Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Beyond Fluoride

Topical fluoride has been a mainstay of preventive dentistry for decades. Modern biomedical research is taking topical decay prevention to the next level. New formulations actually can replace calcium lost in the tooth structure due to early decay.

MI Paste- This paste has "amorphous calcium phosphate" a bioavailable calcium that is absorbed by the tooth like a sponge. It is edible and is a great preventive paste for at risk kids.There is also a form available with fluoride. This paste is also very effective at improving the appearance of irregular enamel. For more information click here.

ClinPro - Tri-calcium Phosphate is combined with prescription strength fluoride in this paste by 3M. It is an excellent choice for people with dry mouth, high decay rate patients, and during orthodontic treatment. For more information click here.

pHlourigel HA Nano - Xylitol is combined with prescription strength fluoride in a pH balanced formula in this product by Oral Bio Tech. The natural sweetener xylitol has been shown to inhibit decay causing bacteria in multiple studies. For more information click here.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Athletic Mouth Guards Protect Teeth and Your Brain Too!

No Mouthpiece Led to Vick's Injury?

Research has shown that a properly fitted athletic mouth guard not only protects your teeth and jaws from injury, but help prevent concussions as well. Many concussions are due to the lower jawbone slamming into the base of the skull during contact. Even the best helmets don't protect from this type of injury. A mouth guard helps cushion these lower jaw blows and help reduce the risk of concussion.

Digital Impressions for comfort and accuracy

We have recently added some really cool technology to the office. The 3M Lava COS digital impression device makes crown and bridge impressions much more comfortable. Instead of gooey impression material this machine takes a digital 3D image of the teeth. These digital impressions are highly accurate and result in better fitting crowns and bridges.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Prevention Tips

Good tips on prevention from WebMD....

15 Ways to Damage Your Teeth

Monday, May 23, 2011

Athletes Possibly at Higher Risk for Dental Decay

I ran across this interesting information below. A study in New Zealand found that habits of elite athletes during training put them at high risk for dental decay.This study reinforces the importance of a decay risk assessment being done on even the healthiest patients.

Int J Sports Med. 2011 May 17. [Epub ahead of print]
Elite Athletes and Oral Health.
Bryant S, McLaughlin K, Morgaine K, Drummond B.
University of Otago, Oral Sciences, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Elite athletes follow demanding training regimes to achieve optimal performance. Training incorporates strategies which coincide with risk factors for dental caries and erosion. The important role of a disease-free oral cavity for peak performance is often overlooked and oral health may be compromised. This initial exploratory study aimed to identify risk factors for dental caries and erosion in elite triathletes. Questionnaires regarding training, diet and oral health were distributed to a sample of elite triathletes in New Zealand. A further sample of 10 athletes was randomly selected from the Dunedin triathlon club to participate in a clinical oral examination. Sports drinks were consumed by 83.9% of the triathletes while training; for 48.4% consumption of both sports drinks and water was described as 'little sips often, from a bottle'. Eating during training sessions was reported by 93.5% of participants; of those 62.1% ate only during cycling training. Only 3.2% perceived training as high risk to oral health. All clinical examination cases were assessed as high risk for developing caries. The diet of elite triathletes is consistent with a high risk profile for caries and erosion. Future research should be aimed at oral health promotion programs for the athletes, coaches and oral-health providers.
© Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart • New York.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Oral Cancer Facts

Oral cancer facts from the Oral Cancer Foundation

"Close to 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of those 36,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years. This is a number which has not significantly improved in decades. The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we hear about routinely such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, and endocrine system cancers such as thyroid, or skin cancer (malignant melanoma)."
It's National Children's Dental Health Month. Follow the link to the MetLife website's kid's page...