These are just a few benefits of good oral health. What’s surprising to most people is that your oral hygiene plays a role in your overall health. Oral health mirrors the condition of the body as a whole. Research has shown links between oral health and heart disease, facial pain, pancreatic cancer, and Alzheimer’s Disease just to name a few!
We have long known that chronic (or long-term) inflammation is involved in periodontal and gum disease. Current research is investigating the role of chronic inflammation in many other diseases. At least one Canadian dentist is convinced that periodontal disease and dental decay is an early warning factor for heart disease and obesity.
There are times that your dentist may spot something in your mouth that makes him or her suspect a potential health condition that your physician has not yet diagnosed for you. When that happens, your dentist will refer you to your physician for appropriate evaluation.
So what are you waiting for? Get yourself on the track to good oral health today! Brush at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and see your dentist!
*Note: Information in this article is not intended to replace the clinical judgement of your health care professionals.
Dr. Jennifer Robb is a general dentist who treats both adults and children.
1612 Cooper Foster Park Rd.
Lorain, OH 44053
Moving teeth to better positions through orthodontics not only improves dental function and health, it can vastly improve your appearance. But to achieve a result that continues to be attractive as you age requires thorough planning and forethought.
That’s because your body continues to change all during life. While the most accelerated growth happens in childhood and adolescence, even older adults continue to change, especially in their facial features. A good deal of research has helped identify and catalog these changes, which orthodontists now incorporate into their corrective treatments for poor bites (malocclusions).
For example, the lips grow until they reach their maximum thickness in girls usually around age 14 and boys age 16. But researchers have also found lip thickness gradually diminishes for most people beginning in their late teens until about age 80. In other words, the appearance of your lips in your elderly years will be vastly different than in your teens. The same holds true for other facial features: our facial profile flattens as the nose becomes longer and more pronounced while the lower part of the face shortens.
Using this knowledge of the effects of aging on the face, orthodontists now attempt to anticipate “where” the facial features will be decades down the road. This projection can help them design a treatment plan that takes advantage of these projected changes.
For example, orthodontists may begin treatment before a patient’s teenage years with techniques that serve to guide jaw growth. Keeping that development on track will help if or when braces may be needed a few years later. Guiding jaw growth will help shorten the distance of where a patient is in their orofacial development and where they should be later in life with normal development.
Orthodontists aren’t predictors of the future. But armed with an understanding of the aging process, they can help patients head in the right direction to produce a smile and facial appearance that will endure well into later life.
If you would like more information on moving teeth to achieve a more attractive appearance, 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 “Understanding Aging Makes Beauty Timeless.”
Many people become anxious at the dental office. You might be one of them. There are many reasons that people are anxious about dental work and it is important to find out what is at the root of your anxiety so that we can all work together to address your anxiety and make you as comfortable as possible.
- Can be because it is a new experience
- Can be due to a previous dental experience
- Can be due to transference of a parents’ fear—Fathers play a key role in transmitting dental fear to their children. Fathers who can display calm or positive emotions and verbalize positive thoughts at the dentist will be a reassuring model for their children. Parents, you need to watch your own anxiety—your kids pick up on it so watch what you say (Ex. “it won’t hurt too much”) don’t talk about shots or the idea of pain. Don’t let siblings tell the child patient how hard or how painful the dentist will be.
Whether you’re an adult or child, it is best to schedule your appointment for the time of day when you are least stressed. For children, this is often first thing in the morning when they are well rested.
Before you arrive for your appointment:
- Control your imagination. Expect the best outcome
- Talk to the dentist/office. Let them know how you’re feeling.
- Have a snack high in protein to stabilize blood sugar. This helps calm your nerves. (Protein has a longer calming effect than sweets.)
- Avoid Caffeine on the day of your appointment.
At the dental office:
- Practice 7/11 breathing (inhale for 7 counts, exhale for 11 counts) to slow anxiety
- Distract yourself with a favorite soothing music.
- Know the hand signals or pre-arrange them with office to let them know when you need a break.
If the noise of the drill bothers you, ask about using a dental laser, which has a different sound than the standard drill, or about using a product like Caridex that breaks down the cavity so your dentist can manually scrape it out without the drill.
If the idea of a shot bothers you, ask about using a dental laser that produces its own numbing effect over time or if you’re having dental treatment on an upper tooth, you might be able to use Novenase, which is inhaled rather than injected.
If you tend to gag, remember that this is a reflex that stems from feeling of choking that causes your throat to spasm which makes swallowing and breathing difficult.
Sometimes applying numbing gel to your mouth will confuse oral nerves and reduce your gag reflex. Sometime placing salt on your tongue will distract your oral nerves and reduce gagging. If the dental mirror against your tongue is a trigger, sometimes the dental mirror can be placed in a different location. For impressions, ask if a faster setting material can be used so that the impression is in your mouth for a shorter period of time.
If the cause of your dental office anxiety is not mentioned here, talk with your dentist about it and together brainstorm options.
Note: Information in this article is not meant to replace the clinical judgement of your healthcare providers.
Dr. Jennifer Robb is a general dentist who sees both adults and children.
1612 Cooper Foster Park Rd.
Lorain, OH 44053
November 1st is National Brush Day. It was created to encourage parents to keep kids' mouths healthy by brushing twice a day for two minutes each time. (You may hear this described as "2 for 2" in some ads.) Seems appropriate given the candy haul that many kids get the day before when trick or treating!
A nice rhyme to remind kids is "Brush Morning and Night to Keep Your Smile Bright".
Please don't hesitate to contact us at 440-960-1940 or by using the contact form on the website if you have any questions.
Dr. Jennifer Robb
Do you know what crowns and bridges can do for your smile? The restorations offer the ideal solution if you want to improve your appearance or protect fragile or damaged teeth. Lorain, OH, dentist Dr. Jennifer Robb helps her patients care for their smiles with both crowns and bridges.
What are crowns and bridges?
Crowns, often known as "caps," are designed to stabilize teeth or change their appearance. They slip over the part of the teeth visible above the gum line and completely cover teeth. Before you can receive your crown, your Lorain dentist must file the tooth on all sides to ensure a good fit. She'll also make an impression of your mouth and send it along to a dental laboratory that will craft your dental crown. Until the permanent crown is ready, you'll wear a temporary crown. Although temporary crowns are very durable, you'll need to avoid hard or sticky foods that can break or crack the restorations.
Permanent crowns are made of materials that look just like your tooth enamel but are strong enough to handle years of chewing and biting, such as ceramic, resin, porcelain, and porcelain-fused-to-metal. The crowns are cemented to your teeth and don't move or shift when you eat.
Crowns are often used to restore teeth that have broken or fractured. Breaks not only look unsightly but can be very painful. Crowns cover exposed nerve endings and improve the appearance and function of your teeth. They can also be used to prevent breaks or fractures from occurring. If your tooth has been damaged or cracked, it's much more likely to weaken and break in the future. When your tooth is encased in a crown, the restoration will absorb biting forces and prevent further damage to the tooth.
The restorations are also used to enhance your appearance. They can be used to completely change the shape of a tooth, lengthen it or hide a discoloration that occurred due to the use of certain antibiotics or trauma to your tooth.
Bridges fill gaps in your smile and consist of one or more artificial teeth attached to a few crowns. The crowns hold the bridge firmly in place, allowing you to bite and chew normally.
Improve your smile with dental crowns. Call your Lorain, OH, dentist Dr. Jennifer Robb at (440) 960-1940 to schedule your appointment.
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