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Bruxism: Are You Experiencing It?

The term “bruxism” refers to tooth grinding and tooth clenching that many children and adults experience throughout their lifetime. Bruxism occurs when the teeth contact each other in a forceful fashion, this can be silent or cause a loud sound especially when sleeping.

Why Does it Occur?
Many medical and dental professionals may not always know the exact cause, but bruxism can occur due to psychological stress that people may be dealing with during the week. Stress can be categorized in two ways — by internal and external factors.

Internal factors could be the foods you consume, your level of fitness, your emotional stability, overall health and well-being, and the amount of sleep you get each evening. External factors of psychological stress include the environment you are in each day, interaction with others, when you are at home and how you deal with challenges on a daily basis.

Bruxism’s Impact on the Mouth
There are several elements that can occur in the mouth when people are experiencing bruxism:

  • Wearing away the tooth enamel and possibly the dentin
  • Cracking or chipping teeth, bridgework or implants
  • Tooth sensitivity can occur
  • Teeth can become painful or loose
  • Facial pain due to clenching of jaw muscles
  • Headaches
  • Overall facial fatigue
  • Pain in the temporomandibular joint (jaw bone on either side of the mouth)

Treating the Problem
Most individuals suffering from bruxism should see their dental professional/specialist to determine why they are experiencing this problem. Your dental professional may recommend that you wear a mouth guard or a night guard to cushion the clenching or tooth grinding during sleeping. Additionally, your dental professional may suggest ways to reduce stress so you can decrease the level of bruxism. You should consider avoiding foods such as chocolate and drinks that contain caffeine and alcohol. Avoid chewing forcefully and your dentist or oral maxillofacial surgeon may suggest conducting exercises to relax your jaw muscles during the day. If your bruxism is more severe, an occlusal splint may be recommended as well as medication prescribed to help relax you or make you sleep more soundly. Your dental professional will be able to work with you to find the cause and the solution to alleviate this problem.

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Bad Breath: Do You Have It? You May Not Know You Do

Most people are unaware of the fact that they have bad breath, or “halitosis” as dental professionals refer to it. Actually, one in four people have bad breath and some studies have reported that approximately 50 percent of the adult population does have it.1 In fact, it is estimated that nearly 60 million people will suffer from chronic halitosis in the United States.2

Causes of Bad Breath

Bad breath can be caused by external and internal factors. External factors can be the types of foods that we eat such as spicy or odorous in nature (certain spices used in cooking, garlic, onions even tuna or tacos). If you think your bad breath is related to the foods that you are consuming, consider recording the food you are eating to determine if this is the reason. People who use tobacco and alcohol can also experience bad breath.

Internal factors include oral factors that can affect the body systemically. The tongue provides a place for bacteria to attach and grow. Most odor-causing bacteria produce compounds that cause bad breath called volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs). These primary VSCs that cause bad breath are hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercaptan. Most of these odor-causing bacteria reside in the posterior area of the tongue.

Other causes of bad breath can include the following:3

  • Dental issues (poor oral hygiene, gingivitis and periodontal disease)
  • Dentures (plaque and food can develop on dentures)
  • Dry mouth (lack of saliva flow)
  • Mouth, nose and throat issues (sinus or throat infections and cryptic tonsillitis)
  • Systemic diseases (diabetes, lung infections or abscesses, kidney/liver failure, gastrointestinal conditions)
  • Patients who are dieting on a regular basis

Please see your dental professional for a dental appointment to determine why you are experiencing bad breath and continue to properly clean your mouth with an antibacterial fluoride toothpaste, floss daily and clean your tongue with a tongue brush or scraper.

©Copyright 2009 Colgate-Palmolive Company

References:
1. American Dental Association, Council on Scientific Affairs: Association report: Oral Malodor, J Am Dent Asso 134:209-214, 2003.
2. The American Breath Specialists. Causes and Treatment of Bad Breath. Reviewed information at www.breath-care.com.
3. Bad Breath, Mayo Clinic, Reviewed information at www.mayoclinic.com

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gum Disease: What You Need to Know

Why do rheumatoid arthritis and gum disease often go hand in hand? Learn about the significance of the connection and what you can do to protect your overall health.

Fast Facts

People living with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to develop gum disease compared to people who do not have RA. Inflammation related to gum disease or peridontitis may play a role in rheumatoid arthritis disease activity.

Controlling gum disease inflammation may help improve rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

When you’re living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist regularly are especially important. Studies show a strong connection between RA and gum disease, an inflammatory condition that can lead to tooth loss and other health complications, such as heart disease.

At this point, experts aren’t sure which health issue is the chicken and which is the egg. A German study published in June 2008 in the Journal of Periodontology showed that people with RA had eight times the odds of developing gum disease as compared with people without RA. A study out of the University of Louisville in Kentucky published in September 2013 found that the bacterium that causes periodontal disease, Porphyromonas gingivalis, increases the severity of rheumatoid arthritis, leads to an earlier onset of the disease, and causes symptoms to progress more quickly. And a Swedish study published in March 2016 in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology suggests that P. gingivalis may be a possible trigger for autoimmune disease in a subset of RA patients. “The connection is confusing,” says Terrance Griffin, DMD, chair of the department of periodontology at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. “There are so many factors that can come into play, like oral hygiene. RA can cause you to lose some dexterity, which may mean you can’t clean your teeth as well. But that may only partially account for this relationship.”

