Before You Light Up, Read This
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 07/22/18 1:06 AM
Startling as it may sound, many smokers need to be made more aware of the dangers of cigarette use. In fact, just 29 percent of smokers say they think themselves to be at an above-average risk for heart attack compared with their nonsmoking peers, according to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Clearly, while information about the medical problems associated with smoking – such as lung disease, cancer, heart disease and low-birth-weight infants – is widely available, many smokers seem to have tuned out. If you are a smoker who is concerned about the repercussions tobacco use can have on your health, congratulations! By accessing information about the negative impacts of smoking, you are taking the first step toward quitting. The American Academy of Periodontology wants you to understand yet another significant reason to quit: Tobacco use is harmful to oral health. Recent studies have shown that tobacco use may be one of the most important risk factors in the advancement and progression of periodontal disease. In addition, following periodontal treatment or any type of oral surgery, the chemicals in tobacco can impede the healing process and make the treatment results less predictable.
How does the use of tobacco increase your risk for periodontal disease? As a smoker, you are more likely than nonsmokers to have these problems:
• Calculus – plaque that hardens on your teeth and is difficult to remove
• Deep pockets between your teeth and gums
• Loss of the bone and tissue that support your teeth
If the calculus is not extracted during a professional cleaning, and it remains below your gum line, the bacteria in the calculus can compromise your gum tissue and cause your gums to pull away from your teeth. If this happens, periodontal pockets form and fill with disease-causing bacteria. If time passes without treatment, periodontal disease will progress. The pockets between your teeth and gums might grow deeper, allowing in more bacteria that destroy tissue and supporting bone. As a result, the gums may shrink away from the teeth making them appear longer. With no treatment, your teeth may become loose, painful and even fall out.
Save Your Smile
Research shows that smokers lose more teeth than nonsmokers do. Actually, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about twenty percent of people over the age of 65 who have never smoked are toothless, while a whopping 41.3 percent of daily smokers over the age of 65 are toothless. In addition, research shows that current smokers do not heal as well following periodontal treatment as former smokers or nonsmokers. But, these effects are reversible if the smokers kick the habit before beginning dental treatment.
Not Just Cigarettes
Other tobacco products are also harmful to your periodontal health. Smokeless tobacco also can cause gums to recede and increase the chance of losing the bone and fibers that hold your teeth in place.
Other Oral Problems
Researchers have also realized that the following issues occur more often in people who use tobacco products:
• Oral cancer
• Bad breath
• Stained teeth
• Tooth loss
• Bone loss
• Loss of taste
• Less success with periodontal treatment
• Less success with dental implants
• Gum recession
• Mouth sores
• Facial wrinkling
Copyright: The American Academy of Periodontology, 2007
BBC reports: Smoking causes 50% of gum disease in the U.S.
Smoking may be responsible for the majority of the cases of gum disease among adults in the US, according to researchers. The study found that current smokers are about four times more likely than people who have never smoked to have advanced periodontal (gum) disease. But, eleven years after quitting, former smokers were not any more likely than non-tobacco users to suffer from bad gums. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention evaluated US government health data on 13,650 people aged 18 and older who had their own teeth. Lead researcher Dr. Scott Tomar said: “Cigarette smoking may well be the major preventable risk factor for periodontal disease. The good news is that quitting seems to gradually erase the harmful effects of tobacco use on periodontal health.” The researchers also found that the odds of developing gum disease were increased still further by smoking heavily.
Smokers who smoked less than half a pack a day were about three times more likely than nonsmokers to have periodontitis. But, those who smoked more than a pack and a half per day had almost 6 times the risk. The president of the American Academy of Periodontology, Jack Caton, said: “Every day periodontists see the destruction smoking causes in the mouths of their patients. I hope the staggering statistics from this study will compel even more dental care providers to get involved in tobacco cessation efforts.” Using tobacco reduces the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the gums. This damages the healing process, and makes smokers’ gums more vulnerable to infection. In addition to being a huge cause of tooth loss, periodontal disease has been linked to increased risk of stroke, respiratory disease, heart disease, premature babies and diabetes. John Hunt, chief executive said: “This is very useful research showing just how bad smoking can be for your gums. If you want to keep your teeth, don’t smoke.”
