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Two items of dental interest appeared in recent publications. In "WEBMD"

Louise Chang MD writes, "A person with diabetes has more mouth woes to worry about- Uncontrolled diabetes reduces the body's first line of defense against infection-white blood cells-which can then put a person's oral health at risk With bacteria teeming around the gums from high blood sugar levels, periodontal or gum disease is an easy next step." "Unfortunately, because diabetes lowers a person's resistance to infection, managing periodontal disease isn't easy. "if you have diabetes, and periodontal disease, you have to get your blood sugar levels under control, for both the sake of your body and your mouth.
"Your dentist should be one of your best friends if you are among the 20 million Americans living with diabetes. Frequent professional cleanings are important in helping prevent or control periodontal disease, and home care requires flossing and brushing daily "

Dr. Chang also points out- "You want to be very conscientious about brushing and flossing if you have Osteoporosis, because if you get periodontal disease, you are already losing bone mass, you're at a higher risk of losing teeth. "

Dr. Chang again: "Women need to be a ware that they are a t higher risk for periodontal disease and gum disease during puberty, pregnancy, their menstrual cycle each month, and then menopause. We know there is a correlation between high hormone levels in the body and inflammation in the gums and surrounding the teeth. For example, if you are pregnant and forget to floss and plaque collects, you can get these swollen, painful growths in your gums that you otherwise probably wouldn't. "

A smile killing 44 of daily smokers over 65 are toothless.

Bottom line: The risk of not caring for your teeth far outweighs the effort required to keep your mouth clean-SO GET BRUSHING!

Another interesting article authored by Dr. Howard Farran, Publisher, Dentaltown Magazine:

The aspects of the article I found interesting were his comments regarding different types of dental restorations (Fillings. There is more than one way to interpret Dr. Farran's comments but as I see it the bottom line is that there are several means available to restore teeth. Evaluating all alternatives, together with the patients desires, is essential BEFORE placing the restoration. Talk it over with the dentist in advance. Ask questions about durability as well as appearance and any other concerns you may have.

Dr. Farran: "The amalgams 1 did 20 years ago still look great today, yeti haven't placed one on 15 years! How crazy is that? The composites I did 20 years ago look like crap, yet that is all l place today! Why is that? Because I bend over to the marketplace any patients)!

"If a dentist tells you that a composite lasts longer than amalgams he has an IQ less than the a average temperature in Siberia. Amalgams are metal, composites are plastic. Hello!

" Mercury in amalgam is bonded to silver, copper, zinc and tin forming an insoluble salt. Swallow an amalgam and you Will pass the entire amount The mercury that shows up in organs is from ethyl and methyl mercury from seafood In fact the ocean has gone from one part per million to four parts per million in the last 50 years from burning coal There is nothing more funny than an anti-mercury amalgam dentist preaching to me at lunch while eating seafood They already recommend pregnant women to not eat seafood, especially tuna, during pregnancy.

" The gold inlays and onlays 1 did 2o years do actually look better today than the day l placed them. The all porcelain anything, whether it is crowns, inlays or onlays had at least a 5% chip, fracture, or endo failure rate yet patients still talk me into placing them. I beg patients to do old and I succeed at about a 30 percent rate; mostly men and elderly.

In this space you will find a variety of interesting items ranging from new dental equipment and techniques to enlightening articles with about your health.  From time to time Dr. Erhard will comment on a particular continuing dental education seminar or certification.

Dr. Erhard has recently completed training and became certified by the “Facial Beauty Institute” in the use of injectable dermal fillers.  NASHA/Restylane is the fastest growing filler used today.  Restylane is also the safest filler agent used in cosmetic treatments today.  It is non-surgical, inexpensive and theoretically has no allergy risks. Since 1966 hundreds of thousands of men and women in all age groups around the world have been successfully treated with Restylane.  Some areas located in the region of the mouth that can be enhanced with Restylane include the lips, nasolabial folds, commissures of the mouth, smile and perioral lines, Cupid’s bow and columella.

The Future of oral health….

Research focuses on new technology, preventive care and the link between  mouth health and other diseases.

By Vyvyan Lynn and Frappa Stout
Taken from USA Weekend

A healthy mouth is about more than a sparkling smile.  Not taking proper care of your teeth can lead to gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis), which has been linked to heart disease, stroke, even pancreatic cancer.  Because your mouth is a barometer for your overall health, dental visits are critical.  In the near future, they likely will involve more than just fillings and X-rays.

Here, the services that oral researchers hope to bring to a dentist’s office near you:

Tooth regeneration

Scientists at the University of Alberta in Canada have found a way to regrow human dental tissue.  The treatment, which has been tested on humans, uses low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) in the form of a computer chip that fits directly in the mouth to stimulate the formation of new dental matter.  Research partner Jie Chen, who holds a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering, says that possible candidates for this treatment include patients whose teeth roots have been shortened by orthodontic force (pressure that’s put on teeth from braces, retainers), people with chipped or knocked-out teeth and those with undeveloped jaws.  Chen expects the device to be available in dentists’ offices in about two years.

Key Symptoms of gum Disease:
• Red, swollen or tender gums
• Bleeding when brushing, flossing or even eating hard foods
• Gums pulling away from teeth
• Persistent bad breath

Breast Feeding and Tooth Decay:

Breast-feeding will not worse the risk for toddler tooth decay, a study says. Cavities affect one in four children, but the contributing factors are more likely to include smoking during pregnancy and low income, the study by researchers at the University of Rochester and New York University suggests. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast milk for all infants for the first year of life. However, some health experts have been concerned about tooth decay once baby teeth come in, especially for infants who nurse all night.

Teething Baby: What to Expect

• Irritability, fussiness, drooling and loss of appetite are common symptoms of teething
• Diarrhea, rash and fever are not caused by teething and warrant a Doctor's visit
• Small cysts near erupting teeth are common and harmless.
• Tender gums may be soothed with a teething ring, pacifier or special cream.
• Gums can be messaged with a clean finger or damp piece of gauze.