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Teeth Grinding & Stress – Newton, Wellesley, MA

Research has found a link between stress and teeth grinding, which 70 percent have reported. Known as bruxism, teeth grinding can go undetected as the most common symptom is a headache, usually concentrated at the temples of the head. Other symptoms include sleep disorders, ear ache, and stiff muscles in the jaw, shoulders and neck. The teeth will also show signs of wear, cracks and tooth loss can result.

Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and managing partner at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners has been treating teeth grindinryneg and TMJ therapy for over thirty years.  “Many people grind their teeth at night and we used custom-made, hard appliances (with a softer, resilient liner) to lessen the impact of this significant force” says Johnson.  “The night guard is designed to absorb the impact and spread the force out over all the teeth instead of allowing it to wear away the enamel”.

What the doctor says:  'If you suspect that you are suffering from Bruxism, it is important to see your dentist who can provide a proper diagnosis”.

“Grinding your teeth can be triggered by several factors project1including an underlying sleep disorder, stress and anxiety or a result of dietary intakes such as alcohol and caffeine”.

“Your dentist will recommend a guard specially made for your teeth to create a protective barrier from friction to prevent increased tooth wear and reduce discomfort of the jaw muscles.”

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9 Tips That Will Save Your Teeth From Coffee Stains – Newton, Wellesley, MA

Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and managing partner at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners wants to help you protect your teeth from permanent discoloration without giving up your caffeine addiction.project1

Why does coffee stain teeth? Enamel, the hard outer coating that protects the other layers of your teeth, is covered in microscopic gaps. When food and drink particles get stuck in those gaps, it forms an extrinsic stain, which just means the outer layer of your tooth is discolored. But the longer the particles stay in the gaps, they start to affect other layers of the tooth. “The more you drink [coffee] and don’t do anything to remove it, the stain goes deeper and deeper,” says Denise Estafan, DDS, an associate professor at the New York University College of Dentistry. This is called an intrinsic stain, and it’s a lot harder to clean. Here are ways you didn't even realize you're staining your teeth.

Brushing: Your first plan of attack The primary cause of a tooth stain is plaque accumulation, so brushing your teeth with whitening toothpaste and seeing your dentist for regular cleanings are the best ways to prevent ugly coffee stains. But trying these additional tricks can keep your teeth sparkling in between dentist visits. The best part? You don’t need to give up your morning pick-me-up. By the way: Are you making these tooth-brushing mistakes?

Don’t forget to floss. Seriously. Let’s be honest: It’s hard to floss as regularly as dentists want you to. But setting aside a few minutes each day—morning or night—can make a big impact on your oral health. It gets rid of plaque generally, and plaque attracts stains. Brushing alone doesn’t remove all the bacteria in your mouth. Whatever is left over could harden and turn into tartar, which can cause infections.

Use a straw. Less liquid touches your teeth when you drink it through a straw. The smaller the straw, the better. This comes more naturally to iced coffee drinkers, but it works for hot coffee too.

Mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide Make your own whitening paste by mixing a small amount of baking soda with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide (this is what dentists use to clean your teeth, but you can buy it over-the-counter at drugstores). The paste should be pretty runny. If it’s too gritty, that means there’s too much baking soda, and you could scrub off your enamel. Here's how you can whiten your teeth with natural ingredients from home.

Add milk Estafan says that a splash of milk can make a real difference for your teeth. A study published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene found that casein, the main protein in milk, can latch onto tannins in tea (bitter-tasting particles that leave residue on teeth) and prevent staining. In fact, Ava Chow, the lead researcher in this study, says it may work even better than whitening toothpaste. Coffee also has small amounts of tannins, so coffee drinkers can reap these dairy benefits too. For the best results, use high fat animal milk; soy milk won’t do the job.

Sip water between cups of coffee A swig of water can wash away staining liquids quickly before they start to set into your teeth. Even though science shows coffee isn’t dehydrating, this is still a great way to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Drink it quickly Let's say you and your coworker both grab cups of coffee when you get into the office. You drink your whole cup in five minutes, but your coworker takes his time and finishes the same amount of coffee in two hours. Lucky for you, Estafan says that your teeth will be the less-stained ones. Since your coworker exposed his teeth to the coffee for a longer period of time, his will be more stained. Wash even more particles away by following that quick cup with a glass of water. Just don’t burn yourself.

