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8/8/2017 11:54:00 AM | Juan Lopez

Most dental patients have never heard of osseointegration unless they have had implant procedures explained to them or researched how dental implants work. The word “osseointegration” is made of the Greek word osteon which means bone and the Latin word integrare which means to make whole. In dentistry, osseointegration is the connection between an artificial implant and the living bone, which occurs once a dental implant is surgically placed.

Implants are Functionally Secure


Osseointegration takes place when biocompatible implants fuse with the bone to bolster support for both the prosthetic and existing bone and teeth. This may take up to several months to do so depending on varying factors, such as patient’s oral and bone health. During this process, the bone connects both structurally and functionally to the implant, creating stability for the final restoration. Whether you are replacing a single tooth or multiple teeth, the restoration and implant will simulate a natural tooth and roots.

What are the Benefits of an Implant over Traditional Restoration?


Crown vs. implant

Traditional crowns leave a natural tooth base intact, saving as much healthy tooth as possible. When the tooth is unsalvageable, some patients opt to not replace it or may have a ”flipper” made for cosmetic purposes. A flipper is a fake tooth that snaps in place but does not improve functionality.

A single implant can support a replacement tooth securely, blend in with neighboring teeth and mimic tooth function. If something does go awry with the restoration, replacement simply requires the removal of the old crown and placement of the new atop the permanent implant. Bridge vs. implant-supported

Some patients may opt for a bridge to replace teeth and give their bite increased function and a natural appearance. Traditional bridges use crowns to anchor the replacement tooth, which means neighboring healthy teeth are compromised for crowns as anchors. If the replacement tooth or securing crowns are in need of repair, the patient will need to have the damaged bridge removed and live with a temporary until their new restoration is delivered.

An implant-supported bridge gathers is support from the jawbone, thus preserving the existing teeth and bone. Replacement of implant-support bridges only requires removal of the prosthetic from the post itself and attachment of the new one without requiring additional treatment or the use of a temporary.

Implant-supported denture vs. traditional partials or full dentures

Both kinds of dentures will replace a row or missing teeth up to a full palate. Traditional dentures require daily maintenance, adhesive, and a period of adjustment. Patients will need to learn how to eat and talk with dentures in place which can create frustration and discomfort. Replacement for damaged or lost dentures requires a visit to the dentist for a fitting and a return visit for delivery.

Implant-supported dentures involve several visits and healing time before the final denture is secured to the implant posts; however, once in, the patient will treat them as they would their natural teeth with daily brushing and flossing, and will not require adhesive or adjustment time.

Due to osseointegration, implants will also:

  • Help minimize further jaw bone loss associated with missing teeth 
  • Support facial bone structure preventing premature wrinkles or sunken look. 
  • Eliminate shifting neighboring teeth from moving into open gaps.  

For more information about dental implants or to better understand how osseointegration works, please contact our Fulton dental office today.




5/18/2017 10:51:00 AM | Juan Lopez

Crowns can offer solid protection for teeth that have undergone treatment such as root canal therapy, but it’s important to know the limits of these appliances. While crowns do offer long-lasting benefits, their duration can be just as finite as regular teeth.

There are several ways your crowns can eventually fail:

  • Grinding, or excessive pressure
  • Decay 
  • Wear and tear over time

Grinding – Stronger doesn’t equal invulnerable


Unfortunately, crowns are not immune to fractures stemming from grinding at night. The porcelain, though durable, can fracture due to constant excessive pressure. This potential damage should be considered when eating as well; you may want to avoid notoriously tough treats, such as hard candy and corn nuts.  Crowns can make your teeth stronger, but it’s best not to purposely test the limits.

Decay – Problems in Plain Sight


Though crowns can protect your teeth from most external elements, decay is still a potential factor that can lead to crown replacement or repair. The edges around your crown are still exposed, thus making your tooth susceptible to the same issues that may have required the original crown. Daily cleanings will help decay at bay but remember: with the metal inside the crown, problems are trickier to spot with x-rays. It’s best to try and avoid the problems that can occur by making prevention a priority.

