Aromatherapy for Dental Anxiety

Most people don’t really like going to the dentist – even other dentists! Many people within the industry have worked hard to make it a little less stressful and a little more enjoyable, whether it is making the visit more personalised and specific to that patient, or making the dental practice itself feel less like a hospital and more like a day spa. Known as dental spas, these tend to offer slightly different services to their patients that the traditional dental practices, such as teeth whitening and aromatherapy. This new type of experience can really start to challenge people’s expectations of what ‘going to the dentist’ really looks and feels like.

Aromatherapy itself has been around for a very long time, and thousands of people have benefited from the clever way that practitioners are able to gently encourage the emotions of a patient to change simply by using different smells. It really goes to show how much of an influence the mind can have over the body – and vice versa! By attending a few aromatherapy for dental anxiety appointments, you can see a drastic change in the way that a person feels about going to the dentist.

What is fascinating about this shift in dental mentality is that many dentists are not actually even bothering to advertise that they do things a little differently – their patients are such brilliant walking adverts themselves! They cannot stop telling people the difference that aromatherapy has made to their dental anxiety that more and more people start to visit that dentist for that very reason. After all, dental anxiety can be absolutely crippling, and prevent some people from receiving the dental care that they so desperately need. By reducing stress, aromatherapists are giving back those patients control over their own bodies.

Stem Cell Research and Dentistry – The Shocking Potential

stem cellsResearchers have just made a discovery (that if proven) that will have game changing effects on the way dental medicine and stomatology (oral medicine) are practiced. In fact, it can make your future trips to the dentist infinitely more comfortable and rewarding.

What if someone told you that you had a cavity but you didn’t need a filling? Or your filling failed, but you didn’t need a root canal?
These may seem highly improbable to you, however, researchers at Wyss Institute at Harvard University and University of Nottingham have made this a very real scenario.
We have all heard of stem cell (cells that divide and multiply to replace cells that have died due to wear and tear, disease or injury) research. Yes, it is hotly debated and both sides have viable arguments. Most of the controversy surrounding stem cell research deals with using embryonic stem cells, and for some that poses a moral and ethical dilemma.

This research, however, uses what is called native stem cells. That means stem cells that already exist in our bodies. The researchers developed a synthetic biomaterial that they inject into the affected tooth and then harden with an ultraviolet light.
The biomaterial stimulates the stem cells already present in the tooth to begin to regenerate dentin. Dentin is the hard bony-like material that makes up the bulk of a tooth. It is just under the enamel.

This is huge for a couple of reasons. One the need for traditional fillings is eliminated. With traditional fillings, the tooth is drilled out and filled with a substance such as: gold, plastic or resin based material, or amalgam. Amalgam fillings are toxic to the body and detrimental to a person’s health as they contain mercury. Many people do not even feel comfortable with the safer materials, as they are still technically a foreign substance to the body and come with its own set of concerns for some.
This new research could make fillings (of any kind) obsolete. Since the tooth can essentially heal itself, the filling would not be necessary.

Statistics show that 10-15% of fillings fail. This is a problem because when that filling fails, a root canal is then needed to address the issue. Root canals can also fail and then the tooth must be extracted/replaced, and replacement options often present biocompatible concerns. This new advancement can eliminate the need then for not only fillings, but root canal as well. Since the tooth is regenerating and healing itself, there is no filling to fail and therefore, no root canal to perform.

This is all still in the preliminary phases, but much work and research has been done in the last several years and we can only hope that soon, this will be a standard treatment in every dental office. All future dental “fillings” will be comprised of this biomaterial and will save many of us from choosing from the difficult dental options we have today.

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.

For a free consultation on how oral health can improve your overall health, call (619) 359-6569.

A Complete Arch Supported By Dental Implants

Dental 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 San Diego 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?

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 San Diego 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.

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How To Spot Gum Disease

If 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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Giving Your Child A Beautiful Smile

Whether 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.

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