How to Avoid A Vacation Disaster

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Getting ready to leave on vacation can be an overwhelming chore, especially when you are in charge of packing for a family. In addition to remembering travel essentials it is very wise not to forget about dental emergencies. Dental emergencies can ruin a vacation!

How to deal with Dental Emergencies Before You Travel

It’s a good idea to make an appointment for a dental checkup before you leave on your trip.

A checkup is especially important if you’ll be traveling in developing countries or in remote areas without access to good dental care.

Left to chance, emergency dental care may be uncomfortable, dangerous and expensive. Dental care providers in developing regions may not have the resources, equipment or supplies to take all of the recommended precautions for preventing disease transmission.

The best insurance is to have your teeth in tip-top shape before you depart.

But if a toothache should occur, a crown should fall out, your gums become inflamed, or any other dental emergency crops up, don’t panic; there are easy things you can do to stop the pain and preserve the function until you can visit a dentist.

Do-It-Yourself Dentistry

Before traveling, making a Dental First Aid Kit might be helpful.  You can pick up a Dental Emergency First Aid kit at your local pharmacies, or order them online.Most Dental kits contain:

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Treatment Of a Toothache

Treatment of a toothache consists of locating the painful tooth and checking for any obvious cavity or fracture. Clean out any food with a toothbrush, toothpick, or similar tool. Then soak a small cotton pellet or, if not available, a small piece of cloth, in a topical anesthetic, such as eugenol, (oil of Clove) or benzocaine (Orajel)  solution. This should then be placed in the cavity. A small pair of dental tweezers, like the type provided in commercial toothache kits, tick removing tweezers, or a small instrument like a toothpick is helpful in placing the cotton as it is often hard to get your fingers into the mouth. This topical anesthetic should give quick relief.

Commercial toothache medications that are available include Red Cross Toothache Medicine containing 85% eugenol, Dent’s Toothache Drops containing benzocaine and eugenol, and Orajel containing benzocaine. Some products include the small dental tweezers and cotton pellets that you will need.The type of topical anesthetic used is important. Dentists use pure eugenol for emergency treatment of toothaches since it is long-lasting, but this can be difficult to find. Oil of cloves is the same thing and is available without prescription at pharmacies and some health food stores. Be careful, however, as pure oil of cloves can cause chemical burns to the mouth and tongue if it gets off the tooth.

Once the medicated cotton is in place, cover it with a temporary filling material, such as Tempanol or Cavit (Tempanol is a temporary filling material that contains zinc oxide and eugenol (oil of clove) ) to prevent it from falling out. These are all soft, putty-like materials that can be molded into the cavity. If they are not available, soft dental wax or softened wax from a candle can be used. If a candle is used, melt some wax and let it cool until it is pliable before placing in the mouth.

A pain medication, such as 800mg Motrin every 8 hours, or prescription pain medicines, such as Vicodin, 1-2 every four to six hours, can be used if available. Do not place aspirin on the gum next to a painful tooth. Not only doesn’t it help, it causes a large, painful burn to the gum tissue.

Finding Dental Care Out side US

Many countries have dental associations that can provide referrals.  Dental referrals may also be available at the American Consulate or the American embassy in the country you are visiting.

I will discuss How to do Do-It-Yourself Dentistry On the following issues on my next blogs:

  • Chipped or broken tooth
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Extruded (partially dislodged) tooth
  • Object caught between teeth
  • Lost filling
  • Lost crown
  • Broken braces wire
  • Loose braces bracket or band
  • Abscess

 

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The Benefit of Oil Pulling

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 Oil-pulling therapy involves swishing  a tablespoon of cold pressed organic sesame oil, or coconut ,sunflower, olive oil in the mouth for as long as 10 to 15 minutes and then spitting it out. It is part of a traditional alternative medicine called Ayurveda that originated in India.