Time – The Universal Denominator


One general thing that can wear away at your crowns is time. When crowns are first placed they resemble your natural surrounding teeth thanks to you and your dentist’s specifications, but over time their color can begin to stand out due to wear and tear or general degradation of the surrounding teeth. This is why it’s so important to keep your teeth clean; think of the crown as the visual standard for the rest of your teeth.

Prevention is Key


The number one way to prevent issues with dental crowns is to make daily brushings and flossing a priority. Crowns can catch small bits of food and plaque just as regularly as regular teeth, so a specialized brush may be the way to go. Your dentist may recommend an interdental brush, which aids in cleaning between teeth.   Waterpiks are useful too, for those areas in your smile where flossing can be difficult.


There are Always Solutions


If you’re concerned about the state of your crowns or would like to know more about preventative measures, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dental Health Solutions today.  Call today so that we can ensure the health of your smile!



3/22/2017 11:38:00 AM | Juan Lopez

Visiting the dentist and simply hearing the words “root canal” can cause instant stress. It’s important for people to realize that root canal therapy is a conservative procedure designed to preserve the tooth and prevent the need for extraction. If you have questions or general concerns regarding necessary dental care, we encourage you to talk to your dentist about the process.


Relieving Root Canal Fear 


Fear of pain – Patients in need of root canal therapy are most likely experiencing some sort of tooth pain. Modern dentistry gives patients the option to relieve this pain without extracting the infected tooth. As a conservative procedure, root canal therapy saves the integrity of the tooth without disrupting bite function. A skilled dentist or specialist will use the newest technologies and anesthetics to improve patient comfort during treatment. Root canal therapy will actually put an end to tooth pain.

Fear of continued infection – A dentist experienced in performing root canal therapy has the tools and training to rid an infected tooth of disease and stop the progression of harmful bacteria. Once the affected area has been cleaned, the tooth is restored to seal the treated area and protect it from reinfection. Calling your dentist as soon as you experience tooth pain that lasts for more than a day or two is the best defense against continued infection. Routine exams and care keep bacteria from eating its way through tooth enamel.

Fear of complex procedure – In the past, an infected tooth would result in tooth extraction. Some patients carryover this fear and request extraction over a root canal because they are fearful of a multi-step procedure which they deem as invasive. It is important to discuss any fear with the dentist so they can educate you on the reasons why treating a tooth with root canal therapy has long-term benefits to oral health and how simple the multi-step procedure has become with dental advancements. Effective communication results in educated patients who make clearer decisions based on fact to improve their overall oral health.


Enhancing Patient Comfort through Trust 


Trusting relationships between patient and dentist are built through communication and education. Your dentist will understand your fear and will work with you to maximize your comfort level through each step of the procedure. Your dentist’s experience with root canals will help you realize how this tooth saving procedure can change your life, stop the pain, and keep your bite functioning over time.


Contact our Fulton Dentists


If you or a loved one is experiencing continued tooth pain, we invite you to contact Dental Health Solutions and schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists today.



11/1/2016 1:00:00 PM | Juan Lopez


For patients who have lost a tooth, choosing the best treatment to fill the gap in your smile can be a daunting task. At Dental Health Solutions, we want to help you understand the advantages and requirements for completing your smile.  The following is a comparison between the two most popular treatments for replacing a missing tooth.

Singular Dental Implants


Dental implants are one of the most secure and aesthetic treatments available in modern dentistry. Consisting of an ADA-approved titanium post, an abutment, and a crown usually made of hardened porcelain ceramic or zirconia. Once surgically placed, these implant posts act the same way as the roots of natural teeth, supporting the jaw and preventing bone loss and supporting the facial structure. As a standalone anchor to a ceramic or zirconia crown, the results are natural looking and act as highly durable permanent tooth replacements.

