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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. 

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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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Is There a Connection Between Gum Disease and Pancreatic Cancer?

by David W. Mills, DDS February 6, 2017

EUCLID, OH - The medical world is constantly discovering all kinds of new information that can help us live a healthier life. A study performed at NYU, that was presented recently at an American Association for Cancer Research meeting, connects periodontal disease and pancreatic cancer. The information presented shows that gum disease may be an early indicator of pancreatic cancer. So, you should add this to the list of reasons to keep your teeth and gums healthy.


Periodontal Disease

Even though there are many reasons to keep your teeth and gums healthy, many Americans still neglect their oral care. It is believed that 50% of Americans 30 years of age or over have developed some form of periodontal disease. Worse than this, in Americans 65 years or older, 65% have developed periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is nearly 2.5 times more common in adults than diabetes, yet does not get talked about nearly as much. The good news about periodontal disease is that it is easy for your dentist or periodontist to detect and treat.   

Like gum disease, pancreatic cancer can be challenging to detect. Unlike gum disease, pancreatic cancer can cause death within six months of development, and causes nearly 40,000 deaths per year in the United States. So, what is the connection between pancreatic cancer and periodontal disease? The connection has to do with the types of bacteria that are present in your mouth. If you have porphyromonas gingivalis or aggregatibacter antinomycetemcomitans present in your mouth, you are over 50% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer. Both of these bacterias have also been linked to periodontal disease.

If you suffer from periodontal disease, or aren’t sure if you are suffering from it, you should see your dentist or periodontist ASAP. Your dentist or periodontist will have special tools to determine if you have periodontal disease and how far it has advanced. In addition to this, your dentist or periodontist can offer a treatment plan to help reverse the development of periodontal disease.

Need to schedule an appointment? Contact us today at our office in Euclid, OH near Willoughy, OH and Wickliffe, OH at 216-261-2580.


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Should You Get Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

by David W. Mills, DDS

Wisdom Teeth SurgeryEUCLID, OH - Your third molars, better known as your wisdom teeth, rarely ever grow into your mouth how they are supposed to. The reason that your third molars are called your “wisdom teeth,” is that they start to grow into our mouth during our years of “wisdom,” late teens to early twenties.

Throughout history, dentists used to believe that, even if they came into our mouths incorrect, wisdom teeth could be useful. However, over time, this has proven to be mostly incorrect. Chances are, you have probably heard horror stories from friends and family about getting wisdom teeth removed. This may make you a bit shy about getting your wisdom teeth removed. However, there are little to no reasons to leave your wisdom teeth in. 

While there are not many reasons to keep your wisdom teeth in, there are plenty of reasons to have them out. For starters, even if they grow in correctly, wisdom teeth are extremely hard to keep clean due to their location in your mouth. Due to this, your wisdom teeth are extremely vulnerable to tooth decay, and can cause you pain. Next, wisdom teeth often become impacted, and can cause cysts that can harm the health of our jaw bone and other molars. Finally, your wisdom teeth can become partially impacted, which can damage your mouth and cause infections that can be both harmful and cause a great deal of pain. 

Today, most dentists are in agreement that wisdom teeth should absolutely be extracted. The only two reasons that people keep their wisdom teeth, are due to a medical condition, or fear of the procedure. Dr. Mills strongly recommends having your wisdom teeth out sooner rather than later. Doing so will make the procedure easier, as you heal quicker when you are younger and the roots of your wisdom teeth are not as developed. 

Want to further consult Dr. Mills about having your wisdom teeth removed? Feel free to contact us at our office in Euclid, OH to schedule a time to visit Dr. Mills. Dr. Mills sees patients from Willoughby, Wickliffe, Willowick, 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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Teeth Whitening - Part 2 of 2

by David W. Mills, DDS

EUCLID, OH - In our last blog post, we started a discussion about one of the most commonly requested dental procedures: teeth whitening. In our last post, we discussed some of the most common causes of tooth discoloration. We learned that these causes will change how your discolored teeth are treated. As we continue this week, we will look at the different options available.Teeth Whitening


  • At-home system: An at home system will be prescribed by your dentist and will utilize custom-made trays. Your custom-made trays will be filled with a whitening gel and worn twice per day for 30 minutes at a time. Your results will usually take a couple of weeks depending on how discolored your teeth are and your desired results.
  • Whitening toothpastes/strips/mouthwash: While these products will whiten your teeth, they will not give you the results that an at-home system. The reason for this is that these products typically lack a bleaching agent. The lack of bleaching agent means your teeth will only be lightened by one shade.
  • Over-the-counter products: While these products do contain a bleaching agent, they will not contain enough of the bleaching agent to give you desired results.
  • Veneers/Crowns: If your teeth are discolored from injury, medications, etc. they will not be able to be whitened by a bleaching agent. In these cases, you have the option of custom-made crowns or veneers.


As we stated in our last post, the cause of your discolored teeth will determine what kind of treatment you need. We recommend scheduling an appointment with your dentist in order to determine the best course of action for your case. If you live in the Euclid, OH area, and are looking for a dentist who has a lot of experience in cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening, Dr. Mills is always welcoming new patients from the Euclid, Willoughby, Wickliffe, and surrounding areas. Feel free to contact us today.


