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Posts for: November, 2015

By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
November 21, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  

It’s a common problem for denture wearers: after years of a comfortable fit, your dentures now seem to be uncomfortably loose. The reason, though, may have more to do with bone loss than the dentures.

Bone is a living tissue with a life cycle — it forms, it ages, and it eventually dies and dissolves (resorbs). It’s replaced with new bone and the cycle repeats. Additionally, the forces generated when we bite or chew are transmitted from the teeth to the jaw, which helps stimulate new bone growth. When the natural teeth are missing, however, the bone no longer receives this stimulus. Resorbed bone isn’t replaced at a healthy rate, which leads over time to bone loss.

Denture construction can also contribute to bone loss. The denture palate rests for support on the bony ridges that once held the teeth. Over time the compressive forces of the dentures apply damages and reduces the volume of gum tissue and eventually does the same to the bone. Combining all these factors, the reduced gum and bone volume will eventually alter the denture fit.

There are a few alternatives for correcting loose dentures. One is to reline them with new plastic, as either a temporary fix performed during an office visit or a more permanent relining that requires sending your dentures to a dental lab. Depending on the rate of bone loss, a patient could go through several denture relinings to accommodate ongoing changes in the jaw. At some point, though, it may be necessary to create a new set of dentures.

A third alternative that’s becoming increasingly useful is to incorporate dental implants into the denture design. Implants can of course be used to replace individual teeth, but a few strategically placed implants (usually of smaller dimension) can serve as a support platform for a removable denture. This relieves some of the compression force of a traditionally worn denture and can slow bone loss.

If you’re having problems with your denture fit, call us for an appointment. We’ll help you decide on the best alternative to improving the fit and making your dentures more comfortable and secure.

If you would like more information on refitting loose dentures, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Loose Dentures.”

By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
November 18, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: knock out   concussions   fight  

How Ronda Rousey Was Knock Out by Holly Holm

This is an article found in the OsteoTalk Newletter of November 18, 2015.  See the Original Article Here

The Physics Behind Ronda Rousey’s Knock Out by Holly HolmBefore her dramatic upset last Saturday, we saw Ronda Rousey knock out opponent after opponent in mere seconds, but why do jaw punches always seem to drop victims to the ground like a sack of potatoes?

As it turns out, physics, more than physiology, is the deciding factor. A knockout is usually the result of a concussion, where the force of a blow moves the brain around inside the skull. If this occurs with enough energy, a temporary shutdown occurs as the brain attempts to divert energy toward repairing the damage. Repeated occurrence of concussion is highly dangerous and has a demonstrable impact on mental health, so Rousey’s opponents are probably thankful her winning strategy is the arm-bar.

How it works: The jaw, being the point on the skull furthest from the spinal column, acts like a lever, snapping the head around until the musculature stops it abruptly. The additional energy gained from the lever combined with the sudden snap is what causes the brain motion resulting in concussion.

However, there is another mechanism by which a punch from a UFC fighter might turn out the lights, and it was employed to outstanding effect by Holly Holm. It may appear to be a weak hit that barely touches the opponent’s chin, but it's a KO. What happened?

In this case, the carotid sinus reflex may be at play. It might have looked like a blow to the chin, but a punch hitting the side of the neck can trigger a nervous pathway that temporarily causes a rapid decrease in heart rate, essentially causing the opponent to faint. This too can be highly dangerous, even stopping the heart if medical attention is not received, so it’s no surprise Rousey was transported to a hospital as a precaution.

So what does all this mean for oral health? Repeated trauma to the jaw and teeth can cause resorption of the root structure and surrounding bone, especially in cases of avulsion, in which a tooth is knocked whole from its socket. A 2015 study found a significant relationship between dental trauma and later resorption, occurring most often in cases of intrusive luxation. Professional athletes like Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm use fitted mouth guards which are often successful in preventing permanent damage from orofacial injury.

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By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
November 10, 2015
Tags: Tooth Brushing   hygiene  

Your Mouth May Be Making You Sick!

