Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Smile! June & National Smile Month: The Dental Connection!

June is National Smile Month! Celebrate your "SMILE" by practicing good oral hygiene between your visits to our office!

Below are a few simple steps that you can take to improve your oral health so that you may celebrate National Smile Month for many, many years to come:

  • Brush two minutes twice daily
  • Floss every day to clean between your teeth and below the gum line
  • Reduce your intake of sugary foods and drinks
  • Visit our office every six months, or as recommended

If you have any questions about any of theses tips, call us at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, June 7, 2013

Women's Medications & Dry Mouth: The Dental Connection!

Women using medications to treat a variety of medical conditions are often unaware of some of the potential side effects.  One common side effect of medications such as blood pressure medication, birth control pills, antidepressants, and cancer treatment, is dry mouth, which is called xerostomia.

Dry mouth can lead to many undesirable effects in the oral cavity including periodontal disease and a high rate of dental decay.  Many women who have not had a cavity in years, can suddenly be plagued with a multitude of cavities around existing crowns and at the gum line, or have developed active gum disease.  Many times, the only thing that the patient may have changed in the past six months is starting a new medication.

Salvia washes away bacteria and cleans your mouth.  When salivary flow is diminished, harmful bacteria can grow more rapidly in your mouth, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Many commonly prescribed medications can reduce the flow of saliva without the patient even realizing the side effect.  Birth control pills can also lead to a higher risk of inflammation and bleeding gums.  Patients undergoing cancer treatments are at a heightened risk of oral complications due to the possibility of damage to the salivary glands.

The benefits of many of the medications on the market outweigh the risks associated with xerostomia, however, with regular exams, you can manage the risks and prevent many of the oral consequences of these medications.

If you have any additional questions about dry mouth or are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,