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Frequently Asked Questions

Gum Disease in Women

There are certain times in a woman's life when she may be more susceptible to gum disease. The changes a woman goes through, puberty and menopause among them, pregnancy and menstrual cycles also, cause hormonal changes in the body. Those changes may require a woman to adjust her diet and exercise patterns.

For instance, as we all know, pregnant women tend to snack a lot. It's important for them to avoid sugary, sticky snacks.

The changes can affect many of the tissues in the body, including the gums. The gums can become unusually sensitive and can react strongly to hormonal fluctuations. All this can leave a woman vulnerable to gum disease. Studies have also shown that pregnant women with gum disease are far more likely to deliver pre-term, low birth weight babies.

 

Talk to Your Dentist About Your Risk of Gum Disease

If you are a woman, talk to your dentist about any special steps you should take to maintain good oral health while going through the different periods of your life. At White Bear Smiles, we specialize in treating gum disease in patients of all ages and genders. Contact our comfortable dental office in White Bear Lake, MN to learn more about gum disease. 

Adult and Geriatric Oral Health

Unfortunately, the possibility of having dental problems doesn't necessarily diminish as we age. Although the baby boomer generation has benefited from water fluoridation programs and fluoride toothpaste, problems can still crop up in the adult's mouth.

 

The Problem of Gum Disease

Gum disease, for instance, remains a problem for adults. Some 14 percent of adults aged 45 to 54 have severe gum disease.

Signs and symptoms from soft-tissue diseases like cold sores are common in adults. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, about 19 percent of adults aged 25 to 44 are affected by such soft-tissue ailments.

Other Dental Problems

Every year more than 400,000 cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy are afflicted with oral problems like painful mouth ulcers, loss of taste and dry mouth as a result of malfunctioning salivary glands.

The CDC reports that employed adults lose more than 164 million hours of work each year because or oral health problems. So the message is keep brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly. Don't sit back and relax.

You May Be At Risk of Losing Tooth Enamel Permanently

Bulimia and anorexia nervosa are two serious eating disorders. Each can cause problems in your mouth. Anorexia nervosa is an unnatural fear of gaining weight. Bulimia is a condition in which a person compulsively overeats and then induces vomiting to get rid of the food. Some anorectics also induce vomiting. The danger to teeth comes from the fact that the stomach acid generated by vomiting can severely erode tooth enamel. Adolescent and twenty- to thirty-year-old females are most at risk for developing an eating disorder, although males can be affected, too.

Many Symptoms Accompany an Eating Disorder

When the dentist notices unusual enamel erosion on the teeth of a person who appears to be otherwise healthy, he might be able to raise the issue of an eating disorder. Depression often accompanies an eating disorder and a person, whether bulimic or anorexic will often get lax about oral hygiene. Problems like gum disease can develop. While the dentist can treat the appearance of the teeth with cosmetic dentistry, he can't cure the underlying issue. Regular trips to the dentist should be part of your overall plan for maintaining your health.

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Dental Care for Caregivers

Providing dental care as a caregiver requires patience most of all. But whether it's an elderly person or one with developmental disabilities, your charge needs to practice good oral hygiene with your help.

 

How to Brush Someone Else's Teeth

First, wash your hands and put on sanitary, disposable gloves. Stand or sit where you have a good view of all the teeth and make sure you have good light. Apply only a small amount of toothpaste to the toothbrush. Brush all surfaces of each tooth and angle the toothbrush to brush gently at the gum line. Gently brush the tongue after you've finished the teeth. Help the person rinse with plain water. Think about whether a power toothbrush might make the job easier, but give your charge time to get used to one.

Also, the bathroom is not the only place where teeth can be brushed. The important thing is to get the job done. So if some other room is more comfortable for the person you're helping, that's fine. Naturally, make sure you get the person you're helping to the dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning.

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The popularity of bottled water has surged in recent years. In 2000, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation, annual per capita consumption of bottled water in the United States was 18.3 gallons. This year, they expect that figure to reach roughly 25 gallons per person.

Fluoride in Bottled Water

The American Dental Association has determined, however, that most bottled waters do not contain optimal levels of fluoride. Optimal levels range from 0.7 to 1.2 parts per million. The ADA has for decades supported fluoridation programs for water supplies. Fluoride at optimal levels helps prevent tooth decay. All ground and surface water in the United States contains some naturally occurring fluoride. And the ADA has supported efforts to add fluoride to drinking supplies when necessary to raise the parts-per-million number to at least 0.7 ppm.

If you are a bottled water drinker, examine the label on your favorite product and talk to your local White Bear Lake dentist about whether you are getting enough fluoride and how you may be able to supplement your diet if you're not.

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