In order to place the titanium posts, gums must be healthy, and there must be a certain amount of supportable bone density. This allows the post to heal properly as it integrates into the bone. However, if you are lacking the proper bone density, it is possible to receive a bone graft to achieve success.

A Dental Bridge


Bridges are another highly popular method of replacing singular missing teeth. This restoration is anchored to neighboring teeth, referred to as abutments. The prosthetic tooth, or pontic, is supported by bands or crowns placed on neighboring teeth, depending on the location of the missing tooth. Bridges are designed to improve the quality of your bite and maintain the aesthetic of your smile. For bridges that use crowns as abutments, it is necessary to remove a portion of the tooth’s exterior structure, and will have to be replaced as regularly as a normal crown. Additionally, bridges will not work to counteract jaw resorption.

Start Reconstructing Your Bite


The most important step when rehabilitating your bite is asking your dentist which treatment best suits your dental needs.

Contact Dental Health Solutions if you have additional questions concerning implants and bridges, or to schedule an appointment.



10/20/2016 7:25:00 AM | Juan Lopez

Preventing gum disease can be a struggle, especially with patients with predisposed conditions, health issues or take certain medications. The immediate affects the disease has on your oral health is many times avoidable through regular dental visits and proper in-home oral hygiene, but for others, it is a constant fight to minimize the progression. From gum inflammation during gingivitis to the discomfort of soft tissue damage or bone loss caused by advanced periodontitis, oral and overall health are at risk when infection is left to settle into your mouth and bloodstream.

At Dental Health Solutions, we want our patients to understand the ties between gum disease and your systemic dental health. Medical research continues to enforce the direct link between your mouth and the rest of your body.

Systemic Factors for Gum Disease


Diabetes: While you may be aware that the consumption of sugary foods can increase your chances of gum disease, it is also possible for certain pre-existing conditions to do the same. Diabetes has been linked to increasing the chances of gum disease, as the increased amount of sugar in your blood provides the bacteria in your mouth with an additional food source.

However this relationship is bidirectional, as the presence of gum disease in diabetic patients can make it more difficult to maintain blood sugar levels. If you are diagnosed with types 1, 2, or gestational diabetes, it is beneficial to receive a thorough oral exam to determine your susceptibility for gum disease.

Heart Disease and Stroke: Patients suffering from periodontitis have increased chances of later suffering from heart disease and strokes. The bacteria entering the bloodstream through diseased gums are similar to those that cause heart disease. The key factor in the relationship between the two is the low-grade inflammation caused by gum disease. Inflammation is a factor at every stage of atherosclerosis, whereby the walls of the arteries are hardened and narrowed. If this artery becomes too narrow, it can cut off blood flow to the brain, leading to a stroke.

Respiratory Disease: Research has found that the bacteria which cause gum disease can be aspirated—or inhaled—into the lungs. Once in your respiratory system, these bacteria can cause respiratory diseases such as pneumonia.

Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis, or bone loss, in the jaw is the most immediate systemic damage that can occur due to advanced gum disease. As the fibers supporting the teeth deteriorate, the jawbone will also, leading to difficulty chewing, speaking and eventual tooth loss.

Contact Our Dentists


Early stages of gum disease are reversible, so visit Dental Health Solutions today to prevent and restore the systemic health problems that result from gingivitis. Drs. Lopez and Serrano are proud to offer periodontal cleanings and maintenance for patients in and around the Fulton, NY area.



12/18/2015 11:50:00 AM | Juan Lopez

When you hear the jingles in the stores and see the decorations on your neighbor’s house, you know that the holiday season has arrived. Among other traditions, you can also expect food to play a big part of the holiday, whether it’s snacks for a party or a big family dinner. Unfortunately, a lot of traditional holiday food can be harmful to your teeth, from sticky candy canes to sugary, maybe alcoholic eggnog. Thankfully, there are also lots of seasonal dishes and treats that can keep your smile as healthy as ever.

