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1. New pill may help battle gum disease
2. Aging process affects the health of teeth and gums
3. Will tooth whitening work for me?
4. Keeping them white
5. Personal protection
6. Cold sores
7. FAQs about your child's teeth (PDF)
8. Do you grind your teeth? (PDF)
9. Do you have a cracked tooth? (PDF)
10. Why do I need a crown? (PDF)
11. Facts about gum disease (PDF)
12. ViziLite Plus (PDF)
13. MI Paste (PDF)
by Lauren Neergaard
Millions of Americans with advanced gum disease are about to get the first pill to fight the leading cause of tooth loss. The government's approval of Periostat won't end the scraping away of hardened plaque that patients now endure, but the pill did significantly improve their gums in tests -- and might make dental visits less painful. "This is a whole new concept" in treating gum disease, said Dr. Sebastian Ciancio, past president of the American Academy of Peridontology, who studied Periostat at the University of New York-Buffalo. "For the first time, we have a drug that...helps the body begin to heal." Until now, periodontal treatments have focused on attacking the bacteria that cause gum disease. But scientists at SUNY's Stony Brook campus accidentally discovered that bacteria aren't the whole problem. The mouth reacts to the germs with inflammation that literally breaks down the gums and eventually the bones that hold the teeth in place.
Periostat suppresses the enzyme responsible for that breakdown, so the pill -- together with scraping away hardened bacteria -- helps slow, or perhaps even halt, gum disease.
Finding that enzyme's role "was the eureka of discovery," recalled lead researcher Dr. Lorne Golub. Using Periostat daily, "it looks like we've arrested the disease in cases where patients were told by their dentists that they were probably going to lose their teeth."
Manufacturer CollaGenex Pharmaceuticals announced the Food and Drug Administration's approval of Periostat on Thursday, saying the pill --available by prescription only -- will be on pharmacy shelves within two months.
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by Timothy S. Rose
We all notice the effects of aging -- wrinkles, graying hair, a variety of aches and pains. You mouth is also affected by the aging process. Understanding -- and talking with your dentist about -- these changes is important to maintaining good oral health.
Older adults often have a dry mouth that results from reduced saliva flow. The decrease in saliva flow is caused by certain medical disorders and is often a side effect of medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers and diuretics. Left untreated, dry mouth can damage your teeth and lead to cavities.
Certain diseases, medications and dentures can contribute to a decrease in your sense of taste.
Recession of the gums away from the teeth combined with increased incidence of gum disease can expose tooth roots to plaque. Tooth roots are susceptible to decay. The majority of people over 50 have tooth root decay. Decay around the edges of fillings is common.
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The majority of adults have some form of periodontal (gum) disease, which is a major cause of tooth loss among adults. The bacteria, which thrive on the sugars and starches in foods you eat, create toxins that irritate the gums. Slowly, and often without pain, the gums detach from the teeth. If not treated, the supporting bone may dissolve, causing the teeth to become loose. Signs to look for include gums that are red, swollen, tender, bleed easily, or have pus between the gums and teeth.
Timothy S. Rose is president of the American Dental Association, based in Chicago, representing 143,000 member dentists.
There are many causes of tooth discoloration: substances like coffee, cola, and smoking. Some medications and aging can also cause your teeth to stain over time. We can determine the source of your discoloration, then recommend the best whitening system for you. In most cases the results are striking!
Don't be misled by unproven and ineffective over-the-counter whitening solutions. We will dispense a simple, safe and effective tooth whitening system that is closely monitored by our clinical staff for maximum results in the least amount of time.
It is a simple procedure:
1. Impressions of your upper and lower teeth are made. From these impressions, we will make custom fitting tooth whitening appliances.
2. You are fitted with the appliances, which are clear and very hard to detect at a distance. You will be given a professional whitening system and personalized instructions about how to use it.
3. To keep your teeth free from tartar and plaque we will help you plan the proper home care regimen in order to keep your smile looking good for a lifetime.
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To keep a healthy, bright white smile, daily care is a must. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits will help minimize your risk of tooth decay and gum disease and help maintain your new white smile.
Certain foods and beverages that can stain your teeth may adversely affect the brightness of your smile:
Foods that act like a cleansing agent by getting debris off your teeth are crisp,crunchy fruits and vegetables like cucumbers, carrots, and apples.
Some non-staining foods and beverages that are light in color are eggs, cream sauces, fish, white meat chicken, clear sodas, white wine and champagne.
Foods that stick to plaque can stain your teeth. Certain foods to beware of are chocolate, caramel and cheeses. Other teeth stainers are black coffee, red wine, dark sodas, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, blueberries, raspberries, dark fruit juices, red meat, gravy, and beets.
But, if you want to help stop the stain, rinse with water for 20 seconds immediately after consuming one of these bad guys.
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Last year 40 million Americans were bothered by cold sores. We have found that a new product called Denavir can significantly help. Denavir is the first and only cold sore medicine ever approved by the FDA for use in healthy adults.
Cold sores are caused by a virus called herpes simplex type 1. If this virus is in your system, it lies dormant unless triggered by any of the following:
During this period of outbreak, cold sores are contagious to others as well. At the first sign of a tingle or even if you already have a blister, Denavir can be applied. This antiviral cream is used every two hours for four days. The cold sore should disappear in about 4 days.
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