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Important Oral Health Considerations for Women

Posted: October 12, 2022 by Dublin Corners Dental

Flossing to help with Woman's oral health

 

Previously we have talked about the importance of good oral and dental hygiene and the effects that it can have on your overall health, regardless of gender. But did you know that women in particular have unique oral health needs and often need more dental attention than men? So, what makes women different?

 

Hormones

Throughout a woman’s life, the rise and fall of hormone levels can affect the delicate balance of overall health and in turn can lead to gum disease and other oral and dental problems. The key is knowing what to do at each stage. 

 

Puberty

For young women experiencing puberty, the high hormone levels can result in sensitive gums. Plaque, bacteria and food particles can cause irritation resulting in redness and swelling. To help reduce this, through regular brushing and flossing after meals can help reduce the cause of irritation. As puberty progresses, gum sensitivity should reduce, but if you have concerns seek the advice of your dentist.

 

Menstruation

The hormone levels and fluctuations with menstruation cycles can cause increased salivary proteins to be produced which can leave you with an increase in bad breath, particularly before menstruation. 

You may also experience swelling, redness and bleeding of the gums during ovulation due to the higher levels of the hormone progesterone. To combat this, brush and floss thoroughly after meals, using a tongue scraper and mouthwash throughout the day.

 

Birth Control

All types of birth control can raise the levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone in the body, again resulting in sore and irritated gums. 

Some types of hormonal birth control can also affect the way in which your mouth heals.  It is important that you consult your dentist and let them know which medications you take before the procedure. 

 

Pregnancy

Dental and oral health during pregnancy is important, not only to the mother, but also the unborn child. Many women are affected by morning sickness and acid reflux which can lead to increased levels of bacteria and acids in the mouth, which in turn can break down the protective barriers of the teeth which prevent tooth decay.

Hormones in pregnancy often surge and can lead to an increase in cavities, loose teeth and gum disease. There is research that suggests that severe gum disease can also lead to preterm birth and low birthweight so it is important that if you have gum disease, you regularly consult with your dentist from the beginning of your pregnancy and throughout each trimester.

 

Menopause and Aging 

During menopause, women are more likely to experience dry mouth. This lack of saliva can make you susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay. Saliva works to wash away food and bacteria from the inside of the mouth as well as neutralizing acids, fighting germs and preventing bad breath. Regular brushing and flossing as well as using a mouthwash is recommended

Maintaining good oral health as you age is imperative. Poor oral health can increase the risk of other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. 

 

Regular Dental Check Ups

Hormones are a part of every woman’s life and will rise and fall regularly, affecting the balance of many areas within the body. You can take control of the effect that they have on your dental and oral health with good habits like brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, regular dental visits and following a healthy diet containing plenty of vitamins C, B12, D and calcium.If you are noticing changes to your dental and oral health during your hormonal cycles, contact your dentist for advice.

 

At Dublin Corners Dental we offer a wide range of dental services to suit your needs. Call today to arrange an appointment to start your journey to better oral health and hygiene on (925) 875-9292 or Contact Us here.


Important Oral Health Considerations for Men

Posted: September 12, 2022 by Dublin Corners Dental

According to research, men are less likely than women to take care of their physical health… oral health included. Below are 6 risk factors associated with men and their oral health.

 

Increased Risk Factors for Men

 

1. Skipping checkups

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men are less likely to visitthe dentist – 61% of men compared to 67% of women. Research shows that men aremore likely to neglect their oral health and only attend their dentist when there is aproblem, whether visible or when they begin to experience discomfort. Checkups at least twice a year allow your dentist to potentially detect over 120conditions that have symptoms that affect the mouth, including oral cancer and diabetes – earlier detection, treatment and prevention measures will save you time, money anddiscomfort in the future.

 

2. Irregular Brushing & Flossing

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, men are 40% less likely than women tobrush their teeth after every meal. Research also suggests that men are also more likelyto develop cavities due to less frequent or thorough brushing and lack of flossing.Brushing at least twice a day, morning and night, as well as flossing once a day cansignificantly reduce your risks of developing bacterial problems in your mouth that leadto cavities and gum disease.

 

3. Developing Gum Disease

Skipping your dental appointments and neglecting your oral health can lead to thedevelopment of gum disease which in turn can lead to life-altering conditions if leftuntreated. According to research men with gum disease are more likely to develop oral,throat, kidney, pancreatic or blood cancers. Gum disease is also linked to increasedblood pressure and a greater risk of developing heart disease and stroke.Early detection and prevention is the recommended course of action for gum disease byattending your check ups twice a year and maintaining a good oral health care routine.

 

4. Injury to the Mouth

A risk factor that is often overlooked and can become expensive to repair and treat, are injuries to the mouth and teeth from playing contact sports – football, hockey, basketball and baseball for instance. The same applies to riding a bicycle or motorbike. Wearing properly fitted mouth guards and helmets can lessen this risk.

