The Delicate Balance of Oral Bacteria

The Delicate Balance of Oral Bacteria

THE BACTERIA IN OUR BODIES vastly outnumber our human cells! And no matter how much we brush, floss, or rinse, our mouths will always be home to billions of microbes. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing!

Different types of bacteria keep others in check, and most aren’t anything to worry about. But maintaining this balance requires some effort on your part—to support the good bacteria and limit the growth of the bad.

Our Oral Ecosystems

Recent studies estimate that there are about 1000 species of oral bacteria, with 100 to 200 in any given individual. Microbes live off nutrients found in saliva, and on our gums, teeth and tongues. In a healthy mouth, beneficial bacteria fight disease-causing germs and fungi. They’re actually our immune system’s first responders! The constant flow of saliva also helps keep acid-producing bacteria from getting established. But even with all these defenses, harmful microbes can still upset the balance.

Bad Bacteria Causes Bad Breath

Poor oral hygiene and other conditions like dry mouth create an environment in which harmful bacteria thrive. An excess of sugar residue from candy, soda and other foods speeds up the already explosive microbe growth. The bacterial imbalance can result in chronic bad breath, canker sores, higher risk of illness, tooth decay and other problems.

5 Steps For A Healthy Oral Environment

By following a good oral care routine, you can make sure the scale is always tipped in favor of the good bacteria! Create an oral environment that promotes beneficial microbes with these five steps:

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day
  2. Floss daily, and scrape your tongue daily
  3. Limit consumption of foods high in sugars, and rinse with water after eating
  4. Avoid dry mouth by chewing sugar-free gum
  5. Don’t share toothbrushes or other items that touch the mouth

Since every oral environment is different, there may be other factors that are influencing your personal flora and fauna. As you come in for regular dental checkups, we can keep tabs on your unique oral profile. Together, we’ll determine a personalized plan if anything needs to be changed to keep your mouth at its healthiest.

We’re honored to be your partner in the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. Thank you for being our valued patient!

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A Toothpaste Timeline

A Toothpaste Timeline

OUR NIGHTLY BRUSHING ROUTINE wouldn’t be complete without that minty-fresh toothpaste tingle, right? But toothpaste hasn’t always been soft and minty. Years ago, it was less pleasant to use.

Toothpaste Existed As Early As 5000 B.C.

The oldest form of toothpaste known was created by the Egyptians. The powder formula included crushed rock salt, mint, pepper, and dried iris flowers. Sometimes, other abrasive materials like ox-hoof ashes, burnt eggshells, or oyster shells were added.

Would You Recognize Toothpastes From The Past?

Around 1780, burnt toast was made into powder and used as a tooth-cleaning agent. That probably wasn’t the best idea. Around 1800 soap was added to tooth powders for “cleanliness”. Not long after that, a smooth paste—the texture we’re used to today—was created for the first time.

In 1873 the first commercially produced toothpaste was sold in jars. It wasn’t until 20 years later that toothpaste was sold in a collapsible tube, similar to those we use today. After the discovery of fluoride’s decay prevention qualities, it was added to toothpaste in 1914.

Modern Toothpaste Has A Few Standard Elements

Each major ingredient in modern toothpaste makes brushing teeth easy, comfortable, effective and tasty. Here are the basic components you’ll find:

  • Fluoride fights off decay by strengthening tooth enamel.
  • Abrasives scrub the surface of the tooth without scratching or damaging enamel.
  • Flavors come from sweetening agents such as saccharin or sorbitol. (The ADA won’t give its seal of acceptance to toothpastes with decay-causing sugar.)
  • Humectants like sorbitol and glycerol trap water in the toothpaste so that when you squeeze the tube, you get a smooth substance.
  • Detergents give us the foaming effect we love in our toothpaste. Sodium lauryl sulfate is the one you’ll most often see.

Get The Most From Your At-Home Dental Care

The important thing to remember about toothpaste is that our toothbrushing habits and technique matter much more than the toothpaste brand we use. However, while shopping for toothpaste, look for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of acceptance. This confirms that a product has met the criteria for effectiveness and safety.

