Why It’s Important to Update Your Medical History!!

“Why do I need to fill out another medical form when everything is still the same?” This is a common question dental practices deal with on a regular basis with many patients. While it may seem like an inconvenience to update a medical history, it is imperative to make sure each patient has given you all of their past and current medical information. A medical history acts as a “blueprint” in determining the safest, optimal care that each patient needs and deserves. It can also reduce the risk of injury, medical emergency, and lessens the chance of alleged liability towards the clinician.

More than two hundred million Americans seek some sort of dental treatment each year, whether they come in for regular check-ups or dental emergencies when they are from suffering pain.

It is more simplified when a clinician is familiar with a patient, one who keeps regular appointments. You know that patient, but it is more complex when a patient comes in for the first time. Either way, medical status can change in just one day, so it is our responsibility to use good judgment and make sure we become familiar with any medical concerns or changes, document them, and provide an acknowledged signature.

Is Sparkling Water Bad For My Teeth?

Is the satisfying fizz of your favorite sparkling water putting you at risk for tooth decay? Because any drink with carbonation—including sparkling water—has a higher acid level, some reports have questioned whether sipping sparkling water will weaken your tooth enamel (the hard outer shell of your teeth where cavities first form).

 

So, Is Sparkling Water Affecting My Teeth?

According to available research, sparkling water is generally fine for your teeth—and here’s why. In a study using teeth that were removed as a part of treatment and donated for research, researchers tested to see whether sparkling water would attack tooth enamel more aggressively than regular lab water. The result? The two forms of water were about the same in their effects on tooth enamel. This finding suggests that, even though sparkling water is slightly more acidic than ordinary water, it’s all just water to your teeth.

Tips for Enjoying Sparkling Water—and Protecting Your Teeth

  • Sparkling water is far better for your teeth than sugary drinks. In addition, be sure to drink plenty of regular, fluoridated water, too—it’s the best beverage for your teeth. Water with fluoride naturally helps fight cavities, washes away the leftover food cavity-causing bacteria feast on and keeps your mouth from becoming dry (which can put you at a higher risk of cavities).
  • Be mindful of what’s in your sparkling water. Citrus-flavored waters often have higher acid levels that does increase the risk of damage to your enamel. Plan to enjoy these in one sitting or with meals. This way, you aren’t sipping it throughout the day and exposing your teeth over and over again to the slightly higher level of acid it contains.
  • Sparkling water brands with added sugar can no longer be considered just sparkling water. They are a sugar-sweetened beverage, which can contribute to your risk of developing cavities. So remember—sparkling or not—plain water is always the best choice.

 

What to do When a Crown Comes off of Your Tooth

What to do When a Crown Comes off of Your Tooth

First of all, get the crown out of your mouth.  You don’t want to risk swallowing it or accidentally breathing it in.  If you swallow it, it will probably pass without a problem, but after it’s been through your digestive system you probably don’t want it back in your mouth!  If you end up accidentally breathing it in, it could become infected.

Call your dentist and schedule an appointment.  Let them know that your crown came off. They should try to fit you in as soon as possible (within a few days at most).

What Happens In Your Mouth When You Leave the Crown Off

If you just leave the crown off and procrastinate a visit to the dentist for a check-up, you could be allowing the problem to get much worse.  Enamel (the outermost layer of the tooth) is pretty resistant to tooth decay.  Dentin, the softer layer under the enamel, is not nearly as resistant to tooth decay.

The crown replaces the enamel and some dentin on the tooth.  When the crown falls off, it leaves behind a tooth that was shaved down to hold a crown on it.  When the tooth got shaved down, most of the enamel was drilled off, leaving cavity-susceptible dentin.

 

Conclusion

If your crown does fall off, remember that you need to get to your dentist as soon as possible!!!  Don’t put it back on and then neglect going to visit your dentist.  You could infect the tooth and in the worst case scenario you may need to have the tooth extracted a few years down the line.

Happy Mardi Gras!!

Les le bon temp rouler! (Let the good times roll!) We had a great Mardi Gras celebration here at Troy H Schulman DDS. Music, beads, king cake and of course dentistry!!  Congratulations to our patient Tonya who won the “Guess Bonnie Beads” contest.  She won a gift card to Adele’s Louisiana restaurant in Roswell.  Bonnie had 67 strands of beads around her neck and Tonya guessed 63.  We chose 67 beads for Bonnie to wear representing the year 1967 when Dr Schulman was born.  This is significant as he will be celebrating his 50th birthday this coming up Monday March 6th!!!  Cheers!

Periodontal Disease Study Shows Prevalence In U.S. South

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found in a study published in the February issue of the Journal of Dental Research that gum disease is more prevalent in southern U.S. states than in their northern counterparts.

The study, called “Periodontal Periodontitis at State and Local Levels in the United States,” sought to compare and contrast the rates of periodontitis in all 50 states.

With New Mexico and Hawaii having the highest prevalence of periodontal disease — at 52.79 percent and 51.10 percent, respectively — the researchers saw that southern states had higher rates than seen in the north.

In a press release accompanying the study, Dr. Paul Eke, CDC epidemiologist and lead author, said, “We found the estimated geographic distribution of adult periodontitis to be highest among southeastern and southwestern states, with concentrated pockets along the southeast, in the Mississippi Delta, along the U.S.-Mexico border and among Native American reservations.”

“Periodontal disease continues to be a major health concern for people of all backgrounds,” said Dr. Wayne Aldredge, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, in the press release. “The AAP is committed to increasing public awareness of periodontal health and will continue to work with allied dental organizations, educational institutions and government agencies to reduce incidence of periodontitis in the U.S. adult population.

In addition, the study found that:

  • The rate of periodontitis lowest in the country was found in Utah, which had a prevalence of 37.7 percent.
  • “Severe” periodontitis ranged from 6.4 percent in New Hampshire to 11.3 percent in Louisiana.
  • National estimates had a mean and median state prevalence of 45.1 percent and 44.9 percent, respectively.

The study serves an important purpose, Dr. Eke said. “Given how closely associated the risk for periodontitis is with other chronic conditions, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease, the prevention and treatment of periodontitis represents an opportunity for dental and medical professionals to work together to improve the public’s health.”

The study can be accessed by visiting jdr.sagepub.com/.

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New Year…New Insurance??

It’s a new year, which for a lot of you, means new insurance coverage…

We realize how hard it is to keep up with all of the changes in healthcare and insurance, but how well do you know your current insurance plan?  We want to make sure you are fully aware of your plan and its components so you are not surprised by any balance due once you leave our office.  We don’t want you feeling like you’ve been hung out to dry because you weren’t aware that your plan had changed!   So prior to your visit with us, please verify your current plan information with your Human Resources department, or the provider themselves, so you know what services should be covered and what you might be expected to pay.   And we will continue to file your insurance and do all we can to make sure you receive the benefits you’re entitled to!

Thanks and Happy New Year!