Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas Cheer: The Dental Connection!

Spreading Holiday cheer begins with Fresh Breath! Not only during the Holidays, but every day of the year, keeping your teeth clean and your breath minty fresh, can be a struggle for many people.  Although good oral hygiene is the first step, there are many other factors that can contribute to bad breath such as tobacco, a dry mouth, medications, sinus issues, foods and gum disease.

So if Buddy the Elf's famous quote about the fake Santa, "your breath smells like beef and cheese." is hindering you from spreading Christmas cheer, then remember that visiting our office for regular cleanings and exams can keep your holidays fresh and bright!

If you are in need of an appointment to freshen up your breath this holiday season, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Holiday Smiles: The Dental Connection!

When it comes to keeping your smile looking its best during this hectic Holiday Season, good oral health is a must! Although many patients feel that good oral health habits are the most important during the childhood "cavity prone years," these good habits should start early and continue throughout your lifetime.  Even though the Holidays can be a very busy time and many people put their dental health on the "back burner," check out the following habits that are worth maintaining this Holiday Season to keep your teeth healthy.

  • Brush and Floss Regularly
    • Two minutes twice daily & flossing reduce your bacterial count
  • Regularly Visit Our Office
    • Bi-annual exams and cleanings can reduce your risk for decay and gum disease
  • Stop Smoking
    • Tobacco users are four-times greater to develop gum disease
  • Limit Your Alcohol Intake
    • Alcohol can increase the risk for mouth and throat cancer
  • Eat Healthy
    • Fruits and vegetables stimulate saliva, which allow tooth re-mineralization

To learn more about the habits that can help keep your smile healthy during this Holiday Season, or if you are are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Friday, November 18, 2016

Diabetes: The Dental Connection!

November is National Diabetes Month! Today's BLOG takes a closer look at Diabetes and the Dental Connection!  For nearly 30 million Americans who have diabetes, many may be surprised to learn about an unexpected complication associated with this condition.  Research shows that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those patients with diabetes. Serious gum disease (periodontitis) has now been added to the list of other complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

Recent research also suggests that there is a two-way street between gum disease and diabetes. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to periodontitis, but this painless, yet serious type of gum disease, may also have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.  Further research now suggests that people with diabetes are at a higher risk not only for periodontitis but also for oral health problems, such as gingivitis, fungal infections called thrush, mouth ulcers and cavities.  Patients with diabetes are at an increased risk for gum disease and these other dental problems because they are generally more susceptible to bacterial infections, and they have a decreased ability to fight the oral bacteria that invade the gums and tooth structures!

Controlling blood glucose is the first and foremost important aspect of preventing the dental problems that are associated with diabetes.  Good blood glucose control can also help prevent or relieve diabetic dry mouth, which elevates the risk for tooth decay.  Taking good care of your teeth and gums, along with regular dental checkups every six months are other important steps in preventing the common dental problems associated with the disease.

As November focuses on Diabetes, don't allow this disease to negatively impact your oral health. If you are in need of a dental appointment, or have any questions concerning the dental connection and diabetes, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT








Thursday, November 10, 2016

Surprising Methods of Prevention: The Dental Connection!

There are numerous ways to prevent cavities. Some, like brushing your teeth regularly and visiting our office, are more obvious than others.  Beyond the standard methods of preventing cavities, check out the following number of different ways to keep your mouth healthy, some of which you might also find surprising.

> Reduce the consumption of carbs and sugar
> Rinse your mouth with food-grade hydrogen peroxide
> Use a straw
> Chew gum
> Eat cheese

If you have any questions concerning cavity prevention or are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Halloween Safety Tips!

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
Though the night is full of fun and festivity, children can be particularly vulnerable to lurking dangers on Halloween. The Tulsa Police Department would like to offer several tips to ensure that everyone has a safe celebration. 
  • Children should trick-or-treat with an adult
  • Trick-or-treat in areas that are well lit
  • Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks where available
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing
  • Walk on sidewalks or paths; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible
  • Wear light-colored costumes decorated with reflective tape or stickers
  • Carry a flashlight or glow stick to increase visibility to drivers
  • Only eat treats and candy that are properly wrapped in their original packaging after being checked by an adult
  • It's also a good idea to carry a cell phone while trick-or-treating in case of an emergency
  • When possible trick-or-treat in groups
It is also important that drivers do their part to keep trick-or-treaters safe. 
  • Be alert in residential neighborhoods
  • Drive more slowly and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic
  • Remember that costumes can limit children's visibility and they may not be able to see a moving vehicle
  • Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully
If you participate in the holiday, stay safe!

God Bless,

Sunday, October 23, 2016

October: National Dental Hygiene Month!

October is the time to celebrate National Dental Health Month!  Once again, the American Dental Association and the Wrigley Company have partnered to help raise public awareness about good oral health.  The National Campaign focuses on Brush, Floss, Rinse, Chew!
  • BRUSH: 
    • Always brush two minutes, twice daily
  • FLOSS
    • Make flossing a daily habit
  • RINSE
    • Use Mouthwash to freshen breath
  • CHEW
    • After eating, chew sugar-free gum to fight tooth decay
More evidence continues to surface related to the important connection between good oral hygiene and the elevated risk for heart disease and stroke. Simply remembering to regularly brush, effectively floss and maintain regular dental cleanings, can significantly reduce the oral bacteria that has been associated with your heart health!

If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment for a cleaning with one of our great hygienists, Karla, Deidra, or Janae, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,



Friday, October 14, 2016

Your Health: The Dental Connection!

If you are like many people, you might think of your dental health as separate from your overall health. After all, most dental coverage plans are separate from your medical health coverage.  However, your oral health goes far beyond being able to chew nutritious and enjoyable foods.  Oral health problems may be an indicator of a variety of other health problems.