If you have any other questions about your personal oral hygiene routine, talk with us about it! We love to hear from you.

Thanks for your trust in our practice!

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Ridiсulоuѕ Fасtѕ Pеорlе Bеliеvе Regarding Tооthасhеѕ

Tooth-PainPutting on fish bоnеѕ аrоund your neck, rеitеrаtе a сhаnt аѕ wеll аѕ drор a соuрlе of реаrѕ into thе rivеr during thе course of a tооthасhе mау ѕоund аbѕurd however, thоѕе аrе toothache ѕоlutiоnѕ уоu wоuld hеаr аt thе time оf the Middlе Agеѕ. Yоu might imаginе exactly hоw challenging it muѕt hаvе been fоr our аnсеѕtоrѕ аnd forefathers with tооth раin. They wеrе еаgеr tо trу оut anything at аll fоr rеliеf. Advаnсеd dentistry has taken аwау a lоt of оdd superstitions. Hоwеvеr, ѕоmе individuals in spite of еvеrуthing, bеliеvе dаngеrоuѕ miѕguidеd bеliеfѕ concerning tооthасhеѕ as wеll аѕ thе bеѕt wау to trеаt thеm.

Sеvеrаl “Curеѕ” Frоm Various Trаditiоnѕ

Yоu will diѕсоvеr a lоt of rаrе tесhniԛuеѕ fоr ѕооthing tооthасhеѕ wе’vе соllесtеd from different traditions (both аnсiеnt аѕ wеll as mоdеrn) асrоѕѕ the glоbе. One wеll-knоwn notion wаѕ thаt dеntаl discomfort wаѕ a result оf a “tооth wоrm” thаt had burrowed itѕ way inѕidе a tооth. Tо соаx the worm оut, individuals will brеаthе in ѕmоkе, smear thеir teeth with honey, аnd аlѕо ѕwiѕh with all fоrmѕ оf unрlеаѕаnt rinѕеѕ. Others include:
• Putting thе twо ѕtосkingѕ оn оnе fооt.
• Driving a hоrѕеѕhое nаil into your hоuѕе’ѕ frоnt door lintel.
• Sрitting out bread bу аn anthill, аnd аѕ the аntѕ саrrу it аwау thе раin will leave.
• Complaining tо a pear trее соnсеrning уоur tооthасhе.
• Vоwing tо never соmb уоur hair оn a Fridау оr shave оn a Sundау.
Hоwеvеr thеѕе might ѕоund ridiculous, lеt’ѕ not be fаr to ѕwift tо judge because thеrе аrе still a lоt оf miѕlеаding misconceptions regarding tооthасhеѕ thеѕе days.

Mоdеrn-dау Tооthасhе Miѕсоnсерtiоnѕ

There аrе vаriоuѕ factors thаt cause tооth асhе such аѕ саvitiеѕ, gum diѕеаѕе, infесtiоn, аnd chipping. All thеѕе thrее hintѕ mау help debunk certain wеll-knоwn misconceptions whiсh соuld рrеvеnt you from rесеiving thе trеаtmеnt you might nееd:
1. Dо nоt рut аѕрirin оn уоur tооth. Aѕрirin rеаllу dоеѕ nоthing tо аllеviаtе pain when аррliеd tорiсаllу, аnd mау lеаd tо a hоrriblе асid burn on your сhееk аnd gumѕ.
2. A tооthасhе Does nоt necessarily mеаn уоu аrе gоing tо lоѕе thе tooth. Yоu will discover rеmеdiеѕ thаt can ѕаvе еvеn ѕеvеrеlу infected tееth.
3. If раin is оff-аnd-оn, уоu still will nееd a рhуѕiсаl сhесkuр. Pаin iѕ уоur body’s wау of tеlling you ѕоmеthing is wrоng. It ѕhоuldn’t bе ignоrеd.

