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Why Kids Get More Cavities in the Spring

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

May 18, 2017 7:00:00 AM

spring and summer are crucial for catching cavities earlySummer vacation is upon us. You and other parents are scheduling summertime fun, family time, and family getaways. Fairfield Dental Associates wants you to know one other item should be on the list - your child's dental checkup. Why? Your child may already have a cavity. 

A study conducted in New York shows children tend to develop more cavities in the spring and late winter than any other seasons of the year. Certainly, some of the increase in dental decay could be blamed on more fast food as people rush around to extra-curricular activities during school. Processed foods can be very bad for our teeth. A decrease in sunlight during the winter months may be another contributing factor, since people absorb less Vitamin D from the sun. That being said, spring and summer are good times to catch decay. You are more likely to stop a cavity your child may have developed if you schedule a checkup now. Why not head it off early with a summer checkup? You'll have more time to schedule it and can stamp out decay in the earliest stages when it is much simpler to treat. That is easier on your child and your budget.

Cavities - Number 1 Health Problem in Children

New Call-to-actionThe incidence of dental caries or cavities in children in North America and other parts of the world is disturbing. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that after 40 years of decline, dental decay is the number one chronic disease among U.S. children. It is seen fives times more often than asthma. Preschoolers of all income levels have six to 10 times the cavities they did in just the past few years. A study in Canada showed 58% of children ages six to 11 have cavities. With the rise in popularity of high energy drinks, college students are also reporting more dental decay. These beverages contain a lot of acid which eats through enamel and dentin, leaving teeth prone to dental caries.

How Fast Cavities Develop

This should be the mantra of every parent - "Catch cavities early. Prevent cavities before they start." Sometimes dental decay develops in just a couple months. The rate of progression depends on the number of New Call-to-actiondietary sugars your child consumes and how many times demineralization has occurred. Demineralization happens when dental plaque and bacteria build up and erode the structure of the tooth. It takes many episodes of demineralization to weaken the tooth. Once this happens, decay is imminent. Dental cleanings are the only way to remove plaque and stop dental decay in its tracks. A dental checkup detects cavities while they are too small to notice and easy to remedy. 

Fairfield Dental Associates specializes in preventive and pediatric dental care. Dr. Katherine Finkel can show you proper ways to care for your teeth and offer suggestions on diet and lifestyle to make cavities a thing of the past.

Do your kids a favor this summer. While you are scheduling them for camp, contact our office and get them set up for a checkup and thorough cleaning. 

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Topics: kids and cavities, summer, spring

Why a Sweet Tooth Isn't Your Fault

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

May 16, 2017 7:00:00 AM

What causes a sweet toothFor those of us who love our cakes, ice cream, and other sugary treats, it is hard to imagine anyone who wouldn’t relish these delights. If you have a sweet tooth, you do crave sweets – all kinds of them. Try as we might, it is often next to impossible to pass on the over stuffed donut that shows up in the office. Believe it or not, there really are people who don’t crave sugar and can walk by a piece of cake without drooling. Fairfield Dental Associates recently read there is a valid reason why.

Researchers at the University of Iowa have made a discovery that should allay the guilt of everyone who indulges in too many sweets. Apparently, a sweet tooth is in our genes. A U-I led study in mice has identified a hormone produced by the liver that suppresses the desire for sugar. It is called fibroblast growth factor (FGF21). People who don’t have this hormone will crave sweets.

U-I researchers say FGF21 is produced in the liver in response to high carbohydrate levels. When carbs are present, New Call-to-ActionFGF21 is released to the bloodstream where it sends a signal to the brain to suppress sugar intake.

“This is the first liver-derived hormone we know that regulates sugar intake specifically,” says Matthew Potthoff, assistant professor of pharmacology in the UI Carver College of Medicine in a U-I article. Potthoff co-authored a paper published in the journal Cell Metabolism with Matthew Gillum, professor at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark).

Researchers found that certain DNA mutations and the types of nutrients a person eats have an association in the groups of macronutrients people prefer. IA hopes the genetic research will help improve diets and offer new ways to assist patients who are diabetic or obese.