Links between Oral Health and Your Overall Health

In the late 1980s, researchers noticed a trend among patients who had recently suffered from heart attacks.  As the Journal of the American Dental Association reported, they observed that these patients were more likely to have dental cavities, inflammation around their teeth, and other forms of gum disease.  Later studies found similar results. Dentists and medical doctors now recognize poor oral health as a risk factor for a variety of heart conditions, such as heart attacks, atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease.

Disease Prevention

Keeping your teeth healthy remains important, especially as you grow older.  Older adults are more prone to dental caries and other oral health problems, as well as to chronic diseases.  While taking care of your oral health might not prevent a specific disease, a healthy mouth is significant factor in your overall health.

If you have any questions about the dental connection to your overall health or are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT



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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Coffee: The Dental Connection!

Although most patients enjoy a cup of coffee or two throughout the day, many don't know that coffee can be especially tough on your teeth because tannic acid (the substance that makes the dark color) etches into the pits and grooves of tooth enamel, staining your pearly whites and being generally detrimental to your smile.

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world, with more than 50 percent of people drinking a cup daily.  In fact, it is so popular that National Coffee Day is celebrated annually every year! Although other foods and drinks such as wine, chocolate-flavored beverages, and soft drinks can all cause tooth enamel discolorations, a hot cup of coffee, however, goes one step farther: extreme temperature changes in your mouth can cause teeth to expand and contract.  This allows the stains to penetrate deep into the micro-cracks of your tooth enamel.

If you can't make it through the day without a cup of java, then consider the following tips to help make sure that your teeth stay in tip-top shape:

> Drink a glass of water with your coffee or rinse with water after every cup.
> Chew gum after you drink coffee.
> Enjoy your beverage with a straw

If you have any other questions or are in need of a dental appointment to whiten your teeth, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

AP Flossing Report: The Dental Connection!

So by now, most everyone in the country has heard the shocking and breaking news published by the Associated Press that stated that there is "weak evidence" that flossing actually reduces gum disease and prevents cavities, which then caused the federal government to drop flossing as a "general public health recommendation." Since we have had several patients ask about the report, I decided to write a BLOG that looks into the backstory behind the current confusion over the flossing debate!

So how did all of this confusion come about? Starting with Mark Twain's famous quote about "lies and statistics," he used this phrase to talk about the persuasive power that numbers have and how they can be manipulated by individuals to push a public agenda, which can be used to describe the recent AP story by reporter Jeff Donn that has made big news regarding flossing these past few weeks!

Back in August of 2016, the AP released an investigative report citing "weak evidence" behind the importance of flossing.  This report has been mentioned on more than 150 different news sites that have called into question the once-obvious recommendation by the dental community to their patients on the need for flossing to be included into their oral hygiene routines.

The background behind this AP report started in 2012, when an orthodontist who was treating the son of the AP Reporter Jeff Donn, asked if Donn would be interested in a story about flossing stating that there was no evidence that flossing actually worked.  As an investigative reporter, Donn began reviewing the research on flossing.  After prodding the federal DHHS agency, he received a letter of response stating that the committee had done no research on flossing, which caused the DHHS to quickly drop flossing from their "general public health recommendations."

In Donn's report, he states that he looked into 25 different studies on flossing and found that the studies "were unreliable" in their testing methods and/or "contained a large bias" as they were funded by flossing manufacturers.  In his article, he implies that there is a definite financial motive to keep flossing relevant due the fees that the American Dental Association receives from each manufacturer that achieves and maintains the ADA seal of approval.

Although Donn is correct in stating that there is a shortage of good studies on flossing, he has done a disservice to the public by not explaining what statistics mean and how they can be used to show something as obvious as the benefits of flossing as invalid.  When examining evidence-based medicine, typically there is a hierarchy of how studies rank in levels of credibility.  The studies with the highest credibility/level of evidence are randomized, long term controlled trials, and those with the least credibility are expert opinions.

In addition, one of the problems with the "highest credibility level" trials is that they are very hard to conduct and can be extremely costly. Furthermore, short-term, case controlled studies or observations of proof by professionals are assigned a proof of "weak evidence" simply because they are not randomized controlled trials.

To prove the point on how statistics can discredit important data, a study was conducted on the use of parachutes to prevent bodily damage when descending from places of high altitude (i.e., jumping out of a plane).  This study showed that because no randomized long-term clinical trials have been conducted on this subject, there was "a weak amount of evidence" to prove that parachutes prevented death and bodily trauma from gravitational challenges.  This ridiculous conclusion was based on the fact that no good long term randomized controlled studies have been conducted on this particular subject.  That same ridiculous conclusion can apply to the case for floss. Of the 25 studies that Donn looked at on flossing, many were flawed. Many of these studies were either short term, not well run, participants weren't given instructions on flossing, or the data was inconsistently recorded.

Unfortunately, what many people take away from the article written by Mr. Donn, is that a "lack of evidence" is somehow proof that flossing has no benefit.  As in, no flossing is better than flossing if the evidence is not high quality.  The bottom line is that a lack of high-quality evidence is not proof of ineffectiveness, especially when there has been little effort to obtain "high-quality" evidence to discredit the benefits of flossing in the first place.  In other words, based upon the methods of conducting clinical trials, it may be true that "the evidence that flossing is beneficial is weak...but the evidence that it is NOT beneficial or harmful is even weaker."

Finally, when the AP Reporter Jeff Donn was asked during an interview if he would still floss in light of all of evidence that he presented in his investigative article on flossing, his answer was YES! Very interesting!!

Sorry that this BLOG has been quite a bit longer than my usual comments, but I really felt that the report needed to be thoroughly discussed and reviewed so that you could know the complete story! If you have any questions or comments, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT





Thursday, September 8, 2016

Pregnancy: The Dental Connection!

