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Alzheimer’s disease linked to gum health

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Alzheimer’s and dementia is an oral health issue

Poor dental health habits and gum disease are considerately linked to patient who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In recent studies found in Great Britain doctors have found signs of gum bacteria in the brains of these patients. The presence of the gum bacteria in the brain can cause inflammation which in turn could trigger a biological cascade that is linked to the brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Gum disease is said to be linked to an increase risk of heart disease since gum disease can be deposited in the arteries leading to build up plaque. Entering the bloodstream through such everyday activities as eating, brushing teeth and invasion dental treatments.  Therefore, taking care of our gums is more important than ever.

Gum disease

The most common form of gum disease is gingivitis. The contributing factors to gingivitis include but are not limited to diabetes, smoking, aging, pregnancy along with certain medical issues. Since gingivitis can be very mild, some may not be aware that they have the condition. Poor dental hygiene that encourages plaque to form is the root of the cause of this particular disease. Plaque can form on your teeth when starches and sugars that we eat interact with the bacteria normally found in our mouths. The longer that the plaque or tartar remain in your teeth, the more your gum becomes irritated. Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Red swollen or tender gums
  • Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • Teeth that are loose
  • Poor nutrition

Understanding gingivitis, periodontal disease and treatment

 While gingivitis is known as the inflammation of gums periodontal disease occurs when the bone below the gums get inflamed or infected. These group of disease have a common end result; inflammation of the gums, the destruction of periodontal ligaments, the loss of supporting bone, and ultimately the loss of teeth. The immune system is the body’s way of protecting itself against any disease invader. When your gums start to become inflamed, it is actually the first tell tale sign of your immune system at work, trying to isolate the disease-causing bacteria and prevent the spread to other parts of the body. A tincture of myrrh and / or Echinacea about three times a day can improve gum health. Another suitable form to naturally and effectively improve gum health is to add hydrogen peroxide along with vitamin C powder to your water pic. Those food which are high in fiber, whole food, and low sugar fruits such as berries can help aid in the reconstruction of your gum health. There can be many solutions to the oral health but it’s always best to follow your dentist and hygienist recommendations on flossing brushing and routine visits.

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Benefits of Flossing

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Flossing is it Effective?

Our Federal government has issued its dietary guidelines for the year of 2016, this removed the recommendation of flossing daily, mentioning a lack of research. This oral hygiene practice has been described as “very low” quality. But according to clinicians and dentist you may want to reconsider doing away with your dental floss if you’d like to maintain a bright smile.  As it happens, dentist can easily identify those patients who floss regularly and those who do not. As a result the federal governments decision to change its recommendations, came down to poor research as well several studies that tired to discount them for not being thorough enough.

Disadvantages of removing floss

Since oral health is key to the overall health of the entire body, as a whole system its vitally important, so is flossing! The health of our gums is due to the routine practice of flossing, therefore those who floss have less inflammation. Patient who do not regularly floss have overgrown and puffy gums, which causes their teeth to look shorter. Brushing your teeth on a daily basis is standard protocol to a healthy smile. While brushing will remove cells that contain disease causing bacteria from the chewing surfaces and on the front and back teeth, nothing can remove plaque that remains between your teeth and underneath your gums as effectively as flossing can.

Key Elements of proper flossing

If you wear braces or other dental appliances, proper flossing technique is especially important to avoid getting floss caught on wires or brackets. You can use special orthodontic floss, which has a stiff end that can be easily threaded under the main wire (also called the arch wire) on your braces.

  1. Wind: Wind 18 inches of floss around middle fingers of each hand. Pinch floss between thumbs and index fingers, leaving a one- to two-inch length in between. Use thumbs to direct floss between upper teeth.
  2. Guide: Keep a one- to two-inch length of floss taut between fingers. Use index fingers to guide floss between contacts of the lower teeth.
  3. Glide: Gently guide floss between the teeth by using a zig-zag motion. DO NOT SNAP FLOSS BETWEEN YOUR TEETH. Contour floss around the side of the tooth.
  4. Slide: Slide floss up and down against the tooth surface and under the gum line. Floss each tooth thoroughly with a clean section of floss.
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Musical Healing

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The Art of Musical Healing

 

Musical Healing

Nature’s response to mind, brain, movement & muscles!

Pain is a subjective phenomenon a sign of mental or physical suffering. The perception of pain has emerged as a psychological and physiological dilemma. This is why at the office of Dr. Yolanda Cintron sedation dentistry is highly recommended for those group of people who need aid in calming and relaxing the mind and brain. Dr. Cintron uses soothing music during sedation dentistry prodedures.

What Is Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is the practice of helping you become comfortable for your appointment by administering an anti-anxiety medication, prior to a dental procedure. Oral medications are an easy way to help you feel comfortable for simple procedures such as routine dental visit or more complicated procedure such as dental implants that might require repeat visits.

The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

One of the many other benefits of sedation dentistry is the time distortion that a patient experiences. Lengthy procedures that take hours to perform will seem to last only a few minutes for you, and as such, which means you can get multiple procedures performed all at once. When you add the power of music to sedation dentistry, the benefits are clear. The addition of music helps you to regain confidence in scheduling further visits to the dentist, eventually promoting a healthy routine of proper oral health practices that will benefit you in the long run. Taking care of your teeth should not be a fearful or painful experience.

Recent research has shown increased benefits of having music playing while under sedation, and the improved rates of healing post-procedure as a result of listening to an invasion procedure such as surgery had reduced pain and less need for medication, or after better recovery outcomes due to less anxiety. Effects were noted to last more than four hours post-procedure. These results were not seen in patients who had no music or listened to white noise instead. Research also indicated that the benefits existed regardless of the type of music played, or whether the tracks were selected by a trained music therapist or by the patients themselves. Alternate benefits include:

 

  • building rapport with the patient;
  • providing positive support before, during, and after the procedure;
  • providing procedural education through music (when appropriate); and
  • interacting with the family and healthcare staff

 

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Learning to Love Your Gapped Teeth – Or Not

Gapped teethActress Uzo Aduba is known for her role playing Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on Orange Is the New Black. But it was another characteristic that tripped her up for most of her youth and adolescence – the prominent gap between her front teeth. Aduba wrote for Cosmopolitan magazine about how upsetting her teeth were to her. For years, she arranged her smile so that the gap wouldn’t show, mostly because her mother refused to let her have braces and erase this longstanding family trait. Now, Aduba is known for her unique look.

If you have a gap that you love, embrace it. If you have a gap that you hate, there are cosmetic dentistry solutions that can give you the straight, “normal” smile you’ve always wanted. Read more

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Smile Makeovers for Athletes: The Best and Worst Smiles in Sports

Tiger Woods smile makeoverWith the Summer 2016 Olympics in Rio just days away, now is a fine time to highlight some of the most notable smiles in sports, from Olympians to major leaguers. When athletes win big, their smiles can be seen for days. And who doesn’t love a good smile? While most of the athletes on this list have some of the best smiles in sports, there are a few who don’t make the grade and could definitely do with a smile makeover. Read more