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The Connection between Oral Health and Overall Health

Did you know that that the mouth can carry anywhere between 500 to 650 different species 20152of bacteria?! And researchers estimate that the average mouth carries about 20 billion microbes. They can be found on the tongue, teeth, gum and cheeks, and some of these bacteria are known to double their numbers every 20 minutes with the mouth acting like a petri dish! With the 100 billion microbes in saliva, we actually end up swallowing 100 billion microbes every 24 hours. Yikes! Now, not all these bacteria are bad. In fact, some of them are actually necessary to do the job of breaking down food.

The Continuing Question

Researchers continue to ask how does oral health impact overall health. Although many answers have been found, many questions remain

Many dentists and dental specialists have known for years about a connection and have been trying to convince patients. Science is finally starting to reach those without medical training. While the exact causal nature of the relationship between oral infection and other medical conditions still is being investigated, these relationships can’t be ignored any longer. Patients, doctors and dentists need to work together for a total approach to treatment and care.

The Mouth is the Gateway to the Body

With the mouth being the main avenue for things to go into and out your body and the fact of the bacteria in our mouths, it’s not stretching too far to assume that some of the infectious activity in our mouths can affect other systems. It’s also accepted that if one bodily system is not working properly, it can affect every other systems in the body.

Oral Health and Diabetes

With a chronic disease like diabetes for example, oral inflammation appears to compromise the body’s ability to control blood sugar. High blood sugar conditions are prime breeding ground for bacteria.

Oral Health and Heart Disease

Researchers are trying to figure out the connection between oral health and heart disease but are certain a connection exists. According to WebMD, “up to 91 percent of patients with heart disease have periodontitis compared to 66 percent of people with no heart disease.” Gum disease and heart disease also share similar risk factors such as smoking, unhealthy diet and being overweight. More recent studies have found dental bacteria in the plaque that clogs up arteries (the plaque that clogs arteries is different from the plaque in your mouth). Researchers believe that the bacteria travel through the bloodstream and settles in other areas of the body.

Oral Health and Pregnant Moms

Pregnant moms (as are women in general) are at increased risk of developing gum disease issues because of fluctuating hormones. They affect the production of saliva, which is the body’s natural defence against bacterial growth in the mouth. Pregnant moms who experience gum disease and decide not to seek treatment or do at-home oral cleanings differently are at a seven times higher risk for pre-eclampsia, which can lead to premature delivery and underweight babies. Gum disease actually triggers the release of the fluids that induce labor. One study found that 50 percent of the placentas tested from women who had experienced pre-eclampsia during pregnancy tested positive for at least one type of bacteria normally found in the mouth.

Oral Health and Osteoporosis

This is probably one of the more obvious possible connections, though research is continuing to determine exactly how one affects the other. Osteoporosis happens when the bones in the body start to become porous, which means the jawbone can be affected as well. It is a well-known dental fact that poor bone quality can lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease, if left untreated, can spread to the underlying bone. It’s unclear yet whether periodontal disease contributes to the overall extent of osteoporosis in the jaw, or if inflammation in the mouth could trigger similar porotic bone issues in other parts of the body.

While researchers continue their investigations, it’s important for us not to take our oral health for granted and to learn to take care of it to prevent these sorts of relationships from developing in our bodies. This is where CDIC can help. CDIC can provide an overall evaluation of any oral conditions and treatment solutions to eliminate them or reduce their effect on the rest of your body and life.

6 Tips for a Winter Fresh Mouth

It’s safe to say that most of us have grown up hearing, “Brush your teeth twice a day and floss every day.” Or, “Visit your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and checkups.” But so many people don’t realize there’s more to keep your mouth winter fresh than these two things.

These six simple tips can help your mouth feeling winter fresh all year round.

1. Drink lots of fluids – especially water

Never underestimate the power of a simple glass of water. Not only can it help you flush toxins out of your body, helping you feel healthier all over, but water also works with the body’s saliva to fight cavities and to flush food particles and bacteria away.

2. Mixture of baking soda and water

Baking soda has a lot of amazing uses around the house, including unclogging drains and

pipes. But you can also use this bacteria-busting power to fight cavities. Bacteria love food particles and plaque left behind after eating or poor oral hygiene practices. They thrive in acidic environments. Baking soda actually neutralizes the acid in your saliva and is especially helpful in protecting your teeth after eating or drinking sugary food or beverages. It’s bacteria
that causes bad breath. Less bacteria, better breath. You can even try a baking soda based toothpaste!

3. Rinse your mouth for one minute with hydrogen peroxide

Like baking soda in the kitchen, hydrogen peroxide is a staple in most bathroom cabinets. Hydrogen peroxide (1%-3%) is perfectly safe to use as a mouth rinse. Some people might want
to water down the 3% with an equal part of water to bring it closer to 1%. Hydrogen peroxide helps kills bacteria and viruses in your mouth, just like it used to do when your mom put it on your skinned knees. It takes time for the peroxide to work, so rinse for at least a minute or longer to get the full effect. Be prepared for the peroxide to bubble and feel fizzy when it’s working.