Hаvе соnfidеnсе in Our Practice Fоr Remedies

No person ѕhоuld hаvе tо ѕuffеr tооth аgоnу. The Robison Dental Group’s аррrоасh is fосuѕеd оn thе recent treatments to not just еliminаtе tооthасhеѕ, but tо рrоduсе hеаlthу and lоng lasting smiles, ѕо itѕ possible to gеt bасk to living your life. Dоn’t аllоw аnоthеr day of dental аgоnу to pass bу withоut getting in touch with us. Call 480-924-2300 or visit http://www.drrobison.com/contact-us/ to schedule an appointment today!

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4 Reminders For Improving Oral Health Through Diet

4 Reminders For Improving Oral Health Through Diet

OUR DIETS AFFECT EVERY PART of our bodies. Oral health can improve or deteriorate drastically based on the things we eat!

First, Cut Down On Sugar

Sugar has become far too big a part of our modern diets. In addition to making us sick and fat, it erodes our teeth! Avoid frequent snacking on sugary foods, especially things that are sticky or slow dissolving (like most candies). The constant presence of sugar turbocharges acid-producing bacteria, eating away at our tooth enamel.

The biggest offenders are soda, sports drinks and energy drinks. What makes them especially dangerous is that we tend to sip them, coating teeth in sugar over and over again for long periods of time.

Second, A Nutrient-Rich Diet Supports Oral Health

Our mouths require many different nutrients. Here are some of the most important ones:

  • Calcium: remineralizes teeth - found in yogurt, fish and leafy greens
  • Iron: promotes tongue health and prevents sores - found in red meat, grains and nuts
  • Vitamin C: essential for gum health - found in citrus, sweet potatoes and peppers
  • Vitamin A: accelerates mouth healing - found in milk, leafy greens and orange and yellow fruits and vegetables
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin): promotes good breath and reduces swelling - found in poultry, peanuts and potatoes

Of course this isn’t a complete list, but it may give you an idea of the kind of balanced diet you need for good oral health. Be conscious of how you fuel your body and mouth!

Third, Drink More Water

Overhauling our entire diets can be a significant undertaking. But here’s one easy thing we can all start doing today: drink more water! Drinking water helps wash away plaque-forming films and keeps saliva flowing.

Fourth, Oral Health Is Closely Linked To Overall Health

You might expect us to just say “stay away from candy,” but we believe our mission extends beyond that. Oral care is an integral part of overall health, and we’re here to support you in your pursuit of total wellbeing.

Thank you for being our valued patient and friend!

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The Link Between Osteoporosis And Gum Disease

The Link Between Osteoporosis And Gum Disease

WHAT DO OSTEOPOROSIS and gum disease have in common? Bone loss! For anyone with gum disease, osteoporosis, or both… it’s important to know about the correlation between these two conditions.

How Does Gum Disease Cause Bone Loss?

Are you surprised to hear that gum disease can contribute to bone loss? The first stage of gum disease, gingivitis, rarely affects bone structure. But if it progresses to advanced periodontitis, then the infection spreads beneath the teeth to destroy connective gum tissue AND supportive structure in your jaw.

Those With Osteoporosis May Have 85% Greater Periodontitis Risk

A recent study showed an alarmingly high correlation between low bone density and gum disease risk. Bone density was measured using a FRAX score (fracture risk assessment tool). Even disregarding common risk factors like age, smoking, or diabetes, it was shown that patients with osteoporosis have an 85% greater likelihood of periodontal disease.

More research is needed to find the reason for this correlation. However, one factor is important to note: advanced gum disease degrades bone mass in the jaw. For those with already-low bone mass, thanks to osteoporosis, the risk is even greater. Gum disease can very quickly cause a lot of damage.

We’re Looking Out For Your Whole-Body Health

So, if you have gum disease, along with other possible risk factors for osteoporosis, don’t be surprised if we ask you the last time you had a checkup with your doctor. After looking at a dental x-ray, we may recommend that you have your bone health assessed.

In the meantime, take good care of your teeth. Gum disease can be worrying, but it’s preventable with good personal care habits and frequent visits with our team.

The relationship between osteoporosis and gum disease is just one example of the mouth-body health connection. The more we learn, the more we see that what happens in your mouth doesn’t just stay in your mouth. Dental health has an effect on your entire body.

