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THE ABC’S OF DENTISTRY (Beavercreek Dentist/Beavercreek Cosmetic Dentistry)

by Lee Anne Austria on May 25, 2017 , Comments Off

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Below is a list of terms commonly used in our dental office.  Not to worry, there will be no pop quiz, but you CAN impress your friends with your new-found knowledge.  Read on to become smarter..

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  • Abscess – A painful infection at the root of a tooth or between the tooth and gum.  Usually forms because of infection.
  • Abutment – A tooth or tooth structure which is responsible for the anchorage of a bridge or denture.
  • Amalgam – A silver filling material.
  • Anterior – The front position.
  • Apex – The end of the root.
  • Bitewing – A kind of dental x-ray which is taken with the teeth biting together.  Done as a means to detect cavities in between teeth and at the height of bone support.
  • Bridge – A prosthesis which is fixed inside the mouth to replace missing teeth.
  • Bruxism – Teeth grinding.
  • Canine – The third tooth from the middle of the jaw.  There are 4 of them.  They are the longest teeth in humans.
  • Caries – Tooth decay.
  • Cavity – A hole on the tooth.
  • Cast – A model of teeth.
  • Chlorhexidine – An anti-microbial agent.  It is available in many forms such as gels and rinses.  It is an effective agent in controlling gum disease.
  • Composite – A white filling material.
  • Crown – A crown is like a “cap” on a tooth.  It covers the tooth partially or totally above the gum to restore its function and outlook.
  • Decay – The disintegrating part of the tooth.
  • Denture – An artificial prosthesis to replace missing teeth and their neighbooring structures.
  • Distal – A direction indication in the mouth.  It indicates the direction away from the middle of the jaw.
  • Filling – A restoration placed on a tooth to restore its function and appearance.
  • Flipper – A temporary denture to replace missing teeth during the waiting period for long term treatment.
  • Fluoride Treatment – Teeth treatment with fluoride agents like gel or rinse.
  • Gingivitis – The mildest form of gum disease:  inflammation of the gum.  The earliest sign is bleeding gums.
  • Impaction – A condition where a tooth is not able to come in normally or is stuck underneath another tooth or bone.
  • Implant – A device put in the jaw bone to support a false tooth, a denture or a bridge.
  • Impression – A mold taken with some jelly-like material loaded on a tray.
  • Incisal – The cutting edge of a front tooth.
  • Incisor – The four upper and lower front teeth.
  • Lingual – The side of the tooth towards the tongue.
  • Mesial – The side of the tooth toward the middle of the jaw.
  • Molar – The last three upper and lower teeth on both sides of the mouth.
  • Mouthguard – A device to be worn in the mouth.  Depending on the design of it, it prevents injury to teeth and/or jaw during teeth grinding or sports events.
  • Occlusal – The biting surface of the back teeth.
  • Occlusion – The way the upper and lower teeth close together.
  • Overbite – The overlap of upper teeth and lower teeth when they close together.
  • Palate – The roof of the mouth.
  • Panoramic Radiograph (Pano) – An x-ray film to obtain the wide view of upper and lower jaw and their associated structures.
  • Polish – A process to make the tooth or filling or other denture smooth and glossy.
  • Pontic – The false tooth in a bridge or denture to replace the missing tooth.
  • Post – A pin which can be made with different materials such as metal or carbon.  Its function usually is to support a big buildup on a tooth.
  • Posterior – Located at the back.
  • Prophylaxis/Prophy – The procedure of teeth polishing.  It also means the prevention of diseases.
  • Pulp – The innermost part of a tooth.  It contains nerves and blood vessels inside a tooth.
  • Recall – The regular checkup and teeth cleaning appointment.
  • Restoration – An item a dentist uses to restore the normal function of a tooth or an area in the mouth.  It can be a filling, crown, bridge or implant.
  • Retainer – A device used for maintaining the position of teeth in the jaw in orthodontic treatment.
  • Root – The bottom part of the tooth.  It anchors the tooth to its supporting units.
  • Root Canal – The canal that runs inside the root of the tooth.  It contains the nerves and blood vessels inside the tooth.
  • Root Planing – The action of cleaning the root area of the teeth.
  • Scaling – The action of cleaning teeth below the gumline.
  • Sealant – A thin layer of plastic-like material covering the grooves and pits on a tooth to prevent a cavity.
  • Tempromandibular Joint (TMJ) – The joint that links the jaw to the skull.
  • Veneer – A layer of tooth-colored material (can be porcelain, composite, or ceramics) that attaches to the front of the tooth.  It is usually used to improve the appearance of the tooth.
  • Wisdom Tooth – The eighth (and last) tooth from the middle of the jaw.