The research is published in the Journal of Periodontology.
Gum Disease Connected To Probability Of Osteoporosis
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 07/15/18 1:27 AM
Researchers at the University of Buffalo and the University of New York at Buffalo discovered that the majority of women identified as having periodontal disease should be more alert to developing osteoporosis. Published in the Journal of Periodontology, the research involved a lot more than 2,500 postmenopausal women. It discovered that females with low bone density, are also saddled with an 86% risk of suffering from gum disease, the key cause of loss of teeth within those older than 35 years of age.
Researchers furthermore discovered a really strong relationship in between osteoporosis and the advanced form of gum disease that brings about tooth loss. It’s thought that getting rid of gum disease may also have a side benefit of fighting osteoporosis, which usually impacts more than 20 million people within America, accounting for practically two million fractures a year.
Once more, the link in between gum disease and all around health can not be overemphasized. Maintain a normal schedule of dental cleanings, see our hygienist and be constantly vigilant against gum disease. It might help save your life.
The Lifetime Earnings Of Your Child Can Be A Result of His or Her Smile
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 07/15/18 1:27 AM
Poor dental health has a negative influence on kids’ general health and well being.
Anxiousness and depression in children can be the consequence of a poor self-image and confidence due to dental issues, such as chipped, broken, or absent teeth, dark or discolored teeth, or soreness in the mouth due to cavities or gum disease. The result of these conditions for the child could be getting into a cycle of substandard report card scores and, as has happened to more than one child, not being accepted for higher education or training in the career they want after high school.
This seems crazy in this day and age, however, for kids, cavities are a prevalent problem that starts at an early age. Tooth decay affects in excess of one-fifth of U.S. children ages 2-4 years, half of kids ages 6-8, and almost 60 percent of those age 15 and up, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Low-income children are most hit: around a third have neglected decay. Untreated cavities could cause pain, oral dysfunction, absence from school, being undernourished, and having an inadequate appearance — problems that can greatly cut down a child’s capacity to succeed in life.
Dental issues influence kids’ capability to communicate through conversation and, also, nonverbally. Comfortable interaction with peers and instructors is extremely important to succeeding in school. If they’re self conscious because of their smile, they might be constantly covering up their own mouth using their hands, hesitate to smile, or be too ashamed to speak for fear of showing their smile while they talk during class. All of these attributes, because of bad oral health, can negatively impact the child’s school performance and attendance.
Dr. Peck warns, “One of the biggest mistakes I notice parents making with their child’s oral health is to come to the conclusion that baby teeth don’t count.” he explains, “Your child will still have baby teeth up until they are in fourth grade. Suffering with the pain of a cavity in a baby tooth can be crippling for a child if the problem is not taken care of.” Going further, Dr. Peck says, “Quite a few parents try to explain that their child never mentioned the pain. Sometimes they don’t realize it, however, if the child sees that dental care is not a priority in the home, the child may not know why, but they tell themselves to suffer quietly.”
The solution would be to bring your little one for an oral health examination at Dr. Peck’s office in Cincinnati by his or her third birthday, and every 6 months after that.
Who knows? They just might turn out to be a dentist just like Dr. Peck.
Dentistry Can Affect Grades
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 07/14/18 1:19 AM
“Dentistry has a large impact on children’s grades!” states the Office of the US Surgeon General in the report on children’s dental health.
The important report suggests that more than 51 million school hours are forfeited annually to dental-related health problems.
The truth is, children’s dental care is seen as the most prevalent, poorly met health need involving American children. Far more astonishing is the fact that around 37% of children have never had a dentist visit prior to starting school and in certain areas of the nation dental disease is the number one reason behind absenteeism amongst elementary school children.
