Dentistry Affects Grades
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 10/22/18 12:01 AM
“Dental care has a huge impact on children’s grades!” says the Office of the US Surgeon General in its article on children’s dental health.
This very important article claims more than fifty-one million school hours will be sacrificed every year to dental-related illness.
In fact, children’s dental care is viewed as the most common, poorly met health necessity amid American kids. Far more surprising is the fact around 37% of children have never experienced a dental visit before beginning school and in some regions of the nation dental illness is the primary cause of absenteeism among elementary school kids.
In grade schools across the nation, dentists and school representatives have pointed out that children who go to a dentist on a regular basis not only take significantly better care of their teeth and gums, additionally, they had a greater attendance rate than those who failed to go to a dentist.
Missed classes, as one might expect, resulted in a lowering in grades for children. Not just that, dental problems also:
• diminished confidence for children
• brought about issues with nutrition, resulting in decreased attention span
• discouraged speaking and verbally discussing topics in classes
If caries (cavities) and gingivitis are not found early on and dealt with, they could grow into more severe problems and lead to needless suffering for children.
Luckily, in most cases, dental problems are preventable.
In order to keep children on course with their grades, be sure to include taking them in the family’s visits to the dentist on a regular basis.
Understand the Risks Before You Smoke
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 10/18/18 1:29 AM
Surprising as it may sound, many smokers need to be made more aware of the risks of smoking. In fact, just 29 percent of smokers say they believe 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.
Undoubtedly, while information about the medical complications 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 consequences smoking can have on your health, congratulations! By gaining information about the unfavorable impacts of smoking, you are taking the first leap toward quitting. The American Academy of Periodontology wants you to understand yet another good reason to quit: Tobacco use is harmful to oral health. Recent studies have shown that smoking may be one of the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of periodontal disease. In addition, following periodontal treatment or any type of oral surgery, the chemicals in tobacco can hinder the healing process and make the treatment results less predictable.
How does the use of tobacco inflate your risk for periodontal disease? As a tobacco user, 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 removed during a professional cleaning, and it remains below your gum line, the bacteria in the calculus might attack 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 left untreated, periodontal disease will progress. The pockets between your teeth and gums may grow deeper, allowing in more bacteria that destroy tissue and supporting bone. Because of this, the gums could pull away from the teeth making them appear longer. With no treatment, your teeth could become loose, painful and even fall out.
Save Your Smile
Research shows that tobacco users lose more teeth than nonsmokers do. In fact, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 20 percent of people over the age of 65 who have never smoked are toothless, while a whopping 41.3 percent of regular smokers over the age of 65 are toothless. In addition, research shows that current tobacco users do not bounce back as well after periodontal treatment as former tobacco users or nonsmokers. The good news is, these effects are fixable if the tobacco users kick the habit prior to beginning dental treatment.
Not Just Cigarettes
Other kinds tobacco products are also harmful to your periodontal health. Smokeless tobacco can also cause gums to recede and inflate the chance of losing the bone and fibers that hold your teeth in place.
Other Oral Problems
Researchers have also realized that the following problems 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 tobacco users are about 4 times more likely than people who have never used tobacco to have advanced periodontal (gum) disease. But, eleven years after quitting, former tobacco users were not any more likely than non-tobacco users to suffer from bad gums. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed US government health data on 13,650 people over the age of 18 who had their own teeth. Dr. Scott Tomar, lead researcher 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 heavy smoking.
Smokers who smoked less than half a pack per day were about 3 times more likely than nonsmokers to have periodontitis. But, those who smoked more than a pack and a half during a 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.” Smoking reduces the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the gums. This hinders the healing process, and makes smokers’ gums more vulnerable to infection. In addition to being a major cause of tooth loss, periodontal disease has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease and premature babies. Chief executive John Hunt 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.
The Argument About Metal Amalgam Fillings
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 10/17/18 12:14 AM
In this picture, the difference is obvious 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 metal composite fillings within your teeth, which are known as dental amalgams or silver fillings, are widely used by the dental sector and doctors in most parts of America.