Several changes occur in a woman's body during pregnancy to say the least. Hormonal fluctuations are responsible for many of those changes, including the need for additional attention to the teeth and gums.  Women who are expecting are at an increased risk for oral health complications, including gingivitis and tooth decay, which can lead to tooth loss.  Fortunately, there are steps that pregnant women can take to keep their teeth and gums in optimal health from the first trimester to delivery day!

AT-HOME DENTAL CARE

At-home dental care should not vary much from what you did prior to pregnancy. Brushing two minutes twice daily and flossing will continue to keep harmful bacteria from causing dental problems like gum disease and decay.

DENTAL CHECKUPS

It is safe and recommended to continue regular dental checkups and cleanings during pregnancy. However, it is very important to inform us about an existing pregnancy.  Special steps are taken to protect your baby, however, avoiding teeth cleanings during pregnancy can lead to serious consequences such as advanced tooth decay and infection.

FOOD AND CRAVINGS

There's no secret that pregnancy can cause a woman to crave specific foods.  Sugary treats like candy, cookies, or carbonated soft drinks may satisfy a sweet tooth, but that can also cause dental problems when consumed frequently.  An attempt should be made to try and trade out these treats for naturally sweet fruits when possible, and never forget to rinse thoroughly with water immediately after consuming sugar-filled foods in order to dilute the acid concentration that develops in the mouth.  And, of course, brush your teeth, but it is recommended to wait about 30 minutes after consuming sweets.

COMPLICATIONS

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of oral health problems during pregnancy is very important. An early diagnosis usually translates to an easier, less-invasive treatment.  Symptoms of potential problems include gums that easily bleed or are swollen, reddened, or painful.  These are symptoms of gingivitis, which can lead to a receding gum line or tooth loss if left untreated for the during of a pregnancy.

If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Life Long Teeth Whitening: The Dental Connection!

Have you ever noticed your attention being instantly drawn to peoples' teeth when they smile at you? Some people have dull and yellowing teeth, while others have teeth that appear bright white.  Everyone's teeth naturally dull over time because of aging and the contact that your teeth have with staining foods, such as chocolate, tea and coffee.  However, teeth-whitening treatments can help you keep your teeth white for life. Check out these tips to learn more!

GET REGULAR TREATMENTS

The effects of teeth whitening or bleaching treatments are only temporary, so regular treatments are necessary to keep your teeth white for life.  However, bleaching too frequently, can wear away your tooth enamel.  The effects of in-office bleaching can last for several months to a year, while you may need to repeat your use of at-home bleaching kits every few months to maintain your white teeth.  Whitening toothpastes do not contain bleach, so you can use them daily.

HAVE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

Not everyone's teeth can be turned bright white, according to the American Dental Association. Your teeth may naturally be a light yellowish color that lends itself well to teeth-whitening procedures, but bleach is not likely to be as effective for grayish teeth.  Brownish teeth fall somewhere in between.

PRACTICE GOOD ORAL HYGIENE

Your teeth whitening efforts will not be as effective if your teeth are in poor health.  Visible fillings, implants, or bridges that are metallic, stand out against the white color you want to achieve.  You can help prevent tooth decay and reduce your risk of needing these unsightly treatments by maintaining a good oral hygiene routine.  In addition to brushing your teeth two minutes twice daily to remove bacteria and potential staining agents, the following actions can also promote a healthy mouth.

  • Floss every day
  • Visit our office regularly
  • Rinse your mouth with water after each meal and snack
  • Limit sugary and starchy foods and beverages, especially between meals

If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,






Saturday, August 6, 2016

Teens: The Dental Connection!

You have a lot more freedom as a teenager than you did as a young child. You also have a lot more responsibilities, and one of your jobs is to take care of your teeth.  Developing and maintaining good oral health habits now can provide you with a lifetime of great dental health!

As a teenager, the risk for tooth decay can increase. In fact, 59% of all patients aged 12-19 develop at least one cavity.  Keeping your teeth brushed two minutes twice daily and flossing can reduce the risk for decay. If you do suspect a cavity, most times, early treatment can prevent the area from becoming a much more serious dental problem.  Delaying treatment usually results in a severely damaged tooth, which may need to be treated with a root canal or an extraction.

Other steps can be taken to prevent tooth decay when you are at school or just hanging out with your friends, such as carrying a bottle of water around with you so you can take a sip after you eat any kind of food, or you can choose water instead of pop or sports drinks.

Finally, although many teens are very aware of the health risks associated with the use of any form of tobacco, most young adults do not know that tobacco causes bad breath, gum disease, cavities, teeth staining and can even slow the healing from injuries.

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

God Bless,
DRT



Monday, August 1, 2016

Diabetes: The Dental Connection!

People who have diabetes are usually familiar with many of the other health risks that they face, including damage to nerves, eyes, heart, and kidneys.  But did you know that if you have diabetes, you also have a much greater chance of developing gum disease?  It's true, and like other diseases related to diabetes, the risk potential and the severity of gum disease is directly related to how well blood sugar is controlled.

The Causes

In diabetics, there are two primary mechanisms that increase the risk of developing gum disease, also called periodontal disease:

  • Bacterial growth: Bacteria love sugar including the glucose found in blood and bodily fluids.  Elevated levels of sugar in saliva can provide a very hospitable environment for bacterial growth.  The risk may be elevated if your gums bleed.
  • Circulatory changes: In diabetes, the blood vessels become thick, making it more difficult for blood to carry oxygen to the gums and to carry away harmful waste products. This decrease in circulation can weaken the mouth's resistance to decay.  If you smoke, circulation can become even more compromised, significantly increasing your risk of periodontal disease.