In grade schools throughout the country, dental practitioners and school administrators have pointed out that children who see a dentist on a regular basis not only take significantly better care of their teeth and gums, they also had a greater attendance level than those who did not see a dentist.
Missed classes often caused a drop in average grades for children. In addition to that, dental issues also:
• lowered self-esteem for children
• led to issues with nutrition, resulting in decreased attention span
• discouraged speaking and verbally interacting in classes
When caries (cavities) and gingivitis are not found early on and taken care of, they can develop into more serious issues and cause unnecessary suffering for children.
Luckily, in most cases, oral problems are preventable.
To keep children on target with their grades, make sure you include taking them in the family’s visits to the dentist on a regular basis.
The Dental Way to Add 8-12 Years to Your Life!
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 07/10/18 12:42 AM
Regular tooth cleanings together with periodontal therapy might just prolong your life, as per the most recent research by dental professionals.
As strange as it may sound, an infection in your gums may travel throughout your body to other internal organs, including your heart, digestive system, and lungs. This is why it is more vital than ever to go for routine dental check-ups and ensure that your periodontal wellness is constantly managed.
Periodontal disease and inadequate oral hygiene could be symptoms of early death, as outlined by Dr. Michael F. Roizen in his classic book Real Age: Are You as Young as You Can Be?
That’s simply because gingivitis has been associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, intestinal problems, osteoporosis, and immune problems. Young men who possessed a maximum oral hygiene index of 6 (0 shows ideal oral hygiene and 6 inadequate oral hygiene) possessed a 3-4 times greater risk of dying sooner than individuals that had a hygiene index of 0. Also, young men with periodontitis had an almost three fold higher probability of dying from heart disease.
The term periodontal stands for “around the tooth”. Periodontal disease is a persistent bacterial infection which affects the gumline and bone supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can impact one tooth or several teeth. It starts when the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, translucent film which constantly forms on your teeth) triggers the gums to become swollen.
If you have noticed that you could have gum disease, see the dentist to have an examination now.
Dentists Are At Odds About Metal Amalgam Fillings
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 07/4/18 12:12 AM
Looking at the photo above, there’s no mistaking the difference between silver-mercury metal fillings and resin-bonded fillings with no mercury.
In the above video from 1976, you’ll see that not much has changed in the dental practices that still use silver-mercury amalgam fillings.
The silver/mercury fillings on your teeth, which are usually known as dental amalgams or silver fillings, are still commonly used by the dental industry and dental practices in most parts of the USA.
Ingredient lists show the mixture is made up of a blend of metals — 50% Mercury, 25% Silver, 15% Tin, 8% Copper and additional trace metals.
Many scientists and certain dentists have come to hold the opinion that it’s not safe to place that much mercury into the mouth of somebody because mercury is actually a toxic heavy metal.
The World Health Organization has declared that it’s highly possible that mercury is not “locked” safely in the metal bonds within the teeth and can trickle bit by bit into your body. Some dentists worry that this could be causing significant illnesses. These could oftentimes include Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and a complete variety of “auto-immune” illnesses.
In fact, just by harming the immune system, mercury amalgam could be resulting in a much broader range of illnesses. Several countries, including Denmark, Austria, Sweden, Canada and Germany have either prohibited or imposed serious limits on mercury amalgam use. In January, 2011, FDA scientists advised the ADA to disclose the use of mercury to all patients and parents, and to stop using amalgam fillings on children and pregnant women.
Many dental practitioners in the United States have ceased putting metal fillings in their patients’ teeth, and have switched to using white fillings (plastic mixtures) or porcelain inlays and onlays which have no mercury, for their patients.
It should be noted that the American Dental Association’s official stance is: “There is insufficient evidence of a link between dental mercury and health problems, except in rare instances of allergic reactions.” The ADA code of ethics states: “Based on available scientific data, the ADA has determined that the removal of amalgam restorations from the non-allergic patient for the alleged purpose of removing toxic substances from the body, when such treatment is performed solely at the recommendation or suggestion of the dentist, is improper and unethical.”
And, what exactly does that mean?
