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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

What's New: CeraRoot Implants

Zirconia oxide implants are the newest  most bio-compatible material on the market. This means they are not only hypoallergenic but that they will integrate seamlessly, your gum tissue will grow back up the tooth like it would on your natural tooth. They have been FDA approved since 2011 and are corrosion resistant, holistic-friendly and will not conduct electricity or heat. 
Another positive to these implants is their color. Because they are ceramic they are white like teeth not gray like metal, which can leave a noticeable line near the gum line. They are also ONE-piece, which eliminates the space for bacterial growth that can cause halitosis (& that bad taste in your mouth), a low grade inflammation around the implant and bone loss.
Some criteria of being a candidate for these implants are being a non-smoker and having no advanced gum disease. The implants are wider than the traditional metal implant or mini-implants so you would need enough healthy bone available to place them. Dr. Bertolini can evaluate your oral tissue and bone health and recommend a periodontist who can place them for you. Your smile is waiting!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

You Should Still Floss

According to the recent Associated Press report, we should no longer floss because it has yet to be proven effective.  But lack of high-quality evidence is not proof of ineffectiveness! Did you know that there are more than 500 different types of bacteria that can be found in dental plaque? Brushing your teeth will remove that bacteria from your tooth surfaces but how will you get rid of the bacteria that collects between your teeth and just below the gum line? We encourage our patients to think of dental floss like a long toothbrush bristle going between your teeth to remove the plaque your surface brush cannot.
Prolonged exposure to plaque build up can create an inflammatory response in your gums, which often leads to periodontal disease. As it advances, periodontal disease can erode bone and gum tissue supporting teeth, leading to tooth loss. A large body of research links periodontal disease to systemic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. So by removing the bacteria in hard to reach places you are not only protecting your oral health but your overall health.
One thing the Associated Press failed to mention was that flossing isn't the only way to clean between teeth and below the gums. While flossing with dental floss is one way, there are other options available such as interproximal brushes, waterflossers and even a toothpick (we recommend Stim-U-dent).
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every two American adults over the age of 30 have some form of periodontal disease. There are many factors that contribute to this statistic: including age, smoking, presence of other systemic conditions and family history. However, by continuing to floss as a low-cost and low-risk part of a regular oral hygiene routine (which should also include brushing twice daily and receiving a comprehensive periodontal evaluation every year) you are doing your part to contribute to a life of healthy gums.
An ideal investigation of flossing's impact on gum health - research that has not yet been done, possibly due to the expense and length of research because periodontal disease progresses slowly.  So until this research is conducted, The Francis A. Bertolini Dental Team and the American Academy of Periodontology encourage you to floss on.

Peshoff, Carl M. "Flossing." Received by Francis A. Bertolini, DDS, 31 August 2016.
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