Preventing Gum Disease

If you're diabetic, the number-one key to preventing gum disease is to make sure that you can do all that you can do to keep your blood sugar under control.  In fact, studies show that diabetics who have excellent control of their blood sugar levels, have no more risk for gum disease than those who don't have diabetes.  Here are some other tips to keep your gums healthy:

  • Floss your teeth gently, curving the floss so it can reach just below your gum line to remove plaque and food particles.  
  • Brush two minutes twice daily with a soft-bristle toothbrush, using small circular motions.
  • Brush your tongue to remove germs that can hide there.
  • Use an anti-bacterial mouthwash to kill germs that are hard to reach.

Finally and most importantly for your dental health, maintain your regular dental check-ups to monitor the impact of diabetes on your oral health!  If you have any questions, or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,




Monday, July 25, 2016

Old Toothbrushes: The Dental Connection!

Although it is recommended to replace your worn-out, germy toothbrush with a new one every three months, most people either forget or resist getting rid of something that is still "working."  Maybe if they had a few ideas for putting that old toothbrush to good use, more people would follow the recommended replacement sequence.   To encourage good oral practices, take a look at these 10 fun things that you can do with your used toothbrush.

1.  Let your five-year-old budding Da Vinci create a masterpiece with some paint and your old toothbrush.

2.  Scrub oily areas on your face with your toothbrush.  The bristles are perfect for removing embedded dirt and oil that clogs pores.

3.  Pamper your hamster by brushing his fur with an old toothbrush.

4.  Dab a bit of Vaseline on the bristles and comb your eyelashes; instant glamour!  Got dry, flaky lips? Slough away by using a toothbrush on your lips.

5.  Remove the bristles: instant small plant stakes!

6.  Old toothbrushes are great for spot-cleaning just about anything.

7.  When nobody is around to scratch an unreachable itch on your back, turn that old toothbrush into your personal backscratcher.

8.  Is your dog's breath so bad that all of the houseplants have died?  Try brushing his teeth with your old toothbrush so that his kisses and breath are more tolerable.

9.  Give your fish the cleanest tank in the neighborhood by scrubbing it with your old tooth brush.

10.  Did you notice a few gray hair sprouting from the hairline?  Old toothbrushes were made for touch-up dye jobs; works for dyeing your eyebrows, too!

If you have any other suggestions for the use of an old toothbrush or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT

Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer Smiles: The Dental Connection!

Summer brings sunshine and warm weather, and many patients start thinking about brightening their smiles this time of year.  A whiter smile is only one visit away!

Teeth whitening is safe, quick, and inexpensive.  It can be used to correct many tooth discolorations, which may have been caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth.  Using the latest in whitening technology, a safe method for creating the beautiful smile that you have always wanted can be achieved.

If you have any questions about which teeth whitening option is best for your case of if you are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Summer Sports: The Dental Connection!

With the warmer and longer days here, many people become more active during the summer.  Although most summertime athletes have already hit the field for fun, take a look at the following precautions to take when it comes to keeping your teeth safe as you enjoy playing your favorite sports.

USE A MOUTHGUARD

If your kids participate in contact sports this summer, make sure that that they wear a properly fitted mouthguard.  Athletes can avoid serious mouth and jaw injuries by using a mouthguard.

BE MINDFUL OF SPORTS DRINKS

While sports drinks can be refreshing after a game, they unfortunately contain high levels of sugar and citric acid, which are known to erode or dissolve the teeth and reduce the minerals in the outer tooth enamel.  The simplest way to prevent sports drinks from damaging your teeth is to avoid them completely and drink water instead.  Water is a great option to keep you hydrated before, during, or after the game.

If you have any questions about keeping your mouth healthy while participating in summer sports, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT

Friday, June 17, 2016

Hydration: The Dental Connection!

With summertime temperatures already nearing or achieving record levels here in Oklahoma, the importance of staying well hydrated is nevermore important than at this present time. Although the importance of staying hydrated is well known, many people find it difficult to drink enough fluids throughout the day to maintain adequate levels of hydration.  Adding in the higher temperatures of summer and a hectic schedule, many people have an increased level of thirst, which is a signal that your body needs water.  Furthermore, ignoring thirst, a signal of the body's dehydration, can also put your teeth at risk. Inadequate levels of hydration leads to a dry mouth, which increases the risk for tooth decay.

Since the body is approximately 60% water on average, water can be the best fuel to quench thirst. Check out these tips that can help to achieve increasing your water intake throughout the day.

>HAVE A GLASS OF WATER WITH EVERY MEAL
>USE A TIMER TO REMIND YOU TO DRINK WATER BEFORE YOU FEEL THIRSTY
>DRINK A GLASS OF WATER FIRST WHEN YOU FEEL HUNGRY
>CARRY A WATER BOTTLE WITH YOU
>DRINK A GLASS OF WATER AS SOON AS YOU WAKE UP
>EAT FRUITS AND VEGETABLES WITH HIGH WATER CONTENT

With a conscience effort, it is possible to stay hydrated during the summertime heat and avoid many of the side effects of dehydration like dizziness, confusion and even a dry mouth! If you have any questions or are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hidden Addiction: The Dental Connection!

Everyone knows that it is best to cut down on the sugar that is consumed, but for many people that is easier said then done, especially since your body can develop a dependency on the substance!  Sugar is hard to avoid, even for people who don't really have a "sweet tooth."  Even if you ignore the abundant amount present where you would expect to find it, like in a pop, sugar can be hiding in many of our foods-even those that are not especially sweet. For instance, many people associate low fat salad dressings with healthy eating, but many of these items contain 10 grams of sugar per serving.

Complicating matters, not all sugars are created equal. Natural sugars that are found in foods like fruit and milk, which are in the form of fructose and lactose, have been shown to have no evidence of any adverse effects on the body from consuming these "good" sugars since they also contain vitamins, minerals and fiber.  However, added sugars are those that are included during processing and preparation of food and drinks.  These provide no nutritional benefits and can contribute to weight gain, obesity and even tooth decay! In fact, studies now show that there is an increase in the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, simply by consuming just one to two sugar-sweetened beverages per day.