According to the Boston College Law School, “A dentist who is found guilty of violating the ADA Code of Ethics can be sentenced, censured, suspended, or expelled from the ADA” and the “ADA forbids its dentists from suggesting mercury removal under threat of license suspension.”
And, what exactly does THAT mean?
That means that Dr. Peck cannot, and is not, recommending to you that you should not get “silver” fillings, or have your “silver” fillings removed if you already have them.
If, after viewing this publicly-available information about the amalgam controversy, you come to the concusion that amalgam fillings are not going to be part of you and your family’s dental care, or if you or a loved one currently has silver-mercury amalgam fillings and wants them replaced, call us. We are not against complying with our patients’ decisions about dental care and dental restoration materials.
Oral Health Predicts Pre-Term/Low Birth Weight Babies
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 07/4/18 12:12 AM
The state of a mom’s dental health can have a massive impact on the general wellness of her infant. In the event that an expectant woman has gum disease, she’s very likely to having a baby with pre-term/low birth weight, sepsis, a reduced Apgar score, plus an elevated temperature.
Researchers reviewed 870 women having gingivitis, aged 18 to 42 years old, and discovered that periodontal treatment considerably reduced the pre-term/low birth weight rate, based on a recently available issue of the Journal of Periodontology. The results indicated that ladies who obtained periodontal treatment composed of plaque control, scaling, along with regular rinsing together with chlorhexidine before twenty eight weeks of gestation had a considerably lower incidence of pre-term/low birth weight babies as compared with women that did not.
In fact, pregnancy-associated gingivitis afforded more than a two-fold rise in the possibility for pre-term births.
Women having pregnancy gingivitis really should pay a visit to Peck in Cincinnati as quickly as possible to receive treatment and precautionary maintenance in order to give their little ones a healthy start. Gum disease is actually easy to deal with, there is no risk to the mom or unborn child, and the results can be remarkable in terms of improving the probability of delivering a healthy newborn.
Deciding Upon a New Dental Practice: Private Practice or Corporate Chain
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 07/4/18 12:12 AM
Whenever you may be finding a new dentist, there are two distinct important choices that many patients are dealing with at this time. This is the choice between seeing a corporate dental practice compared to seeing a dentist in private practice. You will find positive aspects with each. Find out what they are to assist you to make a better choice about what type of practice may well be best in your case and your family’s dental needs.
To begin with, basic meanings need to be understood. Private practice dentistry is any time a dentist rents or builds an office, employs workers, handles management, advertising, and also offers dental care to their patients. This is what many people are familiar with when looking at a dentist.
Corporate dentistry is whenever a dentist has a job in a corporate or company “owned”, or chain dental practice instead of running the business by themselves.
The dentist will show up when scheduled, conducts any jobs that are necessary, and is responsible for meeting the goals for dental care sold per day. It is not the dentist but, rather, the corporate board that decides on those numbers.
The term, “owned” is in quotes above considering that, in 46 states throughout the United States, it is actually illegal for someone aside from a licensed dentist to own a dental practice. The corporate chains go around this law by buying a property and “providing” dental practice management, accounting as well as marketing services to a dentist. The businesses own the building, hire the staff, establish pricing and sales goals and can, essentially, get rid of the dentist when they do not reach the set levels of dentistry sold. So it’s your decision to decide who in reality “owns” the chain dental practice.
Corporate dentistry, ultimately, is accountable to generate a profit for the share holders. In fact, in a recently published article from the Center for Public Integrity, at least one patient of corporate dental chains had been pushed into accepting treatment options they could not have the funds for and pushed into signing up for long financing agreements.
In the private dental practice, the dentist may make decisions that may not create a profit, nevertheless, will benefit their patients.
Inside corporate dentistry, if an employed dentist is simply not creating adequate income for the corporation, they are going to be fired. While any business must make a profit, corporate chains have a history of employing dentists just out of school who have a large amount of school debt to repay. The pressure to “sell” dental care may become overwhelming.
