Temecula Dentists Discuss Diabetes and Oral Health

November brings about holiday spirit, family togetherness, and feasting. Although the holiday season provides ample opportunity to shovel tasty treats into your mouth, many Americans face the challenge of balancing their food choices with diabetes. During November, the American Diabetics Association raises diabetes awareness with a month-long campaign. The multi-specialty, Temcula dentists from The Oasis Family Dental discuss diabetes awareness and the close link to gum disease.

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Moreno Valley Dentists: Cranberries Prevent Cavities

With the holidays rapidly approaching, many people strive to develop the greatest Thanksgiving feast of all time. Cranberry sauce usually appears on a majority of these holiday tables. Although eating turkey can make you tired, eating cranberries could result in a lower risk for developing cavities. The dentists from Dental Associates of Moreno Valley discuss how cranberries effectively fight cavities.

Cranberry Study

A an oral biologist recently found that cranberries can inhibit the ability of Streptococcus mutans to affect tooth enamel. S. mutans: harmful bacteria which live in the mouth and lay in wait to feed off of sugars and carbohydrates. When these harmful bacteria feed, they secrete acids which cause damage to tooth enamel. Researchers determined that the enzymes found within cranberries prevent these bacteria from latching onto teeth.

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Riverside Dentists: Pumpkins Good for Teeth?

Pumpkins grace the doorsteps of numerous homes throughout America. Many of these pumpkins didn’t survive Halloween night due to rambunctious pranksters destroying countless vegetables in the name of fun and tradition. Although many people indulge in a slice of pumpkin pie around the holidays, many people remain unaware that pumpkins can benefit teeth. The dentists from Riverside Dental Group discuss how pumpkins aid in tooth health.

From A to Zinc in Pumpkins

Pumpkins naturally contain zinc and vitamin A. Diligent label readers might know that several mouthwash companies add zinc to their product to aid in prevent gum inflammation. However, many people do not know that vitamin A supports tooth enamel strength. Tooth enamel does not regenerate so every little bit helps when it comes to enamel retention. Other studies indicate that consuming pumpkins can curb a person’s appetite with a lower calorie count that many other options. Pumpkins contain high levels of beneficial fiber and essential minerals.

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Holiday Dental Emergency: Corona Dentists Discuss

With the holidays fast approaching, a variety of dental emergencies could occur. Holiday decorations often involve stringing popcorn throughout the house. Those decorations might appear tasty, but eating popcorn from holidays passed could result in a dental emergency. The holidays can cause an increased amount of stress and anxiety. This holiday season, many patients might realize that they grind or clench teeth. The dentists from Dental Associates of Corona discuss how to deal with holiday dental emergencies.

Dental Emergency: Tooth Fractures

Holiday parties and gatherings can overwhelm people with vast arrays of food. The smell of an oven-roasted turkey can tickle the senses. This time of year, people don’t always exercise restraint when it comes to turkey consumption, and an errant turkey bone could result in a tooth fracture. Additionally, chewing on ice often causes tooth fractures.

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Riverside Dentists Discuss Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November’s arrival often brings an increase in children’s cavities due to a busy Halloween season. Additionally, many patients see November as a perfect time to come into our office for dental checkups. However, November also honors patients affected with a disease capable of diminishing mental function known as Alzheimer’s disease. In honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the Riverside dentists from Riverside Dental Group discuss the link between periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s.

Affected by Alzheimer’s

Currently, 13% of Americans over the age of 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. The disease typically affects women at higher rate than men, but often because women typically live for longer periods than men. A scientist from the NYU College of Dentistry studied roughly two decades of data and conducted his own studies to determine that a potential link exists between gum disease and diminished cognitive function related to Alzheimer’s.

The study measured the cognitive abilities of patients over the age of 70. One half of the 152 patients studied showed signs of periodontal disease and diminished cognitive function. The other half of the group also showed decreased mental functionality, but showed no signs of periodontal disease. The study tested the subjects’ ability to link number sequences with digit-symbol pairs. After measuring the results, the scientists showed evidence that patients with decreased mental function and periodontal disease decreased their odds of scoring well on the test by nine times due to the prevalence of gum disease. The conclusion highlights the continued importance of maintaining oral health at every stage during life.

Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s

The leading cause of adult tooth loss might surprise some people: gum disease. In a previous blog, we discussed how chewing ability can impact a person’s risk of developing dementia. Many patients suffering from dementia also suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Roughly 80% of dementia cases link back to Alzheimer’s. Recent reports indicate that more than 75% of Americans will experience gum disease during their lifetime. As our population continues to age, the role of dental hygiene becomes increasingly important. The first step towards promoting better oral health involves a proper dental hygiene regimen. The American Dental Association recommends twice-daily brushing, regular flossing, and use of a an ADA-approved mouthrinse.

Schedule Your Visit for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Interested in learning more about the importance of oral health? Due for a checkup? Riverside Dental Group provides comprehensive dental care for our patients in our 92504 dentist office. Contact us by calling (951) 689-5031 to schedule your appointment today. We welcome patients from Riverside and all neighboring communities.

Source found at ScienceDaily.com

Temecula Dentists: Dental Emergency Tips

Emergency situations can cause people to panic and stop thinking clearly. The response makes perfect sense. Generally, an emergency indicates that something suddenly spiraled out of control. In the case of dental emergencies, pain often comes with the territory. Several different types of dental emergencies exist. The dentists from The Oasis Family Dental offer up a few tips to remember in case of a dental emergency.

Dental Pain

One of the first signs of a dental emergency usually involves pain. Toothaches stem from a variety of causes. Sometimes the pain results from a simple cavity. In the case of a cavity, patients usually report sensitivity to hot or cold foods. If the tooth pain persists for an extended period of time following consumption hot or cold foods, consult your dentist immediately. Scheduling an appointment for as soon as possible can prevent further tooth damage caused by the cavity. To avoid cavities, make a commitment to your oral hygiene. Brush twice daily, floss regularly, and use an ADA-approved mouthrinse.

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