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April 16, 2014   

In This Issue:

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A Toast to Good Health with
Green Tea

There is evidence to show that green tea can be effective in the prevention and treatment of certain types of cancer, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and impaired immune function.

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You Don't Need a PhD to
Balance your pH

The human body is largely made up of water equaling 50-60% of our total body weight. The water is significant in that it provides the medium for transferring nutrients, oxygen and biochemicals from place to place, thus having a profound effect on body chemistry, health and/or disease.

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What Is That Noise?

Does rasping or crunching noise coming from your child's bedroom while he/she is sleeping bother you? Well, bruxism is the medical term for the grinding of teeth or clenching of the jaws during deep sleep or under stress.

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We hope you found this newsletter informative. If you have any questions about any of the material covered in this issue, please don't hesitate to call us at 516-481-1446516-481-1446. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Wisdom Teeth Facts

  • Wisdom teeth are another name for third molars. They usually develop between the ages of 17 and 21 years of age.
  • Wisdom teeth are no different than any other tooth in your mouth. However, if they erupt in a strange location or angle, or if they become impacted they may need to be removed.
  • Your dentist may also recommend the extraction of wisdom teeth because of the problem they may cause in the future including infection, decay of adjacent teeth, cysts, tumors and gum disease.
  • Wisdom teeth that have already erupted may also need to be removed if they are non functional, badly decayed, interfering with your bite, involved with or at risk of gum disease or causing problems with adjacent teeth or restorations.
  • Before getting your wisdom tooth extracted make sure to tell your dentist about any medications or supplements that your may be taking as they can interfere with the healing process.
  • When a patient may need a wisdom tooth extracted they may experience a variety of symptoms such as Pain, infection and/or swelling of the face and gum line.
  • Your dentist can determine if you need your wisdom tooth extracted by examining your mouth and taking x-rays.
  • The most common complications associated with wisdom tooth extractions is, Dry Socket.
  • To prevent Dry Socket it is recommended that you DO NOT:
    • Smoke, Consume Carbonated beverages or drink through a straw
  • Rinsing with warm salt water can help keep your mouth clean after the procedure. However, you should avoid excessive rinsing and spitting while your mouth is healing.
  • To avoid complications after the procedure, it is very important that you follow your dentist’s instructions regarding eating, drinking, keeping extractions site clean and pain management.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Dental health linked to dementia risk: study

Aug 21 (Reuters) - People who keep their teeth and gums healthy with regular brushing may have a lower risk of developing dementia later in life, according to a U.S. study.

Researchers at the University of California who followed nearly 5,500 elderly people over an 18-year-period found that those who reported brushing their teeth less than once a day were up to 65 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who brushed daily.

"Not only does the state of your mind predict what kind of oral health habits you practice, it may be that your oral health habits influence whether or not you get dementia," said Annlia Paganini-Hill, who led the study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Inflammation stoked by gum disease-related bacteria is implicated in a host of conditions including heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Some studies have also found that people with Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, have more gum disease-related bacteria in their brains than a person without Alzheimer's, Paganini-Hill said.

It's thought that gum disease bacteria might get into the brain, causing inflammation and brain damage, she said.

Paganini-Hill and her team followed 5,468 residents of a Californian retirement community from 1992 to 2010. Most people in the study were white, well-educated and relatively affluent. When the study began, participants ranged in age from 52 to 105, with an average age of 81.

All were free of dementia at the outset, when they answered questions about their dental health habits, the condition of their teeth and whether they wore dentures.

When the researchers followed up 18 years later, they used interviews, medical records and in some cases death certificates to determine that 1,145 of the original group had been diagnosed with dementia.

Of 78 women who said they brushed their teeth less than once a day in 1992, 21 had dementia by 2010, or about one case per 3.7 women.

In comparison, among those who brushed at least once a day, closer to one in every 4.5 women developed dementia which translates to a 65-percent greater chance of dementia among those who brushed less than daily.

Among the men, the effect was less pronounced with about one in six irregular brushers developing the disease, making them 22 percent more likely to have dementia than those who brushed daily. Statistically, however, the effect was so small it could have been due to chance, the researchers said.

Paganini-Hill could only speculate on the reasons for the different outcomes among men and women. Perhaps women wear their dentures more often than men and visit the dentist more frequently.

The study has limitation. Paganini-Hill and her team looked at behavior and tooth numbers as a kind of proxy for oral health and gum disease and didn't carry out any dental exams. While neglecting teeth might be a sign of early vulnerability to dementia, some other factor be having an impact too.

Head injury and malnutrition are also important causes of tooth loss in adults, and either of those might increase the dementia risk, said Amber Watts, who studies dementia at the University of Kansas and wasn't part of the study.


 

Prevent Erectile Dysfunction by Brushing Your Teeth

July 22, 2011 By Deborah Mitchell

Good Dental Health Could Help Prevent Erectile Dysfunction

Results of a new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine suggest erectile dysfunction may be associated with good dental health. Investigators from Luzhou Medical College in China noted this possibility when they found that rats with gum disease (periodontitis) had lower levels of an enzyme involved in getting an erection.

The enzyme, endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), generates nitric oxide, a necessary component in achieving an erection. Decreased expression of eNOS and activity of NOS in the penis caused by inflammation associated with periodontitis may be an important risk factor in erectile dysfunction, according to the study’s authors. (Zuo 2011)

Periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that causes swollen gums, pus between the teeth and gums, bad breath, loose teeth, and gums that are tender when touched. Both periodontitis and erectile dysfunction are known risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and but an association between erectile dysfunction and periodontitis has been less clear.

