How to get the most from your partnership!
Think of the relationship between you and your
dentist as a partnership, your dentist can offer a range
of dental treatment options for many oral health
problems. Theses option will vary in complexity,
durability and cost but working together, you can choose
the treatment options that best suit your needs and
A good dentist will explain each
treatment option, including it's benefits and drawbacks.
It is important that you tell your dentist about
yourself and your needs and you shouldn't be afraid to
ask the dental team questions if necessary in order to
help you understand their oral treatment
The key to all good
relationships is trust and understanding as it should be
between you and your dentist, you should therefore try
to build a relationships based on open and honest
communication. A good dental team will be more than
happy to explain the oral care program they are
proposing for you but if you don't understand any aspect
you may want to ask some or all of the following
- Can you give me a step by step breakdown as you
make your oral examinations?
- What are the treatment options in respect of my
- Are there any alternative treatments I should
- Which of these options would give me the best
- What needs to be treated now and what can wait
to be treated later?
- What can I do infuture to avoid similar problems
Confidence and trust are key factors
when visiting your dental team, a dental expert said,
"Dentists are trained to understand their patients
worries and cam empathize with them. Your dentist should
be an expert, not just in technical dentistry but in
communication, empathy, understanding and be able to
deliver care in a professional manner". He also stated
"that cost was actually quite low on their list of
concerns, a hygienic, friendly environment is more
important for most people".
Many people have a
level of anxiety when visiting their dentist, probably
based on a bad experience from their childhood when
dental techniques were not as good as they are today.
Things are somewhat different today as modern dental
care and new techniques and advances mean that the
discomfort you may remember from your childhood is
considerably less today.
for your dentist to sort out your problems, our expert
stated "Avoid problems by sticking to a good mouth care
routine in the first place, healthy teeth are within
Remember you and your dentist
are a team and good oral health is your goal.
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The Mouth Body Connection
Periodontal disease has been linked to a variety of health conditions. Good periodontal health not only maintains the health of your mouth, it also helps in maintaining the health of your body.
Periodontal Disease and Inflammatory Conditions:
Research has shown that there is a connection between periodontal disease and other chronic inflammatory conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer's disease. Therefore treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal disease but may also help with the management of other inflammatory conditions.
Periodontal disease and Cardiovascular Disease:
Researchers have found that people suffering from periodontal disease are twice more likely to suffer from coronary Artery Disease compared to people
without periodontal disease.
Several Theories exist to explain the link between periodontal disease and coronary Artery Disease.
One theory is that the oral bacteria can effect the heart when they enter the blood stream through the gums, attaching to fatty plaques in the coronary arteries (arteries supplying blood to the heart) and contributing to clot formation. Blood clots can obstruct the normal blood flow, hence restricting the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the heart. This may lead to a heart attack.
Another theory is that the inflammation caused due to periodontal disease increases plaque build up, which may cause swelling in the arteries.
Periodontal Disease and Stroke:
Additional studies have also pointed to a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke.
Periodontal Disease and Pregnancy:
Some studies have suggested that pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be more likely to have a baby that is born too early or too small. The two postulated mechanisms by which periodontal disease could play a role in pre term births are :
- Increased inflammatory response
- Maternal bacteremia along with placental transmission
However more research is needed to confirm how periodontal disease may affect pregnancy outcomes. The American Academy of Periodontology recommends that women considering pregnancy should have a periodontal evaluation.
A regular periodontal evaluation is very important along with a regular professional cleaning to maintain periodontal health.
A Periodontal evaluation may be especially important if you
- Have a high risk of periodontal disease
- Have Heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease or osteoporosis
- Are thinking about becoming pregnant
- Have a
family member with periodontal disease ( research has suggested that bacteria that cause periodontal disease can pass through saliva)
- Have a sore or irritation in your mouth that does not get better in two weeks.
On 11th February, 2011 Dr. Priti D. Advani
volunteered for the “Give Kids a Smile” program.
Dental Caries remain a major public health concern.
Water fluoridation prevents cavities in both children
and adults, with studies estimating an 18–40% reduction
in cavities when water fluoridation is used by children
who already have access to toothpaste and other sources
World Health Organization expert
committee suggested a level of fluoride from 0.5 to 1.0
mg/L (milligrams per liter), depending on climate.
Bottled water typically has unknown fluoride levels, and
some domestic water filters remove some or all fluoride.
Leading health organizations support water
fluoridation. These include:
U.S. Center for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC)
American Dental Association
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
San Jose is the largest
city in the US that does not fluoridate its water.
San Francisco implemented water fluoridation in 1953.
Palo Alto in 1956. In 2004 80% of Palo Alto residents
voted to retain fluoridated water.
Good news is
that in November 2011 the Santa Clara Valley Water
District board of directors voted to fluoridate San Jose
water. Fluoridating water at the district’s treatment
plant will greatly increase the number of county
residents receiving fluoridated water.
Presently the following
areas in the Santa Clara County are fluoridated:
Milpitas (95% of residents and all schools)
San Jose (Evergreen, Alviso, North of Trimble road)
Parts of Cupertino
Parts of Los Altos
Parts of Los
Santa Clara (95054 zip
Sunnyvale (North of El Camino Real)
Non fluoridated areas are:
Parts of Cupertino
of Los Altos
Parts of Los Altos Hills
Most of San
Santa Clara (except 95054 zip code)
(south of El Camino)