In the Center for Public Integrity’s article, a senior citizen was charged more than $1,200 for a filling. One patient’s bill revealed he had all sorts of procedures carried out (and paid for) for teeth that were scheduled for extraction. There have been allegations that a number of corporate dental practices have private overseas dental labs and demand their “employee” dentists to make use of just that laboratory.
The dentist turnover level is substantial at these kinds of dental “mills” so when a patient comes back they might not necessarily see the same dentist they saw last time.
However,in the private practice setting, if a dentist is extremely good with their dental patients and keeps them happy, all in all the dentist can have the personal pleasure of having made individuals’ lives far better. This satisfaction and personal involvement in the lives of their patients means that private practice dentists will in most cases be in the practice for years, if not decades.
So, what are the advantages of going to a corporate practice dentist? The corporation will often advertise cheap prices, although finalized billings following add-ons don’t seem to be appreciably distinct from a private-practice dentist’s rates. In addition, they take every insurance plan which exists on the planet. Yet again, many options and add-ons are not covered by the patient’s insurance and the patient must pay for those out of pocket, assuming they consent to them.
Our advice? Decide wisely as opposed to cheaply. In Cincinnati, go with Dr. Peck. Dr. Peck does not let your insurance company influence exactly what amount of dental care you should have. Come for a new patient visit with our team. Our doctor is going to be here when you make your next appointment next year. Our team is going to remember you and the long-term plan and goals that you have set for you along with your family’s dental health.
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 07/4/18 12:12 AM
A common response of activity of bacteria inside the mouth is bad breath (halitosis). Even though it can’t be confirmed for certain, almost all men and women probably suffer from infrequent bad breath but it’s been believed that perhaps 25% suffer from bad breath on a regular basis. There are two different types of bad breath. Infrequent bad breath is the result of foods such as onions and garlic and generally just lasts from 24 to 72 hours. The smell of chronic bad breath results if bacteria inside the mouth and on your tongue causes the development of volatile sulfur compounds (VSC’s) by means of hydrogen sulfides. The presence of gum (periodontal) disease can even be attributed to chronic bad breath. Brushing your teeth, flossing as well as the use of mouthwash might not cure this kind of chronic bad breath and professional breath therapy might be necessary.
Many people with bad breath hope that others can’t smell their bad breath. That’s simply because they perhaps used a mouthwash earlier in the day and they are oblivious to the fact that the blast of flavoring has disappeared hours ago.
This is because the majority of over-the-counter minty fresh mouthwashes usually do not wipe out foul breath. They can merely hide it for the moment. An unbiased analysis of 15 mouthwash products highlighted that though all of them covered up foul breath after ten minutes, not very many were still working after a few hours. Additionally, the majority of mouthwash products have alcohol which dries soft oral tissue and in the long run contributes to even faster development of odor-causing bacteria.
Mouthwashes are typically temporary and do not have a very long lasting influence on foul breath. In the event you must frequently use a breath freshener to cover up unpleasant mouth odor, your condition may be far more serious. So if the daily mouthwash cycle hasn’t been helping you, and if you’re still concerned with halitosis, see us. We can help identify the source and, if because of an oral condition, create a plan of action that can help completely get rid of it.
How Crucial Is A Healthy Smile To The Lifetrack Of Your Child?
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 07/1/18 12:04 AM
Want a peek of your child’s future? Gaze into their mouth. A child’s healthy smile is an indicator of a positive and prosperous destiny. This is because strong teeth and gums are now tightly associated with all around health, according to countless recent reports which have discovered a link between what happens in the mouth to ailments in other parts in the body.
Unfortunately children are among those with the most disappointing oral health in the United States, partly because moms and dads hold off until the kid goes to school before going to the dentist.
Exactly what this all points towards is the fact that optimal oral health in children portends a favorable destiny that includes overall health, high self-esteem, self-confidence, consistent attendance in school, good grades, graduation, employability, success from job interviews, and maybe more importantly, attainment of satisfying private relationships. See your child smile now and for future years by seeing Dr. Peck before they start school.