4 Ways Anti-Seizure Drugs Can Hurt Your Child’s Teeth And Gums

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Children who suffer from seizure disorders are often prescribed anticonvulsants such as phenytoin. While this medication is very effective in reducing the frequency and the intensity of seizures, it can lead to severe side effects such as confusion, lethargy, dizziness, and gastrointestinal problems. Another adverse reaction related to anti-seizure medications is an oral condition known as gum hyperplasia, gingival enlargement, or gum overgrowth. This condition can be especially troublesome for children who wear braces. However, visiting your pediatric orthodontist on a regular basis can help reduce your child’s risk for complications. Here are 4 ways anti-seizure drugs can hurt your child’s teeth and gums and what you can do about them: Gum Proliferation Not only can drug-induced gingival enlargement cause the abnormal overgrowth of gum tissue to proliferate into your child’s braces and in-between the teeth, it can also lead to other problems. According to NCBI, “gingival enlargement produces adverse esthetic challenges, functional impairment and clinical symptoms which includes gingival pain, tenderness, bleeding, speech disturbances, abnormal tooth movement and dental malocclusion.” In addition to this, gum hyperplasia can also lead to dental cavities and heighten the risk for a severe form of gingivitis known as periodontitis. This condition can cause destruction to the bones that support your child’s teeth, and in severe cases, may result in tooth loss. A periodontist can examine your child’s gums and develop an effective treatment plan, which may include oral surgery, to help de-bulk the gum tissue. However, this procedure may need to be postponed until your child’s braces are removed.  Bleeding Gums Gum tissue that grows under your child’s hardware can make the posts poke into sensitive gum tissue, which can lead to bleeding. This bleeding may worsen every time your child brushes and flosses. Sometimes, the bleeding can become so profuse, that it can frighten a child into avoiding oral care altogether. It is imperative that a meticulous regimen of oral hygiene be performed if gum hyperplasia is present, and it is especially crucial when children have braces. If your child’s hardware is damaging the already inflamed gum tissue, your pediatric orthodontist needs to evaluate and treat the problem. In the meantime, warm saltwater rinses can help soothe irritation, and may even help reduce the risk for infection.  Infection Risk Because overgrown gum tissue tends to grow out of control, and in between the spaces of the teeth and under your child’s brackets, effective brushing and flossing may not be enough to eliminate infection-causing oral bacteria. To reduce the risk for an oral infection, your child’s orthodontist may recommend an antimicrobial mouthwash to use a couple of times a day, or after brushing and flossing. This will help eliminate bacteria and other...

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Is It Safe For Your Teen To Pursue Dental Whitening Treatments?

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Teens and tweens can be self-conscious about their appearance, particularly those coming of age in a media-saturated generation. With images of beaming models with blindingly white teeth held up as the ideal of beauty, your own teen may feel that his or her teeth aren’t up to par. Although this dip in self-esteem can usually be attributed to hormonal shifts that correct themselves after a few years, there are some situations in which dental whitening may be necessary to restore your teen’s self-image or correct previous discoloration from braces or certain medications. Are these treatments safe for your teen, and how can you decide whether this is a good financial and emotional investment? Read on to learn more about the types of whitening treatments best suited for teens, as well as some factors you’ll want to consider when scheduling your own teen for this procedure. Are there dental whitening treatments that are safe for teens? Although most dental whitening treatments rely on diluted hydrogen peroxide or other relatively harmless whitening agents to remove surface and deep-set discoloration, there are some additional risks for children and young teens who use certain whitening products — so much that the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend the use of even over-the-counter, at-home peroxide whitening strips until your teen’s 15th birthday or later. Because these strips are formulated for adult use, they may be too strong for children and teens whose teeth are more porous and whose gums are smaller. In addition, the hormonal changes a teen goes through during puberty can render them especially sensitive to irritation from peroxide and other bleaching agents. In general, those who have dental whitening treatments as children or young teens are much more likely to find themselves dealing with complications from this procedure. However, once your teen has reached age 14 or 15, he or she should be able to safely undergo laser whitening treatments under the supervision of a dentist. You may still want to discourage the use of at-home whitening treatments, simply because it can often be difficult to follow the instructions to the letter while your teen is distracted by other tasks or forms of entertainment at home. Misreading instructions or missing a step can render the treatment ineffective or lead to gum irritation, and performing whitening treatments outside the supervision of a medical professional isn’t usually a great idea. On the other hand, a laser whitening procedure performed by a dentist can provide immediately noticeable, longer-lasting results with a much lower risk of side effects. During this treatment, the dentist will apply a clear paste of peroxide and other bleaching agents to your teen’s teeth, then shine a high-powered laser beam on...

