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Oral Health | Does Chewing Gum Fight Cavities?

by David W. Mills, DDS | March 6, 2017

Chewing Gum

EUCLID, OH - Chewing gum may be good for your oral health. That is, if it is the right kind of chewing gum.

You have probably been told many times that chewing gum is not good for your oral health. Growing up, your parents, teachers, and babysitters all told you so—didn’t they? Everyone always told you that chewing gum is not good for your oral health—except your dentist, that is. Instead, your dentist would tell you that sugarless chewing gum is actually quite beneficial for your oral health.

Chewing gum began to grow in popularity in the 1800’s, when settlers picked up the habit from Native Americans. Shortly after this, chewing gum began to be manufactured and sold to consumers.

So, why does your dentist recommend chewing sugarless gum? It is due to the fact that it can help you in your fight against tooth decay. The biggest benefit of chewing gum is the increase in saliva production it causes. Your saliva plays an important role in digestion and preventing cavities. Saliva helps to prevent cavities by neutralizing the acids that are present in your mouth. These acids are a major contributor in causing cavities.  

One of the best times to chew sugarless gum is immediately after a meal. The reason for this, is that when you eat food, sugars feed the bacteria in your mouth and create acid. By chewing gum after your meal, you will prevent this acid from doing any damage to your teeth. 

When looking at what chewing gum is best for you oral health, you should buy gum that contains Xylitol. Xylitol works as an anti sugar in your mouth, not just a sugar substitute.

Other ways to prevent cavities is brushing, flossing, receiving routine cleanings, and sealants.

Unfortunately, on the opposite end of the spectrum, chewing gum that has sugar in it will cause your oral health to decline. Chewing gum with sugar will increase the amount of sugar present in your mouth and will feed those hungry bacteria. This sugar will actually cause an uptick in tooth decay, not help fight it! 

If you suffer from TMJ or frequent headaches, you may not want to chew gum frequently. The constant chewing may cause your condition to worsen. 

Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment

Do you suffer from TMJ or headaches? Or, maybe you just need to schedule an oral wellness visit. Feel free to contact us at our office in Euclid, OH today to schedule an appointment.

 

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Periodontal Disease | Keeping Your Gums Healthy

by David W. Mills, DDS | February 20, 2017

Periodontal Disease

 

EUCLID, OH -  Do you have healthy gums? You should probably know the answer to this question, but there is a chance you don’t. Unless you have been diagnosed by a dentist, you may not know if you have periodontal disease or not. Oftentimes, periodontal disease does not cause much pain and does not present many symptoms. A couple of signs you can look for are: bleeding while, or after, you floss, and the appearance of your gums being swollen or bright red. If you do not know if you have developed some form of periodontal disease, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist’s office will be equipped with tools that will help to diagnose any periodontal disease and determine how far your periodontal disease has developed. Additionally, your dentist will be able to offer a treatment plan that will help to reverse your periodontal disease. 

One major reason you should determine if you suffer from periodontal disease and seek treatment, is due to the other health issues periodontal disease is associated with. These issues include: cancer, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes.  

Maintaining routine dental visits is the best way to prevent periodontal disease from developing. However, there are several steps you can take to keep your gums healthy at home:

  • Brush twice daily to remove bacteria from your mouth.
  • Floss when you brush to remove bacteria from in between your teeth.
  • Brush your upper teeth from top to bottom to remove any bacteria from along your gum line.
  • Brush your lower teeth from bottom to top to remove any bacteria from along your gum line.
  • Floss you teeth after you eat a meal.

Your dentist or periodontist will be able to diagnose your periodontal disease and implement a treatment plan, if necessary. Visiting your dentist at least once per year (twice is best) is imperative to maintain healthy teeth and gums. If you are at an increased risk of developing gum disease due to genetics or outside forces, you may want to consider visiting your dentist more than once or twice per year.

Need an appointment? Feel free to contact us today at our office in Euclid, OH at 216-261-2580. We service patients from Euclid, Willowick, Wickliffe and more. 


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Want to be Healthier in the New Year?

by David W. Mills, DDS

EUCLID, OH - The new year has arrived and everyone wants to make changes to be healthier and happier. As medical professionals, we support your desire to be healthier in 2017. In fact, we want to offer you a few tips to ensure that your 2017 is healthier than your 2016. We hope these tips offer a little more than the stereotypical health tips of “lose weight” and “eat healthy”.  

