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Any type of oral surgery can be a nervous time for a patient. In the case of impacted wisdom teeth it is very necessary. This is because impacted wisdom teeth left untreated can cause all sorts of issues affecting your dental health. Below you will find the top 5 reasons to have your impacted wisdom teeth removed to avoid future dental issues.

Top 5 Reasons To Remove Impacted Wisdom Teeth

-Lack Of Space. One of the main reasons wisdom teeth can cause so many dental issues is because there simply is not enough room in most people’s mouths for them. Most people only have room for 28 teeth. With the wisdom teeth you would have 32 teeth.

-Crowding Leading To Crooked Teeth. The pressure of your wisdom teeth attempting to erupt can place forces on your other teeth pushing them forward. Causing crowding. This is especially concerning to those who have already had orthodontic treatment. If left untreated it can lead to further orthodontic treatment to recorrect the crwoding.

-Cyst/Tumor Development. A cyst can develop in the sac of the developing wisdom tooth. If a cyst develops it can lead to damage to surrounding teeth as well as to the bone of the jaws. Infection and tumor development is also a possibility.

-Nerve Damage. It is vital to remove your wisdom teeth when recommended. As they develop it is possible they develop in the area of the nerves of the jaws. Damage to these nerves can cause permanent damage.

-Infection. Developing of an oral infection is a definite possibility and should be addressed immediately. Infection will pose a risk for both your dental and general health. Dentally, infection can lead to tooth loss, bone loss, and periodontal disease.

Conclusion

An impacted wisdom tooth should be removed based on your dentist’s recommendations. The complications that could develop are not worth the risk of leaving them alone. Routine dental examinations and professional cleanings will allow your dentist the time to make the proper diagnosis as to when and if they need to be removed.

With the new year fast approaching many of us use this time as a time for reflection. Looking for areas we wish to improve upon in the coming year. These can include losing Happy New Year Marielaina Perrone DDSweight, being a better parent, or striving for a new job. Striving to improve general health will also have an effect on dental health. Recent research shows definite links between the two. Below are our top 5 tips to improve both general and dental health.

Tips For A Healthy New Year

1. Sleep. Strive for better sleep in the new year. Proper sleep habits along with good eating habits will help you to stay more alert and be healthier. A number of recent studies have confirmed that you really do need a minimum of 8 hours per night. The many benefits of adequate sleep include:  makes you feel better, less likely to get sick, decreased risk for cardiovascular disease, increase in memory(helps in school and job performance), and reaction speed (reduces the likelihood of being in a car accident).

2. Water. Drink more water to maintain proper body hydration while taking in zero calories. Practically every function in the body is enhanced with proper hydration, including fighting disease, maintaining a healthy pregnancy, and repairing body tissues. Drinking water also has an added dental benefit of diluting sugars in the mouth as well as neutralizing acids produced by bacteria this  results  in a decreased risk for tooth decay and dental issues. Water truly is essential to our health.

Happy New Year Marielaina Perrone DDS3. Smoking and smokeless tobacco use. Quit Now! Strive to quit smoking, and chewing. Two big reasons to quit,are the high monetary cost and the life threatening risks (including heart disease and cancers). The best way to quit long term is seek help from a physician or dentist. There are many products on the market today, like chantrix, nicotine supplements, and smokeless cigarettes, that can help curb your appetite for smoking. Therapy and or Acupuncture may also be useful.

4. Stop Caffeine and Energy Drink Addiction. Energy drinks and colas are a major factor in weight gain with their empty calories. They contribute no nutritional value to your body and carry with them a high price tag. Most soda and energy drinks contain acids that play a role in the development of tooth decay and the need for dental fillings and crowns. It’s hard to believe, but decreasing sugar intake actually increases people’s energy, by minimizing the highs and lows that sweet foods triggers, and the resulting carb crashes that ensue. Different people react differently to caffeine, occasional use is okay, but it should not be a crutch. Listen to your body, and rest! You will be much more productive!

