Information on PREVENTING PERIODONTAL DISEASE – Peterborough Periodontist

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Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused when bacteria in plaque (a sticky, colorless film that forms in the mouth) builds up between the gums and teeth. When the bacteria begin to grow, the gums surrounding the tooth can become inflamed.

If left untreated, this inflammation can cause the gums and supporting bone structure to deteriorate. This can lead to gum recession or even tooth loss. In addition, research has shown that gum disease may be associated with other diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Luckily, periodontal disease can be preventable. Adding these habits to your daily routine can help.

Brush your teeth. Brushing after meals helps remove food debris and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums. Don’t forget to include your tongue, bacteria loves to hide there.

Floss. Flossing at least once a day helps remove food particles and plaque between teeth and along the gum line that your toothbrush can’t quite reach.

Swish with mouthwash. Using a mouthwash can help reduce plaque and can remove remaining food particles that brushing and flossing missed.

Know your risk. Age, smoking, diet and genetics can all increase your risk for periodontal disease. If you are at increased risk, be sure to talk with your dental professional.

See a periodontist. Get an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation (CPE) from a dental professional. A CPE looks at your teeth, plaque level, gums, bite, bone structure and other risk factors for periodontal disease. Identifying symptoms of gum disease early is key to protecting your teeth and gums. (AAP)

Dr. Annabel Braganza – Peterborough Periodontist, Implant and Gum Specialist

705-741-1885

Tongue Piercings and Damage to Your Teeth *

Tongue Piercing, Damage to Teeth, Healthy teeth, Peterborough Periodontists, Kawarthats Dentists, Oral Health, Gum Disease, Cavities, Top Dentist in Peterborough,Risks associated with oral piercing:

  • Chipped Teeth
  • Cracked teeth that can not be fixed and need to be extracted
  • Drooling
  • Bad breath
  • Altered speech ie. lisping
  • Nerve damage
  • Loss of taste
  • Infection or the tissue around the piercing
  • Swallowing or chocking of all or parts of the piercing

ODHA Dental Hygiene Facts:

Ludwig’s angina is a life-threatening acute bacterial infection of the floor of the mouth caused when bacteria enter the bloodstream through the open wound (piercing site). This is a serious condition as the swelling from inflammation can block the air passage and prevent saliva from being swallowed.

Body piercers are not members of the medical profession: They do not review health history, prescribe antibiotics or provide post-op care.

Contaminated piercing equipment can lead to other infections such as blood borne hepatitis (B, C, D and G) as well as HIV and AIDS.

For more information visit ODHA Oral Piercing Dental Hygiene Facts.

Dr. Annabel Braganza – Peterborough Periodontist, Implant and Gum Specialist

705-741-1885

Do you have an indentation in your gums after a loss of a tooth?

Peterborough Periodontist, Peterborough Dentists, Best Dental Implants Toronto, Kawarthas Dentists, Dental Implants, Dental Healthy, Missing Teeth,Tooth loss can cause an indentation in the gums and jawbone where a tooth used to be. This happens because the jawbone recedes when it no longer is holding a tooth in place. Not only is this indention unnatural looking, it also causes the replacement tooth, such as an implant, to look too long compared to the adjacent teeth.

Ridge augmentation can fill in this defect recapturing the natural contour of the gums and jaw. A new tooth (implant) can then be places that is natural looking, easy to clean and beautiful. (AAP)

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SINUS LIFT – Peterborough Periodontics

For an implant to be successful there must be enough quality and quantity of bone where the implant is to be placed. The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone and the closeness to the sinus. If bone is lost in that area for reasons such as periodontal disease or tooth loss there might not be enough bone to place an implant. In such cases a sinus lift surgery may be necessary.

Sinus lift surgery can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants. Several techniques can be used to raise the sinus and allow for new bone to form. In one common technique, an incision is made to expose the bone. Then a small circle is cut into the bone. This bony piece is lifted into the sinus cavity, much like a trap door, and the space underneath is filled with bone graft material. Your periodontist can explain your options for graft materials, which can regenerate lost bone and tissue.

