Posts for: September, 2017
Energy drink makers would have you believe their products are a healthy rehydration choice for athletes while also giving them keener focus and renewed vitality. But before adding them to your sports regimen, you should also consider what effect these beverages could have on your teeth.
Energy drinks are similar in ingredients to sports drinks like Gatorade® and PowerAde®, which mostly consist of water, salts, vitamins, sugars and acids. In addition, energy drinks like Red Bull® and Monster Energy® add caffeine to boost energy.
Besides their sugar content, the main threat from a dental health perspective for both of these drinks is their acidity, which can severely erode tooth enamel. The irreplaceable loss of enamel significantly increases your risk of tooth decay and eventually tooth loss.
The threat of enamel erosion is especially pronounced whenever the mouth’s pH level falls below 5.5. The acidity of both sports and energy drinks falls well below this mark. In one experimental study samples of enamel exposed to a number of sports drinks lost an average of 1.5% of mineral content over five days; energy drinks more than doubled that loss at 3.1%.
Given the potential harm these beverages, especially energy drinks, can cause your teeth, you should exercise caution when consuming them. In fact, our best advice is for you to avoid energy drinks altogether, for your overall health as well as your teeth’s sake.
Unless you’re participating in a physically intense sport, water is your best source for hydration after exertion. Â If you do drink sports beverages, try to limit them to meal times when your saliva is most active to neutralize mouth acid. You can also rinse out your mouth with water after drinking to help further reduce mouth acidity.
As an athlete, you’ve trained your body to be at its optimum physical peak. Don’t let energy or sports drinks take the edge off your health, especially your teeth.
If you would like more information on the effects of sports or energy drinks on dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sports and Energy Beverages Bathe Teeth in Erosive Acids.”
Tooth loss really is devastating. It compromises facial appearance, speech and the ability to enjoy your favorite foods. Fortunately, your dentist Dr. Glen Marsack in Waterford offers the perfect solution to this problem which affects millions of American adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What's the solution? It's the dental implant, a natural-looking and functioning prosthetic which closely mimics real teeth. You, too, may be able to enjoy the many advantages dental implants offer.
Just what is a dental implant?
A dental implant replaces an entire missing tooth from root to crown. Typically, an implant has three parts:
- a titanium screw or cylinder which the Waterford dentist inserts into the jawbone
- a metal alloy post which extends above the gum line
- a realistic porcelain crown which provides a natural look, feel and bite
Multiple implants can be used to support dentures. These devices anchor full or partial dentures and eliminate the slippage and bone recession which occurs with even the best of conventional dentures or bridges.
What's the procedure like?
Regarding the surgery, it happens in a few stages. In the first stage, we refer you to an oral surgeon that places the implant and closes the site with sutures.
After several weeks or months of healing where the implant and jawbone integrate, the patient returns to Crescent Lake Dental for placement of the dental crown, and the implant is finished.
To care for the implant, the patient brushes twice a day and flosses daily to keep the site free of plaque and tartar. Six-month cleanings and check-ups are critical, too.
Why are dental implants so stable?
Just think of building a wooden picket fence. If the posts simply rest on the ground, the pickets are unstable, and the ground around the posts washes away.
Tooth replacements are similar. Conventional solutions only rest on the gums. So, bone and soft tissue recede, and dentures move. With dental implants, however, bone structure improves through a natural process called osseointegration.
So the implant site heals, the jaw adheres to the device, and over time, the bone strengthens. As such, dental implants stay put and boast a success rate of 97 percent according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Can you qualify?
Most healthy adults make excellent implant candidates. To be sure your bone is strong enough to accept an implant, Dr. Marsack does a complete oral examination and takes X-rays. If the bone is weak, a bone grafting procedure may be needed to augment and strengthen the area of the jawbone where the implant will be placed.
Come to Crescent Lake Dental for an implant consultation with Dr. Marsack. He'll explain the benefits of implants and answer your questions. Call today for an appointment: (248) 682-9331.
That back tooth is acting up, isn't it? Sore to the touch, it requires treatment right away, but the prospect of getting root canal therapy worries you. Let your dentist at Crescent Lake Dental in Waterford, MI, reassure you. If you need a root canal, your pain and other symptoms will disappear, and you'll be able to keep your tooth. Read the details here about this frequently used and highly successful restorative treatment offered by Dr. Glenn Marsack.
What is root canal therapy?
Also called endodontic therapy, a root canal removes the soft pulp from deep inside the interior chambers, or root canals of an injured, infected or deeply decayed tooth. Many patients present the following symptoms to Dr. Marsack:
- Throbbing toothache
- An aching, swollen jaw
- A pimple on the gums and redness around the sick tooth
- Persistent halitosis, or bad breath
- Foul-tasting drainage
According to the American Association of Endodontists, dentists who specialize in performing a variety of root canal treatments, over 15 million of these tried and true restorative services happen annually in the US alone. They are highly successful, saving people the trouble and expense of tooth extraction and expensive replacement costs.
How does the procedure go in Waterford?
Confirming injury, deep fracture or abscess on x-ray and oral exam, Dr. Marsack numbs the area around the tooth and places a rubber dam in the mouth to keep bacteria from spreading. When the tooth is numb, the dentist creates a small hole in the tooth, accessing the first of up to four interior tooth canals. Then, he extracts the diseased pulp and other debris with a series of tiny metal files. These files also smooth the canal walls.
