Thursday, March 25, 2010


Most people do not associate Botox treatments under a dental setting, but this is about to change.
More and more dentists are becoming trained in Botox application and as it turns out, it is a perfect match for the profession. Very few health care professionals have as much intimate knowledge of the anatomy and function of the musculature and neural pathways of the head and neck. Also dentists as a whole are absolutely proficient in giving injections on a daily, almost hourly basis.
Botox is a purified protein derived from an organic compound, much like penicillin is and thus very safe to use. It is a temporary muscle relaxant that is injected locally into specific muscles of the head and neck. Botox injections have numerous potential purposes in a dental practice. One being treatment of TMJ type pain/migraine headaches. Another purpose is controlling the tone of muscles of mastication(jaw movement) in order to increase the success rate of other dental treatments such as implant restoration and restorative treatments in general. The last purpose is what the majority of the population associate Botox with, that is cosmetics. Botox is the perfect compliment to cosmetic dentistry and overall improvement of facial aesthetics.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Bad breath, medically termed as Halitosis is a condition that produces unpleasant feeling due to a foul smell coming from the mouth. The most common cause is poor oral hygiene which will lead to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Biologically speaking, the bad odor is a result of Volatile sulfur compounds released, which have a typical rotten-egg smell.

To fight bad breath one should maintain proper oral hygiene - Use fluoride toothpaste, and brush and floss your teeth twice daily. After every meal you have to rinse your mouth thoroughly with water. Teeth should be cleaned professionally - Visit your dentist regularly, at least once every 6 months so that any decay and/or gum disease can be diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. Modify your diet - Sometimes changes in the diet timings and the food you eat, can improve things. Maintain a mixed diet of all foods, including carbohydrates, proteins, fats along with fruits and vegetables. Chewing certain herbs like coriander, spearmint, eucalyptus, and cardamom can also help. Try to quit habits like smoking, chewing tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption. Foods like berries, melons and any citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, and help in locking the growth of bacteria, thus gum disease and periodontal pocket formation are controlled. Use a tongue cleaner, to always keep the surface of the tongue clean.

Halitosis can sometimes be a sign for a medical condition. Most commonly, respiratory tract infection like infected throat, lung infections, sinus tract infections, and other systemic illnesses like diabetes, chronic bronchitis, liver or kidney disorders. If your dentist indicates your oral hygiene as good and no dental pathologies present, then you should visit a physician to determine the cause.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a decreased flow of saliva that may be associated with dehydration, radiation therapy of the salivary gland regions, anxiety, the use of drugs (such as atropine and antihistamines), vitamin deficiency, various forms of parotitis, or various syndromes (such as Plummer-Vinson syndrome). Dry mouth is a significant health problem because it can affect nutrition and psychological well-being, while also contributing to tooth decay and other mouth infections.
To minimize such risks one should
brush teeth and use dental floss at least twice a day. Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Ask your dentist about using a topical fluoride. Avoid sticky, sugary foods or brush immediately after eating them. See your dentist at least three times a year for cleanings and early treatment of cavities. Ask your dentist if you should use a remineralizing solution or prescription-strength fluoride. Take frequent sips of water or drinks without sugar. Pause often while speaking to sip some liquid. Avoid coffee, tea and soft drinks. Drink frequently while eating. This will make chewing and swallowing easier and may increase the taste of foods. Keep a glass of water by your bed for dryness during the night or upon awakening. Chew sugarless gum - the chewing may produce more saliva. Eat sugarless mints or hard sugarless candy but let them dissolve in your mouth. Avoid tobacco and alcohol. Avoid spicy, salty and highly acidic foods that may irritate the mouth. Ask your dentist about using artificial salivas to help lubricate the mouth. Use a humidifier, particularly at night.