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Teeth Whitening - Part 1 of 2

by David W. Mills, DDS

EUCLID, OH - Cosmetic dentistry is growing rapidly in popularity. One of the most commonly desired cosmetic improvements among people is the desire to have brighter, whiter teeth. Many options exist that all claim to make your teeth whiter. Before choosing a teeth whitening product or system, it is important to know what is causing your teeth to be discolored. Discolored Teeth Euclid Ohio

Below, is a list of common causes of tooth discoloration:

  • Age: As people age, the enamel of the tooth wears down and exposes the inner part of the tooth. When this occurs the tooth takes a more yellow or darker appearance.
  • Dietary choices: Drinks like coffee, tea, wine, and foods that contain food coloring can stain the enamel of your teeth.
  • Tobacco use: Whether you smoke cigarettes, or use another form of tobacco, it can cause an increase in plaque, tartar, and tooth discoloration.
  • Medications: A common side effect of certain medications is tooth discoloration. 
  • Injury: If your tooth is traumatized, it may become discolored.

The reason it is important to understand the cause of your tooth discoloration is because it will change how your tooth/teeth will be treated. For example, if your teeth are stained due to use of medications or injury, a product that contains a bleaching agent will do nothing to whiten your teeth. Additionally, if you have any bonding, fillings, crowns, or other types of tooth restoration, they will not react to a bleaching product. However, your dentist will be able to create a veneer or crown to match the shade of your newly whitened teeth.   

In our next post on teeth whitening, we will discuss the options that are available for a brighter, whiter smile. If you are in the Euclid, OH area or the surrounding areas of Willoughby, Wickliffe, or Willowick and would like to consult Dr. Mills about the appearance of your smile and teeth whitening products, feel free to contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

 

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Some Things To Know About Tooth Sensitivity - Part 3

by David W. Mills, DDS

In our last post, Dr. Mills discussed five of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity. The fifth and final cause Dr. Mills discussed was dentinal sensitivity. Dentinal Sensitivty occurs when your enamel is worn down and your dentin is exposed. This is the most common cause of tooth sensitivity. Due to this, Dr. Mills will explore several reasons why your dentin may be exposed and causing you some tenderness.

Tooth Sensitivity Euclid OhioBrushing - Brushing your teeth twice per day for two minutes is critical. However, many people think that if you brush harder, you are brushing better. This is not the case. If you brush too hard, you will wear away your tooth enamel and cause some sensitivity. Additionally, you should be careful about what kind of toothbrush you use. If your toothbrush has bristles that are too tough, it can wear away your enamel even with just light force.

Foods high in acid — Foods like citrus fruit, tomatoes, pickles, and tea are high in acid. As we learned above this acid can assault your enamel and cause sensitivity. 

Gum disease - Gum disease is developed overtime from not taking proper care of your teeth and gums. Due to plaque and tartar build up, your gums will begin to retract. If left untreated, your gums will retract enough to expose your dentin and cause you some sensitivity.

Bruxism - Grinding or clenching your teeth can cause them to be achy. Unfortunately, overtime, grinding your teeth will also damage your enamel by grinding it away.

Medical ailments - If you suffer from bulimia or acid reflux (GERD), acid may accumulate in your mouth, deteriorate your enamel, expose your dentin, and cause sensitivity.

To learn more about your tooth sensitivity, or receive a consultation, please feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mills at his office in Euclid, Ohio. Dr. Mills treats patients from Willowick, Wickliffe, Willoughby, and surrounding areas.

 

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Some Things To Know About Tooth Sensitivity - Part 2

by David W. Mills, DDS 

In part one of our blog series on tooth sensitivity, Dr. Mills introduced what tooth sensitivity is. Below, Dr. Mills continues the discussion, listing five of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity.Tooth Sensitivity

1. Injury - When your tooth goes through any type of trauma, it may become sensitive to even light pressure. Types of injuries that may be affecting your tooth includes cracks, chips, fractures, and bruising.  

2. Uneven Bite - If your teeth are not properly aligned, and your bottom teeth and top teeth meet prematurely, it can cause you a lot of pain. This uneven bite may not be something that you have always dealt with; sometimes it is a result of your teeth shifting. Your teeth can move for reasons like loss of jaw bone, thumb sucking, loss of a tooth, and more. 

3. Cavities - Typically, when your tooth develops a cavity it will become sensitive when eating something hot, cold or sweet. The reason why cavities cause sensitivity is the access it gives germs and bacteria to the nerve of the affected tooth. This type of sensitivity is typically found in your molars. 

4. Dental Disease - If your tooth becomes infected, you may experience a more acute pain. If this is the cause of your sensitivity, you should be treated as soon as possible. This can not only be extremely painful, but also dangerous to your health.

5. Dentinal Sensitivity - Dentin is the part of your tooth that the enamel protects. If your dentin becomes exposed, you will experience a lot of sensitivity. This is the most commonly seen cause of tooth sensitivity. If your enamel is strong and complete, your dentin will be protected. Your enamel can become deteriorated for many reasons. Dr. Mills will discuss the common causes of exposed dentin and compromised tooth enamel in our next blog post. 

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, and want to be seen by a dental professional, Dr. Mills would be happy to see you. Please contact us today at our office in Euclid, Ohio.

 

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Some Things To Know About Tooth Sensitivity - Part 1

by David W. Mills, DDS 
Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is a common complication that nearly half of the population deals with on a day-to-day basis. These sensations can come when eating something hot, cold, sweet, or sour. This pain is not always an acute pain that lasts for long periods of time, but sometimes a dull pain that comes and goes. 

