to provide you with the replacement teeth you want that look great, feel natural and serve you well! We can also discuss easy payment plans so you can enjoy your smile at an affordable pace.

Bad Breath? Here’s Why.

It’s a fact of life that we all have not-so-fresh breath at times. However, being associated with bad breath is downright embarrassing. Most of us can recall meeting someone for the first time and being hit with an unpleasant odor emanating from their mouth. Unfortunately, each time we see them afterward, that’s the memory that seems to stand out most.Bad Breath

None of us want the association with bad breath. And, if you suspect you have bad breath, you probably do. With a few simple measures, however, you’ll be able to enjoy fresh breath and feel more confident when being close with others.

First, let’s establish the origin of bad breath. In a word, bad breath is the result of bacteria. Oral bacteria in the mouth are the cause for about every problem that occurs in your ‘oral cavity’ (the inside of the mouth).

Periodontal (gum) disease is the result of an overload of oral bacteria. Keep in mind that bacteria are living, eating and reproducing organisms. They eat away at rotting food in the mouth and attack tender gum tissues. As they accumulate, a sticky film known as plaque forms. If not brushed away daily, plaque hardens on teeth into tartar (or calculus). This cement-hard form of bacteria attacks tooth enamel and gums.

One of the symptoms of gum disease is persistent bad breath. This is a foul odor in the mouth that exists even shortly after brushing. Gum chewing and mints may lessen it some, but it is actually the scent of gum tissues being destroyed in the mouth. Think of it this way: When a camp fire is extinguished, the smell of the burnt wood remains. Even after dousing the ashes with water, you can still smell the burnt scent. Because the tissues in the mouth are being destroyed, the lingering odor prevails even after brushing.

Dry mouth is a contributing factor in bad breath, primarily because oral bacteria thrive when they are not being rinsed away through saliva. Saliva is your mouth’s natural cleanser and sweeps bacteria out on a consistent basis. Without sufficient saliva, bacteria are able to reproduce at a more rapid pace.

Several causes for dry mouth are smoking, some illnesses, snoring and mouth-breathing, and certain medications. The aging process also leaves adults with less saliva flow. Drinking alcohol and caffeinated beverages are also drying to the mouth.

When you feel your mouth is dry, the ideal aid to the saliva you have is drinking filtered water. Water is the perfect beverage when it comes to supporting your oral health. It also helps to keep your body more hydrated, which aids in overall function. Chewing sugarless gum also enhances saliva flow and is advised after meals when brushing is not possible.

The tongue is also a tremendous source of oral bacteria. With its tiny grooves, bacteria embed in the tongue and enjoy a warm, moist haven for reproduction. This is why using a tongue scrapper daily or brushing the tongue with your tooth brush can help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth quite a bit. Be sure to get to the back of the tongue where the majority of oral bacteria live (even though you may cause some slight gagging while doing so).

If you want fresh breath, the key, obviously, is to control the amount of bacteria in your mouth. Begin with a clean mouth through your six-month dental cleanings and exams. These appointments help to remove buildup that has accumulated between visits, reducing the amount of bacteria in the mouth.

Then, twice daily, brush for at least two minutes, floss daily and use a tongue scraper or brush your tongue. Drink lots of water during the day. Try to avoid sugary treats or drinks since bacteria are super-charged by sugars and carbohydrates. Swish after eating or drinking, especially coffee or a glass of wine to counteract drying effects.

Love your mouth and your reward will be fresh breath and a healthy smile. If you’re behind on your dental hygiene visits, call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to arrange an appointment.