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Mouth Sores: The Attack on Soft Tissue

Cold Sores – They Come and They Go

Mouth sores are common ailments that most experienced at one time or another. They appear on parts of soft tissues of the mouth, including the lips, cheeks, gums, tongue, the floor and roof of the mouth, and sometimes, on the esophagus. They are usually a minor irritation that last only a week or two, though sometimes they portend of more serious conditions – like the viral herpes simplex or even mouth cancer.

Mouth sores symptoms usually present as redness and pain, especially when eating and drinking and there can be a burning or tingling sensation around the sore. Depending on the size, severity, and location of the sores in the mouth, they can make eating, drinking, swallowing, talking, or even breathing difficult. The sores may also develop blisters.

What causes mouth sores? These sores can develop if you have bitten your tongue, cheek, or lip, burn your mouth, experienced irritation from a sharp object, such braces, retainer, or dentures, if you have brushed teeth too hard, or are infected with the herpes simplex virus. Occasionally, mouth sores are the result of, or a reaction to, medications, bleeding disorders, bacterial, viral, or fungal infection, autoimmune disorders, radiation or chemotherapy, cancer, or a weakened immune system due to AIDS or a recent organ transplant.

It is unknown what causes canker sores, the most common mouth sore. Those open, painful mouth ulcers are non-contagious, painful up to 10 days, but resolve in 1 to 3 weeks without treatment. However, see your doctor or dentist if you noticed that the sores are long-staying or do not heal or they get worse, if you suspect herpes simplex or another infection, or if you are starting cancer treatment.
You can’t really prevent mouth sores, but you can take steps to avoid them, so try to have a balance diet, take vitamins, drink plenty of water, practice proper oral hygiene, don’t smoke and limit alcohol intake, avoid very hot foods and drinks as well as spicy foods, chew slowly, and see your dentist if an appliance is causing irritation.

In most cases, mouth sores have no long-term effects. Herpes simplex sores tend to reappear; severe cold sores leave scarring. Outbreaks are more common if you are under stress, have a weakened immune system, had too much sun exposure, or have a break in the skin of your mouth.

See your doctor or dentist for treatment to reduce the symptoms or speed up healing time.

Dental Consult for Mouth Sores in Lynnwood

See us in Lynnwood if you feel you need to have your mouth sores examined and treated. It’s good to have a working knowledge about these little irritants so that you know what to expect and what to do. Know how to keep mouth-healthy and free of sores in Lynnwood.


How Do You Deal with Sensitive Teeth Issues?

Teeth Sensitivity: Working with Your Dentist

If you feel tooth discomfort or pain whenever you take hot or cold food and drinks, that means your teeth are getting sensitive. Sensitivity can range from slight discomfort to severe pain.
What causes tooth sensitivity? Sensitivity occurs when the inner dentin or roots of a tooth become exposed.

There are a number of common causes for this – cavities, worn-out enamel, chipped or cracked tooth, teeth-grinding, receding gums exposing roots, worn or broken dental work or even new dental work. Hot, cold or spicy food can affect these conditions causing you to cringe. Teeth whitening treatments, chemical ingredients in toothpaste, or alcohol-based mouthwash can make things even worse.

Don’t say you’ll avoid your favorite foods or even be afraid to clean your teeth. There are ways to soothe your pains. Consider doing the following.

Strengthen your enamel with daily brushing using a fluoride- enriched toothpaste. Have a fluoride rinse that will coat teeth. Know that fluoride strengthens and even rebuilds some lost enamel.

Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth; look for potassium nitrate, which is a common ingredient in desensitizing toothpaste that block pain signals. Know that most toothpaste have abrasive ingredients that can further thin out the enamel, and, don’t forget to use soft-bristle toothbrush.

More importantly, it looks like you have to pay your dentist a visit. Your dentist may prescribe you the same above recommendations but will also look closely at your sensitive-tooth condition. He can suggest good product brands specific to your sensitivity. Let the dentist check your teeth for cavities, cracks or erosion that will necessitate treatment, and may even ask you to wear night guards if you are a teeth grinder.

