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VAPING: A SMOKE SCREEN FOR THE DANGERS OF NICOTINE (family dentist near me)

by Lee Anne Austria on October 15, 2018 , Comments Off on VAPING: A SMOKE SCREEN FOR THE DANGERS OF NICOTINE (family dentist near me)

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If you have been paying attention to the news lately, or spend any time around teenagers, you probably have heard the term “vaping.”  Kids often call it “Juuling”, referring to Juul – the top-selling brand of e-cigarettes in this country.

No matter what it is called, in September of this year, the FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb declared it an epidemic for minors.  He issued a stern warning to five of the largest manufacturers of e-cigarettes stating they will have 60 days to come up with a plan to reverse under-age use of their e-cigarettes or risk having the insidious flavored products pulled from the market.  These companies include Juul, Vuse, Blu, MarkTen XL, and Logic brands.  Popular e-cigarette flavors among teenagers include fruit medley, crème brulee, and cool mint.

This is a big change from the agency’s tone on e-cigarettes.  The FDA previously considered e-cigarettes to be a tool to help wean adult smokers off of traditional cigarettes even though it has not been proven to actually help.  The FDA admitted that the agency failed to predict the current epidemic which they believe is being driven by the flavored products.

Here is what Gottlieb said in his announcement:  “E-cigs have become an almost ubiquitous – and dangerous – trend among teens.  The disturbing and accelerating trajectory of use we’re seeing in youth, and the resulting path to addiction, must end.  It’s simply not tolerable.  I’ll be clear.  The FDA won’t tolerate a whole generation of young people becoming addicted to nicotine as a tradeoff for enabling adults to have unfettered access to these same products.”

A statement from Juul, based in San Francisco and commanding over 60% of the e-cigarette market, stated that it is working to prevent underage use of its products but at the same time stated that flavors can help adult smokers quit traditional cigarettes.  A representative from the company insisted they never intentionally marketed to teens.  But in an ingenious marketing ploy, Juul created an e-cigarette resembling a flash-drive, something that students often use in school.

Supporters of e-cigarettes argue that users inhale far fewer toxic chemicals than with traditional cigarettes.  Critics point out that many e-cigarette pods contain higher levels of nicotine which is addictive, as well as the fact that an entire younger generation has been introduced to nicotine-based products.  U.S. officials say teenage use of e-cigarettes has reached “epidemic” levels and that as many as one-third of young people who use the products begin smoking traditional cigarettes within a year.  As health professionals, we support the FDA’s decision to crack down on the manufacturers of these devices.

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Sources:  dentalinsurancestore.com/news-articles/dental-wire

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BED PARTNER BLUES affordable dentist xenia

by Lee Anne Austria on July 10, 2018 , Comments Off on BED PARTNER BLUES affordable dentist xenia

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Are you constantly being awakened in the middle of the night by a partner who snores? Does he or she wonder why you’re in such a bad mood due to lack of a good night’s sleep? If you bed partner snores, it could be affecting not only their life, but your life more than you think. Sleep deprivation can become a serious issue and many times, your bed partner will deny the problem or simply overlook it.

OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA…What is it? Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep. Even though this process can happen hundreds of times each night, most people are not conscientiously aware it’s happening. Over time, however, symptoms can begin to manifest themselves affecting daily life and health. Some of these symptoms include fatigue, aches and pains, depression, and memory loss. Sleep apnea doesn’t only affect the person who is afflicted, it can have negative consequences on their partner…they are being deprived of sleep as well!

Here are 10 signs you or your partner may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
– Daytime Sleepiness
– Snoring
– Depression
– Forgetfulness
– Morning Headaches
– Not feeling refreshed in the morning
– Gasping
– Energy Loss
– Memory Loss
– Grinding teeth at night

TREATMENT
Your dentist can help! There is ample evidence supporting the effectiveness of oral appliances. This custom designed “mouthpiece” fits over teeth and is designed by a licensed dentist who has advanced training in dental sleep medicine. The orthotic device gently realigns the tongue and jaw to create an open airway and allow normal air flow to the lungs during sleep. There are many benefits to oral appliances!
They are:
– Covered by most medical insurances
– Easy to use and comfortable to wear
– Portable
– Easier to use than CPAP
They can:
– Help achieve better sleep
– Help improve daytime functioning
– Help achieve less snoring
– Help improve the sleep of bed partner

CONCERNED? Take the test here

If you scored greater than 10 contact us!

Treatment is simple and can be completed in a few appointments.*

WE CAN HELP!

(*The only way to be sure you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea is to have a sleep study completed at home or at a qualified sleep center. A score of 10 or greater on the quiz indicates pathological sleepiness)

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#COOL MOMS (PLUS A SPECIAL OFFER!) (xenia dentist xenia cosmetic dentistry)

by Lee Anne Austria on May 1, 2018 , Comments Off on #COOL MOMS (PLUS A SPECIAL OFFER!) (xenia dentist xenia cosmetic dentistry)

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Moms are the best!   If you are a Mom, you know that there’s not always time to focus on yourself and your health.  So with Mother’s Day just around the corner we thought we would take a moment to suggest some easy ways (no Botox or plastic surgery involved) to brighten up your look, take care of your oral health, and keep everyone guessing about your age.

