September 15, 2018
Your teeth and gums play a huge roll in overall health. In fact, your oral health could mean the difference between life and death.
Teeth and Gums and Overall Health
According to Dr. David Schaefer, gum disease, especially the more serious periodontitis, can cause heart disease and heart failure.
Like the rest of your body, your mouth is loaded with bacteria, and while most is harmless, the bad bacteria could take over resulting in tooth decay and gum disease. Without proper oral hygiene, it’s impossible to keep those bacteria levels under control.
Bacteria and Periodontal Disease
Studies indicate that inflammation caused by oral bacteria could play a role in HIV/AIDS, and diabetes as gum disease lowers the body’s defenses against infection. This makes oral health issues more severe.
Some of the Conditions Linked to Teeth and Gums Include:
Endocarditis-This infection of the lining of your heart, or the endocardium, occurs when bacteria is spread to other parts of your body. Mouth bacteria enter your bloodstream through pockets caused by gum disease. Plaque and tartar will erode the gum line making it easy to spread dangerous bacteria.
Cardiovascular Disease-Some studies indicate that clogged arteries, stroke, and heart disease could be linked to infection and inflammation.
Pregnancy and Healthy Teeth and Gums-Periodontal disease has been linked to low birth weight and premature birth.
Other Conditions that Could Affect Oral Health Include:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Neck Cancer
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Head Cancer
- Sjorgren’s Syndrome
According to your Dentist in Missouri, you can protect your oral health by:
- Brushing Twice Each Day
- Flossing Once Each Day
- Eating Healthy
- Avoiding Tobacco Products
- Scheduling Regular Dental Checkups
Your teeth and gums really do play a part in overall health. Contact Dr. Schaefer, if you haven’t seen a dentist in some time.
If you are suffering from tooth decay or gum disease, your health could at risk. Call for a dental checkup today.
August 15, 2018
Your teeth and gums could pay the price if you are constantly searching for the perfect weight loss treatment.
Trying every new fad diet may be doing wonders for your waistline, but it isn’t helping your teeth and gums any.
According to Dr. David Schaefer, constant dieting can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Even so-called healthy diets can be an issue for your oral health.
Below are some diets to watch out for if you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Eating diets that are low in fat will interfere with fat-soluble vitamin absorption. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are extremely important for teeth, gums, and overall health. Vitamin D helps your body absorb much needed calcium for strong bones and teeth. If you aren’t getting enough Vitamin D, the enamel on your teeth and your jawbone will begin to break down.
Dr. Schaefer explains that diets that include a healthy amount of fat also produce dopamine. The chemical neurotransmitter improves mood. If you lack Omega-3 fatty acids, stress and anxiety levels will increase as well. This can lead to TMD or tooth grinding. Low fat products are also high in sugar increasing your risk of cavities.
Although there hasn’t been any evidence that the Keto diet causes tooth decay or gum disease, it will cause chronic bad breath. If you or someone you know has breath that smells like old fruit or fingernail polish remover with acetone, they are in ketosis. When the body is in ketosis, it is burning fat, not carbohydrates.
You can rid your mouth of halitosis by chewing on fresh mint. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to include a small amount of carbs in your diet, as this will sweeten your breath. High ketone levels can also cause high acidic blood levels, which could damage your heart, cause fatigue, or make you burn muscle and not fat.
Low Calorie Diets
Cutting calories is a great way to trim your waistline, but if you are reducing your food intake depleting your body of much needed nutrients your teeth and gums will pay the price. Because a low calorie diet depletes the body of vitamins and minerals, malnutrition could be an issue. According to your dentist in Missouri, malnutrition can cause a weak jawbone leading to tooth loss. Soft enamel and a vulnerability to gum disease can also occur from a diet lacking in vitamins and minerals.
Other diets to be aware of include the Fruit Detox diet, which can cause malnutrition and enamel damage thanks to the high acidic and sugar levels in most fruits. Diet pills are also risky as they can cause dry mouth. If your salivary glands cannot produce, you will be more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.
Before you start another diet, contact your doctor and don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your dentist in Independence. It really will make a difference to your overall health.