You probably already have a sizable list of foods you know to be bad for your teeth: soda, coffee, and candy. However, what about the crackers you set out as hors d’oeuvres? Even without extra-sweet ingredients added in, bread and related snacks are full of carbohydrates – that is, sugar – and their crumbly, dissolvable nature means that these bacteria-feeding carbs get stuck to your teeth. Alcohol, not counting the sugar it is often made of or mixed with, will dry out your mouth; dry mouths are the perfect environment for bacteria. Even the cough drops you take for colds and the flu not only have sugar in them, but also expose you to that sugar over a long period of time. Cough syrup, despite having similar amounts of sugar in it, is quickly swallowed and doesn’t expose the teeth to that sugar too long. Simply put, too many holiday edibles encourage the decay of your teeth.

Not to worry! Lots of holiday foods diminish, if not reverse, the damage other foods can do. Two common party snacks, for example, are meat and cheese. The calcium and proteins provided by meat and cheese can actually strengthen your teeth and gums. Nuts, like meat, also provide your mouth with a burst of protein and saliva production that help defend your teeth from bacterial build-up. Instead of sweetened cranberry sauce in your dishes, try using fresh cranberries; they can interrupt the bonding process of the decadent bacteria. Though dried fruit is a bad idea, crunchy fruit and raw vegetables can help scrub plaque off of your teeth.

The holidays and their traditions are fast approaching. If you eat too much of the wrong kinds of traditional foods, or you find yourself chewing on that food for a long period of time, your teeth can suffer. However, holiday tradition have also given us a lot of food to protect and strengthen our teeth as well. So, when planning out the next holiday party or dinner, keep these foods in mind. They may just save your smile.



9/8/2015 3:45:00 PM | Juan Lopez

Porcelain veneers are a popular dental treatment, for very good reason. This simple but effective dental solution is quickly completed, and can fix a wide range of cosmetic problems to give you gorgeous white teeth that let you smile with confidence. Patients opt to improve their smile with veneers for many reasons, here are 5 of the more popular decision factors:

1 - A Convenient Smile
If you choose porcelain veneers as a means of solving your cosmetic tooth problems, you'll have a fantastic new smile in just two dental visits. At the first visit your teeth are prepped to receive the veneers, and at the second, the veneers are placed. You will have a new smile to be proud of showing off in as little as a few short weeks.

2 - Hides Stains that Whitening Can't Fix
Tooth-whitening can solve many discoloration problems, but there are certain kinds of stains that whitening isn't effective. When teeth are extremely discolored as a result of tobacco use or years of tea and coffee drinking, for example, whitening may not be as effective as normal. There is also a small number of medications that cause tooth discoloration that can't be removed with whitening. For problems such as these, porcelain veneers are the ideal solution, because they completely hide any and all discoloration.

3 - Conceal Unwanted Tooth Gaps
Gaps between teeth are a common problem, and not everyone is willing or able to wear braces to correct the issue. When this is the case, porcelain veneers can come to the rescue. Veneers can completely reshape the way your teeth look, and can even conceal unwanted tooth gaps, to give you a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

4 - Create an Even Smile
Unevenly sized or shaped teeth are another common problem, and teeth that are chipped or broken can also affect the appearance of the smile. Veneers can solve both of these problems simply by concealing them, to create an even smile of seamless teeth that appear flawless.

5 - An Affordable Option
And finally, there's the fact that porcelain veneers are  affordable. Veneers can fix so many different cosmetic tooth problems that they're highly cost-effective in comparison to orthodontics or multiple dental procedures. If your teeth are heavily stained and unevenly-shaped, veneers can solve both issues—in the same simple procedure that's completed in just two dental visits.

Cosmetic Dental Solutions to Improve your Smile


If you are looking to improve your smile and would like to learn about veneers or other cosmetic dental procedures, please contact our Fulton dentist office and schedule an appointment at Dental Health Solutions.