Next, Dr. Marsack cleans the canal, instills some antibiotic medication and seals the area with an elastic substance called gutta-percha. This natural putty has been the top choice for root canal therapy for years.
After canals are treated, the dentist covers the tooth with a temporary filling. The patient returns home for a week or so to heal. During this time, he or she may eat a soft diet for a day or two and take over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen as needed.
When the patient returns to Crescent Lake Dental, Dr. Marsack removes the temporary restoration and bonds realistic porcelain crown onto the tooth. With a quick adjustment for bite and fit, the root canal treatment is complete.
With routine brushing and flossing at home and semi-annual check-ups and cleanings with the team at Crescent Lake Dental, a tooth repaired with endodontic therapy likely will last a lifetime. The crown should last ten years or even more.
Please don't wait
Your tooth can recover from its health problems with root canal therapy from Waterford, MI, dentist, Dr. Glen Marsack. Please contact our caring office staff today for an appointment. Call (248) 682-9331. Your oral health and comfort are the highest priority at Crescent Lake Dental.
Ever since childhood, when her career as a model and actress took off, Brooke Shields has enjoyed worldwide recognition — through advertisements for designer jeans, appearances on The Muppet Show, and starring roles in big-screen films. But not long ago, that familiar face was spotted in an unusual place: wearing a nasal anesthesia mask at the dentist's office. In fact, Shields posted the photo to her own Instagram account, with the caption “More dental surgery! I grind my teeth!” And judging by the number of comments the post received, she's far from alone.
In fact, researchers estimate that around one in ten adults have dental issues that stem from teeth grinding, which is also called bruxism. (Many children also grind their teeth, but it rarely causes serious problems, and is often outgrown.) About half of the people who are teeth grinders report problems like persistent headaches, jaw tenderness and sore teeth. Bruxism may also result in excessive tooth wear, and may damage dental work like crowns and bridges; in severe cases, loosened or fractured teeth have been reported.
Researchers have been studying teeth grinding for many years; their findings seem to indicate that it has no single cause. However, there are a number of factors that play a significant role in this condition. One is the anatomy of the jaw itself, and the effect of worn or misaligned teeth on the bite. Another factor relates to changes in brain activity that occur during the sleep cycle. In fact, nocturnal (nighttime) bruxism is now classified as a sleep-related movement disorder. Still other factors, such as the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, and a high level of stress or anxiety, can make an individual more likely to experience bruxism.
What can be done for people whose teeth grinding is causing problems? Since this condition may have many causes, a number of different treatments are available. Successful management of bruxism often begins by striving to eliminate the factors that may cause problems — for example, making lifestyle changes to improve your health, creating a soothing nighttime environment, and trying stress-reduction techniques; these may include anything from warm baths and soft music at bedtime, to meditation and mindfulness exercises.
Several dental treatments are also available, including a custom-made occlusal guard (night guard) that can keep your teeth from being damaged by grinding. In some cases, a bite adjustment may also be recommended: In this procedure, a small amount of enamel is removed from a tooth to change the way it contacts the opposite tooth, thereby lessening the biting force on it. More invasive techniques (such as surgery) are rarely needed.
A little tooth grinding once in a while can be a normal response to stress; in fact, becoming aware of the condition is often the first step to controlling it. But if you begin to notice issues that could stem from bruxism — or if the loud grinding sounds cause problems for your sleeping partner — it may be time to contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more about bruxism in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Stress and Tooth Habits.”
Learning you’re pregnant can be a joyous moment. But it also means life is about to change as you focus on protecting you and your child from anything that endangers your health.
Because of these new concerns you might even hesitate about receiving dental care, especially involving anesthesia. But several medical organizations representing doctors, OB-GYN physicians and dentists wholeheartedly recommend continuing regular dental visits during pregnancy.
In fact, you should continue them because you’re pregnant: physical and hormonal changes during pregnancy could increase your risk of dental disease.
For, example, your consumption of carbohydrates (like sugar) could increase, which in turn increases your risk of tooth decay. You’ll also need to be more concerned about dental plaque, a thin bacterial film on your teeth that can cause disease. Hormonal changes during pregnancy may make you more sensitive to plaque, and thus more susceptible to disease — especially periodontal (gum) disease.
In fact, a specific form of gum disease called pregnancy gingivitis affects around 40% of expectant women at some point in their pregnancy. And if you already have gum disease, pregnancy could worsen it. Left untreated the disease could develop into more severe periodontitis, which may significantly damage your teeth’s support structures far below the gum line, leading to bone loss, which could result in the eventual loss of your teeth. Daily brushing and flossing, regular cleanings and checkups and, if your dentist prescribes it, antibacterial mouth rinses can help you stay ahead of it.
But what about other procedures while you’re pregnant? It may be best to wait on elective treatments for cosmetic purposes until after the baby is born. But some situations like deep tooth decay that could require a root canal treatment may become too serious to postpone.
Fortunately, several studies have shown it’s safe for pregnant women to undergo many dental procedures including tooth fillings or extractions. And receiving local anesthesia doesn’t appear to pose a danger either.
The important thing is to remain diligent with your own personal hygiene — brushing and flossing — and making other healthy choices like eating a nutritious diet. And be sure to let your dentist know about your pregnancy to help guide your dental treatment over the next few months.