Gum Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Inflammation Link

Doctors may not know for sure how gum disease and RA are linked, but both diseases have inflammation in common, which may explain the connection. Inflammation is a protective immune system response to foreign bodies like viruses and bacteria. But with autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system mistakenly triggers inflammation even though there are no viruses or bacteria to fight off. It’s possible that the immune system is stimulated by mouth inflammation and infection; therefore,setting off a cascade of events where inflammation develops at the site of joints or arthritis. Dr. Bocanegra strongly believes that controlling the inflammation through better dental care could play a role in reducing the incidence and severity of RA.

Treating One Condition May Improve the Other

People with a severe form of rheumatoid arthritis that have successfully treated their gum disease, have seen their pain and other arthritis symptoms get better. In addition , patients who have been treated with drugs for both gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis fared better than those who received RA medication alone. Dr. Bocanegra recommends that people who have both gum disease and RA should have an informed care team comprised of a physician, a dentist and a periodontist. Brushing and flossing can be challenging for those with RA, and you should work with your doctors to find out what works best for you. And if you don’t have a periodontist, get an evaluation from your dentist every year to monitor the status of your gums, since you are more likely to get it.

 

Dental Care for People With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Gum disease ranges from gingivitis, a mild form that causes swollen, tender gums, to more serious forms like periodontitis, in which inflammation affects the tissue and bone supporting the teeth. Some people with RA also develop Sjögren’s syndrome or sicca syndrome, an autoimmune disease of the glands, which causes dry mouth and increased tooth decay. If you have gingivitis, it can be reversed with twice-yearly dental cleanings and good at-home care.

Brushing and flossing can be challenging for those with RA, and you should work with your doctors to find out what works best for you. And if you don’t have a dentist, call Dr. Bocanegra at 239-482-8806 for an evaluation to monitor the status of your gums, since you are more likely to develop gum disease.

 

Your Mouth’s Dirty Little Secret

If you sometimes suffer from “not-so-fresh” breath, you’re not alone. Over 60 million Americans suffer from chronic bad breath. Heartburn, antibiotics, acid reflux, diabetes and certain diets can worsen bad breath.

It might feel clean, but your mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria, which feed on food particles trapped between your teeth and the fissures of your tongue. Bad breath is actually the smell of the gaseous waste produced by those bacteria — a foul odor comprised of what cientists call volatile sulfur compounds or VSCs.

Most breath care products just mask the symptoms and don’t attack the cause, allowing those bacteria to roam   free and continue their chain of smelly proliferation. That’s where Philips Sonicare BreathRx is different. BreathRx is the only breath care system specifically designed to neutralize   the gases and kill bacteria at the origin of bad breath.

The Philips Sonicare BreathRx system

                                     

Fresh breath is just three steps away:

  1. Brush –Sonicare’s purifying toothpaste starts you out on a fresh note, combining Zytex with advanced whitening power and fluoride in a refreshing blue gel. For best results, brush with Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum. With its 31,000 brush strokes per minute, the power toothbrush agitates the fluids that surround your teeth to disrupt plaque and efficiently distribute fluoride and Zytex to hard-to-reach areas.
  2. Scrape–Remove food particles and odor-causing germs from your tongue with our tongue cleaner and spray.
  3. Rinse–A powerful antibacterial mouth rinse sweeps away any leftover bacteria and gives you a minty-clean feeling.

Call Porto Fino Dental at 239-839-8774 and ask about how Philips Sonicare BreathRx can help you fight bad breath at the source.

 

 

New ADA Report Names Top 3 Oral-Health Problems


What are the most common oral health problems Americans are facing today? The Health Policy Institute, a research division of the American Dental Association, recently released the results of a wide-ranging survey of nearly 15,000 adults across every state. Here’s what they found:

For the population as a whole, the top issue — experienced occasionally or very often by 33% of respondents — was dry mouth. Also called xerostomia, dry mouth generally results from insufficient saliva production. This is a side effect of many medications, and it can also be caused by certain diseases. When it happens occasionally, dry mouth is an inconvenience. But if it becomes a constant problem, it can lead to tooth decay.

Next on the list, difficulty biting or chewing was an issue for 31% of people who responded to the survey — but younger people and people with lower incomes reported it at much higher rates than the population as a whole. A number of things can cause this problem, including teeth that are cracked, loose, or deeply decayed, or poorly fitted dentures. If your teeth are sensitive to pressure, it may indicate that you need a root canal to save a tooth with diseased or dying pulp tissue. Problems when biting or chewing may also keep you from enjoying healthy, nutritious food, because this is often more challenging to eat than processed foods.

Pain is the third item on the list, experienced by about 29% of all respondents. But pain was the number one oral health problem for both lower-income households and people aged 18-34: It was reported by over 40% of both groups. There are many possible causes of this issue, but in general tooth pain is your body’s way of telling you something’s wrong; if you ignore it, the pain may go away… but the underlying problem won’t. The longer you let it go, the more difficult it may be to treat.

