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Education For Prevention

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Tooth decay is preventable and it is unfortunate that Filipino children, particularly those coming from low-income families, remain vulnerable to cavities.

National Dental Health Month is all about addressing this urgent issue. As we have often said, tooth decay affects our overall health - and for kids - the pain that comes with tooth decay disrupts sleeping, eating, and learning. If left untreated - those cavities can serve as a portal to a number of debilitating diseases.

To minimize the prevalence of cavities, kids must be taught the value of oral health. Proper nutrition plus proper oral health care are tools to keep tooth decay away.

Understanding Root Canals

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Of the many dental treatments for cavities, nothing strikes more fear to the hearts of many than root canals. The mere mention of those two words together can drive even the most hardened person down to his or her knees.

Root canals can bring up images of drills, bleeding gums, and other stuff straight out of a B-horror movie and yet, not a lot of people understand it and how it differs from a tooth extraction and a tooth filling.

Simply put, a root canal is a complex procedure and is recommended when the cavity is severe and the infection goes deep down to the root. In contrast, tooth fillings are for treating cavities that are nearer to the tooth surface while a tooth extraction is the best option is tooth is too damaged and is no longer viable.

So how does a root canal go?

First, the dentist (via X-rays) determines if there are any infection that might have seeped to the jaw bones. If none, then an anaesthetic is applied to desensitize the area. Next, a hole is drilled into the tooth and the pulp together with the bacteria and other fragments are scraped out. When thoroughly cleaned, the tooth is filled and covered with a temporary sealant. The following week, the dentist will place a crown to protect the weakened teeth from further breakage and voila, the tooth is restored its normal function.

However, because of the process involved, €"scraping and cleaning" or as some would say, essentially "killing the nerves", some believe that root canals serve as a breeding ground for microbes. Without the flow of blood inside the "dead"€ tooth, the immune system is compromised and the root canal will serve as a catalyst for heart problems and/or cancer.

Like dental amalgam use, the dental profession is divided on this issue. Some believe that root canals are harmless and some support the idea that root canals cause further damage than good. Currently, the question remains unanswered and there are not enough credible research studies clearly defining the link between root canals and these debilitating diseases.

When getting treated for cavities, it is always best to ask and be honest with your dentist. A root canal is intimidating and added fears regarding its supposed negative effects is frightening. Nevertheless, weigh the options and make an informed choice.

For checkups and queries, please call us at +632.7278665.

Commonly Asked Questions

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We get a lot of queries regarding dental health that we thought we'd put together the three most commonly asked questions together. You'll find that these questions are very basic. We're always eager to reach out and lend out a helping hand - so here we go.

How do I take care of teeth and gums?

Stick to a regular routine of brushing and cleaning in between teeth and you will have a fine set of pearly whites to last you a lifetime. However, we must emphasize that there is a correct way to do this and simply scrubbing with random strokes won't cut it.

To effectively get rid of food debris:

Brush all sides (outer, inner, and chewing surfaces) with back and forth movements.

Clean the back side of teeth with upward and downward strokes.

Use an interdental toothbrush (or floss) to get in between teeth.

How does the health of teeth and gums influence overall health?

Our oral cavity is a gateway for many pathogens. With healthy teeth and gums, these pathogens cannot easily enter the bloodstream as the mouth can put up a defense. The presence of caries and gingivitis can weaken teeth and gums and serve as an entry point. Recent studies have linked the development of chronic diseases (heart disease, respiratory problems, and diabetes) to caries and gingivitis.

Are dental amalgam fillings safe?

This type of filling uses mercury as a major component. While the American agencies such as the FDA and the ADA have continuously announced it as safe, some such as the dental research organization, IAOMT have argued that its use, emit dangerous mercury vapors into the air and into the body.

To demonstrate, the organization conducted an experiment and have released the mercury emissions on video.

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As health professionals, we don't recommend this century-old filling. Instead, we offer several safe alternatives such as glass ionomers. We suggest to always ask your dentist of alternatives.

For additional info on dental amalgam safety, follow this link.

 

There you have it. We will post another round of commonly asked questions soon. In the meantime, you can always call us at +632.727.8665 to set up an appointment.

What To Ask Your Dentist

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Dental visits are important. Getting regular dental check-ups is part and parcel of maintaining overall health. When you go to the dentist, it is helpful and time-saving to come prepared with a set of questions (or observations) to ask your dentist.

So when you drop by for a check-up or treatment, here are major pointers to keep in mind.

Express your concerns clearly. Does your gum bleed when you brush? Do you feel pain when drinking cold or hot drinks? Make a note of the symptoms and relate them to your dentist.

Share your medical history. Any dental office should have an updated medical record of their patients. Certain illnesses or medicines (including vitamins and supplements) can cause complications with some procedures or prescribed meds. Also, sometimes it could help to share your dietary habits. Are you a vegetarian or a raw foodist? Do you love sweets? These things may seem negligible but it will help draw a clear picture of your overall dental health.

