Thursday Thought: Salt Water, An Essential for Life

DID YOU KNOW THAT SALT WATER IS CRUCIAL FOR LIFE, HEAT AND POWER?

Salt water is made when solid salt (i.e., table salt) is added to water. It then breaks apart in particles and acts just like a balloon does when rubbed against your hair – it carries an electric charge.

  • Salt water is used by the body to send electrical signals to your heart and brain to work.
  • Sea salt is packed with minerals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium. These absorb toxins in the body and on the skin; it works to treat infections and encourages our healing process.
  • Unrefined salt is good for you. It helps balance blood sugar, regulates metabolism and boosts the immune system, just to name a few. When you add unrefined salt to filtered water, it can help kidneys in maintaining fluid balances.
  • Warm salt water helps in digestion.
  • The basic requirement of the human body is 1.5 teaspoons of salt per day, which can affect inflammation in the body.
  • Salt water also acts as the transportation system that carries heat around our planet. Climate changes melt ice caps and thus disrupt this cycle and ultimately upsets the flow of heat around the world.
  • Salt water can be used to suck carbon dioxide out of the air, thus preventing the worse effects of climate changes.
  • Researchers are trying to build batteries using salt water. The expected benefits to the consumer would be in cost, safety and longevity.

However, we are a long way in finding all the answers on how and what the use of salt water can do for us. Some of science’s greatest minds have worked and continue to work on this issue. They believe understanding water is vital in understanding how our bodies and the planet work. So next time you have a little down time, look up what salt water can do for you. You’ll be surprised.

Posted in: Family Dentistry, general dentist severna park area, general dentistry, oral hygiene

Thursday Thought: How You Benefit from Sealants

What Are Sealants? Why Should I Get Sealants?

Why are things sealed?   We seal food to help preserve it and ultimately it will last longer.   We also seal leaks in our homes. This stops unwanted air from entering your home. Another great example of sealants is when we seal between a bath and the wall. This is important because it prevents water from seeping between the two, ultimately causing damage. So then why do we seal our teeth?

The Benefits of Sealants

Some of our back teeth have deep grooves in them, which is where tooth decay often starts. Bacteria love to live in these deep grooves and create acid, which is the leading reason for decay. Placing sealants in these grooves is a highly effective way of preventing cavities. And what’s awesome about this, is x-rays have shown that when teeth were sealed, decay did not progress over a 10-year period and studies have revealed that sealants are responsible for reducing cavities by 52% during a 15-year period. That means fewer visits to your dentist and less treatment.

Sealants are a tooth-colored covering and are applied without the use of anesthesia. Typically, and depending on the number of teeth being sealed, a visit can take anywhere from 30-60 minutes. Once it is complete, the tooth surface is sealed and is smooth and easy to keep clean.  Sealants are like the raincoats to our teeth and if they are recommended, you can rest assured that they will help you in maintaining that healthy, beautiful smile.

Before & After Sealants

Posted in: children's dental health month, children's dentist severna park, Comprehensive Dental Care

Thursday Thought: The Benefits of Fluoride

Do you know the benefits of fluoride dental treatments? 

fluoride treatment for all ages Has your dental hygienist recommended fluoride treatment and you have denied due to concerns over fluoride or expense? Well, here’s the truth about fluoride in conjunction with your dental treatment.

The CRA had conducted studies that show up to 75% reduction in new decay due to fluoride treatment. Who is the CRA? The CRA is an organization which started in 1976, by clinicians who believed practitioners could confirm the usefulness of new products and avoid both the experimentation on patients and failures. The application of fluoride helps prevent cervical decay, reduces sensitivity and prolongs the life of crowns and restorations (fillings).

Fluoride Treatments for All Ages

We still hold the idea that fluoride is for children only. In reality, fluoride treatment should be completed on all patients, of every age, every 3-6 months. Adult patients with high risks should complete fluoride treatment, at every regular checkup visit (usually every 3-6 months). High risk patients are those that have 3 or more cavities or problems with their teeth in the last 3 years, no fluoride exposure, dry mouth and/or taking certain medications. Your hygienist will assist you in determining your risk factor and will recommend the best treatment available for you.

