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The Link Between Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's PatientGlobally, elderly populations are increasing, and with this comes a greater awareness of the issues that plague our senior citizens. One of the diseases that has the most profound effect on the elderly is Alzheimer’s, which is caused by brain cell death and is progressive, meaning it gets worse over time. It starts with short term memory loss and can rapidly progress to advance stages, where, amongst other effects, can cause the person to no longer remembers their own family and loved ones. Eventually people afflicted with this disease will be unable to perform the most mundane of tasks for themselves.
Alzheimer’s is the biggest source of dementia in the older demographic in the United States, and, non-coincidentally, periodontal disease is also prevalent in the senior population. Studies have shown that there may be a direct correlation between the two.

Science daily commented on a joint study on this very subject conducted by the University of Southampton and King’s College London:
“The presence of gum disease at baseline was associated with a six-fold increase in the rate of cognitive decline in participants over the six-month follow-up period of the study. Periodontitis at baseline was also associated with a relative increase in the pro-inflammatory state over the six-month follow-up period. The authors conclude that gum disease is associated with an increase in cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s Disease, possibly via mechanisms linked to the body’s inflammatory response.”
The initial stages of periodontal disease are characterized by sore, inflamed and bleeding gums, which progresses to severe infections, bone loss and the eventual loss of teeth. Studies are now showing links to a number of other health problems, including lung and heart conditions. Gum disease should be taken seriously, and addressed when symptoms first present to prevent the progression of the disease.

Often the real tragedy is that as an elderly person begins suffering from Alzheimer’s, they are less able to care for themselves, often allowing the gum disease to thrive unchecked.

Prevention is the key here. Our elderly loved ones should be encouraged to have regular dental checkups and practice daily dental hygiene behaviors at home. In fact, everyone, regardless of age, should adhere to the same guidelines. Gum disease can have a negative impact on anyone’s life and it is one of easiest things to prevent.
Daily brushing and flossing along with a healthy diet go a long way in preventing gum disease from gaining a foothold. Regular cleanings and ozonizing (ask our office about home units) are key to preventing and often reversing the effects of gum disease. The bacteria contained in tartar can be toxic to our health and taking care of our teeth from the toddler through to old age can have an overall positive impact on our lives.

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Dental Health when you have Lyme Disease

Dental X-RayWhen you receive a diagnosis of Lyme Disease, you can be sure that your health will never quite be the same again. From now on, every diagnosis has something that little more complex, every medication that you take could have a slightly different outcome, and you can to take a lot more into consideration when you are offered food when you’re out and about! The important thing to do is ensure that you do everything you can to keep yourself as healthy as possible, and one key factor that many ignore is your dental health. This is something that Dr Paige Woods, a dentist based at Brighton Dental, is working hard to combat.

Many people do not realize that their Lyme Disease can be completely altered if their body is fighting any other infections, and so it is very important to try and prevent any infections from getting into your body. People can be very good at keeping themselves warm and wrapped up in winter, and making sure that they do not go anywhere near sick people, but then they don’t even brush their teeth before they go to bed! There can be millions of different types of bacteria living in a person’s mouth if they are not taking care of their dental health, and any of these can become full blown infections that really make your Lyme Disease worse.

Dr Paige Woods has some simple advice for people who have Lyme Disease and want to make sure that they keep their dental health a priority as they focus on their health: brush your teeth for three minutes twice a day, use a mouthwash, and ensure that you visit your dentist twice a year for a check up. Your dentist is going to be your best ally when it comes to fighting your Lyme Disease, so it is vital that you see them often.

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A Complete Arch Supported By Dental Implants

A Complete Arch Supported By Dental ImplantsDental implants are a wonderful treatment option for patients who have a tooth missing, but when you start to lose more and more it starts to get complicated: by the time that you have got to eight or nine dental implants, the time, money, and discomfort starts to add up! That is why so many dentists now are suggesting a complete dental arch, which is a type of permanent fixed denture that is fitted to dental implants that are placed in the mouth. This reduces the number of dental implants that you have to have, and therefore makes it a lot simpler to receive.

For many who want a complete dental arch is the place that they go, because that is where Dr Paige Woods has her dental practice. Well known throughout the dental community for her excellent techniques, when it comes to something like a complete dental arch you want to know that you are in good hands! The most common name for this type of treatment is ‘All On Four’, and what it means is that the complete dental arch is attached to and anchored by not eight or nine, but just four dental implants. For some patients who already have two dental implants, this means that you would only need to receive two more dental implants in order for this treatment option to be perfect for your needs.