The roots of oil pulling go deep, and it is referenced in the Charaka Saṃhitā, a foundation text of Ayurveda. Ayurveda is an ancient healing system that originated in India at least 5,000 years ago. Ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian subcontinent and a form of alternative medicine

Claimed Benefits for Your Mouth

Overall strengthening of the teeth and gums and jaws
• Prevention of diseases of the gums and mouth, such as cavities and gingivitis
• Prevention for bad breath
• Potential holistic remedy for bleeding gums
• Prevention of dryness of the lips, mouth and throat
• Possible holistic treatment for TMJ and generalreness in the jaw area

Claimed Benefits Beyond Mouth


. Deepak Chopra is an advocate of oil pulling and advises in his book, “Perfect Health,” to begin one’s day by swishing sunflower, coconut, sesame or olive oil. After it’s absorbed through the tongue, the detoxifying oil makes its way through the body, according to Chopra’s 2001 book, “Perfect Health.”

Today, many holistic practitioners believe:

  • help the lymphatic system of the body
  •  preventative health measure for many other conditions.
  • Migraine headache relief
  • • Correcting hormone imbalances
  • • Reducing inflammation of arthritis
  • • May help with gastro-enteritis
  • • Aids in the reduction of eczema
  • • May reduce symptoms of bronchitis
  • • Helps support normal kidney function
  • • May help reduce sinus congestion
  • • Some people report improved vision
  • • Helps reduce insomnia
  • • Reduced hangover after alcohol consumption
  • • Aids in reducing pain
  • • Reduces the symptoms of allergies
  • • Helps detoxify the body of harmful metals and organisms

Is There a Scientific Studies to Support Benefits of  Oil Pulling?

Dr. Sharath Asokan, BDS, MDS, PhD, a professor at the department of pediatric dentistry at Meenakshi Ammal Dental College in Chennai, India, says:

“Within limited available literature and as a person working in Oil Pulling area for close to a decade, I am convinced this works.”

In a study that investigated the impact of oil pulling on microorganisms in biofilm models, Thai researchers from the Faculty of Dentistry at Mahidol University in Bangkok employed coconut oil, corn oil, rice bran oil, palm oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil, and soy bean oil (Asia Journal of Public Health, May-August 2011, Vol. 2:2, pp. 62-66). They found that “coconut oil exhibited antimicrobial activity against S. mutans and [Candidaalbicans,” they wrote. “Sesame oil had antibacterial activity against S. mutans whereas sunflower oil had antifungal activity against C. albicans. Their study provided enough data for the researchers to conclude that “oil-pulling therapy with some edible oils could be used as a preventive home therapy to maintain oral hygiene, especially in developing countries.”

Those researchers found that oil pulling with sunflower oil reduced plaque scores after 45 days. Dr. Asokan had found support for the technique’s ability to reduce plaque (Indian J Dent Res, January-March 2009, Vol. 20:1, pp. 47-51).

He also found that it can have an impact on Bad breath, medically called halitosis (Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry, April-June 2011, Vol. 29:2, pp. 90-94).

What is the Position of American Dental Association, ADA,  on Oil Pulling?

When  invited for an interview on this issue,  ADA responded that it  has no opinion on the matter and that it cannot comment on oil pulling because additional research is needed.

What is safe to believe?

While there are many Eastern studies, particularly from India, it appears as though the Western world has yet to put oil pulling’s effect on oral health to the test.

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12 Diseases and One Simple Solution

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A new Gallup poll has revealed that 1 in 3 adults in the United States have not visited the dentist within the past year – a trend that has stayed mostly the same since 2008.

These findings are based on interviews with 178,072 American adults conducted during 2013 and with 354,645 adults conducted during 2008 as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Respondents were asked whether they had visited the dentist in the previous 12 months. Results for all years between 2008 and 2013 are similar.

Poor oral health and 12 killer diseases

Poor oral care can lead to many potential negative health outcomes. Recent medical research has indicated that when combined with other risk factors, poor oral health may be linked to :

 Connection found between poor dental health and depression

Recently Deakin University researchers reported a connection between poor dental health and depression.