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SCARED YET? (dentist beavercreek/affordable dentist beavercreek/emergency dental)

by Lee Anne Austria on March 30, 2017 , Comments Off

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It’s early to start thinking about Halloween (Even though the new trailer for Stephen King’s IT gave me a jumpstart – yikes!)  However, oral cancer is something that is scary at any time of the year.  April is oral cancer awareness month and your chances of beating it depend on how soon you find it.

In 2017 about 49,670 people will get oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer.  An estimated 9700 will die of these cancers.  Oral cancer can strike in the mouth and throat with most of these cancers beginning in the flat cells – squamous cells – that cover the surfaces of the mouth, tongue, and lips.  Some of the risk factors include tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), sun exposure, diet, betel nut use, and personal history of oral cancer.

Symptoms to watch for include patches inside the mouth or on the lips, a sore on the mouth or lips that doesn’t heal, bleeding in the mouth, loose teeth, pain or difficulty swallowing, lump in the neck, numbness of lower lip and chin, difficulty wearing dentures, and a persistent earache.

You need to get to your dentist or physician ASAP if you have any of these symptoms.

So are you scared?  Be scared.  Embrace it.  Get that screening!

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(Reprinted in part from http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/cancer/article/ada-04-take-heed-april-is-oral-cancer-awareness-month)

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TALK ABOUT MADNESS… (affordable dentist beavercreek ohio)

by Lee Anne Austria on March 23, 2017 , Comments Off

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(Here’s a disclaimer:  This article is reprinted in part from blog written by Implant Seminars – Implant Dentistry Education.  As I usually do, I’ve changed a few things to make it more interesting reading (hopefully) for the average person but the gist is the same.  The article mentions climate change.  Since this is a controversial subject, we here at Brilliant Smiles are not expressing an opinion on whether climate change is valid science or not…only that it is controversial.  If you want to debate the subject go to Facebook.  Or click here.  To read the original article click here.)

Sometimes you have to marvel at our species’ collective progress.  Almost every day breakthroughs in science and technology are transforming how we live and interact with the world around us.  In medicine alone, new theories of disease, new vaccines, and new treatment methods promise to vastly extend human life.  It has been reported that sometime in the not-too-distant future, many of us could be living to around 120!

But just when you think nothing could stifle such optimism, we receive a dose of reality: Tooth decay remains a pressing problem for more than 2.4 billion people.  That’s about one-third of the entire human race.  And to make matters worse, some 190 million new cases are estimated every year.

In an age where miracles like a heart transplant can occur from a cadaver, bionic eyes are developed for the blind, and an artificial skull transplant was completed using a 3D-printer – all achieved in 2014 alone…how can this be??

There are several factors at work here.  First, tooth decay often exhibits threshold event or “tipping point” tendencies.  In science, thresholds are moments where after periods of continual stimulus, a sudden new state is achieved.  The term is used frequently in climate studies and posed as a question.  How much additional carbon dioxide emissions from industry will push the Earth’s climate into a new state?

  • When Your Mouth Runs Amok.  ​Like climate change, tooth decay is a slow and deceptively sneaky process.  The time it takes a microcavity to grow into a damaging and painful abscess can be measured in months and years.  And during that long interlude, few symptoms may manifest.  And if they do emerge, (things like hyper sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages) they can be easily ignored.  But eventually that threshold is crossed.  Perhaps the patient bites down and their tooth shatters.  Or perhaps easily dismissed discomfort becomes excruciating.  Long before the threshold is crossed, significant damage has been done.  Economics and diet also play a significant role.  Even in wealthier countries like the U.S. and the U.K., there remains great disparity rates between the rich and the poor.  A recent study found that dental health was worse among the poorest 20% of British society.  By the time these individuals reach 70, they have on average 8 fewer teeth than their richest counterparts.  In terms of diet our overly processed, high-sugar products are assaulting our teeth like never before.
  • Give Tooth Decay the Time-out it Deserves.  Tooth decay may not grab the evening headlines like the threat of terrorism or March Madness basketball scores.  But when tooth decay impacts a third of the human population, you can bet it’s on the mind of the worlds dentists.  If left unchecked, tooth decay can negatively impact a patient’s life in a variety of ways, ranging from malnutrition and articulation troubles, to social anxiety and barriers to employment.

