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Pregnancy and teeth

Pregnancy can be the gateway to many dental problems in women including, gum disease and increased risk of tooth decay. For the record, pregnancy doesn’t automatically damage your teeth. If your body is deficient of calcium, her bones – not her teeth- will provide the needed calcium. However, increased hormones can affect your body’s initial response to plaque, and in return make you more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. 

With proper oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist regularly, you’re sure to keep your teeth healthy throughout pregnancy. 

Dental disease can affect a developing baby

Research has linked gum disease and premature birth with low birth weight. Babies who are born prematurely may risk a range of health conditions including cerebral palsy and problems with eyesight and hearing. A simple visit to your dentist can also help to keep your baby safe and healthy while developing. Some dental insurance companies even recommend it.

Pre-pregnancy dental health

You are far less likely to experience tooth complications if you are already practicing good oral hygiene at home. If you plan to become pregnant be sure to schedule an appointment with your dental provider and treat any concerns your dentist may have. 

Tell your dentist if you are pregnant

Pregnancy may affect your dental care. For example, the dentist may put off taking x-rays until after the birth of your baby. If dental x-rays are unavoidable, the dentist can take precautions to ensure your baby’s safety.

Gum problems

The hormones associated with pregnancy can make some women susceptible to gum problems including:

  • gingivitis (gum inflammation) – this is more likely to occur during the second trimester. Symptoms include swelling of the gums and bleeding, particularly during brushing and when flossing between teeth
  • Untreated periodontal disease – pregnancy may worsen this chronic gum infection, which is caused by untreated gingivitis and can lead to tooth loss

During pregnancy, the gum problems that occur are not due to increased plaque, but a worse response to plaque as a result of increased hormone levels. 

Tell your dentist about any gum problems that you might have. Switch to a softer toothbrush and brush your teeth regularly, at least twice every day. Use toothpaste that like Clinpro that contains fluoride. 

Vomiting can damage teeth

Pregnancy hormones soften the ring of muscle that keeps food inside the stomach. Gastric reflux or the vomiting associated with morning sickness can coat your teeth with strong stomach acids. Repeated reflux and vomiting can damage tooth enamel and increase the risk of decay and erosion. To prevent this:

  • Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after vomiting. Your teeth are sensitive directly after from the trauma of the acids, wait a bit to brush your teeth, this will help to prevent scratching of the enamel. Wait about 30-45 minutes before brushing.
  • Rinse your mouth thoroughly with plain tap water. 
  • Follow up with a non-alcohol mouthwash that contains fluoride.
  • If you wear a retainer or night guard, sleep with fluoride toothpaste inside of your appliance.

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Cavities and Sugar, What’s the Deal?

Sugar= Cavities

These days we all know sugar negatively impacts your teeth in several ways. Research has shown those who consume sodas and sugary drinks have an increased risk for heart disease, type two diabetes, obesity, cancer, cavities and so much more.

So, cavities and sugar, what’s the deal?

Your mouth contains an abundance of helpful oral bacteria and harmful oral bacteria, when food and drinks are consumed, the ph balance of your mouth changes and different types of bacteria are presented. When sugar, specifically, is introduced to the oral cavity a group of harmful bacteria creates an acid. Acids work to break down the minerals of your teeth and weaken tooth enamel. And by enamel, we mean the white, shiny, structure of your teeth that is visual to the eye. The good news is, your saliva actively and naturally undergoes a process of replenishing your tooth structure with the necessary minerals such as; calcium, phosphate, and fluoride from toothpaste and water.

It’s a constant battle. This process happens continually and causes mineral loss in the Enamel. Over time this weakens and ultimately destroys the enamel, causing a cavity. Cavity, or tooth decay, is a hole in the tooth and if left untreated by your dentist can spread deeper into the tooth causing pain, root canals, crowns, and tooth loss. 

Signs of a cavity:

  • Toothache
  • Pain while eating
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold 
  • Inflammation or swelling of the gums, cheek or face

So what can you do? 

  1. Watch what you eat and drink. If you do have a sugary beverage or food drink it all at once and brush right after.
  2. Practice good oral hygiene. Brush in the morning, after lunch, and before bed. 
  3. See your dentist. You should see your dentist every six months or as directed. Patients who tend to be higher risk for cavity are typically recommended to see their dentist every 3-4 months, along with patients with a history of periodontal disease, and poor oral hygiene.

