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How 2 Minutes Can Save Your Teeth

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Aug 16, 2017 7:00:00 AM

These 2 minutes could save your teeth and your lifeIt is amazing how critical 2 minutes are in our every day life. They are:

  • the most important minutes at the beginning of a job interview when you want to make a good first impression,
  • the most important for checking your heart rate and blood pressure to determine cardiovascular health.
  • the critical amount of time you need to save your teeth. Just two minutes, twice a day are all it takes to keep your smile healthy.

The average American spends 30 minutes or more getting ready for work. Millennials take up to 15 minutes in the shower, alone. When you add in another 15 minutes for cofffee and breakfast in the morning, a couple more minutes are no big deal.

Here are some teeth-healthy tips on proper dental care from Fairfield Dental Associates on ways to make 2 minutes, twice a day, the most important time you can take for yourself.New Call-to-action

2-Minute Dental Care Tips

Believe it or not, most people only brush their teeth 45 seconds, according to the American Dental Association.  Many people don't know the correct ttechniques for brushing and flossing either. (Get our free download on how to do it right)

You need to brush a full two minutes to get anything accomplished. This is super important to remove plaque and biofilm that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Time yourself if you tend to be a fast brusher or hum a tune that takes at least two minutes.

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  • Stop brushing too hard - As dentists, we have always stressed soft toothbrushes. It is also essential you brush gently. Brushing too hard wears away the enamel and erodes your gums.
  • Brush a half hour after eating -  Try to brush after every meal, but wait 30 minutes especially if you drank or ate anything acidic like lemons or oranges as these fruits soften enamel. If you can't brush, chew sugarless gum to increase saliva and cleanse your palate.
  • Store your brush correctly - Always store it upright and let it air dry. Never put it in a closed container. That encourages bacteria growth.
  • Never use a hard brush - Hard brushes wear away enamel and cause tooth sensitivity. They also wear away your gums. Never use a medium or hard brush. Always choose a soft-bristled brush.
  • Make sure to floss once a day. This removes food debris and biofilm your brush cannot reach. Get in between all of your teeth. Use waxed floss, proxy brush or a water flosser if you have problems getting in hard-to-reach areas.
  • Brush properly - Most people don't. The ADA recommends:

             Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.  

            Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes. 

            Brush the outer surfaces, the inner     surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.

           To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down                              strokes.

Ask Fairfield Dental Associates

New Call-to-actionDr. Katherine Finkel is an expert on general, pediatric, and restorative dental care. Fairfield Dental Associates can take the drudgery out of brushing. We will help you learn the best methods to keeping your teeth bright and shiny and plaque-free. Brushing properly saves a lot of time in the dental chair - along with six-month checkups and cleanings.

Dental pros are highly skilled in the dos and don'ts of dental care. Fairfield Dental Associates can assist you with information on the best way to brush your teeth, what foods are acidic and what foods to avoid.

We know the majority of people actually don't brush their teeth properly. We have a guide you can explore that may surprise you. Contact our office to set up an appointment. We want you to keep your teeth for a lifetime of beautiful smiles you will want to share!

If you haven't scheduled your checkup or have any questions, please contact our office. 

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Topics: Proper dental care, 2 minutes, brushing and flossing

Why Water Flossers Prevent Implant Failure

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Aug 10, 2017 7:00:00 AM

water flossers are better for people who have a dental implantDaily flossing is important for everyone with teeth. Fairfield Dental Associates always stresses its importance. It is even more  essential if you have a dental implant. Food debris and biofilm from bacteria can lead to plaque buildup around an implant. This can cause gum inflammation or peri-implantitis which can lead to implant failure.  Water flossers are a way to prevent this from happening because they are easier to use than string floss and more effective around hard to reach implant sites according to

“Experts have found that people with dental implants are at risk for developing peri-implant mucositis (an inflammatory reaction in the tissues surrounding an implant), causing swelling and mirroring the symptoms of gingivitis,” said Jeffrey Atkins, WaterFlosser spokesman in a press release. “When caught early and treated nonsurgical, mucositis can be reversed. If not, it can lead to peri-implantitis, which increases the risk for implant failure.”

