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The Newest Weapon Against Dental Caries and Gum Disease

EvoraPro

 

Brush more, floss more, use automated toothbrushes, a water pik, sulcular antibiotics? What if I told you that mechanical removal of bad bacteria might not be enough to ensure optimal oral health in everyone. After all, if simple removal of bacteria was beneficial then mouth washes would rein supreme chemical adjunct to mechanical removal. The problem is that this chemical warfare kills all types of oral bacteria, including the good! The potential issue is that problems can become worse because good bacteria are targeted and reduced and numbers can decline to levels that allow bad bacteria to take over. What if the war on bad bacteria could be won by target warfare by out numbering them! It is time to consider adding friendly bacteria to the mix.

Probiotics are live microorganisms (bacteria) thought to be healthy for the host organism. According to the currently adopted definition by the World Health Organization, probiotics are: “Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.” Lactic acid bacteria (lactobacillus) (L. acidophilus) and bifidobacteria are the most common types of microbes used as probiotics and have been widely accepted in the medical profession. The benefits of probiotics are decreased hypertension, managing lactose intolerance, lowering cholesterol, overall GI health, and soon to be added is improved periodontal health and caries prevention.EvoraPro

The EvoraPro System of oral care products contains a formulation of ProBiora3, a probiotic blend of beneficial bacteria, found in naturally healthy human mouths, S. oralis KJ3, S. uberis KJ2, S. rattus JH145. ProBiora3 was developed from basic research started more than thirty years ago at the Harvard-affiliated Forsyth Institute by Jeffrey Hillman, DMD, PhD. This body of research has shown that in diseased mouths, these three beneficial strains had virtually disappeared. It is delivered in a form of a dissolving mint that, in addition to the probiotics, also contains xylitol – a proven bad bacteria reducer.

Dental Caries Prevention

As a dentist I advise patients to avoid sugar to prevent caries. Have you ever wondered why some patients’ diets are loaded with sugar, and yet they are relatively caries free, while others partake in a diet only light with sugar (substrate) and they are highly caries active?

Here is the truth when it comes to caries. It isn’t the sugar that causes cavities but how streptococcus bacteria use sugar and produce lactic acid that causes decay. Thus patients whose bacteria war is being won by the bad bacteria will have more decay than those where the bad bacteria is kept at lower levels. What can be done? Streptococcus rattus JH145 is a unique strain of streptococcus that does not produce lactic acid, and has been shown to successfully compete for nutrients and space on tooth surfaces with the native strain of Streptococcus mutans that produces lactic acid. The result is a reduction in decay despite the potential presence of sugar (substrate) in the oral environment.

S. oralis KJ3, and S. uberis KJ2 produce hydrogen peroxide, which aids in inhibition of periodontal pathogens that cause gum disease. The ability to reduce these types of harmful bacteria in return results in a reduction of pathogenic biofilm on the teeth. The patients who suffer from periodontal disease, or who have poor results from traditional periodontal treatment now have a new conservative approach which might provide them results they were previously unable to achieve with contemporary treatments alone. Research has shown there is an unintended cosmetic benefit from this hydrogen peroxide production. Now patients can have whiter enamel from using a daily oral mint.

The benefits to probiotics in oral health care are endless. Patients who have been susceptible to health breakdown due to age related or medically induced changes can now have a conservative treatment to help reverse these issues. Patients who undergo extensive dental treatment such as implants, veneers, full mouth rehabilitations, or even are currently undergoing orthodontic therapy now have a simple treatment to aid in the protection of their dental investment.

The science and research on probiotic therapy for overall health and well being is constantly advancing in new areas and uncovering new benefits. The probiotic benefits for oral health are an exciting and newly expanding area of this type of therapy.

The breath mint industries annual retail sales are approximately $3.7 billion dollars. The obvious patient demand for fresher breath is apparent. How about a mint that not only tastes good and freshens breath, but allows for reduction in caries and periodontal disease?

The good news is that you can now get EvoraPro at Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA

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Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our webpage for more information.
: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

 

It’s Not Just a Cleaning

Your regular 3 month or 6 month dental hygiene visit is actually one of the most important and cost-effective ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy and to minimize your dental expenses.