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Cleaning Invisalign

The DO’S and DO NOT’S of Cleaning your Invisalign

Just like brushing and flossing are essential for overall healthy teeth and gums, proper cleaning of your Invisalign trays is also essential for good oral hygiene.

THE DO’S

  • As often as you would typically brush your teeth, brush your trays thoroughly. Especially while your sleeping, bacteria can accumulate in the trays and cause cavities.
  • Always rinse aligners after removal. Remember to brush and floss as needed- you are more prone to cavities with the bacteria that builds up inside of your trays.
  • Soak aligners in cleaning crystal by Invisalign (1 package of cleaning crystals come free with Invisalign trays), or denture tablet cleaner. The denture cleaner can be found at your local drugstore.
  • Antibacterial soap and a manual toothbrush.
  • Take advantage of the WhiteFoam offered at Stamm Dental, one bottle is provided free of charge, more bottles are available for purchase for $20 each.
  • Don’t leave trays out in the open air when you are not wearing them. Leaving your trays exposed to air is gateway for more bacteria to build up and EVEN WORSE, you could lose them!

THE DO NOT’S

  • Unless specifically instructed by your dental staff, do not eat or drink anything besides water with your trays in.
  • Don’t use toothpaste inside of your trays it will leave a film on the trays and make them more noticeable.
  • Don’t use an electric toothbrush on your trays, this will scratch the trays and make them more noticeable.
  • Do not use soaps to clean your trays that are scented or colored.

By: Ashley Grammer

Kick your soda habit to the curb!

How many sodas do you drink a day? A week? Sugar is an addiction we like to sweep under the rug, or simply decline all together. Drinking these sugary beverages has been associated with many health issues including tooth decay and obesity. To find out how often you need a professional cleaning check out this blog “How often do I need a teeth cleaning”

I know what you’re going to say, but it’s organic! It doesn’t matter if they’re organic, if they use real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. Drinking sweet drinks is simply not good for your health. Downing just two sugar-laden fizzy drinks per week has been shown to substantially increase your risks of pancreatic cancer!

Sugar in soda combines with bacteria in your mouth to form acid, which attacks the teeth. Diet or “sugar-free” soda contains its own acid, which also can damage teeth. Each attack lasts about 20 minutes and starts over with every sip of soda you take. These ongoing acid attacks weaken tooth enamel.

And, if you think you’re safe because you drink an artificially-sweetened pop, think again. Even those have been associated with decline in kidney function and weight gain.

So, what’s a health-conscious person supposed to do?! Check out our tips to help kick that sugary habit for good!

  • I know! It seems hard. But it’s ridiculously easy. And it’s fun! If you like fruity flavors, try combining seltzer water and fruit juice at a 3:1 ratio. You’ll be surprised at how delicious this actually is!
  • Others surprise themselves by adding seltzer water to a creamy coffee, or by mixing vanilla extract and honey into seltzer water to create a classic cream soda.
  • Start drinking Kombucha! Kombucha is mildly tart and sweet, wonderfully fizzy, probiotic, and full of energy-boosting B vitamins. You can definitely find this in our break room fridge 🙂  It’s naturally fermented and will help zap those sugar cravings!
  • Like kombucha, water kefir is a fizzy and naturally-fermented, probiotic beverage.

Quitting things cold turkey can be difficult! But it’s time to start eliminating the sugar from your diet for overall health! Have you been able to kick a habit? Share with us! We’d love to hear your story!

Blog By: Ashley Grammer

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So..Butter is actually good for you?!

You got that right! After years of being told that margarine was more “heart-healthy” than butter, we’re now discovering in long-term studies that the science simply just doesn’t back up the claim.

We used to believe that high fat diets promoted tumor growth. Now we know that it doesn’t necessarily have to do with the high-fat diet, but the kind of fats in that diet. A diet high in the wrong kinds of fats promotes tumor growth. A diet high in the right kinds of fats deters cancer growth.

Researchers have shown that both Oleic acid and Myristic acid have cancer-fighting properties. Both of these fatty acids make up a large percentage of the fats found in butter.