4. Brush your tongue!

Food particles, plaque and bacteria don’t just gather and grow on your teeth and gums, but also on your tongue. Brush your tongue from back to front with or without toothpaste or mouthwash. Actually, brushing your tongue before using a mouthwash can make your mouthwash more effective. Make sure you brush the top and underside as well for at least a minute.

5. Avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol – use one with chlorine dioxide instead

Mouthwashes that contain alcohol can actually dry out the mouth, meaning less saliva is produced. Alcohol was included in mouthwash formulations because of it’s disinfecting
properties. It was thought that disinfecting would also protect against bad breath. More recent studies have found that not to be the case and that bacteria thrive in dry mouth situations leading to an increased risk of tooth decay.

6. Snack on raw vegetables and fleshy fruit — carrots, celery, red peppers, apples, and strawberries are all great for fighting bacteria and bad breath. Not only do they stimulate production of saliva, but they also gently clean your teeth.

Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center

If you’ve been looking for professional and affordable total mouth care, you need to visit Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center (CDIC). The skilled dental professionals at CDIC can give you a smile for the future. Our team of qualified dentists complete hundreds of hours of continuous education each year to stay abreast of the latest advancements in dental treatment methods and technology. With many years of experience behind them, our dentists are committed to helping you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile through efficient office systems, leading-edge dentistry and friendly personalized care.

A Modern 21st Century Facility

At CDIC, we have high-tech facilities, and our cleanliness and safety levels exceed the American Dental Association’s and Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s recommended standards for cleanliness and safety. Our treatment rooms are sanitized between patients, and we have a dedicated sterilization area where every instrument is disinfected in readiness for your visit.

Helping You Make Informed Decisions about your Oral Care

Dentistry is a complex area of health care. Before we offer our services to you, we empower you with the information to make a sound decision. You will not be alone in making the decision. Our experts will guide you to ensure you get the best treatment or alternative.

Multi-disciplinary Care

Whatever dental problem you may have, know that we can fix it. We offer preventive dentistry including cleanings and examinations, protective dental sealants, fluoride treatments, oral cancer screening and many more. We also offer restoration dentistry so we can make your smile look great again. We do tooth-colored fillings and functional crown lengthening, as well as extractions, oral surgery, and wisdom teeth removal.

Our other services include implant dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry and periodontal treatment.

An implant-supported bridge, denture, or crown can help you enjoy your favorite meals again. Dental implants look and function like natural teeth. They help prevent further bone loss and preserve the shape of your lips, jaw and face. Bone grafting may be necessary for some patients before implants can be placed, while soft tissue grafting may be necessary to provide the best cosmetic results with the new crown, bridge or denture.

Our Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

We know you take the appearance of your smile seriously. That’s why our cosmetic dentistry services can provide healthy-looking smiles for the whole family. Let our experts fix for you those gaps, chips or imperfections so that you will no longer have to cover you mouth when you smile. We offer professional teeth whitening, Invisalign aligner therapy, veneers and lumineers, and cosmetic crown lengthening.

Fear-free and Pain-free Dentistry

We understand how painful and scary it is when you have a problem with your teeth. We offer relaxing sedation options to ease your pain and anxiety. We want to make your visit as pleasant and stress free as possible. If you are nervous about your appointment or you’ve had a bad experience with a dentist in the past, feel free to ask us if sedation dentistry is right for you. Our options include IV sedation, oral conscious sedation and general anesthesia. Our experts will assess your condition, past medical history and decide the one that will give you the best comfort.

Healthy Smiles need Healthy Gums!

If you have a problem with your gums, we offer periodontal health services that will take care of all the structures around your teeth, from the gum line down to your jaw bone. We diagnose and treat various stages of gum disease with local antibiotic treatment, gum surgery, deep cleanings and laser gum surgery.

Three Convenient Locations

We are located in Orange County, Calif., with offices in Brea, Huntington Beach and Placentia. Our hours are convenient and can fit your busy schedule. We offer flexible and accommodating payment options to relieve you from the financial stress so that you can just concentrate on the treatment you need.

What’s more, we are networked with many insurance plans so when you visit please bring your insurance information with you. Even if we are not currently networked with your plan, we will help you maximize your benefits. And, if you are currently uninsured or underinsured, our membership plan will be perfect for you. Our savings plan is an affordable alternative to dental insurance. It gives members access to a discounted fee schedule and a discount off all comprehensive dental services.

Whichever CDIC office you visit, we will take care of you and your smile. Call us today or send us an e-mail to schedule your convenient appointment.