5. Walk More. Simple walking can help your energy, promote heart health, lung capacity, and muscle tone.  New studies show that regularly wearing a pedometer encourages people to walk about an extra mile each day, lose weight, and lower their blood pressure. Aim for at least 30 minutes of brisk walking and a total of 10,000 steps per day.

6. Prevention. Do your best to keep a healthy diet, maintain good hygiene, keep active, and take your prescriptions according to physician’s instructions. Visit your dentist and physician regularly. Prevent health issues with a healthy lifestyle!

Conclusion

In following any New Year’s resolution you need to have a few things: a plan, a motivation, and a final goal. We all have the ability in us to change and be healthier but it comes down to taking control of your choices. Cheers to a Happy and Healthy New Year for all of us.

 

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and loved ones to get together and enjoy a hearty meal. It is also a time that can be dangerous for your dental health. This is because a lot of what we eat during this time can be hazardous to our dental health. This can include stuffing, sugary treats like pies and cookies, cranberry sauce, and dinner rolls. These items are all carbohydrate rich, sugary foods. This can really do some damage to your oral health, but there are some simple ways you can help combat cavities while still enjoying Grandma’s pumpkin or pecan pie.

Thanksgiving Day Dental Health Tips

-Eat a Balanced Meal. Eat a meal with a mix of carbohydrates, proteins, and vegetables. This helps to counteract some of the acids produced when sugars and bacteria in the mouth come together. Also, some of the harder vegetables like raw carrots can act as a cleaning aid in your mouth as you chew. Hard vegetables can remove some of the excess food that sticks to your teeth.

-Limit your sweet, sticky foods. These can include pies, cookies, and stuffing. These foods tend to stick in the grooves of teeth and lodge between teeth, meaning they stay in the mouth longer and increase tooth decay risk.

-Do not Graze!! This might be one of the most important ones listed here. Not only will you allow these bad food items to stay in your mouth longer but you will not allow your saliva to neutralize. The acidic levels in the saliva will remain all day, allowing bacteria to destroy surface enamel without interference.It’s easy to spend all day just walking around a party eating snacks and drinking, but every time you put something into your mouth, it creates acids. Spend some time NOT eating on Thanksgiving day to cut down on the buildup of cavity causing foods.

-Come Prepared. If you are going away from home for your thanksgiving dinner bring a travel toothbrush with you even if you are just away for the day. If you are unable to brush your teeth immediately after eating for some reason? Rinse your mouth out with water to remove as much debris and neutralize the acid as much as possible. Also, bring some floss and floss following your meal as well.

Happy Thanksgiving to All!!

By following these simple holiday dental care tips, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy while still enjoying your Thanksgiving favorites.

Cranberries are a timeless traditional part of any family’s Thanksgiving day feast. But did you know they are also protectors of your teeth on this special holiday?

Studies have shown that cranberries can help as a defense against the harmful bacteria that causes tooth decay. During most Thanksgiving Day feasts, we consume large amounts of turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and desserts. These foods contain large amounts of carbohydrates and simple sugars that can increase our risk for tooth decay from the bacteria already present in our mouths. Tooth decay occurs as the bacteria feed on the sugars and carbohydrates releasing acids into your mouth that eat away at tooth enamel.

Where do Cranberries Come In?

The research team at Rochester Medical Center found that compounds naturally existing within the cranberry itself are able to make some of the bad bacteria (particularly Streptococcus Mutans) in our mouths vulnerable to destruction by the production of certain enzymes.

Work is now being done to isolate the particular compounds at work here. The hope is that tooth decay may meet a strong opponent in the very near future. Acid production responsible for cavities, periodontal disease, and a host of other dental problems could possibly be avoided.

Unfortunately, the cranberries at our dinner table do not do what the study proposes. These compounds within the cranberry would have to be drawn out of cranberries to be of any use. Cranberries are acid and high in sugar themselves, essentially negating the effects of the beneficial substances they contain. Research continues to convert these compounds into something usable for dental health.

Dental Health Tips For Thanksgiving

-Brush and floss your teeth after eating.

-Crack nuts with a nutcracker, not your teeth.

-Drink plenty of water to wash away the sugars, acid, and carbohydrates while eating.

Have A Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!