Let us know if you have any questions about your dental health. We’re honored to be your partners in oral health care.

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Crazy Things People Believe About Toothaches

Crazy Things People Believe About Toothaches

HAVE A TOOTHACHE? Wear these fish bones around your neck, repeat a chant, and drop a few pears into the river!

Sounds ridiculous, right? But those are toothache remedies you’d hear during the Middle Ages! You can imagine how frustrating it must have been for our ancestors with tooth pain—they were willing to try anything for relief! Modern dentistry has swept away many bizarre superstitions—however, some people still believe dangerous myths about toothaches and how to cure them.

Different “Cures” From Different Cultures

There are a lot of unusual methods for relieving toothaches we’ve gathered from various cultures (both ancient and modern) around the world. One common belief was that dental pain was caused by a “tooth worm” that had burrowed its way inside a tooth. To coax the worm out, people would inhale smoke, smear their teeth with honey, and swish with all kinds of disgusting rinses. Others include:

  • Putting both stockings on one foot.
  • Driving a horseshoe nail into your house’s front door lintel.
  • Spitting out bread by an anthill, and as the ants carry it away the pain will leave.
  • Complaining to a pear tree about your toothache.
  • Vowing to never comb your hair on a Friday or shave on a Sunday.

Though these may seem absurd, let’s not be too quick to judge—there are still plenty of false beliefs about toothaches today!

Modern Toothache Myths

There are several causes of dental pain including cavities, gum disease, infection, and chipping. These three tips will help debunk some common myths that could stop you from getting the treatment you need:

  1. Do not put aspirin on your tooth. Aspirin does nothing to relieve pain when applied topically, and could result in a nasty acid burn on your cheek and gums.
  2. A toothache DOES NOT mean you will lose the tooth. There are treatments that can save even badly infected teeth.
  3. If pain is off-and-on, you still need a checkup. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. It shouldn’t be ignored.

Don't Wait To Visit Us If You Have Pain

Trust Our Practice For Solutions

Nobody should have to live with dental pain. Our practice is focused on the latest treatments to not only relieve toothaches, but to create healthy and resilient smiles, so you can get back to living your life. Don’t let one more day of dental discomfort go by without contacting us.

We cherish our relationship with you as our valued patients and friends!

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July 1st Is National Ice Cream Day!

July 1st Is National Ice Cream Day!

TODAY IS CREATIVE ICE CREAM DAY!
The natural creativity of human beings finds expression through many forms such as painting, poetry, music and…. Ice cream flavors. The selection of available flavors boggles the mind and often stretches the bounds of believability. From fish flavored varieties to ice cream made from goat’s milk, the options for satisfying your ice cream craving seem endless. Haagen-Daz announces new flavors and types of ice cream every year, and there are many local boutique ice cream shops with their own unique flavors. Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day celebrates all the crazy flavors that have been invented over the years and even those which have yet to come to light!

Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day History
How did Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day come about? This is a good question, and one for which we don’t have a definite answer. The likelihood is that the origins of the day rest in the hands of the ice cream makers themselves, who hoped to inspire more business and creativity!

Another possibility is that a few intrepid ice cream experimentalists got together to see what their combined enjoyment for ice cream could uncover in regards to undiscovered flavors. Vanilla alone is no longer interesting enough, how about we throw pickles in there? Maybe they dared each on to greater and crazier feats of ice cream creation, throwing in any errant ingredient which came to hand. Whatever the truth, ice cream is certainly rich with opportunities!

Celebrating Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
There are numerous ways to celebrate Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day! One might go out and explore an ice cream shop, perusing the flavors for something exotic, unusual, or simply untried. Some flavors to search for and consider: Smoked Chocolate and Tequila, Duck Fat and Caramel Joy Sauce, Sichuan Pepper and that’s just a start!

If riding someone else’s creative coat tails doesn’t suit your fancy (or maybe the crazy flavors you find don’t jive with your sensibilities) feel free to create your own! Maybe start with a base of vanilla and add unique toppings to taste. Or dust off the ice cream maker that’s been lying dormant in the garage and mix up your own concoction of cream and flavorful goodness, whether it’s avocados, anchovies, or eccentric berries and fruit it’s sure to be in the spirit of the day!

