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Oral Inflammation and Health

Groundbreaking research emerges daily on the importance of oral health and overall health.

This year the American Heart Association shows the direct connection between oral pathogens (associated with gum disease, infected teeth, or decayed teeth) and acute heart attacks.  It tells us that as many as half of all heart attacks are triggered by these pathogens.  Oral bacteria were found in every heart attack thrombus(clot).

In addition in a study of more than a half a million participants,  it was shown that periodontal (gum) disease is an important risk factor for stroke. Most importantly, it showed that periodontal treatment reduced risk for stroke.

Please let us know if you have any questions concerning these studies and would like an appointment for an evaluation.

Consumers score a “D” on knowledge of oral health

The American Dental Association recently conducted an online survey of consumers across the U.S. about consumer’s knowledge of oral health and hygiene.

Scores ranged from a high of 85 percent to a low of 29 percent.  The survey concluded that:

*   those consumers who are caregivers with children at home scored higher

*  women scored 4 percent higher than men

*  consumer knowledge on the following was pretty good:  what is gingivitis? (95 percent correct); your mouth changes when you get older (93 percent correct); pregnant women should pay extra attention to their dental health (92 percent correct).

*  On the other hand, consumer knowledge was not so good on whether one should brush after every meal (10 percent correct); whether sugar causes cavities (19 percent correct); and at what age a child should have their first visit to a dentist (25 percent correct).

Regarding physical attractiveness, a nice smile outweighed skin, eyes, hair, and build or figure as the most important attribute.

To take an abbreviated and interactive version of the ADA survey go to “MouthHealthy.org” and test your “Dental IQ”.

Here at St. Louis Hills Dental Group,  we continue to say “SMILE MORE LIVE MORE”.   If we can help you in any way let us know.



St Louis dental implants

Before implants came into widespread acceptance, the treatment of choice that was available to make the best out of a bad situation was mostly root amputation or hemi section. Osseo integrated implants are being used in many areas of dentistry. St Louis dental implants are essential to meet the patients’ functional and aesthetic needs. It has had a major impact in periodontal practice. Teeth that have severe attachment loss to severe bone loss cannot regain natural periodontal form, function and appearance. Dental implants provide the opportunity to replace the missing teeth. St Louis Hills Dental Group dental implants have given a good long term success rate in the treatment of both edentulous and partially edentulous patients.

Sometimes young patients with congenitally absent teeth or traumatic tooth loss require ridge augmentation before the placement of dental implants. Immediate implantation after the extractions of molar teeth have been done that shows good results. This approach prevents initial bone loss, reduced treatment time and cost, better soft tissue aesthetics and preserves the bone around the extracted site. Care is taken to preserve the buccal cortical plate during extraction of the tooth. The dentists in St Louis Hills Dental group are skilled to study the bone confines through the soft tissue and then move ahead with the St Louis dental implants.

The Common Toothpastes Abrasiveness

Dr. Andreas attended a seminar recently and it was discussed the different abrasiveness of the common toothpastes that is used. Here is some of the context from the seminar.

Abrasiveness Index of Common Toothpastes:
Not all toothpastes are created equal. Some can even cause problems. Many types of toothpaste are
highly abrasive and actually strip away tooth enamel which never grows back. The teeth may become
sensitive when tooth enamel is worn away. Toothpaste’s abrasiveness is measure by its Relative Dentin
Abrasivity (RDA). The table below shows the RDA of some common toothpastes. We suggest that you use toothpastes with lower RDA ratings. In addition to finding toothpaste that is minimally abrasive, we suggest finding one with fluoride.
Fluoride helps strengthen enamel and prevent cavities. Toothpaste contains abrasives which help clean
teeth. Unfortunately, these abrasives can sometimes strip away tooth enamel, making teeth sensitive to heat, cold and sweets. A secondary problem from the abrasiveness of the paste is notching of the tooth at the gum line
causing a structural compromise. Often a filling is necessary to protect the future integrity of the
tooth. Again, selecting a paste with a low RDA can prevent both sensitivity and structural
compromises that can cause the need for future restorative dentistry.

Click on the link below to view the index of the common toothpaste and sport drinks.

Abraisiveness Index of Common Toothpastes 5.2013 Sports and Energy Drinks comparison (1)

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