1.) Get More Sleep

Yes, sleeping is important in order to have more energy, boost your mood, and improve your appearance. However, a lack of sleep can lead to things like obesity and type 2 diabetes. You should always aim to get 8 hours of sleep each night!


2.) Eat Breakfast

“It’s the most important meal of the day.” That saying isn’t just to sell more eggs, breakfast meat, or cereal. Eating breakfast will help you feel more energetic throughout the day and keep you from overeating at lunch. 

Breakfast

3.) Exercise

Find something you love to do, and stick with it. It doesn’t matter what kind of exercising you are doing, as long as you are dedicated to it. Whether it be running, walking, skating, biking, weight lifting, swimming, or anything else, find an activity that will help you burn calories. Losing weight, or keeping weight off, comes down to how many calories you take in minus the amount of calories you burn during your activities. If you exercise more, you can also eat more!

We hope the above hints and tips can help you lead a healthier life in 2017. Additionally, remember that your overall health begins with your mouth. If you have been putting off going to the dentist, 2017 is a great time to restart. Contact us today at our office in Euclid, OH to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mills. Dr. Mills also sees patients from the local communities of Wickliffe, Willoughby, and Willowick.

 

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Can a Dentist Treat Headaches?

Headaches Euclid, Ohio

Headaches are one of the most annoying and reoccurring health conditions that many people face. Headaches occur and can range rom debilitating to just an annoyance. Every day, we learn more about headaches, their causes, and how to prevent them. Reasons for headaches range from hormones, spinal trouble, muscle functionality, grinding your teeth, and much more. Oftentimes, it will take a team of health professionals to solve your headache issues. This team should include your dentist, physical therapist, psychologist, and your primary care physician. To learn more about headaches, click here.

Unfortunately, there are many times where patients will go to see their doctors, and maybe even a specialist and not find answers for their headaches. If this is the case for you, or someone you know, a dentist may be able to help. Many dentists are trained to treat jaw issues and headaches.  

Typically, many headaches are a result of muscle spasms in your jaw and neck. Due to this, a dentist can usually recommend a “night guard” or bit splint for use when you sleep. These splints will help to relax your muscles and find you relief. Additionally, it is known that almost 80% of Americans suffer from bruxism (excessive teeth grinding). The splints offered by your dentist will help to prevent against this as well offer relief for headaches.

If you have any questions about your headaches, or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mills about any dental health concerns please contact us today.

 

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The Relationship between Diabetes and Your Oral Health

by David W. Mills, DDS

Thirty million Americans deal with diabetes, and its side effects day in and day out. If you are one of these people, or have loved ones who are, you know about many of the side effects and health concerns it can bring. However, there is one unexpected complication connected to diabetes that you may not know about. 

Diabetes Dental Health

Recent studies show that there is an increased chance of contracting gum disease among people who have diabetes. This means that you can add gum disease to the list of complications along with heart problems, stroke, kidney failure, and more. The interesting connection between gum disease and diabetes is that they work to develop each other. This means that your diabetes can cause gum disease, and then if you gum disease develops enough - your diabetes will begin to accelerate. The reason for this is that advanced gum disease can negatively affect blood glucose management.

A few reasons why diabetes contributes to gum disease are listed below:

- Reduces your body’s chances of fighting disease and infections.
- Restricts blood movement to your gum tissue.
- Adds sugar to your mouth.

For the above reasons, it makes proper oral health care even more important for people who suffer from diabetes. Proper oral health care includes brushing and flossing twice per day, using mouthwash, and visiting your dentist every 6 months.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mills in Euclid, Ohio, please contact us today at 216-261-2580.

 

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Are You Interested In Dentures? - Pt. 2 of 2 

by David W. Mills, DDS 

Do you want to improve the appearance of your smile? Do you have interest in dentures, but don’t know what the process entails? Dr. Mills, located in Euclid, Ohio may have some answers that you are interested in.

The process of receiving dentures requires many visits over the course of several weeks. Below is an outline of the procedure:

- A mold will be taken of your teeth and mouth in order to properly manufacture your denture.

- Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary in order to ensure the right size, shape, and fit.
 
- Teeth will be extracted, as necessary (not everyone will need teeth removed).

- Immediate dentures will be placed. 

