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New Dental Product: Rebuilding Teeth After Caries

An Idea that Works in Theory

Dental cavities are one of the leading causes of poor oral health, affecting nearly every age group and accompanying by serious health concerns. While there are other causes, still the progress of cavities can variably lead to periodontal disease and tooth loss. The cost of treatment is a huge economic burden for individuals and the health care systems in general. Good oral hygiene is the best prevention, yet there are disproportionate sufferers across some socio-economic groups.

According to recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of dental cavities in Americans is again on the rise, suggesting a regression in the progress of combating this disease.

Researchers at the University of Washington have designed a convenient and natural product that uses proteins to rebuild tooth enamel and treat dental cavities. The team is looking into the body’s own natural tooth-forming proteins as a way to repair tooth enamel. One of them, amelogenin, is crucial to forming the hard crown enamel, so they designed amelogenin-derived peptides that biomineralize and are the key active ingredient here. The repair process restores the mineral structure found in natural tooth enamel.

The peptides are proven to bind onto tooth surfaces and attract calcium and phosphate ions. This peptide-enabled technology allows the deposition of 10 to 50 micrometers of new enamel on the teeth after each use. The process here is remineralization guided by peptides.

The new biogenic dental products can, in theory, rebuild teeth and cure cavities without costly and cumbersome treatments. It’s a natural, healthy alternative to current dental health care. Peptide-enabled formulations will be simple and would be implemented in over-the-counter or clinical products.

Once this technology is fully developed, it can be used in private and public health settings, in biomimetic toothpaste, gels, solutions and composites as a safe alternative to existing dental procedures and treatments. It will enable people to rebuild and strengthen tooth enamel on a daily basis as part of a preventive dental care routine. It is expected to be safe for use by adults and children.
The research finding was first published in ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering.


Looking To The Future of Caries Treatment

While this new technology is promising in theory, it does look like to have a chance in the future. In the meanwhile, Lynnwood dentistry offers the time-tested restorative treatments for carious teeth.


Jaw-Popping: Party Trick Or Something Serious?

What’s Behind The Jaw Pop and What You Can Do

Did you know that your Temporomandibular Joints (or TMJ) are some of the most complex joints in your body? They are quite unique than other joints in that they’re not only able to open and close – they can slide back and forth and go from side to side. Sometimes the TMJ can pop or make clicking noise and sensation when you open your mouth wide. Fortunately, it’s not always a problem.

If popping your jaw causes you pain or uncomfortable symptoms like jaw stiffness, then you might be dealing with some form of TMJ disorder. When you open and close your mouth, you might feel any one of these symptoms – painful clicking or popping, jaw stiffness, feeling your jaw is “locking”, trouble opening your mouth, general jaw pain, or a change in your bite. This is according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

What causes TMJ disorders?

Sometimes it’s not always clear, but there seems something wrong with the cartilage disc inside each of the joints. They’re called articular discs, slippery pieces of tissue supposed to prevent the skull and jawbone from grinding against each other. For instance, when you pop your jaw, there might be pain when one or both of the articular discs have been pushed forward from their usual location. This is a form of internal temporomandibular joint derangement, due to habits like clenching and grinding teeth severely or chewing gum until the jaw is exhausted.

Some experts say that jaw popping itself without associated pain does not require any intervention. The disc or both of them could be worn or irregularly shaped, but not severely enough to cause discomfort. Or maybe, the ligaments just happen to be extra-elastic and allow the lower half of the jaw to shift down causing a popping sound.

A dentist or doctor will physically examine you, listening to and feeling your jaw when you open and close your mouth, investigating the range of motion in your jaw, and pressing on areas around your jaw to see where you feel pain or discomfort. A CT scan can show problems with your jaw’s discs. In some cases, a TMJ arthroscopy can be done which involves inserting a small thin tube into the joint space, followed by a small camera.

