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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Remembering to Floss

Flossing at least once a day helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath, but according to the American Dental Association, fewer than 50 percent of adults perform this task regularly. While there are any number of reasons people have given for not flossing, simply forgetting is at the top – and Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young aims to give you the tools you need to address that issue and start working towards peak dental health.
How can you remember to floss? It’s simple, really – just do the same things you do to remind yourself of other important events. Place notes on your bathroom mirror. Set an alarm on your cellphone. Leave floss in a clearly visible location. And if those steps aren’t easy enough, visit Text2Floss, a service that sends daily reminders directly to your phone to assist in developing healthy habits.
As with anything, getting into the routine of flossing can take some time. However, once you have become comfortable with flossing, it takes mere minutes every day – minutes that can help ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy for a lifetime.
To learn more about maintaining optimal oral health, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today. Dr. Young serves Houston and surrounding areas of Texas.

posted by Admin at 4:05 PM

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Is There Bacteria on Your Toothbrush Head?

Is there bacteria on your toothbrush head? Almost certainly yes. Is this bacteria dangerous? Well, researchers are still looking into that. However, as of yet, there has not been an established link between bacteria on toothbrushes and an increased risk for systemic or oral health problems.
A new study conducted at the University of Texas Health Science Center at the Houston School of Dentistry has found that, while all toothbrushes have some amount of bacteria, those with hollow heads have significantly more. How much more? Up to 3,000 times. But before you swear-off brushing remember this: toothpaste is anti-bacterial and all of those germs are wiped out before the brush even enters your mouth.
While it is good news that toothpaste kills the germs on your toothbrush, that’s no reason to neglect proper cleaning, storage, and replacement of your heads. Heads should be stored upright in a cabinet that protects them from environmental contaminants, and should be cleaned with antiseptic mouthwash or UV light weekly. Be sure to replace your heads every two months and to visit Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young every six to ensure your teeth are bright, healthy, and clean year round.
To schedule your next appointment with Dr. Young, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today.

posted by Admin at 1:42 PM

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