Dental Fact-Your Mouth Talks to Your Body, and Your Body Talks to Your Mouth…
March 27, 2014
March 20, 2014
March 19, 2014
March 11, 2014
Stay on top of your excellent oral health by visiting your dentist and staying up to date with your dental cleanings. Your smile will thank you in the long run…
March 6, 2014
When I first read about oil pulling on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest… well, it didn’t make so much sense. So tomorrow will be my first morning of “oil pulling”. I will have a blog update in two weeks about my experience with oil pulling for all of our MOD Squad bloggers. Why not right? If it helps oral health I would love to be able to share this with my patients. Below is the science behind all the social media buzz.
Oil pulling is the ancient Ayurvedic technique that basically involveda tablespoon of cold-pressed oil around in your mouth every morning for 20 minutes. Because purportedly, this swishing will pull the “toxins” out from all over your body, drawing them into the oil and therefore cleansing your whole system. Which heals your gums and whitens your teeth. Because the oil pulls the “toxins” out of your tongue.
So, no. That doesn’t make any sense.
So yes, I am curious and so is my dental team. And that desperation led me to dig deeper. I read testimony after testimony of people who had restored their oral health using oil pulling, and I just couldn’t help but wonder. Was there something to this? Was there something more, maybe something scientifically sound, going on there?
Yes! What I finally found, to my delight, was a totally plausible explanation of how oil pulling might actually impact oral health in a positive way. Essentially, a rational explanation for all these amazing and seemingly-mystical results. It goes like this:
Plaque accumulates along the base of your teeth, causing little pockets to form under your gums. These pockets become home to harmful bacteria. The bacteria produce toxins (real ones, not “woo woo” mystical ones) that irritate your gums, causing inflammation and bleeding. This is gingivitis. It’s basically a factory of toxicity in your mouth, happily tucked away up under your gums, overloading your immune system with bacterial exotoxins and endotoxins every single time you swallow.
And how does oil pulling fit in? Well, that’s an interesting question.
It appears that the key to successful oil pulling is in the duration of the swishing. See, oil is viscous, so it’s “sticky.” And it spreads. Given enough time (like, say, a full 20 minutes), it will slowly seep all the way up into those bacteria-filled pockets. Tooth brush bristles can’t get up there. Toothpaste is foamy and runny, not sticky at all, so it won’t get up there. Mouthwash isn’t viscous at all. But oil – oil creeps into every nook and cranny. It seeps in everywhere, and then as you swish, it’s drawn back out. Oil pulling is a different approach to reaching, and dislodging, those harmful bacteria that are buried so deeply under your gum line. I am not saying to NOT brush your teeth or use toothpaste as that serves a purpose as well.
I am curious enough and convinced enough to give oil pulling a try. My team and I will be oil pulling for 2 weeks every morning. I mean if it works, why not share this information with all of our patients.
How to Try Oil Pulling:
- Every morning, first thing in the morning, before brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth out, measure one tablespoon of virgin cold-pressed sesame, coconut, sunflower, or olive oil (sesame and coconut are the most reputed).
- Swish this oil around in your mouth, letting it pass over your tongue, your gums, and all your teeth, and trying your best to move it between each tooth, for a full 20 minutes.
- The oil will turn white and frothy. Don’t gargle it or you’ll risk swallowing it. When the 20 minutes is up, spit it all out. Not into the sink as it will become solid and possibly clog your pipes.
- Thoroughly rinse your mouth out. Brush your teeth as normal. Go about your day.
- Repeat daily for a minimum of 30 days, but ideally 45-60 days.
March 3, 2014
When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
Though we can enhance a smile at any age, there are optimal time periods to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at these times ensures the best result and the least amount of treatment time and expense. Dr. Friedman recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At MOD Squad Dental, we do an orthodontic exam at every child’s first visit and at each and every checkup visit thereafter.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, Dr. Friedman will carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment if and when it is ideal.
Why is age 7 orthodontically important?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite, and the front teeth begin to emerge as well. During this time, we can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
What are the advantages of interceptive treatment? (often referred to as expansion)
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space for unerupted teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing treatment time with braces
Is your child a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way your child smiles, chews, brushes and flosses and feels about her/his smile.
Why should malocclusions be treated?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:
- Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
- Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
- Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
- Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.
Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier child and adult.
Two-phase treatment occurs when a patient is evaluated and needs intervention before starting regular orthodontic treatment, resulting in two separate treatment periods.
The first phase of treatment, Phase I, usually occurs when the patient is a child and still has his or her primary teeth. The Phase I treatment plan can include preventive, interceptive or modifying treatment. Orthodontic appliances may be placed to prevent a problem from occurring, to correct a current problem or damage caused by a habit such as a thumb, finger or pacifier, or to help direct jawbone growth. Various conditions related to tooth alignment, gums, jaws and facial asymmetries can be corrected with Phase I treatment. Another common added benefit of Phase I treatment is less Phase II treatment time.
Typically, Phase II treatment is ‘normal’ orthodontic treatment. This involves placing braces on the patient once his or her permanent teeth have erupted. The braces straighten the permanent teeth and finish correctly aligning the patient’s jaw.