Advantages of Water Flossers

Water flossers also help people who have sensitive gums. For those with implants, it is a whole lot easier to use than dental floss because implant positions can make it difficult to clean properly. For busy schedules, water flossers are quick to use. They pump water through a refined point at the tip of the device using heavy pressure and can clean areas in seconds.

New Call-to-ActionFor those who hate flossing or find string floss hard to use, a water flosser is certainly a great alternative. It won’t make your gums bleed if you get too aggressive. It has key advantages for people:

  • With braces
  • With permanent or temporary bridges
  • Who find it difficult to floss hard-to-reach areas of the mouth

The downside is water flossers do require electric and don't work so well if you don't have power. They also can be more expensive.

Floss Away Gum Disease

Periodontal disease has been linked to life-threatening conditions such as cardiovascular disease, clogged arteries and even stroke. Food particles can hide under your gums and between teeth causing tooth decay, plaque, and infection. This bacteria doesn't stay in your mouth. It travels to the rest of your body.

New Call-to-actionFlossing is important because it is an interdental cleaner that reaches spaces between teeth, the base of the teeth, and gums that a brush cannot reach. Here are 5 more reasons to floss:

  •  There are 500 different kinds of bacteria that can hide below the gum line. They are found in plaque. Not flossing helps them propagate, causing periodontal disease or worse.
  • Decay occurs where plaque exists. When plaque is removed that process can be stopped because your teeth have a chance to remineralize.
  • If your family is prone to cavities, you should be more diligent about flossing and brushing. Genetics and age play a big role in dental disease.
  • Flossing and proper brushing can reduce your chances for heart disease, stroke or even premature birth. Researchers at Columbia University have found a definitive link between gum disease and the narrowing of arteries or atherosclerosis. 
  • One out of two Americans have gum disease and don't even know it. That's why you need to floss and see the dentist. See our blog.

Dr. Katherine Finkel  at Fairfield Dental Associates is a holistic cosmetic and family dentist who can help you keep your smile healthy. She is highly trained in oral disease with a background in treating medically compromised patients at the trauma center at Stony Brook University Hospital in Long Island. She knows what poor dental care can do. She can guide you on good oral and dietary care for you and your children to keep your smile beautiful for a lifetime.

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Topics: dental implants, water flossers

Researchers Develop Possible Green Tea Cure for Sensitive Teeth

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Aug 8, 2017 7:00:00 AM

biocompound made from green tea could stop sensitive teethIf you have ever had a sensitive tooth, you know it can be painful, especially when you drink or eat something really cold. Tooth sensitivity happens either due to injury or when teeth layers wear down exposing the tooth’s dentin. Dentin is a layer with hollow tubes (tubules). When it is exposed, hot or cold food or beverages can make contact with the tooth's nerve. Treatments like sealing the dentin tubes with a mineral called nanhydroxyapatite have been temporary at best because toothpaste and brushing wear it away.

Fairfield Dental Associates has learned that scientists from Wuhan University in China may have proven that green tea holds the cure for this dilemma. They believe they have developed a more impervious compound made from green tea extract that not only stop teeth sensitivity but also inhibit cavity-causing bacteria at the same time.

Cui Huang and his university colleagues used silica nanoparticles to encapsulate nanohydroxyapatite and a polyphenol from green tea called epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG. The EGCG fights Streptococcus mutans (a bacteria) which is responsible for biofilm that causes cavities. The research team tested their compound on extracted wisdom teeth. The encapsulated biomaterial reportedly sealed off the dentin tubules for up to 96 hours, withstood tooth erosion, acid, and brushing. Even better, no biofilm formed. The scientists say they are optimistic this discovery could lead to a viable way to stop tooth sensitivity and tooth decay.New Call-to-action

Cleaning Helps Sensitive Teeth

Dental decay and sensitive teeth affect millions of Americans. These are major concerns of Fairfield Dental Associates. What many people don't realize is tooth sensitivity can be greatly reduced with regular cleanings. Cavities can also be prevented or caught early when they are the least painful for you and your pocketbook.  