So why is "kicking the sugar habit" so difficult? While it is still not fully known if sugar is actually addictive, some research has shown that sugar fires off the same reward center in the brain as cocaine!  Sugar can induce cravings and hunger that are comparable in magnitude to certain additive drugs.  Managing sugar also means managing other aspects of your diet, including portion sizes.  Gradually decreasing sugar consumption and including some protein and fiber while consuming a sugar-containing food can also help satisfy that sugar craving and help to reduce the overall sugar intake as well.

Finally, while cutting down on sugar is not impossible, it does require a conscious effort to manage. If you have any questions or are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT



Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Happy Heart: The Dental Connection!

Medical doctors and dental health professionals have debated over the connection between gum disease and heart disease.  While there may not be a unanimous consensus on whether there is a direct link - or the extent to any link there may be - several studies offer some interesting insights into possible correlations that may prove that there are some common factors that point to a likely correlation between the two.

THE LINK

Dr. Simone Ricketts reported on the findings of an Australian study that showed that 70% of the patients that participated in the study who needed heart transplants also had gum disease. A similar study also noted that patients that needed cardiac surgery procedures, were more likely to have dental problems.

Gum disease has been shown to increase the risk factor for blood vessel and artery diseases when those arteries supply blood to the brain.  This is especially important for strokes because they are a common cause of inadequate blood flow to the brain.  Interesting to note is that the gums of people
with gum disease and the blood vessels of people who had atherosclerosis tested positive for similar types of bacteria.  Also, both patients with atherosclerosis and those with gum disease showed the presence of inflammation in their bodies.

While there may be no guarantee that the absence of gum disease will prevent all heart related disease, patients need to understand the importance of taking care of their mouths and doing whatever is necessary to ensure or support heart health!

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

God Bless,
DRT


Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Day 2016!

Memorial Day is not only a federal holiday in the United States, but it is a day of observance and remembrance of those who died in service to our country. Originally known as Decoration Day, this solemn day has been marked on calendars since the end of the American Civil War as a day to commemorate both the Confederate and Union soldiers who fought and died in the war.

Today, while there is certainly an air of remembrance on Memorial Day, it has become more of a day to spend time with family, friends and loved ones. And, of course, the day is also heralded as the unofficial start of summer, with many schools finishing for the year around this time!

From community parades, backyard cook-outs, fireworks to formal ceremonies, Memorial Day is truly commemorated in many different ways.  No matter how you choose to spend this day, take a moment to remember all of those who have lost their lives in an effort to preserve our precious freedom!

God Bless,
DRT


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Triggers: The Dental Connection!

Suffering from sensitive teeth cannot only be very frustrating, but it can also be a pain that is very difficult to deal with.  Tooth sensitivity can be unpredictable, so there is not necessarily a medication that you can take like you would if you felt a headache coming on.

However, there are certain things to know about dental sensitivity called "triggers." Attempting to identify these so called triggers can help decrease the discomfort.  Common triggers include:












Acidic Foods
















                                             Very Cold Foods












Very Hot Foods












                          Hard or Crunchy Foods




Other options to help decrease dental sensitivity include using a toothbrush made just for sensitive teeth, using a toothpaste that includes anti-sensitivity ingredients, and maintaining regular dental cleanings to decrease the concentration of bacterial acid contacting the tooth surfaces.  Finally, once your teeth are clean, there are some professional desensitizing agents that can also be applied with relatively good success for those patients that are debilitated by their dental sensitivity.

If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

















Thursday, May 5, 2016

Atmosphere: The Dental Connection!

From your very first visit, our entire team strives to provide excellent treatment in a pleasant, friendly atmosphere.  Your thoughts matter, so we thought that we'd ask you, our wonderful patients: What do you like most about our office?  Did our team brighten your day?   With so many dental choices, what makes our office special and different than all of the rest?

Whether you've just come in for a consultation or your family has been visiting our office for years, we'd love to hear your feedback. You can post your responses here, on our Facebook page or by giving us a call at 918-455-0123. We count it a privilege to be a part of your life, earning your trust, and appreciate the opportunity to improve your dental health!

Thank you!
God Bless,
DRT


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Antibiotic Pre-Medication: The Dental Connection

The human mouth contains a lot of bacteria.  A bacterium can travel through your body with routine activities that are a normal part of daily living.  You spread bacteria when you brush or floss your teeth, when you chew, and when you swallow.

For most people, bacteria don't cause any problem.  For some people, however, especially those who have chronic medical conditions, specific cardiac conditions, or those whose immune systems are compromised, bacteria that spreads throughout the bloodstream can lead to much more serious bacterial infections.

The goal of pre-medication or antibiotic prophylaxis is to prevent bacterial endocarditis, a serious infection of the endothelial heart surfaces or heart valves.  A small population of people with certain problems has a high risk for contracting this potentially deadly bacterium.

The American Heart Association states that people at greatest risk for contracting bacterial or infective endocarditis are:

  • Patients who underwent cardiac valve surgery in the past
  • Those who have suffered past incidents of infective endocarditis
  • Patients who have mitro valve prolapse, resulting in or causing valve leakage
  • People who have had rheumatic fever or any degenerative cardiac condition that produces abnormalities in cardiac valves
  • Patients who suffer from certain congenital heart diseases

For these patients, any dental procedure that may cause bleeding, it is recommended that you have antibiotic pre-medication as a preventive measure.

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

God Bless,

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Fad Diets: The Dental Connection!