“We’ve known for a while that FGF21 can enhance insulin sensitivity,” says Lucas BonDurant, a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology and co-first author in the study. “Now, there’s this dimension where FGF21 can help people who might not be able to sense when they’ve had enough sugar, which may contribute to diabetes.”

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Ask Your Dentist About Sugar

Fairfield Dental Associates has written a number of blogs on sugar and tooth decay. It can be bad for teeth. Some say it can even lower a child's I.Q. Obviously, as dentists we would prefer you limit your sugar intake and go sugar-free. We also know that is not always feasible. Prevention is the best way to ward off that elusive cavity. Plan ahead. Be sure to pack a toothbrush if you plan on eating sweets. You need to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing, though. Sugar and acidic beverages soften enamel.

Dr. Katherine Finkel at Fairfield Dental Associates is a holistic dentist who specializes in pediatric, family and cosmetic dentistry. She knows how teeth affect the body and the body affect teeth. She is well versed on dietary changes that can keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime. She can advise you on the proper foods to eat and how to care for your smile. Preventive care is essential. You can't do it alone. Consult with a dentist like Dr. Finkel. Be sure to contact our office to schedule a checkup and cleaning.

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Topics: genetics, sweet tooth, sugar

Why Grapes Can Strengthen Teeth

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

May 11, 2017 7:00:00 AM

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As dentists, Fairfield Dental Associates always explores the best tooth restoration techniques by researching the latest technology available today. Composite resin fillings allow dentists to make much smaller fillings and preserve more of the tooth. This maintains its strength and extends the length of time the filling will last.

Grapes may hold the answer to strengthening teeth and increasing the life of composite resin fillings, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. Scientists there say flavonoids found in grape seed extracts are the key ingredient. These flavonoids boost collagen in dentin – the tissue underneath tooth enamel. Collagen is the building block that holds tissue together. The trick is to interlock resin fillings with collagen-rich dentin to offer better adhesion of the filling once it is placed.

It is the interface between the dentin and the filling that causes dental restorations to break down over time says Ana Bedran-Russo, associate professor of restorative dentistry in a university press release.

 “When fillings fail, decay forms around it and the seal is lost. We want to reinforce the interface, which will make the resin bond better to the dentin,” Bedran-Russo said. “The interface can be changed through the use of new natural materials. The stability of the interface is key for the durability of such adhesive joints, and hence, the life of the restoration and minimizing tooth loss.”

Grape seed extract can also prevent tooth decay explains Bedran-Russo. She and Guido Pauli, professor of medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy in the UIC College of Pharmacy recently collaborated on a study that demonstrated extract from the root bark of Chinese red pine trees has similar properties to the grape seed extract.New Call-to-action

Fairfield Dental Associates Can Help

Fairfield Dental Associates works to keep all of our patients cavity-free by teaching them the proper ways to care for their teeth. This includes dietary changes and other recommendations. Dr. Katherine Finkel at Fairfield Dental Associates is an expert in preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry  for the whole family. She offers a wide range of restorative services that include crowns, bridges, onlays/inlays, dental implants, tooth-colored fillings, periodontal care, and dentures. She takes a conservative approach to dental care and will never recommend a procedure a patient doesn't need.

Dr. Finkel always offers the best advice on whether you need a root canal and will refer you to a highly skill endodontist to help you keep your natural teeth. Fairfield Dental Associates works to educate our patients on all types of dental procedures and offers educational materials so you completely understand the best way to preserve your beautiful smile.

For a free consultation on what restoration is best for you, be sure to  Contact Our Office.

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Topics: composite fillings, grapes, grape seed, dentin

Gum Disease Lowers Survival in Liver Patients

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

May 9, 2017 7:00:00 AM

gum disease lowers survival in liver patientsFairfield Dental Associates has repeatedly warned about the link between  periodontal or gum disease to a variety of health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney disease and respiratory illness. Scientists are now seeing a correlation between periodontitis and how it affects patient outcomes with systemic diseases. One particular study conducted by Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark shows liver patients are more likely to die if they have gum disease. Some studies suggest periodontitis affects the progression of liver disease. The new data shows liver transplants are more likely to fail if a person has gum disease.