Ingredient lists show the mixture consists of a blend of metals — 50% Mercury, 25% Silver, 15% Tin, 8% Copper & other trace metals.
Many scientists and a percentage of dentists have come to think that it isn’t safe to place so much mercury into a mouth of someone since mercury is actually a toxic heavy metal.
The World Health Organization has declared that there is a good chance that mercury is simply not “locked” safely within the metal bonds in the teeth and can trickle slowly into your body. Some dentists worry that this could be leading to significant illnesses. These could possibly include Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and a wide variety of “auto-immune” illnesses.
The fact is, simply by upsetting the immune system, metal amalgam could possibly be leading to an even wider range of health. issues. A number of countries, such as Denmark, Austria, Sweden, Canada and Germany have actually prohibited or added significant limitations 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.
Quite a few dental practices in the United States have stopped putting metal fillings inside their patients’ teeth, and have turned to utilizing white fillings (resin composites) or porcelain inlays and onlays which contain 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 conclude that amalgam fillings are not an option for 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 Dr. Peck. We are not against complying with our patients’ decisions about dental care and dental restoration materials.
Dental Health Predicts Pre-Term/Low Birth Weight Babies
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 10/17/18 12:14 AM
The condition of a mother’s oral health may have a massive impact on the general wellness of her newborn. In the event that a pregnant woman has gum disease, she actually is prone to having a baby with pre-term/low birth weight, sepsis, a reduced Apgar score, and an elevated temperature.
Researchers reviewed 870 women with gingivitis, aged 18 to 42 years, and discovered that periodontal treatment substantially decreased the pre-term/low birth weight rate, based on a recent issue of the Journal of Periodontology. The results indicated that ladies who obtained periodontal treatment composed of plaque control, scaling, as well as regular rinsing together with chlorhexidine before 28 weeks of gestation had a substantially decreased incidence of pre-term/low birth weight infants in comparison with women that did not.
In reality, pregnancy-associated gingivitis afforded much more than a two-fold boost in the risk for pre-term births.
Women with pregnancy gingivitis really should pay a visit to Dr. Peck as quickly as possible to obtain treatment in addition to precautionary maintenance so that they can provide their little ones a healthy start. Gum disease is easy to take care of, there isn’t any risk to the mom or unborn baby, and the final results may be dramatic when it comes to improving the probability of delivering a healthy baby.
How Important Is A Healthy Smile To The Lifetrack Of Your Child?
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 10/17/18 12:14 AM
Need a glimpse of your child’s future? Look into their mouth. A youngster’s healthy smile is an indication of a positive and successful future. This is because healthy teeth and gums now are strongly associated with overall health, in accordance with countless recent studies that have identified a link between what goes on in the mouth to illnesses in other parts of the human body.
Unfortunately children are some of those with the most disappointing dental health in the United States, partly because dads and moms wait until the child starts school before going to the dentist.
Precisely what this all points to is that optimum dental health in kids portends an encouraging destiny that includes overall wellness, high self-pride, self-confidence, regular attendance in school, excellent grades, graduation, employability, success at job interviews, and perhaps most importantly, achievement of fulfilling private relationships. See your child smile now and for future years by seeing Dr. Peck before they start school.
Dental Issues Lead To Very Poor Self Image for Children
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 10/17/18 12:14 AM
Bad oral health has an adverse effect on kids’ all around health and psychological well being.
Anxiety and depression in children can end up being the result of an unhealthy self-image as well as self-esteem brought on by dental problems, such as:
• cracked teeth
• damaged teeth
• missing teeth
• dark or perhaps stained teeth
• pain within the mouth area
For kids, cavities are generally a common problem that begins at an early age.
Oral decay affects more than one-fifth of U.S. children ages 2-4 years, 1/2 of those ages six to eight, and almost 60 percent of those aged 15, based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Untreated cavities may cause pain, dysfunction, absence from school, underweight, along with poor appearance–problems that can greatly reduce a child’s chance to succeed in life.
