Can Dental Implants Help Improve Your BMI?

Another new year is just around the corner. Before you know it, you will be toasting with friends and singing Auld Lang Syne once again. Is losing weight on your list of resolutions once again this year? If you resolved to lose weight last year and did not quite achieve your goal, or achieved it only to quickly regain the weight, you are not alone. Every year, thousands of Americans resolve to lose weight and improve their Body Mass Index (BMI) only to find that the end of the year has come and they are still struggling with extra pounds. In fact, overweight and obesity has become a health crisis in the United States. This is especially concerning because being overweight or obese increases your risks for a number of serious diseases and medical conditions including heart disease, Diabetes, breast cancer and more.

Unfortunately, there is no magic pill available to help you lose weight. This is despite an abundance of research on this very subject. So, what is the best way to achieve your weight loss goals? The simple answer is to eat healthier and to exercise more. To reach these goals, it may be helpful to enlist the services of an exercise coach (trainer) and a certified nutritionist. However, if you are currently wearing dentures, the solution may not be quite as simple. That is because wearing dentures can make it hard to eat and properly digest certain foods. Unfortunately, the foods that are rich in fiber and other important nutrients yet lower in calories are often hard to eat for individuals with dentures. This includes foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Many times, denture wearers are forced to replace these foods with softer, more processed foods that are easier to chew and digest. These foods are often higher in calories and lack the fiber and nutrients that are needed to maintain good overall health.

The good news is that dental implants provide a great alternative to dentures that allows you to eat the foods that you want to eat. Dental implants can be used to provide additional support for dentures or to support crowns and bridges. You can use dental implants to replace one, several or all of your teeth. With dental implants, you do not have to eliminate any foods from your diet. You can eat a healthy, well-balanced diet that will help you achieve your weight loss goals and maintain a healthy body weight.

If dentures are holding you back from meeting your weight loss goals, talk to a qualified dental implant dentist today to see if you are a candidate for this revolutionary tooth replacement system. We wish you the best of health in the new year!

Posted on Behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health


Enjoying Your Thanksgiving Feast With Dental Implants

For most Americans, Thanksgiving represents a special time to gather with friends and family and to express thanks for our many blessings.  A huge Thanksgiving feast of turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole is also part of the Thanksgiving tradition for many families.  This is the time when we set our tables with our best linens and china, turn off our cell phones and other electronics, and enjoy a long, relaxing meal around the table.  However, if you are dealing with ill-fitting, loose or uncomfortable dentures, Thanksgiving dinner may not be all that enjoyable to you.

Dentures that slip or fall out easily can make it very difficult to enjoy a meal, especially when the meal involves a group.  Even if it is with your family members, the last thing you want is for your dentures to fall into your dinner plate!  In addition, loose or uncomfortable dentures can make it difficult to chew and properly digest certain foods.

If you notice that your dentures have recently become loose, ill-fitting or uncomfortable, it could be due to changes with the bone in your jaw.  When pressure is not exerted on the jawbone on a regular basis, it can cause bone loss.  This in turn can make dentures that at one time fit well, not fit well anymore.  It is a vicious cycle.

You can break the cycle of ill-fitting dentures with dental implants.  Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement  solution that provide for replacement teeth that look, function and feel like natural teeth.  There a a variety of tooth replacement options that can be used with dental implants including dental-implant-supported crowns, bridges and dentures.

If you are tired of worrying about your dentures slipping or falling out or if your dentures have become uncomfortable, talk to your dentist today about dental implants.  After a thorough evaluation, your dentist can determine if you are a candidate for this life-changing dental procedure.

Posted on Behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health




Need Additional Stability for Your Dentures?

If you wear dentures and are looking for additional stability to ensure that they do not slip or fall out, you may be interested in dental implants.  Dental implants are a revolutionary dental treatment that can be used to provide support for crowns, bridges or dentures.  The process involves inserting titanium screws into the jawbone and allowing the bone in the jaw to heal.  Once the bone has healed and the implants are anchored securely in the jaw, crowns, bridges or dentures can be attached to the implants to take the place of missing teeth.