At Gentle Family Dentistry we have the best, friendliest and gentlest dental hygienists you will ever find. Kendra has been with us for over 15 years and our patients absolutely adore her. In all that time we have not had one complaint from any patient about the quality or gentleness of their dental cleanings. In fact, all of our patients agree that that was the best cleaning they’ve ever had anywhere.

It is a fact that a lot of people feel that “it’s just a cleaning, so it’s not that important”. That is actually the opposite of the truth. During your hygiene visit the hygienist not only cleans your teeth but works for small problems and large problems that may be occurring in your mouth that you are not yet aware of. Just because you have no pain doesn’t mean you have no problems.

I often tell patients that if you wait till it hurts or wait till it breaks in almost all cases you’ve waited too long. For the few hundred dollars a year it costs you for your regular hygiene visits you will save thousands of dollars in dental repair costs or save your teeth or both.

During your hygiene visit she will also evaluate the soft tissue in your mouth and use a small laser device to check for tiny new cavities that are undetectable by the naked eye. Those tiny cavities will eventually grow into large cavities sometimes needing extensive work. But, when found early enough, they can often be treated painlessly and inexpensively without even having any Novocain.

She will also discuss with you any problems or concerns you may be having or any questions you may have about your dental health or how to maintain it properly. If you are unsure about how to floss or brush properly or what dentifrices to use for certain desired outcomes she can recommend any number of possible choices.

Once a year she will also get a set of digital bitewing x-rays so the doctor can carefully check between your teeth for new cavities, defective fillings and other problems that may not have yet manifested themselves as sensitivity or pain. This is very important because once again it is easier and way less expensive to repair small problems than it is to wait until something breaks or a cavity gets to the nerve.

Then she will call in the Dr. who will do a complete intraoral exam, and oral cancer screening, a TMJ evaluation and a head and neck exam. The doctor will be looking for lumps, bumps and lesions that you don’t want him to find. But, if he does find some small problem early on in many cases your chances of complete recovery and healing are much better than they would be if the problem was ignored.

If you want to keep your teeth, keep them healthy and maintain a beautiful smile you must take regular action. That not only means daily flossing, thorough but gentle brushing and strict sugar control. But it also means that you must see your friendly dental hygienist on a regular basis.

Some folks can get away with seeing their hygienist every 6 months but others need to visit her every 3 months, especially if they have gum disease and don’t want to lose all their teeth.

All of the above is required if you want to maintain good dental health whether you have dental insurance or not. But in reality if you do have dental insurance and you don’t visit your hygienist at least twice a year you are literally throwing that money away. Consider this, when has your dental insurance company ever sent you a big check at the end of the year as a rebate for not using your insurance that year? That just doesn’t happen. If you don’t use it, you lose it.

So, pick up the phone now and call Gentle Family Dentistry at 814–693–6777 and schedule an appointment with one of our dental hygienists who will help you keep your teeth in your head where they belong.

Legal CMA Disclaimer:

Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our webpage for more information.
Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

The Link Between Gum Disease and Premature Birth

New research continues to verify just how crucial bacterial flora is to our overall health and well-being, influencing our lives from the day we are conceived until the day we die.

Researchers recently tested samples of placental tissue from 320 women immediately after delivery. The makeup of the placental microbiome was different among those women who experienced either a preterm birth or had an infection that was treated with antibiotics and cured months or weeks previously.

Although the placenta has long been thought to be sterile, they discovered it harbored a unique bacterial community different from that found in the vagina and gut or on the skin. The placenta microbiome species were actually similar to those found in the mouths of the mothers. The researchers speculate the microbes travel from the mouth to the placenta by way of the bloodstream. (Sci Transl Med 14 May 21;6(237):237ra65)

Periodontal diseaseRisk of Preterm Birth

There are a couple of interesting tidbits we can glean from this study. One, it firmly establishes the link between periodontal disease and preterm birth. And two, the use of antibiotics immediately prior to or during pregnancy appears to be a contributing factor in preterm births.

This last finding alone should be a major warning bell throughout the medical community. Premature babies require a great deal of special care and assistance and are subject to major problems such as respiratory distress syndrome, chronic lung disease, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, apnea, bradycardia, retinopathy of prematurity, and jaundice, to name just a few.