Tooth problems impact children’s capacity to communicate verbally and nonverbally together with peers and educators. If perhaps they are ashamed by their teeth, they may end up being always covering up their mouth using their hands, hesitate to smile, or unwilling to speak for fear of displaying their teeth when they talk at school.
Almost all of these traits as a result of poor dental treatment can negatively impact your son or daughter’s school performance as well as attendance.
The remedy would be to take your child for a dental health examination at your dental office by his or her third birthday, and every six months afterwards.
Gum Disease Connected To Likelihood Of Osteoporosis
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 10/15/18 1:41 AM
Researchers with the University of Buffalo as well as the University of New York at Buffalo discovered that most women diagnosed with periodontal disease were more apt to have osteoporosis. Published within the Journal of Periodontology, the research involved greater than 2,500 postmenopausal women. It discovered that women who have reduced bone density, also had an 86% risk of suffering from gum disease, the key cause of tooth loss within those older than thirty-five years of age.
Scientists additionally discovered a really strong relationship in between osteoporosis and the advanced form of gum disease which causes tooth loss. It’s thought that eliminating gum disease may furthermore have a side benefit of fighting osteoporosis, that impacts greater than twenty million people within America, accounting for practically 2 million fractures per year.
Once again, the link in between gum disease and overall health can’t be overemphasized. Maintain a regular routine of dental cleanings, see Dr. Peck and be continuously vigilant against gum disease. It could help save your life.
The Smile of Your Child Can Impact Lifetime Success
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 10/15/18 1:41 AM
Poor oral health provides a negative effect on kids’ overall health and wellness.
Anxiety and depression in kids could be the consequence of an undesirable self-image and confidence due to dental problems, which include cracked, broken, or absent teeth, dark or discolored teeth, or soreness in the mouth resulting from cavities or gingivitis (gum disease). If that continues in their school years, they might be looking at chronically receiving below average report card scores and, possibly, missing the cut for higher education or training in the career they want when they graduate from high school.
It might come as a surprise to you, but, for children, cavities are a frequent issue which begins from a young age. Tooth decay is affecting over one-fifth of U.S. kids ages 2-4 years, 50% of those ages 6-8, and just about 60% of those age 15 and up, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Low-income kids are most hit: about one-third have untreated decay. Neglecting cavities can cause discomfort, oral dysfunction, absence from school, being undernourished, and having a poor appearance — issues that can greatly reduce a child’s capacity to flourish in life.
Dental problems affect kids’ capability to connect through conversation and, also, nonverbally. Comfortable interaction with peers and instructors is extremely important to succeeding in school. If perhaps they are embarrassed by their smile, they may be constantly covering up their own mouth using their hands, be afraid to smile, or be reluctant to speak for anxiety about showing their smile when they speak during class. All of these traits, resulting from bad dental health, can negatively influence the child’s school results and attendance.
Dr. Peck warns, “A significant mistake I observe parents making with their children’s dental health is to somehow believe that baby teeth don’t count.” he explains, “A child’s adult teeth haven’t all come in until they are 9-10 years old, if you don’t count the wisdom teeth. Dental disease and pain in a baby tooth can be overwhelming for a child if the problem is not fixed by a dentist.” Going further, Dr. Peck says, “Quite a few parents try to explain that their child kept the cavity and resulting pain to themselves. I explain that if mom and dad don’t value dental care for baby teeth, 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 assessment at Dr. Peck’s office in Cincinnati by their third birthday, and every six months after that.
Whose to say? They might end up going to dental school just like Dr. Peck did.
Are You Diabetic? Go Get Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 10/12/18 12:14 AM
Various studies suggest that the presence and severity of periodontal disease will increase the risk of poor blood sugar level control in people suffering from diabetes. New research which compared diabetics having minimal as well as serious periodontal disease identified that individuals with the more serious periodontal disease had a drastically higher number of cardiovascular issues, like strokes, angina, and heart failure.
