Do Dentures cause Pneumonia?

10-20-14 Older Japanese CoupleDentures are common with the elderly as oral hygiene becomes more difficult, and the years take their toll on teeth. If someone in their twilight years has lived without teeth for a long time, their jawbone density may not allow for dental implants. They may not have the budget on a fixed income. Or perhaps health problems and advanced age make surgery out of the question from a safety perspective. In these cases, dentures are a great way to allow form and function when all teeth are missing. If someone sleeps in their dentures, they may feel like it’s no big deal. However, a recent research study from Nihon University School of Dentistry, Japan has discovered that among other hazards of wearing dentures around the clock, pneumonia risks are heightened in the elderly.

Japanese Denture Study

Toshimitsu Iinuma led a team of Japanese researchers to conduct research on a group of people over the age of 85. The study was published by the International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR in the OnlineFirst portion of the Journal of Dental Research (JDR). Titled “Denture Wearing During Sleep Doubles the Risk of Pneumonia in Very Elderly,” the group of senior citizens who were studied was large. A total of 296 women and 228 men were questioned on oral hygiene habits, oral health, and overall health. Blood panels were run and the participants were followed over a three year period.

Denture Danger?

Out of the group, 48 study volunteers were confirmed to have contracted pneumonia. Statistics showed that wearing dentures at night was a common factor amongst these people. Overnight denture wearing causes difficulty swallowing during sleep. Furthermore, people who did not take their dentures out and clean them overnight had more tongue and denture plaque. Because plaque is bacteria based, this means that not only is pneumonia a higher risk for overnight denture wearers, but other overall health problems, as well. Oral bacteria has been implicated in dementia, Alzheimer’s, strokes, and heart disease, so sleeping with dentures puts patients at higher risk for a wide variety of life-altering health conditions beyond pneuomonia.

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At the Dental Centre of Conroe, we believe in providing the latest amenities and advanced technology to ensure every patient enjoys a comfortable experience. Whether you require cosmetic dentistry for an improved smile or dental prosthetics to replace lost teeth, we can help you and your family achieve beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. To schedule an appointment, call (936) 441-4600. We proudly service residents of Conroe, Willis, Montgomery, The Woodlands, Huntsville, and surrounding communities in the greater Houston area.

Dental Protection for Athletes of Every Level

HockeyYou don’t have to give up your athletic lifestyle in order to preserve your beautiful teeth. Unfortunately, many athletes who enjoy participating in sports for recreation or the hopes of a future career consider their teeth to be a low priority. You deserve to have teeth unhampered by chips, cracks, or complete loss when you’re accepting that trophy and smiling for the local paper. There’s a simple solution which will allow you to keep living your life as athletically as ever while still protecting that gorgeous grin.

Dangerous Contact Sports

Athletic mouthguards are recommended by dentists for anyone of any age who plays a contact sport. Mouthguards definitely offer extra benefits to someone undergoing orthodontic treatment or who has just invested time and money in cosmetic dental work. If you are on a team playing a contact sport like football or hockey, you should always wear a mouthguard. This will keep your gums and other mouth tissues from getting cut by the brackets and wires if you wear braces, and will keep teeth firmly in place.

Athletic Injuries

It isn’t only football and hockey that can lead to impacts which jeopardize your perfect smile. Basketball players get elbowed in the mouth. Soccer players can take a ball or cleat directly in the teeth. A tennis ball can be damaging when it hits you in just the right spot. Even solitary sports such as running can result in tripping and falling in just the right way where a dental injury could occur. Not everyone is going to wear an athletic mouthguard at all times, but the added protection is never a bad idea.

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At the Dental Centre of Conroe, we believe in providing the latest amenities and advanced technology to ensure every patient enjoys a comfortable experience. Whether you require cosmetic dentistry for an improved smile or dental prosthetics to replace lost teeth, we can help you and your family achieve beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. To schedule an appointment, call (936) 441-4600. We proudly service residents of Conroe, Willis, Montgomery, The Woodlands, Huntsville, and surrounding communities in the greater Houston area.

