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STEP AWAY FROM THE SCALE… (xenia dentist/xenia cosmetic dentistry)

by Lee Anne Austria on June 5, 2017 , Comments Off on STEP AWAY FROM THE SCALE… (xenia dentist/xenia cosmetic dentistry)

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There are plenty of reasons to keep your waistline trim…now here’s another one:  A new study published in the journal Oral Diseases found that overweight  people had worse oral health than their normal-weight peers, with obese people having a nearly six-fold higher risk of severe periodontal (gum) disease.  Overweight or obese means weight that is higher than what is considered as a healthy weight for a given height.  Body Mass Index (BMI) is used as a screening method to determine whether an individual is overweight or obese.

BMI is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in meters.  If this sounds complicated (it does to me), here is a cheat sheet you can use to determine your BMI.  A high BMI can be considered an indicator of a high level of body fat.

  • A BMI of less than 18.5 is considered in the underweight range.
  • A BMI of 18.5 to <25 is considered in the normal range.
  • A BMI of 25.0 to <30 is considered in the overweight range.
  • A BMI of 30.0 or higher is considered to fall in the obese range.

What is periodontal disease again?

Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the tissues surrounding and the bone supporting the teeth.  Here are the warning signs.  Not only is periodontal disease a major cause of tooth loss, it is also linked to other diseases.  Increased risks of heart disease and stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease, and even premature births have been linked to periodontal disease.

So how does obesity affect periodontal disease?

For a long time overweight and obese adults have been considered to be at high risk for many chronic inflammatory diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.  A recent study showed that overweight individuals had double the incidence of gum disease while obese individuals had triple the incidence.  It is now known that fat cells produce many chemical signals and hormones and that many of these substances are thought to increase overall inflammation in the body.  This may lead to a lowering of immunities which increases the susceptibility to gum disease.  The inflammation may also decrease blood flow to the gums and cause the disease to get worse.

That sounds complicated!  What’s the bottom line?

Brilliant Smiles is a Complete Health Dentistry practice.  That means we focus on overall health as well as dental health.  Obesity and gum disease significantly affect overall health and understanding this relationship is important.  With the increasing rate of child and adolescent obesity, increased occurrence of periodontal disease is likely to follow.

Remind me what I can do to prevent periodontal disease.

  • Take care of your mouth.  That means regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash.
  •  Maintain good overall health.  Focus on a healthy balanced diet:  Fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and plenty of water.  Try to avoid sticky, sugary snacks.  Regular exercise never hurt anybody!  And…We can’t repeat it enough…STOP SMOKING!
  • Stay on track with your visits to the dental office.  Your hygienist and dentist can catch the early signs of periodontal disease before it turns into a major issue.
  • Visit your doctor.  Gum disease occurs in the mouth but there are many medications that can increase your risk of getting it.  And some medical conditions can increase that risk.  So talk to your doc about non-dental risk factors.

It’s important to mention that the study could not show a direct “cause-and-effect’ relationship between gum disease and obesity.  However, it should sound the alarm about another potential drawback of packing on those extra pounds (besides fitting into that summer bathing suit.)

Until next time!

Information for this article came from the following sources:

http://www.health.com/obesity/obesity-periodontal-disease-inflammation

http://www.obesityaction.org/wp-content/uploads/Obesity-and-Periodontal-Disease.pdf

http://blog.biolase.com/waterlase/bid/315972/How-to-Prevent-Gum-Disease

https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/adult/defining.html

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THE ABC’S OF DENTISTRY (Dr. Jenna Shevlin/Dentist Xenia)

by Lee Anne Austria on May 25, 2017 , Comments Off on THE ABC’S OF DENTISTRY (Dr. Jenna Shevlin/Dentist Xenia)

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Below is a list of terms commonly used in our dental office.  Not to worry, there will be no pop quiz, but you CAN impress your friends with your new-found knowledge.  Read on to become smarter..