In a previous study published in the same journal, researchers evaluated 305 men (average age, 39 years) for erectile dysfunction and periodontitis. Overall, 70 men had erectile dysfunction and 13 had periodontitis. Gum disease was significantly more prevalent among men who had erectile dysfunction when compared to men without erectile dysfunction. (Zadik 2009)

Although the current study and previous work do not definitively link periodontitis and erectile dysfunction, they offer support for a role of gum disease in the progression of erectile dysfunction. Maintaining good dental health—brushing and flossing every day, regular dental checkups and cleanings–certainly has many advantages, and helping to prevent erectile dysfunction may be one more good reason to take care of your teeth

We have updated all our x-ray machines to the new digital specifications to keep up with all the latest reductions in x-ray exposure.

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News Reports: Dangerous Lead Found In Chinese Dental Crowns: All of the dental work placed in your mouth by Dr. Novick contains only the highest quality porcelain, gold or enamel fillings made 100% in the USA. NO LEAD! We can supply you with a certifide breakdown of the materials from the laboratory upon request.

Below is an article that appeared on America Online's homepage.  Though I do not agree with 100 percent of the information or the sensationalized way the author presents it just to be "shocking", there is a alot of excellent information in the article.  Please feel free to email me with any questions.

 


Secrets your dentist doesn't want you to know

Daniel Solin
Aug 27th 2009 at 1:00PM

Going to the dentist may seem like a mundane chore, but it can quickly become an expensive one. Here's what you need to know to get the most for your money when shopping for dental care.

Recently, I addressed the annual convention of the International Association of Comprehensive Aesthetics (IACA), an organization of dentists dedicated to continuing education. It was quite an eye-opener.

I realized I knew very little about my dentist. Even worse, I didn't know how to determine if my dentist had the right qualifications and equipment to provide first-class dental care.


There are approximately 165,000 dentists in the U.S., and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the yearly earnings of dentists averaged $147,010 in 2007. There is no doubt we are spending a lot of money on dental care and most people do not have dental insurance. But are we spending our money wisely? This is an area of particular interest to retirees and those planning to retire, because dental health issues tend to become more pressing as we age.

Here are the secrets your dentist may not want you to know -- but you need to know to get the best care possible:

Secret #1: Your dentist may not be as educated as you think.

Dentistry has changed a lot since your dentist graduated from dental school. One practitioner told me changes come "almost daily." There have been major advances in most materials used in fillings, bonding and root canals.

The world of neuromuscular dentistry has evolved at a particularly rapid rate. This branch of dentistry treats misalignment of the jaw which can cause headaches, sleep apnea, worn or cracked teeth and severe jaw pain, among many other symptoms.

Dental techniques have also changed. Laser systems can regenerate bone lost to gum disease and improve smiles with gum contouring. Lasers and air abrasion systems can be used to remove some decay without numbing the patient and to achieve superior dental cleaning.

If your dentist is not actively engaged in continuing education, it is unlikely that he or she is keeping up with these developments. Here are some specific questions to ask:

How many hours of continuing dental education a year do you do? The top dentists I interviewed do 100 hours or more.

Where do you go for your dental education? Some of the top places for continuing dental education are LVI Global, the Pankey Institute and the Scottsdale Center for Dentistry.

Secret #2: Your dentist may not have the latest technology.

Technology is an important part of today's dentistry. Is your dentist current? Here are some questions to ask:

Digital x-ray: Dentists who do not have digital x-ray equipment are practicing in the dark ages. Digital x-rays use less radiation than film. They are easier to read and the ability to manipulate contrast makes diagnosis more accurate. This equipment is expensive. It costs $30,000-$50,000. You are worth it.

Ultrasonic Cleaning: Ultrasonic instruments vibrate plaque and calculus off your teeth, even in areas below your gums. It is much more comfortable than old-fashioned hand scraping. They can remove heavy stains (like tobacco and coffee) from the tooth and even treat periodontal disease.

Total cost to your dentist: Around $2000. There is no excuse for not having it.

CEREC: For many dentists, this is the information they don't want you to have. The CEREC system lets your dentist provide a ceramic crown, onlay or veneer in only one visit. Use of CEREC can conserve the tooth structure and permit the dentist to seal the tooth in one appointment. No gagging impressions. CEREC means fewer injections, less drilling and no annoying temporaries.

The big rub is cost. A CEREC system will cost around $120,000. Personally, I don't care. If I have a choice between a dentist who has it and one that doesn't, the availability of CEREC will be the deciding factor.

Diagnodent: This is a laser which the dentist shines on the tooth and it tells whether there is a cavity and how deep it is. What's more, the laser can even tell your dentist that a root canal may be required. With the use of this technology, the dentist can detect cavities, and find them at an earlier stage, than traditional poking around the tooth (and no one likes that!). The initial investment is $4000.

Secret #3: Your dentist may be using mercury.

I know the American Dental Association and the FDA have no problem with mercury fillings. However, none of the top dentists I spoke to would put mercury in the mouths of their families or their patients. They use a composite filling instead.

Mercury is toxic. As one dentist told me, "the only place I can legally put mercury is in your mouth or in a hazardous waste container." Norway and Sweden have banned the use of mercury fillings.

Even without the toxicity controversy, the use of mercury fillings is still questionable. Mercury expands and contracts with temperature changes, just like in an old fashioned thermometer. This can lead to cracked teeth.

Composite fillings look better. They bond to the teeth and make them stronger (mercury fillings weaken the tooth). Teeth with composite fillings are less sensitive to hot and cold. They require less removal of tooth structure.

Mercury fillings are less expensive and