Butter from grass-fed cows is also rich in Conjugated Linoleic Acid —which is a strong cancer deterring fatty acid.

Also, while completing a statistical meta-analysis of all the medical studies that had supposedly linked dietary intake of saturated fat to incidences of coronary heart disease, strokes, and diabetes (hint: there is no link between saturated fat and heart disease), researchers discovered something particularly awesome!

They found that while the industrially-produced trans-fats found in processed food is definitively linked to incidences of coronary heart disease, the naturally occurring trans-fats found in butter are inversely related to incidences of type-2 diabetes. In other words, people who eat more butter are less likely to get type-2 diabetes!

Butter from grass-fed cows is high in vitamin K-2, and recent research shows that K-2 isn’t just responsible for helping us prevent or reverse osteoporosis like we’d previously thought. It also reduces disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Butter is high in cholesterol– but for once, this is a good thing!

Our brains and nervous systems require cholesterol to develop properly . While the brain can make its own cholesterol, it also pulls cholesterol from the blood plasma (which comes from your diet) when it needs more.

It’s also essential for growing children.

Mother’s milk is high in cholesterol and contains over 50 percent of its calories as butterfat. Low fat diets have been linked to failure to thrive in children — yet low-fat diets are often recommended for youngsters! Children need the many factors in butter and other animal fats for optimal development.

Did you know your brain is more than 65% fat?

The protective coating on your neurons — called myelin — is also high in fat, measuring at 70%. One of the most common fatty acids in myelin is — you guessed it — oleic acid. And, as I mentioned above, butter is an excellent source of oleic acid.

Butterfat contains glycospingolipids, a special category of fatty acids that protect against gastro-intestinal infection, especially in the very young and the elderly. For this reason, children who drink skim milk have diarrhea at rates three to five times greater than children who drink whole milk. Cholesterol in butterfat promotes health of the intestinal wall and protects against cancer of the colon. Short and medium chain fatty acids protect against pathogens and have strong anti-fungal effects. Butter thus has an important role to play in the treatment of candida overgrowth.

Can you believe it!? Butter is actually healthy for you!

 

Blog By: Ashley Grammer

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Fall Prevention Awareness September 22nd.

The first day of fall marks Falls Prevention Awareness Day — and this year, the holiday lands on September 22. This holiday, is an opportunity for people to learn how to prevent fall-related injuries that affect older adults.

Unfortunately, every 11 seconds an older adult is hospitalized for a fall; every 19 minutes an older adult dies from a fall. These numbers are scary, but many accidents can be prevented. So this year, get involved with your community — local, state and national — and spread the message of prevention.

1. The easiest thing you can do is to clean up clutter and keep your home neat and tidy.
2. Repair or remove tripping hazards. Sometimes home fixtures can contribute to falls, which can then lead to back pain and other injuries. Examine every room and hallway, looking for items such as loose carpet, slippery throw rugs, or wood floorboards that stick up. Then repair, remove, or replace those items for more effective fall prevention.
3.Light it right. Inadequate lighting is another major hazard. To create a home that’s more suitable for the elderly, install brighter light bulbs where needed, particularly in stairways and narrow hallways.
4. Be aware, take your time, and move carefully!

 

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Sports Guards

Do I really need a sportsguard?

Whether it’s a little league, high school, professional sports, or just a hobby, a sports guard should always be worn when there is risk of getting hit in the mouth. The National Youth Sports Foundation for the Prevention of Athletic Injuries, Inc. reports the most common type of injury sustained during participation in sports is orofacial.  A mouth guard can help by protecting against fractured or chipped teeth, loss of teeth, and harm to the bone or root. This can save you a lot of money in the long run by preventing the need for extensive dental treatment.

Mouthguards are like airbags – they work to absorb the shock of the collision, the pressure of the impact is redirected onto the plastic sports guard instead of your teeth and jaws. By absorbing and dissipating facial impacts, mouthguards can significantly reduce the chances of incurring a mouth injury.