Preventive care is important to keep teeth, as well as gums, healthy. Twice a year visits to your dentist can save you time and resources, addressing issues as early as possible. Beginning problems can also be checked and prevented from advancing. Teeth that can become sensitive can easily be spotted. And that can save you a lot of cringing in the future.

Teeth Sensitivity Care in Lynnwood

With regular visits to our Lynnwood clinic, you need not have to worry about sensitivity. We catch these things early when we see it. However, if you come down with tooth sensitivity, we’re just a ring away.


New Study: Asthma May Increase Gum Disease Risk

Asthma Raising Oral Health Alarms

There’s a new piece of research, spread over 21 papers published between 1979 and 2017, that investigated the relationship between asthma and oral health. The 2017 paper especially confirms that those with asthma were almost one fifth (18.8%) more likely to suffer from periodontitis.

The Oral Health Foundation, a leading independent oral health charity based in UK, knows of the close links between oral health and systemic disease, like heart disease and diabetes. But this new study deals with asthma and it could help millions of asthma sufferers in coping with significant oral and medical problems.

The findings, published in the ‘Journal of Periodontology’, illustrate a close link between the two diseases and suggest that there is huge potential for millions more people to develop gum disease in the UK. gum disease is already one of the biggest non-communicable diseases (NCD) globally.

According to Asthma UK, 5.4 million people in the UK are currently receiving treatment for asthma, which means asthma affects one in every 11 people and one in five households. The UK has some of the highest rates of asthma across Europe. In Northern Ireland and in Wales, 1 in 10 are undergoing asthma treatment. In England, 4.5 million people (1 in 11) are currently receiving treatment for asthma. This consists of 932,000 children and 3.6 million adults. In Scotland, 1 in 14 are being treated.

The disease prevalence is thought to have plateaued since the late 1990s, although the UK still has some of the highest rates in Europe and on average 3 people a day die from asthma. The most recent data available (2016) 1,410 people died from asthma. The National Health Service spends around 1 billion a year treating and caring for people with the condition.
As far as the link discovered in the aforementioned study between asthma and gum disease, it becomes a real concern now that millions of people are facing increased perils of gingivitis and its more severe form, periodontitis. The Oral Health Foundation is encouraging asthma sufferers to ensure they watch their oral health closely in order reduce their risk of developing gum disease.

Watching Out for the Asthmatic Patient

While the link exists between asthma and gum disease, our team at Lynnwood Song Dental believe that with patient cooperation, the risk involved can considerably decrease. Regular dental follow-ups is highly recommended in order to check the oral health status.


Charcoal-Based Toothpaste: Is It Really Effective?

Facts and Fancies of Charcoal Whitening

Where did the idea that activated charcoal can whiten teeth come from? Actually, using charcoal to clean or whiten teeth goes back to ancient Roman times. Powdered charcoal was used in their toothpaste. Activated charcoal has other medical uses. One primary use is to help treat those who have been poisoned, as charcoal helps to absorb certain toxins, or stop the process of poisoning. Now, the National Institutes of Health points out that activated charcoal is often used to treat severe cases of toothpaste overdose.

Now, other oral healthcare products contain activated charcoal. The Oral Health Foundation, a UK-leading oral health charity, is examining these products following research showing that there is insufficient clinical and laboratory data to substantiate the safety and efficacy claims of charcoal and charcoal-based oral health products. The foundation is concerned that consumers may not fully understand the product composition and that it may do more harm than good.

The trend is very fashionable, as activated charcoal is appearing in everything from face masks, deodorant, lip balm and increasingly, in toothpaste. The toothpaste trend is being fueled by celebrity endorsers, and consumers are believing. Most of the time, these celebrities could have had professional tooth whitening; their smiles may not be a direct result of using charcoal products. The foundation says that evidence may be anecdotal, superficial and not long-lasting.

New research says that there is no concrete evidence to back up the whitening claims and the toothpaste products may be actually harmful as they do not contain the effective ingredients to help prevent tooth decay. Toothpaste needs to contain 1,350-1,500 parts per million of fluoride to actively protect teeth from tooth decay, but many toothpastes containing activated charcoal fall below this level and are putting users at an increased tooth decay risk .Some products may be too abrasive and frequent use can wear away the enamel exposing the yellow dentin. It will not only cause sensitivity but teeth can look yellowish instead.