After this process is complete, you may experience an increase in saliva, some tenderness, and some difficulty eating or talking. Typically, these side effects will subside on their own as you adjust to your denture.
 
Additionally, you will be provided with instructions on how to properly care for your dentures. It is important to understand that the better care you take of your denture, the longer it will last. Brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, and visiting your dentist for checkups are all vital in maintaining proper health.

If you are in the Euclid, OH area and would like additional information on dentures please contact Dr. Mills at our office at 216-261-2580 or use our online form.

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Are You Interested In Dentures? - Pt. 1 of 2

by David W. Mills, DDS

Dentures are a popular substitution many people opt for to replace their real teeth. Dentures are easily removed and are designed and made to mock the real look of your real teeth.

 Dentures Euclid Ohio
One thing to consider are that there are two different kinds of dentures: complete and partial.

Dr. Mills will use complete dentures when all of a patient's teeth are either missing or damaged enough that they need to be removed.

Dr. Mills will use partial dentures when some of a patient's real teeth are remaining or healthy enough to keep. Partial dentures will be used to fill spaces between a patient's teeth to keep them from moving out of space and creating other dental issues.

Further, complete dentures can be broken down into “conventional” and “immediate”. A conventional denture is a longer process than immediate. A conventional denture requires moldings and impressions be taken of your teeth and mouth. These impressions are then sent to a lab for a denture to be created. This process usually takes 4 to 6 weeks and allows your gums to heal. An immediate denture will be placed as soon as your teeth are extracted. However, you will need to schedule a follow up appointment to have your denture altered as your gums heal.

Dentures can last many years if properly cared for, adjusted, and repaired when needed.

Some reasons you may consider dentures include:

- Complete Denture - Complete loss of teeth.
- Partial Denture - Some, but not all, teeth are lost within an arch.
- Dentures enhance your smile and your facial muscles.
- Helps you eat, speak, and chew.

If you have considered dentures or want to know more about the process, please stay tuned for our next blog post where we will further discuss what receiving dentures includes. You can also schedule an appointment at Dr. Mills' office in Euclid, Ohio by calling 216-261-2580.

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Did You Know That February Is National Pet Dental Month?

by David W. Mills, DDS  

It is not only important to take care of your own teeth by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Mills in his Euclid, OH dental office but you need to take care of your pet's dental health as well. Just like human teeth, if your pet’s teeth do not get proper treatment they can get tartar buildup and plaque and this can lead to painful periodontal disease. Over 85 percent of dogs and cats over the age of four have this disease and if left untreated can cause other illnesses in your pet. In order to prevent your pet from becoming sick from periodontal disease there are four easy steps to take to decrease those odds: 

1. Beware of Bad Breath

Don’t ignore your pet’s bad breath. If a musky odor is coming from your cat’s mouth it could be a warning sign of periodontal disease or another feline condition called stomatitis. Stomatitis causes pain and inflammation of the mouth tissues and gums. Ignoring bad breath can cause damage to your pet’s teeth and gums and cause problems with their internal organs. Other dental-health warning signs include bleeding gums, yellow or brown teeth, pawing at the mouth, and loose or missing teeth.

2. Teeth brushing

Brushing your pet’s teeth may not be a easy task at first but with repetition and some treats it will become easier. It is important that you let your pet warm up to the idea, first by letting them smell the toothbrush and the pet toothpaste. Once they are used to the idea try to brush their teeth for 30 seconds every other day. Never use human toothpaste, only toothpaste approved for pets. If your pet will not cooperate, talk with your veterinarian for other options of controlling tartar.

3. Food, treats and dental toys

Brushing your pet’s teeth is the best choice for maintaing their dental hygiene but if you find this difficult there are alternatives such as certain treats and food. Also some of the dental toys on the market will help to remove plaque.

4. Dental Exam at the Vets

It is just as important for a pet to have dental check-ups as it is for humans. Your vet will ask you questions about certain warning signs such as bad breath or bleeding from the gums. He will next check if your pet has any tartar, tooth loss, inflammation or cancerous lumps. If your pet is not cooperative it may be necessary to give them a light sedative. Don’t let the use of anesthesia stop your pet from getting a proper dental cleaning.

The vet will take all precautions necessary and will prescreen to make sure your pet is healthy enough. The benefits of dental cleaning are far greater then the risk of anesthesia. 

Remember take care of your pet's dental needs and always keep on top of your own oral health!