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It seems with each new election cycle another U.S. state legalizes marijuana use. It remains a flashpoint issue that intersects politics, law and morality, but there's another aspect that should also be considered—the health ramifications of using marijuana.
From an oral health perspective, it doesn't look good. According to one study published in the Journal of Periodontology a few years ago, there may be a troubling connection between marijuana use and periodontal (gum) disease.
Gum disease is a common bacterial infection triggered by dental plaque, a thin biofilm on tooth surfaces. As the infection advances, the gum tissues become more inflamed and lose their attachment to teeth. This often results in widening gaps or "pockets" between the teeth and gums filled with infection. The deeper a periodontal pocket, the greater the concern for a tooth's health and survivability.
According to the study, researchers with Columbia University's College of Dental Medicine reviewed data collected from nearly 2,000 adults, a quarter of which used marijuana at least once a month. They found the marijuana users had about 30 individual pocket sites on average around their teeth with a depth of at least 4 millimeters. Non-users, by contrast, only averaged about 22 sites.
The users also had higher incidences of even deeper pockets in contrast to non-users. The former group averaged nearly 25 sites greater than 6 millimeters in depth; non-users, just over 19. Across the data, marijuana users appeared to fare worse with the effects of gum disease than those who didn't use.
As concerning as these findings appear, we can't say that marijuana use singlehandedly causes gum disease. The condition has several contributing risk factors: diet, genetics, and, most important of all, how well a person manages daily plaque removal, the main driver for gum disease, through brushing and flossing.
Still, the data so far seems to indicate using marijuana can make gum disease worse. Further studies will be needed to fully test this hypothesis. In the meantime, anyone using marijuana should consider the possible consequences to their oral health.
Keeping your family healthy is one of your top priorities. High on that list, however, should be your family's oral health. One of the best ways to ensure that oral health stays on track is by making regular dental visits. Dr. Jennifer Robb can help keep your family's smile healthy and beautiful with family dentist services in Lorain, OH. Keep reading to learn more.
The most important aspect of dental visits will be the preventative care you receive. Preventative care can help prevent expensive dental problems from developing. Issues such as tooth decay and gum disease can often be avoided through the cleanings you will receive at the dentist. During these cleanings, plaque build-up can be professionally removed. This cannot be done with regular daily brushing.
During your regular visits, you will also have dental x-rays done. These exams can help the dentist to identify any dental problems that are developing on a deep level.
Dental treatments are another important aspect of your family dentist visits in Lorain, OH. If problems are identified during your cleaning and exam, a treatment plan can be developed. Having these treatments done in a timely manner will ensure that your teeth remain healthy in the future. Putting off or ignoring needed dental treatments can often result in more severe dental problems later on and more expensive treatments as a result.
Healthy Habits for Life
Scheduling your regular dental visits helps you to establish healthy habits for you and your family. If you have children or teens, remember that they are watching your example of healthy habits. Establishing these healthy habits in childhood can help your kids continue with great oral health as they grow.
If you would like to learn more about our services, or if you are looking for a family dentist in Lorain, OH, please contact Dr. Robb by calling 440-960-1940.
When it comes to helping your child avoid tooth decay, it's all hands on deck. Tooth decay can not only harm their current set of primary teeth, but the loss of even one tooth could lead to bite problems later on.
And, even if you're doing all the right things—daily brushing and flossing, limiting sugar consumption and regular dental visits—your child might still develop cavities. If so, it may be necessary to add a boost of prevention with topical fluoride applied by your dentist.
With its enamel-strengthening properties, fluoride plays an important role in dental disease prevention. For decades, manufacturers have added fluoride to toothpaste. And, many water utilities now add tiny amounts of fluoride to their drinking supply.
According to a number of studies, these fluoride applications are effective weapons against tooth decay. But direct applications of fluoride to tooth surfaces can provide even greater benefit to children with a higher susceptibility for decay.
Topical fluoride is usually applied by means of a gel, foam or varnish. In varnish form, it's brushed on the teeth, while dentists apply the foam solution within a tray fitted around the teeth. The gel application can be administered by either method.
