Applying sunscreen to your face and body is a great start to protecting your skin from the sun. Don’t forget about your lips, your lips are more susceptible to burning than most parts of your body, yet many people don’t think about protecting them from the sun.
Be sure to wear lip balm with an SPF of at least 15 because damage to the lips over time can lead to skin cancer. A quick application of lip balm will go a long way in protecting the lips from the sun’s harmful rays.
Remember, summer is a time to enjoy but don’t forget about your oral hygiene while still enjoying the summer. Feel free to contact our dental office here at Dr. Thomas Gibbs dental office if you wish to schedule an appointment or consultation for dental procedures, mouth guards or a general cleaning. We hope you all enjoy your summer!
We are proud to announce that yet again here at Dr. Thomas Gibbs dental office we have added a new HI-TECH machine called the CEREC®. The best thing about it is you don’t leave our office with a temporary crown. The CEREC® makes it possible for the patients to leave with a permanent crown. So that means no second visit!!! The CEREC® represents the latest advancement in chair side digital impressions. CEREC® provides digital impressions of the highest precision for impeccable results.
1. Immediate Results—decayed, damaged & fractured teeth can be completely restored in a single dental visit, even in as little as an hour.
2. Exact Replica—Digital imaging and computer technology is used to scan the damaged or broken tooth, recording the anatomical shape of the tooth and generating an ideal crown replacement that fits perfectly.
3. Comfortable—the inconvenience of temporary crowns is done away with. No messy gel impressions are placed in the mouth and there is no need for multiple dental visits.
4. Beauty & Durability—CEREC® uses metal-free materials that are durable, color matched with your natural teeth, and that maintain the greatest amount of your natural teeth structure.
5. No down Time—with results that are fast and convenient, you can resume most normal activities in no time at all.
What is Gingivitis? Gingivitis is a form of periodontal disease, which is inflammation and infection that destroys the tissue of the gums. The tissue supports the teeth, gums, periodontal ligaments and the tooth sockets. When this disease is not properly taken care of, it can lead to a poor immune system, loosening of the teeth, loss of teeth, eating problems, abscesses, bleeding gums, gums ooze pus and more intense pain in the gums.
In order to treat Gingivitis you have to schedule a deep cleaning appointment with a hygienist to remove any plaque and tartar within the teeth and gums. Plaque is formed when starches and sugars in food interact with bacteria found in our mouth then sticks to our teeth. The plaque and tartar build up is so much that even brushing twice a day won’t remove it. After you have received a deep cleaning, keep up with brushing twice a day, flossing and using an Antiseptic mouth rinse. Make sure you are using the correct brushing technique. Keep your tooth brush at a 45 degree angel towards your gums. Researchers say that an electric toothbrush helps guarantee a better cleaning than if you were to do it on your own.
Can you transfer the gingivitis from you to another person? The answer is yes! Periodontal disease along with any cavities you might have can be contagious. The bacterium that is responsible for causing gingivitis grows and multiplies in the saliva. When one person that has infected bacterium then shares food with another person that is healthy, the bacteria is transferred through the saliva. Gingivitis can also be transferred through kissing, coughing, sneezing, sharing of the toothbrush, drinking straws, cups, glasses, and utensils. If you keep your cleaning appointment then some bacteria in your saliva can return to the pretreatment levels in under six months. When you schedule frequent cleaning appointments you will significantly reduce the risk of re-infection!
The Holidays are here!!! You know what that means??? GIFTS!!! There is so much to choose from out there but there is one thing that everyone wants. TECHNOLOGY!!! That new gadget, that new “It” thing!!! What is nice is there are so many different types of new technology; you have stuff like I-phones, Androids, and tablets. If you decide to buy one of these cool great gifts for someone this year, make it more interesting and download some Healthy Apps for them.
What do I mean by Healthy? I mean apps that don’t consist of an angry bird. There are so many cool apps that can help you lead a healthy life.
My favorite one is an app called My Fitness Pal!!! This app is a great calorie counter and it is so easy to use. It has the largest food database from all the calorie counter apps out there. The nice thing about this app is you can personalize it for your needs. Also it doesn’t only count your calories it also tracks your exercise; it has over 350 different types of exercises.
Another cool app out there is an Oral Health Buddy app. This app helps you keep up with your oral health to keep Dr. Gibbs and Barb happy. It will send you reminders on when you should brush and floss. It also has this cool audio player, what it does is it picks a song from your music and plays it for two minutes while you are brushing, so you will know when you can stop brushing.
