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Treating Gum Disease May Lower High Blood Pressure

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Dec 12, 2017 7:00:00 AM

could the dentist help stop high blood pressure?High blood pressure afflicts over 29% of American adults ages 18 and over. Recent iinternational research published in a news release by the American Heart Association reveals that treating gum disease may help stop this silent killer. Gum disease such as periodontitis is chronic inflammation of the gum tissue. It has been linked to cardiovascular disease, endothelial dysfunction (surfaces of blood and lympatic vessel), and blood pressure elevation. Fairfield Dental Associates read that a group of patients in China in a gum disease study had a 3 point drop in their systolic blood pressure readings after undergoing intensive gum disease treatment that involved scraping, planning, and tooth extraction. Study participants included 107 Chinese men and women ages 18 and over who had prehypertension and moderate to severe gum disease. Researchers also found:

  • Three months after treatment systolic levels were nearly eight points lower and diastolic pressure had dropped nearly four points in these patients.
  • Six months following treatment systolic levels had dropped almost 13 points, while diastolic pressured was nearly 10 points lower.

New Call-to-Action“The present study demonstrates for the first time that intensive periodontal intervention alone can reduce blood pressure levels, inhibit inflammation and improve endothelial function,” said study lead author Jun Tao, M.D., Ph.D., chief of the department of Hypertension and Vascular Disease and director of the Institute of Geriatrics Research at The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.

Is the Dentist the Cure for Hypertension?

Going to the dentist cannot assure you will never have high blood pressure as there are many causes for it including lifestyle, diet, and heredity. Dentists can prevent gum disease which has been linked to cardiovascular disease. Think about it. If a six-month dental cleaning and check up gives you protection against heart disease, it is certainly worth its weight in gold. You'll have peace of mind and clean teeth at the very least! 

Gum disease does not have to happen. Most people don't know if they have it. 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 gum disease. In addition toNew Call-to-actionregular cancer screenings on 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.

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
  • diabetes
  • steroids, anti-epileptic drugs and contraceptives

You 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

Be aware that children are subject to gum disease too. Don't ignore their smiles either. 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 Study, high blood pressure

Dental Restorations That Prevent Cavities?

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Dec 7, 2017 7:00:00 AM

fillings that prevent cavities?Approximately 91% of Americans ages 20 to 64 had cavities in 2012 according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control. Dental restorations or fillings are regularly used to remove tooth decay and restore teeth. These dental fillings sometimes can be prone to the growth of plaque or biofilm which can lead to more tooth decay. Fairfield Dental Associates has read that researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have evaluated a new dental material that not only kills bacteria but resists the growth of plaque or biofilm. It contains a low dose of an antimicrobial agent that kills only the bacteria that comes in contact with it so it has minimal toxicity to surrounding tissue.

 “Dental biomaterials such as these need to achieve two goals: first, they should kill pathogenic microbes effectively, and second, they need to withstand severe mechanical stress, as happens when we bite and chew” explained Geelsu Hwang, research assistant professor in Penn’s School of Dental Medicine in a UPenn article, “Many products need large amounts of anti-microbial agents to maximize killing efficacy, which can weaken the mechanical properties and be toxic to tissues, but we showed that this material has outstanding mechanical properties and long-lasting anti-biofilm activities without cytotoxicity.”

Hwang collaborated on the study which was published in the journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, with Penn Dental Medicine professor Hyun (Michel) Koo and Bernard Koltisko and Xiaoming Jin of Dentsply Sirona.

New Call-to-actionThe newly developed material is made of a resin embedded with the antibacterial agent imidazolium.

The material is made of a resin that is embedded with an antibacterial agent called imidazolium. The material is non-leachable and it only kills microbes that touch it. Hwang says the material can reduce the likelihood of antimicrobial resistance.

Dentists Stop Cavities

No one wants tooth decay, so cavity prevention is essential. Fairfield Dental Associates works to keep all our patients free of decay and gum disease. Dr. Katherine Finkel is highly trained in preventive and holistic dentistry. She knows how the body and the mouth interact and the risk factors that can affect each patient differently. Dr. Finkel can guide you with educational materials and at-home regimens to reduce or eliminate your chances of developing tooth decay. The biggest thing is regular check ups - twice a year. This active monitoring involves six-month dental visits and is even more important for children. Children have much thinner enamel in primary (baby) teeth making cavity progression a faster process. You cannot ignore baby (primary) teeth in children.