One round of antibiotics can disrupt the normal bacterial flora in the body for up to a year or longer. The scientific community is just beginning to understand the far-reaching relationships between the bacteria that reside on and in our body and our long-term health. That same disruption in newborns could be the difference between life and death or permanent disability.

I can’t overstress the importance of including fermented foods and probiotic supplements in your regimen. Although their health benefits are indisputable, a lot of people mistakenly believe they are simply a passing fad. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Our food supply is becoming increasingly sterile both for “safety reasons” and to prolong shelf life. Overuse of antibiotics and bacteria-disrupting prescription and over-the-counter drugs is at an all-time high. Almost the entire US population drinks chlorinated water. These are just a few of the reasons why consuming live fermented foods and probiotics is becoming more and more critical if you want to remain healthy.

Periodontal disease is no laughing matter. And it is also not ‘inevitable’. Gum disease can and does have serious health side effects. It can contribute to heart, kidney, liver & lung disease, none of which are desirable. Early to moderate gum disease can be easily treated, non-surgically, by your friendly dental hygienist at Gentle Family Dentistry. Don’t let it ruin your life.

Legal CMA Disclaimer:

Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our webpage for more information.
Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

How to Find A Dentist

 Today I’m going to discuss How to Find The Best Dentist in your area or at least how to know if your dentist is up-to-date and likely to be doing the latest and greatest in dentistry.

When choosing a dentist, Doctor or any practitioner for yourself or your family you can be challenged with a difficult task because you don’t always know what to look for. Many times we choose a dentist based upon our feelings of how friendly he/she is but that can be a mistake because friendliness has nothing to do with talent, experience, diagnostic expertise or ability to do great work. After all, if you just want someone friendly you can go to a park and find someone to talk to. But when looking for a dentist you want to make sure that what he’s going to do for you or your family is not only necessary or desired but also excellent good-looking and long-lasting work. And yes the dentist and his staff should be friendly.

Fortunately there are some signs that you can look for that will let you know whether the dental practice you are attending or considering is using some of the latest technology and likely to do excellent, good looking and long-lasting dentistry while providing for your needs and desires. As a disclaimer however, I must tell you that just because the dental practice may have all of the signs and details included in the following paragraphs, that is no guarantee that you are going to get excellent, good looking and long-lasting dentistry while providing for your needs and desires and making you feel more comfortable. It just makes it more likely.

Before I continue however, I must mention that the absolute worst way to find yourself a great dentist is by price shopping. It makes no more sense to price shop for dentist than it does to price shop for the cheapest heart replacement surgery or the cheapest brain surgeon. I am also not saying that the most expensive is necessarily the best either. But what I am trying to say is that price or cost should not be the main factor involved in choosing the dental practice for you or your family. After all, you don’t go to a Prius dealer looking for a new Ferrari.

Whether you are contacting the dental practice based upon having found their number online, in the phone book, in some other form of advertising or by word-of-mouth referral there are a few things you should notice beginning with the first contact.

The office should have an obviously friendly and helpful staff starting with the first contact by telephone and continuing through all aspects of the dental experience. And if when you first call you don’t get a live person, you should be looking for an informative answering system possibly even interactive so you can press certain buttons to get certain information. As a new patient they should do everything they can to get you in as soon as possible rather than you having to wait weeks for your first appointment.

When you first arrive at the office one of the things you should notice is that the office furnishings do not have to look like the most expensive furniture available but also should not look like they came from the Goodwill store. Also the office should be bright and clean looking. The staff should do everything possible to make you feel comfortable while you’re at the office. They should offer a number of different payment options but a big negative is if they seem to participate with every imaginable insurance plan. Yes, I know it’s financially convenient if they happen to participate with your particular insurance plan but it is also true that the dental practices that participate with all imaginable insurance plans wind up getting paid much less than the actual value that great dentistry is worth. What that means generally is that the doctor has to work much harder and faster to make ends meet and pay his bills so it is likely that the materials used may not be the best and very possible That You and your family will not get all the devotion of time necessary to do great dentistry and provide for your needs and desires.