If you are experiencing any of the problems mentioned above, don’t disregard it — Call Porto Fino Dental at 239-482-8806 and make a dental appointment as soon as possible. 

You pay for it, why not use it?

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This year is quickly coming to a close…NOW is the time to review any remaining benefits available on your dental insurance plan for 2016. Most insurance plans have an annual maximum benefit available. If you do not use this maximum amount, the remaining balance is lost at the end of the year.

Going into the new year with unused dental benefits is essentially like wasting the money you tirelessly worked for all year long. If you’re like the majority of insured people, your insurance plan runs on a calendar year. Once the calendar turns it’s page to January 1, you’re money doesn’t roll over- it disappears! Insurance companies aren’t going to call you to make sure you’re using up your remaining coverage. They’re actually counting on millions of Americans to overlook this so your money will end up back in their bank accounts.

Don’t Waste Your Preventive Care Services

Most dental benefit plans cover all, or a large portion of, preventive services. This includes twice-yearly teeth cleanings, exam, and x-rays. Did you remember to schedule your 6-month cleaning at your last appointment? If not, contact Porto Fino Dental in Fort Myers today to schedule a cleaning before  the end of the year. This not only helps keep your mouth clean and healthy, you won’t be wasting your benefits that you’ve been paying for all year.

Start A Treatment in 2016 and Complete A Treatment in 2017

If you need dental work completed that requires multiple visits, such as a dental implant or a dental bridge and crown, you can maximize your dental benefits across the two calendar years. If you are close to meeting your maximum, or have met your deductible, you can have part of the treatment completed in November or December. You can complete the treatment in January or February, which will help you to reach your deductible more quickly.

Call Us Today

If you have been putting off any dental work, contact Porto Fino Dental in Fort Myers today. We can help you understand your dental benefits and explain how you can get the most of of your insurance coverage. Start 2017 with a healthy and beautiful smile!

Radiation Therapy and your Dental Health

Are you being treated for cancer?

If   you   are   taking   drugs   to   treat   cancer,   or   receiving chemotherapy or head and neck radiation, you may be suffering from dry mouth. There may be less saliva in your mouth due to drugs and chemotherapy, and in the case of head and neck radiation, there may be no saliva present if the salivary glands were irradiated. In addition, nausea associated with chemotherapy can result in stomach acid present in your mouth eating into your teeth and causing dental erosion.

Insufficient or no saliva increases your chances of having tooth decay and cavities, and can also result in tooth sensitivity. The loss of minerals caused by dental erosion on your teeth also weakens your teeth, further increasing your risk of tooth decay and sensitivity. It’s important to replenish the minerals in your mouth that you would otherwise get from saliva.

 

MI Paste/ MI Paste Plusmipaste

  • Helps relieve dry mouth by restoring a “normal feeling” of saliva lubrication
  • Helps strengthen teeth against tooth decay anderosion
  • Helps restoreminerals (calcium and phosphate) that helpstrengthen your teeth
  • Helps sootheandprevents sensitivity
  • Helps buffer against acid

Saliva is your body’s natural oral defense system, delivering important minerals to your teeth to keep them strong and healthy. If you have dry mouth because of taking medications, you can suffer a mineral imbalance because of insufficient saliva. MI Paste™ / MI Paste Plus™ protects against tooth decay (dental caries) and cavities, and also relieves dry mouth sensitivity.

 

Call our office for more information on how to protect your teeth while undergoing radiation therapy! 

Dexter doesn’t know how to floss!

by Kelly Oliynyk R.D.H.

 

There were 2.8 million people who watched Showtime’s Dexter last week. Dexter is smart, good looking and you can’t deny he also has a great sense of humor. He is everyone’s favorite serial killer. Frankly, I have a bit of a crush on Dexter Morgan. I really love the series and watch it still every chance I get.  However, every time I see the intro I “CRINGE” not because the blood on the eggs, or not even the Death and dismemberment I am about to watch, but because HE is flossing totally wrong. I think to myself every time I see it, ““He is teaching thousands of people HOW TO FLOSS TOTALLY WRONG”.

So for anyone who would want to keep their teeth for a lifetime and live healthier; here is how to floss the correct way:

1.Floss one tooth at a time, don’t try to do a balancing act across your mouth.

2.Take about 18” of waxed floss (make it easy on yourself;please use waxed)

3.Twist floss around your middle fingers, NOT YOUR FIRST FINGERS OR THUMB!. Leave about 2 and half inches of floss between your middle fingers, use your first finger and thumbs to direct the floss between your teeth- see / saw it between the contact. Push against one side of your tooth wrap in a “C” shape. Slide the floss up/down 2 to 3 times,then slide floss up past the contact and do next tooth along opposing side. Then slide the floss out and twist around middle finger to use a clean spot. Continue around the mouth.

Should take about 30 seconds unless you have a bridge.

 

Or: Just have your hygienist Demo it at your next 6 month visit

 

Thanks for letting me get THAT OFF MY CHEAST, now I feel better

 

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