Dr. Katherine Finkel is great with kids and an expert on pediatric dental care. She was interviewed on the topic by Weespring.com. She will work with you and your child to develop a healthy dental regimen to keep your child cavity-Click here to schedule an appointmentfree for a lifetime. She can recommend dental sealants applied to the chewing surfaces of your child's teeth to block out cavity-causing bacteria and ensure they stay cavity-free.

Without a healthy mouth, you won’t have a healthy body. Your family deserves that six-month dental checkup to discover what you can’t see at home. 

Contact our office with any questions you may have.

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Topics: Cavities, cavity prevention, dental fillings, University of Pennsylvania

Baseball and Colgate Partner to Teach Kids Good Oral Hygiene

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Dec 4, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Baseball pitcher C.C. Sabathia coaches kids on dental hygieneTooth decay is considered the most common chronic disease of childhood in the United States. Dental education is super important to stop this trend. Fairfield Dental Associates regularly coaches patients on the dos and don’ts of oral hygiene, including teaching little ones proper and fun ways to brush. New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia and Colgate recently teamed up to educate New York elementary school kids on the importance of good oral hygiene. As part of the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program, Sabathia spoke with students to encourage healthy habits and  encourage them to view oral health as an important part of their overall health.

"Your family, teachers, and those of us here today all want you to have a future that you can smile about," Sabathia advised the students. "Listen closely to what you hear this morning, because all of you have the opportunity to be New Call-to-Actionsuccessful, and when you do, a healthy bright smile is going to come in handy."

The New York City students received free dental screenings at a Colgate mobile dental van and were taught the proper way to brush at brushing stations. Oral health-themed videos, games, activity stations, puppets, and costumed characters were on-site to motivate the young guests to care for their teeth and limit sugar.

"The importance of encouraging children to play a lead role in taking care of their teeth and gums cannot be overstated," said Dr. Marsha Butler, Vice President, Global Oral Health and Professional Relations, Colgate-Palmolive Company. "Oral health disease can be painful. It can be debilitating, but most important, it can be prevented. Someday soon we're hoping it's a challenge that none of our children have to face."

Watch a fun Colgate video that will teach your kids the importance of dental hygiene: 

 

Your Child Should See a Dentist 2X a Year

Adults with many dental and periodontal problems started off as children without adequate dental care. By not taking your child to a dentist like Fairfield Dental Associates, you are actually dooming them to a lifetime of dental problems. Starting them early on pediatric dental care removes the "fear factor" that so many people often have of dentists and prevents problems before they ever start. It costs less when you start early too because you have taken care of your teeth.

Click here to schedule an appointmentOne way to help prevent cavities in children's is to get them started on a regular regimen of brushing and flossing twice every day. Make it fun! Good diet and nutrition also will lower the number of cavities and problems your child's teeth can have.

  • Limit the number of snacks that have sucrose. Adequate dietary calcium, phosphorous, vitamins A, D, and C also promote healthy and strong enamel formation. Feed your child foods that are rich in these nutrients.
  • Limit the number of snacks your child eats. Sugary snacks, especially cause acid and bacteria to grow. If a child snacks all day long, there is a lot of time that acid-causing bacteria can eat away at their pearly whites.
  • Get a dental sealant to protect your child’s teeth. A dentist like Fairfield Dental Associates can apply a safe, plastic coating on the pits and fissures of the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth (molars and bicuspids). This is very effective in preventing cavities on a child’s baby and permanent teeth. It is painless and does not require any anesthesia.

Preventive dental care is within reach of your child. Dr. Katherine Finkel at Fairfield Dental Associates is a highly skilled family dentist who can address the dental needs of all ages of children from baby on up to adolescent. She is very gentle with little ones and can educate you on proper oral care for your child for a lifetime of beautiful smiles. 

