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Let’s Talk Dentures

Written by Dan Abril.

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Dentures are interesting as it is a dental procedure that blends science and art. Depending on the artistic and technical skill of the dentist, dentures can make or break a person's appearance. In the hands of a very talented dentist, dentures can look natural and complement a patient's facial features.

From Bones to Resins

Interestingly enough, the application of dentures is not a modern day technique. Since around 7000 BC, dentures were already being made from human and animal teeth. With industrialization and the increased consumption of sugar, tooth decay has become more prevalent and demand for dentures increased. By then, dentures were made from horse's teeth, elephant or hippopotamus ivory, and human teeth extracted from fallen soldiers, executed criminals, and poor folks desperate to make a quick buck. These materials were easily worn and eventually were replaced by porcelain.

These days, porcelain is still used is and one of the more popular choices because of its close resemblance to natural teeth. However, porcelain can be easily chipped or broken. The introduction of acrylic, offered a sturdier and less expensive option to porcelain. Whatever "tooth"€ is used, these are set in either an acrylic resin, plastic, or metal framework.

Denture Types

There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Partial dentures are used to replace a couple or more missing teeth and are typically held in place by a plastic/resin and metal framework. Meanwhile, a full denture or "false teeth" is for patients with no remaining teeth. These also come in two types: the conventional full denture or an immediate full denture.

Conventional dentures are fitted into the patient after some period of recovery while an immediate denture is fitted into the patient directly after tooth extraction. While immediate dentures offer the convenience of not having to experience being toothless, keep in mind that gums and bones recede during the healing process, and immediate dentures may need to be retrofitted or be eventually replaced with conventional dentures

The Pros and Cons

Like any dental or medical procedure, dentures have a list of advantages and disadvantages.

Pros:

Less expensive and less intrusive than implants.

Provide structure to the face.

Robust eating as chewing and biting is easier.

Aesthetics.

Disadvantages:

Without adequate care, dentures can cause damage and infection to surrounding teeth and gums.

Ill-fitting dentures can cause headaches, eating difficulties, and even lead to embarrassing moments such as moving or falling out of place at the most inappropriate moment.

Concerns about materials used leaching toxins into the body causing allergies, stomatitis, and oral cavity deterioration.

Note however that concerns regarding the biocompatibility of dentures are continually being examined and tested and to date, patients' reactions to the materials need further study as results remain inconclusive. If you have apprehensions to dentures, dental implants can be a more reliable alternative to dentures but as it is largely dependent on the overall oral health quality of the patient, implants are on the suggestion of the dentist.

For any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch with us at +632.727.8665 to schedule an appointment.

References:

http://www.premierexhibitions.com/exhibitions/4/4/bodies-exhibition/blog/edentulous-brief-history-dentures

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/dental-health-dentures#1

http://thedenturepeople.co.uk/understanding-your-dentures/

http://purecuretechnology.com/denture-health.html

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/08959374920060011401?journalCode=adra

Dental Amalgam Fillings and Mercury Levels in the Body

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For over a hundred and fifty years, dental amalgam fillings have been the go-to material for dental restorations. Owing much of its popularity for its durability and low cost, the continued use of dental amalgam in modern dentistry have been called into question primarily because of its mercury component.

As a neurotoxin, mercury is a heavy metal that at certain doses can cause adverse effects on the nervous and respiratory systems. According to the researchers, Assistant Professor Xiaozhong John Yu and Scientist Lei Yin, €œ"As toxicologists, we know that mercury is poison, but it all depends on the dose. So, if you have one dental filling, maybe it's OK. But if you have more than eight dental filings, the potential risk for adverse effect is higher."€

Total Body Dentistry has long been familiar with the correlation between the presence of dental amalgam fillings and mercury levels in the body. However, we also maintain that regardless that if whether a patient has a single mercury filling or more -€“ it chronically exposes the patient to mercury as the fillings can leak and emit vapors during brushing, dental cleaning, and even chewing.

Further, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) in the US advised that there has been confusion in the media regarding the term surface restorations. In a news release, IAOMT stated, "œThat each tooth has five surfaces, which means that a person with only two fillings could have up to ten surface restorations."€ The group further stated that it "(C)ontacted one of the researchers of the study, who confirmed that the research was measuring mercury-filled surfaces."