Dr. Katherine Finkel specializes in preventive and restorative care for New Call-to-actionchildren and adults. She can assist you with sensitive teeth, problem teeth and any other issues you may have. Serious dental problems? Dr. Finkel can also restore your smile to the natural luster it once had. She has many satisfied patients. Be sure to schedule your preventive dental care with Fairfield Dental Associates.

Contact our Office with any questions you may have. We can help.

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Topics: Cavities, sensitive teeth, green tea

Put a Dental Check-Up on Your Back-to-School Checklist

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Aug 3, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Don't forget that back-to-school dental check-upThere are still plenty summer days left to have fun with the kids. While you are enjoying this break, you can gradually ease yourself into back-to-school preparations. As you begin to your school checklist, it is a good idea to add a dental check-up to get your child ready for school. Summer is a good time for it when you are not rushed.

Fairfield Dental Associates just wants to give you a gentle reminder to schedule that visit while you have time. Your child's dental exam should be as high on the list as a school physical because it is just as important. The chief dental officer for Kool Smiles says dental check ups actually set the tone for the school year.

"Health screenings and exams – including dental checkups – are an important part of ensuring children get the school year off to a great start," said Dr. Dale Mayfield in a press release. "Good dental health is closely linked to academic success, and a back-to-school dental checkup is the perfect opportunity to reinforce positive brushing and flossing habits, as well as identify any potential dental health problems before the school year starts."New Call-to-action

Why School Dental Check Ups Are Important

1. Tooth decay is one of the biggest reasons for school absences which the CDC estimates to be over 51 million hours each year. It not only affects your child’s health but impacts learning. It can affect their grades.

2. One in five school kids in America have untreated tooth decay. It is listed as the biggest chronic disease among children. If you wait until your child says a tooth hurts, you’ve waited too long. Cavities are 100% preventable.

3. Poor dental health affects your child’s self-esteem, speech, nutrition, and overall health.

4. A dentist can check to see how teeth are growing and alert you to any alignment problems that can affect your child’s speech and eating.

Click here to schedule an appointment5. Diseases or other conditions can be caught early by dentists.

Fairfield Dental Associates works with the entire family on good preventive dental care. Dr. Katherine Finkel is a holistically trained dentist who knows how the body affects the teeth and vice versa. She is great with kids and is an expert in pediatric dentistry. She can evaluate your child's situation and recommend the proper dietary and age-appropriate dental care regimen to keep cavities away. 

Dental sealants are a good way to protect your child's teeth too. Ask her about them. She can also make custom mouth guards if your child is in sports. Remember, cavities are 100% preventable!

Make sure to schedule your child's back-to-school check-up today.

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Topics: back-to-school, school dental check ups

How Dental Check Ups Can Save Your Life

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Aug 1, 2017 7:00:00 AM

dental check ups can save your lifeThe vast majority of Americans underplay the importance of regular dental visits. They simply do not realize that a bi-annual dental check up involves more than checking teeth for cavities. It can determine the state of your overall health. In fact, it could save your life. A recent survey by the Academy of General Dentistry shows only 25% of Americans knew dental exams involve oral cancer screenings. Only 14% of the respondents said they understood that dentists are experts at determining other health issues happening in the rest of their bodies. Since dentists can be the first to find a medical condition or disease, the AGD recommends every American have regular dental exams as part of their annual wellness assessments.

"What makes general dentists unique is that no other health practitioner is supposed to be seen as frequently, even without any symptoms," said AGD president Maria A. Smith, DMD, MAGD. "The mouth is the gateway to the entire body, and poor oral hygiene can result in or worsen cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, and other illnesses. Regular dental visits, every six months, are a chance to establish an oral care home base, educate patients, prevent disease, and screen for other conditions. This survey underscores the need for greater awareness about oral health's relation to overall health. The condition of your mouth often mirrors the condition of the rest of your body, and maintaining a healthy body includes taking care of your oral health on a regular basis."