Finally, the incision is closed and healing is allowed to take place. Depending on your individual needs, the bone usually will be allowed to develop for about four to 12 months before implants can be placed. After the implants are placed, an additional healing period is required. In some cases, the implant can be placed at the same time the sinus is augmented.

Undergoing sinus lift surgery has been shown to greatly increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come. Many patients experience minimal discomfort during this procedure. (Information as per AAP)

For more information on this and other procedures be sure to contact one of our periodontal professionals.

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Gum Disease Risk Factors – Peterborough/Kawarthas Periodontists*

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Studies indicate that older people have the highest rates of periodontal disease. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that over 70% of Americans 65 and older have periodontitis.

SMOKING/TOBACCO USE

Tobacco use is linked with many serious illnesses such as cancer, lung disease and heart disease, as well as numerous other health problems. Tobacco users also are at increased risk for periodontal disease. Studies have shown that tobacco use may be one of the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of periodontal disease.

GENETICS

Research has indicated that some people may be genetically susceptible to gum disease. Despite aggressive oral care habits, these people may be more likely to develop periodontal disease. Identifying these people with a genetic test before they even show signs of the disease and getting them into early intervention treatment may help them keep their teeth for a lifetime.

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Stress is linked to many serious conditions such as hypertension, cancer, and numerous other health problems. Stress also is a risk factor for periodontal disease. Research demonstrates that stress can make it more difficult for the body to fight off infection, including periodontal diseases.

MEDICATIONS

Some drugs, such as oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and certain heart medicines, can affect your oral health. Just as you notify your pharmacist and other health care providers of all medicines you are taking and any changes in your overall health, you should also inform your dental care provider.

CLENCHING OR GRINDING YOUR TEETH

Clenching or grinding your teeth can put excess force on the supporting tissues of the teeth and could speed up the rate at which these periodontal tissues are destroyed.

OTHER SYSTEMIC DISEASES

Other systemic diseases that interfere with the body’s inflammatory system may worsen the condition of the gums. These include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.

POOR NUTRITION AND OBESITY

A diet low in important nutrients can compromise the body’s immune system and make it harder for the body to fight off infection. Because periodontal disease begins as an infection, poor nutrition can worsen the condition of your gums. In addition, research has shown that obesity may increase the risk of periodontal disease.

Dr. Annabel Braganza – Peterborough Periodontist, Implant and Gum Specialist

705-741-1885

Dental Comics – Peterborough Periodontist and Gum Specialist

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Dr. Annabel Braganza – Peterborough Periodontist, Gum and Dental Implant Specialist

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Drugs, alcohol, tobacco and the affects on your oral health!

Peterborough dentists, Oshawa Periodontists, Kawarthas Periodontists, Drugs and your teeth, Gum Disease, Are you using tobacco, ecstasy, marijuana, heroine, amphetamines, methamphetamines drugs, alcohol and replacement therapies? Below is a list of the drugs and their affect on your teeth and oral health.

Tobacco, Ecstasy, Amphetamines and Methamphetamines: These drugs can cause constriction of the capillaries in your gums affecting the attachment of the bone to the tissue of the teeth which may lead to tooth loss.

Marijuana, Ecstasy, Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, Heroin and Replacement Therapies: These drugs may decrease the production of saliva in your mouth causing dry mouth which will increase the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

Ecstasy, Marijuana and Heroin: These drugs cause sugar cravings. Consumption of sweets and sugary drinks weaken the tooth enamel.

Alcohol: When drinking alcohol your mouth is exposed to increased levels of sugars and acids. This can be damaging to your teeth. Also vomiting after having alcohol may lead to tooth erosion. It is also important to know that according to the Canadian Cancer Society, the risk of developing oral cancer increases with the amount of alcohol consumed. Drinking alcohol is the second major risk factor for developing oral cancer.