Back to School Dental Tips

School is starting up again. We know parents’ jobs never seem to slow down, so we’ve gathered some tips to help going back to school not get in the away of your kids’ dental hygiene.

 Where to Start

· Just before school starts is a great time to get your child in for their routine dental checkup. There is no need to worry about pulling them out of valuable class time, and it is an easy time to remember. Going back to school is like a routine – buy school supplies, make sure the kids have clothes for school, and make sure you take them to the dentist for their checkup.

· Regular dental checkups are the best form of preventative care when it comes to oral hygiene. Any problems can be caught early on, which means that there are more options for remedying the problem, and that means makes it easier on the wallet.

 Dental Tips

 · Buy a new toothbrush – and let your child pick it out! It is time to retire a toothbrush when the bristles are no longer orderly and are instead sprayed. Picking out a toothbrush can be exciting for kids – there are many different options out there that appeal to children and will have them asking to brush their teeth.

· Re-stock other dental supplies. Make sure you have floss in the house. You can even put a piece of floss in your child’s lunch to encourage them to floss after every meal.

· Speaking of lunch, plan and pack your child a healthy lunch. Make sure to include a high-calcium dairy product like milk or cheese. Strawberries are also good for your child’s lunch or snack as they help whiten teeth. Foods that are high in fiber are also great to eat for lunch (High-fiber foods include spinach or beans).But most importantly, pack water for your kids. Water provides hydration for your child’s body which can help prevent bad breath, as well as wash away some of the acid left behind from other foods and liquids to prevent tooth decay.

· Invest in a timer for tooth brushing. Kids often do not brush their teeth long enough. Their concept of time hasn’t developed all the way and they tend to skimp out on quality brushing time. There are a lot of fun toothbrush timers out there that can help add to the fun of oral hygiene routines.

· Reward your kids. When your kids participate in proper oral hygiene routines, it is worth rewarding. Rewarding a child for good behavior is shown to be more beneficial than punishing children for bad behavior. Turn dental hygiene into something fun!

· A good example is to create a chart where a child can place stickers for each part of their oral hygiene routine they completed that day. A perfect day may be rewarded with something like 15 more minutes at the park the next day, or a dollar in the piggy bank.

· Set an example. The most important role of a parent is to be a role model. When kids see their parents participating in oral hygiene routines, it will help them remember to do the same – and make them want to. Not only will your mouth not be left behind in a busy day of to-dos, but it will show kids that even you do it too.

Water & Oral Health Go Hand in Hand

We all know water is important. Water alone makes up 70 percent of the human body’s weight! We need water to stay hydrated and to survive longer than a week. But did you also know we need water to help prevent things like cavities and tooth decay?

 Oral Health Benefits of Water

 Some benefits of water for your oral health include:

· Water prevents bad breath. Bet you didn’t know that one! When the body becomes dehydrated, bad breath takes over. Dehydration is one of the most common reasons people suffer from bad breath. The lack of saliva causes bacteria to flourish. When bacteria blossoms, so does bad breath.

· Water can help clean your teeth. This dental tool is often overlooked. However, water is one of the most important dental tools out there. It can help prevent damage to your teeth by whisking away leftover food or drink that may be clinging to your teeth. While it doesn’t take the place of quality flossing and consistent brushing, it does help remove the major stuff so that the brushing and flossing can get what is left behind.

· Water can actually strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. Water can help provide healthy conditions for your teeth and gums.

· Fluoridated water is the most tooth-friendly beverage.

Fun Facts about Water

· We already mentioned that water makes up 70 percent of the human body, but also check out these fun facts:

· Between 70 and 75 percent of Earth’s surface is covered with water. (Okay, so that was an easy one)

· Water can dissolve more substances than any other liquid.

· Approximately 80 percent of an infant’s body weight is water.

· Only 3 percent of Earth’s water is fresh water – that means 97 percent is salt water.

· Of the world’s fresh water, 30 percent of it can be found in the ground while 1.7 percent is frozen and therefore unusable to humans.

· Filtered water removes the fluoride from the water – meaning it loses all that extra good for the teeth.

· Water helps energize the muscles in the body.

· Water keeps the skin looking healthy.

· Your body needs water to help maintain proper kidney function

 The Importance of Water

What we are trying to say is, water is important – really important. Addressing your oral health needs starts with addressing your day-to-day habits, which include eating and drinking. We all know that sugary drinks are bad for our teeth, and we will say it again. Sugary drinks like soda and tea are BAD for your teeth! But what we forget to say is what is good for your teeth. Water provides teeth the ability to break down sugary acids that lead to tooth decay. It also prevents bad breath, and the buildup of foods and liquids that get left behind after eating and drinking.

Be sure to take care of your mouth every day with a strong oral hygiene routine. That routine should include brushing and flossing your teeth, and drinking plenty of water!