8/20/2015 4:20:00 PM | Juan Lopez

What it is
Periodontal disease, known as gum disease or periodontitis, is one of the most common causes of tooth loss. In the United States, it is estimated that half of Americans aged 30 or older have advanced gum disease.  While highly prevalent, this dental condition is preventable with a good oral health regimen.

Cause
Periodontal disease symptoms become apparent as bacteria and debris accumulate around teeth and below the gum line and hardens into tartar. If not removed by a professional, tartar and bacteria can cause inflammation of the gums and weakening of teeth.
There are variables that can increase your risk of periodontitis that range from genetic predisposition and underlying health conditions, to certain lifestyle habits. Diet, taking certain medications, decreased immunity, and hormonal changes can also increase your chances of developing gum disease.

Stages
Periodontitis begins with the onset of gingivitis. In this early stage, bacteria builds up, irritating the surrounding gums. As bacteria accumulate and plaque builds and hardens into tartar, there is a weakening of bone and connective tissue that keeps teeth in their sockets. As bacteria spreads, pockets that trap further bacteria begin to form around teeth and under soft tissue. In patients with advanced periodontal disease, teeth become loose and fall out.

Symptoms
One of the most difficult aspects of spotting periodontal disease without help from a dentist is that the condition can progress slowly in patients and may not always produce obvious signs. Patients may notice:
- Gum tenderness
- Gum recession
- Bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
- Loose teeth or a change in teeth alignment
Diagnosis of gum disease typically involves visiting a dentist for a visual examination of your oral condition, as well as charting pocket depths and using X-Rays to check bone loss in areas with deeper periodontal pockets.

Treatment
Early diagnosis gives patients the greatest chance of reversing damage with nonsurgical treatments. These procedures include root scaling and planing, which removes tartar and bacteria from surfaces of teeth and beneath the gums and smooths root surfaces,. Antibiotics that are either taken orally or topically as a rinse, can also be used to reduce bacteria and inflammation.
For patients with advanced periodontitis, dental surgery may be the most effective option to reduce pocket size and restore the healthy appearance and supportive structure of soft tissue.

Prevention
Periodontal disease is preventable by practicing consistent and good oral hygiene. As a rule of thumb, you should be taking between 3-5 minutes twice day to care for your teeth and gums by flossing first to loosen any food particles and bacteria, and brushing to clean all surfaces of teeth. You should also visit your dentist twice a year for thorough teeth cleanings. Patients displaying early signs of gum disease may require more frequent dental visits throughout the year.
If are exhibiting signs and symptoms of gum disease, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible. The sooner you can receive treatment, the more likely you will be able to reverse any damage caused by periodontal disease.



8/17/2015 2:14:00 PM | Juan Lopez

Tooth loss is a problem worth solving. Whether you lost a tooth in an accident, have severe decay or gum disease problems, or are in need of a full mouth reconstruction, improving your bite is essential to good oral health.

With several tooth replacement options available to choose from, dental implants offer the most benefits over bridges and dentures and are often billed as the next best thing to your own teeth. As dental implants improve your bite and long-term oral health, they are fast becoming the option of choice for patients.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is inserted into the jaw. It fuses to bone through a process called osseointegration and will mimic a real tooth once the restoration is placed on top. Patients have the option to choose from implant-supported crowns, bridges and dentures, depending on how many teeth are lost and the location of the missing tooth.

If you have missing teeth or are in need of extraction, there are 7 things dentists want you to know about dental implants:

1 - They feel and perform like your natural teeth
2 - You can eat and talk without restrictions
3 - You will feel more confident with the life-like appearance of your restoration.
4 - Jawbone atrophy is prevented, which is important for oral health and to prevent early aging
5 - Implants are built to last for years, even a lifetime, with proper care.
6 - Professional dental organizations and scientific studies report a 95% - 98% success rate with implants.
7 – There is nothing to soak or scrub. Brush and floss your implant-supported teeth daily, and see your dental professional regularly—that’s all you have to do.