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  • Abscess – A painful infection at the root of a tooth or between the tooth and gum.  Usually forms because of infection.
  • Abutment – A tooth or tooth structure which is responsible for the anchorage of a bridge or denture.
  • Amalgam – A silver filling material.
  • Anterior – The front position.
  • Apex – The end of the root.
  • Bitewing – A kind of dental x-ray which is taken with the teeth biting together.  Done as a means to detect cavities in between teeth and at the height of bone support.
  • Bridge – A prosthesis which is fixed inside the mouth to replace missing teeth.
  • Bruxism – Teeth grinding.
  • Canine – The third tooth from the middle of the jaw.  There are 4 of them.  They are the longest teeth in humans.
  • Caries – Tooth decay.
  • Cavity – A hole on the tooth.
  • Cast – A model of teeth.
  • Chlorhexidine – An anti-microbial agent.  It is available in many forms such as gels and rinses.  It is an effective agent in controlling gum disease.
  • Composite – A white filling material.
  • Crown – A crown is like a “cap” on a tooth.  It covers the tooth partially or totally above the gum to restore its function and outlook.
  • Decay – The disintegrating part of the tooth.
  • Denture – An artificial prosthesis to replace missing teeth and their neighbooring structures.
  • Distal – A direction indication in the mouth.  It indicates the direction away from the middle of the jaw.
  • Filling – A restoration placed on a tooth to restore its function and appearance.
  • Flipper – A temporary denture to replace missing teeth during the waiting period for long term treatment.
  • Fluoride Treatment – Teeth treatment with fluoride agents like gel or rinse.
  • Gingivitis – The mildest form of gum disease:  inflammation of the gum.  The earliest sign is bleeding gums.
  • Impaction – A condition where a tooth is not able to come in normally or is stuck underneath another tooth or bone.
  • Implant – A device put in the jaw bone to support a false tooth, a denture or a bridge.
  • Impression – A mold taken with some jelly-like material loaded on a tray.
  • Incisal – The cutting edge of a front tooth.
  • Incisor – The four upper and lower front teeth.
  • Lingual – The side of the tooth towards the tongue.
  • Mesial – The side of the tooth toward the middle of the jaw.
  • Molar – The last three upper and lower teeth on both sides of the mouth.
  • Mouthguard – A device to be worn in the mouth.  Depending on the design of it, it prevents injury to teeth and/or jaw during teeth grinding or sports events.
  • Occlusal – The biting surface of the back teeth.
  • Occlusion – The way the upper and lower teeth close together.
  • Overbite – The overlap of upper teeth and lower teeth when they close together.
  • Palate – The roof of the mouth.
  • Panoramic Radiograph (Pano) – An x-ray film to obtain the wide view of upper and lower jaw and their associated structures.
  • Polish – A process to make the tooth or filling or other denture smooth and glossy.
  • Pontic – The false tooth in a bridge or denture to replace the missing tooth.
  • Post – A pin which can be made with different materials such as metal or carbon.  Its function usually is to support a big buildup on a tooth.
  • Posterior – Located at the back.
  • Prophylaxis/Prophy – The procedure of teeth polishing.  It also means the prevention of diseases.
  • Pulp – The innermost part of a tooth.  It contains nerves and blood vessels inside a tooth.
  • Recall – The regular checkup and teeth cleaning appointment.
  • Restoration – An item a dentist uses to restore the normal function of a tooth or an area in the mouth.  It can be a filling, crown, bridge or implant.
  • Retainer – A device used for maintaining the position of teeth in the jaw in orthodontic treatment.
  • Root – The bottom part of the tooth.  It anchors the tooth to its supporting units.
  • Root Canal – The canal that runs inside the root of the tooth.  It contains the nerves and blood vessels inside the tooth.
  • Root Planing – The action of cleaning the root area of the teeth.
  • Scaling – The action of cleaning teeth below the gumline.
  • Sealant – A thin layer of plastic-like material covering the grooves and pits on a tooth to prevent a cavity.
  • Tempromandibular Joint (TMJ) – The joint that links the jaw to the skull.
  • Veneer – A layer of tooth-colored material (can be porcelain, composite, or ceramics) that attaches to the front of the tooth.  It is usually used to improve the appearance of the tooth.
  • Wisdom Tooth – The eighth (and last) tooth from the middle of the jaw.

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SCARED YET? dentist xenia/affordable dentist xenia/ emergency dental

by Lee Anne Austria on March 30, 2017 , Comments Off on SCARED YET? dentist xenia/affordable dentist xenia/ emergency dental

 

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It’s early to start thinking about Halloween (Even though the new trailer for Stephen King’s IT gave me a jumpstart – yikes!)  However, oral cancer is something that is scary at any time of the year.  April is oral cancer awareness month and your chances of beating it depend on how soon you find it.

