The Best and Worst Foods for Dental Health

It should come as no surprise that the foods you eat have a direct impact on your dental health, but do you know why that is? If you understand what plaque is, how it thrives, and the damage it can cause for your teeth, you’re probably somewhat aware of which foods better or worse for your dental health. If you’re less familiar with plaque and the foods that can contribute to it, this blog should clear things up and give you a solid understanding of the best and worst foods for your dental health.Read More

Why You Should Never Go to Bed Without Brushing Your Teeth: Part 2 of 2

Have you read our last blog? Well, this is the continuation of it! Before, we discussed the importance of your enamel and how the waste from leftover bacteria can break it down. We can understand the need to go to sleep after a long day instead of taking the extra effort to brush before bed, but doing so can cause irrevocable harm to your teeth’s health, leading to the need for emergency dentistry in Bala Cynwyd, PA. We don’t want that!

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Why You Should Never Go to Bed Without Brushing Your Teeth Part 1 of 2

We’ve all been here, it’s true. Sometimes it is way easier to crawl under the covers and sleep instead of trudge alllll the way to the bathroom just for an elbow work out. Believe us, we are well aware. It takes effort to do, especially in a half-conscious state. Still, it is just as essential as those ten extra minutes you would have had sleeping!

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The Tooth Fairy Is Real! (Kind Of)

Waking up without a tooth can be scary, until you notice the five dollar bill under your pillow. (Thanks, Tooth Fairy!)

If incentivizing a child’s dental care can drastically improve their experience, why do we only do it to baby teeth? Although implementing a pay-per-brush structure in your home is highly impractical, there are ways to encourage better oral hygiene. Rewards are not always monetary; they can be emotional too. This is why Wynnewood Dental Arts has revolutionized the stigma attached to visiting a dentist. Improving a patient’s experience leads to less resistance well scheduling future appointments.
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Types of Sedation Dentistry

Here at Wynnewood Dental Arts, one thing that sets us apart from other practices is our experience in sedation dentistry. We understand that there’s a stigma of fear when it comes to a visit to the dentist’s office, and we utilize the method to help combat all those butterflies floating around in your stomach.

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Wynnewood Dentist Points Out Potential Good News for Coffee Drinkers

CoffeeHow many cups of coffee do you drink every day? Approximately half of American adults enjoy a morning cup of java, and among that percentage, many drink coffee throughout the day. For those coffee drinkers that indulge in as many as four or more cups of coffee each day, a surprising side effect to chasing the caffeine dragon may have been recently uncovered. Your Wynnewood dentist, Dr. Thomas DeFinnis, explains a newly published study that connects excessive coffee drinking to a lower risk of oral/pharyngeal cancer.
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Wynnewood Dental Arts Offers Top 10 Toothache Causes

Top 10 lists have become a popular way to rank information: top 10 college football rankings, top 10 books on the bestsellers’ list, and top 10 travel destinations, for example. Why not have a top 10 list for toothache causes? Toothaches are not fun to think about, but if you know the causes, you can learn some ways to prevent them. Your Wynnewood dentist, Dr. Thomas DeFinnis, offers you a list of ten toothache causes.

The Top Ten List of Toothache Makers

We will flip the Top 10 list in the style of a famous late night talk show host, starting with number ten:

10. Bodily Health Conditions –  Examples of health conditions that can create tooth pain include: atypical angina, tension headache, and sinusitis

9. Injuries –  Chipped teeth, hurt gums, and jaw fractures represent several dental injuries that may lead to toothaches.

8. Tooth Fracture –  A tooth fracture,  or broken tooth, can affect the dentin or pulp, causing tooth pain.Read More

Cavity Prevention and Treatment in Wynnewood, PA

Last week, we discussed the dangers of allowing a cavity to go untreated. The resulting damage can include a severely decayed tooth, a dental abscess, or the loss of a tooth and the potential spread of infection to other teeth. A shocking one in five Americans suffers cavities that have yet to be addressed; however, neglecting treatment can lead to extensive, sometimes irreparable destruction. To help you avoid the unnecessary progression of tooth decay, your Wynnewood dentist Dr. Thomas DeFinnis explains the measures you can take to help prevent or treat tooth decay before it can destroy your oral health.

Preventing Tooth Decay

The most common way to prevent the onset of tooth decay is to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen. The metabolic reactions of oral bacteria introduce the acid responsible for tooth decay, as well as the consumption of naturally acidic foods and beverages. Attacking the bacteria responsible for acid production has been the focus of much oral health research. At the present time, however, the most effective prevention method is to limit the amount of acid produced and introduced to your teeth. Read More

The Connection Between Arthritis and Oral Health

Arthritic Pain in HandsStudies have established a link between arthritis and some oral health problems. A study published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases links rheumatoid arthritis with higher risks of gum disease. In fact, researchers suggest those with the arthritic condition are four times more likely to have periodontal disease. An earlier study, conducted in Germany and published in the Journal of Periodontology, estimates an even higher risk of periodontal disease in subjects with rheumatoid arthritis.

Gum Disease and Knee Pain

Caused by a bacterial infection that inflames the gums, gingivitis, an early form of gum disease, can develop into periodontitis, which may cause tooth and bone loss, if left unchecked. Studies have suggested a relationship between the presence of oral bacteria that leads to gum disease, and arthritis in some areas of the body. A third study, published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, suggests the passage of bacteria from the mouth to the fluid surrounding the kneecap may contribute to knee pain in subjects with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Researchers concluded that the presence of oral bacteria transferred from the gums might worsen symptoms for those who experience arthritic knee pain.Read More

The Danger of Mercury Amalgam Fillings

Mercury Metal in HandMercury amalgam, or metal, fillings used to be the dentistry standard. This is no longer the case because of the numerous harmful effects of these fillings. The impact of mercury on systemic and oral health is simply too great to justify metal fillings.

Cavities that form in your teeth require removal and we must fill the space left behind with a dental material that conforms to your tooth’s structure. In the past, dentists typically used metal fillings, made from a mixture of mercury, silver, copper, tin, and a few other materials. About 40% to 50% of this mixture is mercury, which scientists link to night blindness, breathing problems, neurological disorders, Parkinson’s disease, miscarriage, birth defects, borderline personality disorder, and schizophrenia, among many other serious health conditions.Read More