  • Get rid of those old dark fillings:  Modern, non-toxic tooth-colored restorations are a great investment.  Not only will you look younger, these fabulous composite fillings are less likely to break and crack so so you’ll be better protected against damage and decay in the years to come.
  • Treat yourself to whitening:  As we age, teeth tend to darken naturally, although “adult” beverages like coffee, tea, and red wine can speed up the process.  Whitening is one of the fastest and easiest ways to bring that youthful glow back to your smile.
  • Consider veneersAre your teeth chipped, stained, cracked, misshapen or all of the above?  Dental veneers can give you the flawless smile you’ve always wanted.  And a flawless smile exudes radiance and confidence. Veneers are thin porcelain coverings that fit perfectly over teeth and can completely transform a smile in just a few visits.
  • Straighten things up:  Even if your teeth are naturally straight, shifting can occur after years of biting, chewing, and grinding.  Facial muscles can also change over time which can lead to crookedness.  Invisalign™ Orthodontics is a fantastic way to fix these issues without wires and metal in as little as 10 weeks!
  • Missing some teeth?  Tooth loss is never fun and can make you feel and look older.  Dental implants are simply amazing.  Not only can they keep your smile and the structure of your mouth intact, they can help you eat, speak, and smile more naturally.  Gaps in the mouth due to missing teeth will cause the existing teeth to move in order to fill the gaps, and can result in a poor bite and a crooked smile.  Also, missing teeth can lead to bone loss in the jaw which can give the face that dreaded sunken-in appearance.  Implants can help keep the bone structure in place while keeping your teeth strong and healthy.

Cosmetic and restorative dentistry can dramatically improve your smile leading to more confidence and a better quality of life.  And contact us for a special Mothers Day offer!  (Hint:  It’s an amazing offer on KoR Whitening!)  We wish all of you remarkable moms out there a beautiful Mothers Day filled with family and fun!

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EPWORTH SLEEPINESS SCALE – TAKE THE TEST (xenia ohio dentist)

by Lee Anne Austria on March 26, 2018 , Comments Off on EPWORTH SLEEPINESS SCALE – TAKE THE TEST (xenia ohio dentist)

 

 

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EPWORTH SLEEPINESS SCALE

Likelihood to fall asleep in the following situations:

0 – Would never doze off   1 – Slight chance of dozing off   2 – Moderate chance of dozing off  3 – High chance of dozing off

  1. Sitting and Reading___
  2. Watching TV  ___
  3. Sitting, inactive in a public place  ___
  4. As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break  ___
  5. Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit  ___
  6. Sitting and talking to someone  ___
  7. Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol  ___
  8. In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic___

Did you score greater than 10?  If so, then you should be evaluated for Sleep Disordered Breathing.  Treatment can not only make for a better quality of life, it could SAVE YOUR LIFE.  Questions?  Contact us.

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SAY AHHH (spring valley dentist)

by Lee Anne Austria on March 20, 2018 , Comments Off on SAY AHHH (spring valley dentist)

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March 20, 2018 (today) is the first day of spring!  Today is also World Oral Health Day…”Say Ahh…Think Mouth, Think Health.”  This theme focuses on 4 main messages:

  • Oral health is much more than a nice smile.
  • Oral health and general health have a 2-way relationship.
  • The mouth cannot be isolated from the rest of the body.
  • Most oral diseases share common risk factors with other diseases.

But if you’re a patient of ours you already knew that!

Click here for the official website and to learn more.

Click here for OUR take on “Think Mouth, Think Health!

#WOHD2016

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affordable xenia dentist/emergency dental IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN!…

by Lee Anne Austria on October 9, 2017 , Comments Off on affordable xenia dentist/emergency dental IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN!…

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October!  Time for colorful falling leaves, the Great Pumpkin and trick-or-treating!  Here at Brilliant Smiles we love the change of seasons…so much so that I’ve been inspired to post an autumn-themed blog/email…don’t you feel fortunate?

Did you enjoy trick-or-treating as a child?  The anticipation of all of the candy, the shouts of delight when it was a king-sized Hershey’s Bar and the groans of disappointment when it was a fun-sized Almond Joy?  The memories!  Let’s face it.  Going to the dentist will never be as much fun as watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” or dressing up as Mr. T.  But isn’t it awesome when your hygienist compliments you on how great your teeth look after a routine check-up?  Or your dentist finds a potential problem before it becomes a frightening expense?  Speaking of hygienists and keeping with the fall theme, October is Dental Hygienist month.  So why not join in the celebration and if you are in need of a dental cleaning make that appointment today!  Better yet, if you have an appointment already, do your best to keep it.  Sure…we understand things happen.  But nothing transforms our happy, smiling hygienists into scary, broomstick-flying witches more than patients who casually and routinely miss appointments…so much so that the previously mentioned patients might suddenly find their ruby slippers missing from their closet.  Plus…you know it’s just plain better for you and your oral health to visit and chat with your hygienist at least twice a year, right?   (No playing dumb allowed in our blog!)

So help us celebrate!  Jump in a pile of leaves.  Decorate a pumpkin.  Schedule that dental cleaning today…then give your hygienist a hug!  And remember what the creepy crooked teeth pumpkin meme stated…“Scary things come to those who do not brush.”

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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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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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