If the diagnosis is a TMJ disorder, your specialist may recommend pain relievers like NSAIDs with muscle relaxants for a few days or weeks. An oral splint or special mouth guard, doing physical therapy, and behavioral changes (example, techniques to avoid teeth grinding) may be prescribed. In severe cases, it may be surgery to repair the joints or corticosteroid injections to ease inflammation and pain.


Examining Your Jaw Pops in Lynnwood

Are you experiencing popping in your jaws every now and then? Is it accompanied by pain and discomfort, or not? Come to us and let’s have a look-see so you’ll know if there’s nothing to worry about.


Is There A Rule About How Often You Should Floss?

To Floss or Not To Floss

There’s this nagging question at the center of oral hygiene debate. How often should you floss? Some people floss three times daily, others, whenever they remember. Others, only a few times after a dentist visit, then forget all about it.

In the 2015-2020 version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the government removed its recommendation for daily flossing. Before this, the Associated Press asked the Agriculture and Health and Human Services for their evidence that flossing was actually beneficial. The government acknowledged the effectiveness of flossing had never been researched, as required.

However, the American Academy of Periodontology quickly responded saying flossing is an important part of daily oral hygiene. They admit that studies are generally lacking, but in the absence of quality research, patients should continue to include flossing as a part of their daily hygiene. Later, the ADA released a statement saying that flossing is an essential part of taking care of teeth and gums.

What do you have to know about flossing?

Flossing helps to remove food particles and bacteria from between teeth and along the gum line. Gingivitis may result when bacteria builds up and forms plaque. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease that can develop into periodontitis. When left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss. Dentists see bleeding gums, a high rate of cavities, bone loss, and bad breath in people who don’t make flossing a habit.

According to oral-health experts, no matter what the science says or doesn’t say, food particles would remain in between your teeth even after you brush. If you floss after you brush, then the debris you took out would not create future problems. It is hard to believe that flossing is not beneficial. Flossing may not be ‘essential’ as suggested, but it definitely is important in maintaining dental and periodontal health.

Ideally, flossing is every time you brush your teeth, at least twice a day – morning and night – and maybe after lunch, too. We should brush and floss after every meal to make sure there is no food or bacteria accumulating between the teeth. Other experts advice at least once daily. Flossing is only effective, however, if you do it correctly. The bottom line is, when combined with brushing, flossing every day is a great way to keep your mouth healthy.


Finding Flossing Advocates in Lynnwood

We at Lynnwood Song Dental encourage interdental hygiene via the use of flossing instruments. Lynnwood dentistry believes in the importance of this routine in attaining optimal oral health.


For Healthy Gums, Eat These Foods

What’s Good For Gums

Did you know that your food choices can dictate the health of your gums?

What is your lifestyle where food is concerned? Are you a high-carb eater, or are you a weight-watcher, hence more on a protein diet? You may be vegan or a vegetarian on the other hand. But where the health of your gums are at stake, did you know that there’s a diet that lowers your risk for gum disease? Studies have shown that consuming dairy products with lactic acid like milk, yogurt and cheese, had a lower risk for gum disease.

Studies have shown that consuming 55 grams or more of yogurt or lactic acid drinks on a daily basis can significantly lower the incidence of periodontal disease. However, though milk and cheese, which are also dairy, can be beneficial to gum health, they are not as good as yogurt or lactic acid drinks.

Yogurt is fermented milk product, manufactured by fermenting milk with lactic acid bacteria. It has a small percentage of alcohol and yeast is also added. Lactic drinks are further processed into drink type products by adding sugar and sometimes flavors to fermented milk. They are available as lactic drinks (example: Yakult) and pasteurized lactic drinks (example: Calpis). In theory, the probiotic bacteria, Lactobacillus, seemed to be related to healthy gums. Fermented milk drinks are Japan’s unique products and seldom seen elsewhere.

Did you know that drinking green tea may also lead to healthier gums?
Some studies also showed that the antioxidants in green tea have anti-inflammatory properties. Those who drink tea also take black tea to help suppress growth of bacteria that cause cavities and produce acids in the mouth.

