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The Choice Is Yours

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We at Total Body Dentistry advocate the Patient's Right to Information.

Part of this is informing the patient of the risks involved in removing dental amalgam fillings. The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) - with their infographic above - explains that the process of removing - much like placing or handling dental amalgam - releases mercury into the air: whether through mercury vapors or through microscopic debris.

However, if the patient is properly informed of the risks - he or she should have the right to choose to go with through with the process or not.

When the patient does, we urge the patient to find a dental office equipped with the latest technology that's able to handle such a risky process. Most importantly, find a dentist who is trained on how to perform the process - safely. 

Please get in touch with us for any concerns or questions regarding dental amalgam fillings. Call us at (632) 7235167. 

More Than Aesthetics

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With the introduction of quality materials and less invasive procedures, consumer and professional interest in cosmetic dental treatments has been increasing. However, cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized field of specialty since by definition, it only pertains to work related to improving the appearance (and not necessarily the functionality) of teeth and gums.

This definition can be challenged though; since dental implants and tooth restoration with non-mercury fillings help improve the functionality and look of teeth and gums. The desire to achieve that perfect Hollywood smile seems shallow but aside from aesthetics, cosmetic dentistry offer other benefits.

Skewed teeth for instance can cause chronic headaches or chewing problems and cracked teeth can lead to gum disease. Cosmetic dentistry can also help expand the patient be more responsible when it comes to dental care.

Currently, there are several cosmetic dental treatments available. From teeth whitening to veneers to implants to onlays/inlays and composite bonding. Technological advances continue to develop and advance methods, consequently minimizing pain and treatment period.

Yet, only a number of patients avail of cosmetic treatments. According to a US study, the lack of consumer education plus its prohibitive cost intimidate patients from taking advantage - let alone inquiring - about such procedures.

In due time, with increasing awareness, demand, and technological advancements, cosmetic dentistry may finally reach its full bloom.

Thank You For Not Smoking

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To some, smoking may be sexy or cool but the flipside is less glamorous. Cigarette packs come with a surgeon general’s warning and it is there for a reason.

An article on the Care 2 website lists down the number of ingredients that can be found in cigarettes. More than tobacco leaves; the article names over a dozen elements ranging from arsenic to formaldehyde, cadmium and so on. The BBC takes it a step further and it specified 599 ingredients wrapped neatly in that roll of paper. Apparently, these components were thrown in, as to reduce the cigarette's bitter aftertaste and to increase an individual’s craving for tobacco.

The consequences of these ingredients are bone chilling. Smoking leads to a number of health concerns that damage not only the teeth but the respiratory system as well. Halitosis, bone shrinking, gums recession, cancer, heart disease, and a lot of crippling illnesses – are all part and parcel of smoking.

As mentioned earlier, tobacco and smoking affects how gum tissues. Smoking causes gums to recede and their function to protect teeth are greatly reduced while increasing the chances of developing gum disease. The nicotine in tobacco also constricts blood flow. Impaired blood flow limits the flow of oxygen throughout the body leading to further complications and other health conditions. Recent research has also shown that second hand smokers are also placed at risk – not only from cancer – but also to periodontal disease.

All this information leads to no other logical recourse but to quit tobacco but sadly, that is easier said than done. If you smoke, here are suggestions. Remember that early detection is worth a thousand treatments.

-  Visit the dentist regularly.
-  Practice good oral hygiene. Brush, floss, and use a mouthwash.
-  Check for symptoms such as lesions, sores, red patches under the tongue. If these symptoms doesn’t clear up in two weeks, it’s time to visit the doctor.

We urge everyone to not take smoking lightly cause aside from the unsighlty gums and teeth, it will lead to even more serious problems. Call us for an appointment at +632.727.8665.

References:

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-shocking-ingredients-in-cigarettes.html#13721416803171&action=collapse_widget&id=4860179
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/sci_tech/features/health/tobaccotrial/inacigarette599.htm
http://www.healthyteeth.org/tobacco/
http://www.studiodentaire.com/articles/en/smoking_affects_dental_and_oral_health.php
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/smoking-oral-health

Let’s Talk Dentures

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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