"Our study showed that severe periodontitis strongly predicted higher mortality in cirrhosis," Lea Ladegaard Grønkjaer, PhD, RN, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark, and lead author of the study said in a press release. "Periodontitis may act as a persistent source of oral bacterial translocation, causing inflammation and increasing cirrhosis complications. As it can be treated successfully, however, we hope that our findings motivate more trials on this subject." 

Researchers studied 184 patients with cirrhosis. Forty-four percent of them had severe periodontitis. Nearly half of them died after follow up. 

"This study demonstrates the association between gum disease and risk of death in patients with liver disease - fNew Call-to-actionurther studies are now required to determine if improving gum care can improve outcomes in patients with liver cirrhosis," said Prof Philip Newsome, Centre for Liver Research & Professor of Experimental Hepatology, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, and EASL Governing Board Member.


See the Dentist to Prevent Gum Disease

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that one out of two U.S. adults over the age of 30 have periodontitis - an advanced form of periodontal disease that affects the teeth, gums and supporting structures of the teeth. Periodontal disease has been linked to cardiac problems, diabetes, stroke, breast cancer, and Alzheimers. Some studies show it can harm unborn babies.

Many people think if they brush twice and floss once a day, they are doing everything they can to prevent gum disease. This is simply not true. Studies have shown that plaque builds up within a six-month period of time. Plaque which contains bacteria eats away at teeth, gums and eventually the jaw bone. Worse yet, this bacteria-laden plaque travels to the rest of the body where it can do more damage. Only a dental professional can remove plaque buildup. Brushing alone without professional help  allows plaque to get under gums where it can do its damage.

Fairfield Dental Associates Can Help

Even if it has been a long time since you have seen the dentist, it is not too late to get gum disease under control. Fairfield Dental Associates can help get you on the right track to maintaining your oral and overall health. Dr. Katherine Finkel is a holistic dentist who knows how the mouth affects the body and what you can doNew Call-to-actionto keep this delicate balance in check.

  • All patients are checked for periodontal disease. The pocket between the tooth and gums is measured using a periodontal probe.
  • If periodontal disease is discovered, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planning can be done, along with antibiotic treatment under the gum to heal gums and shrink pockets.
  • Periodontal surgery can be performed if gum pockets do not heal to reduce pocket depth.

Gum disease is serious, but treatable. Fairfield Dental Associates can assist you. You can’t afford to wait. Be sure to Contact Our Office with any questions.

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Topics: gum disease, liver failure, liver transplant failure, liver disease

Why Fearing the Dentist is Bad for Your Teeth

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

May 4, 2017 7:00:00 AM

it's bad for your teeth to fear the dentistFairfield Dental Associates recently read that people who are scared of the dentist are more likely to have cavities or even missing teeth according to U.K. researchers. The King’s College London study published last month in the British Dental Journal compared people with dental phobias to people without them. Researchers wanted to see if dental anxiety had a negative effect on teeth.

Findings showed people with a dental fear had a better likelihood of one or more decayed and missing teeth. U.K. researchers analyzed data from their 2009 Adult Dental Health Survey to find common oral conditions shared by people with dental anxiety. They researched responses from nearly 11,000 participants. A total of 1,367 of study respondents were identified as phobic. 

Researchers discovered that people with dental phobias typically had a lower quality of life and physical problems. They had a high level of anxiety which by itself creates stress which is bad for the body. 

“Other research has shown that individuals with dental phobia express negative feelings such as sadness, tiredness, discouragement, and general anxiety, less vitality, and more exhaustion,” said lead study author, Dr. Ellie Heidan from King’s College London. “Embarrassment at their poor teeth will prevent them from smiling and showing their teeth.”

People with dental fear often made conditions worse by postponing a dental visit and seeking short term solutions to chronic dental problems. 