We all know the connection between dietary Vitamin C and healthy gums. Research shows that fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, bell peppers, tomatoes, broccoli and many other fruits and vegetables, contribute to healthier gums.

So if you are concerned with the health of your gums, be sure to store up on the above-mentioned foods to keep gums, literally, in the pink of health.


Oral Health Advice by our Lynnwood Dentist

Here at Lynnwood Song Dental, we regard the health of your gums as essential to the health of your teeth. See us for a consult regarding care and treatment for periodontal conditions.


Holidays Dental Advice: How To Be Cavity-Free

Staying Free of Cavities While It’s Christmas

You might really love your dentist but maybe this is not the person you’d like to spend time with during the holidays. Certainly not in the dental chair. So with the holidays coming, and the round of parties, drinking and dining, be sure to know how to keep yourself free from dental decay. Here are some tips to help you enjoy Christmas and the New Year without dental issues.

Always stay hydrated. Know that too much alcohol can dry out your mouth. There will be a lot of drinking around and you might forget that you’re actually imbibing tons of sugar and acid with your favorite alcohol, beside causing dryness. This will only make your teeth more susceptible to the bacteria that cause cavities. If you drink alcoholic beverages, try to drink plenty of water too.

Don’t use your teeth to crack nuts. There’ll be lots of nuts passing around during the holidays. But don’t test the strength of your teeth by shelling nuts with them. The hard surface of most nutshells can cause serious tooth and gum damage, and may even crack teeth. Better for you to shell nuts before snacking

Be careful with candy canes; they can be fun and can be great breath mints but they can damage your teeth. They are hard candy and can break or chip your teeth. They are also very sugary. Bad for teeth. Try not to bite down hard when enjoying. Drink lots of water, too.

Mind the starchy foods. You will be indulging in chips and dips, salads and pastas. Just take extra care when you floss that day to remove all the food particles that can lead to plaque build-up.

Choose your sticky foods. Sticky foods like caramel and taffy can even yank out fillings. Also, they can damage your teeth since they tend to stay on the teeth longer than other types of food. After a big meal, eat some sweets soon after. It increases saliva production and helps rinse away particles and cancel out acids produced by bacteria. Plenty of water with your meal helps wash away any remaining food particles.

Opening gifts and bottles? Just don’t do it with your teeth. Use the proper tools to open them, like scissors or a bottle opener instead. These habits can crack teeth, and you might not be wanting to go to the dentist for a new crown or a root canal.

Enjoying the Holidays in Lynnwood
Know more how you can protect yourself – your teeth and gums – in this merry season. You can still enjoy the holidays and yet maintain oral health. This is just friendly advice from your Lynnwood dentist.


Preventing Gum Disease Decreases Health Risks

Simple Ways To Prevent Gum Disease

When it comes to oral health, people think more of teeth health. Hence, we consider proper oral hygiene practices, avoiding food and drinks that stain teeth, regular dental visits, we think we are only looking after our teeth. While it’s true that taking care of your teeth is important to stay healthy, most people forget the gums. They are an essential part of the mouth, but are are just as important to overall health as your teeth.

Gingivitis is early stage gum disease and is rather common. Signs may include red and puffy gums that bleed easily when tooth brushing.The condition often resolves with good oral hygiene. However, it is also common that mild cases may go unnoticed, presenting no distressing symptoms until it progresses to its more serious form – periodontitis.

Periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss and has been associated with a risk of serious diseases. This starts from swelling of gums and redness to complete destruction of the tooth’s bones, which is responsible for tooth loss. It has also been discovered that those with periodontitis have a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia and even pregnancy complications.
So how can gum disease be prevented? There are several proven ways.

Practice good oral hygiene everyday. Brush at least twice a day, floss daily, have mouth rinses. It can prevent plaque build-up and freshens the breath. Flossing removes food debris between teeth where toothbrushes can’t reach.