In 2017 about 49,670 people will get oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer.  An estimated 9700 will die of these cancers.  Oral cancer can strike in the mouth and throat with most of these cancers beginning in the flat cells – squamous cells – that cover the surfaces of the mouth, tongue, and lips.  Some of the risk factors include tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), sun exposure, diet, betel nut use, and personal history of oral cancer.

Symptoms to watch for include patches inside the mouth or on the lips, a sore on the mouth or lips that doesn’t heal, bleeding in the mouth, loose teeth, pain or difficulty swallowing, lump in the neck, numbness of lower lip and chin, difficulty wearing dentures, and a persistent earache.

You need to get to your dentist or physician ASAP if you have any of these symptoms.

So are you scared?  Be scared.  Embrace it.  Get that screening!

(You’ve been warned about the movie…if you still want to watch the trailer click here.)

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(Reprinted in part from http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/cancer/article/ada-04-take-heed-april-is-oral-cancer-awareness-month)

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TALK ABOUT MADNESS… (xenia affordable dentist)

by Lee Anne Austria on March 23, 2017 , Comments Off on TALK ABOUT MADNESS… (xenia affordable dentist)

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(Here’s a disclaimer:  This article is reprinted in part from blog written by Implant Seminars – Implant Dentistry Education.  As I usually do, I’ve changed a few things to make it more interesting reading (hopefully) for the average person but the gist is the same.  The article mentions climate change.  Since this is a controversial subject, we here at Brilliant Smiles are not expressing an opinion on whether climate change is valid science or not…only that it is controversial.  If you want to debate the subject go to Facebook.  Or click here.  To read the original article click here.)

Sometimes you have to marvel at our species’ collective progress.  Almost every day breakthroughs in science and technology are transforming how we live and interact with the world around us.  In medicine alone, new theories of disease, new vaccines, and new treatment methods promise to vastly extend human life.  It has been reported that sometime in the not-too-distant future, many of us could be living to around 120!

But just when you think nothing could stifle such optimism, we receive a dose of reality: Tooth decay remains a pressing problem for more than 2.4 billion people.  That’s about one-third of the entire human race.  And to make matters worse, some 190 million new cases are estimated every year.

In an age where miracles like a heart transplant can occur from a cadaver, bionic eyes are developed for the blind, and an artificial skull transplant was completed using a 3D-printer – all achived in 2014 alone…how can this be??

There are several factors at work here.  First, tooth decay often exhibits threshold event or “tipping point” tendencies.  In science, thresholds are moments where after periods of coninual stimulus, a sudden new state is achieved.  The term is used frequently in climate studies and posed as a question.  How much additional carbon dioxide emissions from industry will push the Earth’s climate into a new state?

  • When Your Mouth Runs Amok.  ​Like climate change, tooth decay is a slow and deceptively sneaky process.  The time it takes a microcavity to grow into a damaging and painful abscess can be measured in months and years.  And during that long interlude, few symptoms may manifest.  And if they do emerge, (things like hyper sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages) they can be easily ignored.  But eventually that threshold is crossed.  Perhaps the patient bites down and their tooth shatters.  Or perhaps easily dismissed discomfort becomes excrutiating.  Long before the threshold is crossed, significant damage has been done.  Economics and diet also play a significant role.  Even in wealthier countries like the U.S. and the U.K., there remains great disparity rates between the rich and the poor.  A recent study found that dental health was worse among the poorest 20% of British society.  By the time these individuals reach 70, they have on average 8 fewer teeth than their richest counterparts.  In terms of diet our overly processed, high-sugar products are assaulting our teeth like never before.
  • Give Tooth Decay the Time-out it Deserves.  Tooth decay may not grab the evening headlines like the threat of terrorism or March Madness basketball scores.  But when tooth decay impacts a third of the human population, you can bet it’s on the mind of the worlds dentists.  If left unchecked, tooth decay can negatively impact a patient’s life in a variety of ways, ranging from malnutrition and articulation troubles, to social anxiety and barriers to employment.

This spring, as we embrace the warmer months ahead and yes, perform a little spring cleaning, let’s remind ourselves that now would be a great time to make a dental appointment.  If humans really are going to live to 120 on a regular basis, let’s do what we can to make those years as pleasant and pain-free as possible.

