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Snoozing Your Way Through Dental Appointments | New York, NY

Of all the health professionals feared most by adults, the dentist is at the top of the list. Dental Anxiety (DA) is the actual diagnosis for this fear and adults everywhere have it. Dental professionals everywhere have been busy making huge strides in order to calm those fears. Some are turning their dental offices into more of a spa feel than a dental one. Aromatherapy, soothing music, weighed blankets – if you can think of a soothing way to relax, chances are your dental professional has it. And if you still need “something stronger”, there’s sedation dentistry.

Sedation dentistry is the way your dentist relaxes you enough to handle the dental procedure through the use of medication, in addition to the numbing agent applied to the area that will be worked on to alleviate any pain caused by the procedure. The use of sedation is to make you as comfortable as possible as they do their job and to make recovery time minimal.

If you don’t need much to relax you, chances are you will receive nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. It is given to you as you breathe through a mask, so zero pain or needles are involved. If you need to be calmed with more than a little gas, the next step up is an oral sedative so no pain or needles are involved to make a patient groggy, but you will be awake during the procedure. IV sedation takes affect a lot quicker, but the dentist also has the ability to adjust the amount as needed. Administered by medications prior to your procedure, deeper sedation methods will render you unconscious and unable to be awakened easily.

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Tobacco Is Killing the Good Ones | New York, NY

It’s nothing new – we all know that smoking is bad for you. And while there are lots of ways to quit smoking on the market, many still haven’t made the choice to quit. But this goes beyond lung conditions and cancer risks, smoking is also affecting our smiles and dentists have a hard time advising their patients on the dangers of smoking. In order to help sway the masses, let’s take a look at what can happen if you continue to smoke or use tobacco products.

A new study has indicated that there is a reason why smokers suffer higher rates of oral diseases. It has been discovered that in smokers, good bacteria are essentially ejected by pathogens created by smoking. Believe it or not, but our mouths are the frontline when it comes to keeping diseases at bay. These good bacteria in our mouth work by keeping bad bacteria that causes infections and diseases (pathogens) away. In nonsmokers, good bacteria will repopulate the mouth shortly after cleaning and acts a shield to protect your mouth from disease. In smokers, good bacteria will not resurface and instead the mouth gets colonized by pathogens (bad bacteria). And it is these pathogens that will cause infections and diseases will rapidly develop. If you see these symptoms or find that your mouth is changing for the worse, we advise to talk to your dental professional about seeking treatment. Prevention is the best medicine and can keep your smile healthy and radiant.

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Periodontitis and Pregnancy Hormones | New York, NY

When you are creating a new life inside your body, it is natural to find that your hormones are a little bit out of whack as your body adjusts to accommodate for this tiny human. What we don’t immediately recognize that this is will not only affect your day and the people around you, the surges of hormones can also affect your dental health. And if left untreated, can in turn affect your pregnancy. Here 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.

In a study of 366 pregnant women, it was revealed that 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 is the beginning stages of gum disease, so it is important to make sure you are keeping your dental appointments during your entire pregnancy to ensure this happy time in your life is going as smoothly as possible.

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. Keep your baby safe and sound in every way possible – see your dentist.

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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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