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Topics: pediatric dental care, New York Yankees, Colgate, C.C. Sabathia, oral hygiene

NYU Research Links Gum Disease to Stomach Cancer

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Nov 30, 2017 7:00:00 AM

gum disease linked to stomach cancerFairfield Dental Associates has long warned of the dangers of gum disease. The condition has been linked to many problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other life threatening conditions. Now, there is new evidence that it could even lead to stomach cancer. A new study at New York University has found that increased pathogens associated with periodontal disease may lead to precancerous lesions in the stomach. The research was conducted by New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) and New York University School of Medicine.

“Our study reinforces earlier findings that poor oral health is associated with an increased risk of precancerous lesions of stomach cancer,” said Yihong Li, DDS, MPH, DrPH, professor of basic science and craniofacial biology at NYU Dentistry and the study’s corresponding author.

Researchers assessed the association of periodontal pathogen colonization and potential risks of developing precancerous lesions including chronic atrophic gastritis, intestinal metaplasia (abnormal change in tissue), and dysplasia (abnormal tissue growth) as predictors for stomach cancer. A total of 105 patients were examined. Thirty-five were diagnosed with precancerous lesions after undergoing an endoscopy and study of the diseased tissue.

Accumulating evidence suggests that chronic inflammation caused by oral bacterial infections may contribute to the development and progression of various types of cancer. Scientists have hypothesized a group of pathogens may be responsible for causing periodontal disease. Chronic systemic inflammation resulting from these pathogens may be a contributing factor leading to gastric or stomach cancer. 

Stop Gum Disease - See the Dentist

New Call-to-ActionPeriodontal disease doesn't always offer warning signs. In other words, you can be asymptomatic.The American Dental Association says untreated periodontal disease affects as many as 75 percent of Americans. 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 gum disease. In addition toregular cancer screenings on 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.

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

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

You 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

Be aware that children are subject to gum disease.

It is essential they see the dentist too. 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: cancer, Gum Disease Study, stomach cancer, New York University, NYU

Buy a Smile for CyberMonday

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Nov 27, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Buy teeth whitening on CyberMondayCyberMonday sales are predicted to be the largest online shopping day in history, generating $6.6 billion in sales, according to Adobe Analytics. Total online sales should eclipse $107.4 billion with an increase of 13.8 percent as traditional retail sales lag behind. CyberMonday deals have become all the rage in recent years as more people opt out of the in-store rush and door buster discounts of brick and mortar retailers.

Give a Monday Smile

CyberMonday deals definitely make people smle and it's not just because of  the convenience either.  Sweetheart bargains can be had on just about anything. The vast majority of shoppers are grabbing up deals this year on electronics, games, TVs, cameras, and jewelry at prices they can’t get any other time of the year. There are even deals on cosmetics and beauty products. Some will even brighten your smile like teeth whitening. Fairfield Dental Associates knows how important Mondays are and regularly offer teeth-whitening on Mondays at up to 35% off our regular prices. If you have never considered it, professional teeth whitening at a discount could be just what can bring a smile this holiday to someone you love.  Professional teeth whitening has the best results.New Call-to-action

Give Teeth Whitening This Holiday

More and more people are opting for professional bleaching techniques. Why? It is better and safer. Many people waste their money on over-the-counter (OTC) teeth whitening which are not as effective, are not always certified by the American Dental Association. Many of these O-T-C products can actually harm teeth or gums. O-T-C whitening may seem like a good deal, but in many cases you are just throwing money down the drain.

New Call-to-actionThe 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. Only a dentist can advise you so you get the best results. 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 gets 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.  Ask us about gift certificates when you inquire about our tooth whitening special.

Want a smile makeover that takes years off your appearance? 

Contact our office and schedule a free cosmetic dentistry consultation! 

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Topics: professional teeth whitening, CyberMonday

Smile to Survive Black Friday!

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Nov 22, 2017 7:00:00 AM

smile to survive black fridaySo you’ve decided to join the fray and brave the crowds on Black Friday who are clamoring for all the door-busting deals every retailer has to offer.

Congratulations! You are brave to go shopping. Just remember sometimes it is appropriate to flash that beautiful smile when you encounter a rude shopper. Fairfield Dental Associates has researched the power of smiles, so read on! It can help you.

Smiling usually isn't your first impulse, especially when people are stomping on your toes. When used wisely, a smile can be very effective in diffusing an unpleasant situation or confrontation.

