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What Are Cavities and How Do They Happen? | New York, NY

Cavities. They are one of those things that no matter how much we do to protect ourselves against them, can creep up on us unexpectedly. Understanding the factors that enhance or mitigate your risk of developing a cavity, the warning signs, and how they are treated, goes a long way in your ability to make informed decisions about your care routine. Here are some things we think you should know about cavities.

How Do Cavities Happen?

Acidic Foods– Citric acid contained in lemons, limes, and oranges also pops up as an ingredient in processed foods. Citric acid and others weaken teeth and put enamel in danger of erosion which in turn creates crevices for bacteria to stick and become a cavity. It would be difficult to avoid citric acid, so the best thing you can do is consume water throughout the day and keep the intake of acidic foods to a minimum.

Sugar– While sugar doesn’t cause cavities, like citric acid, it contributes to the likelihood you may develop one. Sugar is a harmful bacteria’s favorite food, so the longer sugar lingers on your teeth, the more likely that bacteria will begin to eat it. This weakens your enamel and creates opportunities for that harmful bacteria to hang around and cause a cavity.

Are Children More Prone To Develop Cavities?

Believe it or not, children are not more prone to develop cavities than adults, but there are factors that may put children and elderly individuals at more risk for tooth decay. Children tend to crave and eat sugary foods while doing a poor job brushing their teeth. The elderly tend to take medication that reduces the amount of saliva they produce thus reducing the neutralization properties of saliva. Drinking water throughout the day and regular dental visits can help both children and their grandparents to reduce the chances harmful bacteria may cause a cavity.

How Are Cavities Treated?

If you wake up to a toothache or notice black spots on a tooth, you may have a cavity. Cavities are a common occurrence and dentists have several means of treating them. Treatment options vary depending on how advanced tooth decay has become.

Simple Decay- Fluoride treatments and fillings are viable treatment options if the cavity is in its early stages. Your dentist will apply a solution to the decaying tooth to kill harmful bacteria and place a filling where the cavity was to seal the area to prevent further decay. This is a fairly simple and painless method for cavity removal, as well as the most common treatment option.

Serious Decay- If the cavity has progressed beyond the ability for a fluoride treatment to remove the bacteria, crowns, root canals and tooth extraction are a dentist’s next line of defense. Crowns are custom coverings for decaying teeth; typically made from porcelain, they work to strengthen your affected tooth once the bacteria have been removed. If the decay reaches the inner tooth or pulp, your dentist will remove the pulp, medicate it to clear any infection, and add a filling. Tooth extraction is a last resort option when the decayed tooth is beyond restoration. Your dentist may recommend a bridge or implant for the gap.

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Summer Is the Sweetest Time of Year | New York, NY

Now that we are officially in the midst of summer, it is time for all of our fun summertime events to begin. Unfortunately for our teeth, it is also the season so full of fun and sugar that we tend to overindulge in all of the sugary sweetness the season has to offer.

Believe it or not, but the average American consumes 50 gallons of soda and other sweetened beverages each year, according to the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, and more than 19 percent of children ages 2 to 19 have untreated cavities. This is a problem, folks. Because not only does bacteria feed on the sugars in what you eat and drink, but it creates acid that can break down the tooth’s outer surface and valuable minerals that protect teeth from decay.

“Sipping sugary drinks gives bacteria in the mouth more power to create acid that weakens tooth enamel and causes cavities,” said CDA President-elect Lindsay Robinson, DDS. “In addition, sports drinks pose many of the same risks as other sugar-loaded beverages, such as irreversible dental erosion, and should not be substituted for water.”

CDA urges people to swap out sugar-laden drinks for a glass of milk or water this summer. It contains zero sugar, acids and calories, making it fantastic for your teeth and your overall health. After all, summer’s hot – we need to stay hydrated to keep our bodies working properly.

Most importantly, protect teeth throughout during these hot summer months by brushing for two minutes twice a day, flossing regularly and visiting a dentist for a complete dental checkup on a regular basis.

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Why a Healthy Mouth Leads to a Healthy Body

A mouth can tell a lot about a person’s overall health, not just dental health. A lot of non-oral health issues have manifestations in the mouth or mouth area. The following are a few examples of why you not only need to practice good oral hygiene, but you should also visit your dentist regularly in order to maintain your overall good health. If you find you have some of these symptoms, it’s time to visit your dentist:

Heart disease. Bright red or purple gums

Type 2 diabetes. Bleeding gums sensitive to touch although there is no noticeable plaque

Kidney disease. Breath has sweet ammonia-like smell; very noticeable and pronounced

Acid reflux. Worn down teeth; teeth affected dependent on where acid settles while person is in sleeping position

Oral cancer. Gums and oral tissues with white spots; MUST last for at least two weeks or more

Leukemia. Bright red and swollen gums; differentiated from diabetes via blood test

Osteoporosis. Black spots that denote air pockets and dead bone; show up on X-rays

Stress. Cracked teeth or gums that have contracted away from teeth (can develop into infection)

Sleep apnea. Swollen gums and tongue in areas which air passes through

Pregnancy. Swollen gums could imply hormonal changes

Bulimia. Paper-thin front teeth; most enamel worn down; different from acid reflux since it affects different teeth

As you can see, the mouth can display ailments are not even related to the mouth or mouth areas. Early detection of multiple diseases and health problems can often be life-saving.

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Periodontitis Can Affect Your Pregnancy

ThinkstockPhotos-464323669Here at Aesthetic Advantage we like to keep readers and fellow dental professionals abreast of the latest dental health findings. A new study shows that untreated periodontitis can complicate pregnancy in woman.

A study of 366 pregnant women, revealed an oral bacteria in the amniotic fluid of women whose pregnancies were complicated by preterm birth. A prior study showed that nonsurgical periodontal therapy could lower the rate of preterm birth.

Periodontitis was also found more prevalent in woman who had preterm low birth weight infants than in woman whose infants had a normal birth weight. Hormonal changes during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, cause an increase in the number of oral bacteria, which enter the blood and negatively impact on certain female health issues.

In addition to regular brushing and flossing, woman should visit the dentist at least twice a year, and more often if women are pregnant, suffer from bone loss or gum problems.

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Source: The Dental Tribune.com – The study was published in the first 2012 issue of the Oral Health and Preventive Dentistry.

Plasma Brush Painlessly Cleans Out Cavities – New York, NY

Here at Aesthetic Advantage of New York, NY we encourage our students to remain updated on new technology and practices. A new plasma brush is being developed by engineers at the University of Missouri and their research collaborators at Nanova that will make the replacement of fillings less painful and new fillings stronger and more durable. The plasma brush uses creates a chemical reaction that disinfects and cleans out cavities in less than 30 seconds. This chemical reaction also changes the surface of the tooth creating a better bonding for filling material. The use of this brush would reduce costs as well as time, which would be a great benefit for patients and dentists alike. Also, since a tooth can only withstand two or three restorations before it has to be extracted, the use of the plasma brush would make fillings stronger and increase their lifespan. If all studies succeed and FDA approves its use, researchers project the release of the plasma brush as late 2013.

Content Received from DentalTribune.com