Quit smoking. It is strongly associated with gum disease. It weakens the immune system, making it harder to fight off gum infection. It also increases the risk of developing gum disease and makes treatment much more difficult.

Eat foods healthy for gums. Include green vegetables to your diet, such as broccoli, celery and green peppers. Consider also shiitake mushrooms, carrots, onions; among fruits, best are citrus fruits and apples. Milk, yogurt, and cheese are dairy products good for the gums.

See your dentist every 6 months for check-up and cleaning. Your dentist can detect if you have early symptoms of gum disease and can treat them right away before they get serious. Have a dental cleaning every six months to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Taking Care of Your Gums in Lynnwood

Bring down your health risks by taking care of your gums. At our Lynnwood dentistry, your gums are just as important as the teeth they support. See us for a consultation.


Study: Gum Disease and High Blood Pressure Medication

An Association Not To Be Ignored

There’s a new study that suggests gum disease may interfere with high blood pressure control. From the dental surgery department at the University of L’Aquila in Italy, researchers reviewed medical and dental records of more than 3,600 patients diagnosed with high blood pressure.

The study found that comparing to those with good oral health, patients with gum disease do not respond as well to medications for high blood pressure. They are also 20% less likely to achieve healthy blood pressure goals.

Medical doctors should also consider their patients’ oral health, especially those who are being treated for hypertension they should also advise patients vigorously to seek dental care if they see signs of periodontal disease. In the same vein, dental health practitioners should keep in mind that oral health is indispensable to overall health.

The findings suggest that those with gum disease may require closer blood pressure monitoring due to the association, and those with high blood pressure might benefit from regular dental care, according to the research. The study was published in October this year in the journal Hypertension.

It is important to be aware that good oral health is as important as managing the lifestyle that control blood pressure – such as low salt diet, regular exercise and weight control. In other words, if you as a patient are under medication for high blood pressure, be sure that you also take care of the health of your teeth and gums. Gum disease is just as highly prevalent and its most serious form – periodontitis – can lead to a host of oral problems.

Learn more about Gum Disease

Our team at Song Dental Center in Lynnwood, give serious consideration to our patients who are also hypertensive. We don’t ignore the association of oral health impacting medical conditions. Don’t be afraid to ask for more details.



These Five Culprits Can Cause Teeth Sensitivity

Causes and Treatments of Teeth Sensitivity

When you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, it is a sign that there is an issue in your mouth that you have to look into. Learn more about common causes of sensitive teeth, and how to solve them.
The outer layer of your teeth – the enamel – is worn out. It can also happen that the outer layer that protects your roots – the cementum – is also worn away. This is called dental erosion which happens when your teeth are exposed to too much acid (like from soda, acid reflux, or excessive vomiting). Over time, they weaken the outer layer and cause damage to your teeth. Use a straw instead if you cannot avoid these beverages, or see a specialist for acid reflux and excessive vomiting.

A cavity has penetrated into dentin of your teeth. Dentin is the second protective layer of teeth, and this means the enamel has already been compromised. Dentin involvement can cause serious sensitivity and if caught early, a fluoride treatment can work. Otherwise, it can only be mechanically restored by a filling, a root canal, or a dental crown, depending on how much damage is involved. Tooth extraction can also be considered.

Your gums have receded, exposing nerves. This may be due to gum disease, brushing your teeth too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush, sustaining a gum injury, smoking, or even just genetics. Treatment will depend on what is causing gum recession.

There is a crack in your tooth. A cracked tooth can expose the tooth’s pulp, the soft tissue containing nerves and blood vessels, leaving it open to irritation. A crack can appear after trauma to the mouth, chewing hard foods, and simply having brittle teeth. Grinding and clenching your teeth can also lead to cracks. See your dentist for treatment so that the break doesn’t get worse.

