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One of the more common postoperative complication for a tooth extraction is dry Socket. Dry socket can delay the normal healing process and results when the newly formed blood clot in the extraction site does not form correctly or is prematurely lost. This blood clot lays the foundation for new tissue and bone to develop over a two-month healing process. Dry socket can be very painful and you should see a dentist right away if you feel you may have dry socket after a tooth extraction

By now many studies are showing that poor oral health care can effect your over all health. However studies are showing that poor nutrition and affect the entire immune system, increasing susceptibility to many common disorders. People with lowered immune systems have been shown to be at higher risk for gum disease (periodontal disease). Additionally, research shows a link between oral health and systemic conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Food and drinks such as soft drink, fruit juices, fresh fruit and yogurt as well as pickles and lemons can lead to irreversible dental erosion if not consumed in moderation. According to the Academy of General Dentistry’s dental erosion is the breakdown of tooth structure caused by the effect of acid on the teeth. Dental enamel is the thin, outer layer of hard tissue that helps maintain the tooth’s structure and shape while protecting it from decay.

With health concerns about fat and cholesterol many people are having more of a vegetarian life style. However there can sometimes be nutritional deficiencies that may reveal themselves during a dental exam. Many adults vegetarians are very knowledgeable about their nutrition and are able to maintain their diets in a proper fashion. However, children and teenagers who put themselves on vegetarian diets without knowing enough about their nutritional needs, have a higher risk of potential for deficiencies.

Teeth grinding or bruxism can be a bad habit that both kids and adults may have. Stopping such a habit right away is important in protecting your teeth. Grinding your teeth can wear your teeth down over time. Teeth grinding can also cause your teeth to crack and brake. Most often teeth grinding can be caused by stress and sleeping habits. If your child is grinding their teeth in their sleep it can be harder to control. However there are dental night guard that can prevent grinding while sleeping. Talk to your dentist if you or your child grind your teeth.

Kids Dental Health, Dental Teeth Chart

Please keep in mind that each child is different and tooth eruption times can vary from child to child.  However, this will give you some idea of when your child teeth should be coming in by. 

Primary Teeth Development Chart

When tooth emerges When tooth falls out

Upper Teeth
Central incisor 8 to 12 months 6 to 7 years
Lateral incisor 9 to 13 months 7 to 8 years
Canine (cuspid) 16 to 22 months 10 to 12 years
First molar             13 to 19 months   9 to 11 years
Second molar   25 to 33 months         10 to 12 years

Lower Teeth    
Second molar  23 to 31 month           10 to 12 years
First molar             14 to 18 months 9 to 11 years
Canine (cuspid) 17 to 23 months 9 to 12 years
Lateral incisor 10 to 16 months 7 to 8 years
Central incisor 6 to 10 months 6 to 7 years

Poor dental health has been linked to an increased risk for dementia. New research shows that in a study of more the 4000 elderly adult in Japan, those who had few teeth and who did not use dentures or see a dentist regularly had a significantly higher risk for dementia onset than the participants who practiced better dental health practices. The study was published in the April issue of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Dental disease is nearly 100 percent preventable yet fewer then 30 percent of people follow their dentist’s advice to brush and floss twice a day. People are dropping the ball with their at home dental care habits. In some state nearly 40 percent of people with dental insurance still do not regularly see their dentist. Early education about oral health care habits are important, and should be reinforced by parents, teachers and the community.

New resources from NIH cut the confusion on dietary supplements.

The new year is a time to set new goals, and for many people this means losing weight and improving fitness. Although these goals are best met with a nutritious diet and regular physical activity, many people may turn to dietary supplements for a boost to their routines. To help cut the confusion, the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health has two new resources to help people understand what is known about the effectiveness and safety of many ingredients in dietary supplements promoted for fitness and weight loss.

Rising tooth decay in young children. The number of preschoolers with serious dental tooth decay is on the rise, across all income levels. Some young children have six to ten cavities. Some of the reasons for the increased rise in tooth decay among young children, is mainly snacking and juices or other sweet drinks t bedtime. But other reasons includes children drinking bottled water instead of fluoridated tap water. As well as parents who have simply grown lax about making their kids have proper dental care habits such as brushing and flossing daily.

Too many American, particularly kids are showing up in emergency rooms with rotten teeth issues. According to surveys done by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 10 state within the past three years, the percentage of third graders with untreated tooth decay running as high as 40 percent in Arizona, to just under 15 percent in Washington State. A study by the Pew Center for the States found that preventable dental conditions were the primary reason for more than 830,000 emergency room visits in the U.S. in 2009, up 16 percent from just three years before.

It is important to keep in mind that by having proper dental care habits at home and seeing a dentist regularly, not only helps to reduces the risk or tooth decay and gum disease, but save you money in the long run. Preventive dental care services such as, office visits, X-rays and cleanings are much more affordable then filling, root canals and crowns. Take into account that even lower cost dental insurance plans offer free to very low cost preventive dental care, it makes no sense not to maintain your dental health. By taking care of your teeth with good dental habits and seeing your dentist you decrease your chances of developing larger more costly dental issues.

NIH launches partnership to improve success of clinical trials for patients with Parkinson’s disease
Effort is part of the Accelerating Medicines Partnership to speed development of disease-altering treatments.

The National Institutes of Health is teaming with government, biopharmaceutical, life science and non-profit organizations to overcome obstacles and increase success for advancing promising treatments for Parkinson’s disease (PD). Part of the NIH Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP), AMP PD will focus on identifying and validating promising markers of disease called biomarkers that may be useful in tracking the progression of PD and could serve as biological targets for the development of new drugs.

A course it goes almost without saying that smoking or chewing tobacco is in no way good for your health. However with regards to oral health, if you smoke or chew you have a high risk of gum disease and oral cancer. Men are affected twice as often as women and 95 percent of oral cancers occur in those over 40 years of age. More then 8000 people die each year form oral an pharyngeal diseases. If you use tobacco it is very important to see a dentist frequently though out the year. Your dentist can perform a thorough screening for oral cancel to help ensure your mouth remains healthy.

People may think that dental exams are about X-rays and teeth cleanings. Maybe a filling here or there if they are unlucky. However, dentist may be able to recognize and diagnose numerous other potential health problems. According to Dawn West, DMD, RN with Tuffs University School of Dental Medicine, when you go for a dental checkup you might actually be saving more than just your teeth and oral health, because the mouth is the gateway to your entire organism and there might be several important signs of other diseases existent in there that a dentist may be able to see.

Significant link between smoking and gum disease. According to a new study done at Ohio State University, smoking causes the body to turn against its own helpful bacteria. The study shows how cigarette smoke also wipes out good bacteria in the mouth making the tissue much more susceptible to attack from bad bacteria, which leaves smokers more vulnerable to gum disease, and tooth decay.

While many people many know the basic tips for staying healthy and feeling well is by having a balanced diet and exercise. However did you know your oral health can play a big roll in your overall health? By having good oral health care habits you can maintain not only good oral health but over all wellness.

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