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Is Sparkling Water Bad for My Teeth?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, Brookline, Wellesley, MA

Is the satisfying fizz of your favorite sparkling water putting you at risk for tooth decay? Because any drink with carbonation—including sparkling water—has a higher acid level, some reports have questioned whether sipping sparkling water will weaken your tooth enamel (the hard outer shell of your teeth where cavities first form).

So, Is Sparkling Water Affecting My Teeth?

Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners wants you to know that, "sparkling water is generally fine for your teeth—and here's why". In a study using teeth that were removed as a part of treatment and donated for research, researchers tested to see whether sparkling water would attack tooth enamel more aggressively than regular lab water. The result? The two forms of water were about the same in their effects on tooth enamel. This finding suggests that, even though sparkling water is slightly more acidic than ordinary water, it's all just water to your teeth.

Tips for Enjoying Sparkling Water—and Protecting Your Teeth

  • Sparkling water is far better for your teeth than sugary drinks. In addition, be sure to drink plenty of regular, fluoridated water, too—it’s the best beverage for your teeth. Water with fluoride naturally helps fight cavities, washes away the leftover food cavity-causing bacteria feast on and keeps your mouth from becoming dry (which can put you at a higher risk of cavities).
  • Be mindful of what’s in your sparkling water. Citrus-flavored waters often have higher acid levels that does increase the risk of damage to your enamel. Plan to enjoy these in one sitting or with meals. This way, you aren’t sipping it throughout the day and exposing your teeth over and over again to the slightly higher level of acid it contains.
  • Sparkling water brands with added sugar can no longer be considered just sparkling water. They are a sugar-sweetened beverage, which can contribute to your risk of developing cavities. So remember—sparkling or not—plain water is always the best choice.

For more information on dental health, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

Source: mouthhealthy.org

Breathe New Life into Root Canal-Treated Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, Brookline, Wellesley, MA - Root Canal Treatment

A root canal can be a literal lifesaver for an infected tooth, but the process does involve cutting off the blood supply, robbing that particular tusk of its natural defenses. According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, "there is a way to fabricate new blood vessels in teeth, which may offer a way for them to regain important functionality".

A root canal is typically called for when tissue inside the tooth, called the pulp, becomes inflamed or infected and causes problems such as decay, cracks or chips. It involves removing this infected tissue and replacing it with a synthetic material encased by a protective crown.

"This process eliminates the tooth's blood and nerve supply, rendering it lifeless and void of any biological response or defense mechanism," says Dr. Johnson. "Without this functionality, adult teeth may be lost much sooner, which can result in much greater concerns, such as the need for dentures or dental implants. Often we are doing implant dentistry on failed root canals".

In coming up with a solution, researchers developed a way to bio-print artificial vascular networks that imitate the body's circulatory system. This involves using a bio-printer to create tiny fibers that serve as a mold, which for the purposes of this research were made from sugar molecules.

This mould was then laid across the root canal of an extracted human tooth and injected with a gel-like material filled with dental pulp cells. After that, the fiber was removed to leave a small channel along the root canal, into which endothelial cells taken from the interior lining of the blood vessels were inserted. After seven days, the researchers report that dentin-producing cells, which is one of the four tissues making up human teeth, started forming near the tooth walls, and that artificial blood vessels began forming inside the tooth.

"This result proves that fabrication of artificial blood vessels can be a highly effective strategy for fully regenerating the function of teeth," says Bertassoni, the lead researcher on the project. "We believe that this finding may change the way that root canal treatments are done in the future.

Although this technique is yet to be available to the public, it may offer an opportunity to save teeth naturally. When considering any of your dental your options, remember that reputation and expertise matter. Dr. Johnson is perennially regarded as one of Boston's best dentists and had been providing outstanding dental care, to people who seek and expect excellence, since 1986. See a specialist...the difference will make you smile.

Source: New Atlas

Cosmetic Dentistry and a Healthy Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, Brookline, Wellesley, MAA smile can change the whole appearance of people and enhances their charming personality. According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, "Studies have shown that a beautiful smile not only is an indication of overall health but also projects confidence and success. There are many dental procedures that are considered cosmetic in nature but knowing which ones are appropriate for you is critical".

To treat the problems of many individuals who have bad and unhealthy teeth, new techniques in cosmetic dentistry provide avenues to that beautiful smile. In fact, a variety of cosmetic dental procedures enhance your smile while they also provide good and healthy looking teeth. These procedures are porcelain veneers, ceramic crowns, re-contouring, cosmetic bonding and invisible braces.

Bad teeth lead to being self-conscious, people find it embarrassing to have bad teeth. People who are uncomfortable with their teeth are uncomfortable in social gatherings, they don’t want to smile or hide their smiles. This presents a self-consciousness or lack of self-esteem.

For healthy looking teeth, dentists will advise cleaning teeth twice a day; this will also help a person stay away from many diseases. Many people have yellow teeth and this is what makes them uncomfortable. A cosmetic dentist can help them by providing in- office teeth whitening.

There are no limits in cosmetic dentistry and Dr. Johnson has been providing outstanding, integrity-based dentistry since 1986. He sees patients who seek and expect excellence. If you have a smile you that are not comfortable with and you are interested in discussing your different options, contact the cosmetic dentists at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

Causes of Sleep Apnea

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, Brookline, Wellesley, MASnoring used to be more of an annoyance rather than a danger to your physical and oral health.

Now, we understand that there is actually a risk associated with snoring, you could have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a potentially harmful sleep disorder during which people stop breathing, periodically, throughout the entire night.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea, and occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat collapse, causing the opening through which air passes to disappear. Certain people are more likely to experience sleep apnea than others. Who are they?

Obesity – this is one of the most indicative risk factor. Obese adults are seven times more likely to develop sleep apnea than their normal-weight adults. Excess weight adds to the pressure on the airway making the diameter of the opening even smaller than it already is.

Neck Circumference – obese people and professional athletes have larger-than-average necks and this can cause sleep apnea.

Age – sleep apnea is more common in older people, although people of any age can develop it. As we age we lose tone and elasticity. With that natural softening of the tissue in the throat, there's higher likelihood of collapse.

Family History – while there is no genetic predisposition to developing sleep apnea, you can inherit certain aspects of your physical makeup that increase sleep apnea risk like a narrow jaw.

Alcohol Use – as a muscle relaxant, alcohol too close to bedtime can lead to episodes of sleep apnea. Alcohol can also lengthen the duration of apnea episodes.

Race - Sleep apnea risk and severity vary by race.

Smoking - smokers are 2.5 times more likely to have sleep apnea nonsmokers. Smoking is an irritant and can cause airway tissue to swell.

Gender - middle-aged men are twice as likely to have sleep apnea than women.

Sleep apnea can be treated with CPAP machines and oral devices. Both have the place, but for patients that are fed up with CPAP there is an alternative to that unattractive tight mask, bulky, and loud machine. Oral devices can treat mild to moderate sleep apnea more comfortably than a CPAP machine.

Oral appliances are placed in the mouth and are worn like an orthodontic appliance or sports mouth protector. No machines and they are virtually unseen. For treatment options for sleep apnea, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.