The profession of dentistry has experienced an amazing evolution over its lifetime. References to tooth decay can be found in various ancient texts. At one time, a local barber would provide haircuts and pull troublesome teeth in the same shop. Dentistry evolved from these humble beginnings to what we know today: a structured medical discipline where patients benefit from evidenced-
On the list of common reasons people avoid the dentist, cost is usually near the top. It is a fact — some dental treatments are expensive. However, you have some control in working to avoid pricey dental procedures. Two of the best ways to avoid needing expensive dental treatments are to visit a dentist regularly for an exam and cleaning and following proper dental hygiene advice every day.
The National Sleep Foundation estimates over 18 million adults in the United States, or about one in every 15 people, suffer from sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that interrupts breathing, resulting in disruptive sleep. Individuals suffering from obstructive sleep apnea will experience a repetitive (partial or complete) airway collapse throughout their sleep, which prevents air from reaching the lungs.
Have you ever experienced tenderness in your jaw area? Facial pain is a rather common issue in the general population, with 15 percent to 20 percent of people reporting symptoms. While some only suffer temporarily, others find their discomfort lingers for a longer period or reaches a level that significantly diminishes their quality of life. This type of pain can greatly affect chewing, biting and even speech. When the discomfort lingers or reaches severe levels, it will often prompt a doctor visit to address the issue.
According to the American Cancer Society, 51,540 new cases of oral and pharyngeal cancer will be diagnosed in the United States during 2018. During the same period, a total of 10,030 deaths are expected. These statistics are even more important for Kentucky residents, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted upon reviewing data from 2015 that Kentucky has the second highest rate of oral and pharyngeal cancer in the country, with 13.4 new cases per 100,000 people.
Recent studies show periodontal disease – more commonly known as gum disease – is much more common than previously thought, with almost half of the adults in the United States suffering from it. The prevalence of periodontal disease is even worse when looking at the male population: 60 percent of men over age 30 years suffer from gum disease.
It has been over a year since Andrea Crookston made the decision to make her oral health a top priority and partner with University of Kentucky Dentistry. Prior to starting the journey, Crookston would hide her smile when taking photos. Fear and anxiety kept her from going to the dentist every six months as recommended. Instead, she would only go when the pain was too much for her to tolerate.
Many people think of orthodontic treatment when they have concerns about crowded or misplaced teeth. While metal braces are often considered a rite of passage for teenagers, there are a number of issues orthodontic treatment can help address for individuals without age limits. These issues include not only teeth and occlusion (the position of the teeth when the jaws are closed) but also facial balance and aesthetics.
Many people may be aware of adults who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a disorder of breathing during sleep, but few realize children can also suffer from this condition. During an apnea event, a child may only be able to take a small amount of air – or none at all – into his or her lungs. A child with OSA can breathe normally during some portions of the night, but during an obstructive episode, the ribcage moves, trying to fill the lungs with air, but the airway is obstructed in....
Although the concept of digital dentistry began decades ago, advancements aided by the computerization of many tasks continue to be introduced to the marketplace and dental practices. These changes allow dental care providers to offer new options in patient care, helping to increase both the accuracy and effectiveness of care solutions, which ultimately supports greater patient satisfaction. If you’ve been putting visiting the dentist off, you may want to take a moment to see if....
It only takes something as quick as one soccer ball or basketball hitting a face to affect a smile forever. All sporting activities have an associated risk of dental trauma due to falls, collisions and contact with hard surfaces or sports-
There is no shortage of things to think about when you’re pregnant, from prepping for baby’s arrival to squeezing in enough rest. Unfortunately, some areas such as oral health are overlooked during pregnancy. Hormonal changes as well as behavioral changes occur for many women during pregnancy, both of which can directly affect the mouth. As the baby’s wellbeing can be impacted by the oral health of the expectant mother, special attention should be placed on oral health and any....
When Lexington resident Hannah Andrews started suffering from pain in her jaw that migrated toward her ear, she visited an urgent care clinic to confirm whether she had an ear infection. Ear infections may require an antibiotic for treatment. But when she was checked, Hannah was told her ears looked fine. Instead, clinic personnel thought the real culprit could be linked to an issue with her temporomandibular joint – a small joint located on each side of the jaw responsible for....