The large group practices with many young dentists, especially the franchises should be avoided. The primary reason for that is the typical corporate mentality where the corporation pays each dentist a small percentage of what he produces thereby causing those dentists to have to work very fast and in some cases do crappy work just in order to make a living. They don’t have the time or take the time to spend with you and your family that would be required and necessary for individual and personal service. But actually most patients get the feeling of being subjected to assembly line or factory treatment. And the fees there are not much lower than you would find at the better dental practices.

The dentist should not still be doing silver amalgam fillings but should only be doing cosmetic tooth colored fillings that actually match the color of your teeth when done, even in back teeth. He/she should provide a multitude of services including, but not limited to, fillings, porcelain crowns (with no metal showing in the final product), bridgework, partials, full dentures, root canals, extractions, some sort of effective tooth whitening procedure such as the amazing Deep Bleaching technique, nonsurgical gum treatments, some way to effect at least limited movement of teeth using braces, Invisalign or appliance therapy.

The dental operatories should be clean bright and contain dental equipment that looks fairly up-to-date. The office should have at least one dental hygienist who does all the dental cleanings. If the dentist is doing the cleanings you’re not really getting your teeth cleaned. A dental office that is using digital x-rays instead of the old film x-rays shows that they are more up-to-date and interested in using technology to effect the best diagnosis and treatment.

The dentist should wear loupes which are magnifiers or microscopes attached to the front of his glasses Dentistduring examination and treatment which gives you the comfort of knowing that he can actually see what he’s doing. The use of a bright headlight attached to the loupes is also very helpful to the dentist.

The dentist should also know how to provide painless dentistry and go out of his way to make sure that that takes place. Getting Novocain should not be a painful or terrible experience. There are ways to give absolutely painless Novocain using technology that has been available for almost 20 years now such as the Wand which is a computer that makes the application of giving Novocain completely painless in almost all cases.

Having a somewhat professional looking and informative webpage containing most of the information you may want to find out about the dental practice in a user-friendly manner including office hours, directions to the office, a list and description of services offered and possibly even a page showing before and after pictures of their work is also a good sign, but again no guarantee, of an up-to-date caring dental practice.

I hope this information has been helpful to you to enable you to find a great dental practice that, cares about you and your family, will spend the necessary time with you and your family and provide you with the greatest quality dentistry in a comfortable, painless setting.

If you happen to live in the Altoona Pennsylvania area and are looking for a great dental practice for you and your family Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

Legal CMA Disclaimer:

Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our webpage for more information.
Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

C-Reactive Protein and Gum Disease

C-Reactive Protein and Gum Disease

 

Dozens of studies have shown that in many cases CRP (C-Reactive Protein) can be directly linked to periodontal disease. And once the disease is addressed, the CRP levels subside. Researchers at the University of North Carolina reported that 85 percent of heart attack patients have periodontal disease, compared to only 25 percent of individuals who haven’t had a heart attack. (BMC Infect Dis 02;2(1):20) (AMJ Med 02;113(6): 462–467) (J Periodontol 01;72(9):1221–1227)

If you have periodontal disease, you could be setting yourself up for a future stroke or heart attack. The presence of periodontal disease may be as important as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, smoking, or family history as a risk factor for death due to heart disease or stroke. (Ann Periodontol 01;6(1):20–29) (Ann Periodontol 98;3(1):127–134) (Curr Opin Periodontol 97;4:21–28) (Compendium 94;15(8):976,978–982,985–986)

The simple act of substituting xylitol, erythritol, stevia or Truvia for sugar in your diet can be a crucial step in preventing or eliminating gum disease, tooth loss, asthma, inner ear infections, chronic throat and sinus conditions, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown that xylitol, erythritol, stevia and Truvia all make it hard for pathogenic bacteria to attach and “set up house” in the oral cavities. Also, the bacteria that remain attached ingest the xylitol, erythritol, stevia or Truvia and, over time, mutate to become less and less pathogenic. Xylitol-sweetened gums and mints are good ways to benefit from this “friendly” sugar. Also, Sobe Life Water (the one with 0 Calories) is sweetened with erythritol & stevia. You can now buy Truvia (erythritol & stevia) packets to use in place of sugar.

DO NOT switch to Aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal, AminoSweet). Aspartame is poisonous. See the article entitled “Aspartame- The Poison You Must Know About” at: http://wp.me/p4rplg-2J

Legal CMA Disclaimer:

Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
Go to our webpage for more information.

Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.