You also can find some helpful apps to monitor your diabetes and blood pressure. These apps will send you alert to let you know it is time to test either. They also help you keep note of how your stats are doing. So when you go to your physician next time you can pull out your I-phone, droid, or tablet and give a history of how you are doing.
There are so many cool gadgets out there that can help you lead a healthy life. Keep in mind motivation is the key to living a healthy life, so make it an effort this new year to stay on track using these fun new apps.
There are so many different types of procedures out there to help replace missing teeth but which one is the best choice for long term? If you go through your choices you can either choose between bridges, dentures, or implants. Unfortunately, bridges and dentures have their downfalls. So that’s why Dr. Thomas Gibbs always recommends implant when it comes to replacing missing teeth.
Why Implants? A proper implant has no physical downside and has a good longevity, while dentures and removable bridges are usually loose and unstable, dental implants provide you with dental replacements that are both natural looking and very functional. Dental implants will also help prevent bone loss and shrinkage of your jawbone by imitating the roots of natural teeth. Implants will improve your appearance, speech, comfort, self-esteem, and most importantly your oral health. Implants will not give you the headache that bridges and dentures come with. A bridge requires filing two adjoining teeth, which can make them weaker and prone to decay. Then you have the dentures that have fit issues, you will have to come in often for adjustments, and the things you loved to eat might not taste the same because dentures can interfere with taste. So throw away those gooey adhesives and invest in worry free implants.
When you decide to start an implant procedure keep in mind that it is not one visit. The first visit will consist of extracting the tooth if still there and then placing the implant. After placing the implant you would have to wait another three months for it to heal. When the implant heals in three months that’s when you can get the abutment and crown placed on. While doing this procedure if it is a visible missing tooth you will be given a flipper until you get your final crown placed.
The only problem that implants have is??? COST!!! Implant prices range from $1,000.00-$4,500.00 depending on what type of implant you need. Patients that have insurance should call their insurance and see if they have any implant coverage. More and more we find insurances do cover implants, but if you don’t have insurance Dr. Thomas Gibbs office has multiple financing options that are sure to fit any ones budget. So call Dr. Thomas Gibbs office and schedule an appointment for an implant consultation. We are more than happy to answer any questions you have.
Scientists have found over 10,000,000 bacteria living on a single toothbrush. This does sound very disturbing, but it’s true! There are strict rules on keeping your toothbrush clean, if not done correctly you can actually think of it as brushing your teeth with toilet water. Yuck! Latest discoveries show that your toothbrush can carry influenza virus, herpes simplex I, streptococci, and staphylococci. This bacteria causes gum disease, cavities, and even diarrhea. Millions of bacteria can infect the oral cavity and leave you with damaged gums. After brushing your teeth you should store your toothbrush in a dry proper place. Many bathrooms today are designed the same way. When you go to flush the toilet mist from the water is propelled as far as 6 feet into the air and affects the toothbrush.
The environment in bathrooms is very moist, which is a great place for bacteria and infections to develop. With that being said the toilet bacteria can EASILY infect your toothbrush. On a toothbrush 3.2 million Microbes per square inch are found in a toilet bowl. This number of bacteria increases from keeping toothbrushes together in your family bathroom. A common bacterium that is found on your toothbrush is E coli. This bacterium can enter your bloodstream and can cause an infection or death! The main idea is to keep your toothbrush as far away from the toilet. Keep your toothbrush away from other brushes and put the brush away in a medicine cabinet. Do not cover the toothbrush with anything. Calculations showed your toothbrush becomes infected one week to a month after being used. It is highly recommended to change your toothbrush once at least every two to three months. Make sure you keep up with your regular six month cleanings and you’ll receive a goody bag which includes a toothbrush!
A survey was taken online of 1,500 people across the U.S. about their knowledge of oral health and hygiene. No one had results near 100 percent; results ranged from high of 85 percent correct to a low of 29 percent.
Women scored higher than men by 4 percent.
Caregivers scored slightly higher.
The more educated you are the higher you scored.
Certain topics had better reviews; what is gingivitis? (95 percent correct) Does your mouth change as you get older? (93 percent correct) Pregnant women should pay extra attention to their dental health? (92 percent correct)
Denture wearers still need to visit the dentist? (92 percent correct)
Then other topics weren’t so hot such as, knowledge on when children should be able to brush their teeth? (6 percent correct) Should one brush after every meal? (10 percent correct) Does sugar cause cavities? (19 percent correct) What age should have their first visit to the dentist? (25 percent correct)
The survey then took a turn asking consumers for their thoughts about a number of oral health topics, which gave the next results:
83 percent household participates in tooth fairy rewards.