As dental healthcare professionals, we believe in valuing patient welfare and as such, we support the call for dental amalgam fillings to be phased-out of the profession and that a patient's right to informed choice must always be respected.

Reference:

https://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2016/09/have-more-eight-dental-fillings-it-could-increase-mercury-levels-your-blood

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/any-number-of-dental-mercury-fillings-can-be-dangerous-warns-the-international-academy-of-oral-medicine--toxicology-300340402.html

 

Can Tooth Decay Be Reversed?

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We can no€™t truly appreciate the value of teeth until we feel the onset of cavities. Tooth decay is not a pleasing experience and bacteria slowly eating away at the enamel can make even a full grown adult cry.

Through proper nutrition, good dental care, and regular visits to the dentist; cavities can be kept at bay. While committing to the pillars of good oral health can be easy for some, others may have lapses, and then there are those who do no€™t observe it at all.

Factors such as the lack of basic awareness and education contribute to this lenient approach to oral health. But as soon as cavity strikes, regret can start settling in.

Unfortunately, life does not come with an undo or edit button and one has to go to the dentists to get a filling or get the cursed tooth removed. The pain that comes with tooth decay may serve as a warning and a lesson and then again there are some folks who refuse to take the lessons at heart.

We can no€™t stress this enough, teeth is not only vital to our overall health but teeth also gives support to our facial bones and muscle, thus gives a boost to our appearance. Because teeth plays such important roles, some cling on to the idea that tooth decay can be reversed.

The internet is teeming with methods to reverse tooth decay. Most of these recommendations come from non-dental professionals and therefore, have no understanding of tooth structure and how cavities work.

So what do dentists say? Dentist and Clinical Director of Whitewash Laboratories, Matthew Lloyd states, "€œTooth decay is only reversible when it affects the enamel of the tooth. Once decay progresses to the dentine below the enamel, it is irreversible."

To explain it further, the trick then is for dentists to spot and halt decay as soon as possible. When it gets to the dentine, which is what basically forms the tooth, the only solution is to treat the decay or to pull the tooth altogether.

There you have it. The clear bottom line is still prevention. If you want to keep those precious pearls, then lessen the sugar and bring out the toothbrush and floss.

Reference:

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/health/listerine/is-it-possible-to-reverse-tooth-decay/ar-AA9BxVb

 

Dental Health Care For Vegetarians

Written by Dan Abril.

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There are many reasons to go vegetarian. Some do it for health reasons, some for the environment, and some simply out of compassion for animals. A diet that is centred on grains, fruits, legumes, and vegetables is considered by many researchers to be healthier than the normal€ diet based largely on meat and very little veggies.

Of course there are studies that state otherwise but some critics have pointed out that those studies are significantly lopsided. However, nothing is perfect and a vegetarian (and its derivatives: veganism, raw food, and etc.) has its drawbacks -€“ particularly among vegetarians who lack a basic education on proper nutrition and a proper vegetarian diet. (Note: French fries and sodas may be vegan, but they are not healthy.)

Why Vegetarians Need To Take Extra Care

A vegetarian diet is indeed healthy but this dietary choice can wreak havoc on your pearly whites. The reason is, vegetarians, vegans, and raw foodists consume more fruits and nuts.

Fruits are great since they are packed with much needed nutrients but it is also loaded with acid and sugar. Processed sugar is definitely worst for your teeth but over time, natural sugar and acid can take a toll on a tooth'™s enamel, leading to cavities. Nuts in the meantime can get stuck in those crevices and cause damage.

For many dentists though, the main culprit is the lack of calcium and Vitamin D. While the body can are naturally produced by merely basking in early morning sun, calcium must be sourced from food. Going back to your elementary health and nutrition subject, calcium is needed for stronger bones and teeth. That poses a problem for vegetarians who refrain from any form of animal product.

So if you are vegetarian, how do you take care of your teeth ?

Dental Health Tips for Vegetarians

1. Eat a balanced diet. No, we are not suggesting that you go back to consuming animal products. What we advise is to vary your food choices. Consume calcium fortified products. There'€™s more to life than tofu or seitan. (Carnivores out there should not be so smug, it would do you a world of wonders if you eat a balanced diet as well.)

2. Take multivitamins. Note that if you already have a balanced diet, you no longer need to take multivitamins. You can only reap the benefits offered by multivitamins if you do not have the time or the inclination to evaluate your diet.