Do not be afraid to ask about the pros and cons of treatments. Remember that you have rights and as a patient, you have the right to be informed of treatment options. Your dentist should be able to discuss the side-effects and benefits of a suggested procedure. You shouldn't agree to a treatment unless you have all the information that you need.

Inquire about low-cost options. Don't be shy. When your finances are limited, inquire about affordable alternatives.

Ask for dental health tips. After a check-up or dental procedure, don't forget to ask your dentist for maintenance tips or anything related to oral health care. Even if it seems that your dental regimen is sufficient, there could be something you missed out and it is recommended that you always ask the pros for advice.

There you have it. Make the most out of your next dental visit.

For a schedule, you can call us at +632.7278665.

Can Dental Fillings Cause Damage?

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Tooth decay is preventable. Through proper dental care, cavities and gingivitis can be minimized, if not prevented. The reality is that such dental health issues are still a problem worldwide.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) website states:

- Worldwide, 60€-90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities.

- Globally, about 30% of people aged 65-74 have no natural teeth.

- Oral disease in children and adults is higher among poor and disadvantaged population groups.

To treat cavities, the dentist's option is to repair (recoverable) tooth with dental fillings. Once filled, the damaged tooth is restored to its shape and function. However, dental fillings come with its share of problems.

A study in 2015 - conducted by researchers from the Nordic Institute of Dental Materials in Oslo, Norway - and published in the Journal of Dentistry found that filling methods applied by dentists can affect neighbouring teeth. After examining over 700 tooth surfaces, the researched found that after a few years, 34 percent of adjacent tooth surfaces have shown signs of decay.

Researchers concluded that together with the patient's lack of knowledge on post-filling tooth care, the dentist's method of application compromises teeth.

The type of filling is also to blame, with silver amalgam fillings as the main culprit. First, dentists would have to carve the tooth to place the fillings and second, silver fillings expand and contract to heat and cold, causing cracks and tiny fractures on the treated (and nearby) teeth.

To avoid these and other health complications caused by mercury from silver fillings composites are recommended.

Fillings - as stressed by the researchers - is not the perfect treatment. The material used and the dentist's skill has to be taken into consideration. However, as we wait for future dental developments and treatments, it is still the most effective route to repairing the cavity-damaged tooth. Patients should also be taught that treatment does not end as soon as they step out of the dental office€. People should also know the basics of proper dental care: brushing, flossing, regular dental visits, and a balanced diet - all help keep a set of healthy teeth.

Sources:

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs318/en/

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/614411/fillings-rot-teeth-dentists-treatment-research-suggests-sugary-drinks-Jamie-Oliver

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20151027/fillings-teeth-decay

The Basics of Dental Hygiene

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October is dental hygiene month and what better way to mark this occasion but to take a look at the fundamentals of dental hygiene.

It's disheartening to note that for Filipinos, dental health or dental hygiene isn't a priority. A survey conducted by a private company concluded that 7 million Filipinos have never been to the dentist. Such neglect shows and the Philippines has a high number of dental health problems such as caries and gingivitis.

The thing is, these problems can be easily avoided with proper care and attention. Dental care is as easy as ABCs and should be taught at home or in schools.

So folks, here are the essentials of dental hygiene:

Brush at least twice a day. Apply light pressure and thoroughly clean the inner and outer walls of teeth. To avoid bad breath, brush the surface of your tongue.

Brushing has its limits and spaces between teeth can only be reached via flossing or any interdental cleaning tool. Floss at least once a day to remove debris in-between these tight spaces. If left unchecked, debris will lead to plaque build-up causing gum disease and other complications.

Rinse with a mouthwash. Yes, while this is not exactly necessary, for folks who can't live without these, look for a water-based mouthwash. Alcohol in most washes can only dry the mouth and lead to increased bacteria production.

Chew gum. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends supplementing your daily dental care regimen with chewing sugar-free gum. Research has shown that gum chewing increases saliva production and actually helps prevent tooth decay. Nevertheless, don't go for any gum, choose one with the ADA or dentists approved seal.

There you have it. Also, remember to visit your dentist and dental hygienist regularly. Prevention is way cheaper than the cure.To schedule a check-up, please call us at (+632) 727.8665. Our staff will be happy to assist you.

References:

http://www.silonit.at/en/oral-hygiene/basic-principles-of-oral-hygiene

http://totalbodydentistry.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=39:keep-those-pearly-whites-healthy&catid=5:news&Itemid=97

7 million Pinoys have never seen a dentist: report. ABS-CBN News. 22 June 2016.

http://news.abs-cbn.com/lifestyle/06/22/16/7-million-pinoys-have-never-seen-a-dentist-report. Last retrieved on 10 October 2017.