 

5. Using Tobacco

Men are already more likely to develop gum disease and oral cancer compared to women – carcinogens present when smoking or chewing tobacco can greatly increase this risk. Cancer can occur at any age, but typically 95% of oral cancers occur after the age of 40. If this risk factor applies to you, visit your dentist regularly for checkups, cleaning and to screen for oral cancer – early detection is crucial.

 

6. Medications

A risk factor that may not be so easy to avoid is the consumption of some prescribed
medications. Dry mouth can be a side effect of taking medications such as antidepressants or heart and blood pressure medication. Dry mouth can increase therisk of developing cavities as it reduces the saliva production which washes away food particles, fights cavity causing bacteria and neutralizes the acids that are formed by plaque.

 

Book a Checkup

At Dublin Corners Dental we offer a wide range of dental services to suit your needs. Our goal is to provide the best care possible and make it a point to get to know each of our patients. Just let us know how we can accommodate you and we will do our best to ensure that you have a wonderful experience and attend regularly as a result.

 

Call today to arrange your appointment on (925) 875-9292 or Contact Us here.


How Often Should you Visit Your Dentist?

Posted: July 14, 2022 by Dublin Corners Dental

How often should you visit your dentist?

Regular dental checkups are essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Attending your dental appointments can help to prevent the onset AND further progression of tooth decay, gingivitis and gum disease. So how often should you visit your dentist?

 

Every patient is different in their needs, but the general rule of thumb is that you see your dentist every 6 months – however, if you have any pre-existing oral health problems your dentist may recommend that you attend every 3 to 4 months.

 

Prevention is the hallmark of modern dentistry

Regular check ups at the dentist determine whether your teeth and gums are healthy and can also prevent problems before they progress.

 

Dental cleanings are part of that prevention too. They remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria, which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Check ups can also preempt an emergency visit to the dentist and the pain that comes with it. If you begin to develop any pain or sensitivity, that is your cue to book a check up!

 

Also consider an appointment with your dentist if you have any other health conditions as some conditions and even medications can affect your teeth directly. Your dentist will be able to advise on the regularity of your appointments once they have a better idea of your overall health.

 

Problems that occur in your mouth are more likely to be noticed by your dentist than you and prevention and treatment plans can be put in place! Most people are not aware that nearly a quarter of the population has gone more than 5 years without seeing a dentist! Only 28% of the population have never gone more than 12 months without seeing their dentist.

 

Oral Health Recommendations

As well as visiting your dentist regularly for prevention and treatment of oral disease, the American Dental Association (ADA) published a series of recommendations to help patients take charge of their oral health care between appointments with their dentist. These include:

 

1. Brush teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
2. Clean between your teeth (floss) daily
3. Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary beverages and snacks
4. Mouth rinses:

 

a. For those with increased risk of gum disease, use a mouth rinse and /or toothpaste with proven antimicrobial activity.
b. For those with increased risk of caries (tooth decay), use a fluoridated mouth rinse.

 

5. Use a powered toothbrush for improved plaque removal

 

Why choose Dublin Corners Dental?

 

Dublin Corners Dental opened in 2006 by Marjan Shaghasi DDS with the goal to provide the best care possible. We make it a point to get to know each of our patients, and to care for them as we would want to be cared for. Putting patients at ease in our care is our top priority – here you are in control. Just let us know how we can accomodate you and we will do everything in our power to ensure you have a wonderful experience and attend regularly as a result.

 

At Dublin Corners Dental we offer a wide range of dental services to suit your needs. Call Today to arrange an appointment to start your journey to better oral health and hygiene at (925)875-9292 or Contact Us here.


Poor Oral Hygiene and the Effect That it Can Have on the Whole Body

Posted: June 16, 2022 by Dublin Corners Dental

Woman brushing teeth

We all know that oral health and hygiene is essential for maintaining strong, healthy teeth and gums – but did you know that neglecting your oral hygiene can have other effects on your overall health and wellbeing as well your mouth?

Poor dental hygiene can lead to tooth decay, bad breath, cavities and gum (periodontal) disease, but what effect can it have on the rest of the body?

 

Gateway to the body

Often referred to as the ‘gateway to the body’, the mouth allows our bodies to take in nourishment and sustenance. Unfortunately, it’s also a place where bacteria can enter our bloodstream through the gums, which can cause bacterial infections and increase the risks of other illnesses such as:

 

Cardiovascular Disease and Strokes

People with poor dental hygiene are twice as likely to develop heart disease and arterial narrowing as a result of bacteria and plaque entering the bloodstream through the gums. Bacterial infections in the bloodstream can travel to the heart, which in turn can affect the heart valves. Bacteria also contains a clot-promoting protein that can clog the arteries increasing the risk of a stroke.

