Posted on Sunday, August 21st, 2016 at 10:08 pm.
The world of toothbrushes are many. But if you’re looking for the best and easiest way to take care of your teeth, it’s not that hard to decide between electric and manual. Unlike a manual brush, an electric brush does the work for you. Here are some reasons why they can help prevent gum disease and a healthier,happier mouth.
So if you’re looking for a more efficient clean, an electric toothbrush is your best bet. We want you to have a healthy and happy mouth that you can keep for your lifetime! Keep it clean and keep it forever.
Come by, say hi and smile with us. New patients always welcome. We are located at 25385 Wayne Mills Pl. Valencia Ca. 91355. (661)505-2926. Www.maycontedds.com
Posted on Friday, August 5th, 2016 at 10:15 pm.
Periodontal disease is a chronic, inflammatory disease that can impact overall health. Research has shown there are links between gum/periodontal disease to upper respiratory diseases, including pneumonia, acute bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Gum disease starts with Plaque. Plaque is a sticky, colorless deposit composed of about a thousand species of bacteria that take part in the complex ecosystems of the mouth that forms daily on the tooth surface. Saliva, food and fluids combine to produce these deposits that collect where the teeth and gums meet. When the body is in balance, plaque, actually protect and support your body’s ability to live. However, when disturbed and unbalanced, plaque produces bad bacteria that lead to gum disease. Gingivitis is an infection of the gum tissue by bacterial plaque. The bacteria attacks your gums which can cause infected pockets. These infected pockets provide access to the bloodstream allowing bacteria to travel throughout your body.
In Respiratory disease, research has found that bad bacteria from the oral cavity can be aspirated into the lungs and cause respiratory disease such as pneumonia. Bad bacteria, large plaque accumulation, periodontal pockets, the inflammatory response diminishes our body’s defenses subjecting us to respiratory risks.
Great home care is vital not only for clean teeth but reduce risks to other parts of the body such as your lungs. It’s very important to practice good oral hygiene by meticulously brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day to prevent plaque from accumulating and causing problems. Be sure to brush your tongue and rinse with an ADA approved mouth rinse to remove bacteria and improve bad breath. Eating a balanced diet, low in processed foods and sugars also help reduce bad bacteria.
Avoid and prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease by continuing your regular dental cleaning and checkups with your Dentist. During a dental examination, a thorough examination and review of your oral health and overall health history, including an oral cancer screening and necessary dental x-rays are performed along with a careful evaluation of your current dental status and concerns.
A clean mouth and healthier habits can last a lifetime and we are always here to help you achieve that. For more information, give us a call at 661-505-2926. We are located at 25385 Wayne Mills Place, Valencia Ca. 91355
Posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 at 10:11 pm.
Dentistry has evolved over the years. Not only has technology become better and treatment easier, but the manner in which we approached it has evolved. It’s not about just treating the problem but asking how and why the dental disease came about and finding ways to prevent it in the future.
As we get older, our health changes and so does our mouth. The nerves in our teeth become smaller making the teeth less sensitive to problems such as decay or trauma. Without regular checkups, cavities or other problems may not be diagnosed until its too late.
Some health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases can piggy back with our ever growing wisdom.
Studies show an association with heart disease and gum disease. One possible explanation is that the bacteria that cause gum disease can release toxins into or travel to the bloodstream and help form fatty plaques in the arteries. These plaque deposits can cause blood clots which can block blood flow. Another explanation is that plaque bacteria can cause the liver to make high levels of certain proteins which inflame the blood vessels that could eventually lead to a heart attack.
Diabetes slows circulation and reduces the body’s resistance to infection. Increased blood sugar in people with diabetes makes them more susceptible to gum disease. Also, the cortisol in gum disease makes it more difficult for someone with diabetes to control their blood sugar. Elevated cortisol due to chronic gum infections continues to increase the blood sugar level in the body and thwarting insulin. The body remains in a general insulin resistant state and puts diabetics at an increased risk for diabetic complications.
Those with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to have gum disease than those that don’t. Gum disease and autoimmune disorders have very similar pathologies. Damage caused by the immune system and chronic inflammation are central in both.
Understanding their significance to our dental health can encourage a cleaner healthier mouth year after year. Visit your Dentist for regular checkups ( anywhere from 2 to 4 times a year), maintain a vigorous oral hygiene routine, eat healthy and smile daily. Our teeth should last us a lifetime and lets keep it that way.
We are here to help keep you healthy and smiling. Visit us at www.maycontedds.com or call us at 661-505-2926. We are located at 25385 Wayne Mills Pl. Valencia.
Posted on Sunday, July 10th, 2016 at 10:15 pm.
Bad breath or halitosis is an embarrassing problem most people don’t care to talk about. It can certainly affect one’s self-confidence and ability to socialize. There can be many factors involving bad breath. Some are odor-causing foods, tooth decay, gum disease, bacteria growing on the tongue, dry mouth, use of tobacco products, sinus or respiratory infections, some medical disorders, improperly cleaned dentures, some medications, or inadequate oral hygiene.
To help prevent bad breath, here are some quick tips.
Our office can help you find solutions to prevent this common source of embarrassment. If it’s due to an oral condition, we can develop a treatment plan to eliminate this problem. Treatment may be easier than you imagine. We want you to have confidence in your oral health!
For more information and meet Dr. May, call the office at 661-505-2926. We are located at 25385 Wayne Mills Pl, Valencia Ca. 91355. Visit us also at www.maycontedds.com
Posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2016 at 9:11 am.
Keeping your mouth healthy is important for your overall health. Not doing so can lead to periodontal disease which may lead to an increase risk for heart disease and stroke. Several studies have shown a link with periodontal disease and heart disease.
One possible explanation for this association is that the bacteria that cause periodontal disease can release toxins into or travel through the bloodstream and help to form fatty plaques in the arteries. These plaque deposits can cause blood clots, which can block blood flow. Another explanation is that plaque bacteria cause the liver to make high levels of certain proteins, which inflame the blood vessels. Inflammation eventually could lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Patients with certain heart conditions have a higher risk of endocarditis which is an infection of the heart. It happens when bacteria in the bloodstream attach to damaged heart valves or other damaged heart tissue and can be life threatening.
Some symptoms of periodontal disease are persistent bad breath; red, swollen, tender or bleeding gums; gums that have pulled away from the teeth; moderate to heavy tartar build up; and loose teeth or change in the way your teeth come together when you bite down.
Some drugs that treat certain heart conditions such as high blood pressure have side effects such as dry mouth, an altered sense of taste, or gum overgrowth.
It’s very important to practice good oral hygiene by meticulously brushing and flossing your teeth regularly to prevent plaque from accumulating and causing problems. Eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of fluids can help combat drug side effects and keep you healthy. Your dentist will give you detailed oral hygiene instructions and may ask you to visit more often for professional cleanings. Make sure to inform your dentist of any heart issues since certain heart conditions may need antibiotics (to prevent endocarditis) before they have certain types of dental procedures. Before a dental visit, take your medicines as you normally do and make sure your dentist knows which drugs you are taking for your heart condition. Also if you have high blood pressure, your dentist should check your blood pressure at each visit. Your dentist can decide whether it’s ok for you to have non-emergency dental treatment.