Improve Your Oral Health in 2019 with Cakmes Dental Studio

Improve Your Oral Health in 2019 with Cakmes Dental Studio

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Did you know that your oral health can affect the rest of your body? Or that your oral health reflects your overall health?

The mouth is teeming with thousands of bacteria. While most of them are harmless, they can reach to levels that are enough to cause oral infections such as gum disease and tooth decay. This is especially true if you don’t keep up with good oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing.

Poor dental health is a major contributor for serious health issues like heart disease and respiratory problems. Some studies have shown that it can also contribute to dementia. Fortunately, there are ways to improve your oral health. The first step? Schedule an appointment with a dentist.

Why you should see a dentist?

If you haven’t seen a dentist in a long time, now is the time.

Seeing a dentist early on can help you avoid or mitigate dental issues such as tooth decay or gum problems. These may seem minor at first but when left unattended, they can lead to more serious health issues.

Cakmes Dental Studio has a dedicated team to help you achieve the healthiest and brightest smile you could ever have (our loyal customers can attest to that!).

We are committed to providing our customers with the best quality of service in dentistry. We use the latest dental technology such as a diagnodent laser for early detection of tooth decay, the use of intra oral camera, and one day crowns (Cerec).

Some of the services we offer include ClearCorrect, aesthetic contouring, Cerec restoration, and tooth colored fillings.

Start this year right by committing to improve your dental health. Call us to schedule for an appointment.

 

 

 

References:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20047475

http://bearabledentistry.com/why-you-need-to-visit-the-dentist/

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Gum Disease and Diabetes

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Preventing Periodontal Disease with Diabetes

Keeping a healthy smile is important for everyone, but preventing periodontal disease can prove to be more difficult for those with diabetes. With 100 million Americans living with diabetes or prediabetes, the connection between periodontal disease and diabetes shouldn’t go unnoticed.

Studies show that people with poor blood sugar control develop periodontal disease more frequently and more severely than people who have healthy levels of blood sugar control.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection of the tissue that holds your teeth in place. Gum disease is caused by allowing the sticky film of bacteria called plaque, to build up and harden on teeth. This disease can lead to sore, inflamed and bleeding gums, as well as tooth decay and eventually tooth loss.

The good news is, having diabetes does not necessarily mean you will suffer from periodontal disease. In fact, people with diabetes who continually keep stable blood sugar levels have the same amount of periodontal disease as non-diabetic patients.

There are several factors that lead to periodontal disease and ways that you can prevent it.

BLOOD VESSEL CHANGES

Thickening of blood vessels, a symptom of diabetes, leads to increased gum disease. Blood vessels deliver oxygen and nourishment to the mouth as well as take away bacteria and harmful waste. Thickening of the vessels slows this process down and allows for plaque to build up quicker.

GLUCOSE

Having high levels of glucose, or sugar present in the mouth promotes the growth of harmful bacteria. Too much glucose will also lead to bad blood sugar levels.

SMOKING

Smoking increases risks of heart disease, cancer, and gum disease. Smokers are five times more likely to have gum disease than non-smokers and smokers with diabetes over the age of 45 are 20 times more likely to have gum disease than those without risk factors.

Preventing periodontal disease doesn’t have to be difficult. There are several ways to prevent plaque buildup but if you live with diabetes, getting blood sugar levels under control is the first step.

You can also make sure to keep your biannual dental appointment to monitor plaque build up and have any excess plaque removed. Brush at least twice a day and floss once. Lower sugar consumption and eat fibrous produce to prevent periodontal disease and improve oral hygiene.

Things like a healthy diet, exercise, and talking to your doctor can help keep diabetes under control. Even without diabetes, you should still make oral hygiene a priority. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to brush up on the best practices for oral hygiene.

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Is Sugar Really So Bad for Teeth?

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The Effects of Sugar on Teeth

With Halloween around the corner it’s easy to be craving candy but don’t let the holiday be a reason to wreak havoc on your mouth with cavities. While all foods cause build up sugar is the biggest offender, making your teeth susceptible to enamel erosion, cavities, and permanent damage.

How can something so sweet be so sinister?