Depending as to why your teeth are sensitive, the pain will be different. There are many reasons why your teeth will be sensitive which will be discussed, in detail, over the next few weeks. If you suffer from tooth sensitivity, you should make an appointment to see your dentist ASAP. Oftentimes, while annoying, tooth sensitivity can be a sign of a bigger, more serious problem.  

If you are suffering from tooth sensitivity and need to see a dentist, Dr. Mills in Euclid, Ohio would be happy to schedule you in, please contact us now. Dr. Mills serves patients from Wickliffe, Willoughby, Willowick, and surrounding areas. 

 

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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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Concerned About Oral Cancer?

by David W. Mills, DDS

Have you smoked cigarettes over the course of your life, or know someone who has, and are concerned about developing oral cancer? Or are you concerned about developing mouth cancer even though you have never smoked? There are many symptoms and signs that you can check for to see if you are at risk. 


First, it is worth noting that over 25% of all oral cancer cases occur in people who haven’t smoked and only consumer alcohol on occasion.Oral Cancer Euclid Ohio
The ADA reports that approximately Forty-Two Thousand people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral or throat cancer this year alone.

The best way to detect oral cancer and receive treatment early on is to receive routine oral cancer examinations. Dr. Mills in Euclid, OH wants you to be healthy and will perform oral cancer examinations at your oral wellness visits. 

There are many signs and symptoms you can check for at home in order to detect oral cancer before seeing the dentist or receiving an examination:

- Lumps, bumps, swelling, or rough spots on your lips and gums.

- White, red, or spotted (red and white) areas in your mouth.

- Bleeding in your mouth that can not be contributed to anything specific.

- A numb feeling or pain in your mouth, face, or neck.

- Sores on your face, mouth, and neck that will not subside within two weeks.

- A feeling that there is something caught in your throat.

- Trouble chewing, swallowing, talking, or performing any other daily activities with your mouth. 

- Pain in your ear.

- Unexpected, dramatic loss of weight.

If you see any of feel any of these signs or symptoms you should schedule an appointment to see Dr. Mills immediately at his office in Euclid, OH. Additionally, if you do not see these signs but desire whiter teeth please contact Dr. Mills today about his teeth whitening system.

If you would like to schedule an appointment in the Euclid/Willoughby/Willowick/Wickliffe area please use our online form!

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Manual vs. Electric Toothbrush

by David W. Mills, DDS

Many people use an electric toothbrush thinking it will give them better results than using a manual toothbrush. Is this really the case? In most circumstances, no. If you employ a manual toothbrush for the appropriate amount of time and in the correct manner it can perform the same as an electric toothbrush.

Oral Wellness Euclid

So then, who does benefit from use of an electric toothbrush?

Any parent will tell you that their child or children do not have good brushing technique and do not brush for the recommended amount of time. Due to fascination, an electric toothbrush will often help kids brush longer and will make up for incorrect brushing technique.

Another big group of people that may benefit from using an electric toothbrush are people with certain health conditions. These conditions include arthritis, periodontitis, and more. The reason for this is that many diseases can keep you from properly brushing or using a correct crushing technique. 

The American Dental Association (ADA) agrees that, for the most part, there is no real difference between a manual or electric toothbrush. The ADA states that the key to preventing tooth decay and other problems, like gum disease, is the way you use your toothbrush. Whether you are using a manual or electric brush it is important to use the toothbrush properly in order to see results.

If you have any questions about your toothbrush, proper technique, or are not seeing the results you want and are in the Euclid, Willoughby, Willowick, or Wickliffe area feel free to make an appointment today to see Dr. Mills.  Oral Wellness visits are key to ensuring dental health. Dr. Mills also provides teeth whitening services if you want to improve the cosmetics of your smile through whiter teeth.

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Dental Implant Education - Part 2 of 2

by David W. Mills, DDS

Everyone deserves to have a winning smile, so when it comes to flashing your teeth you want them to look their best. Unfortunately, not all people have perfect teeth, but the good news is that there is a remedy - dental implants. Dental implants permanently give you a flawless set of teeth with a gorgeous smile. The following information from Dr. Mills in Euclid, OH who serves patients in Euclid, Willowick, Willoughby and Wickliffe will give you an idea as to whether dental implants are right for you or not.

Dental Implants Euclid Ohio

People who are considering dental implants need to have healthy gums and sufficient jaw bone mass for the procedure to be a success. Consulting with your periodontist is your best option so you can know whether you are a candidate for the procedure or not. Most people are suited for dental implants, but those who are not fall under the following categories:

People who are underage or have not stopped growing.

Women who are pregnant.

Persons who smoke heavily - heavy smoking retards the healing process making the procedure a difficult one. People who take drugs or ingest alcohol are less likely to give the care and attention to the implants necessary for a successful procedure.

People with chronic ailments such as diabetes, hemophilia, immune deficiencies, connective-tissue disease or those who have been exposed to high doses of radiation in the head and neck area. A complete evaluation by your dentist will determine whether implants are right for you or not.

Implant therapy is performed by an oral surgeon, such as a periodontist, who also works with a dentist. The patient will be X-rayed or receive a scan, which will allow the dental team to inspect the condition of their sinuses, nerves and jawbone mass. After the evaluation, the dentist will let you know which option is best for you and prepare a treatment plan so the procedure will be a success.

The initial procedure is just the first step.