Dr. Annabel Braganza – Peterborough Periodontist, Implant and Gum Specialist

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Canadians are increasingly at risk for oral cancer – Peterborough Periodontists

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Health Canada has made the following statement:

“A growing body of evidence suggests that Canadians are increasingly at risk for oral cancer. It is now the 13th most common diagnosed cancer in Canada. It is believed that extremely low awareness level on the risk factors and prevention behaviours, among the general population, and gaps in knowledge and practices on the part of health professionals that have contributed to increasing incidence and late stage diagnosis – often with fatal results.”…..”Oral cancer is both preventable and screenable.”

Approximately 70% of oral cancer is discovered at the late stage 3 or 4. Early diagnosis of oral cancer through screening and early detection is critical. Dental professionals are in a unique position to identify these lesions and give appropriate recommendations that expedite referral and treatment.

Risk factors related to oral cancer:

Peterborough Periodontists, Gum Specialists Kawarthas, Oshawa Dentists, Gum Disease, Oral Cancer, Dental Cleaning, 1 – Age and Gender – Men are more susceptible than women. Ratio of 2:1.
2 – High consumption of alcohol, especially when combined with the use of tobacco products (This includes smokeless tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, chewing betel quid, paan, areca nut, hookah, cigarettes and cigars).
3 – Prolonged exposure to UV light – Sun and tanning beds.
4 – Dietary factors – Diet low in fruits and vegetables.
5 – Chronic irritation.
6 – HPV infection (particularly strands 16 and 18)
There is an alarming emergence of an atypical profile. Historical risk factors are on the decline. The fastest growing segment of the oral cancer population is people between 20-30 years old who are non smokers. 70% of all new oral cancer victims have none of the historical risk factors.  This is attributed to the presence of human papillomavirus. HPV is the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease in the U.S., yet less than one third of the general population has even heard of it.
Oral cancer prevention:

Peterborough Periodontists, Gum Specialists Kawarthas, Oshawa Dentists, Gum Disease, Oral Cancer, Dental Cleaning, 1 – Reduce your alcohol consumption.
2 – Quit smoking and stop (reduce) using tobacco products.
3 – If sexually active be sure to use protection.
4 – When outside and exposed to the sun use sunscreen and lip balm with an SPF.
5 – Eat a healthy diet that is high in fruits and vegetables.
6 – Visit your dental professional regularly for cleanings and check ups.

Energy Drinks And The Damage They Cause To Your Teeth!

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What do you drink to hydrate?

Choosing an energy drink may be putting your oral health at risk and damage your teeth.

Studies show that there are more children with serious tooth problems and energy drinks may be the cause. The sugar and acid in an energy drink may lead to tooth decay and erosion.

Healthy Choices, Dental Health, Dental Info, Dental Tips, Oshawa Periodontists, Peterborough Periodontist, Sports Drink, Energy Drinks, Peterborough Dentists, Dental offices in Peterborough,The sugar and acid in energy drinks is a perfect recipe for bacteria growth in the mouth which may cause tooth decay and dental erosion. When given the choice, water is best for hydration. If energy drinks must be consumed then it is essential to rinse with water afterwards to reduce the potential damage in may cause. Be sure to wait an hour before brushing after having an energy drink as acidic foods and drinks soften the tooth enamel.

Drinking sports drinks during training and then putting a mouth guard in, locks liquid right on the teeth. The neutralizing effect of saliva is minimized and the damaging effects of the acidity and sugar increase.

Tooth decay is one of the most common childhood disease, however most preventable with proper care. The Ontario Dental Association encourages children and teens to choose water or, at least, limit their intake of sports/energy drinks.

Dr. Annabel Braganza – Peterborough, Oshawa and Kawarthas Periodontist, Implant and Gum Specialist

705-741-1885