Being amicable is preferable when encountering difficult people. It is to your advantage to not meet aggression with aggression. It  is amazing how many angry confrontations can be avoided with just a simple smile. As the old adage goes, you get more flies with honey than vinegar. Psychologists agree. Smiling lowers your stress level and can effectively disarm the disagreeable.

Exercise Prefrontal Diplomacy

Smiling stops your lizard brain and fight flightToo often people don’t think with their prefrontal cortex when confronted with aggressive situations. Instead, they let their primitive limbic system known as the “lizard brain” take over. It is the area that controls our fight/flight responses. This is highly problematic according to Dr. Joe Shrand, Harvard Medical School instructor and author of Outsmarting Anger: 7 Strategies for Diffusing Our Most Dangerous Emotion. Shrand says the prefrontal cortex is much more advanced, making us capable of rational thought. He calls it the “executive center” that helps us plan, solve problems, make decisions and control our impulses. The prefrontal cortex gives us the ability to circumvent a bad situation.

Shrand says anger runs on a spectrum from irritation to rage. The key is to stop the escalation. That is sound advice when one is fighting through crowds of rude people during a Black Friday rampage. Shrand says you can diffuse someone else’s anger, by not resorting to anger yourself. When you respond in a calm and friendly manner, you actually send a message to the other person’s “lizard brain” that you are not a threat. They instinctively calm down and retreat.New Call-to-action

Turn That Frown Upside Down

Smiling goes a long way to halting the anger escalation factor. When used appropriately, it often makes other people realize the folly of their ways. It is an amicable expression that can convey empathy and kindness. Shrand says cooperation trumps competition. He advises a strategy of kindness to avoid confrontation. He suggests to “keep it frontal – don’t go limbic!” By doing so, Shrand says "you’re enhancing your survival potential… and becoming a person others want to be around and trust.”

While you’re exercising your prefrontal diplomacy, make sure you display the best smile possible to disarm your adversary and those you want to impress. How does a brilliant smile sound for those holiday parties? Fairfield Dental Associates can ensure yours is always the brightest this holiday with a teeth whitening special.New Call-to-Action

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why Turkey is Good for Your Teeth

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Nov 20, 2017 7:00:00 AM

why turkey is good for your teethReady or not, Thanksgiving is almost here! Many families are planning the usual holiday fare of mashed and sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, deviled eggs, homemade gravy, rolls and of course stuffed turkey.  Turkey has long been a mainstay of the Thanksgiving table.You are not only serving a traditional American dish, but something that is very healthy and good for your family and honored holiday guests. Fairfield Dental Associates wants to share why this meat is so good for your teeth!

Turkey is Smarter Than You Think

It's the lean meat that pays back big dividends in vitamins.

  • It is really good for your teeth and the rest of your body.
  • It is a rich source of protein. Protein helps you keep that beautiful smile because it has phosphorus, which when mixed with calcium and vitamin D creates strong bones and teeth.
  • All turkey meat is a great source of Vitamin B6 and niacin which our bodies need to produce energy.
  • It has niacin which increases your HDL or good cholesterol. Skinless white meat is lower in fat and calories than dark meat. 

When you add in sweet potatoes - you really have a healthy combo because they are great for your tooth enamel and gum tissue. Why? They are high in vitamin A.

Why Talk Turkey?

Bodyandsoul.com reports that regular  consumption of this meat lowers cholesterol and helps stabilize insulin levels. Plus, trypotophan, the amino acid in this meat produces serotonin. That strengthens our immune system and helps healthy neurological function.

Just a five-ounce serving of it provides half the daily recommended amount of folic acid. It is a source of sellenium which boosts hormone production. This poultry also protects against birth defects for expectant mothers and is an antioxidant that wards off cancer and heart disease. It helps nerve function, regulates blood pressure and assists in healing.

After You Gobble, Be Sure To Floss

New Call-to-ActionAfter the Thanksgiving feast is over and you've dined on the main course and desserts like apple, cherry, and pumpkin pie, don't forget your teeth. You want to continue looking great throughout the holidays.

Make sure to brush and floss thoroughly to keep that beautiful smile. The correct amount of time to brush and floss is 10 minutes. Most people actually only spend two to three minutes on their teeth and don't brush them correctly. If you have never been told the proper brushing technique, you might be surprised. Fairfield Dental Associates offers tips on proper brushing and flossing techniques. 