3. Find the time to brush and floss. Vegetarians should ensure that every gap between teeth is taken care of. Since tooth brushing can be limited in terms of reach, supplement it with flossing.

These are practical tips, really; but knowing them and taking them to heart can lead to happy years of munching on carrots and corn. Treat your teeth well and they will serve you well.

For further advice on dental health care, don'€™t hesitate to set up an appointment with us. Call us at (+632) 723-5167 and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Dentures or Implants, That Is The Question

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Losing a tooth is never a pleasant experience. Losing more than one can be demoralizing. Missing teeth will not only have immediate effects on your gastronomic pleasures but it will also show on your facial structure. Sooner or later, your cheeks will sink and you will look tired and old for your age. That's definitely bad news if you wish to keep your youthful good looks. Fortunately, there are a couple of solutions available to the patient if you don'€™t want to appear like an extra on The Walking Dead.

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Dentures

Dentures are the main choice for many. These are removable appliances crafted to replace missing teeth. Today, dentists can choose from a wide array of materials that can blend -€“ almost -€“ seamlessly with your natural teeth and gums. However, dentures have its drawbacks: from eating and speaking difficulties to regular maintenance. What sets it back though is that it can never fully mimic natural gums. Made from hard acrylic, one glance and people can easily tell the difference. Still, dentures are popular since they are affordable, less invasive, and are easier to adjust.

Implants

Gaining ground are implants. With implants, your dentists will replace a missing tooth with a titanium or zirconium implant. The process requires surgery and multiple visits. The whole course of treatment can be daunting, particularly if you are squeamish about surgeries. Also, compared to dentures, implants are pricey and your pre-need health insurance does not cover the expense.

The good news is that implants are natural looking and in the long term help stimulate gums to prevent further tooth loss. Chewing and speaking don'€™t pose any problems as well and the patient can go back to enjoying good food.

So which of the options is good for you? Well, aside from costs, the dentist needs to evaluate the overall condition of your teeth and gums. If you are generally healthy, implants are the best choice. They may be expensive than dentures but in the long run they are more cost-effective as they lead to better oral health and one can go back to appreciating life's simple pleasures.

If you wish, we at Total Body Dentistry would like to help you evaluate the options. Call us at (+632) 723.5167 to schedule an appointment.

For Oral Health!

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In all honesty, how can you enjoy life without the pleasure of eating? Generally, we Filipinos love food and every occasion or celebration won’t be complete without a hefty serving of flavourful dishes from the spicy to savoury and to the mind numbingly sweet. We Filipinos can't have festive occasions without sugary staples.

We would like to stress however that we are not finger pointing and blaming sugar for all of mankind'€™s ailments. We are not in the business of demonizing food. After all, we need a balance of nutrients to live a healthy and enjoyable life and sugar or sweeteners, in its least unprocessed form, such as honey or maple syrup provides minerals such as manganese and zinc. The trouble starts when there is an overconsumption of sugar and without proper exercise or regular physical or dental check-ups.

Thus today, as we welcome 2016 with a bang, Total Body Dentistry would like to encourage you to include dental health in New Year resolutions. We spend so much time in the gym, taking vitamins and supplements but not really bothering to consider or look into the benefits of healthy teeth and gums. Remember that there is such a thing as a mouth and body connection and good oral health is the gateway to overall health. So if you wish to continue celebrating life and enjoying good food this year, we have compiled a

1. Pick up that phone and set-up a dental appointment. Call us at (+632)7235167 and our friendly staff will be happy to set up your dental check-up.

2. Commit to regular check-ups or staggered dental treatments. Total Body Dentistry will also be happy to assist you in scheduling needed treatments. May it be implants, restoration, or amalgam removal,  our staff and Dr Lillian Lasaten-Ebuen, will be pleased to explain procedures and its benefits.

3. Floss. Floss. Floss. We can’t emphasize this enough.  Tooth brushing has its limits and for those hard to reach areas and spaces in between teeth, flossing is the answer.

4.Quit smoking. There are numerous benefits to quitting this nasty habit. Not only will it be beneficial to your teeth and gums, but your overall health as well.

5. Eat more nutritious food and drink more water. Try minimizing in-take of processed sugar. Drop sodas and carbonated drinks and instead go for water.

Keep these in mind and we wish you a wonderful year ahead!