85 percent respond that a good smile is extremely important for finding a job.
1 in 5 people have been too embarrassed to go to social events because of teeth problems.
A nice smile over takes skin, eyes, and hair.
What do you think you can score?
1. How many times a day should you brush?
C. Three times
D. None of the above
2. Should you floss every day?
True or False
3. How often should you visit Barb the hygienist for a cleaning?
A. Every two weeks
B. Once a year
C. On average every six months
4. Can an alcohol base rinse increase your chance of oral cancer?
True or False
5. After getting the fluoride treatment done in the office, how long do you wait to eat or drink?
For a lifetime of healthy smiles, make sure you start taking care of your baby’s teeth. The proper oral health care should start before the baby’s first tooth even comes in. When you put your baby to sleep whether you’re doing it for a nap or bedtime, never fill the bottle or a Sippy cup with milk, juice, or formula. The best beverage is just water. Reasons being you can cause cavities in your little one’s teeth, also known as “baby bottle tooth decay.”
Before your baby even grows their first tooth you should still take care of their gums. Gently wipe their gums with a clean, wet, soft wash cloth twice a day. This will eliminate any plaque or left over food, which can help prevent baby bottle tooth decay.
Once your baby’s first tooth arrives, clean it and the rest of the mouth using a soft flexible children’s toothbrush and water. Using a small amount of non fluoride toothpaste, gently brush your child’s teeth. Once your child has reached the age of two you can switch to a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste. As long as you are sure they’re able to spit out the paste.
You can visit Dr. Gibbs whenever your child either has a first tooth or first birthday! Either or, it’s definitely that time to make that appointment. Dr. Gibbs can help address any concerns such as thumb- sucking or how to correctly brush your child’s teeth. For the sake of your child’s oral health regular exams are necessary. Keep up with normal appointments with Dr. Gibbs!
The number one requested cosmetic dental service today is “teeth whitening.” A recent survey was taken in the U.S. by people ages 18-49 about if they would whiten their teeth. The survey showed 80% answered yes to teeth whitening. Having a brighter smile boost self-confidence! The first thing people notice is your smile. When you whiten your teeth you immediately improve your appearance, and it gives you a more youthful look also a great first impression.
Many things can cause discoloration of your teeth. Some we can control and others are uncontrollable. Hereditary factors and aging are some factors of discoloration that are a part of life. Everyone is different though, some it might effect much more than others. To control discoloration, people need to be more cautious of what they put in their mouths. Things such as smoking and drinking a lot of coffee, and soft drinks can cause a huge amount of stain on your pearly whites.
So, the next time you visit Dr. Gibbs dental office, make sure you ask about your whitening options that can give you that bright smile!
At times, tooth decay can be known as life threatening. Yes, I know this sounds crazy! There’s evidence that proves what goes on inside your mouth can cause different effects to your whole body and health. Different ways bacteria in the mouth can invade the body is an ongoing process. One thing at the top of the list is oral hygiene and cardiovascular problems. If someone has periodontal disease (gum disease) they are twice more likely to develop coronary artery disease.
“There are a couple of theories that may explain why there’s a link between heart disease and gum disease. In one, oral bacteria can get into the bloodstream through sores in bleeding gums and attach themselves to the fatty plaques lining the blood vessels in the heart. Once there, they obstruct blood flow, which can lead to a heart attack. In another theory, arterial inflammation caused by periodontal bacteria restricts blood flow, eventually causing a heart attack.”(Discovery fit & Health.com)
Has death ever occurred from incorrect brushing habits? Or maybe tooth decay and gum disease? It’s not 100% proven yet, however there’s background information to support the possible indication that your mouth and body health have a connection.
From a personal view, my sister woke up one morning with swollen gums and in pain! She took an emergency trip to the dentist. The doctor at the dental office then sent her to the emergency room because she had a terrible infection! She had to stay overnight with an IV until she could see an oral surgeon. If she didn’t admit herself to the emergency room immediately, the infection could travel through her blood. If an infection gets into the blood stream you can contract blood poisoning. Blood poisoning can create an all over body inflammatory due to an infection. A common word for this is Sepsis. Sepsis is known to happen from an infected tooth. This can be a serious condition which is mandatory for hospitalization or can be deadly!
An Error Occurred: No response from Twitter. Please try again in a few minutes.