When first invented, dental implants were used exclusively to provide support for dental crowns.  Today, their use has greatly expanded and they are used to support dental bridges and dentures.  Dental-implant-supported dentures provide more stability than conventional dentures and are less expensive than a full set of dental-implant-supported crowns.  For this reason, they are a good solution for many individuals with missing teeth.

If you are interested in dental implants to provide added stability to your dentures, the first step is to visit a dental implant specialist in your local area.  After a thorough evaluation and medical history, your dentist can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.  To be a candidate for dental implants, you must have enough healthy bone and tissue in your jaw to support the implants.  In cases where the quantity or quality of bone in the jaw is insufficient to support dental implants, other procedures may be needed to prepare the jawbone for successful placement of implants.  This may include any variety of bone grafting procedures.

If you have dentures that slip or fall out or if you are simply looking for a way to add stability to your dentures, talk to your dentist about dental implants today.  With dental-implant-supported dentures you can once again chew, smile, laugh and speak with confidence.

Posted on Behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health




Protecting Your Teeth With a Mouthguard

Spring is in the air and that means soccer, baseball, lacrosse and other children’s sporting activities are in full swing.  While participating in contact sports can be great for kids in terms of exercise, character development and more, it can present a danger to their dental health.  That is, unless the proper protection is used to prevent dental traumas.  Basically, if your child participates in a contact sport, he or she needs to wear a mouth guard to protect his or her teeth.

There are three different types of mouth guards including the following:

•  Custom fitted

•  Stock

•  Boil and bite

Custom fitted mouth guards are made specifically for you, by your dentist.  This is the most expensive option but fits the best and may provide the best protection for the teeth.  This is because it is custom-fitted to your specific mouth.  Stock mouth guards can be purchased at most big box stores and come pre-formed, ready to wear.  Unfortunately, often times they do not fit well, and can make breathing and talking difficult.  Boil and bite mouth guards can be purchased at drug stores and most sporting goods stores.  They are first softened in water (boiled) and then inserted and allowed to conform to the shape of your mouth.  They provide a better fit than the stock mouth guards yet are less expensive than the custom mouth guards.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), custom-fitted mouth guards provided by dentists provide the best protection for teeth.  However, boil and bite mouth guards are a more economical option and do provide some measure of protection.  The important thing is for your child to wear some form of mouth guard to protect the teeth from trauma and injury.  When teeth are lost, it causes problems with smiling, eating talking and your overall dental health.  While there are good options for replacing lost teeth, they can be costly and labor intensive.

If your child is going to be participating in contact sports this spring, put a mouth guard on your list of equipment.  You will be glad you did!

Posted on Behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health





More and More Patients Are Choosing Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth

Currently, the options for replacing missing teeth include bridges, partial dentures, full dentures and dental implants. Of these options, only dental implants provide a permanent solution that allows for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. For this reason, more and more patients are choosing dental implants to replace their missing teeth.

Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots that are placed in a patient’s jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots. Once the jawbone has healed and the implants are securely anchored into place (a process know as osseointegration), a crown or bridge may be fixed to the implants to take the place of missing teeth. Dental implants have become increasingly popular since their endorsement by the ADA (American Dental Association) in 1986. In fact, between the years of 1986 and 1999, the number of dental implants procedures in the United States tripled. It is now estimated that more than half a million dental implants are placed in the United States every year.

It is widely known that dental implants cost more than other tooth replacement options such as bridges and dentures. Why then is this procedure becoming so popular? Dental implants are the preferred tooth replacement option for most patients because they look natural, feel natural and allow for normal speech and normal chewing function. Perhaps most importantly, unlike dentures, dental implants are not at risk for slipping and falling out and do not require the use of messy, sticky and sometimes harmful adhesive creams. Patients who receive dental implants find themselves free from the shame and embarrassment of missing teeth and experience an increase in their confidence as well as their overall quality of life. To join the millions of Americans who have benefited from dental implants, contact a dental implants specialist in your local area today.