A different analysis identified that the treatment of periodontal disease in people with diabetes could actually improve the diabetics’ ability to manage diabetes. Although there are not any known definitive explanations why periodontitis impacts blood sugar control in diabetic patients, several theories have been created. Acute bacterial along with viral infections prompt an increase in your body’s resistance to insulin, which then exacerbates blood sugar management. In diabetes sufferers, additional infection exacerbates insulin resistance and significantly worsens their ability to manage blood sugar.
Gum disease and diabetes have a complicated interaction. Anyone that has diabetes, regardless of the severity needs to have a thorough oral health evaluation. If gum disease is found, Dr. Peck needs to make every attempt to get rid of it.
Choosing a New Dental Practice: Private Practice or Corporate Chain
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 10/8/18 12:50 AM
Anytime you may be choosing a new dentist, you will find two important choices that a large number of patients are dealing with at this time. It is the decision between seeing a corporate dental practice compared to seeing a dentist in private practice. You will find advantages with each. Discover what they are to help you to make a more suitable decision about what variety of practice might be best for you along with your family’s dental needs.
For starters, general definitions should be understood. Private practice dentistry is any time a dentist leases or builds the office, employs staff, takes care of administration, marketing, and also performs dental care to his or her patients. This is what many people are used to when looking at a dentist.
Corporate dentistry is whenever a dentist has a job at a corporate or company “owned”, or chain dental practice rather than running the business themselves.
The dentist shows up when scheduled, carries out whatever duties that are required, and is responsible for reaching the goals for dental care sold each day. It is not the dentist but, rather, the corporate board that decides on those numbers.
The word, “owned” is in quotation marks above because, in 46 states across the United States, it is against the law for anyone aside from a licensed dentist to own a dental practice. The dental companies go around that law by buying a property and “offering” dental practice administration, accounting as well as marketing services to a dentist. The companies own the property, employ the staff, decide rates and sales objectives and can, essentially, fire the dentist when they do not reach the set levels of dentistry sold. So it is up to you to decide who really “owns” the chain dental practice.
Corporate dentistry, in the end, is accountable to generate a profit for the share holders. The truth is, in a recent article by the Center for Public Integrity, a few patients of corporate dental chains had been pushed towards receiving treatment options they could not afford and pushed into taking out long term financing contracts.
In a private dental practice, the doctor may make decisions which may not result in a profit, but, will benefit his or her patients.
In corporate dentistry, if an employed doctor is simply not generating adequate income for for that company, they are going to be let go. While just about any business must make a profit, corporate chains have a history of selecting dentists just out of school that have loads of education debt to pay off. The pressure to “sell” dental care can be overwhelming.
In the Center for Public Integrity’s report, a senior citizen had been billed over $1,200 for a filling. One person’s bill highlighted he had all sorts of procedures completed (and paid for) on teeth that had been slated for extraction. There have been stories that some corporate dental practices own their very own overseas dental labs and instruct their “employee” dentists to work with only that lab.
The dentist turnover rate is huge at these types of dental “mills” so that whenever a patient comes back they might not automatically see the very same dentist they saw previously.
On the other hand,in the private practice setting, if a doctor is excellent with their patients and keeps them satisfied, at the end of the day the doctor will surely have the personal satisfaction of having made individuals’ lives far better. That gratification and personal engagement in the lives of their patients ensures that private practice dentists will usually be in the practice for several years, or even decades.
So, what are the benefits of visiting a corporate practice dentist? The company will often advertise cheap prices, despite the fact that final billings after add-ons don’t seem to be considerably distinct from a private-practice dentist’s rates. Additionally, they take every single insurance plan which exists on the planet. Again, many options and add-ons aren’t going to be covered by the person’s insurance coverage and the individual needs to pay for them out of pocket, should they agree to them.
Our personal advice? Select sensibly as opposed to inexpensively. In Cincinnati, go with our dental practice> Dr. Peck will not let your insurance provider influence exactly what level of dental care you deserve. Come for a new patient appointment with Dr. Peck. We will be here when you make your next appointment in the coming year. Our team is going to remember you and the long-term plan and objectives that you have set for you as well as your family’s dental health.