Few realize that it is possible to have comfortable and well fitting permanent dentures on just four dental implants, but dental technology is changing and the treatments are changing with it. Why not give Dr Paige Woods a call now, and discuss the different options that are available to you in person with a full consultation? You may find yourself closer to a complete dental arch than you think!

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When is A Dental Onlay The Best Option?

When is A Dental Onlay The Best Option?Like many other kinds of dental treatments, onlays are usually known by their more common name of partial crowns, and are a treatment option that many people will have during their lifetime. This is a restorative treatment that helps a cracked tooth to not only keep decay at bay and keep healthy, but also look better as well. There are many different kinds of materials that can be used to create onlays or partial crowns, and although gold used to be the most popular material, it is now composite or porcelain that most people ask their dentist for.

Dentists offer onlays to patients who have teeth that need a little more structural support than they are currently getting, in order to make sure that the tooth itself does not collapse or continue to weaken. Some people will choose to have a partial crown because it will greatly enhance the cosmetic look of their teeth, and it is a brilliant way to do both at the same time. Built to last many years, onlays can happily sit in a patient’s mouth for in some cases up to a decade without the patient really noticing, and they will last even longer if you make sure that you follow your dentist’s recommendations about keeping them clean and following good dental hygiene.

Receiving an onlay is almost completely painless, and for many people will not include any discomfort either, especially if your dentist is well practised at fitting them for their patients. For the best advice about onlays dentist Dr Paige Woods is happy to give consultations and appointments to those who are interested about learning more. There’s no pressure to make any decisions on the spot, and you can go away with all of the information that you need to make your decision.

More here: http://sandiegodentist.org/cosmetic-dentistry/porcelain-onlays/

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How To Spot Gum Disease

How To Spot Gum DiseaseIf you were going on a hunt for gum disease San Diego would be one of the very first places you would look, because we have become a nation of people who do not look after our teeth properly, and do not go and see our dentists frequently enough. This can mean that gum infections and problems are not only ignored, but completely missed, for months and sometimes years – leaving dentists such as Dr Paige Woods, an eminent dentist based in San Diego, with a lot of work to do in order to help her patients keep their mouths as healthy as possible. After all, our gums are just as susceptible to disease as the other parts of our body – more so sometimes, as bacteria loves to live where it is warm, wet, and has frequent access to your food.

One of the key things to look out for if you are concerned that you may have gum disease is bleeding gums, a symptom that demonstrates that you have left your gum disease go on for far too long. The trouble is that 80% of people who have a form of gum disease have absolutely no idea that they have such a problem, because at the early stages it can present with absolutely no symptoms whatsoever. That is why it is so vital that you visit your dentist regularly, every year really or every six months would be better, so that an expert eye can take a look at your gums and make sure that they are as healthy as they should be.

Gum disease can lead to loss of teeth if it is left untreated, so it is vital that you take gum disease seriously and speak to gum disease San Diego expert Dr Paige Woods so she can give you a check up.

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What To Do If You Chip Your Teeth

It is never nice to experience a cracked or chipped tooth, but many of us will during the course of our lives because or teeth naturally get weaker as we age. When you combine that will tough food such as crunching apples or ice, contact sports such as football, or DIY accidents like falling off a ladder, you can see why so many people experience a cracked tooth or a chipped tooth during their lives. Thankfully dental techniques have vastly improved in the last few years, so that you can be confident that in most cases a competent dentist such as Dr Paige Woods will be able to offer you a tooth restoration.

When you first notice that there is a problem with your teeth, you should ensure that you do not have any further injuries that you may not be aware of. Depending on the way that you received the injury, you may have concussion, neck injuries, or perhaps cuts and scrapes to other parts of your body. If you have any indication this is so, then the ER is your first port of call. After you have been checked over, go to your dentist – preferably, if at all possible, with any parts of your teeth that have been chipped off. Some teeth restoration procedures can re-attach bits of your teeth, so keep them in milk to keep them hydrated. Other tooth restoration treatments include filling in cracks to prevent infection from getting into your tooth, and sometimes even a small filling.

Make sure you come along to Brighton Dental San Diego, the best tooth restoration San Diego can offer. Speed is always of the essence when it comes to fixing a cracked or chipped tooth, so as soon as you realize that there is something wrong make sure that you give us a call straight away.