Chew on this Quiz Regarding Xylitol in Chewing Gum

True SignIf you’re in the habit of chewing sugarless gum after meals, you may actually be offering yourself a dental health boost. If you’re concerned with artificial sweetening agents in sugar free products, may we introduce you to xylitol? This amazing compound is derived from natural substances. Not only is xylitol safe for sweetening gum without added calories, but it may actually offer a boost to your teeth when staving off decay and gum disease.

Questions

Q1. True or false – Aspartame is an artificial sweetener known to incite cravings for fatty foods.

Q2. True or false – Xylitol is a compound which is derived from fruits and vegetables.

Q3. True or false – Xylitol repairs tooth enamel demineralization.

Q4. True or false – The use of xylitol as a substitute for sugar is fairly new.

Q5. True or false – Xylitol helps neutralize acid in your mouth.

Answers

A1. TRUE – Many people enjoy their diet soda, but they are probably not giving themselves a leg up on weight management. On the other hand, xylitol has approximately 75% less carbohydrates and 40% fewer calories than sugar without causing cravings for calorie dense fats.

A2. TRUE – Xylitol is a naturally occurring carbohydrate. Food scientists are able to extract xylitol from fibrous vegetables and fruits. Xylitol is also produced in small amounts by the human body.

A3. TRUE – Xylitol is definitely better for your teeth and gums than sugar. Xylitol provides a similar sweet taste without being attractive to germs. In fact, the compound suffocates the bacteria that wreak havoc in your mouth.

A4. FALSE – Xylitol has actually been used as a sugar substitute for about half a century

A5. TRUE – Xylitol neutralizes your oral pH balance which reduces the production of acid in your mouth. This also neutralizes existing acid, thereby lowering the production of destructive plaque.

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At the Dental Centre of Conroe, we believe in providing the latest amenities and advanced technology to ensure every patient enjoys a comfortable experience. Whether you require cosmetic dentistry for an improved smile or dental prosthetics to replace lost teeth, we can help you and your family achieve beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. To schedule an appointment, call (936) 441-4600. We proudly service residents of Conroe, Willis, Montgomery, The Woodlands, Huntsville, and surrounding communities in the greater Houston area.

Are you Aware of you Dental Crown Options?

VeneersA crown may signify leadership in cultures which still govern by monarchy. There are other uses for the word “crown” – particularly in dentistry. Not only is a crown the term used to describe the visible part of your tooth, above the gumline, but dental crowns are the caps which can restore and preserve a severely damaged tooth. If a cavity is particularly large or infection spreads into the root, you need more than a filling to keep your mouth functional and healthy. This is where dental crowns come in, and thankfully, they can be fashioned in modern times out of tooth-colored, non-metal materials.

Crowns of the Past

Crowns were initially only made out of metal – gold, silver, or an amalgam of metals. Naturally no one is crazy about having a mouth with permanent metal in it; especially if the tooth being repaired is near the front. The development of metal linings covered with porcelain became popular for a while. Known as porcelain-fused-to-metal (or PFM) these dental crowns boasted the advantage of strength and aesthetics. Unfortunately, the appearance of this type of crown ends up not remaining as natural as it should. Light doesn’t readily pass through metal, so the tooth looks a bit flat. Furthermore, PFM crowns often show a grey or dark area right by the gumline. This dark line is more common when gum recession exists, but it makes the crown look very obvious.

Porcelain Crowns

Processes of layering and pressing porcelain have made the durable but delicate material a very suitable dental restoration and cosmetic dental material. Crowns fabricated entirely of porcelain are considered the optimal choice for front teeth in your smile. Dark lines and a dull flat look are not a concern. Porcelain can be dyed to match the shade of surrounding teeth, and the material has a natural translucence which reflects light almost exactly the same as tooth enamel. On your back teeth, porcelain may be too delicate to withstand chewing, but ask our dental team about various options to answer to all of your needs.

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At the Dental Centre of Conroe, we believe in providing the latest amenities and advanced technology to ensure every patient enjoys a comfortable experience. Whether you require cosmetic dentistry for an improved smile or dental prosthetics to replace lost teeth, we can help you and your family achieve beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. To schedule an appointment, call (936) 441-4600. We proudly service residents of Conroe, Willis, Montgomery, The Woodlands, Huntsville, and surrounding communities in the greater Houston area.