Chew sugar-free gum Conquer coffee breath and clean your teeth at the same time. Chewing gum increases the amount of saliva in your mouth, and saliva washes away acids and plaque from your teeth. According to the American Dental Association, chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after eating can help prevent tooth decay.

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Less teeth = Need Long-Term Care – Newton, Wellesley, MA

Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and managing partner of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners asks, “Can maintaining good oral health help older adults prevent a variety of health problems and disabilities?  project1

In a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, researchers explored this connection. To do so, they examined longitudinal, retrospective data from the Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study (JAGES) project.

In their study, the research team examined information from more than 60,000 community-dwelling people aged 65 and older who did not meet the criteria for needing long-term care.

The participants were given questionnaires to complete. They answered a number of questions, including providing information about:

  • How many teeth they had
  • Their medical and mental health history
  • How many falls they had over the last year
  • Whether they smoked or drank alcohol
  • Their body weight
  • How well they were able to perform common activities of daily life

The researchers learned older adults who have significant tooth loss are less functional when compared with people who lose fewer teeth.  The research team suggested that it is essential that older adults receive the support they need to maintain good oral health self-care practices, and that they receive adequate dental care.

As we age our ability to maintain ideal oral health is diminished and basic home care is often lacking” says Dr. Johnson, “Thus, I recommend an every-three-month regimen for my geriatric patients.  We identify problems earlier and are able to maintain better gum health’ which limits tooth loss”.

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Dental Disease & Lung Cancer – Newton, Wellesley, MA

Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and managing partner of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, wants you to know that a recent study found a link between gum disease and lung cancer.  According to a study published online in the Journal of project1Periodontology, Individuals with periodontal disease saw a 1.2-fold increase in the risk of lung cancer.  Dr. Johnson states, “this data accompanies several other studies that link gum disease to increases in heart disease, joint disease and pancreatic cancer”.

One study suggests that specific oral bacteria may be involved in the development of cancer cells in the lungs.  Another study indicates that successful treatment of periodontal disease may lead to a significantly reduced lung cancer risk.

The take-away… good dental health can minimize additional disease development.  Thus, Dr. Johnson recommends, brushing two to three times daily, regular flossing and most importantly, routine preventative dental visits.

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Combating Bad Breath – Newton, Wellesley, MA

Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and managing partner at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, reveals best way to combat bad breath - and most people are reaching for the wrong thing.  If you think mouthwash and sprays do the trick, think again - there are other measures you need to take.project1

Unless you exist on a diet of mouthwash and chewing gum (which, by the way, we do NOT recommend), there have probably been occasions when your breath has not been as minty fresh as it could be.  Perhaps it was that ill-advised last cup of coffee . Or maybe you were a little liberal when cooking with the garlic - and who could blame you?  The point is, at some point most of us have suffered bad breath paranoia.

But if your halitosis is a bit more of a persistent issue, then that can be problematic - and reaching for that mouthwash isn't a long term solution.   There are, however, a few simple changes that you can make.  According to Dr. Johnson, “this is the most effective way to incorporate good oral hygiene into everyday life, and beat that bad breath.

1. Don't just brush your teeth - brush your tongue tooproject2

We're all familiar with the importance of brushing our teeth, but if you suffer from bad breath, your tongue may be contributing to this.  "Bacteria accumulates in the back surface of your tongue and can also cause a strong odor."

2. Be sure to drink a lot of waterproject3

"When your mouth becomes more dry you have less saliva and when you have less saliva food and bacteria tends to sit in your mouth for a much longer period of time.  Staying hydrated can help with all that smelly bacteria.  "But also remember there are other things beyond just being thirsty which can make your mouth dry.  "For example, coffee, alcohol, smoking and even some medication can cause a dry mouth."

3. ALWAYS brush your teeth after eatingproject4

If you think your twice daily regime is cutting it, then think again.  "If food remains on your teeth because you don't brush and you don't floss, that food just sits in your mouth and is degraded by bacteria and you can just IMAGINE the odor that gives off.  This especially applies before you go to bed.  "When food just sits in your mouth in the morning, your bad breath will be far stronger than you imagined."

And... "If you find your breath is strong no matter what you do, if you find you're constantly having to use mouth wash which really just camouflages bad odor you may have something else going on than poor hygiene..  "In that instance it's really important to see your dentist." 14-10-ryne-acp-headshot-2 Often, bleeding gums and bad breath can be an indicator of periodontal disease that can ultimately lead to tooth loss.

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