Monthly Archives: June 2016

Amazing Dental Facts and Stats

Amazing Dental Facts and Stats

Ready to learn some amazing facts and stats relating to your oral health? In celebration of the 40th anniversary of National Smile Month from the Oral Health Foundation, coming to a close this June 16th, here are some figures that will blow your mind–and not necessarily in a good way. Let our team at Prescott Dentistry know which ones you found most interesting!

  • Less that ¼ of adults floss regularly

  • One quarter of adults, and one third of men admit to not brushing twice a day.

  • Brushing your teeth just once a day (instead of the recommended two) increases your chances of developing tooth decay by 33%.

  • A frown requires 43 muscles, while a smile only takes 17!

  • More than ¼ of adults only visit the dentist when there is  a problem–which is not recommended for effective biomimetic and preventative care!

  • Twenty-five percent of adults have not visited a dentist in the two or more years!

  • Two thirds of us have plaque that is visible.

  • Over 50% of us would avoid telling a friend about their bad breath, out of fear of it affecting the friendship.

  • Nearly 30% of us suffer from dental pain–don’t let this continue!

  • Almost half of adults are not happy with their teeth. The reason? Discolored teeth comes in highest at 64%. If you fall under this category, contact us about teeth whitening in Prescott today!

  • On average, adults have about 7 fillings.

  • Men are less likely to suffer from extreme dental anxiety than women.

Do you fall under some of less that desirable statistics and want to remedy that? Contact Prescott Dentistry today to get your oral health back on track!


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Are Pancreatic Cancer and Gum Disease Linked?

Are Pancreatic Cancer and Gum Disease Linked?

Gum disease, while serious in it’s own right, may be a little more serious than many even realized. Instead of addressing gum disease only with a few trips to your dentist in Prescott, you may want to get screened for cancer as well. In our last post we examined a study involving a link between gum disease and dementia, but it seems the hits just keep on coming. A recent study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research has suggested a connection between gum disease and pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer but there is a silver lining to these findings. They could provide a path towards earlier detection of the disease. Which is vitally important due to the fact that pancreatic cancer has a survival rate after 5 years of only 7.7% and is often only diagnosed in an advanced stage.

The research was conducted at NYU’s Langone Medical Center in partnership with the National Cancer Institute. The findings concluded that people had a higher prevalence of pancreatic cancer if they also had two forms of oral bacteria that cause periodontal disease or gum disease. The two types of bacteria associated with pancreatic cancer were Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans and Porphyromonas gingivalis. The participants who had these forms of bacteria in their oral cavities had a 50-59% higher likelihood of having pancreatic cancer.

It is important to reiterate that this study does not confirm that these type of gum disease bacteria cause pancreatic cancer. Instead, the researchers suggest a a mere correlation with systemic inflammation occurring throughout the body, which is already understood to be a precursor for developing cancer.

Questions on what gum disease is or if you may have the signs? Contact Prescott Dentistry today to schedule an oral exam and cleaning.


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More evidence of a link between Dementia and Gum Disease?

link between Dementia and Gum Disease?

As we age there are many things doctors and scientists recommend for staying mentally sharp. Whether that’s playing mentally stimulating games, experiencing novelty by taking a new way to work or the grocery store or simply staying physically active. However, according to new research there may be yet another contributing factor to the development of Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease: gum disease or Periodontitis. One more support for the importance of regular appointments with your local dentist Prescott Dentistry.

Researchers and dental hygienists teamed up in this study out of the University of Southampton and King’s College London to examine the oral health of 59 seniors. These participants were then evaluated again half a year later and the findings were astounding. Those who had symptoms of gum disease experienced a rate of cognitive decline six times higher than those who did not. Gum disease is common in the elderly, and dementia only amplifies the problem due to the increasing difficulty of maintaining oral care when suffering from this disease. The authors of the study believe the inflammatory response triggered by gum disease may be the reason behind the increased cognitive decline.

The findings suggested that potential treatment options for Alzheimer’s may include treatment of Periodontitis. However, just as other previous studies have linked the development of Dementia to having fewer teeth, it is still not clear whether gum disease is the cause or an effect of the cognitive decline.

If you’ve reached those retirement years and have neglected your oral health, now is the time to act! Schedule an appointment with Prescott Dentistry to have your gums examined and a nice thorough cleaning.


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Why do I need a biannual checkup?

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For those of you who always need to know the “why” behind the professional recommendations you hear, this blog is for you! All of us have been told at one point or another that we should visit the dentist twice a year for a biannual cleaning and checkup. That’s pretty simple advice, but it still helps to know what happens and what the purpose is behind these visits. This is especially true for those of us who suffer from dental fear and waiting room anxiety. Below we detail the “what” and “why” of your biannual checkup!

Your biannual checkup can be broken down into two main elements. The first is the checkup or exam and the second is the cleaning. Each element is necessary to maintain the long term health of your teeth and gums.

Checkup

Dr. Montes or Dr. Thompson will thoroughly examine your teeth for tartar, plaque, decay, or other problems. What is plaque, you ask? Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, is the first stage that eventually hardens into tartar. Tartar is only able to be removed by the cleaning performed by your dentist or dental hygienist, it doesn’t come off with brushing or flossing. Next, we will examine your gums. The space between your teeth is measured. Deep spaces between teeth may indicate gum disease. Finally, your neck, throat, head and tongue will be examined for signs of cancer or other problems.

Cleaning

This is where the plaque and tartar are removed. Then surface stains are also removed from your teeth via polishing with a gritty paste, and finally a very thorough flossing is done.

We hope that this is a helpful post that helps ease any dental fear or anxiety you might have and encourage you to schedule your biannual cleaning with your local dentist Prescott Dentistry.


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