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Shedding pounds but gaining bad breath?

A low-carb diet has been known to shed excess pounds quickly, but an ugly side effect could be bad breath. By eliminating carbohydrates from your diet, you are forcing your body to use its stored fat instead. When the body uses fat as its fuel, it also produces chemicals known as ketones, which are released in the urine and in the breath. The types of food ingested when you’re doing a low-carb diet also play a role in halitosis. To prevent halitosis from dampening your weight loss, brush your teeth after every meal and drink lots of water to dilute the ketones. Chewing a sugarless [Read more…]

Periodontal disease and diabetes

One in four American’s suffer with diabetes, and periodontal disease is an early complication of the condition. Experts say that if medical professionals, including dentists, can begin identifying those most at risk and watching out of the early warning signs, it could be prevented and treated sooner. Dentists found that those who are most at-risk for diabetes often had more teeth missing and deep periodontal pockets, and these can be detected during the regular check up. From there, researchers suggest that simple lifestyle changes can delay the onset of the condition. So if diabetes runs in your family or you think you might be one of the at-risk patients, talk with your Summit dentist who will be happy to help in your diagnosis. [Read more…]

Orange juice or teeth whitening: which is more harmful?

We all know that soda’s can be harmful to our teeth, but orange juice can be equally as damaging.  One study found that teeth exposed to orange juice for 20 minutes over five days resulted in a 64% decrease in the hardness of the tooth’s enamel, compared to no major changes in teeth treated with hydrogen peroxide, found in most whitening kits. The orange juice decreased hardness and increased the tooth’s roughness. Researchers also found that people who sip any drink over 20 minutes are more likely to have tooth erosion than those who drink their drinks faster. Using fluoride toothpaste and flossing twice a day will help prevent erosion from happening, but during these summer months try just drinking a refreshing glass of water instead of soda’s, juices or sports drinks. [Read more…]

Osteoporosis and your teeth

Osteonecrosis of the jaws (ONJ) is a serious, but uncommon condition that can affect people with osteoporosis. It’s a destruction of the jaw bone, and this condition has been linked to certain medications used to treat osteoporosis.  Osteoporosis can be treated using oral or intravenous bisphosphonate. Patients using intravenous bisphosphonate therapy are at a much higher risk of developing ONJ than those who use oral medications, studies have shown. If you suffer from osteoporosis and are taking medications to treat or prevent it, tell us at your next check up and look out for the symptoms of the condition which include numbness in your jaw, swelling, drainage or exposed bone. [Read more…]

Special needs patients and Summit

Children can often be difficult to treat in the dental chair and getting x-rays and a good look inside their mouths can be near impossible. Our pediatric dentists are specially trained to deal with your children in a way that will make them comfortable and put you and your child at ease. If your child has any special needs, such as Down’s Syndrome or Cerebral Palsy, they may require extra special care from our dentists and we are happy to give that to them.  In some cases, the use of general anesthesia will help us perform good dentistry and get the x-rays and quality examination that we need. Downs’ patients often have specific dental problems like delayed eruption of teeth and there is a higher chance of missing and malformed teeth as well. Special needs patients sometimes have difficulty maintaining good oral hygiene so it’s even more important that your child feels comfortable with us and visits us often. Call your nearest Summit office today for your appointment. [Read more…]

Baby’s teeth taking their sweet time?

Your baby has been drooling like crazy, is extra-fussy and has started waking up in the night. It MUST be teething, right? The first tooth can appear as early as three months, but it can take up to a year or more for the first tooth to break through the gum line. Keep an eye out for swollen gums and try to ease their discomfort by using a teething gel or homeopathic teething tablets as well as teething toys. Most of all don’t panic if your baby takes a little longer than most to pop out some teeth and feel free to discuss it at your baby’s pediatrician check up. In fact, he or she may show signs of teething over the course of a few weeks and then the symptoms may disappear and come back a few weeks later.  Don’t believe the old wives tale that the longer it takes for your baby’s teeth to come in, the stronger they will be. Keep an eye on your baby’s gums if you think they might be teething and if they have any symptoms that concern you like vomiting, diarrhea or a fever, call your doctor. [Read more…]

Teeth grinding could be behind your migraines

Migraines can put a dampener on anyone’s day, but dentists have now discovered that grinding and clenching your teeth could be behind this headache, and it’s not just adults who can suffer. More than half of adults clench or grind their teeth and one third of children do it too. Most do it unknowingly in their sleep and grow out of it but it can leave permanent damage including tooth loss, hearing loss and jaw problems that could require complete realignment of the mouth.  Practicing stress management techniques can help the problem, but in severe cases a custom orthopedic split might be required. Talk with your dentist at your next check up if you experience headaches or migraines or think teeth grinding could be a problem for you. [Read more…]

Teeth, health and fertility

Are you thinking about starting a family soon? If you are, make sure you let your Summit dentist know about it. If you’re having problems conceiving, you should also tell us because studies suggest women with gum disease have trouble conceiving. Women with gum disease – bleeding gums, sensitivity, and swelling – took an average of seven months to conceive a child in one study. Those who were not affected by any kind of gum disease conceived within five months. Left untreated, gum disease can also cause your teeth to fall out and can increase your chances of infection. Gum disease is also linked to many life-threatening conditions such as type 2 diabetes, kidney and lung diseases. It’s important to keep your dentist informed of any major life-changing events like having a child so we can make sure you have the best health care possible. Summit’s professional and caring staff can guarantee that. [Read more…]