After the screws have been placed in the jaw, there is a healing period of about one month or more. After several checkups, the teeth are then placed on the embedded screws. The entire process takes about six months, or possibly more, after which the patient must make routine visits to the dentist to ensure the procedure was successful. The patient must floss and brush regularly to maintain proper oral health and keep plaque from building up on the dental implants.

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Dental Implant Education - Part 1 of 2

by David W. Mills, DDS

A terrific smile along with a beautiful bunch of teeth is your number one goal, and anyone who wants to greatly improve their smile should have their teeth perfected!


In the event that you are considering receiving dental implants to enhance your teeth, there are certain facts regarding dental implants Dr. Mills wants you to understand first. First off, one has to have gums along with jaw bones that are absolutely healthy for you to withstand the procedure of implanting teeth. The new teeth will be fastened under the gum tissue and right into the bone.

The two kinds of dental implants are Endosteal, inside the bone, and also Subperiosteal, on the bone. The most preferred of the two is endosteal. Endosteal incorporates screws or blades that secure right into the jawbone. Each screw maintains several teeth and is advised for customers who wear dentures. Subperiosteal is best suited for man or women that have lower bone density. Subperiosteal dental implant are positioned on top of the jaw utilizing metal framework that connect to the permanent dentures, in addition to the gum tissue that holds them.dentures Euclid OH
The dental implanting procedure entails the support of both a dental practitioner and periodontist, considering that these experts can advise you to where and how your false teeth will be implanted. The overall procedure could contain numerous separate processes that include:

Single, numerous or total dental replacement - one dental implant and also a dental crown for a singular tooth, implant supported bridges so as to supplement many teeth or even total implant supported bridges in order to support all of your teeth.

Sinus Augmentation - Sinus Augmentation elevates the sinus floor and also boosts bone mass in preparing for dental implants.

Ridge modification - Ridge Modification elevates the entire gum line in order to utilize bone substitute along with developing the ridge of the jaw bone. Ridge modification produces a smoother, more comprehensive process and helps make dental implants last for many years.

Soon after obtaining dental implants, the patient needs to make frequent checkups and pay additional attention of their teeth. Flossing as well as cleaning must be done at the very least two times a day in order to keep the dental implants well-kept.

For more updates continue to follow our blog. Additionally, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for info like this and so much more.  If you are in the Euclid, OH area and would like to consult Dr. Mills about dentures please contact us to make an appointment. 


What Is TMJ?

by David W. Mills, DDS

The temporomandibular joints, better known as TMJ, are the jaw muscles as well as the joints that make it possible to open and close your mouth. Situated on both sides of the head, your TMJ work together whenever you eat, talk or swallow. Additionally, your TMJ manages the lower jaw (mandible) as it moves frontwards, back and also side to side.


Each and every TMJ has a disc between the ball and socket. The disc softens the load while permitting the jaw to open widely as well as turn or glide. Any complications that hinder this intricate system of muscles, ligaments, discs as well as bones from functioning properly might cause an uncomfortable TMJ disorder.

TMJ Disorder
Possible sources of TMJ ailments consist of:

- arthritis
- jaw dislocation
- trauma to the jaw
- tooth as well as jaw placement
- stress and teeth grinding

Diagnosis is an essential step prior to treatment. Part of the dental examination features evaluating the joints as well as muscles for tenderness, clicking, popping or complication moving. Depending upon the diagnosis, your dental professional can treat you, refer you to a healthcare professional, or a different dental practice.

There are many therapies with regard to TMJ problems. This particular detailed plan of action created by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research allows you to try basic treatment prior to going on to more complex treatment. The NIDCR also suggests a "less is often best" solution in addressing TMJ problems, which includes:

- consuming softer foods
- avoiding chewing gum and chewing your fingernails
- tweaking the pain by using heat packs
- carrying out rest methods in order to handle jaw tension, such as meditation as well as biofeedback.

If needed with regard to your signs and symptoms, the listed treatments might be advised:

- exercises that will boost your jaw muscles
- medications prescribed by your dental practitioner; for instance, muscle relaxants, analgesics, anti-anxiety medicines or anti-inflammatory medicines
- a night guard or bite plate to minimize clenching or grinding of teeth.

Sometimes, your dentist might recommend taking care of an uneven bite by readjusting or reshaping some teeth. Additionally, Orthodontic procedures can be suggested. Your dental professional can recommend the most ideal therapy based upon the believed source.

Please contact us for any additional information on TMJ or any other dental health concerns you may have or make an appointment at our office in Euclid, OH.


 

The Benefit of Deep Cleanings

by David W. Mills, DDS

Almost everyone sets maintaining their dental hygiene as a priority, but a lot of our patients in Euclid, Oh are generally not knowledgeable about precisely what exists under the gum line. Even though teeth look little, they are actually a great deal larger than people realize. In cases where gum disease begins, standard cleanings are inadequate to totally restore your teeth and gums back to a healthy state. Once your gum tissues are inflamed due to periodontal disease, deep cleanings become essential and imperative.

Our practice is regularly questioned, "Precisely what does Gum Planing and Scaling entail?" A deep teeth cleaning is also re
ferred to as scaling and root planing. Scaling scrapes off tartar and bacterial deposits that may be stuck beneath the gum line on the roots and within the pockets of gum tissue bordering the roots of teeth. Root planing smoothes the roots of bumpy areas in which germs and bacteria are likely to flourish. This particular process helps your gum tissues to heal and makes it possible for your gum pockets to decrease. Additionally, antimicrobial drugs can be deposited beneath the gum line in order to further help the restorative process. The deep cleaning procedure commonly requires 2-4 appointments, and necessitates an anesthetic ("numbing") for treatment.