Get to Know your Toothpaste Better

Toothpaste-toothbrushWhat is the most essential item of your oral hygiene kit? The truth is, not one single product would be as effective without the others. Floss gets the trapped debris from between your teeth which your toothbrush can’t reach. Toothbrushes scrub and scour germs, particles, and plaque from all you’re your teeth’s surfaces. And then, there’s that old reliable tube of toothpaste. Toothpaste recipes have evolved over the years. Mass marketing has made it possible for anyone with a dollar or two in their pocket to pick up a tube of the flavored, breath freshening goo whenever needed. How clear are you on your toothpaste facts?

Fact #1: Toothpaste Expires

The American Dental Association (ADA) requires expiration dates on toothpaste. It’s not so much that toothpaste “goes bad” as it is that certain compounds are rendered less effective over time. There are many different recipes for toothpaste, but most are infused with some amount of fluoride. If you want fluoride to remain potent in your pastes and gels, simply follow those dates which are usually about two years after manufacturing took place.

Fact #2: There May be Detergent in your Toothpaste

Ideally, you aren’t swallowing your toothpaste, so should it matter that the brand you choose could contain the same compound used to make soaps bubble up and foam? Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is the reason that your toothpaste foams as it mixes with your saliva and is agitated around by your toothbrush. SLS can also alter the way certain foods and beverages taste for a half hour or so after you brush your teeth.

Fact #3: Some Whitening Toothpastes are too Abrasive if you have Cosmetic Dental Work

Dental bonding, porcelain veneers, white crowns, and dental implants are all great because they can be treated just like natural teeth. In fact, they should be treated that way, including brushing and flossing twice a day. However, you may want to avoid highly abrasive toothpastes. These are often the brands that boast whitening power or baking soda as an additive. Porcelain can scratch over time, and it’s best to keep the environment in your mouth a bit gentler if you want your cosmetic dental work to last.

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At the Dental Centre of Conroe, we believe in providing the latest amenities and advanced technology to ensure every patient enjoys a comfortable experience. Whether you require cosmetic dentistry for an improved smile or dental prosthetics to replace lost teeth, we can help you and your family achieve beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. To schedule an appointment, call (936) 441-4600. We proudly service residents of Conroe, Willis, Montgomery, The Woodlands, Huntsville, and surrounding communities in the greater Houston area.

Have you Checked Up on your Dental Health Lately?

Man FlossingPreventive dentistry is more commonly referred to as “dental cleanings” or “dental checkups.” The American Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) strongly urges all people in the United States to seek preventive care every six months. This includes children. By looking at patients mouths biannually, dentists can ensure that oral developmental diseases, tooth decay, gum disease, jaw issues, and even oral cancer are all caught early, requiring the most minimal possible treatment. Conroe dentist, Dr. John M. Richards is happy to provide a wide array of comprehensive dentistry services to patients in the area, including dental checkups.

Life without Preventive Care

If you decided to just blow off the dentist for years on end, there’s no doubt you would have to answer to some consequences for this cavalier decision. Preventive dental care isn’t a matter of money making for dentists. Quite the opposite. We hope to see you less often by maintaining the health of your beautiful smile. Of course, should you need more invasive treatments such as fillings, root canals, dental crowns, dental implants, or any number of services, we have you covered. The goal, however, is to help you keep your natural smile for your entire lifetime.

Using Technology

At Dental Center of Conroe, we employ the best possible technology in order to ensure your comfort, safety, and best possible results. We implement intraoral cameras which are designed to be miniscule in order to take pictures of your mouth in the most comfortable possible way. Dr. Richards is happy to talk you through the whole process, and let you see the images yourself. It is your mouth after all. We won’t just look at your mouth, but will delve inside of it with low-radiation dental x-rays. We can even take 3D images, if necessary. The more in depth we can get, the better chance we have of catching dental problems early.

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At the Dental Centre of Conroe, we believe in providing the latest amenities and advanced technology to ensure every patient enjoys a comfortable experience. Whether you require cosmetic dentistry for an improved smile or dental prosthetics to replace lost teeth, we can help you and your family achieve beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. To schedule an appointment, call (936) 441-4600. We proudly service residents of Conroe, Willis, Montgomery, The Woodlands, Huntsville, and surrounding communities in the greater Houston area.