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By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
March 29, 2016
Category: Oral Health

If you would like to stay healthy, never ignore these six symptoms.never ignore these six symptoms

At Bohle Family Dentistry we are not only dedicated to your oral health but also we watch out for your overall health.  At every check-up we update your medicine list, take your blood pressure and talk to you about how you are doing.  If you have any of the following six symptoms your should see your physician right away if you haven't already.  These six symptoms indicate a possible serious medical issue that needs attention NOW!  It is not unusual in our office that we ask someone to immediately go to the emergency room or to their physicians office because of a symptom we discover.  If you have any  of  the  following, pick up the phone and make the call to your doctor.  Your life could depend on it.

  1. Wheezing while breathing-Having a whistle or wheezing sound while breathing is an indication that your airway or lungs are closing down.  You need to find out why.  Is it a severe allery, asthma or an unknown lung disease like pneumonia or bronchitis?  It is time to see your doctor and find out.
  2. Suicidal Thoughts-If you feel like there is no reason to live you need to talk to a mental health professional.  Also if you feel hopeless or trapped then they can be of help.  The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255.  They are available 24/7 and it is confidential.
  3. Pain or tenderness in your leg calf-DVT is called deep vein thrombosis.  It is a blood clot in your leg from prolonged inactivity or sitting.  Your leg can also swell and be red.  This can be a life threatening situation.  Call your doctor today.
  4. Blood in your urine-This combined with a pain in your sides or back could be an indication of a kidney or bladder infection or possibly kidney stones.  A doctor visit will be needed to sort out this problem.
  5. Sudden arm or leg weakness-At its worse this can indicate a stroke.  This combined with poor balance, dizzyness and or slurred speach is an emergency situation.  Deal with this by calling 9-1-1 immediately.  The type of treatments they can use to help  this are time dependant.  Act now.
  6. Chest pain-This can indicate a possible heart attack!  When you combine chest pain with sweating, nausea and shortness of breath it is as "serious as a heart attack"  This is also a 9-1-1 situation.

It always helps to be careful and healthy.  Eat well, exercise, get regular check-ups and be tuned in to your body.  Don't ignore these six symptoms of health.

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ThoughnotAlwaysSeenitsStillImportanttoReplaceaMissingBackTooth

Your front teeth are the stars of your smile — so it makes perfect sense to replace them if they’re missing. But is it really necessary to replace a largely unseen back tooth with an implant or bridgework?

The answer is an unequivocal yes. Your individual teeth are an interactive part of a dynamic mechanism that enables you to eat, speak and smile. They’re highly adaptable and can move incrementally to accommodate mouth changes — especially when one of them is lost.

Back teeth not only help us chew food efficiently, they also ease some of the pressure from front teeth as we chew. Our efficiency while chewing suffers when they’re missing; other teeth will wear faster and tend to move out of position, “drifting” into the space left by the missing tooth. And without their stimulation during chewing, new bone may grow at a slower rate to replace older bone, reducing bone volume over time.

So, whether visible or not, replacing a back tooth is the best course to take to prevent these adverse consequences. Your two best options are fixed bridgework or dental implants, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

Bridgework has been the traditional method for replacing one or a few missing teeth: they’re long-lasting if cared for properly, have a life-like appearance that blends well with other teeth and are a good option when implants aren’t. But they require extensive altering of the anchor teeth (those used on either side of the bridge to secure it) and they’re highly prone for trapping food between them and the gums, increasing the risk of disease.

Dental implants are easily maintained and their installation doesn’t affect adjacent teeth as with a bridge. They’re also durable with a 95% success rate after ten years. On the other hand, the installation process can take several months and visits, and they require a certain amount of bone mass for proper placement and so aren’t ideal for certain patients.

Regardless of its location, if you have a missing tooth or one that may need to be removed, you should visit us for a complete examination. From there we can tell you how your mouth has been impacted by the missing tooth and which replacement option is best for you.

If you would like more information on tooth replacement options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Replacing Back Teeth.”


By Dr. Charles Bohle and Bohle Family Dentistry
March 22, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Do You Really Need That Antibiotic For Your Dental Appointment?do you really need that antibiotic for your dental appointment

Most patients are really aware that if they have certain types of heart problems that they need to take an antibtiotic before a dental appointment.  These problems inlude having an artifical heart valve or a damaged heart valve from a previous illness.  It used to be that if you had mitral valve prolapse you needed an antibiotic but no more.  You do not need antibiotics if you have a heart murmur or mitral valve prolapse.