Using data from a comprehensive health survey of more than 10,000 people aged 20—75 years living in the United States, the Deakin IMPACT Strategic Research Centre, found that poor dental health (as measured by the number of dental conditions a person had) increased the likelihood of being depressed.

“Not only did we find a connection between dental health and depression, we also demonstrated that the more dental conditions one had the greater the severity of their depression,” said Deakin’s Dr. Adrienne O’Neil.

 Inflammatory disorder causes systemic diseases

The report explained  Depression being caused by inflammatory disorder.Poor dental health, which is a source of inflammation, had not been investigated extensively, before this work,  in the context of its links with mental health.The results of this study are published in the online version of the journal General Hospital Psychiatry.

The diseases mentioned above are systematic. Recent research demonstrates that inflammation may be responsible for the association of Oral health and systematic diseases. Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage gum diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.

The oral cavity might well be thought of as the window to the body

The oral cavity might well be thought of as the window to the body as oral manifestations accompany many systemic diseases.Three mechanisms or pathways linking oral infections to secondary systemic was studied recently.

The conclusion was Gum disease as a major oral infection may affect the host’s susceptibility to systemic disease such as disease discussed above.

In recent studies, Gum bleeding was associated with higher LDL cholesterol and systolic blood pressure.

The May 2000 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Health states, “You cannot be healthy without oral health. Oral health and general health should not be interpreted as separate entities.”

The American Dental Association recommends adults visit a dentist at least once a year and the survey found one-third of U.S. adults did not meet this minimum level of dental care.

There are more than 120 medical conditions – many of them life-threatening – that can be detected in the early stages by a dentist, including thyroid problems, high blood pressure, asthma, sleep and breathing disorders, skin rashes, bruxism (teeth grinding), HIV, tuberculosis, drug abuse, anorexia, digestive disorders and upper respiratory problems.

In recent studies done by Garry Souffrant, MD, of the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio,the following conclusion was made:

“Looking for other types of disease during a primary care visit with patients seeking a dental referral may create an opportunity to catch undiagnosed health problems, researchers reported here.”

What can you do?

Maintenance of good oral health through regular dental visits and appropriate treatment of gum problems is critical for people with any of these health conditions. You can play a major role in preventing gum disease and improving your oral and overall health by:

  • Brushing for two to three minutes, twice a day, with fluoridated toothpaste. Be sure to brush along the gum line.
  • Flossing daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Eating a healthy diet to provide essential nutrients (vitamins A and C, in particular).
  • Avoiding cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.
  • Carefully following your physician’s and dentist’s instructions about health care, including using prescription medications, such as antibiotics, as directed.
  • Treating dental infections immediately.
  • Sharing your complete medical history, including any medications you are currently taking, with your dentist.
  • Limiting your alcohol intake.
  • Calling your dentist to make an appointment to have your teeth professionally cleaned.

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Chocolate to Replace Fluoride?

“Chocolate Toothpaste? Extract of Tasty Treat Could Fight Tooth Decay.”

That’s how Tulane University’s news office provocatively titled a press release in 2007 .

Doesn’t it sound sweet?  The extract, Theobromine, is a constituent of a number of plants, including the beans used to make chocolate. A chemical cousin to caffeine, just like caffeine Theobromine is also a stimulant.


Previous to Tulane University announcement,  BBC News had reported:

A study carried out by researchers at Osaka University in Japan found that parts of the cocoa bean, the main ingredient of chocolate,prevents mouth bacteria and tooth decay.

Speaking to New Scientist magazine, Takashi Ooshima, from Osaka University, said their findings could lead to new treatments for tooth decay.

“It may be possible to use cocoa bean husk extract in a mouthwash, or supplement it to a toothpaste.”