Have a great Thanksgiving from all of us at Fairfield Dental Associates!

 

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Millennials 2X More Likely to Floss in Public

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Nov 17, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Do you floss in public? A lot of people do!As dentists, Fairfield Dental Associates are big advocates of good dental hygiene which includes flossing daily. One new statistic caught us by surprise. Flossing in public has gained acceptance today. It is more likely to occur among Millennials. A recent national Nielsen survey conducted for Plackers determined the Millennial group was twice as likely as Baby Boomers to floss outside the bathroom and in public. Plackers said it is likely because on-the-go dental floss picks are convenient and less obtrusive than dental string floss.

"Having food stuck in your teeth can be embarrassing or frustrating, but bringing out a string of floss and working it around your mouth can be disgusting for those around you," said Don Cumming, global brand director for Plackers. "In recent years, however, we've seen a significant increase in adoption of convenient, on-the-go flossers. Given the results of this survey, it's possible that younger consumers are more willing to floss in public because they perceive flossers as less offensive than traditional floss."

New Call-to-actionThe omnibus survey, commissioned by Plackers, asked respondents how likely they would be to floss their teeth in public.

  • Nearly 30 percent of respondents ages 18-35 indicated they would be somewhat likely or very likely to floss in public
  • 13 percent of respondents ages 55 to 64, and only 7 percent of respondents ages 65 and older said they would floss in public.
  • The data also revealed that men are more likely to floss in public than women.

 

Now the big question is how often do people in Fairfield County floss in public? Fairfield Dental Associates really wants to know what people in Fairfield County think.

Do you think flossing in public is okay? Would you do it? Please take our short local survey. (Don’t worry, our survey is anonymous, so you can admit if you do floss outside the bathroom) We can share the results on social media with everyone.

Why Flossing is Important

Brushing alone does not get food debris from in between teeth. That can cause cavities and gum disease. String floss and water flossers are popular ways to remove these particles. Dr. Katherine Finkel at Fairfield Dental Associates is a huge advocate for preventive dental care. Proper daily oral hygiene means brushing and flossing and regular dental check ups along with good New Call-to-Actiondietary habits that prevent cavities.

As a holistically trained dentist, Dr. Finkel knows how teeth impact overall health. We regularly educate patients on what they need to do to remain cavity-free for a lifetime. Cleaning between teeth is a huge part of this process. When done correctly, a good flosser is highly effective in removing the bacteria and debris that causes periodontal disease and decay.

You need to be able to reach spaces between teeth, the base of the teeth, and gums that a brush cannot reach. Since your mouth is actually the gateway to health, how well you care for your teeth does affect your health. Most people do not do this correctly.

Dr. Katherine Finkel 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 can guide you on good oral and dietary care for you and your family to keep your smiles beautiful for a lifetime.

Have questions? Contact our office!

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Is Bacteria Clogging Our Arteries?

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Nov 14, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Are mouth and gut bacteria clogging our arteries?A recent University of Connecticut study published in the Journal of Lipid Research shows clogged arteries could be caused by what lives in our mouths and gut. The recent research suggests that mouth and gut bacteria may cause fat molecules to accumulate in the plaque that clogs arteries raising the risk for heart attack and stroke. As Fairfield Dental Associates has known, scientists had previously assumed lipids in blood were caused by foods high in cholesterol. This may not be true according to the U-C study.

The U-C research team analyzed atheromas (fatty material in degenerated arterial walls) in patients who were hospitalized. They found a specific signature of fat or lipid molecules generated by bacteria specific to the phylum Bacteriodetes family. These are different from the signature of lipids generated naturally by our bodies. U-C researcher Xudong Yao says there were subtle differences in weight.

"We used these weight differences and modern mass spectrometers to selectively measure the quantity of the bacterial lipids in human samples to link the lipids to atherosclerosis," Yao said in a U-C article.