If you are looking to fill gaps created by missing teeth, or would like to upgrade your dentures to implant supported dentures, please contact our Fulton office. Dr. Lopez and Dr. DeVito will help answer your questions about dental implants and your oral health options.



8/5/2015 7:49:00 AM | Juan Lopez

Halitosis is another word for bad breath. Many people avoid having it by eliminating certain foods from their diet or purchasing mouthwash, mints and gum. Those items can help stop the occasional bad breath symptoms, but persistent halitosis needs more than a breath mint.  You will need to take a closer look at your daily brushing habits to make sure to include a daily flossing routine as well; brushing alone will not reach the in-between spaces as flossing will.

Bad breath is generally easily treatable with a few quick steps


  1. Make sure you brush at least twice a day, and floss daily. Bad breath is caused by bacteria that thrive on leftover food particles in your mouth. Regular brushing for two minutes will clean away plaque, while flossing cleans away trapped food from between the teeth. Electric toothbrushes are great for your daily brushing routine as they often come with a timer that ensures you devote adequate time to your teeth.
  2. Reduce coffee drinking and smoking.  Your quick fix of caffeine or nicotine may help you make it through your day, but they do no favors for your breath.  These strong odors linger for hours.
  3. Alcohol isn’t the best for breath either.   Alcohol doesn’t do great things for your breath. It causes dry mouth, which makes it hard for your body to naturally flush away odor-causing bacteria with your own saliva.
  4. Drink water.  Drinking plenty of water, especially after meals and snacks can do wonders for your breath. Water serves to wash the food particles away between brushing, so don’t be afraid to swish water around your mouth after lunch.
  5. Chew sugarless gum, but avoid mints.  Chewing sugar-free gum can bolster saliva to wash away food remnants. While mints claim they freshen breath, they may actually make bad breath issues worse if they contain sugar.

While halitosis is generally caused by poor hygiene habits, it is important to see a dentist to receive a proper diagnosis if these steps don’t help. Gum disease and certain medications have been known cause bad breath, so be sure to see your dentist to rule out anything more serious.

Contact Dental Health Solutions, your Fulton dentists, to find out more about preventing bad breath and increasing your oral health.



7/24/2015 2:49:00 PM | Juan Lopez


Tooth loss can happen to anyone. Dental trauma and dental diseases provide the most common reasons for tooth loss. Regardless of the cause, restoration is crucial in order to preserve your oral health. Traditionally, dentures have offered a solution to missing teeth. However, patients often find that dentures may create additional problems in addition to being high maintenance, unwieldy, and inconvenient. While dentures may be more cost effective, recent technologies have found that dental implants provide a permanent alternative that eliminate many of the negative aspects associated with traditional dentures. If you are considering either traditional dentures or dental implants as a solution for missing teeth, here are some factors to consider:

Oral and Overall Health benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer long-term benefits in comparison to other tooth restorations such as:
- Dental implants completely replace the tooth’s root, eliminating the possibility of future infection. Through the process of osseointegration, the implant posts fuse with the existing jaw bone, ensuring that the implant becomes a natural aspect of your new oral landscape.
 - The permanent implant fill the gap to prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting into that space. As a result, teeth alignment is preserved and the need for future corrective procedures is minimized if not eliminated.
- They allow for improved diet, and digestion as they are no longer restricted by the hardness of certain foods and are now able to better chew their meals without pain.
- Patients no longer find themselves embarrassed to speak or openly laugh for fear their dentures will pop out at the most inconvenient times.
- A boost to self-esteem occurs from all of the above.  

Permanence

With proper care, dentalimplants can last a lifetime without requiring a replacement. The titanium post will reduce the likelihood of jaw bone loss and facial collapse. Unlike dentures that need to be replaces every 5 to 10 years, dental implants are strong and durable. Aside from regular professional cleanings, dental implants do not require specialized maintenance.