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What To Do If You Chip Your Teeth

Giving Your Child A Beautiful Smile

Giving Your Child A Beautiful SmileWhether you are a child or young person that is considering having braces, or whether you are a parent who is being asked to make that sort of decision on behalf of your child, it is never an easy decision. On the one hand, you have slightly painful and discomforting braces that you will have to wear for a long time, and on the other hand you have straight and perfect teeth that are healthy and happy. You have to go through one to get the other, and it’s not always a pleasant process – but the end results are always so spectacular, Dr Paige Woods has never seen a patient regret their decision to have braces, and the best time to have them is when the patient is under eighteen.

This is because children’s teeth are still growing and moving around, making it easier to encourage them to move to a particular place. An adult’s teeth have settled, and it can be quite difficult to encourage them to move around the mouth. If you think that your child may need braces, then we recommend that they see an orthodontic dentist at around seven years old, so that if the expert believes that they will need to have braces, they can have them young so that the braces will not interfere with their lives for too long. The appointment will include a visual examination of the child’s mouth, including jawline, and an x-ray to see the future development of teeth that have not come through yet.

From this consultation a recommendation will be made, and if that is for the child to have braces then you have time to consider exactly how you want to broach this with your child. Fixed braces are often the best choice for under eighteens, as they cannot be lost, broken, or forgotten – and they have the added benefit of being the fastest treatment too.

Source: http://sandiegodentist.org/orthodontics/braces/braces-for-children/

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Why You Want To Get Invisalign (Invisible) Braces

Why You Want To Get Invisalign (Invisible) BracesMany people get to adulthood with teeth that they do not really like: cracked, crooked, overcrowded or just not straight enough, they believe that their chance to be able to change the way that their teeth look has passed. Braces are for children, and if you get to eighteen without having had them, then it is just too late . . . right? Not quite. Dental technology has advanced so greatly in the last few years that it is now possible for someone of any age to be able to receive Invisalign braces, a brilliant treatment procedure that is virtually painless, only takes about a year, and even better, are almost completely invisible. Unless you tell them, no one will even realize that you are wearing them!

They sound too good to be true, but that’s just the advancement of modern dental technology. Invisalign braces are made up of clear plastic trays that the patient wears almost every single hour of the day, every day, for around a year. When you go in for your consultation, a mold will be taken of your teeth to see exactly what state they are in right now, and then a mold will be made of how you want your teeth to look when the entire process has been completed. A series of trays will then be made that will be slightly different each time from the teeth that you have now to the teeth that you want, and over the year you will move from one set of trays to the other, gradually encouraging your teeth to move with them.

There are many benefits of Invisalign over traditional normal braces, and the fact that you can have them at any age is just the first. Why not talk to Dr Paige Woods about the difference that Invisalign braces could have to your teeth?

Source: http://sandiegodentist.org/orthodontics/invisalign-invisible-braces/

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Non-Toxic Root Canals (yes there is such a thing)

Non-Toxic Root Canals (yes there is such a thing)Root canal treatments are never enjoyable, but your dentist will always ensure that you only have to ever go through them once. This is sometimes easier said than done, because the special dental filler that is used to cover up the tooth is called guttapercha, and is actually very toxic. When it reacts to the moisture that is naturally present in your mouth it can sometimes break, and this can allow infection right back into the root canal where your dentist had spent so much time ensuring that it had all been removed! There is another type of filler which more and more dentists, including Dr Paige Woods, are using instead of the toxic guttapercha, and that is called calcium hydroxide sealer. As well as being more biocompatible with your tooth and mouth, it also naturally stimulates bone growth.

This holistic alternative to a typical root canal is starting to become more and more popular as patients and dentists alike realize the differences between the two, but not every single patient is a viable subject for receiving calcium hydroxide sealer. After all, the idea of putting something in your mouth permanently that you know will have a toxic effect on the rest of your mouth is madness! Dental technology has come so far in the last few years, and it is treatment procedures like biocompatible root canals that go to prove that.

This could be a great treatment option for you, if you know that you will need to have a root canal treatment soon. If you have had any long term health problems then you must make your dentist aware of this, as it may affect the success of the treatment. Dr Paige Woods always enjoys being able to talk through the different options with her patients so that they can understand exactly what their choices are.

Source: http://sandiegodentist.org/restorations/root-canal-treatment/non-toxic-biocompatible-root-canal-therapy/

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