July 15, 2018
You may brag about your 25-year old dental restorations, but are they really worth boasting about? Your silver amalgam fillings and crowns have been with you for decades, but are they really good for your teeth? According to Dr. David Schaefer, no, they are not.
Why Old Dental Restorations are Bad for You
Your old fillings, dental crowns, and even root canals can harbor tooth decay. What’s worse is that even digital pictures and x-rays can’t pick up the dental caries. Those black lines around the rim of your x-rays could mean decay.
Decay is loaded with bad bacteria that will eat away at the gum line causing gingivitis or the more serious periodontal disease. Any dental restoration that is five years or older should be checked by your dentist in Missouri on a regular basis.
Does Decay Under Old Dental Restorations Cause Pain?
In most cases, there will not be discomfort. You may experience some sensitivity at best. If you are in pain, it is imperative that you schedule an appointment with your dentist in Missouri. Leaving decay to its own devices can affect your overall health.
If you notice any pain at all, even if it isn’t at the restoration site, tooth decay could still be present. The only way to determine if you have decay is to schedule an appointment with Schaefer Dental.
How To Tell if You Have Decay
If you have old fillings, crowns or root canals the best way to check for decay is to look for dark spots in and around the tooth. If you notice darkening in the middle of your root canal, it could be an issue.
A dentist should check any visible chips or cracks. Using modern dental technology, Dr. Schaefer can determine if your old dental restorations need to be replaced.
Stop boasting about your old dental restorations and call for a dental checkup today.
June 15, 2018
Porcelain veneers are more affordable than ever before. Dr. David Schaefer recommends porcelain veneers if you have teeth that are chipped, cracked or worn. If you have a space between your teeth or teeth that are tipped or rotated, porcelain veneers could be a good fit for you, your smile, and your confidence.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that are bonded to the fronts of your teeth. Because a small amount of enamel needs to be removed for natural fitting veneers, the cosmetic dental procedure is permanent.
Cosmetic veneers are made from dental grade porcelain and mimic light just as your natural teeth do.
Porcelain Veneers Placement
If Dr. Schaefer believes that you are a good fit for porcelain veneers, you will need three dental appointments.
During your first porcelain veneers appointment, a portion of the enamel will be removed. Once removed, a mold or impression will be sent to the lab for manufacture. If your teeth are not ready for public consumption, a temporary set of veneers may be fitted until your permanent cosmetic veneers are ready.
After a couple of weeks, you will return to Dr. Schaefer’s office for permanent placement. The veneers will be checked for fit and color, and once your dentist is satisfied, will be bonded into place. After placement, the bonding will be cured with a laser or light.
Once the veneers have been bonded, they will be polished to perfection.
Dr. Schaefer recommends a third dental appointment to check your new veneers for placement and bite.
Cosmetic dentistry can change your life. A beautiful smile not only gives you more confidence, but can also improve your overall health.
If you would like more information regarding porcelain veneers, or any other type of cosmetic dentistry procedure, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer today.
May 15, 2018
Professional teeth whitening could be just what you need if your dull smile is making you self-conscious. Your cosmetic dentist in Independence can give you a beautiful new grin with the most popular cosmetic dental treatment in the world, teeth whitening.
If you have healthy teeth that have not been restored, you could be the perfect candidate for teeth whitening. People with porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental bonding, or dental implants will not see results with professional teeth whitening. If you have interior staining, tooth whitening is not a good option. If you have restored teeth and intrinsic staining, ask Dr. Schaefer about cosmetic dental bonding or porcelain veneers.
What Causes Teeth Staining
There are several reasons that you may be dealing with brown, yellow, or stained teeth. If you smoke, drink coffee or enjoy a glass or two of red wine your teeth will stain. Certain medications, such as tetracycline can also cause teeth staining. If you overused fluoride products as a child, you may also have interior staining.
If Dr. Schaefer believes you are a good candidate for professional tooth whitening, you will be fitted with custom-made teeth whitening trays. You will also be given a prescription gel to use with your new tooth whitening trays. You will wear your trays for about thirty minutes every day for two weeks. The gel, unlike what you find at your local pharmacy is stronger than other over the counter pastes, gels, and mouth rinses. You will see amazing results with professional teeth whitening from your dentist in Independence.