Fairfield Dental Associates has been educating patients on the importance of dental wellness exams with our informative blogs. These dental check ups must be part of your annual health arsenal.

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Schedule Your Dental Wellness Exam

Dentists are highly trained in detecting other health conditions. Dentists can find disease symptoms in the mouth long before you know you have a condition. An oral exam is one of the things that you can't do yourself. You need a professional to detect health issues early and you need it every six months

New Call-to-actionHere is a list of symptoms that can show up in your mouth:

  • Bleeding gums and bad breath could be a sign of diabetes
  • Bone loss due to osteroporis can be seen in dental x-rays
  • A sore or painful jaw could be a precursor to an impending heart attack
  • Inflamed gums and loose teeth are sometimes early warning signs of heart disease

The American Heart Association found that people who had regular cleanings had a 24 percent  lower risk of heart attack and a 13 percent reduction in strokes.

If we haven't motivated you to make an appointment for a dental checkup, perhaps this blog will. Dr. Katherine Finkel at Fairfield Dental Associates. is a highly qualified holistic general and cosmetic dentist who is trained to look for a variety of medical conditions. As a member of the American Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Finkel stays abreast of the latest health concerns and dental technology through continuing education courses. Have questions? Feel free to contact us for a consultation.

Request an appointment with Fairfield Dental Associates.

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Topics: dental check ups, dentists find life threatening conditions, dental wellness exams

New Study Helps Autistic Kids Overcome Fear of the Dentist

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Jul 27, 2017 7:00:00 AM

desensitization could stop dental fear in autistic childrenAutistic children face many challenges in social situations and can be particularly afraid or agitated when seeing a medical professional. A fear of the dentist can be much harder to overcome for children with autistic spectrum disorder. As Fairfield Dental Associates has read, researchers at the University of Washington may have devised a way to take away dental fear for these kids with a technique called desensitization. A total of 168 children between the ages of four and 18 years of age participated in the U-W study which was recently published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Researchers were successful in stopping dental fear with 75 percent of the participants. If this technique is implemented by dental practitioners it could be a major breakthrough for autistic children nationwide, who quite often go without regular dental visits.

Dr. Travis Nelson, clinical associate professor at the U-W Center for Pediatric Dentistry says children with autism are less likely to receive dental care than their peers due to behavioral limitations. Systemic desensitization techniques such as repeated visits and home dental role play help take away fears they have about a dental visit. 

New Call-to-actionNelson, who directs an autism clinic at the university. says their research proves when these kids are allowed to practice dental skills at their own pace, they are more receptive to dental care and less afraid of the dentist.The majority of patients in the study could sit through a dental exam with a dental mirror after desensitization. Nearly 90 percent of these participants were able to receive an exam within five repeated visits following these treatment protocols. 

"The protocols we used are very simple and could be implemented elsewhere to help children with autism access needed dental services," Dr. Nelson said in a university release.

See a Dentist Who Understands Dental Fear

If you have a special needs child who may be afraid of the dentist, it is important to seek out a dentist who understands dental fear and who is good with children. Fairfield Dental Associates endeavors to make sure our patients are comfortable during their visit.  Dr. Katherine Finkel practices gentle dentistry and is very patient with children.

Click here to schedule an appointmentRemember, fear can be overcome by positive experiences. Here are some tips to kicking dental fear:

  • Communicate with your dentist. Tell him/her you areanxious and ask about ways to reduce your anxiety.
  • Go to a dentist who listens and is non-judgmental.
  • Go to a dentist you can trust who has good communication skills.
  • Take advantage of nitrous oxide, sedatives or other options the dentist offers.
  • Practice slow, deep breaths through your diaphragm. It stops fight/flight responses.
  • Go to a dental office that has a spa-like atmosphere with ways to make you comfortable and relaxed.

Fairfield Dental Associates believes in patient comfort. Our spa-like atmosphere is inviting, comfortable and relaxing. Dr. Finkel listens carefully to your needs and concerns and is never aggressive in her treatment approach.

