Although diabetes has become a fairly common disease in most recent years, it is still very serious and should be managed properly to avoid damaging effects on the body. These damaging effects include threats to your oral that can greatly influence your orthodontic treatment.
Diabetes and Periodontal (Gum) Disease
The connection between diabetes and periodontal disease is closer than most people think. Did you know that those with diabetes are two times more likely to develop gum disease? For this reason, it is important for people with diabetes to understand its effects and practice good oral hygiene before, during and after orthodontic treatment.
Simply put, periodontal disease (gum disease) is an inflammatory condition affecting the soft tissues and bone surrounding the teeth. It is often caused by a buildup of bacteria infecting the gums and other tissues. Regular brushing and flossing can remove most of those bacteria helping to prevent periodontal disease. While diabetes can increase the chances of getting gum disease, it can also be affected and made worse by the inflammation of periodontal disease. Gum disease in those with diabetes raise their risk for developing things like kidney disease, heart disease and stroke.Read More
At the start of every new year, most of us begin to reevaluate our waistlines and opt for a healthier lifestyle. With the growing popularity of juicing in recent years, more of our patients have been turning to this diet as a means of increasing their fruit and vegetable intake. While blending veggies, fruits, and other nutrients together can be very beneficial for overall health, do you really know the effects on your oral health?
The Effects of Juicing on the Teeth
When you consume a fruit and vegetable drink, you’re exposing your teeth to the acids that come from these foods as well. Over time, these acids can cause staining and erosion damage to your teeth. Many people notice that their teeth feel sticky or rough after juicing for more than a couple days. Thankfully, Dr. Carlyn Phucas at Carlyn Phucas Orthodontics has a few easy tips to help maintain great oral health while drinking yourself to a better you. Read More
We know that with the new year beginning, now is the best time to learn what some call the “ABC’s of Orthodontics.” Simply put, “A” is for age, “B” is for braces types, and “C” is for cost and/or choice. Using this approach makes dealing with orthodontics a whole lot easier.
Age is an important factor when it comes to orthodontics for children. Orthodontists usually agree that it is best to wait until a child has all of his or her permanent teeth before implementing any kind of orthodontic procedures. Furthermore, an evaluation of a child’s teeth by age 7 can prevent problems in the future.
Some of these problems can prove to be more difficult to resolve as a child grows older. Orthodontic evaluations are usually complimentary and do not require any kind of referral from a dentist. It’s best to have an evaluation during the summer time so that if braces are required the initial process will not interfere with their schooling.