“The correlation between those with missing teeth and dental phobia could be the result of treatment decisions made when the individual with dental phobia finally seeks treatment,” said King’s College London dental Professor Tim Newton. “Both patient and practitioners may favor extraction of the tooth rather than booking a number of appointments to complete a restoration.”

Choose Gentle Dentistry

If you have a fear of the dentist due to a bad past experience or are simply afraid of scheduling that dental visit, it is important to choose a dentist who is patient and compassionate who can help assuage your fears. You want a practitioner like Fairfield Dental Associates that practices gentle dentistry and actively listens to patient concerns.

Fairfield Dental Associates has encountered patients who are reluctant to see the dentist. We totally understand. We strive to make every patient comfortable, especially those who suffer from dental anxiety. If you have a fear of the New Call-to-actiondentist you are not alone. Nearly half of all American adults have moderate levels of dental fear. Close to 10 percent of these people have fear strong enough to make them avoid dental care altogether, according to Dr. Daniel W. McNeil, West Virginia University professor of psychology and clinical professor of dental practice. McNeil, who co-authored the book Behavioral Dentistry says dental fears not only stem from a bad dental experience as a child. For many adults, just going to the dentist can evoke anxiety because some people don’t like getting injections or having their personal space invaded. McNeil even suggests a genetic link to dental fear.

Fairfield Dental Associates  goes to great lengths to make sure our patients are comfortable. Our spa-like atmosphere is inviting, comfortable and relaxing. Dr. Katherine Finkel practices gentle dentistry. She listens carefully to your needs and concerns and is never aggressive in her treatment approach.

Have questions or concerns? Be sure to Contact Our Office. We can help.

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Topics: dental phobia, fear of dentists

Why DNA Tests Can't Predict Cavities

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

May 2, 2017 7:00:00 AM

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More and more people today want to determine their risk factors for disease in the future so they are turning to genetic tests as the ultimate crystal ball. Fairfield Dental Associates recently read that many people think these tests can determine the risk of developing dental disease and cavities. That is simply not true according to the American Dental Association. There are no current dental DNA tests for caries (cavities) and just because cavities are part of your family tree, doesn’t mean you will get them according to a recent press release issued by the American Dental Association. Seeing the dentist is a much better way to predict whether decay and periodontal disease are in your future.

“While genetic testing holds potential for clinical application in the future, clinical measurements remain the best approach to assessment of caries and periodontal disease at this time,” said the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs’ Genetic Testing Workgroup.

Click here to schedule an appointmentThe ADA says a predictive DNA test for dental decay or periodontal disease does not currently exist because there are so many factors and multiple genes that can cause these conditions. No gene to date has been identified. Consumers need to be aware of the limitations of commercially marketed DNA tests that claim to measure disease risk or susceptibility to future disease.

The FDA approved 10 over-the-counter (direct-to-consumer) genetic tests last month for certain disease conditions. Dental disease is not one of them. Even the approved tests are not an absolute, according to the agency.

“Consumers can now have direct access to certain genetic risk information,” said Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “But it is important that people understand that genetic risk is just one piece of the bigger puzzle, it does not mean they will or won’t ultimately develop a disease.” 

The ADA recommends regular dental exams and dental x-rays as the best ways to control the future health of your teeth. Cavities can be 100% preventable with regular dental exams. Dental disease is an area you can change by seeing a competent dentist.

Dentists Help Ensure Your Dental Health

Considering family tendencies for dental disease is a good thing. This alone does not determine your dental future. Dental decay and gum disease can be prevented and reversed if caught early by seeing a practice like New Call-to-ActionFairfield Dental Associates. Starting good dental care early is best. Children should see the dentist their first year as soon as their first tooth erupts. Baby teeth need protection because they determine how permanent teeth will be spaced in the mouth when they come in. You don’t want your little one losing these teeth too early. Regular exams and proper brushing techniques go a long way to preventing future dental problems. REgular dental exams for your entire family will ensure a good dental future.