Have questions or concerns?

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Topics: dental fear, fear of the dentist, autism, autistic children

Why Charcoal Teeth Whitening is Bad

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Jul 25, 2017 7:00:00 AM

why charcoal teeth whitening is a bad ideaThe Do-It-Yourself trend is all the rage today from home improvement to smile improvement. People unwittingly are falling for gimmicks to get that whiter, brighter smile without doing their research. Fairfield Dental Associates has read that some people are even using activated charcoal powder toothpaste to lift stains. Charcoal teeth whitening is definitely not recommended. After all, would you brush your teeth with what you find in your backyard grill?

Activated charcoal is similar to the briquettes you use in your barbecue, except it is refined by being subjected to high temperatures to increase its absorptive qualities. As a charcoal tooth powder, it is said to bind to rough areas on the teeth that include surface stains or plaque. Because it has tremendous absorption, it has long been used as an emergency remedy by first responders and ER personnel to combat drug overdoses and poisonings in the stomach.

People now brush  it on and let it stick to teeth so it can remove plaque, stains, or food particles. The problem with this home remedy? It not only may remove stains, but it can also remove your enamel. Enamel is the protective layer of your teeth and what gives your smile its shine and luminescence. Once enamel is gone, it’s gone.

6 reasons why this charcoal DIY "whitener" is just a bad idea:

1It is not ADA or FDA approved. Do you really want to put something in your mouth that is not totally recommended for humans and their teeth? Let’s face it, if it is in your mouth, it can travel through your blood stream or down your throat.

2. It can erode your enamel, dentin, and possibly your gums. Dentin and enamel damage can lead to cavities.

3. You don’t want to swallow it. Charcoal absorbs both good and bad substances. This means it can possibly take away nutrients in your stomach (nutrient malabsorption) that your body needs. It is has been said to slow down the digestive tract. A sluggish stomach isn't a good idea.

4. Dehydration can occur if too much this stuff enters your GI tract because it could cause diarrhea.

5You can end up with black tongue and black mouth and teeth stains. Now, that is attractive, don't you think?

6. In the stomach, some experts say activated charcoal could interfere with oral contraceptives so they don’t work. That is something women should know.

Don’t fall for these whitening gimmicks on the Internet. Activated charcoal may be more refined than what you use to grill a steak, but it is still charcoal. If you want white teeth, your best option is to see a professional.New Call-to-action

Leave Teeth Whitening to the Professionals 

The truth is teeth whitening is only effective after getting a thorough dental exam from a dentist like Dr. Katherine Finkel at Fairfield Dental Associates. If you have not maintained your teeth properly or cleaned them regularly, you will not get the results you want. Plus, you have no idea if a tooth is compromised due to damage or a cavity – putting your teeth at risk if you buy non-professional treatments. A dentist can get you the brightest smile possible.

Dr. Katherine Finkel  at Fairfield Dental Associates is a highly experienced cosmetic dentist who can advise you on the best way to whiten and brighten your smile. As a general rule, yellow teeth typically respond the best to conventional whitening techniques. The browner the cast of the tooth, the harder it will be to whiten. Dr. Finkel can advise you on the best ways to refresh your smile with either in-office or at- home professional teeth whitening. We offer a substantial discount of up to 35% if you book your whitening on a Monday. 

Want a smile makeover that takes years off your appearance? 

Give our office a call and schedule a free consultation! 

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Topics: teeth whitening, charcoal teeth whitening, charcoal whitening powder

Are Your Kids Being Bullied? Check Their Teeth

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Jul 20, 2017 7:00:00 AM

how teeth holds clues to bullyingAccording to, nearly 160,000 teenagers skip school because they are being bullied. That is over 3.2 million kids who are getting picked on in the U.S. Quite often bullying comes as a surprise to parents, especially when dealing with teens who don’t want to talk about it.

The scars and signs of bullying may be found by looking at their teeth. A new study of 13 to 15-year-old students in Brazil has revealed that teens who are being bullied are 65% more likely to grind their teeth at night than classmates who are not being bullied.