Affordable & Effective Treat Your Teeth With Fluoride

There are insurance companies that cover fluoride treatment and there are some that don’t, but coverage is on the rise. This shouldn’t prevent us from accepting the best care to preserve our teeth, as long as possible, and protect them from decay and damage. The good news is that if there is no coverage, fluoride usually costs $40-50, which is a small fee compared to the benefits it supplies us with. Next time your dentist or hygienist recommends fluoride, feel confident in saying yes and knowing that you are applying protection to those pearly whites.

Posted in: children's dentist severna park, cosmetic dentist severna park, Family Dentistry

Thursday Thought: Swimming & Your Oral Health

Did you know that exposure to pool chlorine can lead to teeth staining, dental pain, and other dental problems?
swimming and oral health

Risks Posed by Swimming

Swimming is the favorite sport during the summer months. We all love swimming in our home and neighborhood pools. Also, swimming is an excellent form of exercise that is low impact and has cardiovascular benefits. What the dental community is noticing is that swimmers may need more frequent checkups than the normal range – twice a year. The reason for this is to minimize the effects of exposure to chlorinated water. Let’s address a few dental problems that can be caused by exposure to pool water.

Teeth staining is a problem for swimmers because of all the chemicals added to the water. The chemicals can give the water a higher pH than saliva, which can form deposits on teeth. People who swim more than 6 hours a week (typically athletes) expose their teeth to large amounts of chemicals, which results in hard, brown calculus deposits on teeth.

Swimmers who have dental infections, caries, and failing restorations (just to name a few) are at risk of developing Barodontalgia, which commonly explained is tooth pain caused by pressure. The key to avoiding this is excellent oral health and upkeep on dental treatment. If you swim more than 6 hours a week or intend to, please advise your dentist so a customized dental plan can be put in effect. For a more complete article discussing the oral effects of a swimmer’s mouth, please refer to “Risks to Oral Health Posed by Swimming,” in the Dimensions of Dental Hygiene magazine.

Posted in: back to school, Damaged Teeth

Straight Talk About Crooked Wisdom Teeth

TMJ Therapy, Severna Park, MDWisdom teeth are the source of much dental anxiety. The removal  of wisdom teeth is one of the most frequently performed yet much dreaded procedures among consumers of dental care. Maybe Dr. Morgan can help lessen some of that anxiety. A cure for fear is sometimes knowledge so let us give you some straight talk about your crooked wisdom teeth.

1. Wisdom Teeth Is a “Nickname”

Wisdom teeth are thus named because they erupt later in your life, usually between the ages of 17-25. Clinically wisdom teeth are known as “third molars”. They’re called this because they are similar to the first two sets of molars towards the back of the mouth, except for their late arrival.

Third molars often cause issues because they erupt after the rest of the teeth are almost  all completely settled in their permanent positions in your mouth. This limits the amount of space the wisdom teeth have to grow in which can cause impaction- when teeth grow into each other.  Impaction can lead to pain or infection, although some patients never have problems!

2. Not Everyone Receives Wisdom… Teeth

It’s true. Some lucky few are born without wisdom teeth! Dr. Morgan can see your wisdom teeth present before they erupt on a dental x-ray, and if there are no signs of the third molars below the gum line, they may not come in at all. Dr. Morgan can also predict if your wisdom teeth will grow in properly, without problems, by using the x-ray to examine their positioning.

However, the wisdom teeth can still erupt many years beyond young adulthood in some cases. Next time you see Dr. Morgan, you can ask if your wisdom teeth are still waiting to come out or if you might have been born without them. The answer may surprise you!

3. They All Arrive at Different Times

Wisdom teeth are “supposed to” come in between the ages of 17 to 25, but that doesn’t mean they will all come at once. While all four may erupt together, it’s also possible for the two on top to come in before, or after, the two on the bottom — or even for one set to come in while the other never comes in!