 Gum disease is a systematic disease, much like diabetes and hypertension. Due to this, gum disease cannot be healed - only treated. For this reason, if you have gum disease - deep cleanings should become a part of your oral health routine. If you do not get your gum disease treated it can cause issues for your gums, bones, and your teeth. If not effectively handled, mouth bacteria will impact your whole entire body, not merely the gums and teeth. Once the initial disease process is addressed by using the deep cleanings, it is called for to get periodic upkeep cleanings to avoid additional irritation and loss of bone surrounding the teeth. The intent of deep cleanings is to suppress the active disease process, preserve the oral health, and preserve strengthened oral and overall health.


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Enhance Your Oral Health With These Edibles - Part 2

Continuing our blog series on foods that are good for you oral health, below are four more foods that can help you have a healthy mouth. 

In a perfect world, you want to try and avoid foods that have high sugar content, a lot of acid, or are too chewy or sticky. While these foods maybe tasty and fill you up, you are also feeding the plaque and bacteria that cause your mouth harm. 

Cheese is certainly an exceptional source of calcium, and low in both sugar and acid. This makes it a good option. Even more, cheese contains a protein known as casein, which is found in milk and is particularly beneficial in reinforcing the surface of teeth.

Sugarless Chewing Gum can be a great choice in improving your food choice. Preferably, when choosing a sugar-free chewing gum you should look at brands that contain Xylitol like B-Fresh, Trident, and more. Xyltiol is a sugar substitute that also works against sugars by preventing the bacteria in plaque from metabolizing. Additionally, chewing gum will cause your mouth to create more saliva. This increase in saliva is good for you as you can neutralize more of the acids in your mouth.

Tap water is usually good for our oral health due to the fluoride that it contains. Fluoride helps to rebuild your teeth and prevent cavities. Tap water is better than other forms of water as typically spring water and bottled water does not contain fluoride.  

Pears help to promote saliva reproduction, much like all high fiber containing fresh fruit. Pears are a perfect option, as they have a greater neutralizing impact on acid than other types of fruit, such as apples, bananas, mandarins and pineapples.

Yogurt, like cheese, is a great source of casein, calcium, and more. These components of Yogurt make them great for the health and strength of your teeth. Yogurt is a great defense against cavities.   

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Enhance Your Oral Health With These Edibles

My patients are always requesting fresh methods to bolster their oral health. A good strategy to care for a brilliant and healthy smile is by making optimum general wellness your priority. Remaining informed of just how we regard our body is essential to becoming healthier both inside and out.

Streptococcus Mutans is an oral bacteria that can have a negative impact on our oral health. Unfortunately, this bacteria is extremely common and can cause problems like tooth discoloration, cavities, plaque build up, and eventually gum disease. Luckily, there are many things we can do in order to keep our mouth's healthy. Below are a list a foods that can have a positive impact on our oral health and keep us healthy.  

Carrots are definitely a terrific treat that could appeal to both children and also adults. These delicious and crispy snacks help to increase the saliva within your mouth which naturally serves to help to remove plaque. They also are plentiful in Vitamin A, which is great for your sight. Carrots will help keep your eyesight solid and your enamel clear.

Celery, whilst rather tasteless, is quite modest in calories. Celery can be dipped in ranch dressing or peanut butter in order to enhance its flavor. It necessitates chewing which helps to build up saliva in your mouth, which in turn aids in removing plaque. The fibrous strands in celery additionally serve to organically clean your pearly whites.

Pineapples are truly a sweet treat that contains minerals and vitamins. The acidic quality of pineapples may occasionally serve to help to remove discolorations off of your teeth. Pineapples are also abundant in bromelain, a protein-breaking enzyme that can also really help to keep your teeth spotless.

For even more food choices which will enhance your oral wellness, check back with our site later on this month!

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Emergency Room Visits and Mouth Pain

You had been paying no attention to that bothersome "twinge" in your lower right molar for the past few months, but right now the pain is unbearable. It is 10:00 on a Friday night. Toothaches can be incredibly agonizing, but is this one painful enough to send you to the emergency room?

It is actually predicted that across the country greater than 2 million people, most of them adults, made an appearance in the emergency room with dental pain in 2010. This number has virtually doubled over the last decade, as reported by a 2012 research study done by the ADA. Analysts discovered young adult, without insurance (age 19-34), have the highest number of Emergency Room visits with regard to oral pain unrelated to injury. Roughly ten percent of all ER visits are due to oral pain, and the majority of dental ER visits (80%) were actually regarding avoidable issues like abscesses and cavities.

Almost all ERs lack dental x-ray devices or dental professionals on staff to efficiently attend to oral pain. Without any follow up appointments to a dental practice, many individuals will certainly find themselves back in the Emergency Room again.

Most of dental emergencies may be prevented through routine dental appointments. Cavities, which are almost wholly preventable, are the most frequent chronic disease among school age children. Left neglected, this could bring about infection, discomfort, tooth loss, and occasionally acute infection that could possibly result in death.

As reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly fifty percent of Americans over the age of thirty experience some type of gum disease. Advanced periodontal disease has been related to raised possibility of heart diabetes, disease and stroke. Professional dental cleanings dramatically cut down this risk and help hinder the progress of periodontal disease, yet another leading source of oral pain.