Patients who have undergone both Phase I and Phase II treatment are more likely to have lasting results. Our goal for your child’s two-phase orthodontic treatment is to give your child correctly aligned teeth that provide ideal jaw function and a great smile!
February 27, 2014
February 20, 2014
Good oral hygiene is important, not only for looks, but for general health as well. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more. Regular check ups and cleanings can prevent these problems as well as provide you with good oral hygiene.
1. To Prevent Oral Cancer
According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, someone dies from oral cancer every hour of every day in the United States alone. When you have your dental cleaning, your dentist is also screening you for oral cancer, which is highly curable if diagnosed early.
2. To Prevent Gum Disease
Gum disease is an infection in the gum tissues and bone that keep your teeth in place and is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. If diagnosed early, it can be treated and reversed. If treatment is not received, a more serious and advanced stage of gum disease may follow. Regular dental cleanings and check ups, flossing daily and brushing twice a day are key factors in preventing gum disease.
3. To Help Maintain Good Physical Health
Recent studies have linked heart attacks and strokes to gum disease, resulting from poor oral hygiene. A dental cleaning every 6 months helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy and could possibly reduce your risk of heart disease and strokes.
4. To Keep Your Teeth
Since gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, regular dental check ups and cleanings, brushing and flossing are vital to keeping as many teeth as you can. Keeping your teeth means better chewing function and ultimately, better health.
5. To Detect Dental Problems Early
Your dentist and hygienist will be able to detect any early signs of problems with your teeth or gums. Early detection of cavities, broken fillings and gum disease are easily treatable. If these problems go untreated, root canals, gum surgery and removal of teeth could become the only treatment options available.
6. To Maintain Good Oral Health
Your dental hygienist will help to ensure that you are maintaining your good oral health by visual examination and comparing your previous dental check ups. If you are falling off track with your oral hygiene he / she will help put you back on the right path.
7. Use Your Dental Insurance Plan
Dental insurance plans usually pay for all or most of the cost of dental cleanings and check ups every six months. Take advantage of this and save a lot of money in the long run by avoiding costly dental procedures that can result from poor oral hygiene.
8. To Have a Bright and White Smile
Your dental hygienist can remove most tobacco, coffee and tea stains. During your cleaning, your hygienist will also polish your teeth to a beautiful shine. The result? A whiter and brighter smile!
9. To Prevent Bad Breath
Dental studies show that about 85 percent of people with persistent bad breath, also known as halitosis have a dental problem that is to blame. Good oral hygiene is essential in preventing bad breath. Regular check ups and cleanings are the best way to make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene.
If you are looking for a new dental home…. Call Jess today 858-547-0070
February 19, 2014
This patient visited Dr. Friedman & MOD Squad Dental for his cosmetic consultation. The patient had existing restorations on his upper 10 teeth in his smile line that was placed several years ago. The material used for these existing restorations was a material that stained and discolored over time. The patient wished for a brighter, whiter, smile that represented his fun loving, outgoing personality. This case was on the difficult side of smile make-over’s considering there were 3 anterior implants involved. Together Dr. Friedman and the patient decided on upper 10 porcelain restorations correcting color, size, and shape.
“Dr. Friedman is a perfectionist, who was not satisfied until my teeth were up to his high standards. I am very happy with his work and have a great smile! His office staff were very professional and pleasant. Thank you Dr. Friedman!” stated the patient.
If you are interested in this or other cosmetic procedures by Dr. Friedman & MOD Squad Dental, phone Jess today to schedule your complimentary consultation. 858-547-0070
February 10, 2014
Many people choose dental implants for missing teeth replacement. When trying to make a decision about whether or not to have dental implant surgery, it is important to know why the procedure may be more beneficial to you than other types of dental replacements. Certain conditions and circumstances may make dental implants the better option, such as:
- Having more than one missing tooth
- Having a jawbone that has reached full growth
- Having ample amounts of bone to secure the implant
- Having healthy oral tissues
- Being unwilling or unable to wear dentures
- Wanting to improve your speech
- Being able and willing to commit several months to complete the process
Unlike traditional dentures and bridgework, dental implants do not cause any damage to the bone. Additionally, all of the material used for dental implants are safe and do not cause any decay.
Are They Safe
Dental implants are considered safe for the majority of people. Individuals with certain medical conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, should check with their health care provider prior to having dental implant surgery. Fortunately, most individuals with these conditions will receive the green light for the procedure, as long as certain precautions are met. Dental implant surgery is not recommended for children as their jaws have not yet reached full growth.
What Are The Risks?
As with any surgical procedure, there are some health risks associated with dental implant surgery. Complications are relatively rare and when they do occur they are generally mild, requiring minimal treatment. Possible health risks associated with dental implant surgery include:
- Infection occurring at the implant site
- Damage to surrounding teeth or blood vessels
- Nerve damage
- Sinus problem
If you are interested in dental implants or the process, phone Jess today, 858-547-0070 for your complimentary consultation.