It is important to realize that professional whitening services provided by a dental professional is the effective way to get whiter teeth safely and effectively.

Safety and Efficacy First in Lynnwood

Know more about charcoal-based dental products and their claims from your Lynnwood dentist. It may not always be safe to follow trends, no matter how popular. Understand why professional whitening is your best and safest option for brighter


Dental Filling Failure: The Filling Material Is Not Always At Fault

When Filling Failure Is Linked to Lifestyle

Dental fillings, whether it’s silver amalgam, ceramics, or the newer composite resins, have been proved to last many years. Their durability and strength, as well as aesthetics and ease of preparation for some, make them very popular options in restorative dentistry. When they fail, which does happen, it is not difficult to have replacements.

But why do they fail in the first place? There are cases that last a lifetime. Was it the wrong filling material? Or did the dentist not do a good preparation?

A team of researchers from Brazil and the US think they have the answer. They were able to access a large repository of dental records from a Pittsburgh dental school in which contained information on patient fillings and rates of failure up to five years after the filling procedure. The records also show the lifestyle profile of individual patients.

Now within two years of the dental procedure, the team found that fillings were starting to fail. The failure rate was higher in those who were alcohol drinkers, still higher in those who smoke. They also found the enzyme – matrix metalloproteinase (MMP2), found in teeth and is of a genetic component, which was linked to increased filling failure. The researchers think that MMP2 might be degrading the bond between the filling and the tooth surface. This is not confirmatory as further investigation is needed. However, the personal factors aforementioned seem to influence filling failure and it has nothing to do with filling type.

This study can help the profession better understand why and which individual is more susceptible to dental disease, as caries. Dentists can better variate their treatment options, educate their patients, and encourage follow-through with susceptible patients.

As far as the aforementioned genetic component of those teeth at risk due to the enzyme MMP2, the team of researchers are looking to the future to be able to personalize dental treatments and enhance treatment outcomes.

Lifestyle Change for Long-Lasting Fillings

It is part and parcel of any treatment regimen we offer patients here at Lynnwood Song Dental to educate and inform, so that our patients get the most of our professional know-how. Lifestyle change is one of those important recommendations we make if need be, for treatment success.


The High-Risk Children for Rampant Dental Caries

Identifying the Enemy

Caries is the most common chronic disease worldwide affecting people across all spectra of life and all ages, especially children. Children are highly prone to the condition owing to multi-factorial reasons ranging from love of sweets, nutrition, eating habits, oral care, genetic conditions and varied environmental factors. Some are more prone to caries than others. Some, with proper care and guidance, can surmount the condition and maintain relatively good dental health way into adulthood.

Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have made a novel discovery of particular variants of caries-causing bacteria in some children that are highly virulent or aggressive. Children who have these variants suffer from rampant caries that can also pose an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases and other systemic diseases in the future. The children are considered to be high-risk.

The causative bacterium, called Streptococcus mutans, is found in some children’s saliva and they have an adhesive quality, able to withstand the mouth’s acidic and antibacterial environment. The bacterium itself is acid-producing. It does not respond to traditional treatments and, if present, can attack any lifestyle.

It is the aim of this is a five-year study to lead to a better way of identifying high-risk patients and treat their caries. This new knowledge is helpful in several ways: it can identify types of bacteria and how they initiate caries to be able to improve individualized dental care; the bacteria could be used as biomarkers for early detection of high-risk patients; new targets for treatment can be developed.

Other studies came to support this new knowledge, such as that which analyzed the saliva of 450+ children (ages 12-17) and their bacterial content divided into various risk groupings based on the genetic type of the caries bacterium. The next 5 years studied how the caries developed in each grouping. Another study showed that other high-risk children have genetic defects in their saliva receptors for bacteria, and the affected genes may involve those in so-called autoimmune diseases.

Nonetheless, it is still important to emphasise that caries in the many individuals who are of low to medium risk for developing caries can still be modulated by right eating and oral hygiene habits.