Defending against dental disease initiates at home with brushing after each meal and flossing everyday. Expert dental cleanings and fluoride go a long way to lower expensive dental treatment, time and pain.

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The Shape of your Teeth can be Changed with Dental Techniques

For those whose smiles don't look quite the way they want (due to chips, cracks, gaps or other cosmetic problems), there are a number of options for changing the shape of teeth.

Dental crowns, sometimes called caps, are a covering of your tooth or teeth. When applied crowns cover the entire outer surface of your teeth.

For teeth with minimal damage, dental bonding is an option. Bonding uses a tooth-colored resin, hardened with a special light, to cover the damaged tooth surface.

Veneers, or porcelain laminates, cover the front of your tooth with a tooth-colored material. These are great for for covering chipped or cracked teeth.

Lastly, there is recontouring. This is a process where small amounts of enamel are removed from the tooth in order to change its shape or surface. The process can also be called: reshaping, slenderizing, stripping, odontoplasty or enameloplasty.

If you are interested in any of these procedures, contact Dr. Mills at our office in Euclid, OH for a consultation. These methods differ in terms durability, stain resistance, chair time and cost, and Dr. Mills can help you find the one that is the best fit for your needs.

The Latest on The Safety of Amalgam Fillings 

by David W. Mills, DDS  

Recent reports indicate that diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s Disease and autism, are caused by mercury, a toxic substance that can be found in amalgam fillings. Thus, concerns have been raised at our Euclid, Ohio dental office about such fillings. 

So, are amalgam fillings safe?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as The American Dental Association (ADA), have taken steps to disprove speculations that amalgam, or silver-colored, fillings, are harmful. To begin, there is no evidence proving amalgam fillings cause MS, Alzheimer’s Disease, or autism, just as there is no evidence to prove removing an amalgam filling will reverse the diagnoses of those diseases.

Although it is true that amalgam fillings contain mercury, they also contain other metals such as silver, tin, zinc, and copper. Together, those metals form a safe substance dentists use on a routine basis to fill decaying teeth.

Patients at our dental office have also inquired about negative health effects caused by mercury vapor that is released from amalgam fillings. According to the ADA, however, that is another claim that cannot be proven or validated by scientific evidence.

Although the ADA and FDA have proved that amalgam fillings are safe, it is possible for a patient to experience an allergic reaction to the filling caused by mercury or another metal. Similar to a regular skin allergy, symptoms of an amalgam allergic reaction may involve skin irritation, itchiness, and rashes. Most amalgam allergies can be traced to a family or medical history of metal allergies. If you experience such an allergic reaction, other options are available for filling a decayed tooth.

To learn more about amalgam fillings, call Dr. David Mills’ dental office in Euclid, Ohio today. 

Oral Health and Junk Food

by David W. Mills, DDS  

The overall health of our bodies is more strongly related to oral heath than you may think. All of us at David W. Mills, DDS want our patients in the Cleveland area to be healthy, and a big part of that involves paying attention to the foods we eat. While a little junk food is fine as a treat every now and again, too much of these foods can cause oral health problems which will eventually effect your entire bodyIn addition to causing cavities, too much sugar can also increase your risk of gum disease. Gum disease can both weaken your bone structure and cause a systemic inflammatory response which may increase your risk of heart disease and other inflammatory conditions.

Foods that you should be on the look out for, and try to avoid are:

- Candies and Sodas - These have high amounts of sugar in them.

- Energy and Sports Drinks - These drinks contain high fructose corn syrup, and are not only bad for your teeth but also for your health.

- Diet Sodas - Although there is less sugar in these, the acid content in the soda still makes them harmful to your teeth.

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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!

 

Dental Sealant Protection Against Tooth Decay

by David W. Mills, DDS 

Dental office in Euclid OH

Dental sealants are a protective barrier that your dentist can apply to the surface of your kid's teeth. A sealant is a liquid coating applied by the dentist which hardens to provide a good protective barrier for your kid's teeth. Typically, sealants are applied between the ages of 6 and 14. This is the age when kids are most prone to develop cavities. Kids are not the only group who can benefit from sealants. Adults who do not have any decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants. Sealants are practically invisible, only being visible when very close up. Sealants can be white, clear, or have a slight tint to match the color of your teeth.

The biggest thing that dental sealants do for the health of your mouth is provide a barrier for food and germs. It prevents food and germs from getting in the grooves on your molars and sitting on your teeth. If you do receive sealants, or have sealants applied to your kid's teeth, you should still continue to use floss, mouthwash, and brush your teeth. If you elect to have dental sealants applied to teeth, they should last 10 years before needing to be replaced.

If you elect to have sealants now, it can save you down the road. Dental sealants will protect your teeth and prevent you from having cavities, needing fillings, and more. Additionally, dental sealants protect you from having a lot of pain and discomfort that cavities bring.

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Am I Supposed To Brush My Tongue?

by David W. Mills, DDS

Germs live in groups also called colonies. Those germ colonies cause tooth decay, gingivitis and gum disease. These colonies of bacteria are a lot less powerful and destructive when the broken up. Breaking up germ colonies can be done with a toothbrush. Aside from tooth decay, gingivitis and gum disease, bacterial colonies also can be the source for bad breath.

Your tongue contains tiny little tissue called papillae. Your papillae does many things, which includes detecting taste. Unfortunately, papillae also provide a great area for bacteria and germs to hide in your mouth. The bacteria that hide here are a huge source of foul odors. This makes your tongue a potentially huge source of bad breath.