While you’re at it, check out OUR Facebook page!  Not as controversial as climate change but still entertaining nonetheless!

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POST-SUPERBOWL ANGST emergency dental xenia

by Lee Anne Austria on February 9, 2017 , Comments Off on POST-SUPERBOWL ANGST emergency dental xenia

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maxresdefaultWow…that was some game the other night!  A halftime show featuring…drones!  And oh yes, a certain superstar who jumped off the roof into the stadium and even more amazingly…DIDN’T LIP-SYNC!!  Pretty impressive.  I, however, missed the beer commercials with the cute puppies so I’m making up for it here.  If you’re feeling depressed about the outcome of the game and/or the fact that we have 5 more weeks until spring, I’m here to help:  By making a few simple adjustments to your diet, you can elevate your mood and boost your metabolism.  The benefits are potentially huge! Maintaining a good mood will help you stick to a healthy diet, be more productive, and increase your self-esteem.  Keeping in mind that we are a Complete Health Dentistry practice, here are seven simple tips to help you optimize your diet to boost mood and metabolism.

  1. Resist Skipping Meals – Skipping or missing a meal can cause a dip in your blood sugar, leading to crankiness and lethargy.  Maintain your blood sugar levels, and your energy by eating small amounts of food throughout the day.  You might even prefer eating six smaller meals rather than three large ones.
  2. Stay Hydrated – This is a biggie.  Dehydration can make you feel sluggish and lethargic.  Be sure to drink (water, not beer) throughout the day and don’t rely on thirst alone to remind you to have another glass of water.  Some experts say the average person needs about eight glasses of water daily, and that may be hard to accomplish without reminders.
  3. Think Moderation, Especially for Low-Nutrient Foods – Avoid a lot of caffeine, refined carbohydrates (sugar), alcohol, salt, and other food additives.  Any of these, especially in large amounts, can decrease your metabolic efficiency.  Which basically means this:  TOO MANY CARBS = RUSH =>CRASH/FATIGUE.  In addition, excess salt can disrupt your fluid balance, changing your daily water needs, not to mention increasing health risks like high blood pressure.
  4. Strive for Balance in the Food You Eat – In general, a healthy diet includes a mix of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and some protien, but each person has inidivudaul needs based on age, sex, physical activity level, body size, and stress factors.  You can consult with a nutritionist to determine the best combination for you to help you find the right balance.
  5. Get a Boost From “Good Mood” Food – While research about the mood- and metabolism-boosting qualities of certain foods is mixed, foods high in the amino acid tryptophan have been found to increase seratonin levels in the brain, contributing to feelings of optimism and calm.  Bananas, avocados, dried apricots, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds fall into this category.  Foods rich in Omega-3 fats can help help elevate mood and reduce anxiety and depression (salmon, mackerel, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds.)
  6. Keep a Food Diary – Some foods can have the opposite effect of tryptophan and instead trigger negative changes in mood and cause irritability or headaches.  A food diary can help.  If you think a particular food might be affecting your mood, record everything you eat each day and how you feel before and after every meal.  After two weeks, review your entries to see if any foods line up with specific moods either good or bad.
  7. Exercise Exercise Exercise – So important!  Now we’re not talking about running marathons here.  But a moderate and regular exercise routine will keep your body working most effectively and will augment both your mood and metabolism.

I hope this helps you get through the rest of the winter.  The key message is balance.  A variety of healthy foods with a dose of exercise will help you maintain your energy, speed up your metabolism, and boost your mood.

Until next time!

(reprinted in part from jessicafaissal.com/health-articles-archive)

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FROSTY’S DILEMNA emergency dental xenia

by Lee Anne Austria on January 5, 2017 , Comments Off on FROSTY’S DILEMNA emergency dental xenia

 

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Is 2017 the year you’re going to make your smile whiter and brighter?  If so, we have great news:  After spending a significant amount of time researching all of the whitening treatments available, Dr. Austria is excited to offer a universal whitening system that will work on every type of stained teeth.  This is the KOR Whitening System.