Another possibility is to hold a Cultural Favorite Ice Cream Party, wherein you invite your friends over to try out some cultural flavors. Japanese Ice cream may beat all for out and out weird flavors. The Japanese love two things: seafood and green tea, so it is no surprise that both have ended up in their ice cream. You could challenge your friends to try some shrimp ice cream or, if that fails to impress them, serve up some python flavor. If that doesn’t stop them then bring out the jellyfish ice cream you’ve been saving just for this day. These are all real flavors hailing from the minds of Japanese ice cream culture.

However you choose to enjoy it, the bounds of ice cream creativity are sure to be stretched to new limits, and your enjoyment and appreciation of this beloved food item will no doubt increase!

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What Are Your Fourth Of July Plans?

What Are Your Fourth Of July Plans?

HERE AT ROBISON DENTAL GROUP WE LOVE THE FOURTH OF JULY!

Independence Day is coming up, and it’s a great time to reflect on—and express gratitude for—all of the precious freedoms we enjoy every day.

It’s also a great holiday for enjoying time with friends and family, and to get involved with the awesome celebrations the community puts on.

What are YOUR plans? Do you have suggestions for all of us? We look forward to hearing from YOU!

From all of us here we wish you a wonderful holiday. Be safe, and we'll see you the time you visit us.

Thanks for being our valued patients and friends.

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Diabetes And Gum Disease Can Be Double Trouble

Diabetes And Gum Disease Can Be Double Trouble

PEOPLE WITH DIABETES are mindful of their bodies’ feedback. Effective diabetes management requires frequent blood sugar checks, careful dietary planning, and close monitoring of other symptoms.

But with all the things diabetics have to consider, they often miss warning signs from another crucial area—the mouth.

Why are oral care and diabetes so intertwined? Recent studies have revealed more on the relationship between gum disease and diabetic symptoms.

It’s About Bacteria

People with diabetes have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the body and cause infection. When harmful bacteria are allowed to build up in the mouth, gums become swollen and sensitive. In addition to weakening the structures holding teeth in place, inflamed, bleeding gums are an easy access point for bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Once inside, these bacteria can aggravate diabetic complications and make it harder to manage blood sugar.

Diabetes makes gums more susceptible to infection—and infected gums, in turn, worsen diabetic conditions. It’s a vicious cycle!

3 Keys To Managing Oral Health And Diabetes

  1. Stay in touch with your doctor AND with us. Follow your doctor’s diabetes management plan, and relay any changes in your condition. Make sure your doctor has our contact information and keeps us informed as appropriate. Keep your regular dental checkup appointments.
  2. Control your blood glucose level. Monitor your blood sugar level and use medications as recommended. The better you manage your blood sugar, the less likely you will be to develop gum infections.
  3. Establish good oral care habits. Brush twice a day, gently massaging and cleaning gums. Floss at least once daily. If you smoke, quit. Please talk with us if you have any questions about brushing or flossing techniques!

Let Us Help You Manage Diabetes

We understand that living with diabetes presents a host of extra things to think about every day. We want to ease that burden by providing personalized care to our diabetic patients. If you know someone with diabetes, share this information with them!

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be part of your health-conscious lifestyle.

We treasure our relationship with you as a patient and a friend!

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2015 MAKE MUSIC DAY

 

make music dayTODAY IS MAKE MUSIC DAY!

It's hard to imagine any culture where music doesn’t play a vital role. The benefits of music for the human soul are intangible, but they are immense. Music opens up new worlds for people. It can be used to tell stories, to inspire, or to help people relax. On Make Music Day, people all around the world come together to celebrate the incredible power of music.

The perfect way to celebrate this day is to make your own music, by yourself or with friends. You don’t have to be a musician, because anyone can make music. If you have children, they will love something as simple as banging on pots and pans and singing. If you can’t play an instrument, you can get together for a night of karaoke with friends. And even if you have no musical talent whatsoever, you can spend the day listening to your favorite songs. The great thing about music is that it’s for everyone.

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