You just had a teeth bleaching session. Bleaching can cause your teeth to become sensitive. If you bleach only occasionally, you might not experience this side effect. But if you do it regularly, or use a bleaching kit that’s too strong, or get them professionally whitened, the peroxide in the bleach can wear down your teeth’s enamel. It can be aggravated, causing sensitivity. If using a desensitizing toothpaste will not help, then you must see your dentist, who may apply a sealant on your teeth to protect the open tubules.

Treating Tooth Sensitivity in Lynnwood

Teeth sensitivity is more common than you think. So when it happens to you, find out when you visit your Lynnwood Song Dental Center.


Wisdom Teeth: To Extract or Not To Extract

The Problem With Wisdom Teeth

You ask anyone who had to pay a visit to the dentist to pull their wisdom teeth out are not just being told so by their dentists only, but time and again, the molars are proving to be a nuisance. They are dreaded for a variety of reasons – from being painful to causing tooth decay, gum infection, and even tumors. For many, the cost for extraction is worth it.

Wisdom teeth have been around since the beginning of man. Our ancient ancestors used their wisdom teeth the same way we use our other eight molars – to grind food. Though that was when their diet was so tough – raw meat and plants that were so fibrous and hard to chew. All their molars were needed for them to be able to eat and survive.

Wisdom teeth usually grows in when you’re in your late teens, and by that time, the other 28 teeth have taken up all the available space in the dental arch. As such, they get trapped or impacted in your jaw, making them grow in at odd angles and press against back molars, causing pain and swelling. They may be difficult to clean, tooth brushing unable to reach them They can create food traps, attracting bacteria and causing infection and tooth decay, eventually, gum disease, if left untreated. Since tooth decay will eventually destroy wisdom teeth, it seems reasonable enough to take them out.

Resolving Reasonably in Lynnwood

If you have all your wisdom teeth, whether you’re experiencing issues with them or not, or if they’re coming in right now, do have a consult with our dentist in Lynnwood. We can give you advice on possible issues that may arise, including determining early the path of eruption.


Emergency Dental Health Plan: A Must Have

Times When You Need a Plan Most

Children, adolescents and adults are exposed to unforeseen dental incidents in and outside the home. All may require immediate attention and, sometimes, an impromptu visit to the dental clinic. Not all dental clinics have an emergency plan with insurance companies that provide medical cover. However, it is helpful to patients to avoid too many unplanned expenses when trying to get emergency dental care in any clinic. Here are instances when one requires emergency dental health care.

A broken tooth is usually the result of accidents, such as biting on a hard object, a fall, an injury during sports, or some other incident that caused trauma to the tooth. The broken tooth can harbor dirt which may lead to a bacterial infection. You will require treatment immediately. A dental clinic which offers emergency services is the place to visit. Hence, it is a good idea to have an emergency dental health care program to make it easier for you to fix your broken tooth.

You might be missing a filling or a crown. Sometimes, by accident, your dental filling came off or maybe your crown broke. This constitutes a dental emergency. It is possible for a patient to unintentionally swallow them or else get stuck in the throat. In some instances, you might not be able to go to work or school the following day. The situation may not just affect your appearance, but may make talking or eating uncomfortable. Emergency dental care covers such incidences.

A severe toothache is one of those painful conditions that affects your entire body, including your mental state. Pain causes discomfort that can put your daily activities on hold. If a toothache becomes unbearable and no medication or home remedy can resolve it, then you need immediate medical attention. The best way to take care of this is by ensuring you have an emergency dental care program and see your dentist the soonest possible time.

Have you experienced bleeding gums and exposed nerves?

Bleeding gums may be due to a variety of causes, and most are not that serious. But then, when bleeding does not stop the situation requires an emergency visit to the dentist. On the other hand, pain can be unbearable in instances of exposed nerves. sometimes you may just experience a lot of sensitivity and pain due to exposed nerves. Nerves are delicate and sensitive and when they are exposed, eating and drinking can be impeded. It’s time to see your dentist.

An Emergency Dental Health Plan in Lynnwood

We do our best to accommodate high-priority patients. To that end, we accept both same-day emergency appointments and emergency walk-ins.