With each passing year, many people are determined to lose those unwanted pounds and to improve their health.  However, fad diets or other diet concoctions containing lemon juice as part of a weight-loss cleanse can have adverse effects to your dental health. As more people try restrictive diets to lose weight as part of their new year's resolutions, diet scenarios like the one previously mentioned, are becoming more common according to experts. Even diets that many consider healthy, such as liquid cleanses, low-carb diets like Atkins or Paleo, vegan or raw diets, may not always be healthy for the teeth and gums

While many people seem to look at the impacts that food have on cholesterol, blood sugar and our weight, most dieters don't consider their mouths.  However, many dental professionals are now becoming attuned to the connection between nutrition and oral health.  Unfortunately, most patients need to understand the connection too, and get their dental health teams' guidance on how to keep their teeth healthy as they lose weight.   While followers of fad diets may lose unwanted pounds, they may also lose some tooth enamel in the bargain, or experience other side effects in their teeth and mouth.

Check out some common diets that might impact your dental health.

JUICING

While many swear by the benefits of a juice cleanse, many people don't realize that chewing also stimulates salivary production, which helps counteract the bacterial action that can lead to cavities in your mouth.  To decrease possible adverse side effects from juicing, use a straw, rinse your mouth with water to dilute the acid, brush your teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste 30 minutes after juicing, and choose whole fruits and veggies rather than processed juices.

LOW-CARB

While diets that restrict carbs can eliminate many foods that can lead to tooth decay, the diet itself can lead to a dry mouth, bad breath, and bleeding gums, especially on those that do not eat crunchy fruits and vegetables.  To decrease any adverse dental effects, drink plenty of water, rinse with alcohol free mouthwash, and chew sugar-free gum.

VEGAN DIET

Vegan diets and "raw food only" diets that eliminate meat, fish, cheese, milk or eggs can lead to a reduction in vitamin B-12, vitamin D, calcium and zinc, which are important for the teeth, bones, gums and tissue health.  To decrease these possible side effects, choose supplements or fortified foods with vitamin B-12, calcium and zinc.

So if you are determined to lose weight and improve your overall health this year, great, just be informed so that you can achieve your objections without incurring any unintended dental consequences. If you have any questions or are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123.

God Bless,
DRT



Friday, April 8, 2016

1-Day Lemon Water Cleanse: The Dental Connection!

A very popular cleanse that is being implemented by many patients and that has been featured on the Dr. OZ show and his website has a dental connection.  As his website states, "Drinking hot lemon water is a great way to kick-start your metabolism and helps you begin your day feeling energized. Make this recipe to your liking and add as many or as few lemon slices as your taste buds desire. This warm cup is an especially good swap during the cleanse for those who enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning." Although the warm lemon water may energize your system, many people are unaware that lemon water can have a very damaging effect upon your teeth!

Lemon water, hot or in iced water, contains citric acid, which has been shown to dissolve the enamel off of your teeth.  Recently, a patient presented to our office for a regular cleaning and exam.  Although the patient had NO discomfort, rampant decay at the gumline and on the root surfaces below the gum tissue was discovered.  Unfortunately, this type of decay can easily lead to tooth loss.  The patient stated that the only change that she had experienced since the last cleaning was the implementation of the lemon cleanse that had been seen on the Dr Oz television show.  If you do participate in this popular lemon cleanse, please be aware of the potential unexpected dental damage that may occur!  Rinsing your mouth thoroughly with plain water following each cup of lemon water can reduce the acidity in the mouth and thereby limiting the enamel erosion.

If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Crooked Teeth: The Dental Connection!

Although about 90 percent of people feel that orthodontics are done for cosmetic reasons to create that Hollywood Smile, there was an article published that addressed the common causes of malocclusions or commonly known as crooked or crowded teeth.  Some people have mouths that are too small for their teeth, which crowds the teeth and causes them to shift.  In some cases, a person's upper and lower jaws aren't the same size.  Most often, however, crooked teeth are inherited traits just as the color of your eyes or hair.  Other causes are early loss of baby or adult teeth, undue pressure on the teeth and gums, or common oral health problems such as thumb sucking or prolong use of a bottle or pacifier.

Having crooked teeth isn't just a cosmetic issue.  Malocclusions can lead to serious health problems as well. Crowded teeth can:

  • Interfere with proper chewing
  • Increase the risk for tooth decay and gum disease
  • Increase the risk of breaking teeth

There are several different orthodontic procedures available today that can help to correct crooked teeth for both young and old alike.  If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at  918-455-0123

God Bless,


Friday, March 25, 2016

The Top Ten Heart Health Tips: The Dental Connection!

The human heart truly appreciates it when we eat healthy foods, don't smoke and exercise regularly.  But there's something else that can improve your heart's longevity that you may not know about: keeping your teeth and gums in tip-top shape!

Bacteria responsible for periodontal disease have been found in the the heart area of patients who suffer from artery inflammation, high cholesterol, and heart disease.  Physicians and dentists believe that it is not difficult for oral bacterial to enter the bloodstream through diseased, bleeding gums, and abscesses that reach from the gums into veins and capillaries that carry blood to and from the heart.

Check out the top ten ways that you can make your heart love you for the rest of your life!

  • Avoid foods with high saturated fats
  • Snack on heart healthy nuts
  • Eat oatmeal for breakfast
  • Add heart healthy fish like salmon to your diet
  • Reduce processed breads and cereals
  • Get up and move
  • Consistently get at least 8 hours of sleep 
  • De-stress your life as much as possible
  • Maintain a healthy weight and get regular health examinations
  • Brush two minutes twice daily and floss

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

God Bless,

Friday, March 18, 2016

March & Nutrition: The Dental Connection!

March is the month that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics asks everyone to pay special attention to what goes into our bodies.  The Academy has designated the month of March for focusing the public's awareness on what they eat.