Teeth grinding or bruxism is a common sign of stress. It is something Fairfield Dental Associates has written about because it damages teeth and can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and jaw misalignment. The new study conducted in Brazil for the Oral Health Foundation has their organization urging parents, caregivers, and schools to be keenly aware of students complaining of the symptoms of teeth grinding. These include sensitive or worn teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, oral pain, or migraines.

"Grinding teeth may not sound like priority within the wider picture but it could prove to give a vital insight into a child's state of mind and could be an important sign for us to identify bullying at an earlier stage,” said Dr Nigel Carter OBE, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation in a news article published by "Both children and adults tend to grind their teeth when suffering from stress, and bullying is a significant contributor here. Sleep bruxism can be particularly damaging as we are often unaware that we do it.”

Carter urges parents to be on the lookout for children who complain of a dull or constant headache or sore jaw when they get up in the morning. His organization says they not only want to raise awareness for signs of bullying, but educate people on the dangers of bruxism which can permanently damage teeth.New Call-to-action

Regular Dental Visits Detect Teeth Grinding

Your kids may not tell you they are grinding their teeth at night. This is why it is so important to bring them in for regular dental visits twice a year. So much can change in six months with your children's teeth and with what is going on at school. A dentist like Dr. Katherine Finkel can detect signs of teeth grinding. Depending on what is found, this could be just what is needed to open up a discussion with your child on stress at school. A night mouthguard can be custom designed to prevent your child from damaging their teeth. If there is damage from night teeth-grinding, that can be repaired and restored. Dr. Finkel at Fairfield Dental Associates is an expert at restorative and cosmetic dentistry. 

New Call-to-actionWe offer a wide range of restorative dental services. They include:

Porcelain Crowns - When more advanced tooth restoration or recontouring is called for, all-porcelain crowns restore both esthetics and function. Tooth colored porcelain crowns, also known as caps, encase the entire tooth surface, strengthening tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other restorative techniques. Porcelain crowns are extremely durable, and provide a natural looking, long-lasting smile.

Porcelain Onlays and Inlays -These procedures bring a natural look to teeth that have been partially restored, or damaged by decay or trauma. They are the same, except that onlays are used when one or more of the chewing cusps have been affected.

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New Study Shows Diabetes Has Causal Link to Gum Disease

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Jul 18, 2017 7:00:00 AM

new study finds causal link between diabetes and gum diseaseDid you know that microbes in your mouth are different if you are a diabetic making you more prone to gum disease? Fairfield Dental Associates just read that University of Pennsylvania researchers discovered microbiome in the mouths of diabetics are more potent than people who are not diabetic. The recent study proves this condition ncreases the pathogenicity of oral bacteria making periodontal disease a bigger possibility.

This U-Penn study is the firsr of its kind to directly make a causal connection between diabetes and periodontal disease. It counters a dual report four years ago by the European Federaion of Periodontology and American Academy of Periodontology that there was no compelling evidence of a direct link.

“Up until now, there had been no concrete evidence that diabetes affects the oral microbiome,” said Dana Graves, senior author on the new study and vice dean of scholarship and research at U-Penn’s School of Dental Medicine. “But the studies that had been done were not rigorous.”

Graves’ researchers discovered the link in diabetic mice once they became hyperglycemic. Their oral microbiome became much more damaging than littermates that did not have diabetes. The diabetic mice then developed periodontitis, bone loss, and higher levels of IL-17, a signaling molecule that we need in our immune response. Higher levels of this molecule cause inflammation and it is thought to be one of the culprits in periodontitis. 

“The diabetic mice behaved similar to humans that had periodontal bone loss and increased IL-17 caused by a genetic disease,” Graves said.

Graves said they took their research a step further by injecting normal germ-free mice with microorganisms found in diabetic mice. These mice soon developed gum disease and bone loss. Researchers then injected diabetic mice with an anti-IL-17 antibody to see if it would inhibit bone loss. It did reduce it. Although promising, this treatment is not yet considered the most effective way to treat diabetic-related gum disease in humans. 