They discovered that the cocoa bean husk – the outer part of the bean which usually goes to waste in chocolate production – has an anti-bacterial effect on the mouth and can fight effectively against plaque and other damaging agents.

Theobromine for Teeth
After a chain of events initiated by Hurricane Katrina,one of the graduate students of Tulane University, Arman Sadegh pour decided to reconnect with his high school mentor, Tetsuo Nakamoto,DDS, PhD. Sadeghpour, after this visit,  shifted his graduate research to continue the work done by Nakamoto.

Nakamoto had found that while caffeine adversely affects teeth, its fellow
methylated xanthine, Theobromine, strengthened tooth enamel.
Sadeghpour decided to expand Nakamoto’s studies. He worked on the effects of Theobromine on human teeth, and  compared Theobromine anti-cavity proprieties with fluoride.

Arman Sadeghpour successfully completed his doctoral thesis on this project.

 

Recetly, Nov 26, 2013, he presented his work in American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Session. He said that his research showed that :

“Theobromine protected teeth from decay better than fluoride.The amount of Theobromine in a one ounce dark chocolate bar has a better effect on tooth hardness than a 1.1% prescription sodium fluoride treatment,” said Sadeghpour.

“While fluoride is an effective enamel strengthener, the federal government issued a mandate to reduce the amount of fluoride in drinking water by 30%. This was due to reports of overexposure in children. Also, as previously mentioned, since high doses can irritate the gastrointestinal tract, some refuse fluoride treatments at the dentist’s office. Conversely, Theobromine was found to be readily absorbed by the gut, metabolized and cleared cleanly by humans”. “Dentists are excited to have an alternative to fluoride” said Sadeghpour.

There are also some research which support the idea that The fluoride exposure in drinking water could affect children Intelligence.

Arman Sadeghpour, PhD, is now President and Chief Executive Officer of Theodent, the company who is producing and distributing Theodent Chocolate Tooth Pate.

Although Theodent is expensive,however, Proctor Gamble, the makers of Crest toothpaste, felt threatened enough to produce a chocolate tasting toothpaste. CNBC recently  did a survey called  “Chocolate-flavored toothpaste put to the test“. You could see people’s view on this here.

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Can a Pregnant Woman’s Oral Health Affect her Unborn?

Researchers recently reported  death of a fetus in uterus because of pregnancy-associated gum disease. The research was done by Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine.

In another study researchers have also found that an expectant mother’s oral health also has the potential to affect her unborn infant’s health. Bacteria from the mother’s mouth can get into the mother’s blood, from where it reaches the amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby, and the baby can then swallow the bacteria.This can cause the baby to get an infection — either as a newborn, or while the infant is still inside the uterus.

Pregnant mothers with poor oral health have a risk of:

  • delivering a pre-term baby
  • delivering a baby with a low birth weight
  • having pre-eclampsia (pregnancy hypertension)

Babies who are pre-term or have low birth weight have a higher risk of:

  • developmental complications
  • asthma
  • ear infections
  • birth abnormalities
  • behavioral difficulties
  • infant death

What is Pregnancy Gingivitis (Gum Disease)?

Between 60 and 70 percent of all pregnant women will get gingivitis at some point during their pregnancy.

Hormone levels change considerably during pregnancy. Particularly an increase in estrogen and progesterone –- that can cause  gum disease any time during the second to eighth month of pregnancy – a condition called pregnancy gingivitis (inflammation of the gums).  Its symptoms can range from redder gums that bleed a little when brushing, to swollen gums that bleed a lot.

 

How to avoid Pregnancy Gingivitis (Gum Disease)?

Practice good nutritionIt is a myth that calcium is lost from the mother’s teeth during pregnancy.If dietary calcium is inadequate, however, your body will access this mineral from stores in your bones.An adequate intake of dairy products, green leafy vegetables (broccoli, kale, mustard greens) or the supplements your obstetrician may recommend will help ensure that you get all the calcium you need during your pregnancy.