Did you know tooth decay in children is four times more common than asthma? In fact, one of the most prevalent childhood diseases is dental caries, a process where the presence of bacteria in the mouth leads to the weakening of protective tooth enamel, which in turn can lead to tooth decay.
The American Cancer Society estimates roughly 53,000 people in the United States will develop oral cancer in 2019. That’s about 145 new cases confirmed each day. More troubling still, Kentucky has one of the nation’s highest incidences of oral cancer, according to the National Institutes of Health.
What started as a way for cigarette smokers to kick the habit is shaping into another health challenge. Increasingly, a growing percentage of youth are discovering e-
The food we eat affects not only our teeth but also our health overall. Webster’s Dictionary defines diet as the kinds of foods a person, animal or community habitually eats. “Diet” can mistakenly be associated with food restriction and often carries a bad connotation. However, a healthy approach to eating results in benefits that may include improved sleep, more energy, clearer skin and fat loss, as well as strong teeth and bones.
There are a variety of reasons you may develop a sore or lesion in your mouth. These include everything from simply biting your tongue, cheek or lip to wearing poor-
Snoring is a very common condition that affects roughly 90 million adults in the United States. While more prevalent among men, women also snore, and although snoring affects individuals of all ages, it tends to become more common as we get older. Snoring is caused by the vibration of tissues in the throat when the muscles relax while an individual is asleep. This vibration during breathing can cause a loud noise that varies in intensity. It may occur occasionally or regularly.
New teeth can be exciting, whether you are seeing your little one’s first tooth arrive or a child is getting their first visit from the tooth fairy. However, with new teeth, as with many major childhood milestones, numerous questions may arise. Parents and guardians may have concerns about their child’s oral health.
In the past few years, there has been an increase in the number of companies offering direct-
Over time, teeth can take on stains from consuming everything from coffee and tea to foods with tomato-
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medicine or trauma (“internal” stains) can not be removed during a whitening process. Whitening can be used to address “external” stains such as those obtained from eating and drinking.
Some people will be more sensitive to the whitening process than others. There are various strategies for dealing with sensitivity from whitening. Some people find using desensitizing toothpaste helps them, while others may take a two-
Certain groups of people should avoid whitening their teeth. These include people who have gum disease, pregnant or breastfeeding women and adolescents who still have primary or baby teeth. Additionally, the Academy of General Dentistry recommends teenagers wait until they are least 14 years old to allow the pulp of their teeth to fully form and thus reduce possible sensitivity that could occur during the whitening process. Depending on the type of treatment being used, individuals undergoing orthodontic care may also want to wait until their treatment is over before starting any whitening process.
Whichever whitening option you choose, remember results will not last forever. Your lifestyle choices, including your oral hygiene routine and what you eat and drink, will continue to impact the appearance of your teeth. You may elect to whiten again in a few months or years. You can also consider changing your habits to try to keep your teeth whiter longer.
Whether you decide on an in-
Dr. Robert Taylor is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. His clinical interests include surgery, endodontics, clinical teaching, and curriculum development. Dr. Taylor sees patients at the UK Dentistry Faculty Practice Clinic, located in the Dental Science Building at 800 Rose Street, Lexington. More information about UK Dentistry is available at www.ukhealthcare.uky.edu/dentistry.
Over time, teeth can take on stains from consuming everything from coffee and tea to foods with tomato-
Timing is critical when incorporating teeth whitening into a treatment plan. If you are having treatment performed, such as restorative dentistry, which may include fillings or veneers made of porcelain or ceramic, this work should take place after whitening because these materials won’t change color during any whitening process. Also, keep in mind that if you whiten before having restorative dental work done, your dentist may want to allow your teeth time after whitening to remineralize to better ensure restoration longevity.
It’s a good idea to have your teeth cleaned right before starting any whitening treatment. Removing any tartar or other sediments, which may block whitening products from reaching some areas, can be beneficial to your results. During your cleaning, your dentist can speak to realistic expectations for your teeth should you pursue whitening. Following your cleaning, it will be essential to maintain good oral hygiene practices to avoid future unwanted build-