“Diabetes is one of the systemic disease that is most closely linked to periodontal disease, but the risk is substantially ameliorated by good glycemic control,” he said. “And good oral hygiene can take the risk even further down.”New Call-to-action

Prevent Disease With Dental Care

Periodontal disease does not have to happen. That is why it is so important to see the dentist twice a year. Dr. Katherine Finkel at Fairfield Dental Associates is highly trained in detecting this condition. 

Certain people are more at risk for gum disease. Fairfield Dental Associates are specialists at reducing your risk factors. Risk factors include:

  • a predisposition due to genetics
  • poor oral hygiene
  • smoking
  • pregnancy
  • steroids, anti-epileptic drugs and contraceptives

New Call-to-actionYou need to see the dentist if you have any of these symptoms:

  • bleeding gums
  • swollen, red or tender gums
  • loose teeth
  • bad breath
  • a change in the way dentures fit
  • a change in your bite

Fairfield Dental Associates can treat and often reverse gum disease. If you are the 50 percent who may have periodontitis and not know it, you need to find out.

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Topics: gum disease, diabetes, Gum disease bacteria

Why Chewing Properly Helps Learning

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Jul 13, 2017 7:00:00 AM

why chewing is essential for learningRushing through your lunch and failing to chew your food properly may do more than add inches to your waistline or cause indigestion. A new study conducted by Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) shows improper mastication (chewing) can impair your memory.  Fairfield Dental Associates has learned that when we chew, we activate the central nervous system and our brain function. Changes in dietary habits today have reduced the amount of chewing the average person does so a study was conducted to see if that was actually a bad thing. Apparently, it is not good for the brain.


TMDU researchers discovered that failing to chew properly or enough suppresses the growth of maxillofacial bone and muscle in the jaw and faces of children. This was detected in mice that were fed a powder diet that required no mastication. In addition, long-term memory was severely reduced in mice that didn’t need to chew their food. Researchers concluded a lack of chewing impedes memory and learning by reducing activity in the brain’s hippocampus and lowers the number of positive neurons in this area of the brain. The hippocampus is responsible for long-term memory, regulating emotions, and spatial navigation. This is especially a concern for growing children and the elderly.


University scientists said it is important to maintain or strengthen mastication to prevent dementia and learning dysfunction. They are hopeful their research may lead to future treatments to prevent memory and learning dysfunction. In the meantime, it might be suggested that parents emphasize good eating habits that include chewing food thoroughly and slowly to help with jaw development and learning. Who knows - it might just help kids get better grades The same advice goes for adults. If you eat food slowly you'll help your brain and be less likely to over eat. That will reduces caloric intake which is a win-win. New Call-to-action


See a Dentist So You Can Keep Chewing 

You need to see a professional twice a year to keep all your teeth healthy so they can do their job when you chew your food. Dr. Katherine Finkel at Fairfield Dental Associates is highly trained in detecting gum disease and cavities. In addition to regular cancer screenings at bi-annual exams, she also looks for telltale signs of other disease that can show up in the mouth long before it becomes a life-threatening condition. She can detect issues with your teeth that you can't see at home.

Be aware that children are subject to gum disease so don't ignore their smiles. Dr. Finkel  can treat and often reverse gum disease and catch cavities before they are a major problem. Your mouth is the gateway to the health of your body. Dr. Finkel will give you tips on caring for you and your family's mouths and teeth to protect everyone from periodontal disease and tooth loss. Don't wait. Your teeth should never be ignored.

Contact Fairfield Dental Associates for your next checkup.

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Topics: chewing, dementia, learning, memory impairment

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About this blog

This blog is a service of Fairfield Dental Associates. We are a family practice that believes in the importance of family wellness. Our warm environment and ultra-friendly staff make patients instantly feel at home and stress-free. We place great emphasis on patient education. We hope this blog gives you useful tips on how to maintain your family’s dental and overall health.







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