Aesthetics

In terms of appearance, dental implants look natural when compared to their surrounding teeth as they do not sit over the gum like traditional dentures. With dental implants, patients find that their new teeth are much more comfortable in comparison to traditional dentures. As the teeth are customized to each individual’s unique needs, the restorative crown fits naturally next to adjacent teeth. 

Alternatives

In the event a patient requires multiple teeth restoration, implant-supported dentures offer an ideal alternative for patients who seek the stability offered by dental implants but the feasibility and mobility of dentures. Similar to dental implants, implant-supported dentures use titanium posts inserted into the jaw bone to provide a connection point for an overdenture to be connected directly on top of the gum. Patients have found that implant-supported dentures are a versatile alternative to traditional dentures as they are cosmetically pleasing, comfortable, and stable.


If you think that you might benefit from dental implants or implant supported dentures, contact Dr. Lopesand Dr. DeVito of Dental health Solutions to schedule an implant consultation. 



7/15/2015 12:38:00 PM | Juan Lopez

Our teeth are amazing --they help us bite and chew, speak and smile, and they are an important part of our appearance. There are numerous over-the-counter products that claim to protect our teeth – from germ fighting mouthwashes to toothbrushes designed to reach all surfaces.

Despite the availability of oral health products, many people still succumb to a common and yet preventable condition: gum disease.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is the infection of the soft tissue that surrounds and supports your teeth. As it worsens, it can cause inflammation and infection, which can eventually spread into the bone. Resulting symptoms are bleeding gums, bad breath, gum recession, loose teeth, and eventually tooth loss.

How does gum disease form?

Throughout the day, bacteria take-up residence on and between our teeth. Over time, a sticky shell of plaque is formed. Left alone, plaque can harden to become tartar, which cannot be removed by brushing alone and requires a professional cleaning by your hygienist.

This buildup of plaque and tartar forms pockets along the base of our teeth and under the gum. The bacteria erode healthy tissue and eats away at its surroundings. Gum disease can progress from a manageable condition to more aggressive infection which can require surgical treatment, such as pocket reduction, bone grafting, or even the replacement of affected teeth.   

You might be particularly susceptible to gum disease if you fall into one of the following categories:

- Smokers: smoking is known to irritate the gum tissue, creating the perfect conditions for bacteria to breed and infect the gum. Since smoking is a major cause of gum disease, dentists encourage patients not to smoke.
- Hormonal changes: women going through hormonal changes, to include pregnancy, will find their gum tissue softens, which also makes it easier for bacteria to attack.
- Compromised immune system and disease: people who have been diagnosed with diabetes, AIDS, cancer and other conditions, do not have the same ability to fight-off bacterial infections as healthy people. Also, medications can reduce the amount of saliva present in the mouth, allowing bacteria to sit longer, if not removed on a regular basis.

To prevent gum disease, daily brushing and flossing is essential. We've all been told we need to brush and floss every day – at least once in the morning, and once at night. This is because flossing and brushing remove bacteria, residual food debris, and limits plaque buildup. Using a mouthwash designed to fight gum disease can also help battle bacteria in hard=to-reach spaces.

While gum disease is common, it can also be eradicated, or avoided altogether. Contact your Fulton dentist to find out more about gum disease prevention or treatment. The staff at DentalHealth Solutions can help by establishing a gum disease treatment plan that will protect your smile and stop the progression of periodontitis.







6/29/2015 1:21:00 PM | Juan Lopez

For the more than 10 million Americans who suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, relief is often considered a pipedream. If you’re one of the many who live every day with TMJ symptoms such as jaw and face pain, difficulty chewing, and ear discomfort, you’ve probably looked everywhere for a cure. What if we told you that gaining relief from your TMJ pain is as easy as making an appointment with your dentist?