There are no strips, blue lights, or one-hour bleaching gimmicks.  We have found that these procedures cannot produce significant results on all patients  The KOR System is whitening that works.  Period.  It works on teeth that are stained from years of coffee, soda, and even smoking.  The KOR Whitening system is the only technique that can truly eliminate stains on teeth due to medicines like tetracycline.  The KOR System also has numerous processes to significantly reduce the sensitivity that can occur with other whitening products.  The technique utilizes either at-home whitening or a combination of in-office bleaching with at-home bleaching.  The treatment is unique and personalized based on your degree of staining.

Our office recommends this powerful bleaching system to anyone searching for whiter teeth.  We are confident that, unlike our favorite snowman, you won’t regret it.  Contact us for further information or to schedule your appointment today!

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ANNUAL HALLOWEEN CANDY BUY BACK!! (affordable xenia dentist/emergency dental)

by Lee Anne Austria on October 24, 2016 , Comments Off on ANNUAL HALLOWEEN CANDY BUY BACK!! (affordable xenia dentist/emergency dental)

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happyhalloweenToo much Halloween Candy on your hands?  We have good news – it’s time for our annual Halloween Candy Buy Back!  Bring your excess Halloween candy to our office Thursday November 3rd from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. and we will reimburse you $1.00 per pound! (up to $5.00).  All candy will be donated to a local charity.  Questions?  Call us!

 

 

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SENSIBLE SOLUTIONS FOR SENSITIVE TEETH (spring valley dentist/xenia dentist)

by Lee Anne Austria on October 18, 2016 , Comments Off on SENSIBLE SOLUTIONS FOR SENSITIVE TEETH (spring valley dentist/xenia dentist)

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sensitiveteeth(Reprinted in part from myvistadentalcare.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/tooth-sensitivity-a-quick-guide-2/)

Suffering from sensitive teeth?  Before we go any further, here is a great video from Oral-B.  If you can tolerate the ads at the end, you’ll see that it does a great job of explaining what tooth sensitivity is and what causes it:

 

https://youtu.be/i24G6KYKOgc

So now that you can consider yourself informed on tooth sensitivity, here are a few things you should keep in mind if you experience it.

  1. Talk to your dentist:  This is a MUST!  Maybe you have already done this – if so, great job!  Just be sure to let you dentist know if the amount of sensitivity you experience increases or decreases.  Tooth sensitivity lessening or disappearing may seem like a good thing, but it should still be discussed to ensure the change is not being caused by another health issue.  If you haven’t talked with your dentist about this issue, you should do so ASAP.
  2. Buying specialized toothpaste is a good choice.  If you have sensitive teeth and have not opted to purchase specially formulated toothpaste for sensitive toothpaste, don’t wait!  Make sure that you pick a toothpaste that is fluoridated and NOT tartar-controlled.  Here are a few ADA-sealed toothpastes that are formulated for tooth sensitivity and contain fluoride.
  3. Tempted to take shortcuts with brushing?  NOT a good idea!  Tooth Sensitivity = Sensitive Teeth!  So brushing your teeth might not be a great experience.  But not properly brushing your teeth could lead to other oral health problems and the last thing you need is more aches and discomfort to your mouth!  So pick up that soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently (and especially gently around your gums) for two minutes twice a day.
  4. We have solutions!  We offer services that can help you with your tooth sensitivity including dentin sealers, fluoride varnishes, and white fillings and bondings.  Contact us if you have questions or just request an appointment!

Remember, you don’t have to put up with tooth sensitivity.  We can help!

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FALL IS IN THE AIR… Xenia Dentist/Dentist Xenia/Affordable Dentist Xenia

by Lee Anne Austria on October 4, 2016 , Comments Off on FALL IS IN THE AIR… Xenia Dentist/Dentist Xenia/Affordable Dentist Xenia

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pumpkinsThe days are getting cooler and shorter, pumpkin patches are appearing everywhere, and that busy time of year (aka the Holidays) is rapidly approaching!  That can mean only one thing:  TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE UNUSED DENTAL BENEFITS!  (You thought I was going to tell you to start holiday shopping, right?)

Most dental insurance companies, along with flexible spending and HSA accounts have a roll-over in January.  That means any benefits that are unused in 2016 will be LOST FOREVER!  New maximums and new deductibles go into effect as well.  So…the moral of the story is if you are overdue for your professional cleaning or have been putting off dental treatment, now is the time!

Your overall health and wellness are very important to us.  If you are unsure about your dental needs or the status of your benefits please call us, we are happy to help!

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