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Estrogen’s Benefits for the Gums

Woman smilingA recent study from a university in Brazil has found that women who take estrogen for osteoporosis are 44% less likely to have severe periodontitis. While it is well known that hormone levels occurring throughout a woman’s lifetime will affect her gums, this study is one of the first to find that estrogen, specifically, may prevent gum disease.

Women and Gum Health

Women go through numerous changes in hormone levels throughout their lives. Some of the most obvious and well known of these changes are puberty, the menstruation cycle, pregnancy and menopause. Por ejemplo, girls going through puberty often experience irritated gums, as do pregnant women.

About Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the weakening of bones. The disease is often attributed to hormonal changes in postmenopausal women, or to a vitamin D or calcium deficiency.

The Study

The study was conducted at the University of Bahia in Brazil, and published in Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society (Julio 2017 issue, Vol. 24). Examining the cases of 500 postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, 113 of whom chose estrogen therapy for treatment, researchers followed the women for a year. Among other findings, which included the importance of income and dental visit frequency on periodontitis, was the finding that those who received estrogen therapy were much less likely to have severe gum disease.

What does this mean?

The results offer great information for those of us in oral (and other) health fields. They help us to better understand and possibly predict gum issues, and may even lead someday to updated recommendations for periodontal care in women.

Should I be on estrogen?

Not necessarily. While the link appears to be a good one, periodontal disease alone is not enough to warrant hormone replacement therapy in women. Regular check-ins with your physician are the only way to know if you need estrogen replacement therapy.

We are happy to bring you the latest in periodontal news! Please call our office with any questions you may have about your care.

3 Ways to Take Care of Your Retainer

Image of retainersYou just got your braces off and now you can’t wait to show off your new pearly whites. Sin embargo, your orthodontist just told you that you have to start wearing your retainer. You are a tad reluctant, but you realize the importance the retainer has on your teeth in keeping them in the perfect condition. Here are a few things you should keep in mind now that you are a new and proud retainer owner.

  1. Remove your retainer before eating. Certain foods can not only cause damage, but can also get stuck to the retainer. Be sure to remove the retainer before you eat and store it properly.
    IMPORTANT NOTE: Try to carry your retainer case with you when you are eating out. This way you don’t have to wrap the retainer in a napkin and have it accidentally get thrown away. No one thinks this will happen to them, but it always does.
  2. Clean your retainer. If you don’t properly clean your retainer, it can cause you to have bad breath, which no one ever wants. When you are brushing your teeth, remove the retainer and use your tooth brush to brush it down. Siguiente, you should be soaking your retainer in a safe cleanser, such as denture cleaner. This will help get rid of that unwanted bacteria. If you don’t have a cleaner try a mixture of baking soda and water. That will get the job done.
  3. When playing sports, switch out your retainer for a mouth guard. Any time you are playing anything that can cause damage to your mouth, you should always wear a mouth guard for protection (not a retainer). Important note: when swimming for sport or just for fun, remove your retainer to avoid having it slip out and get lost.

These are just a few tips and tricks you should keep in mind when you have a retainer. If you have and issues or questions about how to properly care for your retainer call our office. We are happy to help and we are even happier to give you more than one retainer case.

When Should You Consider Dental Implants?

You may have heard in the past that implantes dentales are one of the most effective ways to replace missing or damaged teeth. Dental implants are a great option for a lot of different situations, but when is getting a dental implant the best option for you? There are a few circumstances where receiving an implant might be the best option for improving your smile.

woman with dental implants

Dental implants typically consist of three components: the post, the abutment, and the restoration. The post is a screw which is inserted into the bone. The abutment is attached to the post and the restoration is placed on top, giving the finished product a beautiful, realistic look.

To restore and preserve your appearance.

One of the main functions of dental implants is to restore a smile back to its original glory. They are built to last a lifetime and last much longer than dental bridges. If you are looking for a permanent solution to damaged or missing teeth, dental implants are your best option.

To protect and preserve a healthy jawbone.

Missing spaces in your smile can lead your jawbone to deterioration, which causes it to lose its strength. Dental implants are the only option which will protect and save your natural bone. Waiting to get a dental implant can continue to increase the chances of your jawbone not being able to support dental implants in the future.

To stop your teeth from shifting.

Losing a tooth can cause the surrounding teeth to shift and look unnatural. These teeth can become crowded or can be shifted unevenly. This can cause your teeth to become harder to clean and can also cause your face to sag and appear sunken.

These are just a few of the instances in which you should consider getting dental implants. Dental implants are one of the most useful and successful restoration options available today. For more information on how we can restore your smile with dental implants, contact us today.

Flossing with Braces

braces with flossWe get it – flossing can be a pain even without braces in the way. So how does someone with braces clean their gums and in between their teeth properly? There are so many options to clean in between your teeth, so don’t get frustrated with the cumbersome task of flossing with braces!