 

Respiratory Illnesses

The bacteria from the mouth can travel through the bloodstream to the lungs, aggravating the respiratory system, especially for people with existing respiratory conditions, like asthma for example. Studies published in the Journal of Periodontology have uncovered links between oral hygiene, periodontal disease and an increased risk of pneumonia and acute bronchitis.

 

Dementia, Alzheimer’s & Memory Loss

Infections in the gums release inflammatory substances which in turn increase brain inflammation that can lead to neuronal (brain cell) death.  Poor dental health is also a risk factor for memory loss. A recent analysis led by NIA scientists suggests that bacteria that cause gum disease are also associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, especially vascular dementia.

 

Diabetes

Dental hygiene for people with diabetes is an important factor and often goes hand in hand. A large percentage of US adults with diabetes also have periodontal disease, some advanced enough that it has led to tooth loss. On one hand, this could be because people with diabetes are more susceptible to contracting infections. On the other hand, periodontal disease may also make it more difficult to control blood sugar levels, which in turn puts the patient at risk of further diabetes complications.

 

Osteoporosis and Bone Loss

Our teeth are supported in their positions by the jaw bones. People with osteoporosis (extremely fragile or less dense bones) often suffer further complications due to poor dental hygiene. Periodontal disease itself can hamper or damage the jaw bones – leading to infections and tooth loss, but osteoporosis can also trigger dental conditions like periodontal disease. Like diabetes, osteoporosis is another condition that works hand in hand with dental hygiene.

 

Keeping on top of your oral health and hygiene is essential, not just to your teeth and gums, but also to the rest of your body. We recommend that you:

 

  • Brush and floss your teeth twice a day
  • Regularly use a bacteria killing mouthwash
  • Avoid cavity producing foods such as sugary treats
  • Avoid tobacco products
  • Make regular visits to your dentist and hygienist.

 

At Dublin Corners Dental we offer a wide range of dental services and our goals are to provide the best care possible.

Call Today to arrange an appointment to start your journey to better oral health and hygiene on (925)875-9292 or Contact Us here.

 


What Does the Future of Dentistry Look Like?

Posted: May 5, 2022 by Dublin Corners Dental

Future of Dentistry

Advancements in technology are constantly evolving, revolutionizing the medical profession and dentistry.  Who would have thought that a trip to the dentist could one day involve augmented reality, 3D printed prosthetics, and smart devices? 

For some people, visiting the dentist can be an anxious time, a study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, discovered that dental anxiety is thought to affect 36% of the population, with a further 12% suffering from extreme dental fear.  This often results in poor dental health as people will avoid attending their appointments, something we hope will be reduced as our attitudes towards dentistry and oral health could be subject to change, with the help of these new technologies and approaches.

Intra Oral Cameras

This new technology provides an alternative to the traditional hand held dentist mirror, known as the Intra Oral Camera. The camera, with its liquid lens technology, similar to the human eye, provides clear images that the doctor can then share with the patient – helping to explain their oral health and ways to improve it.

3D Design & Prosthetics

The waiting time for your new crown, bridge, aligners or retainers could be greatly reduced with the use of CAD (computer aided design), CAM (computer aided manufacture) and 3D printing. Traditional Dental labs make prosthetics manually by hand, and sometimes they need adjusting, which extends your wait even more. With the advancements in 3D printing technology, one day soon, every dental office will have their own in house printer producing your prosthetic in a matter of hours!

Wouldn’t it be amazing if in years to come, the need for dentures, tooth implants and root canals could one day be eradicated? Regenerative Dentistry explores the possibility of self healing teeth and biological therapy for damaged teeth with the use of stem cells to encourage the growth of the main component of our teeth, dentin.  An article in Newsweek talks of the incredible research conducted by Harvard University and the University of Nottingham, read more about it here.

CRISPR – Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats

A technology currently being researched, explores the possibility of being able to halt oral cancer genes, fix genetic abnormalities, and explores the possibility of altering the functioning bacteria that causes plaque formation.  Even at this very early stage, CRISPR technology is showing monumental promise in the field of dentistry.

Smart Toothbrushes

The evolution of a manual toothbrush, to an electric toothbrush, was a groundbreaking development. Now with the introduction of smart toothbrushes, keeping on top of your oral hygiene couldn’t be easier! Smart toothbrushes contain sensors that connect to a companion phone app that measures the time you spend brushing, the pressure that you are applying and pointers on how you can brush more thoroughly. Some are even equipped to detect plaque and cavities.

Get in Touch

At Dublin Corners Dental our goals are to provide the best care possible to all of our patients.  This is why we make a point of getting to know each of our patients and to care for them as we would want to be cared for. We strive to ease any and all anxiety our patients may be experiencing when they initially visit, ensuring their care is our top priority.  At Dublin Corners Dental, you can be confident that the treatments we provide are the very best. 

Contact us today to book your appointment!