Posted on Behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health



Replacing Missing Teeth

Is replacing a missing tooth one of your New Year’s resolutions this year?  If you have lost a tooth due to tooth decay, infection, gum disease, trauma or any other reason and have been putting off replacing it due to cost or fear of the dentist, now is the time to replace it.  Failure to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth can lead to a variety of serious dental health problems and can threaten the health of your remaining teeth.  For starters, a missing tooth leaves a place where bacteria can accumulate and contribute to periodontal disease and other problems.  Also, if you leave a space in your jaw, the other teeth in your mouth will shift to fill the space.  This can cause your teeth to shift out of proper alignment.  Perhaps the most serious consequence of failing to replace missing teeth is the fact that it can lead to irreversible bone loss in your jaw.

So, the question becomes, how do you replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth?  When it comes to replacing missing teeth, there are a variety of options to be considered.  A fixed dental bridge is one option for replacing one missing tooth or a few contiguous missing teeth.  You can also consider a partial dental.  If you are missing all of your teeth, you may want to consider full dentures.  Dental implants are another tooth replacement option and can be used to replace one, several or all of your teeth.  While this option is more expensive than the other options, it also offers many benefits that the other tooth replacement options do not offer.  Dental implants provide a long-term, fixed solution to missing teeth and provide for replacement teeth that look, feel an function like normal teeth.  For many, the ability to have replacement teeth that look and feel like natural teeth and the ability to eat all the foods they love without worry is priceless.  While dental implants are not completely covered by most dental insurance plans, many dental practices offer in-house and/or flexible financing plans to help cover the cost.  Your flexible savings account (FSA) can also be used toward the cost of dental implants.

Your dentist is the best person to help you decide which tooth replacement option works the best for your particular situation.  Don’t put your dental health at risk by failing to replace one or more missing teeth.  Schedule an appointment with your dentist today!

Posted on Behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health

The Effect of Aging on Dental Health

According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, the population of Americans older than 65 years is expected to double to about 71 million by 2040. What’s more, the population of Americans older than 85 years is expected to increase to 9.6 million by 2030. As Americans are living longer and longer, their teeth are expected to last longer too.

Oral health, regardless of age, is integral to overall good health. Failing or missing teeth can contribute to a variety of other serious health problems including poor nutrition, overweight, obesity and related disorders.  If your teeth are not fully functional and you are not able to adequately chew and digest a wide variety of foods, your diet and therefore your overall health will suffer.

This is not good news for the many older Americans who are missing one or more of their teeth.  In fact, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-fourth of persons age 65 and older have no remaining teeth. Nearly one-third of older adults have untreated tooth decay.

Maintaining good oral health when you are older requires developing healthy habits when you are young.  If you want to keep your teeth for a lifetime, you have to take care of them throughout your life.  This highlights the importance of educating children about good oral hygiene.  It also highlights the importance of receiving regular dental care throughout all the different stages of your life.  Many times, young professionals and busy parents prioritize their dental care behind other things such as their work, their family and their children’s dental care.  This is not a good idea and can really come back to bite you in the future.  Taking care of your teeth today can help you avoid costly and painful dental problems in the future.

You may think your sixties, seventies and eighties are too far off into the future to worry about today.  However, if you want to increase your chances of keeping your teeth for a lifetime, you better start taking care of them today.  If you have been neglecting your dental health, call and schedule an appointment with your dentist today.  Someday, you will be glad you did!

Posted on Behalf of Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health


Children and Tooth Decay in the United States

Today in the United States, access to dental care as well as dental education is better than it has ever been.  However, despite these improvements, tooth decay (dental caries) in children in the United States remains a problem for many.  According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 60% of children in the United States have one or more decayed or restored teeth by the age of five.  Additionally, nearly 20% of all children in the United States have between two and four clinically detectable dental caries.  Lastly, by the age of seventeen, 80% of children in America will have one or more teeth with dental caries.

Experts cite lack of fluoride protection, the presence of harmful bacteria in the mouth and poor nutritional habits as major factors contributing to this problem.  So what can be done to prevent tooth decay in children in the United States?  Certainly education can play a large role.  Specifically, educating children about the benefits of good oral hygiene can go along way in preventing this problem.  Children need to be taught the importance of brushing their teeth thoroughly, at least twice-daily and flossing their teeth thoroughly, at least once daily at an early age.  Ideally, this can be taught in the dentist’s office starting with the first dental visit and then reinforced at home by parents.  Sealants and fluoride treatments are also good preventive measures that can be taken to prevent tooth decay in children.  However, in order for this education and preventive services to take place, the child must first have access to the dentist.