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Three Dental Conditions That May Indicate You Are Stressed

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are like most people, you experience stress at various points in your life. The main source of this stress may be related to your work, family, finances, or other things in your life. It can affect you in many different ways. While some of the signs and symptoms of your stress may show up outwardly, others may only be evident to your dentist. By scheduling regular dental checkups, your dentist will be to identify these dental conditions, as well as come up with a plan to help you to deal with them. Bruxism If you wake up with a dull or constant pain in your jaw or with a regular morning headache, you may be suffering from bruxism. This is simply another name for grinding your teeth during the night. This is a relatively common condition that can be brought on by stress, tension, frustration and anxiety, but it may also be brought on by other conditions. These include: Sleep apnea Missing or crooked teeth Acid reflux Stimulants Abnormal bite Various medications and more Because this takes place when you are sound asleep, you may not even be aware that you are doing this, but your dentist will be able to tell. They will be able to see the wear and tear that the grinding will cause to your teeth. If this behavior is not addressed, it can lead to fracturing of your teeth that may eventually lead to tooth loss or other conditions of your jaw. One of the easiest ways for your dentist to address this is to fit you with a mouth guard that will keep your teeth from touching during the night. In addition to the mouth guard, you may want to enroll in some type of counseling to deal with the stress or anxiety that may be causing your condition. In addition to these interventions, you may need some type of dental correction to help to align or reshape your teeth. Gum Disease If you are stressed out about financial situations, this may affect your gum health. When you are stressed it can have an impact on your immune system. This in turn can impact how effectively you are able to fight off the bacteria that will cause you to have gum infections. The good news is that if you learn to deal with your financial problems in a positive way, you will be no more at risk of having gum disease than any other person. Schedule regular cleanings with your dentist to ensure that your gums stay in the best shape they can be in. Canker Sores Another thing that can happen when stress affects your body’s ability to effectively deal...

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5 Healthy Foods With Surprisingly High Sugar Levels

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A healthy diet offers a balance of nutrient-rich, low-fat foods, but when you switch to healthier foods, it’s important that you don’t substitute one bad habit for another. Foods that are lower in fat can help you keep your weight down, but high sugar levels can cause a host of other health issues, including gum disease and dental caries. Make sure your new diet is genuinely healthy, and consider the five following health foods with sugar levels that can damage your teeth. Salad dressings People on healthy diets often turn to salads. Raw vegetables are fat-free and full of useful nutrients and vitamins, so it’s unsurprising that so many people use salads as a low-calorie meal substitute. To boost the flavor of these salads, many people turn to salad dressings, but even low-fat or fat-free varieties can have shockingly high levels of sugar. Certain types of dressing are higher in sugar than others. For example, dressings like Thousand Island use ketchup to boost the taste of the meal, but this innocuous sauce contains a lot of sugar. As such, go easy on any type of dressing, and look for varieties that have fewer than 2 grams of sugar per 2-tablespoon serving. Dried fruit It’s often difficult to stick to healthy snacks when chocolate bars and candy are so easy to get hold of, but many people get the sweetness boost they’re looking for with dried fruits like sultanas and raisins. These snacks are naturally high in sugar, and there’s another reason they can spell disaster for your teeth. Dried fruit snacks are sticky. As such, even when you have finished the snack, sticky particles of the fruit remain on your teeth, increasing the risk of erosion and damage, especially as it’s often difficult to remove these bits when you’re out and about. In fact, the American Dental Association warns that snacks like this rank within the foods most likely to damage your teeth. If you can’t clean your teeth after a sticky snack, try to chew sugar-free gum for a while to dislodge those sticky bits. Yogurt Health food addicts enjoy the healthy properties of fresh yogurt. This dairy product is low in fat, high in calcium and often contains healthy probiotics to boost your digestive system. Unfortunately, those benefits sometimes come at a cost. Fruit-flavored yogurts are often low in fat, but the manufacturers of these products tend to pile on the sugar. In fact, some brands contain up to seven teaspoons of sugar per container! Stick to plain yogurt that doesn’t have added sugar. You can then sweeten the yogurt more naturally with fresh chopped fruit and a drop of honey. Peanut butter Studies show that peanuts can cut...