Defining TMJ and its Symptoms

The temporomandibular joint act as the hinge of your mouth. It includes the jaw and joint muscles that allow you to open and close your mouth and freely move your jaw. These joints move and work are constantly working, often unconsciously. Whenever you chew, talk, swallow, or yawn, you are using your temporomandibular joint. When there is a problem that prevents the bones, joints, and ligaments surrounding your mouth from working properly, you can end up with a TMJ disorder (TMD). There are many different causes of TMD, including injuries, dislocation, arthritis, and teeth grinding.

Living with TMD is difficult as the disorder often causes patients to suffer from constant, debilitating pain. Some typical TMJ pains include:
·            Pain in facial muscles and jaw that can radiate to the shoulders and neck
·           Hearing a clicking or grating sound when your jaw joints move
·           Ear pain and hearing loss

Treating TMJ - How Your Dentist Can Help

While TMJ pain can cause a lot of suffering, it doesn’t have to. The first step to relieving your TMJ pain is making an appointment with your dentist and getting a diagnosis. Once you have a diagnosis in place, your dentist can beginTMJ therapy to alieve your pain. Your dentist will check your health history, conduct a dental exam, and check your jaw joints for pain and will listen for “clicks” or “pops.” If necessary, your dentist may order an x-ray.

There are several different treatments for TMD. You can take over-the-counter medication to relieve the pain, use heat or cold packs, try jaw exercises, eat easy-to-chew foods, or try relaxation techniques to lessen jaw tension. However, all of these treatments should be used in conjunction with your dentist’s TMJ therapy plan.

Your TMJ therapy plan may include:
·           Medication- If necessary, your dentist will prescribe medication to relieve pain and swelling.
·           A night guard- Since many cases of TMJ result from grinding your teeth at night, this plastic mouth guard is worn while you sleep to prevent you from doing so. 
·           Crowns, bridges or braces- If your TMJ is a product of an improper bite or missing teeth, your dentist may recommend dental work to correct it.

Don’t live in pain! There are many methods of TMJ therapy available today. Make an appointment and talk to your Fulton dentist to see what the best course of action is for you.



6/19/2015 1:06:00 PM | Juan Lopez

Brushing your teeth everyday is one of the best ways to take care of your smile. For optimal dental health, follow these six tips:

1) Pick the right brush that fits your needs – Not all toothbrushes were created equal. Between varying sizes, bristle strengths, and the recommendations given to you from your favorite dental care provider, there are plenty of options to choose from.

2) Master the technique – Brush your teeth at gum line using a 45-degree angle. Gently move your toothbrush back and forth in short motions, cleaning the outer surfaces of your teeth. Move your brush in gentle up and down motions to clean the inner surfaces of your teeth. Then be sure to brush your tongue!

3) Take your time – Follow the “2 minutes x 2 times per day” rule.

4) Don’t overdo it – Ever hear of having too much of a good thing? Overbrushing can cause dental issues such as wearing down the enamel on your teeth or receding gums.

5) Good hygiene is the way to go – Always rinse your toothbrush before and after brushing; germs tend to linger if you don’t keep your toothbrush clean. (Also, do not keep your toothbrush capped or near a toilet. Trust us on this one.)

6) Let it go – Make sure to replace your toothbrush every three to four months or when you start seeing frayed bristles. Also, if you’ve been sick, think about throwing out the old one and replacing it with a new brush.

By practicing proper dental care daily, we minimize the risk of cavities and developing other dental health related issues. To make an appointment with your Fulton dentists of Dental Health Solutions PLLC, call us today at (315) 203-6956.



6/11/2015 12:08:00 PM | Juan Lopez

We're excited to announce the official launch of our Dental Health Solutions blog.

We'll be posting helpful dental tips, news from the dental industry, news from our practice, and more about the latest in dentistry.

We built our practice on the notion that we're there for our patients when they need us and we want our online presence to be a reflection of that principle. We hope this blog provides an extra level of service to our current and future patients.

If you would like to stay up to date on the latest from Dental Health Solutions, simply click the RSS “Subscribe to feed” link located on our website and subscribe. Our subscribers will be updated when we make a new blog post.

Here's to your best oral health ever!



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