Aug 21 (Reuters) – People who keep their teeth and gums healthy with regular brushing may have a lower risk of developing dementia later in life, according to a U.S. study. Researchers at the University of California who followed nearly 5,500 elderly people over an 18-year-period found that those who reported brushing their teeth less than once a day were up to 65 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who brushed daily. “Not only does the state of your mind predict what kind of oral health habits you practice, it may be that your oral health habits influence whether or not you get dementia,” said Annlia Paganini-Hill, who led the study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Inflammation stoked by gum disease-related bacteria is implicated in a host of conditions including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Some studies have also found that people with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, have more gum disease-related bacteria in their brains than a person without Alzheimer’s, Paganini-Hill said. Read the whole article on www.Reuters.com HERE
Image your wedding day, father’s day, your child’s or even your own graduation…all the pictures and all the memories… There are ways to prevent a cold sore from happening! Cold sores usually occur when the body is under stress. During these times, follow these few simple steps and ensure a beautiful smile. One week leading up to your “special day”, being taking L-Lysine. It is sold over the counter. Take two tablets, which is 1000mg, daily. You should already be drinking your daily regimen of 8 cups a day; however, this week, double it to 16 cups. If you are exposed to the sun or live in a hot area, be sure to apply sunscreen to your skin AND lips. If you receive a massage during this week, try to have it more than 48 hours before the event, and even then, make sure you increase your water intake! Eat more Lysine rich foods; for example, yogurt, fish, dark green leafy vegetables. Eat less, or avoid, foods high in arginine, such as chocolate and nuts. If you feel the onset of a cold sore, however, there are a few more steps you can take. Be sure to take 1000 mg of L-Lysine (which is 2 tabs) three times daily for the duration of the outbreak. Apply “Super Lysine Plus +”, which is a topical application every 2 hours for no more than 11 days to the affected area. If you do have an outbreak, there are anti-viral prescription medications that can be taken in order to speed up the healing process and shorten the cylce of the virus. Please contact us at (949)748-7373 or www.SereneDentalCenter.com if you have any further questions regarding this topic. * [...]
(CBS) Many people have silver fillings in their teeth called amalgams. Dentists put in more than 50 million of them annually. The Food and Drug Administration looked Tuesday at whether they may be hazardous, CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook reports. Read the entire article online at CBS News here.
Dr. Shery Mansouri continues her work educating local OB/GYN’s on how pregnancy effects expectant mothers and their babies teeth. In addition to these instructional visits, Dr. Shery offers quarterly complimentary seminars to patients and non-patients to educate them on the importance of dental health during pregnancy. While Dr. Shery was last pregnant with her newest son, we filmed a short video with some amazing facts about how something so simple as oral health, especially during pregnancy, can have such a dramatic effect on the health of the baby. Look for the video in the coming weeks.
While Dr. Mansouri’s love of football is no secret (go USC!), this one bit of community service he does is. For the last several years, Dr. Mansouri has been providing free mouth guards to members of several Orange County high school football team members. Woodbridge High, Beckman High and Sage Hill School have all benefitted from this football obsessed dentist! We live in this community and are happy to give back whenever we can.
If you are suffering from bouts of insomnia because you are grinding or clenching your teeth, there is a very easy solution for you. It’s called a nightguard. It will not only help you sleep better, but it will help protect your Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). If you wear out the cartilage in the TMJ, the only cure is surgery (which is never the fun choice)! The only two ways to stop grinding or clenching while you sleep are STOP STRESSING, and a nightguard. Now, I’ve explained to ALL my patients that if they know how to eliminate all stress form their lives to let me know how, but in the meantime, to get a nightguard! A nightguard should be custom made by your dentist, because if it is not a perfect fit, it will actually do more damage than good. If you are are not sure whether or not you are grinding or clenching, see a dentist.
Mercury fillings, also known as silver fillings, over time create microfractures in teeth. This can cause your teeth to fracture, and if it happens below the gumline, you may not be able to save the tooth. The best way to address the matter is to have them removed. There are safe ways for the removal of mercury fillings, so this should be discussed with your dentist before it is done. NOT ALL dentists do mercury removal in a safe manner. Some fillings can be replaced with small composite, or white, fillings. Others may need to be replaced as inlays, onlays, or crowns. This depends on the size of the existing filling as well as the condition of the tooth.
Here’s how to keep your mouth and teeth healthy: Brush your teeth every day with a fluoride toothpaste Floss your teeth every day Snack smart – limit sugary snacks Don’t smoke or chew tobacco See your dentist regularly Read the entire article here.
There are numerous ways to whiten teeth, but the best results are obtained by in office ZOOM bleaching. The best one currently on the market is the New Advanced ZOOM 2!, also known as ZOOM 3. Make sure to have a thorough consultation by a dentsit to ensure you don’t have excessive sensitivity issues afterwards.
I am currently hosting educational seminars in my office quarterly on how pregnancy effects your teeth, health, and your baby’s health. You do NOT need to be a patient of the office to attend, however, space is very limited, so you do need to sign up to attend. The next seminar will be held on November 13th at 10:00am. Please call the office to reserve a space for yourself. 949-748-7373. Dr. Shery