A custom-fitted sports guard made by your dentist is the best option for protecting against tooth and mouth trauma. In fact, a study confirmed that custom-fitted mouthguards can reduce your chances of concussion by more than 50%. Custom-fitted mouthguards are exactly that – made to not only fit snugly over your teeth but also into your mouth. Many athletes who use this kind of mouthguard notice that is has a very low profile effect in their mouths, which means it is much easier to breathe and speak around. A great fit means you’re less likely to take it out or misplace it. Custom-fitted mouthguards are also very durable, can be disinfected easily, and you can often custom-order yours with colors or logos.

 

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Simplify your life week

What do the words “simplify your life” mean to you?
What would a simpler life look like? Imagine how your home, office, calendar, or car might look different.
What would a simpler life feel like? Imagine how your mind, body, and energy levels might be different.
Although a “simple life” might look a little different for you than for me, below are three underlying principles for simplifying that we recommend.

1. Mindfulness
The best place to start making a change in your life is to notice the change that needs made. Life is a busy world and often comes with strenuous demands on our time and energy. Technology, which has brought many incredible benefits to our lives, has made it increasingly difficult for us to disconnect from the outside world and simply be in the present moment.
Take a moment to practice mindfulness. No matter where you are – sitting, standing, or lounging – close your eyes and take a deep breath.
You may notice that your mind resists this pause. Our minds are complex and often get stuck in management mode, reminding us to do things we’ve forgotten to do throughout the day. We’re so accustomed to moving so quickly sometimes taking a pause might be difficult! Which brings us back to the idea of simplifying your life:
Think of 2-3 adjectives to describe how it feels to be in your body and mind right now. Comfortable. Overwhelmed. Energized. Drained. Accept how you’re feeling with compassion, perhaps by saying, “I’m feeling anxious right now. And that’s okay.”
Now, think about how you would prefer to feel.

2. Make a personal inventory
Now that you are more grounded and mindful, make a mental inventory of all of the moving parts in your life. What do you feel responsible for? What are the activities or objects that fill your days? How many hats do you wear?
What you might discover is that you’re expecting a lot of yourself! You expect yourself to be on time, to respond to emails within an hour, to cook meals, to grocery shop, to tidy the home, to perform well at work, to keep the car repaired, to send birthday cards, to attend children’s activities, to exercise, to get rest, to spend time with your partner, to call your mother, to… Well, you get the idea!
Think back to a time you felt really good, and remember what contributed to how you felt. Can you bring more of that into your life somehow?

3. Practice gently saying no
In order to simplify your life, you must say no sometimes! Many of us are people-pleasers by nature and feel uncomfortable refusing a request. In fact, many of us habitually take on responsibilities that were never requested because we think we “should.” Often this can be traced back to how we were raised.
Nevertheless, it’s your job as your keeper to let go of assumed responsibilities, and to say “no” to requests that don’t enhance your life.

If saying “no” gently but firmly is a new experience for you, it will take time to get used to. That’s okay!
Thankfully, there are many creative ways to say “no” to assumed responsibilities these days. For example, food subscription services can help if you struggle to get meals on the table. If it’s within your budget, consider hiring a cleaning service. Or for that matter, maybe it’s okay to clean less often! And if your home feels cluttered, consider hiring a professional organizer to help. Remember, you do not have to go it alone!
Parents, consider saying “no” to some of your children’s requests. Many children are enrolled in back-to-back activities, requiring parents to shuttle them all over town. It sets a good example for your children (and helps your mental sanity!) to choose their activities carefully and to spend more unstructured time together at home.

Happy simplify your life week!!

 

Blog By: Ashley Grammer

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Teeth Whitening

You’re interested in teeth whitening but don’t know where to start? Did your dentist give you a couple of options and you’re not sure which one is best for you?

Teeth whitening is an easy, minimally invasive and relatively low-cost procedure. Teeth whitening also happens to be one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments. Whitening of teeth does not offer a permanent solution for tooth discoloration, results are essentially immediate and the effects can last for several months if appropriately cared for.

Stamm Dental offers both in-office and at home teeth whitening.

How They Work

In-office teeth whitening is performed by the trained Stamm Dental clinical staff members and offers safe and reliable whitening results. The results of professionally administered in-office whitening tend to be better because dentists are able to use higher-concentrated bleaching gels. Your dentist will complete a dental examination to check teeth and gum tissue health and determine which concentration of whitening will be best for you. Then your dentist will “prep” your teeth to clear away any plaque prior to treatment.