Often times Dr. Schaefer will combine professional teeth whitening with other cosmetic dentistry procedures in order to match your newly whitened smile. Ask your Independence cosmetic dentist what other treatments are available.
If you have been considering a change this, summer call or click and schedule a professional teeth whitening appointment with your dentist in Missouri. Dr. Schaefer can give you a new smile in as little as two weeks.
April 15, 2018
Women’s oral health changes throughout life thanks to pregnancy, menstruation, menopause, and puberty. Unlike men, women have oral health requirements that are special during hormonal level changes. During these times, women’s oral health and oral hygiene needs to be thorough when you brush and floss. It is important to eat a healthy diet and schedule regular appointments with Dr. David Schaefer who can keep your teeth and gums strong during women’s oral health changes.
Other Information You Should Know about Women’s Oral Health changes:
Menstruation-During that time of the month some women experience swelling and bleeding gums just before their period, while other women may experience oral women’s oral health changes such as canker and cold sores. These symptoms usually disappear after your period has started.
Oral Contraceptives-Inflamed and swollen gums are at the top of the list when it comes to oral contraceptive side effects. If you take oral contraceptives, you must brush twice and floss once each day to prevent bleeding and swollen gums, which could lead to gingivitis, or the more serious periodontal disease.
Pregnancy-Studies indicate that women who are expecting may suffer from pregnancy gingivitis because of plaque and tartar buildup that irritate gum tissue. Symptoms include bleeding, red, or swollen gums.
Menopause-Women’s oral health changes dramatically during menopause. These include dry mouth, altered taste, burning sensations, discomfort, oral pain, or inflamed gums.
Osteoporosis-According to Dr. Schaefer, recent studies indicate a connection between jawbone loss and osteoporosis. Loss of bone density and support could lead to tooth loss as the bone that supports the tooth or teeth are deteriorating. When combined with gingivitis or periodontal disease, osteoporosis could speed up the process of jawbone loss.
If you would like more information concerning women’s oral health issues, or would like to make an appointment for a comprehensive dental checkup, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer today.
March 15, 2018
A custom made mouthguard is the best way to keep you and your family safe all year round, but especially now that spring is just around the corner. Once Mother Nature has decided to warm things up everyone wants to spend more time outside playing sports. Some play Little League while others ride with a mountain biking group once a month. Whatever you play, Dr. David Schaefer recommends a custom made mouth protector to keep you on the field and out of the hospital.
All sports, whether recreational or professional should include a custom made mouth protector with the rest of the uniform. A mouthguard is just as important as a helmet and kneepads whether you enjoy racquetball three times a week or can’t wait to hit the water on your wakeboard. Whatever sport you play, a custom made mouth protector is the only way to go if you want to protect your mouth against oral injuries.
There are three types of mouth protectors available:
2. Boil and Bite
3. Custom Made
Conventional or standard mouth protectors offer users a one size all approach to mouth protection. Because they are the same for everyone, they can be bulky and useless, especially when they are left in the locker. Conventional mouth protectors are uncomfortable and make it impossible to talk or even breathe making athletes less likely to wear it.
Boil and Bite mouthguards will give you a bit more protection than a conventional one, but not much. These are used by placing in hot water before putting in your mouth and biting down. Boil and Bite mouthguards can be just as uncomfortable as standard mouth protectors and unfortunately don’t give you the same protection as a custom made mouth protector from your Dentist in Independence.
Custom Made mouthguards are made to fit your teeth and no one else’s. Dr. Schaefer will make an impression of your teeth before making a mouth protector that will fit like a glove. Custom made mouthguards are comfortable, thin, and provide the best protection against mouth injuries.
This spring keep you and your family safe with a custom made mouthguard. You’ll be glad you did.
February 15, 2018
Cosmetic dental bonding could be just what you need if you have cracks, chips, or broken teeth. Bonding also works for teeth that are too long, too short, or teeth that cannot be lightened with traditional teeth whitening treatments. If you have a small gap between your teeth that has made you unhappy for years, cosmetic dental bonding can make you smile again by filling that space.
Dr. David Schaefer has been providing patients with 21st century cosmetic dentistry procedures for decades and can do the same for you.