The foods that you eat have a direct effect on the health of your teeth and specifically on tooth decay. Bacteria rely on carbohydrates to thrive.  Although cutting back on both candy and sweets, which consist of simple sugars that feed the bacteria in your mouth and enhance tooth decay, is important, it's the hidden sugars that can cost you.  One of the best ways to identify the hidden sugars is to make a habit of reading labels on food and looking for products with added sugar.  This includes any ingredients that end with the suffix "ose."  When it comes to nutrition, these foods offer little value beyond satisfying that sweet tooth.

Turning to foods that not only taste good but are good for your teeth, like dairy products, provide the body with nutritional items that support tooth enamel.  Foods that are high in protein feature phosphorus, a nutrient that is also critical to oral health.

Although you really can't go wrong by adding color to your diet like fruits and vegetables to increase the overall nutritional value of your diet, use some caution with acidic fruits like oranges or even tomatoes, because the acid can erode tooth enamel.  It is better to include these foods in a meal instead of eating them by themselves.

Finally, good nutrition is something to consider all year long, not just when celebrating National Nutrition Month! March just serves as a reminder that eating right is a proactive step in managing your dental health.  If you have any other questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT


Friday, February 26, 2016

Dairy: Your Children's Dental Connection!

Healthy eating, combined with regular physical activity, play a vital role in your child's health and well-being.  Dairy foods are naturally nutritious, packed with ten essential nutrients that help your child feel good for life.  But did you know that dairy is also great for your child's dental health?  In addition to providing large amounts of much-needed calcium, dairy products also help fight cavities!  Dairy products have a specific role to play in dental health as they contain a unique combination of special anti-decay nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus, and the protein, casein.  Cheese is especially useful, as eating a small piece of cheese after consuming sugary foods or drinks can help protect teeth and reduce the risk of tooth decay.

If you have any questions about the importance of dairy products in the role of dental health or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Good Grades: The Dental Connection!

As a parent, you want the best for your children, and that includes doing their best in school.  You can support them by taking an interest in their activities, being enthusiastic about attendance, and helping them with homework.  There may also be one more way that you can help your children succeed at school.  Surprisingly, research now suggests that children with better oral health are likely to do better in school!

A study in North Carolina looked at risk factors for poor school performance among school-aged children and found that, as expected, poor performance was linked to low socioeconomic status, low parental education and poor overall health.  However, it also found a strong link between poor oral health and poor school performance, with children classified as having poor oral health 40 percent more likely to struggle in school. Furthermore, dental conditions account for a loss of 51 million school hours among school children each year!

To help your child improve oral health and do better in school, be sure that your child's homework is complete, as well as their dental home care routine is consistently completed, which includes two minute twice daily brushing, flossing, and regular dental check ups!

If you have additional questions about the dental connection to school performance or are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT

Monday, February 15, 2016

History: The Dental Connection!

Although seeing your local dentist for your regular cleanings and exams may yet be just another routine to fit into your hectic life, there are many historical figures, past and present, that have achieved acclaim and celebrity coming from a profession that is not typically associated with such regard! Take a look...

Doc Holliday

Perhaps most famous for his gun at the O.K. Coral alongside his buddy, Wyatt Earp, but "Doc" also had a day job as a dentist.  He was trained in Pennsylvania and later opened a thriving dental practice near Atlanta.  He had to close his dental practice and move west due to an illness, and we all know the rest of the story!

Mark Spitz

Known around the world as a champion swimmer, Spitz was actually accepted into dental school before he became an Olympic gold medalist.  While he ultimately decided not to attend school in favor of pursuing his swimming career, he successfully amassed seven gold medals!

Paul Revere

The most famous dentist to come out of the American Revolution.  Besides being known for warning the colonies of the impending British troops attack, he was also a silversmith and a dentist. More specifically, he specialized in making false teeth for people in need!

Doc Severinsen

The most famous band leader of Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show Band, was nicknamed "Doc" because his father was a dentist. Although "Carl" was not a dentist, his father, Dr. Severinsen, DDS, was credited for allowing his son to become the accomplished trumpet player that he became.  For the younger generation that may not know, The Tonight Show, is the same show that is currently hosted by Jimmy Fallen!

Miles Davis, Jr.

Yet another famous musician that had a dentist for a father.  Dr. Davis, Sr. had a thriving dental practice that financially supported his son's musical aspirations, allowing Miles Davis, Jr. to become one of the most acclaimed and influential jazz musicians of all times!

Although our team may not have any celebrity connections, our desire is to treat each patient in a caring manner that provides you excellent care!

God Bless,
DRT


Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine Chocolates: The Dental Connection!

From a student handing out sweets for her classmates to an older married couple exchanging boxes of candy, Valentine's Day is the time of year when people like to show affection by gifting sugary treats to their loved ones.  Whether you are on the giving or receiving end of Valentine's Day candy, you can celebrate the holiday in a healthier way by making dark chocolate your confection of choice.

According to clinical studies, cocoa beans used to make chocolate contain flavonoids, which can help protect the body against damage from various toxins.  Flavonoids may also help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the heart and the brain.  Dark chocolates typically contain a higher amount of flavonoids than other types, making them a great choice for chocolate lovers.

Although candy can contribute to the formation of tooth decay,  one study has shown that chocolate could actually benefit your teeth.  The tannins that are present in cocoa beans may actually help prevent cavities by interfering with the bacteria's harmful interaction with teeth.  Just like flavonoids, tannins have been found to be present more often in dark chocolates, rather then milk chocolates, giving you another great reason to choose the richer, sweet varieties.

One more benefit of choosing chocolate over other candies is that it is less likely to get stuck in the crevices and spaces between teeth.  Gooey sweets like taffy can stay lodged in the mouth for longer periods of time, increasing the risk for tooth decay.  When choosing chocolate, be sure to avoid types that also contain sticky ingredients like caramel or marshmallow, instead opt for the plain varieties.