Brushing your tongue is a great way to keep halitosis at bay. Brushing your tongue will also reduce the overall amount of germs in your mouth. Brushing your tongue helps to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Many dentists also recommend scraping the tongue often with special tools as a way to treat halitosis. The most effective time to brush and/or scrape your tongue to lessen bad breath is at the same time you brush your teeth in the morning. 

Here are some general tips Dr. Mills, Euclid Dentist suggests:

Keep your brush at a 45 degree angle  and against your gumline. You want to brush or roll the brush away from your gumline.

Be sure to gently brush all areas of your teeth including the outside, inside and chewing surface. Use short back-and-forth strokes with your toothbrush.

Remember to gently brush your tongue to eliminate the bacteria and keep your breath fresh. Regular cleanings and exams also help to keep your teeth clean and bacteria free.

You can visit this site for additional tips on brushing your tongue. 

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What Foods and Beverages Can Stain My Teeth?

by David W. Mills, DDS

Certain foods and beverages we consume can break down the enamel in our teeth and cause stains. This can be caused by the acidity levels or by artificial food coloringsOne of the most common questions I hear from my patients in our Cleveland dental offices, is how can they whiten their teeth and brighten their smiles due to the staining from foods and beverages. Our teeth are composed of enamel and acts as a protective barrier that prevents cavities. Enamel also gives your teeth their white color.

A lot of the foods that we consume can have negative affects on our enamel. The enamel that covers your teeth can be broken down by how hard a food is, the acidity levels of a food, and also be stained from food coloring.   

If you are unsure about what will stain your teeth and what won't, remember this golden rule: 

- If the food or drink will stain a white clothe, it will probably stain my teeth! 

Another type of foods/beverages that are bad for the whiteness of your teeth are coffee, teas, and colas. The reason for this is the dark pigments of these drinks get stuck in the tiny ridges of your teeth. Additionally, cola can contain a lot of acid which breaks down your enamel. Finally, the sugar you add to these drinks could also cause harm to your mouth,

Processed food can also be extremely bad for the color of your teeth. Foods like fruit juices, popsicles, candies, some cereals, ketchup, and more.  Visit Supersmile for more examples of foods that can stain your teeth.

The best way to keep white teeth are to keep good daily habits. If you brush, floss, and use mouthwash every day you should be in good shape. If your teeth are already stained, and you do not see results from whitening products at home, you can consult Dr. Mills about his teeth whitening options. 

 

Gum Disease: Other Risks and Causes

 by David W. Mills, DDS 

In the last part of our series on gum disease, we will focus on some other factors tat may cause gum disease other than plaque and tartar. These include: 

Diabetes - Research show that diabetes can cause gum disease, and vice versa.

Medicines - Both over the counter and prescription medications can cause gm disease. These medication include ones that treat hypertension, diuretics, antidepressants, etc.

Age - As we grow older we produce less saliva. This means that you may see an increase of cavities and also gum disease.

Poor Oral Habits - If you do not have healthy oral hygiene habits, you could be increasing your risk of periodontal disease.

Heredity - Unfortunately, like other disease your genes play a factor. If there is a history of gum disease in your family you should schedule regular check ups.

Hormonal Changes - Hormonal changes due to things like menopause or pregnancy can have an effect on your oral health and cause gum disease.

All of the above, along with tartar and plaque build up, can be huge triggers of gum disease. Additional causes are: substance abuse, tobacco use, poor dental work, shift in your bite, and a bad diet. 

The best way to prevent gum disease is to take proper care of your teeth. Even with all of these risks, if you properly care for your teeth you should not have to worry about gum disease.

 


Gum Disease: What are the Causes?

 by David W. Mills, DDS 

Gum disease is one of the most common chronic illnesses. It affects almost 50% of adults over the age of 30. In a 2012 study, over 65 million adults suffered from periodontal disease. 

Now that we know how common gum disease, what diseases it is linked to, and some of the symptoms and signs, let's take a look at what actually causes gum disease. 

Many dentists are in agreement that plaque build up is the most common cause of gum disease. What is plaque? Plaque is bacteria that is on your teeth and creates a film on your teeth. Is it produced when sugar and starch mix with the bacteria previous in our mouth. If this goes untreated, this plaque hardens and turns into something we call tartar.  

Plaque is not hard to remove, simply brushing and flossing on a regular basis will do the job. However, if you do not practice good habits tartar will build up. Unfortunately, tartar is not as easy to remove as plaque. In the case tartar is building up, you should consult a dental professional to remove it.

It is important to visit your dentist on a regular basis for exams and cleanings to prevent tartar build up and gum disease.

Contact us today to set up your cleaning and learn more about this common, but concerning disease.

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Gum Disease: The Silent Signs 

by David W. Mills, DDS  

There are different types of periodontal disease.  Two of these types are chronic and aggressive. The first type, chronic is the most common; effecting adults and some children.  The most common, which mainly effects adults is chronic periodontitis.  What most people don’t know, is it can also affect children as well.

Periodontitis is the more serious type of gum disease. Unlike gingivitis, periodontitis not only attacks your gums but also your jaw bone. Not only does periodontitis attack your gums and bones but it can also increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. 