Battling All Types of Dental Caries in Lynnwood

We at Lynnwood dentistry are of the belief that dental caries are more of a preventable condition. We always of the belief that proper oral hygiene, good nutrition and good eating habits, and regular dental visits are crucial in our battle against caries-causing dental caries.


Dental Health: The Way to Prevent Obesity in Children

The Link: Dental Caries and Overweight Children

A sub-study from Sahlgrenska Academy, Sweden, on children’s diet, BMI and well-being has made a telling road map to dental health. It reviewed the eating behavior, BMI and dental health of 271 pre-school and primary school children in Sweden and compared the results with the prevalence of caries-causing microorganisms present in saliva. Those children who had higher amount of caries bacteria also had significantly higher BMI and worse eating habits. They consumed more sugar-rich foods and indulge in them more often. The link is now clear.

If eating habits are like so, it is not difficult to associate them with dental caries. However, weight gain along side of dental health is looking at it in a different perspective. The education of these kids about eating healthy and eating well must start early enough, from the home, in fact. This has to be supplemented with a school-based curriculum on nutrition and oral health.

In Sweden, where children are seen early by dentists, the chances of catching and correcting bad eating habits can be timely. Yet it still needs the collaboration of general dentistry, the child health care and schools. The concept of following recommended dietary guidelines – whole grain products, 400-500 grams of fruit and vegetables per day, fish two to three times a week, and a low intake of sugar and saturated fat – lead to better mental well-being. Proper food choices help a child’s good esteem of self which in turn leads to fewer emotional problems.

The effects were achieved regardless of socio-economic background, and regardless of the children’s weight. The study also furthered show that a good self-esteem can lead to healthier eating habits even 2 years later.

So how do you protect your child from becoming overweight? The researchers say that you can’t stop your child from over-eating or put them on a diet as it doesn’t work that way. Children between the age of 2-10 who were stopped from eating by their parents were generally overweight 5-6 years later. You must find other ways or compliment the method with other ways.

For example, you have to make decisions on what you eat at home as a family. You have to make healthy choices as kids generally do as you do. They follow what you do, not what you say.

Helping Children Cope in Lynnwood

Know from your Lynnwood dentist how better to manage your child’s over-eating and set his or her sights on the goal of better well-being. Proper oral care and regular visits are much a part of that goal.



Vitamin D Deficiency Can Show Up in Teeth

The Essentiality of Vitamin D

Calcium and phosphorus are widely known essential minerals needed by the body to promote bone health. Vitamin D helps metabolize these minerals and in turn affects how calcium is deposited in the bones. Hence, lack of this vitamin can jeopardise proper bone development and growth.

In infants and young children, this deficiency is called rickets and manifests as restlessness, lack of sleep, slow growth, a delay in crawling, sitting or walking. Left untreated, nodules can appear in joints, cause aches, pains and swelling, bones can grow rapidly especially in the arms and in the ribcage which can extend the chest as the bones do not fuse well at the ends. Pregnant mothers can pass it on if they are deficient also. Abnormal development and decay of teeth may also occur.

Anthropologists from McMaster University, Ontario, Canada have discovered interesting finds in human teeth that hold a detailed and permanent record of serious Vitamin D deficiency, or rickets. Upon X-ray, skeletal remains reveal their teeth have dentin deformities, preserved by the enamel which doesn’t break down easily like bones do. It told the researchers that people who lived centuries ago can have rickets if they are deprived of sunlight, the main source of vitamin D. In severe deficiency, the tooth pulp is asymmetrical and constricted and typically looks like the profile of a hard-backed chair, very much different from that of healthy, normal pulp.

These findings may be able to help those with ongoing issues of bone health to be able to arrest the condition timely. The researchers say that If regular dental X-rays show a problem, blood tests can confirm whether there is a deficiency. In case of children whose bones are still growing, an early X-ray of the teeth may help identify Vitamin-D related bone deficiency.

Detection By Dental X-Rays

Ask your Lynnwood dentist regarding vitamin deficiency and if it’s going to show up in your teeth. In all probability, you’re alright – you would have had sufficient sunlight growing up. Nonetheless, dental X-rays are always helpful, in many ways.



