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Losing Teeth in Middle Age Could Raise The Risk of Heart Disease

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MAPeople who lose two or more teeth during middle age may be more likely to develop heart disease, scientists have found. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and managing partner of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners recently came across a published study of nearly 61,000 adults aged between 45 and 69 which showed those who lost two or more teeth had a higher chance of developing coronary heart disease than those who didn't lose any teeth. People's risk had still increased after researchers took into account their diet, level of physical activity, body weight, hypertension and other risk factors. The researchers did not suggest how tooth loss and heart disease were linked, but experts have said in the past that bacteria could travel from infections in the mouth into the bloodstream and cause inflammation in blood vessels, which is associated with heart disease.

Coronary heart disease is a common killer and accounts for 22 per cent of all premature deaths, in the US it kills 370,000 people every year. The NHS says most cases are preventable. It is caused by a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries, which restricts blood flow to the heart and can cause heart attacks. People at higher risk of developing coronary heart disease include smokers and those with high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes.

Links have been made between the condition and dental health in the past; tooth loss is a symptom of poor oral health and, this study suggests, an indicator of a higher risk of heart disease. Anyone who lost two or more teeth - regardless of how many they had at the start - had a 16 per cent higher risk, but the risk among those who had 25-32 teeth was 23 per cent higher than those who did not lose any teeth.

In addition to other established associations between dental health and risk of disease, our findings suggest that middle-aged adults who have lost two or more teeth in the recent past could be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease.

That's regardless of the number of natural teeth a person has as a middle-aged adult, or whether they have traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as poor diet or high blood pressure.

The relation between dental health such as tooth loss and cardiovascular has been well documented in various research studies. Dr. Johnson recommends an every 3 month dental cleaning for many of his adult patients with early signs of gum disease. "Pro-action is always better than re-action" quips Dr. Johnson. "Why wait for significant dental problems to arise or to risk a cardiovascular incident"?

For more information, contact visit www.NewtonWelleselyDentalPartners.com or contact Dr. Johnson with any questions.

Do You Really Need to Floss?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MAAlongside washing your face before bed and eating your daily greens, flossing twice a day is one of those pieces of health advice that you know you're supposed to be following to a tee. In reality, though? It's not always happening (just me?).

As far as the flossing commandment, however, I can probably count on one hand (maybe even one finger) how many people I know who floss on the reg—which completely goes against what all dentists say.

Then again, the health staple has even come under fire in the past couple of years, with the Associated Press announcing that there's no scientific evidence that you need to be flossing daily. So what gives?

Most dentists say: "Everyone should floss at least once a day. If you don't, you leave food particles between the teeth and under the gums that can cause cavities, gum disease, and bad breath."

The problem lies in your toothbrush, which only reaches roughly 25 to 50 percent of your tooth surfaces. Brushing alone doesn't go between the teeth or under the gum, where food particles get stuck—and that's the area where most adult cavities form.

Your tooth has five surfaces. You can only clean three of them by brushing, so two-fifths aren't getting cleaned unless you floss. That's not a passing grade in anyone's book. Sigh—and no one wants a failing grade in hygiene.

If you avoid the situation and stick to your toothbrush only, you risk developing cavities, gingivitis, and eventually periodontitis—which is a serious gum infection that could destroy the bone that supports your teeth (yikes). And you can lose teeth. But, fear not—I asked about the absolute minimum amount of flossing that you can get away with and still have healthy teeth.

The answer? Once a day.

I suppose. For more information, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.


Repair Missing Teeth for Better Health and More Confidence

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MNo one knows better the importance of a beautiful smile than one who struggles with missing, crooked, or gapped teeth. It may affect job security or hiring, you may hesitate to meet people or struggle in new situations. According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and managing partner of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, "Your smile is directly related to your self-confidence and success".

Missing teeth not only affects your smile and self-esteem, they can have a far reaching domino effect on your bite and overall oral health. Healthy teeth can do more than give you an attractive smile; they can protect you from more serious health problems. Dental implants provide a permanent solution to missing teeth. Porcelain dental veneers can fix gapped, crooked or smaller teeth. Both options give you an attractive and confident smile.

A missing tooth usually causes other teeth to shift into the missing space. This miss-aligns your upper and lower jaws causing teeth to space out, crowd, flare out, or chip due to uneven forces when the teeth come together. Tooth movement can also lead to root damage and extreme wear and tear on your gum line and jawbone. Gaps in teeth are also the perfect place for food and plaque to collect which leads to tooth decay.

Dental Implants are the next best thing to a natural tooth. Dental Implants are a substitute for the missing tooth’s root so they are perfect for replacing missing adult teeth. Dr. Johnson has been performing implant prosthodontics since 1988 and is regarded as a pioneer in the synergistic use of CAD/CAM and CT scans in dental implant reconstructions. They are a permanent, comfortable solution that resemble your natural looking teeth. With dental implants, your teeth will never feel unnatural; but you will see the difference in your smile. Today, implants provide you with quick, comfortable, affordable, and attractive permanent teeth that will improve your health and your self-confidence.

While it is important to have your missing teeth repaired for aesthetic reasons, it is also very important to have them repaired for health reasons, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners for more information or for a consultation.

Considering Cosmetic Dentistry? Choose a Prosthodontist

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, Brookline, Wellesley, MAThinking about dental veneers, or invisible braces or just improving your smile? Learn the real truth about most cosmetic dentists and you may think again.

  • There's been a significant rise in people seeking cosmetic dentistry
  • There's also been a surge in number of cases of negligence or disappointed outcomes
  • Under-qualified practitioners are trying to cash in
  • Many dentists claim to be "cosmetic dentists" without any additional credentialing, experience or expertise

When you are seeking a cosmetic dental procedure, do your homework. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and managing partner of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners recommends that, "you double check and make sure your dentist is qualified". In fact, seek the services of a prothodontist. Prosthodontists have 3 more years of training and expertise than a general dentist. And anyone can call themselves a cosmetic dentist.

In the past five years there has been a significant increase in the number of people seeking cosmetic dentistry - and a similar surge in the number of cases of negligence as under-qualified practitioners cash in.

There is a huge rise in cases involving cosmetic dentistry because so many people want to emulate that Hollywood smile that dentists now see cosmetic dentistry as a lucrative sideline.

There are no controls - any qualified dentist can set themselves up as a cosmetic dentist without further specialist training.

Dr. Johnson wants you to be an educated patient. He will educate you on the procedures that are right for you, and he encourages you to get several opinions. But most of all, he is interested in having you find the best and most qualified dentist to meet your needs and for you to be satisfied with your beautiful, new, pain-free smile.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry or the difference a prosthodontist can make, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

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