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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

WhiteSpotsonYourTeethAfterBracesMayBeAnEarlySignofEnamelLoss

After months of treatment we’ve removed your braces and your new smile emerges. Upon closer view, however, you notice a number of chalky white spots on your teeth.

These pale areas are white spot lesions (WSLs), the result of mineral breakdown from the long-term contact of acid with the enamel surface. The underlying cause is built-up bacterial plaque due to inadequate oral hygiene, and as such WSLs are the beginning stages of tooth decay.

While anyone can develop WSLs, brace wearers are highly susceptible because of the extra care required to clean around orthodontic hardware. Poor dietary habits such as frequent snacking on sugary or acidic foods and beverages also increase the risk of WSLs.

To reduce the risk of developing this condition, brace wearers must give extra attention and effort to daily oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing. The extra effort required in brushing can be aided by specialized toothbrushes designed to clean around brackets and wires, along with prescription-level fluoride toothpastes for added enamel strength. Floss threaders or a water flosser, a device that uses pulsating water under high pressure, may help you maneuver around hardware to remove plaque between teeth. It's also important to maintain a healthy mouth environment by limiting intake of sugary or acidic snacks and beverages, avoiding tobacco or excessive alcohol or caffeine, and drinking plenty of water to keep your mouth from drying out.

If you’ve already developed lesions, it’s important to stop the decay process before it causes more damage. One way is to assist your body’s natural mechanism for re-mineralizing tooth enamel with fluoride pastes or gels or re-mineralizing agents, or undergoing micro-abrasion to repair a tooth’s surface.

To improve a tooth’s appearance a procedure known as “caries infiltration” involves injecting a liquid tooth-colored resin into the lesion, which is then hardened with a curing light. The spot becomes less noticeable and appears more like normal enamel. For extensive defects, conventional bonding with composite resins or porcelain veneers can be used to cosmetically cover the tooth.

Getting ahead of the problem with effective oral hygiene and good dietary and lifestyle practices will keep WSLs at bay while you undergo orthodontic treatment. If they do develop, however, there are ways to minimize their effect and restore the look of your teeth.

If you would like more information on dental care during orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

Yes, Wine Tasters Are At Risk Of Tooth Decay!

wine harms your teeth

Calm down and take a breath.  I am not telling you to stop drinking your favorite adult beverage.  But I do want to tell you what a new study has found.  Researchers from the University of Adelaide, an Austrailian school has found that the acid in wine can cause damage to your teeth.  This is not going to happen to the person who has a glass of wine or two but it will affect those who are professional tasters.

The acid levels in wine are very similar to those found in orange juice.  No, I am not saying stop drinking orange juice but only giving you a reference. It is the acid in the wine that does the damage.

A professiona wine taster doesn't drink wine like you do.  They take a sample and hold it in their mouth to evaluate it.  They might do this dozens of times a day and it is the repeated exposure to the wine acids that cause the damage.  In fact, the study showed that just ten, one-minute wine tasting can change the tooth structure.  It softens the surface enamel making it more likely to get a cavity.  The acid can dissovle the enamel.  It doesn't happen at once but takes a prolonged period of exposure.  With a wine taster they may do this acid exposure day after day for a long time which eventuallys softens the tooth.  For a person who has a glass or two of wine with dinner, there are no worries.

So what does a wine taster do?  Luckily there are specific types of toothpaste that are strong in calcium phosphate and fluoride which remineralizes the tooth.  It essentially rehardens the tooth, reversing the damage done by the wine acids.

So don't worry, go ahead and pop the cork and enjoy your favorite grape.  Unless you hold wine in your mouth all day, you will be ok.

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By Dr. Charles Bohle
January 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health

Are You Preventing Baby Preventing Baby Tooth Decay?

 

preventing baby tooth decayThere are simple steps you can take to help prevent baby tooth decay.  The most important one is to decrease the exposure to sugary drinks.  Many baby formulas, milk and fruit juice have high levels of refined sugars.  Obviously, babies needs these liquids, so what do you  do?

  • Avoid giving milk or juice at bedtime.  Water can be used instead.
  • Avoid overly sugary drinks and only give others during mealtimes.
  • Do not clean the pacifier with your mouth as this can transfer cavity causing bacteria to the baby.

Here are some tips for keeping your babies mouth clean.

  • Practice cleaning your babies mouth even before the first tooth erupts.  Get the baby used to being clean.
  • Clean your babies mouth with a moist soft cloth.
  • Once your baby is one year old, clean the babies teeth with a small headed tooth brush.  Allow your baby to play with the brush in their mouth but until they are able to be thorough, until then, you must help them clean their mouth.

Taking these simple steps with help prevent baby tooth decay.

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