When you schedule a no obligation cosmetic dental bonding consultation with Dr. Schaefer, your teeth and gums will be checked for tooth decay or gum disease. If you have either, those will need to be treated before any type of cosmetic dentistry treatment can take place.
Once your mouth has been given the heads up and is healthy enough for cosmetic dental bonding, a shade or resin will be chosen to match the rest of your teeth. The resin is a strong material that can be molded and shaped to give you a beautiful smile.
After Dr. Schaefer has chosen a shade, he will etch the surfaces of the tooth or teeth that are to be bonded. This helps the bond adhere to the tooth. After a solution or conditioning liquid is applied, Dr. Schaefer will work his magic by applying resin. After he is satisfied, the bonding material will be cured with a laser or light to harden the resin before final shaping and polishing.
Cosmetic dental bonding is much more affordable than cosmetic dental crowns or porcelain veneers. However, the procedure will not last as long as either of the above mentioned treatments and will need to be retouched from time to time. Cosmetic dental bonding is also more apt to staining.
Of course, you need to look after your restorations with regular brushing, flossing, and twice-yearly dental checkups.
If you would like more information regarding cosmetic dental bonding, call or click and schedule a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Schaefer today.
January 15, 2018
Bleeding gums is a sure sign that something is going on with your teeth and gums. Unfortunately, it isn’t a good sign. In fact, bleeding, red, and swollen gums could cause serious problems. If left untreated, bleeding gums could make your teeth fall out.
According to Dr. David Schaefer, ignoring bleeding gums can make the problems worse.
There are two types of gum disease, gingivitis, which is reversible and periodontal disease, which is not. Of course, you can control periodontitis, but the problem could have been avoided all together had you scheduled an appointment with Dr. Schaefer for a deep cleaning.
What is a Deep Cleaning?
Root planing and scaling is different to a regular cleaning. Regular dental cleanings focus on the surface of your teeth and in between your teeth just above your gum line. If you have bleeding gums, Dr. Schaefer may recommend root planing and scaling to remove plaque and tartar under your gum line. If allowed to remain, that bacteria and impossible to remove tartar will infect your gums causing pockets to form between the gum and your teeth.
When you have your teeth cleaned every six months you know that normal scaling is part of the process, however, if you are showing signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease, you may need a professional deep teeth cleaning, which involves both scaling and root planing.
Although some people have signs, gum disease can remain silent, as it can be painless. You may have gum disease if you experience any of these symptoms:
• Red, swollen, or tender gums
• Bleeding gums
• Receding gums
• Chronic bad breath
• A bad taste in the mouth
• Visible pus around your teeth and gums
Don’t wait until it is too late. Call or click and schedule a comprehensive dental examination with Dr. David Schaefer who can determine if your bleeding gums are something more serious.
December 15, 2017
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy during the holidays can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be. You can prevent an emergency dental visit if you follow these tips from Dr. David Schaefer.
Below are a few things you should stay away from during the holidays to keep your teeth and gums safe.
Stay away from Hard Candy
Keep the canes on the tree and the hard butterscotch candies on the shelf at the store. Hard candies are a double-edged sword as they are loaded with sugar, which erodes the enamel on your teeth, and they can break or crack a tooth if you bite down.
Gummy Bears and Sticky Candy
Gummy bears, licorice, saltwater taffy and any other sticky candy can pull out your fillings and wreck havoc for dental sealants. According to Dr. Schaefer, sticky candy is also hard to remove and can stay in the fissures and grooves at the back of your teeth.
Pies, Cookies and Cakes Oh My!
Your Great Aunt Martha’s pecan pie may be as delicious as your own sugar cookies, but those delicious treats can cause problems for your teeth and gums. If you must indulge rinse after as starchy foods can get caught in the grooves and fissure at the back of your teeth. Add sugar to the mix and your teeth will suffer for it.
That yummy dried fruit platter that arrives at your front door every year can cause issues with your teeth. Sticky figs, dates, and apricots are loaded with sugar, and just like gummy bears can stay on your teeth, even after brushing.
You don’t have to schedule an emergency dental visit with Dr. Schaefer if you watch what you eat and see your dentist twice a year.