Finally, remember that the health benefits that you can receive from dark chocolate are largely based on eating the candy in moderation.  With that being said, it is easy to make this delicious and health conscious switch when you are out shopping for your sweetheart, friends, loved ones, and yourself! Happy Valentine's Day!

God Bless,
DRT


Friday, February 5, 2016

Kids & Canker Sores: The Dental Connection!

According to the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, roughly one in five children suffers from canker sores. Canker sores are small sores that appear inside the cheeks, on the lips, on the surface of the gums and under the tongue.

Even though canker sores are NOT contagious, they do tend to run in families. There are several reasons a child may suffer from canker sores.

RISK FACTORS

  • Vitamin B12, iron, or folic acid deficiencies
  • Food allergies
  • Lip of cheek biting
  • Any injury to the mouth
  • Brushing too hard
  • Toothpaste ingredients
  • Emotional stress

TREATMENT OPTIONS:

  • Avoid Acidic Foods
  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush
  • Avoid mouthwash and toothpaste that contain SLS
  • Avoid known food allergy items

If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Timing: The Dental Connection!

It's all about "Timing" the saying goes, but when it comes to brushing your teeth, it has now been determined by research that there are times when it is better to rinse and wait, than to brush! That colleague who always brushes his teeth immediately after lunch may be doing more harm than good. A recent study suggests that scrubbing immediately after eating may have the opposite effect upon enamel.

Cavity Culprits

Sugary foods, especially those that are sticky or liquid, are bad for your teeth because the bacteria or plaque on the enamel metabolizes sugars, producing acids that can lead to gum disease, inflammation and cavities.  Conventional wisdom taught that immediately removing those food particles would reduce the incidence of decay.  However, research has now concluded that cavity producing foods are also very acidic in and of themselves.

Too Much Acid

When consuming something acidic, the pH in the mouth lowers for an extended periodic of time, causing the oral environment to become very acidic as well.  The ideal pH of a mouth is about 7, while a soft drink -even a diet one- can be as low as 2.5 or about the same as household vinegar! Acid demineralizes and weakens tooth structure, making it more more prone to decay.

The scrubbing action of a toothbrush in an acidic state can actually encourage the process, much like the same process that is used to etch glass with acid.  Immediately brushing after drinking a sports drink, soft drinks or wine can etch the enamel.  However, waiting for about 30 minutes before brushing, will allow the saliva to naturally return to a more neutral pH and decrease the possibility of rubbing acid into the tooth structure.

Rinse, Repeat

Rinsing with water has actually been shown to balance the mouth's pH after ingesting acidic foods and beverages.  It's much better than brushing within the first 30 minutes.  An antibacterial mouthwash can also help prevent plaque from producing more acids.

Cheese Whiz

Studies have shown that chewing two specific things can reduce tooth decay.  First, chewing string cheese will reduce the pH of bacterial plaque by elevating the production of saliva.  The proteins in the saliva buffer the acids.  Second, chewing sugarless gum, which also increases the production of saliva, can be a good option if a toothbrush is unavailable.  Studies have also suggested that xylitol, which is the sweetening agent in gum, actually has anticariogenic characteristics.

Finally, it is best to brush for two minutes twice daily.  However, if you are unable to brush twice a day and you must choose the most important "time" to brush, the bedtime is the best, since that is when your mouth salivates less, allowing cavity-causing substances to take hold.  If you have any other questions or are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT


Friday, January 15, 2016

Gum Disease: The Health Connection!

Many people can be very confused by the diagnosis of periodontal disease, but the good news is that it is treatable and manageable with a little work on the part of the patient!  Periodontal disease is also known as gum disease, which is an infection of the gum tissue, bone, and supporting structures for the teeth.  Diagnosis is commonly made through a combination of dental X-rays, periodontal readings (called probe depths), and visual clinical findings.

The mouth is a gateway to the rest of the body and can provide clues to the patient's overall health.  In fact, the first signs of some chronic diseases appear in the oral cavity;  they can be a hint for the dentist to refer the patient to a medical doctor for a thorough exam.

There are two major types of gum disease, gingivitis and periodontitis.  The first is very common and is usually caused by a lack of adequate home care (brushing and flossing) and infrequent professional cleanings every 6 months.  The second is usually a progression of gingivitis.  Like bronchitis that can progress to pneumonia, so gingivitis can progress into periodontitis.  Although the symptoms are very similar, if left untreated, periodontitis can lead to premature tooth loss, sensitivity, and chronic or acute mouth pain.  If you have diabetes, you are more prone to periodontal disease and can experience greater difficulty controlling your blood glucose levels.  The body ends up spending so much energy fighting the low grade infection in the mouth that it cannot achieve balance elsewhere.  Studies have shown that once periodontal disease is treated, the glucose levels become more responsive to control as well.

Although periodontal disease is considered to be "silent," which means that you may not always experience pain as a signal of infection, when caught early and subjected to proper daily oral hygiene care, treatments are usually successful.  If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Economy: The Dental Connection!

With the continued unpredictable nature of the U.S. and global economy, many patients, justifiably so, continue to be conservative with their finances.  Our team has noticed that most patients respond to the economy in one of two ways: completing only the treatment that is medically necessary, or by pursuing cosmetic work they've been saving for and are ready to get done now. Despite the economy, our practice has been very blessed to continue to slowly grow over the past few years!

The growth of our practice first and foremost must be attributed to God!  With His help, we have assembled a great dental team that are highly trained and ready to meet our patient's dental needs. Our team enjoys listening and talking to our patients, and providing treatment plans that address their concerns.  And in spite of the economy, we have even completed some really beautiful smile designs with Lumineers over the past few years!


If you are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123 and begin the journey to a healthier, happier you!

God Bless,
DRT