To begin treatment, a cheek retractor is used to expose the teeth. A liquid rubber dam or hardening resin is applied to the gum tissue for protection. A hydrogen peroxide bleaching gel is then applied to the teeth where it remains for 20 minutes. The gel is then cleaned off and reapplied for one or more additional periods of 15 to 30 minutes. Results will be visible immediately, though the full effect of treatment will not be seen for a couple days.
Your dentist will discuss ways to maximize the whitening effect by suggesting you avoid certain foods that can cause discoloration. Foods to stay away from include deep colored foods and drinks such as; red wine, curry, soy sauce, tea, coffee for at least 48 hours.

AND THEN there’s at home teeth whitening.

At-home teeth whitening is a do-it-yourself alternative to professional teeth whitening. At-home whitening typically costs less than professional solutions and also offers the convenience of doing it yourself rather than scheduling an appointment with a dentist. That said, at-home whitening products have lower concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, meaning they may not offer the same degree of shade changes that you get from professional whiteners. At-home whitening kits can be purchased from your dental professional with instructions for use. At home whitening kits will take longer to achieve the desired shade, however, ongoing use helps intensify the bleaching effect, meaning that multiple applications over time can result in greater shade change.

The mode of application is simple! It is recommended that the best time to begin an at-home whitening regimen is after a professional dental cleaning. This can help you achieve the best results. It is possible to overdo it when it comes to tooth bleaching, even with lower concentration at-home products. Follow the instructions carefully to ensure you don’t cause yourself more harm than good.

In addition to the standard trays, strips and brush-on applicators, there are other products that include things like whitening toothpaste, mouthwash, floss and even chewing gum. Take these products with a grain of salt. While they may offer minor, short-lived whitening, the results pale in comparison to the effects achieved with more traditional whitening methods.

Are you a Candidate?

In-office whitening candidacy is fairly wide open for people with healthy teeth and gums. During your consultation, your dentist will conduct a thorough oral health examination. If you have any underlying conditions such as tooth decay or gum disease, the concentrated bleaching gel could cause you significant pain. Any such oral health conditions must first be addressed before your dentist will perform in-office whitening.
Additionally, it should be noted that not all discoloration can be treated with in-office teeth whitening. Deep, “intrinsic” stains may not be as effectively treated with whitening. Depending on the desired results, a more significant cosmetic treatment such as dental veneers may need to be considered in such cases.

 

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Dental Implants

So what happens when you’re missing a tooth?

A missing tooth can throw your entire mouth out of alignment because the surrounding teeth will begin to drift into the open space of the missing tooth. This can have a rippling effect along all your teeth and could result in a crooked smile and a dysfunctional bite. Missing teeth can affect the way you chew, the way you talk, and the way you feel.

Dr. Stamm and Dr. Hernandez recommend replacing missing teeth with dental implants for a few simple reasons:

1. Improved facial and bone features.
Before dental implants, dentists fabricated a fixed structure in the mouth called a “bridge” to replace missing teeth. Dental implants have given us the technology to replace a missing tooth without modifying other teeth in the mouth. Dental Implants will also preserve bone and significantly reduce bone resorption and deterioration. Dental implants are often placed with a bone graph that help restore your jawbone structure by reducing the biting pressures on other teeth reducing gingival recession, bone resorption and jaw deterioration.

2. Long-lasting and reliable.
Most dentures will need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years, but with proper care and maintenance, implants last as long as conventional restorations on teeth, with predictable outcomes. At every visit with your hygienist and Dr. they will check the gum tissues and overall health of your implants.

3. Improved ability to eat and chew.
Dental implants are anchored in your jaw bone just like natural teeth. Over time they will help preserve the jaw bone and significantly reduce bone resorption. Replacing missing teeth with implants allow you to chew your food better and speak more clearly.

4. They look natural and fit comfortably.
Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. In addition, implants give patients the confidence to smile, eat, and engage in social activities without worrying about how they look or if their dentures will fall out.

5. High success rate.
Well planned and cared for dental implants generally offer ‘survival rates’ comparable or better than other teeth replacement options. And, as implant technology and techniques improve, so should their success rate. People in good health have the best chance for successful implants.

 

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