Marvin A. Fier, DDS

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Here's a look at some of the diseases and conditions that may be linked to oral health:

Cardiovascular Disease
Research shows that several types of cardiovascular disease are associated with oral health. These include clogged arteries and stroke.  There is increasing evidence suggesting that periodontal (gums & bone) disease is associated with heart disease.  More studies are being done to confirm this.


Pregnancy and Birth Gum disease has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight newborns.  This is why it's vital to maintain excellent oral health before you get pregnant and during your pregnancy.

Diabetes increases your risk of gum disease, cavities, tooth loss, dry mouth and a variety of oral infections. Conversely, poor oral health can make your diabetes more difficult to control. Infections may cause your blood sugar to rise and require more insulin to keep it under control.

The first stages of bone loss may show up in the bone around your teeth.  We may be able to spot this with dental X-rays and a routine thorough clinical examination.


Other Conditions Many other conditions may make their presence known in your mouth before you know anything's wrong. These may include Sjogren's syndrome (excessively dry mouth), diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, infections in other parts of the body, and leukemia.  


Oral Cancer

This particular cancer is very hard to cure unless it is diagnosed in its early stages.  A thorough dental examination should include feeling the lymph nodes in your neck and under your lower jaw.  In addition, your tongue, the bottom of your mouth, the back of your throat, and your palate must all be checked.  Finally, a sub-surface screening with our non-invasive high-tech VELscope allows us to detect abnormalities before they become visible to the human eye.


Dear Friends,

My team and I wish you and your family a very happy, healthy New Year!  Why not make 2014 the year you finally get that smile improvement you've been putting on your wish list year after year and also improve your oral health?


Many people make New Year's resolutions to enhance their physiques, but consider this.  Research suggests your smile is the first thing others notice.  A great, healthy smile is a perfect goal for boosting your overall health or self-esteem.



Oral Health:  A window to  your overall health
Did you know? Bacteria enter your bloodstream through your gums and can wreak havoc elsewhere in your body.  Or sometimes, signs of a disease may first show up in your mouth.     

Although the eyes may be the window to the soul, your mouth is a window to your body's health.  The condition of your mouth can offer lots of clues about your overall health.  Oral health and your overall health are more connected than you might realize.  As former US Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher said in Oral Health in America:  A Report of the Surgeon General, "the mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body."

The connection between oral health and overall health

Your mouth is normally teeming with bacteria. Usually you can keep these bacteria under control with good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing. Saliva also is a key defense against bacteria and viruses. It contains enzymes that destroy bacteria in different ways. But harmful bacteria can sometimes grow out of control and lead to gingivitis, an infection of  your gums or even more serious, periodontitis, an infection that affects your gums and jawbone.  Both of these infections allow bacteria to enter your bloodstream and spread to other body parts.
Many medications or treatments reduce saliva flow causing a dry mouth.  This can disrupt the normal balance of bacteria in your mouth and lead to changes, making it easier for bacteria to enter your bloodstream.  Some researches believe that these bacteria and inflammation from your mouth are linked to other health problems in the rest of your body.

What can you do about oral health?

If you didn't already have enough reasons to take good care of your mouth, teeth and gums, the relationship between your oral health and your overall health provides even more. Resolve to practice good oral hygiene every day. You're making an investment in your overall health, not just for now, but for the future, too.    


Source:  Mayo Clinic 

 Brush Up on Basics 
for Health and a Great Smile    

Flossing + Brushing = Clean Teeth


Too busy to floss? Too tired to brush your teeth?
If you're tempted to skip these daily chores, remember
that your smile and oral health depends on these sim
ple dental care habits.


Brushing for oral health


Oral health begins with clean teeth.
Consider these brushing basics from the
American Dental Association:  


When you brush, don't rush. 
Take enough time to do a thorough job.

Use the proper equipment

Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Consider using an electric or battery-operated
toothbrush, especially if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult to brush effectively.

Practice good technique

Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle where your
teeth and gums meet.  Brush with short back-and-forth motions.  Remember to brush the inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue.
Avoid vigorous or harsh scrubbing,
which can irritate or scrape away your gums.

Know when to replace your toothbrush

Invest in a new toothbrush or a replacement
head for your electric toothbrush every three to four months -  or sooner if the bristles become frayed.  


Flossing for oral health



You can't reach the tight spaces between your teeth
or under your gumline with a toothbrush. That's why
daily flossing is important.
When you floss:

Don't skimp

 Break off about 18 inches of dental floss. Wind most
of the
floss around the middle finger on one hand,
and the rest
around the middle finger on the other
hand - leaving
about 1 inch to floss your first tooth.     


Take it one tooth at a time

 Use your thumbs and forefingers to gently pull the floss
from the gumline to the top of the tooth to scrape off plaque.  
Rub the floss against all sides of the tooth.
Unwind to
get fresh floss as you progress to the
next tooth.

Keep it up
If you have trouble getting floss through your teeth,
try the waxed variety. If it's hard to manipulate the floss, use a floss holder or an interdental cleaner -
such as a dental pick or stick designed to clean
between the teeth.


Additional Tips

In addition to daily brushing and flossing, you might
use an alcohol-free antimicrobial or antiseptic mouth
rinse to help reduce plaque between your teeth.  Resist the temptation to use toothpicks or other objects that could injure your gums.


Oral health problems to report to your dentist

To maintain health and your smile, schedule regular
dental cleanings and exams.  For many adults, having a professional cleaning every 3 months is most beneficial.  Contact your dentist if you notice any signs or symptoms that may suggest oral health problems, such as:


Red, tender or swollen gums

Gums that bleed when you brush or floss

Gums that begin pulling away from your teeth

Loose teeth

Changes in the way your top and bottom
teeth align with each other

Unusual sensitivity to hot and cold 

Early detection and treatment of oral health problems
can ensure a lifetime of good oral health. 



 Source:  Mayo Clinic  

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