Fairfield Dental Associates are advocates of dental sealants for children. We are highly skilled in all types of pediatric dental care. Dr. Katherine Finkel can recommend when you should consider dental sealants for your child's teeth. Sealants are usually covered by insurance. We can assist you with that as well.

Contact our office to set up a consultation to keep your child's teeth healthy for years to come.

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Topics: Cavities, Dental DNA tests

People with Crooked Bites More Prone to Disease?

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Apr 27, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Is a crooked bite or asymmetric lower face a marker for disease later in life? A new University of Washington School of Dentistry study may begin to answer some of these questions as Fairfield Dental Associates has read. University researchers set out to discover what an asymmetric skull or teeth could possibly indicate. They determined this condition is a marker of early life stress after birth.Could crooked (asymmetric) teeth predict disease later in life?

Scientists have long known that environmental stress in the first 1,000 days after conception influences a person’s life expectancy and disease susceptibility. The primary marker for that has been low birth weight. That measurement falls short according to U-W. An asymmetric lower face may be a better way to measure life stresses after birth. Could it also indicate what a person’s future health will be?

According to research U-W author and adjunct professor Philppe Hujoel, lower face asymmetries were found to be common in generations that had a high rate of diabetes and obesity in adulthood. His team researched data from 6,654 12 to 17-year-olds from 1966 to 1970 who were involved in a National Health Examination Survey. One in four of those adolescents had lower-face asymmetries. Data was gathered over 47 years ago because dental researchers who designed U.S. surveys began to disregard the value of diagnosing facial asymmetry in the 1970s.

“From a biological perspective, this decision resulted in an inability to reliably track trends in the U.S.,” Hujoel said. “Asymmetries in the skull and teeth have been used for decades by anthropologists to mark environmental stress, but they have only rarely been used in living populations. Such lower-face asymmetries can be assessed by looking at the dental bite in the permanent teeth – an exam that can be completed in seconds and with more certainty than a mother’s recall of birth weight and more ease than a search for a birth certificate.”

Hujoel said a crooked or asymmetric bite is when teeth bite backward or forward on one side of the face and bite normally on the other side. They are not the same as regular crooked teeth, overbites, and underbites. Backward-biting asymmetries are the most common lower-face asymmetry in the U.S. They can fluctuate randomly between either the left or right sides of the face. This randomness is evidence for early life stress according to Hujoel. More research is needed to identify if lower-face asymmetries are as accurate at predicting chronic diseases as skull asymmetries have been in the past.New Call-to-action

Always Consult Your Dentist

Dentists like Fairfield Dental Associates are able to detect many health problems just by looking at your mouth. Our exams include regular oral cancer screenings. We can assist with dental asymmetry.

Dr. Katherine Finkel specializes in restorative and cosmetic dentistry that can correct many dental problems. She can evaluate your situation and refer you to a reputable orthodontist or surgeon, if needed. Dr. Finkel stays on top of the latest cosmetic dentistry technology through continuing education. She takes the time to learn exactly what your expectations are before designing a treatment plan that will give you the best result to restore your smile.

Crooked teeth or jaw misalignment can lead to a host of problems including speech and chewing problems. Some people develop temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD). Dr. Katherine Finkel is an expert in diagnosing and treating TMJD. In addition to designing night guards/bite plates you wear at night to prevent tooth grinding, corrective procedures can be performed to stop the misalignment. She can also recommend exercises to strengthen your jaw muscles or medications to alleviate the pain. 

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Topics: disease, life expectancy, crooked bite, asymmetric bite

Why Parents With Good Oral Health are Happier

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Apr 24, 2017 7:00:00 AM

parents with good oral health are happierDentists like Fairfield Dental Associates have always known there are many benefits to healthy smiles. New research is proving it. Happiness or a state of well-being is directly linked to good oral health, according to a new survey sponsored by Delta Dental. The Oral Health survey reports that most American adults are happier this year than they were in 2016. American parents are actually the happiest with 24% rating their well-being as excellent this year, compared with 14% in a 2015 survey. Parents with good oral health have the highest degree of happiness according to researchers.

