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Mar
26

What is Halitosis?

Posted in Periodontics

If you have ever heard the term “halitosis,” you probably wondered what it means. Well, halitosis is simply the technical term for having bad breath. Did you know that over 80 million people suffer from halitosis? That is a big problem.  But there are many solutions and remedies that can be done to help.

Before solutions and remedies are discussed, let’s look at the causes first. Some of the causes of halitosis are poor oral hygiene, an infection, periodontal disease, food or drinks that are consumed, dry mouth syndrome, and several others. Want some good news? Some of these causes can be prevented!

To prevent halitosis or bad breath – learn to have better dental hygiene. This means work harder to brush, floss, and use mouthwash not only often but also effectively. Talk to your dentist or dental hygienist for some tips! You can also prevent halitosis by watching what you eat and drink. This means limit your sodas and garlic or other types that can create bad breath. And last but not least if you are a smoker, consider quitting immediately. Smoking increases your halitosis as well.

If you are having a lot of difficulty with your halitosis, please schedule an appointment with your dentist for a routine check-up. Your dentist will be able to examine to see if there are any underlying issues. Also, your dental professional will be able to give you more tips to help with the halitosis. It is very important to keep routine appointments with your dental professional!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Dental Care

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Mar
11

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Posted in Gum Disease

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease of the gums and bony structure of the jaw, where the bacteria found in plague, which is a bacterial bio-film, causes inflammation of the gums.  Plaque builds up on the teeth and irritates the gums, where they are in contact with the teeth.  Over time, the disease can lead to the loss of teeth, as well as a number of other heath issues, as the bacteria grows and spreads to other parts of the body.

There are a number of symptoms of periodontal disease including red, swollen or sore gums, as well as a general pain or tenderness in the mouth.  In some cases, the gums will also bleed during brushing, flossing and even eating!  Other symptoms include receding gums, loose teeth, “gapping” of teeth, the presence of puss or other discharge from the gums, the presence of oral sores, constant bad breath, changes of the fit of partial dentures and a noticeable change to the bite.

The presence of one or more of these symptoms may indicate the presence of periodontal disease, however, only a highly trained and experienced dentist, specializing in periodontal disease, is capable of making that determination, based upon a thorough dental exam.  Periodontal disease is, in most cases, completely preventable by exercising proper at home dental care including brushing, flossing and the use of anti-plaque mouthwashes.  In addition, it is recommended that a bi-annual dental exam and teeth cleaning occur, as well as a yearly visit to a dentist, who specializes in periodontal care.  As with any other disease, prevention is the key!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Dental Care

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Jul
4

4 Ways Hormones Affect a Woman’s Teeth

Posted in Gum Disease

It’s true that women can blame some things on hormones. Even dental patients with exceptional oral hygiene can have some effects on their gums and teeth due to hormonal levels, medications or conditions. Let’s talk about some of the major hormonal changes that many women experience, and how those may induce oral symptoms of conditions such as gingivitis.

Pregnancy

High levels of estrogen during pregnancy can cause some women to develop a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis. Swollen, bleeding gums onset during pregnancy does not respond to typical oral hygiene measures. See your dentist to make sure it’s not actually periodontal disease, as this severe condition is linked with premature labor.

Ovulation

Hormones and steroids fluctuate during a woman’s natural reproductive cycle. At the point of ovulation, sex steroids are their highest. This phase may trigger short-term symptoms of gingivitis such as swollen, or bleeding gums. In some women these symptoms are evident at the time of menstruation, but most research shows it’s more common in women during ovulation.

Infertility Treatments

Women that are undergoing treatments such as ovulation induction or IVF are shown to have a higher risk of poor gum health conditions. Medications used for OI are highly linked with the onset of severe gingivitis symptoms, so oral hygiene habits need to be tediously looked after.

Menopause

Surprisingly, menopause doesn’t typically bring on many oral symptoms. However, some women do experience bone loss, which might trigger resorption in the jawbone. Taking hormone replacement therapies can prevent bone loss, stabilizing the health of teeth so that they can be kept healthier, for years down the road.

Posted on behalf of Juban Dental Care

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Feb
27

Diabetes and Dental Health

Posted in Gum Disease

If you have diabetes, you know the importance of keeping your blood sugar (also known as your blood glucose level) under control.  One way to do this is to follow your diet, take your medications and insulin as prescribed, and to exercise regularly.  Recent studies have also shown that keeping your mouth healthy also helps keep your blood sugar levels in a more normal range.

Most experts will say that for an individual with diabetes, their daily blood glucose level should be around 90-110 mg / dL.  If you have diabetes mellitus, your physician may also draw a blood test called a Hg A1c that will tell you what your ‘average’ blood glucose levels are for the last three months.  This level should be around 6-7%.

When blood glucose levels increase, you are more at risk for infections and organ damage.  You also are more likely to have an unhealthy mouth, and keeping your mouth healthy makes it easier to control your blood glucose levels.

There are several steps you can take to keep your mouth healthy if you have diabetes.  The most important one is to let your dentist know you have diabetes.  Make sure you keep your regular dental appointments, and have your teeth cleaned at least twice a year.  Periodontal disease can be catastrophic in an individual with diabetes.

At a minimum, your teeth should be cleaned twice a year.  Depending on how long you have had diabetes, your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings, or more frequent visits to check on the state of your mouth and to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Keeping your mouth healthy will also help keep your blood glucose healthy.  Be sure to include your dentist in your diabetes planning.

Posted on the behalf of Juban Dental Care

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