 

  • Brush thoroughly at least twice a day, preferably in the morning and at night
  • Take your time; you should spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth
  • Be sure to use anti-plaque toothpaste to help protect your teeth from decay and gum disease.
  • . If brushing exacerbates morning sickness, rinse your mouth with water or with antiplaque and fluoride mouthwashes. More frequent cleanings from the dentist will reduce gum irritation, help control plaque, prevent gingivitis and decrease the likelihood of pregnancy tumors. Be sure to check your dental benefits, as some Dental benefit plans cover an extra cleaning for pregnant women.

  • Rinse thoroughly after brushing to get rid of bacteria in hard-to-reach places
  • Remember to floss daily to help avoid the buildup of bacteria
  • Avoid sugary snacks
  • Have at least one oral checkup with your dentist during pregnancy.
  • In addition to regular checkups, schedule a dental appointment right away if you have toothache, gums that bleed frequently and cause you pain, swollen, tender gums; receding gums; persistent bad breath; or loosening teeth,  growths in your mouth, even if they’re not painful or causing any other symptoms (Pregnancy Tumor).

 

What is Pregnancy Tumors?

Sometimes a large lump with deep red pinpoint markings on it forms on inflamed gum tissue, usually near the upper gum line. The red lump glistens, may bleed and crust over, and can make eating and speaking difficult and cause discomfort. These growths are called pregnancy tumors and can occur at any time during the course of pregnancy, though they usually occur during the second trimester.

  • Don’t let the word ”tumor” worry you. These growths are not cancerous nor can be spread to others. A pregnancy tumor is an extreme inflammatory reaction to a local irritation (such as food particles or plaque). The tumors occur in up to 10% of pregnant women and often in women who also have pregnancy gingivitis.
  • Pregnancy tumors are also known by several other names, including pyogenic granuloma, granuloma of pregnancy, lobular capillary hemangioma, and pregnancy epulides.

Your gums usually return to normal following the delivery of your baby. The bleeding and sensitivity should diminish. If swelling and irritation continue after delivery or get worse during your pregnancy, contact your dentist.

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Hitler had a Fear of Going to the Dentist!

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Hitler was known to hate the dentist!
 

The future Führer of Nazi Germany was known to hate the dentist.
A postcard sent during the First World War by Adolf Hitler after a visit to the dentist – in which he claimed to have had 19 teeth removed – has turned up in Munich.

‘You can’t imagine how nice I looked,’ he wrote to a fellow soldier called Karl Lanzhammer who was stationed in France. ‘Now I’m better.’

The card, dated December 21, 1916, has been authenticated after it was found in the collection of a postcard collector.

On the front of the card is a picture of Berlin’s Landwehr Canal and it is marked with the stamp of the 2nd Bavarian Infantry Regiment, Hitler’s unit at the time.

 

Some patients have such a fear of dentists that they avoid making dental appointments at all, or cancel appointments they do make. They usually tell me they’ve “always” been afraid of dentists. There are several things you can try to overcome this fear:

Find a Good Dentist for You. Finding a dentist who is sympathetic and understands that you are anxious and will work with you will increase your comfort. You need to feel at ease with your dentist if you want to overcome your fears, and your dentist needs to know what you fear and how they may be able to help you. Good communication also means things like rapport, body language, and using non-threatening language that you can understand. Rapport (a harmonious connection) also implies a relationship of equals, where you don’t perceive your dentist as a threatening or a condescending figure, but as a partner in your care. Communication means that you do things together with your dentist, rather than your dentist doing things to you.

Many dentists offer practices specifically targeted towards fearful people and offer a variety of solutions that may include sedation, and lots of reassurance.

Step by Step you don’t have to do it all at once. Schedule an examination so you can meet the dentist. Then come back for a cleaning. A couple of successful, low stress experiences, will help you cope.