U-C scientists say it is not the bacteria present in the mouth and gut that is the problem. It is the lipids they secrete that migrate through our blood stream and how our bodies react to these lipids. His team concluded our immune systems recognizes these fat molecules as foreign and react with an enzyme that causes inflammation when encountering bacterial lipids in arterial walls. It is a self-defense mechanism which unfortunately puts us at risk for cardiovascular disease. U-C researchers are planning to analyze atheromas to determine how Bacteroidetes lipids accumulate. If these lipids show up more often inside atheromas than artery walls, there will be more evidence that Bacteroidetes are linked to atheroma growth which leads to heart disease.

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Why Good Dental Hygiene is Important

It should go without saying that brushing and flossing regularly will go a long way to reducing bad bacteria and the damage it can do in our mouths. Obviously, our mouths have a natural microbiome we must have. We just need to keep the bad bacteria in check by clearing away dental plaque and eating a healthy diet low in sugar that is beneficial for both our mouths and digestive systems. Besides systemic diseases, bacteria in our mouths can lead to gum disease.

Gum 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 gum disease. In addition to regular cancer New Call-to-Actionscreenings on 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. 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
  • diabetes
  • steroids, anti-epileptic drugs and contraceptives

You 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

Be aware that children are subject to gum disease too. So don't ignore their smiles either. 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.

Have questions? Be sure to contact our office.

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Topics: clogged arteries, University of Connecticut, mouth and gut bacteria

How Your Dentist Can Tell if You Are Low in Vitamin D

Posted by Fairfield Dental Associates

Nov 9, 2017 7:00:00 AM

tooth pulp shape holds clues to Vitamin D deficiencyVitamin D deficiency is especially common in people who live in colder climates and get less sunshine or use heavy sunscreens. Our bodies absorb D through the sun’s rays. If we don't get it naturally, our levels drop. The problem is most people don’t know they are deficient until a blood test is ordered and those tests aren't commonly done. A new discovery by archaeologists at McMaster University in Canada proves D deficiency can easily be detected by dental X-rays. That means a dentist like Fairfield Dental Associates can be your first line of defense in diagnosing low levels of this valuable vitamin.

McMaster anthropologists Lori D’Ortenzio and Megan Brickley discovered that Vitamin D deficiency shopws up in teeth by causing deformities in dentin (the hard calcified layer underneath tooth enamel). This causes a change in shape inside the tooth. They were able to X-ray teeth to look at any changes in "pulp horns" in the pulp of the tooth.  A healthy pulp shape is an arch that looks like it has two cat ears on top. A person with Vitamin D deficiency has a pulp shape that is constricted and asymmetrical without the arch. D'Ortenzio and Brickley first discovered this when X-raying archaeological tooth samples in people who had been deficient when they were alive. The same evidence holds true for live teeth. Now, when dentists see this tooth pulp deformity, they can recommend a patient get a blood test ordered to determine the amount they are deficient and begin appropriate supplementation.New Call-to-action

Vitamin D is Important for Dental Health

Vitamin D is essential for our immune systems. It prevents cardiovascular disease, helps our body’s process calcium for our bones and teeth, and protects against many diseases. A study conducted by the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine proved that this vitamin can reduce gingivitis (gum disease in its earliest stages). That is because the D vitamin has anti-inflammatory properties.

D supplementation and good diet are crucial in bone, teeth, and hair development. The right amount of this vitamin is proven to lower cavity rates. A daily supplement of calcium citrate packed with D and magnesium goes a long way to fend off hair loss, tooth decay, and osteoporosis. These supplements are crucial for pregnant women to help their unborn baby's primary teeth develop under the gums. Supplementation is also essential for both men and women throughout life.

New Call-to-actionYour dentist is your first line of defense against a dietary deficiency. Symptoms show up in your teeth and can be caught early when you have six-month check ups. A sudden increase in tooth decay is a red flag  a dentist would notice.

Dr. Katherine Finkel at Fairfield Dental Associates can catch that kind of change and advise you on the best way to preserve your teeth. She is holistically trained so she knows how the body interacts with our oral health. If she suspects a deficiency, she can suggest patients have their doctors order a blood test to determine a lack of the nutrient.

Dr. Finkel specializes in pediatric, general, and cosmetic dentistry and provides the best dental care for patients of all ages. She can preserve your smile and restore it to its original luster with corrective restorative dentistry.

Have questions? Be sure to contact our office.

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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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