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6 Facts You Should Know When Choosing Veneers And Dental Crowns

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

There are so many dental cosmetic procedures available that can give you the perfect smile you’ve always wanted. Two popular cosmetic procedures are porcelain veneers and dental crowns. Both are great for improving the look of your smile, but each procedure has its own pros and cons. Check out these six facts you should know if you’re considering getting veneers and dental crowns. Both Can Fix Many Cosmetic Concerns Whether you choose veneers or dental crowns, both of them can fix a wide variety of cosmetic concerns. Both can correct discoloration, worn/uneven teeth, gapped teeth, misaligned teeth and teeth with chips. However, veneers can only fix problems on the front teeth. They are not placed on the back teeth. Dental crowns can be placed on front and back teeth. Both Are Permanent If your dentist tried to put a veneer or a crown over your existing tooth, it would never fit. In order for the veneer or crown to fit and look natural, the dentist needs to remove some of your tooth enamel. The veneer or crown is then placed and replaces the enamel to protect the tooth. You can’t decide at a later date you don’t want veneers or crowns. Without them, your tooth is weak, vulnerable and sensitive. This is a lifelong commitment, but your first set of veneers or crowns probably won’t last forever, so you’ll need to get them replaced.   Veneers Require Less Tissue Removal As you now know, either option requires tissue removal. However, veneers require less tissue removal than dental crowns because they are thin and only sit on the front of your teeth. While this doesn’t make them reversible, it does make them a less invasive procedure. The more tissue the dentist removes, the more likely there may be damage to your tooth’s pulp. Damage can result in a tooth infection and the need for root canal therapy or an extraction later. Veneers May Be More Affordable Veneers may be the more affordable option. Porcelain veneers cost about $900 to $2,500 per tooth. However, you could also choose resin veneers. They still fix all the same problems porcelain veneer can, but while they leave your teeth looking white and healthy, they aren’t as natural looking as porcelain veneers. They only cost about $250 per tooth. An all-porcelain dental crown costs about $800-$3,000 per tooth, and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns cost about $500 to $1,500. Sometimes, the metal shows through the porcelain on porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, so they are best on back teeth. Only Crowns Can Strengthen Teeth Both dental crowns and veneers are great cosmetic options. However, only dental crowns can strengthen teeth. This means that dental crowns may be your only option. If...

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The Amazing Power Of Stem Cell Regeneration Therapy

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Regeneration therapy is a breakthrough technology that is changing the face of medicine. With regeneration therapy, stem cells can regenerate organs and other tissues in the body to cure a wide variety of medical and dental issues. If you are interested in trying stem cell regeneration therapy, here is some information that you need to know. What Are Stem Cells? The big question is, what exactly are stem cells? The stem cells used in rejuvenation therapy comes from embryos. There is a lot of misconceptions about where stem cells come from for stem cell research. Many people are against stem cell therapy because of the myth that the cells come from aborted fetuses; however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Stem cells are gained from leftover embryos that are donated by people who go through IVF treatments to try and get pregnant. Stem cells have also been known to be collected from women who donate their placenta after having a baby. Stems cells are never collected unless there is signed consent from a donor. Adult stem cells are collected as well, but they can only be used for certain types of therapies. Embryonic stem cells are used more often because they can regenerate virtually anything. What Can be Treated With Stem Cells? In theory, there is nothing that stem cells can’t fix. However, it’s a long process and there isn’t an approved stem cell therapy for everything. Right now, stem cells can be used for many different things. Dentists are currently using stem cells for different dental treatments. Regeneration therapy can help regenerate severe gum loss that occurs during severe periodontal disease. It’s also used in dental implants for people who aren’t the best candidates. Often, dental implants are denied for people who have been missing their teeth for a long time. This is because their bone density in their jaw can be severely depleted. Using regeneration therapy with the dental implants will allow bone regeneration to begin. Regenerative therapy is used for a lot of serious medical issues. Cancer patients often have more problems from the chemotherapy than the actual cancer. Chemo is designed to attack live cells, so it attacks the patient’s entire body. The rejuvenation therapy can rejuvenate the cells in the body that the cancer attacked. The 3 Rs The three Rs of regeneration therapy are: Rejuvenation, Replacement, and Regeneration. Rejuvenation— Rejuvenation is different from using other types of medicine to cure an ailment. Rejuvenation isn’t about medicating and hoping the medication heals the problem. Instead of targeting the problem, it targets your own natural abilities. The cells that are divided and dying out because of your ailment will be revitalized and start repairing...

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