A total of 1,108 participants were surveyed by age, gender, region and asked to rate their mental status on oral health and overall outlook.

  • Non-parents with good oral health reported excellent well-being at half the rate of parents (only 12%). Twenty-four percent of parents rated their well-being as excellent.
  • Millennials made the biggest gain in happiness this year at 21% versus 14% in 2015.
  • Well-being ranked highest among adults in the Northeast for 2017 at 19%, compared with 14% in 2015.New Call-to-action
  • Researchers said adults who were committed to good oral care were almost three times as likely as people who weren’t to report an excellent rating on well-being.
  • Americans who gave their oral health an “A” grade were also more likely to rate their overall happiness as excellent (46% versus 9 percent).


Teeth Impact Mental and Physical Health

Fairfield Dental Associates knows that good oral health is more than just a beautiful, confident smile. Our mouths are gateways to our body and directly impact our overall health. If we have gum or dental disease, we simply will not feel as good. That impacts our mental outlook and happiness quotient. What most people don’t realize is bad teeth can contribute to a host of diseases that can even contribute to depression which has soared in the U.S in recent years.

Our teeth and mouth hold clues of other conditions that can be caught early if you go to the dentist. Teeth cleaning and an oral exam can detect:

Diabetes - People with diabetes cannot fight off infection as well and often have swollen, red and tender gums.

Cancer - The dentist can detect any oral and other cancers by checking for changes or lumps in your throat, jaw. skin or thyroid gland.

Heart disease - Quite often cardiovascular and gum disease goes hand in hand. If the dentist sees severe periodontal disease, he/she may recommend that you get checked for heart disease to prevent stroke or heart attack.

Kidney disease - When the kidneys aren't working properly, protein byproducts can build up in the body. They can show up in the mouth as bad breath, a bad taste or dry mouth. 

Anxiety - Gum disease that has no other causes can often be narrowed down to stress and anxiety. If you have anxiety or excessive stress, the dentist will often see evidence of bruxism or teeth-grinding.New Call-to-action

Dental Exams and Cleanings are Important

Dr. Katherine Finkel at Fairfield Dental Associates is a holistic dentist who is trained to look for any signs of disease or abnormalities and can guide you on keeping your mouth and overall health in tip-top shape. She specializes in preventivepediatriccosmetic, and restorative dental care.Dental exams and cleanings are essential. Here are six basic reasons Delta Dental has identified:

  • They prevent cavities by removing plaque that can erode tooth enamel leading to tooth decay.
  • They prevent tooth loss by keeping plaque from moving into your gum line where bacteria can attack your jaw bone and loosen your teeth.
  • They whiten teeth by removing built-up stains you can't remove at home caused by coffee, tea, wine, or other substances.
  • They stop bad breath by treating foul odor at its source. A professional teeth cleaning keeps your mouth healthy and odor-free.
  • They detect disease in its earliest stages that could impact your overall health.
  • They save money by catching dental issues early before they get expensive. Dental insurance typically pays for bi-annual teeth cleaning and oral exams.

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Topics: parents, happiness, well-being, good oral health

Why Millennials Should Be Worried About Oral Cancer

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Apr 21, 2017 11:42:44 AM

why Millennials should be worried about oral cancerExperts say over 49,000 people in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. That is 132 people every day. What is of special concern is that oral cancer rates are on the rise among young Americans, primarily due to the HPV (human papilloma) virus. Health officials with the Oral Cancer Foundation say the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients are non-smoking Millennials. Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness month, Fairfield Dental Associates decided to offer some helpful information about this new health threat.

Why is HPV so Deadly?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the same HPV virus that is sexually transmitted can infect the mouth and throat. It is then called oral HPV. Much of the increased transmission of this virus is due to changing sexual activities among young people. Some strains of the virus are considered high risk because they can cause cancers in the head and neck. Low-risk strains can cause warts in the mouth or throat. When left undetected however, health risks can be high.