Lynnwood Dentistry: Sparkling Water Is Not Bad For Teeth

It’s All About The Sugar

Carbonated water is also called sparkling water, a refreshing beverage and an alternative to sugary soft drinks. It’s trendy, perky and energizing. But is it just our dissatisfaction with shelves upon shelves of other drinks in the market? Aren’t you worried about claims that sparkling water is bad for your health? Your teeth in particular?

Sparkling water is just water that has been infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure. It produces a bubbly drink and that’s why it’s also called seltzer water, fizzy water, soda water or club water. Sodium and other minerals are sometimes added for taste. Sparkling water is slightly acidic, triggering a burning, prickly sensation that can be both irritating and enjoyable.

However, experts say that, drinking acidic beverages like carbonated water does not make your body more acidic. Your kidneys and lungs can remove excess carbon dioxide, maintaining your blood at slightly alkaline ph.

Because sparkling water is acidic, the question is, can it harm tooth enamel? A study found that it can damage slightly more than still water, yet a hundred times less damaging than soft drinks. Another study claimed that it can potentially damage enamel if it has added sugar. There’s another trial wherein samples of tooth enamel were placed in various beverages for up to 24 hours.

The result?

Carbonated and non-carbonated drinks with sugar resulted in significantly greater enamel loss than diet drinks. Hence, sugar-sweetened carbonated beverages can erode tooth enamel, but plain carbonated water appears to be relatively harmless.

Carbonated drinks seem to have some benefits affecting digestion. It is said to improve swallowing, helps one feel full longer than plain water, and may relieve constipation. Where bone health is concerned, plain sparkling water appears to have a neutral or positive effect; however, carbonated cola drinks may harm bone health.

Recommending Carbonated Drinks Without Sugar

Sparkling water is just fine for us at Song Dental. We indulge this refreshing drink occasionally and have fun. Nonetheless, your dental experts in Lynnwood are more into plain water, with fluoride. Visit us and know more about healthy and not-so- healthy drinks.


Healthy Teeth Tips From Lynnwood Dental Hygienist

Top Advice in Oral Hygiene

Even if you have the most thorough professional dental cleaning every 6 months or so, if don’t do much for oral hygiene in the remaining 363 days of the year, good dental health may not be pretty much achieved.

Veteran dental hygienists give the top oral hygiene tips of all time.

  1. Fight bacteria with brushing, flossing and rinses. Bacteria is the culprit in tooth decay and gum disease. Don’t put off flossing during the day; no barriers should keep you from it.
  2. Keep dental appointments faithfully. Twice a year professional cleanings are an essential part of dental visits. Missing only one can make things really tough for teeth and gums to handle.
  3. Floss thoroughly. It takes time and a lot of practice to be thorough. Brushing alone is not enough which takes care of top surfaces and sides of teeth, but not the in-betweens.
  4. White teeth is not always a sign of healthy teeth. Color does not necessarily matter, just like skin tone.
  5. Drinking water is better than coffee and sodas. While coffee can stain and both coffee and sodas are acidic to the enamel, limit them considerably and stick to plain water.
  6. Clean the tongue by scraping or brushing it. Use one direction only, or you’ll gag. Bacteria can live on your tongue. Want to have fresh breath? Clean the tongue daily.
  7. Spend quality time with your toothbrush. Brush twice daily, spending a good 2 minutes at the least per brushing session. Do routinely, in the morning when waking up, in the evening before bedtime.
  8. Have the oral exam. At twice a year visits, one must ask for a thorough oral exam. Screening can detect early cavities, gingivitis, oral cancer and other suspicious changes in the gums, tongue, soft tissue, jawbone, and throat. Early detection can save lives.
  9. Take care of your teeth and gums well and you can avoid wearing dentures.
  10. There is no excuse not to have a clean mouth. With all the dental aids and dental products available, like water flossers and air flossers, power toothbrushes and dental picks, there is no reason not to be able to attain clean and healthy teeth and gums. The better to smile with.

Your Friendly Dental Hygienist in Lynnwood

Your dental hygienists over at Song Dental in Lynnwood are some of the most experienced and affable practitioners you’ll find around. We provide quality professional cleanings and great advice to live by.

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