Here are some methods to flossing your teeth that will keep your smile nice and healthy:

  • Wax-based floss. This floss is less likely to get caught in the metal frame of your braces. If you have issues threading the floss through the wires between your teeth, try using a floss threader. Floss threaders make it much easier to get floss behind your wires.
  • Water Flosser. Threading floss through each wire separating your teeth can be a tedious task. If you don’t have the patience, or you simply just do not want to use floss – try a water flosser. A water flosser shoots a stream of water out, which when directed between your teeth and gums, cleans out those areas, freeing them of plaque and food debris.
  • Proxy Brush. Proxy brushes have the feathery top attached to a wire. These tools are meant to clean hard to reach areas, such as in between your wires. While a proxy brush isn’t the ideal alternative to regular flossing, it still helps to clean those stubborn areas! Before you abandon flossing altogether, at least give the proxy brush a try. Your teeth won’t regret it once you get your braces off! Pro-tip: put some toothpaste on your proxy brush!

Before you ditch flossing altogether, give these options a try! Then when you get your braces off, your smile will be radiant and healthy. And remember, you can always call us for any advice or suggestions about your flossing needs!

Implantes Dentales – La recuperación

recovery signEl tiempo de recuperación tras cirugía de implante dental tiende a variar, pero generalmente se basa en la cantidad de dientes siendo implantados, Si o no era necesario un injerto de hueso y el individuo y cómo logran su recuperación. Por suerte, la ciencia y la tecnología detrás de los implantes dentales ha mejorado drásticamente en los últimos años, mejorar el dolor después de la cirugía y la comodidad para los pacientes.

El paciente que requiere la menor cantidad de tiempo de recuperación sería uno que tenía un estándar, solo implante dental colocado con ningún injerto de hueso. Con un procedimiento sencillo como este, Hay muy poca molestia o dolor después de la cirugía. Pueden ocurrir hematomas leves y dolor, pero es típicamente manejable con analgésicos de contador. En casos más severos de implante, como aquellas donde se implantan los dientes múltiples o injerto óseo severo es necesario para lograr el implante, el tiempo de recuperación tiende a ser más largo y el malestar puede ser más intenso.

En los casos, es importante mantener la boca limpia después de la cirugía, que se puede hacer enjuagar la boca suavemente con agua salada desde el día después de la cirugía. Usted puede comenzar a cepillarse los dientes en la noche después de la cirugía, pero asegúrese de mantener ligero alrededor del área de cirugía en cuanto a no alterar la cicatrización en la zona. También es importante recordar que en la semana siguiente a la cirugía, debe haber no fumar y no aspirar a través de una paja, ya que esto puede inhibir seriamente su proceso de curación. Es importante seguir una dieta consistente principalmente en alimentos blandos por primera 7-10 días después de su cirugía antes de volver a su dieta normal.

Como se puede ver, el proceso de recuperación después de recibir un implante dental es bastante predecible y confortable. Es importante seguir las instrucciones que te damos en el grupo Dental San Francisco, y siempre recuerda que si tienes alguna pregunta o inquietud con respecto a un procedimiento o después de la cirugía, siempre nos puede dar una llamada!

5 Razones por qué sus dientes cambian Color

woman brushing teethEl cepillado y el hilo dental los dientes todos los días pueden mantener tu sonrisa brillante y blanca. Sin embargo, Usted puede haber notado a pesar de toma gran cuidado de los dientes, se miran un poco amarillo y ha perdido su brillo. Esto es completamente normal. Aquí están 5 razones por qué puede estar pasando a ti.

  1. Alimentos y bebidas: Café, té y vino tinto juegan un papel importante en la coloración de los dientes. Todos ellos tienen cromógenos, que son intensos pigmentos que se adhieren a la parte exterior blanca del diente conocido como esmalte de color.
    Punta: Beber con una pajita, mantener los colorantes que causan manchas en la bebida de los dientes
  2. Consumo de tabaco: Los dos productos químicos encontrados en el tabaco, alquitrán y nicotina, crear una mancha resistente. El alquitrán es naturalmente oscuro. La nicotina es incolora, pero cuando se mezcla con el oxígeno, crea un color amarillento. Ambos juntos crean la mancha.
  3. Edad: Por debajo de la cáscara blanca del esmalte en los dientes es una zona más suave llamada dentina. En los años, nuestro esmalte exterior obtiene más fino de cepillado y la dentina amarillenta muestra a través de.
  4. Trauma: Si ha tenido una lesión en la boca, su diente puede cambiar de color. Esto es porque el diente reacciona al trauma por poner más dentina, que es más oscuro que el exterior esmalte en sus dientes.
  5. Medicamentos: Muchos tipos diferentes de medicamentos vienen con el efecto secundario de oscurecimiento de los dientes. También, niños que están expuestos a los medicamentos cuando los dientes se están formando, en el vientre o como un bebé, puede experimentar descoloración de los dientes adultos posteriormente en la vida.

Algunas de estas razones son prevenibles y algunas de ellas ocurren a lo largo de la vida. Tratar de evitar algunas de estas cosas y seguir para cepillarse y usar hilo dental sus dientes todos los días. Si le gustaría discutir su opciones de blanqueamiento, por favor llame a nuestras oficinas para concertar una cita.

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