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Periodontal Disease and Your Overall Health

Periodontal Disease and Your Overall Health

Most of us would agree that taking good care of our teeth and gums is a small price to pay for a healthy white smile. Neglecting our oral health can affect us even when the effects aren’t visible.  Dr. Spieler understands the impact that practicing good oral health can have on your teeth and gums as well as the rest of your body. When Our Teeth and Gums Are Neglected… Our teeth and gums, when lacking care, can begin to get cavities and other health disorders like periodontal disease. The Bala Cynwyd, PA dental team knows of a recent study showing how pathogenic bacteria present in oral diseases like periodontal disease has the ability to travel to other parts of the body and potentially facilitate the development of other diseases. As a result, the benefits of consistently caring for your teeth and gums are clear. Practicing good oral hygiene can be helpful in preventing periodontal disease, which not only harms your oral health but can increase your likelihood of other diseases of the body, including cardiovascular disease and even cancer. Good oral health includes the practice of regularly visiting your dentist as well. Prevention and early diagnosis are keys to keeping oral health issues at bay as well as the potential for developing other diseases of the body, so make sure to come to your Oasis Dental team twice a year for a cleanup on top of your daily oral...
Is Your Baby Teething, or Is It a Cold?

Is Your Baby Teething, or Is It a Cold?

The team here at Oasis Dental often get questions from parents worried about a teething infant. It can be a stressful time for everyone, no question. Dr. Spieler notes that many parents are confused about which symptoms are due to new teeth coming in and which have other causes. To better deal with the problems, it helps to have accurate information. 5 Actual Symptoms of Teething Experts say the 5 most common symptoms that are most likely due to the teething process are: face rash mild gum pain drooling more signs of fussiness desire to chew on things Surprisingly, a runny nose and fever are not caused by teething. Other things your child may be experiencing, including diarrhea, difficulty sleeping, nonstop crying, and reduced appetite, are likely the result of other issues. Researchers say that two sources for these problems are germs getting into the child’s gum from the teething and normal changes in their immune system. Worried about your teething baby? Call the experts here at your Bala Cynwyd, PA dental...
Dental Implants to Help Reclaim Your Smile

Dental Implants to Help Reclaim Your Smile

We all want to be comfortable in social situations. Sometimes missing teeth, gaps, and tooth decay can leave us less than confident. Fortunately, you don’t have to settle for a less than glowing smile. Dental implants offer the promise of instantly restored oral health and a show-stopping smile. Let Dr. Spieler of Oasis Dental put the glow in your smile! Reclaim Your Smile While missing teeth, gaps, and decay are unattractive, they are also unhealthy. Even a single missing tooth can lead to bone loss, which can result in wrinkled lips, and a sunken mouth and jawline. Such imperfections can make us appear older than we are (and nobody wants that). Unfortunately, many conventional solutions cannot address these issues. Temporary dentures and bridges do little more than address the aesthetic and functional part of the issue. Dental Implants Dental Implants give you a stunning smile instantly, while also preventing further bone loss. An implant is an artificial tooth attached to a titanium post. Once they are placed, they have the ability to fuse with natural bone, restoring integrity and preventing further bone loss. Plus, they eliminate the need to worry about cavities. They are an affordable, permanent solution. So call your Bala Cynwyd, PA dentist and regain your smile...
Sugar-Free Foods and Drinks Aren’t Better for Teeth

Sugar-Free Foods and Drinks Aren’t Better for Teeth

It’s no secret that sugary foods and drinks aren’t good for you. The alternatives, sugar-free foods and sodas, have reduced calories, but they are very acidic, which isn’t good for your teeth either. If this is news to you, not to worry: Oasis Dental team can help you take care of your smile.   How Sugar-Free Foods and Drinks Damage Teeth Researchers from the University of Melbourne studied the effects of sugar-free drinks compared to sugary drinks, like sports drinks and sodas, on teeth. The study discovered that both types of drinks softened tooth enamel. Enamel is the outer protective shell on the teeth, protecting your teeth from cavities and tooth decay. But bacteria in the mouth feeds on sugar, creating acids that cause cavities and tooth decay. Researchers believe that the chemical additives in sugar-free foods, such as citric acid, can be what cause the damage. Talk to your Bala Cynwyd, PA dentist about protecting your tooth enamel from acidic food. Good Dental Hygiene Maintains Your Smile To prevent damage to your teeth, brush and floss after meals and snacks. Make an appointment with Dr. Spieler for annual cleanings and exams. Your smile should last a...
Pregnancy Gingivitis: Dealing With Swollen Gums

Pregnancy Gingivitis: Dealing With Swollen Gums

During pregnancy, gums are prone to bleeding, especially when you floss or brush. due to hormonal changes. While pregnancy gingivitis is a pretty normal condition that will most likely go away after delivery, Oasis Dental recommends that you up your oral hygiene game when pregnant. Why it Happens Hormonal changes during pregnancy cause your gums to become inflamed. This makes you more sensitive to the bacteria in plaque, hence the red, swollen, and bleeding gums. While the condition many times resolves after birth, pregnancy gingivitis could progress to periodontal disease in some cases, so it’s best to be proactive. Remedies Apart from good oral hygiene, regular salt water rinses in your mouth help you get rid of bacteria. Limit your intake of sugary foods and particularly those that stick to the teeth. Making sure to be gentle during your daily brush and floss can help with any pain or looseness of your teeth during this time. Your Bala Cynwyd, PA team is here for you during this time of changes. To keep up to date on your oral health during your pregnancy, book an appointment with Dr. Spieler. He will monitor you for pregnancy gingivitis and recommend tips that will keep the bleeding at the minimum so you can focus on getting ready for your new...
Calcium and Vitamin D: Your Teeth Need Vitamins Too!

Calcium and Vitamin D: Your Teeth Need Vitamins Too!

Vitamin D and calcium are supplements taken to prevent bone loss. A new study from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research suggests that taking calcium and vitamin D can also prevent tooth loss in older adults. Participants in the study took 500 mg of calcium plus 700 units of vitamin D each day, with those that weren’t in the placebo group showing around 40% less likeliness of losing teeth. But on top of this recommended amount, seniors who want to hang on to their pearly whites should get regular dental care at Oasis Dental and perform regular brushing and flossing to ensure that they keep their original set of teeth. Increased Age Increases Risk of Tooth Loss Seniors need to be aware that as they age, their teeth become more prone to cavities because the root surface becomes more exposed. Many of the most common prescription drugs dry the mouth, which prevents the saliva from washing away the bacteria in the mouth. Limited mobility and joint pain make it more difficult to brush and floss. Ask Dr. Spieler about solutions to help you take care of your teeth. Taking a Supplement When choosing a calcium supplement, choose calcium citrate instead of calcium carbonate as it is easier to absorb. Vitamin D added to the supplement can also increase absorption. Look for a high-quality supplement with the USP symbol. Make sure to make an appointment with your Bala Cynwyd, PA dentist to take care of gum disease and other tooth...
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