If you have children, it is your job as a parent to help your child make good choices that will promote a lifetime of good oral health.  If you have questions about how to prevent dental caries in your children, talk to your dentist today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health.


Crooked and Missing Teeth: Halloween Costume or Real Life?

It is almost Halloween, that time of year when little ghouls and goblins will roam the streets of neighborhoods all throughout the United States in search of the ultimate sugar high!  Many of these kids will sport fake teeth that are crooked and missing as a part of their costumers.  You know, the kind you had as a kid and put in to scare all of your friends and any nearby adults.  Well, crooked and missing teeth are fine and good when they are part of a Halloween costume, however, for many, they are a part of everyday real life.  In this case, crooked and missing teeth are not very much fun.

Crooked teeth can negatively affect your appearance, your self-esteem and your confidence.  Missing teeth can also negatively affect the way that you feel about yourself and can cause serious dental health problems such as orthodontic relapse (shifting teeth) and periodontal disease.  So if you have crooked or missing teeth, what are your options?

It used to be that traditional braces or porcelain veneers were the only available solutions for crooked teeth.  For many adults, the time, expense and altered appearance associated with metal braces made them an unattractive solution.  Porcelain veneers provided another option but was cost-prohibitive for many.  Today, there are a variety of options available for adults who desire straighter teeth but do not want to put up with the time and expense involved with metal braces or porcelain veneers.  Six Month Smiles® is a good example.  Six Month Smiles® is a short-term orthodontic treatment that enables you to get straighter teeth and a more balanced smile in an average treatment time of just six months utilizing clear braces.  If you desire straighter teeth and do not need major bite changes, this may be a good solution for you.

Now let’s talk about the options for replacing missing teeth.  If you need to replace a single tooth or a few teeth, your options include a partial denture, a conventional bridge or a dental-implant supported crown or bridge .  If you need to replace all of your teeth, your options include traditional full dentures (full plates), dental implant supported dentures or dental implant supported crowns.  These options differ greatly in costs as well as advantages to the patient.  Your dentist can help you determine which option is best suited for you based on your dental history, your lifestyle and your budget.  The important thing is to replace the missing teeth, not which tooth replacement option you choose.  Failure to replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth will put your overall dental health at risk and can negatively affect the health of your remaining teeth.

If crooked or missing teeth are a reality for you, talk to your dentist today about how you can improve both the form and function of your smile with restorative and cosmetic dentistry.  Happy Halloween.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health


Losing Your Teeth: Everyone’s Worst Nightmare

Have you ever dreamed that your teeth were falling out?  You wake up in a cold sweat and run to the mirror to make sure you still have all of your pearly whites.  Sound familiar?  If so, you are not alone.  This dream about tooth loss is one of the most common anxiety dreams reported.  Experts have interpreted this dream to mean many things.  Some of the most common theories are that this dream means you are feeling insecure or vulnerable, you feel a loss of control or you are worried about money and financial issues.  Whatever the meaning, these dreams are no fun!  That is because our teeth are vitally important to our daily life and dramatically affect our outward appearance.

Unfortunately, tooth loss is a reality for many people.  Everyday, adults in the United States lose teeth due to periodontal disease, tooth infections, tooth decay, trauma and more.  For these individuals, waking up does not make the nightmare go away.  However, there is hope for those who have lost teeth.  With today’s advances in dental technology and techniques, there are a number of attractive options for replacing missing teeth.  The trick is to determine which method best suits your lifestyle and your budget.  Your dental and medical history will also play a role in determining whether or not you are a candidate for certain tooth replacement options.

If you have lost just one or a few of your teeth, your options include a traditional dental bridge, a partial denture or a dental implant supported crown or bridge.  If you have lost most or all of your teeth, you may want to consider full dentures, a full set of dental implant supported crowns or dental implant supported dentures.   Your dentist will be able to go over each of these options with you to help you select the option that is best suited for your individual needs.

It is important to replace any missing teeth, regardless of which tooth replacement option you choose.  Failure to do so can cause your remaining teeth to shift out of place and can lead to serious dental health issues.

Posted of behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health