This spring, as we embrace the warmer months ahead and yes, perform a little spring cleaning, let’s remind ourselves that now would be a great time to make a dental appointment.  If humans really are going to live to 120 on a regular basis, let’s do what we can to make those years as pleasant and pain-free as possible.

While you’re at it, check out OUR Facebook page!  Not as controversial as climate change but still entertaining nonetheless!

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POST-SUPERBOWL ANGST affordable beavercreek dentist/emergency dental

by Lee Anne Austria on February 9, 2017 , Comments Off

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maxresdefaultWow…that was some game the other night!  A halftime show featuring…drones!  And oh yes, a certain superstar who jumped off the roof into the stadium and even more amazingly…DIDN’T LIP-SYNC!!  Pretty impressive.  I, however, missed the beer commercials with the cute puppies so I’m making up for it here.  If you’re feeling depressed about the outcome of the game and/or the fact that we have 5 more weeks until spring, I’m here to help:  By making a few simple adjustments to your diet, you can elevate your mood and boost your metabolism.  The benefits are potentially huge! Maintaining a good mood will help you stick to a healthy diet, be more productive, and increase your self-esteem.  Keeping in mind that we are a Complete Health Dentistry practice, here are seven simple tips to help you optimize your diet to boost mood and metabolism.

  1. Resist Skipping Meals - Skipping or missing a meal can cause a dip in your blood sugar, leading to crankiness and lethargy.  Maintain your blood sugar levels, and your energy by eating small amounts of food throughout the day.  You might even prefer eating six smaller meals rather than three large ones.
  2. Stay Hydrated – This is a biggie.  Dehydration can make you feel sluggish and lethargic.  Be sure to drink (water, not beer) throughout the day and don’t rely on thirst alone to remind you to have another glass of water.  Some experts say the average person needs about eight glasses of water daily, and that may be hard to accomplish without reminders.
  3. Think Moderation, Especially for Low-Nutrient Foods – Avoid a lot of caffeine, refined carbohydrates (sugar), alcohol, salt, and other food additives.  Any of these, especially in large amounts, can decrease your metabolic efficiency.  Which basically means this:  TOO MANY CARBS = RUSH =>CRASH/FATIGUE.  In addition, excess salt can disrupt your fluid balance, changing your daily water needs, not to mention increasing health risks like high blood pressure.
  4. Strive for Balance in the Food You Eat – In general, a healthy diet includes a mix of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and some protien, but each person has inidivudaul needs based on age, sex, physical activity level, body size, and stress factors.  You can consult with a nutritionist to determine the best combination for you to help you find the right balance.
  5. Get a Boost From “Good Mood” Food – While research about the mood- and metabolism-boosting qualities of certain foods is mixed, foods high in the amino acid tryptophan have been found to increase seratonin levels in the brain, contributing to feelings of optimism and calm.  Bananas, avocados, dried apricots, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds fall into this category.  Foods rich in Omega-3 fats can help help elevate mood and reduce anxiety and depression (salmon, mackerel, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds.)
  6. Keep a Food Diary – Some foods can have the opposite effect of tryptophan and instead trigger negative changes in mood and cause irritability or headaches.  A food diary can help.  If you think a particular food might be affecting your mood, record everything you eat each day and how you feel before and after every meal.  After two weeks, review your entries to see if any foods line up with specific moods either good or bad.
  7. Exercise Exercise Exercise – So important!  Now we’re not talking about running marathons here.  But a moderate and regular exercise routine will keep your body working most effectively and will augment both your mood and metabolism.

I hope this helps you get through the rest of the winter.  The key message is balance.  A variety of healthy foods with a dose of exercise will help you maintain your energy, speed up your metabolism, and boost your mood.

Until next time!

(reprinted in part from jessicafaissal.com/health-articles-archive)

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HALLOWEEN CANDY BUY-BACK! (dentist beavercreek/affordable dentist beavercreek)

by Lee Anne Austria on October 31, 2016 , Comments Off

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doghalloweenIt’s that time of year again…ghosts and goblins knocking on the door, warm apple cider, and sugar highs!  And that means it’s time for our Halloween Candy Buy-Back!  We will be accepting candy on Thursday, November 3rd from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at our office and we will reimburse you $1.00/pound up to $5.00.  All candy we receive will be donated to a local charity.  This is a great way to eliminate the temptation to raid your child’s candy stash and at the same time, support our local community!