Dr. Mills wants you to be able to determine if you are suffering from gum disease early on. The reason for this is that gum disease attacks your oral health which can then impact your overall health. After you believe that you may be suffering from gum disease you should be treated as quickly as possible. You can never cure gum disease but you can reverse some of the damage and prevent other serious damage.

 

For the best prevention, have regular dental visits and cleanings, and look for these signs:

  • Stinky breath
  • A foul taste in your mouth
  • Teeth seem to be loosening
  • There are new spaces between your teeth that weren't there before
  • New spaces in between teeth
  • Gums appearing puffy
  • Gums looking bright red
  • Sensitive gums
  • Teeth looking longer

If you are concerned that you may have signs of gum disease contact us today to set up a screening.  

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Snoring: Should I Worry?  

by David W. Mills, DDS  

Do you snore so loud that it keep your loved ones or pets awake at night? Are you embarrassed to go on a work trip or stay at a friends because of your snoring issue? However, did you know that your snowing could actually be a sign of more serious health issues?

Sleep apnea, often characterized by loud snoring, is a serious disorder which affects your breathing while you are asleep.

 There are two types of sleep apnea: Obstructive and Central:

  1. Obstructive sleep apnea is the more common form of sleep apnea. This occurs when the muscle in your trachea relax and cause blockage of the airway. 
  2. Central sleep apnea occurs less often, but is far more serious. This occurs when your brain stops sending signals to the muscles that help control your breathing. 

Sleep Apnea and snoring can contribute or be linked to other health concerns:

  • Stroke
  • Heart Problems
  • An irregular heartbeat 
  • GERD - Acid Reflux
  • Migraines
  • Weight Gain


Contact us to set up a consultation with Dr. Mills who can address you snoring issues with a dental appliance that can help you, your family and your Euclid neighbors sleep a little easier!

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Good Dental Habits Should Start Early

by David W. Mills, DDS 

The great people of Euclid by now all know dental health is important to our overall health as adults, but what about our children?

The truth is, oral health for your children is important. It is important both to keep their teeth healthy and start good habits at a young age.

As with adults, if teeth are not properly maintained it can cause children to develop oral health problems like cavities. As soon as a tooth  breaks through the surface of a child's gums it should be brushed and cleaned. Unfortunately, more than 60% of parents do not start brushing their child's teeth this early. Additionally, as soon as two teeth begin to touch, you should start flossing your child's teeth. 

To help build proper dental routines, a child’s first visit to the dentist should be about 6 months after their first teeth arrive or no later than their first birthday.

If you have questions about how much toothpaste to use or what types of toothbrushes are safe, please contact us and we can help you find the answers! 

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6 Ways to Stop Grinding Your Teeth

by David W. Mills, DDS 

Do you ever wake up and notice that your jaw is sore or you have an annoying headache? Have your teeth become sensitive to certain things you eat or hot or cold? If so, you are probably grinding your teeth (bruxism) involuntarily throughout the night. There are many helpful hints that can help yo avoid this.

  • Eliminate sources of stress, if possible.
  • Have a sleep routine.
  • Have a well rounded diet.
  • Do not consume alcohol or caffeine before bed. These both trigger bruxism.
  • Relax your jaw throughout the day.
  • Do something relaxing before bed.

Contact your Dentist! Dr. Mills wants to help you diagnose and treat your bruxism!

Grinding your teeth can be a painful way to spend your sleeping hours. Getting relief is possible. For more information on bruxism, contact us.

 

 


What to Cut or Limit for Relief of Dry Mouth-Part 4 

by David W. Mills, DDS

In our 4 part blog series on Dry Mouth, we have discussed what causes dry mouth and some ideas for relief. Here are a few more treatment tips on what to cut out to help alleviate your symptoms and get some relief.


We know it isn’t always easy to limit our favorite foods, especially when there are so many great places to eat in Cleveland. If you are looking for additional ways to get some relief from your dry mouth, here are some suggestions.

  • What to cut or limit to find relief:
    Avoid alcohol
    Avoid caffeine
    Avoid citric foods and juices
    Avoid salty foods
    Try not to breath through your mouth. Breath through your nose when possible.

Dry mouth is more than just an inconvenience and can lead to greater health issues, such as, severe tooth decay and gum disease, if left untreated. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, 30% of all tooth decay in older adults is caused by dry mouth.

What is most important is that you recognize some signs and symptoms early on. The earlier you recognize dry mouth, the earlier you can get it treated, and the earlier you can get treatment, return to comfort, and be more healthy. 

All of us at David W. Mills, DDS hope these tips will help create healthier smiles and mouths for our Euclid patients! For even more information on oral health visit the American Dental Association.

 

Tips to Quench Your Thirst! Dry Mouth - Part 3

by David W. Mills, DDS 

In parts one and two of blog series on Dry Mouth, we discussed what dry mouth was, and some of the causes. At David W. Mills, DDS, we want to help inform the residents of Euclid about their oral health. Now let’s take a look at some tips on treatments to help alleviate the symptoms and get some relief!

Helpful tips to increase salivary flow:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Drink more water
  • Use proper oral health habits
  • Chew sugarless chewing gum
  • Keep you lips moist
  • Visit Dr. Mills routinely

Unfortunately, you may not always to solve the underlying cause of dry mouth. The reason for this is that, most of the time it is medication that you need that causes dry mouth. 

Stay tuned for Part 4 of our blog series on Dry Mouth for additional ways to alleviate the symptoms and find relief. And like us on Facebook and Twitter and Google+ for more tips on oral health!