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Alcohol’s Effect On Our Gum Health

Alcohol’s Effect On Our Gum Health

Drinking_543EVEN IF YOU only enjoy an occasional glass of wine, it’s important to know how it can affect your gum health. A recent study published in the Journal of Periodontology brings new light to the connection between alcohol consumption and gum disease.

Drinking Can Raise Our Risk For Gum Disease By 27 Percent

Over 500 study participants were asked about their drinking habits, and their gum and overall oral health was evaluated on several levels. This revealed a surprisingly close relationship between alcohol and gum disease risk.

  • Men who drank regularly were shown to have an 18 to 27 percent increased risk of gum disease.
  • For people who already had periodontal disease, levels of alcohol consumption increased the rate and severity of the condition.
  • In participants without periodontal disease, heightened alcohol consumption increased risk factors for gum disease: symptoms like gum detachment, gum bleeding, and increased plaque levels.

Correlative Relationship May Be Caused By Dry Mouth

While further research is needed to evaluate the precise reason for this connection, it seems to be greatly due to dry mouth, a common effect of alcohol consumption. Saliva neutralizes acid in the mouth, and serves to cleanse our mouths from harmful bacteria. Alcohol decreases saliva production, and can strip our mouths of the protection they need.

Effective Flossing Will Protect Gum Health

Preserve Your Smile By Taking Gum Disease Seriously

Gum disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults. 50 percent of those over 30 are affected by some level of gum disease. The good news is that in its early stages, gum disease is reversible with strategic oral care.

Here at our practice, we know how to deal with gum disease and we can help you get control of it.

Talk With Us About Your Habits So We Can Give You The Best Care

Here’s our advice to you: be aware of the risks that alcohol poses to your oral health, especially if you enjoy an occasional (or not-so-occasional) drink. Be upfront with us about your habits, and we can help give you the most effective care and advice to preserve your healthy smile for life.

Thanks for your trust in our practice! We appreciate you.

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Tooth-Colored Restorations

We have placed tooth-colored restorations, also known as “white fillings”, in your teeth. They are a metal-free option for tooth restoration. We use only the finest and most up-to-date materials available today. The resin material used is a composite with small "filler" particles of glass-like material- that bonds to the tooth and helps prevent fracturing of the tooth which can occur with typical amalgam “silver fillings”. Your restorations can serve you well for several years as long as you adhere to the following...
Chewing: Avoid chewing excessively hard foods on the restored teeth (hard candy, ice, raw carrots, shelled nuts, etc.) because extreme force can cause the resin material to be broken from the tooth- just as it can on a natural tooth. In the event that a breakage does occur, contact Dr. Gary A. Robison, for an easy replacement.
Recalls: Often, problems that develop around the restorations can be detected at an early stage and repaired easily. Waiting longer than the recommended six-months between exams may require redoing the entire restoration and may void our warranty. Visit us at regular six-month examination periods to avoid unnecessary dental work.
Procedures: To avoid future dental decay and provide the optimal permanency for your restorations, please adhere to the following preventative procedures:
• Routinely brush and floss after eating and before bedtime.
• Use a recommended fluoride rinse daily and swish vigorously for a minimum of 30 seconds.
• Use the fluoride gel that was prescribed by our office.
• Use the Sonicare toothbrush as recommended by us.
We assure you, we’ve done our best to provide you with the finest, high-quality tooth-colored restoration available. With your continued care and concern, you can assure a successful, long-term restoration. Please call us @ 480-924-2300, if you notice any change with your restoration, or if you have any questions.

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Depression Drugs May Cause Dental Implant Failure

Depression Drugs May Cause Dental Implant Failure

Depression, a global disease, is identified by clear changes in thought and affect. A battle with depression can leave in its wake a litany of casualties, both social and personal, and debilitating symptoms. Low levels of serotonin in the brain, or when serotonin is unable to be utilized by the brain, can provoke depression. Even with the right course of treatment, someone suffering from depression may be at risk for other, unobvious difficulties.

A study conducted on patients treated with dental implants from January 2007 to January 2013, suggests that patients taking Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), the most widely used drugs for the treatment of depression, have a greater chance of having those implants fail.

Celexa                         Citalopram
Lexapro                      Escitalopram
Luvox                          Fluvoxamine
Paxil                            Paroxetine
Prozac                         Fluoxetine
Zoloft                          Sertraline
Viibryd                       Vilazodone

Figure 1: The list of current SSRIs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression
The study theorizes that since SSRIs have been reported to reduce bone formation and increase the risk of bone fracture, osseointegration fails to take place because the osseointegration process is influenced by bone metabolism. Osseointegration occurs when bone cells fasten themselves directly to the surface of the titanium implant, in essence locking the implant into the jaw bone. The study examined 916 dental implants in 490 patients. Fifty-one patients were using SSRIs and made up 94 of the dental implants in the study. Follow up was conducted between three months to 5 1/2 yrs. and saw 10 dental implants fail and 84 succeed within the patient group taking SSRIs. Conversely, 38 dental implants failed and 784 succeeded in the patient group not taking SSRIs. This means that SSRI users saw a 10.6 % rate of dental implant failure compared to their non-SSRI user counterparts' 4.6 % rate of failure.

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