12:06:00 pm, by admin   ,

Women’s Oral Health Care: What You Need to Know

Everyone knows that men and women’s health care and needs are different when visiting the doctor. Why wouldn’t that be true when visiting the dentist? Just like general health care is specific to both men and women, there are differences that affect dental health as well.

Women have special needs when taking care of their teeth from adolescence all the way through old age. Due to the constant physical changes girls and women experience throughout life, it’s important to know how to properly take care of their teeth. From menstruation to pregnancy to menopause, a woman’s body is continuously going through hormone fluctuations, and some can be harmful to teeth and gums.

Puberty isn’t fun for anybody. It’s awkward, embarrassing and at times it feels like you’re not even in your own body. Girls experiencing puberty need to be especially aware of an increased likelihood of gingivitis. The influx of estrogen can cause an overgrowth of gingiva, which can cause swelling and bleeding of the gums. It’s vital during this period to keep regular visits with a dentist and maintain good oral hygiene. Women in their reproductive years tend to be more prone to gingivitis and swollen gums during their menstrual cycle as well.

While a woman is pregnant, she needs to be especially aware of her dental health. Due to the extreme changes in hormones, it can cause a number of issues. Some important aspects to be aware of are:

–       Acid erosion of teeth due to morning sickness

–       Gum inflammation and gingivitis

–       Extreme dryness of the mouth or excessive secretion of saliva

Maintaining a healthy diet and good oral hygiene helps keep most of the side effects of pregnancy from growing into an actual problem.

Finally, later in life, menopause and osteoporosis can create unique dental needs for a woman. Most women do not have any dental symptoms when transitioning into menopause. However, some women do report oral discomfort, such as burning sensations, altered taste perception and dry mouth. Again, swollen and sensitive gums tend to be a symptom as well.

Osteoporosis occurs in both men and women, but it is much more prominent in females. Osteoporosis is characterized by a reduction in bone mass. This includes bone loss in the oral cavity. If osteoporosis affects the jaw, it can lead to tooth loss and make it difficult to wear dentures or get implants. Women can prevent the onset of osteoporosis by keeping an adequate intake of calcium in their diet. Also, practicing weight-bearing exercises and avoiding tobacco products will help enormously.

I know most women have a lot on their plate already when it comes to healthcare and the business of everyday life, but these issues shouldn’t cause added stress. It isn’t difficult to take the couple of extra steps to prevent these problems from occurring at any stage of life. Making sure to follow the normal tips of brushing and flossing daily to avoid gingivitis and swelling gums, as well as making regular appointments to see us as Bluewater Bay Dental will keep your in optimum oral health.

11:50:00 am, by admin   ,

Just Say NO!

When thinking of childhood cavities, most of us remember silver amalgam fillings. If you weren’t careful, you’d yawn and give everyone a bird’s eye view of the metal in your mouth. Research has revealed that in addition to their pesky appearance, those “old school” fillings are also dangerous because they contain mercury which is known to cause all kinds of health problems.

For stronger teeth and less risk from mercury, porcelain dental inlays or onlays are a better solution. If you get a cavity and your dentist recommends a silver filling, remember to JUST SAY NO!

If you already have silver amalgam fillings-that contain mercury- in your mouth, this video clip from Dr. Oz offers 3 ways to protect yourself: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/3-ways-protect-yourself-silver-fillings

11:49:00 am, by admin   ,

Soft, Medium, Hard – Oh My!

Remember the last time you purchased a tooth brush? You might recall that the options were endless: hard, soft, medium, straight heads, angled heads, and bristles of varying lengths. Making a choice can be mind numbing. How do you know if you are making the right choice?

The primary goal of brushing is to remove soft plaque deposits. That said, a soft toothbrush will do the trick. Another rule of thumb is that smaller is better.  In other words, make sure the head of the toothbrush is small enough to fit between your cheek and the back teeth. When in doubt, check with your dentist.