Questions?  Call us!  And if you’re out and about tonight, have fun, stay, safe, and beware of clowns!

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by Lee Anne Austria on September 15, 2016 , Comments Off

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sugarAs a total wellness practice we are concerned with not only your oral health but the health of your entire body.  So that is why this article we ran across grabbed our attention.  Yesterday, documents published in a major medical journal reveal that the sugar industry has been, shall we say, less than forthcoming.  As in for decades.  The documents show  that the sugar industry paid scientists to downplay the effect of sugar on our health.  Back in the 60’s research started to link sugary diets with the country’s high rate of heart disease.  Turns out the sugar industry paid researchers to publish findings that would shift the blame to fats.  Then along came our decades-long obsession with low-fat diets, and food companies pumping products with sugar (and salt) so that they still tasted good.  The article states “The revelations are important because the debate about the relative harms of sugar and saturated fat continues today…For many decades, health officials encouraged Americans to reduce their fat intake, which led many people to consume low-fat high-sugar foods that some experts now blame for fueling the obesity crisis.”  Heart disease is the #1 killer in America and newer (and hopefully valid) research shows that sugar and fat are both to blame for the country’s health issues.  So put down that doughnut and click here to read the entire article.

(reprinted in part from www.theSkimm.com)

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TO FLOSS OR NOT TO FLOSS – A MESSAGE FROM AN EXPERT (Beavercreek Dentist/Dentist Beavercreek/Affordable Dentist Beavercreek)

by Lee Anne Austria on August 16, 2016 , Comments Off

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As evident by the numerous numbers of patients who have asked me this question during the last couple of weeks, obviously the news story stating there are no benefits to flossing was heard/read by many, many people.  I have to hand it to our media (and we already know this,) they sure know how to twist a story to make news!

Apparently the federflossal government has been recommending flossing since 1979, but when recently asked by The Associated Press to provide the scientific evidence of flossing’s benefits, the government quietly slipped the recommendation out of its latest dietary guidelines.  When the AP followed up, the government confessed that the effectiveness of flossing had not actually been researched to the extent required.  The AP then hit the stands with the message that flossing isn’t necessary because the government no longer listed it in its guidelines.

This article is not really about the ineffectiveness of flossing but having the proper supporting to research to legally make the recommendation in the federal government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans report from the surgeon general.  In order to include flossing as part of the guidelines the law states there must be evidenced based science to support it.  When the flossing literature was reviewed the studies were weak, poorly done, unreliable, biased, very low quality or lacked efficacy and it was decided the available scientific evidence was not really there.

As a practitioner of 30 years, currently working with 4 associate doctors and ten dental hygienists, we evaluate the periodontal health of many people every single day.  Our responsibility is to evaluate for the presence of gum inflammation and disease.  Comprehensive and very costly studies wanted by the government aside, it is easy for us to determine for most patients who has been flossing, or more importantly, who hasn’t, by the condition and health of their gums.

The fact of unavailable evidence should not be confused with the concept that it is not worthwhile to clean in between your teeth.  The government simply said the research to prove the effectiveness of flossing has not been done to satisfaction and if flossing is going to be listed in the Guidelines, the supporting research needs to be there.  So the press did what they do best; take a nothing story and twist the words a bit to create a media splash that suggests to the world that something we thought to be helpful is a waste of time.  It is ultimately your call to floss or not, but if you don’t manage your biofilm load (a fancy phrase for oral bacteria,) and if you are disease susceptible, rest assured your health WILL suffer.  For me, I floss because I want to closely manage my periodontal health.  Regardless of what the media says, it will remain a part of my every day regimen.

Dr. Gregory J. Austria, Owner and Founder of the Brilliant Smiles Dental Offices

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DIABETES, DIET, AND DECAY (as in TOOTH DECAY) affordable beavercreek dentist/dentist greene county

by Lee Anne Austria on August 2, 2016 , Comments Off

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diabetesDIABETICS SUSCEPTIBLE TO GUM INFECTIONS

If you are one of the 16 million Americans with diabetes, you’re probably aware that the disease can cause problems with your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart, and other parts of your body.  What you may not know is that diabetics are more susceptible to developing oral infections and gum (periodontal) disease than those who do not have diabetes.