Although these topical applications use a higher concentration of fluoride than you find in toothpaste, it poses no serious danger to a child's health. But because high doses of fluoride can lead to staining, topical applications are only administered periodically during childhood.
The only short-term health concern is if the child accidentally swallows some of the mixture during application. This can cause symptoms like an upset stomach, vomiting or headache. Dentists, however, take a number of precautions to prevent accidental ingestion in order to avoid these unpleasant side effects.
The benefits, though, appear to well outweigh this minor risk. In a review of several scientific studies involving nearly 10,000 children, there was an average 28% reduction in decayed, missing or filled teeth in those children that underwent topical fluoride treatments.
If you want to know more about topical fluoride treatments and whether they can help your child avoid tooth decay, talk to your dentist. This fluoride booster could help further protect them from this destructive dental disease.
If you would like more information on helping your child avoid tooth decay, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Fluoride Gels Reduce Decay.”
When it comes to your family's dental health, there is nothing more important than finding a family dentist in Lorain, OH, who understands the need for convenient care. Dr. Jennifer Robb knows the importance of dental care and offers families access to services that are convenient for their busy schedules.
Benefits of a Family Dentist
A family dentist in Lorain, OH, provides a one-stop-shop for all of your family's dental needs. A family dentist has the capabilities to provide your family with dental cleaning, X-rays, cosmetic treatments, and orthodontic treatments. Visiting a dentist that offers all types of treatments makes it convenient when needing dental treatment for anyone in your household.
Routine Checkups with a Family Dentist
It is important everyone in your family visits the dentist for routine checkups and cleanings. These are essential to maintaining your family's overall oral health. In most cases, it is recommended to visit your family dentist twice a year. However, patients with some oral health issues may have to visit the dentist more often.
Convenient Care for Your Family
Raising a family means you have a busy schedule, and it may be challenging to find time to get everyone to the dentist. A family dentist makes it possible to meet your family's oral health needs while remaining convenient for you. Seeing a dentist when it is suitable for your family helps ensure everyone has their routine visits and can have potential problems identified and treated.
Dental Care for the Entire Family
A family dentist offers various dental treatment programs and services for patients of varying ages. Typical family dental treatments include:
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Cosmetic fillings
- Professional teeth cleanings
- Dental implants
- Teeth whitening
- Tooth extractions
Finding convenient care for your family's dental needs is essential to ensure regular visits are scheduled around your busy lives. Dr. Jennifer is a family dentist in Lorain, OH, providing convenient care for families in the community. Call (440) 960-1940 today to schedule your appointment.
Although there are several potential problems people could encounter involving their teeth, gums or mouth, most fall into three basic categories. That's the finding of a recent survey conducted by the American Dental Association of more than 15,000 U.S. adults.
These categories are a triad of symptoms, each of which could arise from a variety of causes. If you're encountering any one of these, you should see your dentist as soon as possible.
Tooth pain. A toothache—or any form of pain from the mouth—could be sign of a number of possible issues. It could mean you have a decayed tooth, especially if the pain is sharp and localized. It could also indicate a gum abscess (accompanied by red and puffy gums), a sinus or ear infection, or inflammation of the jaw joints. The intensity, duration and location of the pain are all clues to its actual cause and what treatments it might require.
Biting difficulties. Does it hurt when you bite down? Among other things, you could have a loose tooth or one that's deeply decayed. The former could be the sign of advanced gum disease, which itself must be treated and the tooth stabilized (splinted) to other teeth. If the problem is advanced decay, you may need a root canal to remove diseased tissue from within the interior of the tooth, which is then filled and crowned to prevent re-infection.
Dry mouth. We're not talking about that "cotton mouth" feeling we all get now and then. This is a chronic condition known as xerostomia in which the mouth feels dry all the time. Xerostomia has several causes including smoking or treatments for cancer or other serious diseases. It might also be a medication you're taking, which has reduced your mouth's saliva production. Because dry mouth could lead to dental disease, you should take steps to relieve it.
Even if you're not having symptoms like these, there may still be something going on in your mouth that needs attention. That's why you should see your dentist on a regular basis, besides when you notice a problem, to keep your oral health in tip-top shape.