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Monday, September 29, 2014

Is Exercise Hurting Your Teeth?

A surprising new study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports suggests that heavy athletic training can increase the risk of enamel erosion, tooth decay, and other oral health issues. Saliva samples taken from endurance athletes during the study were more alkaline than those taken from the control group. As athletic output increased, so too did the alkalinity of saliva, resulting in poorer dental health among those who were more active. Alkalinity in saliva was identical between the two groups during times of rest.
It would be absolute irresponsible to recommend not exercising as a method of achieving optimal oral health. However, endurance athletes should take extra care to maintain dental hygiene and guard against increased vulnerability related to alkaline saliva. This can include more frequent brushing and flossing, avoiding sugary and carbonated beverages, and maintaining biannual visits with Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young. These steps can help protect your teeth regardless of your activity levels and allow for swift intervention should oral health issues become present.
To schedule a cleaning and examination with Dr. Young, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today. Dr. Young serves Houston, Kingwood, Spring, Conroe, and surrounding areas of Texas from our conveniently located office in The Woodlands.

posted by Admin at 12:19 PM

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

SSRIs Linked to Dental Implant Failure

A new study published in the September edition of the Journal of Dental Research suggests a strong link between SSRIs such as Lexapro and Prozac and dental implant failure. The study, conducted by the International and American Associations for Dental Research, analyzed the failure rates of 916 dental implants in 490 patients. Failure rates among patients using SSRIs was more than double that of patients who were not, at 10.6 percent to 4.6 percent respectively. This research supports earlier findings that SSRIs can cause bone loss and slow new bone growth.
Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young has found that dental implants offer the most reliable form of tooth replacement, but this does not mean they are right for everyone. Patients who are taking SSRIs or who have certain medical conditions may not be good candidates for this procedure, though some steps can be taken to improve the likelihood of implant success in most cases. During your initial consultation with our implant dentist it can best be determined if this particular treatment is right for you.
To schedule your dental implant consultation with Dr. Young, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today. We serve Houston and surrounding areas of Texas from our conveniently located office in The Woodlands.

posted by Admin at 3:06 PM

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How Tooth Grinding Impacts the Health of Teeth

Tooth grinding (bruxism) has a profoundly negative impact on the health and appearance of your teeth. Often done unconsciously, tooth grinding can result in uneven tooth wear, increase your risk for decay and trauma, and result in premature tooth loss. It is also one of the primary causes of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), a chronic and painful condition related to the misalignment of the jaw.
Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young cannot make you stop grinding your teeth, but he can provide you with treatments that reduce the damage caused by bruxism. Customized orthotics and mouthguards worn while sleeping are two of the most common treatment options. Both can help prevent tooth-on-tooth contact while also relaxing the jaw, assisting in the prevention and treatment of TMJ.
If you are a tooth grinder, certain steps can be taken to help reduce stress and change the behavior as well – even when it is unconscious. Reducing caffeine consumption, practicing relaxation techniques, and massaging the jaw can all help reduce instances of bruxism and will be discussed in more detail when appropriate as part of your treatment plan.
If you are a tooth grinder living in the Houston area, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today to schedule a treatment consultation with Dr. Young.

posted by Admin at 1:12 PM

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Can Yogurt Fight Gum Disease?

Lactobacillus reuteri, a probiotic that can be found in many fermented dairy products, has been shown to increase the efficacy of gum disease treatment by 53 percent. In studies conducted on patients with chronic periodontitis, lactobacillus reuteri showed to be just as effective as antibiotics at fighting infection below the gum line. However, unlike antibiotics, probiotics including lactobacillus reuteri occur naturally in the human body and have no potentially harmful side effects.
Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young recommends taking all available options to fight gum disease once it occurs, but encourages taking steps to prevent its occurrence in the first place. Brushing after every meal and snack, flossing morning and night, and visiting our office every six months for cleanings and examinations remain the most effective tools against gum disease.
While there is no evidence that probiotic use can assist in the prevention of gum disease, there is significant evidence that dairy products can help strengthen and protect teeth. Dr. Young would be happy to discuss this with you in greater detail during your next regularly scheduled appointment.
To schedule your next appointment with Dr. Young, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today. Our dentist serves The Woodlands, Houston, and surrounding areas of Texas.

posted by Admin at 1:22 PM

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Lasting Solution for Chronic Headaches

Do you suffer from chronic, debilitating headaches? Do you find yourself taking pain medications on a regular basis, but only finding temporary relief? Do you fear these medications may be doing more harm than good? Are you ready for a lasting solution that won’t cause damage to your liver, stomach, and other organs?
If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, it may be time to discuss your headaches with Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young.
TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) is one of the leading causes of chronic headaches and facial pain. It is also one of the most commonly overlooked. Unfortunately, when TMJ is not diagnosed, many people seek treatments that alleviate pain but do not correct the underlying problem. These temporary solutions are band-aids at best and entirely incapable of providing lasting relief.
Neuromuscular dentistry treatments address the cause of TMJ headaches, correcting the root problem to prevent future pain. Dr. Young offers a range of neuromuscular treatments that can restore alignment to the jaw, eliminate pain, and provide lasting relief from frequent headaches.
If you suffer from chronic headaches in Houston, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry to schedule a TMJ evaluation with Dr. Young. We provide customized treatments for people living in Houston, the Woodlands, Kingwood, Spring, and surrounding areas of Texas.

posted by Admin at 3:32 PM

Monday, August 25, 2014

What Happens When a Tooth is Missing?

If you are missing a tooth, chances are you notice the aesthetic impact. Depending on where the tooth was located, its absence may detract from the appearance of your smile. However, it is what’s happening unseen that is most worrisome.
As soon as a tooth is missing, bite tension is altered. Functions once performed by the now missing tooth are transferred to adjacent teeth, resulting in uneven tooth wear and, bite abnormalities that can increase your risk for TMJ, interfere with speaking, and making daily tasks more difficult. At this point, adjacent teeth may begin to slip into the space left by the missing tooth, further altering bite strength and function.
Worse still, when a tooth is missing, so too is its root. When the root is missing, the minerals that comprise the jaw in that particular area are reabsorbed by the body. This results in a sunken or collapsed look and permanently alters facial appearance.
The only way to prevent this and other problems associated with missing teeth is to have them replaced with dental implants. Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young would be happy to discuss the benefits of implants in particular and tooth replacement in general during your next appointment.
To schedule your appointment with Dr. Young, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today. Dr. Young serves Houston and surrounding areas from our conveniently located Woodlands office.

posted by Admin at 12:05 PM

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Can Stains Underneath the Enamel be Whitened?

Stains underneath the enamel of teeth are generally caused by fluoridation in water or medications such as tetracycline. Also known as intrinsic tooth discoloration, these stains do not commonly respond well to topical treatments.

Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young offers advanced tooth whitening services both in-office and as take-home kits, but these are best for surface stains. While even severe discoloration may be significantly reduced with our professional whitening options, those stains that lie underneath the enamel will typically only become more apparent as surrounding enamel is lightened. This makes it best to consider other cosmetic dentistry options for this particular problem.

Porcelain Veneers and Dental Bonding
Dr. Young often recommends porcelain veneers for teeth with intrinsic staining. Because they are placed over the front of teeth, porcelain veneers are able to completely cover staining, producing a bright and beautiful appearance for years to come.

Options such as dental bonding may also be capable of reducing the visibility of deeper stains. This, along with other potentially beneficial cosmetic dentistry solutions can be discussed in greater detail during your initial consultation.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, please contact the Woodlands Premier Dentistry to schedule a cosmetic evaluation today.

posted by Admin at 2:21 PM