Is Your Mouth Making You Sick?It is certainly not a secret that the health of your mouth and your overall health are closely related.  Having an unhealthy mouth can contribute to a multitude of problems inluding cancer, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.  This is a great graphic that shows what some of those relationships are.  The message here is keep you mouth healthy to avoid other bad health risks.  It seems that regular checkups and cleanings really, really do make a difference.

This graphic is provided by Atlanta Dental Spa and Pintrest at www.atlantadentalspa.com It has a lot of good information.

80% of American adults have some level of gum disease.

If you have diabetes and bleeding gum your risk of premeature death increases as much as 700%!

Gum disease increases the risk of Alzheimers disease, head and neck cancer and both Pancreatic and Kidney cancer.

Peopole with gum disease are more likely to die from heart disase and stroke.

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By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
November 06, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   braces  

Have you started orthodontic treatment recently? Are you having a little trouble getting used to your braces? If so, you are not alone: Everybody goes through an adjustment period during which they momentarily wonder if they’ll really ever get used to this. Don’t worry — you will! And we’ve never heard anyone say, on the day their braces come off and their new smile is revealed, that they aren’t glad they went the distance. Just ask Houston Rockets all-star center Dwight Howard, who discussed his own orthodontic treatment in a recent interview.

“I’m sure I was no different than anyone else who has ever had braces,” he told Mediaplanet. “At first I hated them so much… That changed once I got used to them and I actually grew to love them.” What’s Howard’s advice? “Do exactly what your orthodontist says and know that the outcome is well worth it in the end.” We couldn’t agree more! Here are some tips for wearing braces comfortably:

  • Hard & Chewy Foods: If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, that’s great; there’s no reason to give them up, just the really hard ones. You don’t want to bite into an apple or carrot or any other hard foods like bagels and pizza that have any “size” to them. Small pieces may be ok as long as they can’t bend your wires. Chewy, sticky candy should really be avoided completely. Same with soda, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks because they contain acids that promote tooth decay and can cause a lot of damage around the braces.
  • Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever. It’s easy for food to get stuck under wires and around brackets, but failing to remove it can cause tooth decay, gum irritation and soreness. Therefore, the cleaner your teeth and your braces are, the healthier you will be. Use interdental cleaning brushes and/or a floss-threader to get behind your wires. A mouthrinse can also help strengthen teeth and keep bacteria in check. If you have any questions about how to clean between your teeth, please ask for a demonstration at your next visit.
  • Pain Relief: Some soreness at the beginning of orthodontic treatment is normal. To relieve it, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and/or a warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw. If brackets or wires are rubbing against the inside of your cheeks or lips, try applying wax to these areas of your braces. If this does not offer enough relief, we may be able to trim the end of a poking wire. Call us if you need help with this.

Our goal is to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible on the way to achieving your all-star smile. If you have questions about adjusting to braces, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”

By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
November 03, 2015
Tags: cavities   smoking  

Your Smoking Is Giving Your Children Cavities!

Children Living With Smokers More Likely To Develop CavitiesI think it is safe to to say that almost everyone knows that smoking tobacco is not a healthy activity.  It leads to numberous health problems for your lungs, heart and blood pressure.  It can cause cancer, stroke and early death.  But did you know how it is affecting your children?

Recently, the American Dental Assosciation released a study from Kyoto Univeristy in Japan that found young children who lived in households with smokers were far more likely to develop dental cavities than kids who lived in non-smoking homes.  Kids who lived with smokers were more than twice as likely to get cavites at three years of age than kids in non-smoking homes.  The ADA states that early exposure secondhand smoke greatly adds to the likehood of getting early dental decay.  Secondhand smoke for 4 month olds contribute to cavities by age three.  See the complete study here.

The graphic here on the left highlights smoking and its harms and shows where in the nation it is its worse.  Do yourself and your kids a favor and stop smoking now.  It is the best thing you can do for your health and your kids health.

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