HPV causes normal cells in the body to mutate and become abnormal and malignant. This happens when the body is unable to properly fight the virus. This can lead to oropharyngeal cancer. Cancer caused by this virus can takes years to develop after initially contracting the viral infection. CDC researchers say more research is needed to see if other factors also contribute to oral cancer induced by the human papilloma virus.

Annual Oral Cancer Screenings - Essential

New Call-to-actionFairfield Dental Associates is your first defense in the early detection of oral cancer. Oral and upper throat cancers are considered silent killers because they are typically discovered when it is too late. Government officials say these cancers collectively kill nearly one person every hour of every day of every year. Typically 43 percent of these patients will not live any longer than five years after diagnosis because they waited too long. Many patients who do survive a first bout of oral cancer have a 20 times greater risk of developing a second cancer. Those who do survive are often disfigured and face a lifetime of problems eating and speaking.

Signs of oral cancer include:

  • A sore or irritation in the mouth that never goes away
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Tenderness, numbness, or red or white patches in the mouth or lips
  • Any lumps, rough spots, thickened tissues or crusty/eroded areas in your mouth.
  • Difficulty speaking, moving your jaw or tongue or problems chewing or swallowing.
  • Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth.
  • Frequent nose bleeds
  • Hoarseness

 Some of the symptoms of throat cancer mimic that of a cold or sore throat. They are nothing to ignore. All of the professional dental associations are urging everyone to make sure they schedule an oral cancer exam. Fairfield Dental Associates are experts in this area. Oral cancer screenings are a regular part of all of our exams. Why not schedule your exam during Oral Cancer Awareness Month? Be sure to make these exams a routine part of all your dental checkups. Be sure to schedule your screening.

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Topics: oral cancer, HPV, oral cancer awareness month, oral cancer screenings, millennials

Uninsured Kids Have 2x the Chance for Toothaches

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Apr 18, 2017 7:00:00 AM

uninsured kids more likely to suffer dental diseaseFairfield Dental Associates ran across some disturbing statistics on children who lack the resources for proper dental care. A national survey commissioned by the Children’s Dental Health Project found children without dental insurance are twice as likely to suffer toothaches or other dental problems. Dental disease is severe enough that it could affect eating, sleeping, or concentrating in class. A total of 605 parents with kids up to age 21 was conducted last month by Public Policy Polling and sponsored by Benevis Foundation.

Thirteen percent of parents said their children needed dental care but were unable to receive it. Cost was a New Call-to-Actionfactor cited much more often than the ability to travel to a dentist. Parents with uninsured kids said they were three times as likely to go without seeing the dentist, compared to parents who had dental insurance for their children. Affordability was the biggest reason given for parents not taking their children to the dentist.

Many parents said pediatricians rarely asked about their child’s dental health. That is why dentists are so important for growing children. Pediatric dental coverage is one of the 10 essential benefits offered by exchanges administered under the Affordable Care Act with no annual or lifetime dollar limit. AccessHealthCT is the insurance healthcare website for Connecticut where parents can compare coverages.

Pediatric Dental Care is Essential

Click here to schedule an appointmentDental disease and cavities have reached epidemic proportions among children in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control. They are one of the biggest reasons cited for school absences. It is absolutely essential that kids get preventive dental care from a dentist like Fairfield Dental Associates as soon as their first tooth erupts. Not getting the proper care sets the stage for a lifetime of dental disease.

Adults with many dental and periodontal problems started off as children without adequate dental care. By not taking your child to the dentist you are actually dooming them to a lifetime of dental problems. Starting them early will remove the "fear factor" that so many people often have of dentists, and prevent problems before they ever start. It costs less when you start early too.

Under the new federal health insurance regulations, parents are required to carry a dental policy for their children. There are federal and state subsidies for families who are on a really tight budget. Fairfield Dental Associates believes in working with families to make sure their children get the dental care they deserve. We can answer any insurance questions you have and help you work out dental care for your child that you can afford. Give our office a call so we can work with you. We have dental insurance information and ways to afford dental care. 

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Topics: pediatric dental care, dental insurance, toothaches, kids

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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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