Your mouth has a natural ecosystem balanced by good and bad bacteria but harmful oral bacteria use the sugars you eat to create acids. The acid destroys your tooth enamel leaving your tooth weak and susceptible to cavities.

Cavities are bacterial infections created by acids that leave holes in your teeth. Untreated, cavities can cause tooth and gum pain, and eventually tooth loss.

According to the World Health Organization, we should limit our added sugar intake to six teaspoons a day. The average American consumes 19.5 grams per day so the most effective preventative treatment would be to cut back on sugar intake considerably.

On Halloween, that number jumps to 384 grams of sugar, or 16 times the recommended sugar intake. 

What can we do about it?

Make sure to pack nutrient-dense meals full of protein and fibers to avoid that mindless moment of rummaging the cabinets for something sweet. Read the nutritional labels to find the sugar content and the hidden ingredients. Even reading the labels can be tricky these days, with sugar hiding in so many forms it can be hard to find an innocent treat.

Added sugars hide in 74% of packaged foods under as many as 61 different names. Here are some of the most frequently occurring names:

  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Barley malt
  • Dextrose
  • Maltose
  • Rice syrup
  • corn syrup
  • corn syrup solids
  • fructose
  • anhydrous dextrose

We know that sugar is bad, and we know that it can hide in several places, but what else can we do to protect our teeth? Here are 6 tips:

  1. Don’t snack all day
  2. Nix sugary beverages
  3. Use fluoride toothpaste
  4. Brush your teeth at least twice daily
  5. Floss at least once daily
  6. Swap candies for fruit

 

If you feel concerned about your oral health, or haven’t seen the dentist in a while call (865) 588-8202 to set up an appointment at Cakmes Studio today!

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Poor Dental Hygiene Affects More Than Just Your Mouth

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Dental Hygiene & Your Health

Did you know October is recognized as Dental Hygiene Month? We all know that skipping brushing and flossing can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and tooth loss, but studies have shown that poor oral hygiene can affect your whole body. From heart disease to low birth rate, forgetting to take good care of your mouth can take a toll on your body.

Here are a few diseases that poor oral hygiene can play a part in:

  • Cardiovascular disease
    Some studies show that bacterial infection in the mouth and gums can move into the bloodstream, attach to fatty plaques and cause inflammation in the blood vessels, increasing the risk of clots.
  • Dementia 
    Some studies suggest there is a correlation between periodontal disease and increased risk of dementia. The bacteria from gingivitis may enter the brain through the nervous system or the bloodstream leading to Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Diabetic complications
    Gum disease is more frequent and severe among people who have diabetes. Periodontal disease can make it harder to control blood sugar and worsen diabetic symptoms.
  • Pregnancy and Birth
    A study found in the NCBI confirms that mothers with Periodontal disease tend to produce relatively low birth weights as a result of poor dental hygiene.

Now that we know what poor hygiene and periodontal disease can cause, how do we prevent it?

  • Find the right toothbrush
    Brush with a soft or extra soft toothbrush because medium and hard bristles can damage enamel.
  • Floss Daily
    Brushing only cleans 70% of tooth surface area leaving a whopping 30% to be reached only through flossing.
  • Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings
    Tartar buildup cannot be cleaned with just regular brushing and flossing, dentists need to remove tartar buildup to prevent oral disease. They also check for oral and throat cancer.
  • Brush at least twice a day for two whole minutes
    Studies show that brushing for two minutes reduces plaque considerably compared to one minute of brushing. Brush a minimum of twice daily for two minutes each for optimal oral hygiene.
  • Brush more than just your teeth
    Gums, tongue, and top of your mouth also harbor bacteria so make sure to give them a good brush too.

If you think you may be experiencing periodontal disease, Cakmes Dental Studio in Knoxville is here to help. We are currently accepting new patients. Call (865) 584-6163 to schedule an appointment today!

 

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How Clean is Your Toothbrush?

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Did you know, your toothbrush spends four minutes a day in your mouth?

ADA dentist Dr. Matthew Messina gives a step-by-step guide to storing your toothbrush to ensure it stays clean and pristine.

Watch the video here.

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