Many people come into a dental office asking for antibiotics because they have an articial joint like a knee or hip.  They are very much surprised to learn that the dentist is no longer giving antibiotics for that condition.  In 2012 the (ADA) American Dental Association ruled that there is little evidence that taking an antibiotic before a dental appointment did any good in  protecting your articfial joint from infection.  That means that any bacteria introduced to your system from a dental appointment will not infect your prosthetic joint.  Because there are no good studies supporting that action the ADA ruled that dentists should NOT give antibiotics for most dental patients with artificial joints.  In fact they said the risks involved with taking that medication was greater than not taking it.  Those risks include nausea or severe allergic reaction.  Also it supports you building an antibiotic resistance to certain types of bacteria, making you harder to cure when you truely do need an antibiotic.

I tell my patients that I can no longer give them an antibiotic for their artificial joints but that I do not mind if they want to take something.  I encourage them to contact their physician.  If the physician want them on a certain medication then I do not mind if they give it to them.  It is just that I can no longer do that.  I also do not worry if someone is suppose to be on an antibiotic for a prosthetic joint but forget to take their medication.

I get lots of funny looks from my patients when I tell them about this new policy and I understand why.  If you are used to taking an antibiotic for your dental appointment and then you are told you don't need to, it can be confusing.  Understand that those types of guidelines are reviewed every several years.  Lately the guidelines are leaning to using less and less antibiotics.  I do  agree with them.

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By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
March 15, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Meet Dr. Brent NewbyMeet Dr. Brent Newby

Dr. Brent Newby DDS is an associate dentist at Bohle Family Dentistry.  He is originally from Kansas and graduated from Kansas St..  He attended dental school at the Kansas City School of Dentistry, graduating in 2012.  He is continuing his studies at the University of Kentucky in the Albert Chandler Medical Center.  Dr. Newby works part-time at Bohle Family Dentistry mostly seeing patients on Saturdays.

Dr. Newby says about Bohle Family Dentistry, "I am very impresssed with the level of technology and skill in this practice.  I can very much provide a higher level of service to my patients.  Everyone here has been so welcoming."

Dr. Newby is a big fan of the Kansas City Royals but does cheer for UK except when they play his home school Kansas State.  He likes visiting Kentucky Lake and enjoys hunting.

Bohle Family Dentistry is proud to have Dr. Brent Newby as part of our staff.

 

 


By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
March 14, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   decay   health   gums   checkups  

Your Mouth Tells A StoryYour Mouth Tells A Story

There are many things your dentist learns about you just by looking in your mouth.  It is not just cavites and plaque that we are looking for but also indications of your overall health.  Many diseases can show up in your mouth so gettting those regular checkups might even save your life.  Let's see what the dentist learns when you lean back and open wide.

  • The only time is floss is right before your dental appointment.-Yeah, that never works.  We can tell that a mile away.  Your mouth might be cleaner than if you didn't floss but your gums give you away.  They will still be unhealthy, red and bleeding if you have periodontal disease.  It is an obvious give away.  Don't think you are fooling anyone.
  • You are pregnant.-Roughly half the women who are pregnant develop some swollen gums from the hormonal changes in pregnancy.  It is not because of poor brushing.  It is a classic look.  In fact some even get a "pregnancy tumor" on the gums that will magically go away when the pregnany ends.
  • You were or may be a thumb sucker.-If you have permanent teeth in your mouth and suck your thumb it is likely that there are changes in your bite and face.  Many times these shifts are permanent changes.  It includes a front open bite or protruding teeth.  Once again your teeth give you away.
  • Chronic bad breath could indicate poor health.-If you have diabetes, gastric reflux, sinus problems, kidney or liver failure then the odor of your breath could tell  your dentist.  Your mouth is very much an indicator of your overall health.
  • Do you have bulimia?-This eating disorder leaves a distinct pattern of damage on your teeth.  When your dentist sees this type of damage it is a give away about your problem.
  • Sinus infections can feel like a toothache.-Many times a patient will complain about an upper toothache but the real cause of the pain is a sinus infection and not a bad tooth.  Your dentist can help find out which one it its.
  • You have a vitamin deficiency.-This is where your tongue gives things away.  Changes on your tongue can indicate a change in your health.  Burning, redness or smoothness are the most common signs.  Fixing your diet may be the answer.
  • You love sugary type drinks.-Gatorade, Mountain Dew and all the energy drinks are very high in sugar content.  They also can give you a certain type of dental cavity that tells the dentist you have a high sugar intake.  This can be very destructive to your teeth.

Bohle Family dentistry can help you with any of these problems.  Click here to find out about all of our Services or click here to get an Appointment.  Please visit our Google+, YouTube and facebook pages.  #paducahkydentist