Breath slowly, hold your breath a bit and then slowly exhale.. If you feel you are having an anxiety attack it helps to breath deeply from your stomach than from the chest to the stomach.

Set a date after your dentist appointment to do something fun. Or, reward yourself if you think you have overcome your fear.

Muscle relaxation. Progressive muscle relaxation involves tensing and then releasing one group of muscles at a time. It can help to slow heart rate and promote calmness. Just a few minutes of progressive muscle relaxation may help during an appointment.

Distraction. Focusing your mind elsewhere is another way to lessen anxiety and pain. The more complicated the task, the better. Listening to music may help. But counting tiles on the ceiling or slats on a window blind may be even more effective.

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Do You Get a Lot of Headaches?

 

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According to the National Headache Foundation, over 45 million Americans suffer from chronic, recurring headaches and of these, 28 million suffer from migraines. About 20% of children and adolescents also experience significant headaches. There are many different types of headaches.

Cluster Headaches

Cluster headaches are relatively uncommon, but these headaches cause excruciating, sharp-as-knife pain around one eye. Attacks occur daily in clusters of weeks or months, then disappear completely for months or years. They are four times more common in men than women, and typically start before age 30. See your doctor if you think you have a cluster headache.

Rebound Headache

Rebound headaches occur in less than 2% of patients whose persistent headache pain causes them to overuse headache medication. These headaches may worsen with physical or mental exertion. Talk to your doctor if you feel that you may be experiencing these headaches.

Sinus Headache

Sinus headaches are headaches with a deep and constant pain in the cheekbones, forehead, or bridge of the nose. This pain usually intensifies with sudden head movement or straining and is usually accompanied by symptoms such as fever, runny nose, and clogged ears. tension headaches and migraine headaches are most common. Since these two types of headaches may be treated differently, determining which type you have is a critical step in pain relief.

Tension Headache

Tension headaches are sometimes called muscle contraction headaches. The pain is usually a dull ache on both sides of the head and has been described as feeling like a tight band across the front of the head. It is also associated with stiffness of the neck/shoulder and frequent pain.

Migraine Headache

Migraine headaches produce moderate to severe pounding or throbbing pain, common on one side of the head. Migraine pain is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and sensitivity to light and/or sounds.

TMJ Migraine Headache:

If you suffer with complaints of migraine or other headache pain, I would like to make you aware of one basic scientific fact that is undeniable: TMJ or jaw joint dysfunction, is the major cause of your suffering. Your doctors, including neurologist, have simply not received the dental training required to be able to diagnose TMJ problems and how they relate to your migraine or headache pain. That is the main reason there is so much skepticism about TMJ treatment from the medical profession. Physicians just don’t know enough about it. Furthermore, many dentists jump on the bandwagon thinking that they can cure these ailments, only to find that they lack the skill and experience to get the job done.

Symptoms of TMJ Migraine Headache:

How are TMJ migraine patients evaluated? Dental and medical evaluation,clinical exam, including examination of chewing muscles and other related muscle to the joints. Observing patient’s difficulty of the opening the mouth and chewing. Diagnostic dental x-rays and medical x-rays of the joints.  Lateral skull x-rays with analysis to determine the skeletal component of the joint.

Night Guards: Some dentists use night guards to treat TMJ. My studies have shown that use of night guard does not help  TMJ headaches, but it will exacerbate the symptoms and does not offer any solution to the cause.

I believe use of night guards does not help TMJ headaches, but it will exacerbate the symptoms

Successful Treatment Options for TMJ Disorder:

First line of defense is to seek help with a dentist whom has extensive training, continuous studies and experience on this area. Treatment is customized for the individual patient with definitive diagnosis. Every patient has a different degree of the derangement of the TMJ Disorder.Most important is to diagnose and come up with a treatment plan to that diagnosis.

If you suspect that you might have TMJ Migraine, I would be glad to examine you, to see if this is in deed the case and plan a treatment for you. This examination would be free of charge to you.

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