DIET AND TOOTH DECAY

Your teeth are covered with plaque, a sticky film of bacteria.  After you have a meal, snack, or beverage that contains sugars or starches, the bacteria release acids that attack tooth enamel. Repeated attacks can cause the enamel to break down and may eventually result in cavities.  When diabetes is not controlled properly, high glucose levels in saliva may help bacteria and plaque thrive.  Plaque that is not removed can eventually harden into tartar.  When tartar collects on your teeth, it makes a thorough cleaning of your teeth more difficult, which can lead to chronic inflammation and infection in the mouth.  According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease than people without diabetes. Researchers think this is because diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection.  The gums are among the tissues likely to likely to be affected.  Gum disease is often linked to the control of diabetes.  For example, patients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes appear more likely to develop gum disease than patients who have good control of their diabetes.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Reduce or eliminate sugars and starches from your diet, eat healthy foods, and exercise regularly.
  • Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and clean once a day between your teeth with floss or an interdental cleaner to remove decay-causing plaque.
  • Keep teeth and gums strong by keeping track of blood sugar levels.  Also, have your triglyceride and cholesterol levels monitored.
  • Treat dental infections immediately.  Diabetics who combine good dental care with insulin control typically have a better chance of avoiding gum disease.
  • Provide your medical and oral health histories to both your medical and dental care providers.

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(Reprinted in part from http://www.nedelta.com/Patients/Oral-Health-Education/Oral-Health-Update/Diet-Diabetes-and-Tooth-Decay)

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TOOTH TRAUMA – ACCIDENTS HAPPEN BUT ACTING QUICKLY CAN SAVE SMILES! affordable beavercreek dentist/emergency dental

by Lee Anne Austria on July 26, 2016 , Comments Off

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According to the 2013 Delta Dental Children’s Oral Health Survey, 1 out of 10 children ages 10 or 11 has had a tooth emergency such as a knocked-out tooth, chipped tooth, or a loosened permanent tooth at home or at school.  “Dental emergencies can range from biting the lip or tongue to more severe cases such as a completely knocked-out tooth, chipped tooth, or a loosened permanent tooth,”  says Dr. Shannon Mills, DDS, vice president for professional relations and science at Northeast Delta Dental.  “It is important that caretakers and family members know how to react quickly to a dental emergency, especially in the case of a permanent tooth that has been knocked out.”

The primary concern should be getting the child in to see a dentist.  Time is crucial if you want the dentist to be able to reinsert and salvage the natural tooth.  Ideally, a child needs to be seen within 30 minutes of the accident.  Whether a tooth is knocked out at school,home, or while participating in a sport, here are several steps to ensure it is saved – or at least in optimal condition – by the time the child sees the dentist.

  • First check to make sure the child does not have a serious head, neck, or other orofacial injury (i.e. a concussion, broken jaw, etc.)  If there is a head, jaw, or neck injury, take the child to the emergency room immediately.
  • Do not replace a displaced baby tooth!  Trying to reinsert it could damage the permanent tooth coming in behind it.
  • To avoid infection, the tooth should be held by the crown, not the root.  The crown is the part of the tooth that is visible while it is in the mouth.  You want to leave the root intact, and touching it with your hands could pass bacteria.
  • Rinse any debris off the tooth under room temperature water.  Do not scrub the root!  Once the tooth is free of loose dirt and debris, try to reinsert it, asking them child to hold it in place using a piece of gauze if necessary.
  • If the tooth cannot be successfully reinserted, it needs to stay moist until the child can see a dentist.  Store the tooth in a clean container and cover it with milk or room temperature water to help prevent it from drying out.l  These liquids are not ideal, but are often the only ones readily available.
  • If you are a school nurse or your child frequently plays contact sports, purchase an emergency bag that includes a “save-a-tooth” kit (available at most drugstores.)  These contain a solution that is better at preserving any live cells on the tooth root until the dentist can put the tooth back into the socket.

Tooth injuries are not life threatening in most cases; however, they can be very scary especially to a young child and sometimes they can have long-lasting effects on the child’s appearance and self-confidence, so it is important to act quickly in the event of a dental emergency.

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