Also, not all four may cause problems. One set may cause problems while the other is able to grow in properly depending on the room available in that part of your mouth. If there isn’t enough room, they may become impacted, growing in under your existing rear molars. Sometimes, because of their position, wisdom teeth are more difficult to clean, which can lead to cavities.  This is why it’s important to schedule regular cleanings and examinations at Dr. Morgan’s office.

If you have questions about your wisdom teeth, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Morgan today by calling 410.415.9015 or scheduling an appointment online.

Posted in: dental anxiety, general dentist severna park area, general dentistry, Oral Health, wisdom teeth

Thursday Thought: Myths About Diabetes

Myths About Diabetes

A myth is a widely held belief/idea that is false. Many myths exist about all sorts of things. According to the American Diabetes Association, there are also many myths regarding diabetes.

Just to name a few:

  • Myth #1:  If you are overweight, you will eventually develop type 2 diabetes
    Fact:  are many risk factors for developing this disease and being overweight is one of them. There are things such as family history, ethnicity, etc that also impact this. Many people with type 2 diabetes are at a normal weight or slightly overweight.
  • Myth #2:  Too much sugar cases diabetes
    Fact: Although being overweight does increase your risk for developing diabetes, a high caloric intake impacts weight gain. Sugary foods tend to have higher calorie levels and research shows that drinks high in sugar are linked to diabetes. It is recommended that you avoid intake of sweetened beverages such as: soda, energy/sports drink, sweet tea, just to name a few.
  • Myth #3: Diabetics should eat special diabetic foods
    FactThe reality is that health meal plans for people without diabetes and people with diabetes are generally the same. A healthy meal plan should be low in saturated fat, moderate salt/sugar and lean protein, with healthy fats and fruits.

For a more detailed list of myths, please visit the American Diabetes Association. If you have any questions or concerns regarding diabetes, please speak with your medical doctor.

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Thursday Thought

When we think about flying, we make lists so as not to forget. The lists vary from what clothes to take, what medications we need to take, stopping mail delivery, setting up care for the dog, someone to check your house and so on.

But did you know what the American Student Dental Association has tips for frequent flyers? 

travel and oral health

The American Student Dental Association recommend the following to prevent health issues and/or pain while flying:

  1. Postpone flights when suffering from a cold to avoid decompression sickness. If you have to travel, make sure to treat your cold with a decongestant.
  2. Don’t forget that to relieve pressuring when landing or take-off, you can chew gum or suck on candy.
  3. Filtered ear plus can help equalize air pressure against your eardrum.
  4. Have caries and leaky restorations treated before travelling.
  5. If teeth have been extracted, have the area thoroughly checked before travelling to rule. Your dentist can rule out situations that can cause sinusitis as you are exposed to pressure changes.
  6. If you are a frequent flyer, they recommend you avoid direct pulp capping and instead have direct canal intervention.

So remember, when flying or if you are a frequent flyer, see your dentist for a regular checkup and to discuss any concerns you may have.

 

Source: American Student Dental Association

Posted in: Family Dentistry, general dentist severna park area, New Patients

Improve Your Gum Health

Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Taking preventive action to help keep your gums healthy can minimize your risk of developing gum disease. Gum disease is categorized into two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, which results in bleeding, swollen, and tender gums. In most cases, gingivitis can be treated with minimal treatment. If gingivitis is left untreated, it will develop into periodontitis. Periodontitis is an advanced stage of gum disease that may result in tooth and bone loss if left untreated.

The goal of preventive dental care is to improve your oral health and reduce your risk of developing complex dental problems. Dr. Lynn Morgan offers a full range of preventive, general, and periodontal therapy services to address various stage of gum disease.

How To Improve Your Gum Health

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes. Brushing your teeth can keep your breath, remove debris, and reduce plaque buildup.
  • Floss at least once a day. Flossing removes debris and plaque from between the teeth.
  • Visit the dentist for routine dental exams. During a routine dental exam, Dr. Morgan can asses your oral health and recommend any necessary treatment. Dr. Morgan can work with you to address any dental concerns you may have.
  • Get regular professional teeth cleanings. Professional teeth cleaning can help remove plaque buildup that normal brushing and flossing cannot reach.
  • Quit smoking and tobacco use. Smoking can increase your chance of developing complex dental concerns like oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay. Smoking can affect your immune system, which may leave you more susceptible to tooth infections.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Your teeth and gums need certain vitamins and nutrients to stay healthy. Try to incorporate healthy foods into your diet, and stay away from sugary foods and beverages.