For more tidbits on how to select the best toothbrush, visit: http://www.healthxchange.com.sg/healthyliving/SkinBeauty/Pages/The-right-brush.aspx

Trust and Comfort, Every Time

As a dentist, earning your trust is important to me. In addition to a comprehensive oral evaluation, I promise to take time during each visit to learn about your dental concerns and fears, as well as find out your goals regarding your smile and facial appearance.

I understand that this conversation can be very intimate, and intimidating. Our office intentionally provides an extremely comfortable environment to facilitate the process. Earning – and keeping – your trust is important to our whole team.

Schedule your appointment today by calling: 850-387-4845 or visiting us online at: http://smileology.com/

11:42:00 am, by admin   ,

Get Your Smile Back!

Having a front tooth knocked out is emotionally and physically traumatic. In addition to the impact on your smile, bone deterioration causes trauma to your facial structure. Unfortunately, 25% of your bone mass is lost in the first year after an extraction. This bone loss can lead to:

  • distorted facial features
  • more teeth falling out
  • the development of TMJ disorder

Good news! Bluewater Bay Dental provides dental implants to address this problem. Within a few visits you’ll have the stable and healthy smile that you deserve. Don’t settle for the embarrassment of sporting a missing tooth. It’s time to get your smile back! For more information regarding our implant dentistry, visit: http://smileology.com/implant-dentistry/

For specific information regarding what to do if a tooth gets knocked out, read this blog article: http://smileology.com/blog/tooth-knocked-out-replant/

11:37:00 am, by admin   ,

Wake Up From the Nightmare!

It happens, even to the most confident adults… waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, face flushed, frightened at the possibility of bulky head-gear and train tracks in your mouth. You rush to the sink to splash cold water on your flushed face. As you glance up, you see them in the mirror… Your teeth. Your crooked teeth. As an adult, you feel paralyzed because there’s no way you are going to invest the time and embarrassment to have traditional braces fix the mess in your mouth. Waking from the fog, you decide to log on the internet – and – luckily you’ve found this blog post on the Bluewater Bay Dental website.

As a dentist, I want you to know that you are not alone. Thousands of adults face the same nightmare: traditional braces. Good news! No more late nights worrying (well, about braces, anyway!). The solution to your problem is Invisalign®. Invisalign® makes it possible to improve your smile without the bumpy brackets and poky wires required of traditional braces. And, when it counts the most, like at lunch with friends or while giving a polished business presentation, you can simply remove the aligners. Your secret is safe with Invisalign®. You’ll experience a boost in confidence as your teeth straighten, and you’ll be free from the embarrassment of metal mouth. Really, for an adult with crooked teeth – Invisalign® is a dream come true!

If you are still wavering regarding whether or not to take action to improve the appearance of your smile, it’s important to understand that there’s more to misaligned teeth than just a contorted smile. Research has proven that crowded, crooked teeth are not only unattractive and uncomfortable, they also may contribute to gum disease and TMJ disorder. The nooks and crannies between overcrowded teeth can be difficult to properly brush and floss which may result in plaque buildup along the gumline. This plaque contains dangerous bacteria that can work its way through your body and result in bigger health issues down the road. For example, diabetes and cardiovascular disease have both been linked to gum disease. In addition, an improper bite can even affect your mouth’s ability to adequately chew food, which has been associated with gastrointestinal problems. Good news! Invisalign® can improve your smile and your health.

By now, you are likely alert and ready to learn more about Invisalign®. Here are the basics:

  • Invisalign® is a thermoplastic aligner designed to be virtually invisible.
  • You’ll receive a series of aligners which will provide specific adjustments to the position of your teeth.
  • About every 2 weeks you will change aligners, allowing gradual correction to your smile over time.
  • With no metal brackets or wires to adjust, your ortho appointments will be brief.
  • On average the process takes about 12 months.

Leave your nightmare behind! Wake up and join the 2 million patients worldwide who have improved their smile and health with Invisalign®. Talk to us about straightening your smile today! Call 850-387-4845 or visit us online at: http://smileology.com/

Sweet Dreams!

Dr. Broutin

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