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Oral Thrush: Get In the Know About Oral Yeast

Oral Thrush: Get In the Know About Oral Yeast

When an excess growth of yeast occurs in your mouth or esophagus, oral thrush can develop, says Dr. Spieler of Oasis Dental. While it is natural for bacterial yeast to exist in your mouth, occasionally an overgrowth can occur. That’s what triggers oral thrush. This type of yeast is the same type of organism that causes vaginal yeast infections to develop. How to recognize oral thrush One of the most recognizable symptoms of oral thrush is the appearance of white lesions on the roof the mouth, and sometimes in the back of the mouth. These lesions most often look something like cottage cheese, although they can also sometimes be a reddish color. People who develop oral thrush will often experience difficulty swallowing, or a kind of woolly feeling in the mouth. People at risk for developing oral thrush In Bala Cynwyd, PA, as elsewhere in the U.S., the people who are most likely to develop oral thrush are immuno-suppressed patients, such as those who are being treated with chemotherapy, those who have HIV/AIDS, or those who have uncontrolled diabetes. When you have a suppressed immune system, it leaves you more vulnerable to infection, which allows thrush to develop in the mouth. Another group of at-risk people is those who take asthma medication or oral steroids. Either of those medications can interfere with the normal balance of yeast in the mouth. Rinsing the mouth out after inhalation can reduce the risk of developing oral thrush. For more information about oral infections and how to prevent them, or any other dental concerns you may have, be sure to talk to Dr....
Pneumonia and Your Dental Visits

Pneumonia and Your Dental Visits

It’s well-known that pneumonia is a winter worry for lots of people. But it turns out that washing your hands isn’t the only way to avoid developing pneumonia. The recommendation to visit your Bala Cynwyd, PA dentist twice a year is about more than keeping your smile healthy and beautiful. A recent study suggests that regular dental check-ups can lower your risk of pneumonia. Pneumonia is a serious illness that affects nearly a million Americans every year. Though there are risk factors, such as age and conditions like lung disease, research has found that people who do not go to regular six-month check-ups are at higher risk for developing pneumonia compared to people who visit the dentist regularly. The study shows that oral health has a strong connection to overall physical health. By taking good care of your mouth (and teeth), you’ll be able to take better care of your whole body. To help keep your smile healthy (and reduce your risk of pneumonia), call Oasis Dental to make an appointment with Dr. Spieler...
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...
Preventing Cavities: What is a Cavity?

Preventing Cavities: What is a Cavity?

When you’re a kid, your parents told you to brush your teeth so you wouldn’t get cavities. You probably brushed your teeth because your parents told you to. Now that you’re an adult, your Oasis Dental team knows that  your awareness of what cavities are and how to prevent them may help motivate you to take better care of your teeth. A cavity is a hole in the enamel of your tooth. These holes develop when you don’t get all the food particles off your teeth. Bacteria in your mouth leads to plaque, and the plaque build-up eats away at your tooth enamel. If you want to avoid cavities, the good news is that all you have to do is take care of your teeth. Brushing and flossing regularly, using fluoride mouthwash, and visiting your Bala Cynwyd, PA dentist every six months will help you avoid cavities. Call us now to make your next check-up appointment with Dr. Spieler at Oasis Dental...
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...
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