Schedule An Appointment

To learn more about improving your gum health, visit our Severna Park, MD dental office. To schedule an appointment, call  410.415.9015 or request an appointment online.

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How To Manage Dental Fear

how to manage dental fear severna park md Whether dental fear stems from a past bad experience or a fear of needles, Dr. Lynn Morgan, Dr. Alec Dancy, and our dental care team understand it is a real concern. Dental fear can prevent you from getting the dental care you need, which can adversely affect your oral health. Finding ways to manage dental fear can help you overcome it in the long run. Dr. Morgan and Dr. Dancy can work with you to find ways to manage your dental fear. Overcoming dental fear will require effort from you and your dentist.

At our Severna Park dental office, we take the time to understand the cause of dental fear, listen to your concerns, and create a personalized solution based on your needs. We also make it a priority to explain all aspects of your treatment to ensure you are well informed and comfortable with your treatment.

If you are searching for a compassionate, experienced dental facility, visit our Severna Park, MD dental office. To schedule an appointment, call 410.415.9015 or schedule an appointment online.

Ways To Cope With Dental Fear

We understand overcoming dental fear is a full process. We have found that certain tips and tricks can help keep patients relaxed and comfortable during the visit to the dentist. Try to incorporate these key tips to help cope with dental fear and anxiety.

  • Tell your dentist, dental hygiene, and the dental staff that you suffer from dental fear and anxiety. Letting those around you know that you have a difficult time can help them make more informed decisions regarding your dental experience. Instead of dental fear being something you internalize, your dental care team can work with you to help create a more personalized dental visit.
  • Listen to music, audiobook, or watch a show. Keeping the mind distracted from the procedure may help you remain calm.
  • Bring a friend or loved one. We have a tendency to feel calmer around people we know and love.
  • Schedule regular visits to the dentist. Scheduling your preventive care visit can help your dentist identify any dental issues. Catching dental issues early can minimize your need for advanced treatment.

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Can I Straighten Crooked Teeth Without Braces?

In some cases, yes. Dr. Lynn Morgan and Dr. Alec Dancy are highly trained dentists in Severna Park, MD. Dr. Morgan and Dr. Dancy can work with you to find the right solution to address crooked teeth. We may recommend porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or dental crowns to improve the appearance of crooked and misaligned teeth.

If you are seeking a solution to straighten teeth without traditional braces, Dr. Morgan and Dr. Dancy can perform a comprehensive exam to determine which dentistry solution can correct the appearance of crooked teeth. To learn more about your options, visit our Severan Park, MD dental office. We offer personalized, effective dentistry solution that can be used to address a wide selection of dental concerns.

Straighten Crooked Teeth Without Braces

As noted, patients can achieve the appearance of straighter with the use of porcelain veneers, dental crowns, or dental bonding.

  • Dental Bonding: Dental bonding can typically be completed in just one visit to our Severna Park, MD. One of our dentists will apply a tooth-colored resin onto the affected teeth. Your dentist will mold, shape, and color match the tooth-colored resin to match seamlessly with your natural smile. The tooth-colored resin will be cured using a special UV light, shined, and polished for a natural luster.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are thin, translucent shells that fit snugly over your existing teeth. Porcelain veneers are long lasting, natural looking, and extremely durable solution to address crooked teeth. Dental veneers are placed on the front and sides of the teeth, creating an effective solution to address crooked teeth, gapped teeth, and damaged teeth.
  • Dental Crown: Essentially, a dental crown functions as a “cap” that fits securely over the affected tooth. Dental crowns can be used to address damaged teeth, worn teeth, crooked teeth, and decay teeth.

Schedule An Appointment

If you would like to learn more about correcting crooked teeth without braces, visit our Severna Park, MD dental office. To schedule an appointment, call 410.415.9015 or schedule an appointment online.

Posted in: Crooked Teeth