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Posts for: September, 2015

By Brilliant Smiles Dental
September 23, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Decay  

Education about cavity prevention and proper brushing starts at the pre-school level. We all remember those great object lessons from school nurses and from our dentists. But do you really understand what causes tooth decay and how to prevent it?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that tooth decay remains a big problem in the U.S, with about 90 percent of Prevent Decayadults age 20 and up having some degree of tooth root decay. Dr. Henry Rodriguez Martin, your Delray Beach dentist at Brilliant Smiles Dental, wants his patients to understand the mechanism of tooth decay, and how it can be prevented for a healthy, resilient smile.

How Tooth Decay Happens

Sugary foods and carbohydrates, such as breads and snack crackers, are largely responsible for plaque build-up. Acid-secreting oral bacteria thrive in sticky plaque and its tougher cousin, tartar. If this biofilm and calculus remain in place, the acids create the holes in tooth enamel we call cavities (plaque also destroys gum tissue through an infection called periodontitis).

How to Prevent Tooth Decay

Practice good dental hygiene at home with daily flossing and twice daily brushing with a soft-bristled brush and a fluoride toothpaste. Also, Dr. Rodriquez Martin wants to see all his patients every 6 months for an oral exam and hygienic cleaning.

These preventive services catch problems with teeth and gums early, before they become serious, and also removes troublesome plaque and tartar. Your Delray Beach dentist offers plastic dental sealants for young molars, and fluoride treatments for all patients to keep enamel strong.

Also, a healthy diet supports a beautiful smile. The best diet of:

  • plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables (Fibrous veggies scrub tooth surfaces smooth.)
  • lean meat, low-fat dairy and whole grain breads, rolls and crackers
  • 8 or more glasses of water a day

Adequate hydration encourages saliva production. Researchers have found that sufficient saliva acts like a natural cleanser for teeth and gums, removing biofilm and food particles. Saliva keeps acids in the mouth properly balanced, too, so that cavities and enamel erosion are less likely.

Be Diligent About Oral Care

As simplistic as it sounds, just take care of your teeth and they will take care of you. Henry Rodriguez Martin DMD and his staff are dedicated keeping your smile brilliant and well-functioning for a lifetime. Call the Delray Beach dentist's office for an appointment: (561) 272-2131.

By Brilliant Smiles Dental
September 21, 2015
Category: Oral Health

Sure, it’s big news when celebs tweet selfies from the dental office… if you’re still living in the 20th century. But in Hollywood today, it’s harder to say who hasn’t posted snaps of themselves in the dentist’s chair than who has. Yet the pictures recently uploaded to Twitter by Mark Salling, the actor and singer who regularly appears as Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the popular TV series Glee, made us sit up and take notice.

“Getting my chipped tooth fixed. Also, apparently, I’m a big grinder,” read the caption. The photo showed a set of upper front teeth with visible chips on the biting surface. What’s so special about this seemingly mundane tweet? It’s a great way of bringing attention to a relatively common, but often overlooked problem: teeth clenching and grinding, also called bruxism.

Although bruxism is a habit that affects scores of people, many don’t even realize they have it. That’s because the condition may only become active at night. When the teeth are unconsciously ground together, the forces they produce can wear down the enamel, cause chipping or damage to teeth or dental work (such as veneers or fillings), or even loosen a tooth! While it’s common in children under 11 years old, in adults it can be a cause for concern.

Sometimes, mouth pain, soreness and visible damage alert individuals to their grinding habits; other times, a dental professional will notice the evidence of bruxism during an exam or cleaning: tooth sensitivity and telltale wear and tear on the chewing surfaces. Either way, it’s time to act.

Bruxism is most often caused by stress, which can negatively impact the body in many ways. It may also result from bite problems, the overuse of stimulating substances (caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs), and as a side effect of certain medications. Sometimes, simply becoming aware of the habit can help a person get it under control. Common methods of stress reduction include exercise, meditation, a warm bath or a quiet period before bedtime; these can be tried while we monitor the situation to see if the problem is going away.

If stress reduction alone doesn’t do the trick, several other methods can be effective. When bruxism is caused by a minor bite problem, we can sometimes do a minor “bite adjustment” in the office. This involves removing a tiny bit of enamel from an individual tooth that is out of position, bringing it in line with the others. If it’s a more serious malocclusion, orthodontic appliances or other procedures may be recommended.

When grinding is severe enough to damage teeth or dental work, we may also recommend a custom-made night guard (occlusal guard), which you put in your mouth at bedtime. Comfortable and secure, this appliance prevents your teeth from being damaged by contacting each other, and protects your jaw joints from stresses due to excessive grinding forces.

Whether or not you have to smile for a living, teeth grinding can be a big problem. If you would like more information about this condition, call our office to schedule a consultation for a consultation.

By Brilliant Smiles Dental
September 13, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tmj disorders   tmd  

If you’ve suffered from problems with your jaw joints, known collectively as temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), then you know how uncomfortable and painful they can be. You may also have heard about the use of Botox injections to ease TMD discomfort.

Before you seek out Botox treatment for TMD, though, you should consider the current research on the matter. Far from a “miracle” treatment, the dental profession is still undecided on the effects of Botox to relieve TMD pain symptoms — and there are other risks to weigh as well.

Botox is an injectable drug with a poisonous substance called botulinum toxin type A derived from clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that causes muscle paralysis. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved small dose use for some medical and cosmetic procedures, like wrinkle augmentation. The idea behind its use for TMD is to relax the muscles connected to the joint by paralyzing them and thus relieve pain.

The FDA hasn’t yet approved Botox for TMD treatment, although there’s been some use for this purpose. There remain concerns about its effectiveness and possible complications. In the first place, Botox only relieves symptoms — it doesn’t address the underlying cause of the discomfort. Even in this regard, a number of research studies seem to indicate Botox has no appreciable effect on pain relief.

As to side effects or other complications, Botox injections have been known to cause pain in some cases rather than relieve it, as with some patients developing chronic headaches after treatment. A few may build up resistance to the toxin, so that increasingly higher dosages are needed to achieve the same effect from lower dosages. And, yes, Botox is a temporary measure that must be repeated to continue its effect, which could lead to permanent paralyzing effects on the facial muscles and cause muscle atrophy (wasting away) and even deformity.

It may be more prudent to stick with conventional approaches that have well-documented benefits: a diet of easier to chew foods; cold and heat applications; physical therapy and exercises; pain-relief medications and muscle relaxers; and appliances to help control grinding habits. Although these can take time to produce significant relief, the relief may be longer lasting without undesirable side effects.

If you would like more information on treatments for TMD including Botox injections, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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