Gum Disease Can Increase Your Risk For Many Cancers


Maintaining a healthy smile through brushing, flossing and regular dental hygiene appointments is proven to do much more than keep your teeth white. A new study shows that postmenopausal women with a history of periodontal disease, are at a significantly increased risk for cancer, including lung, breast, esophageal, gallbladder and melanoma.

This study adds to previous evidence that there is in fact a link between periodontal disease and total cancer risk.

Periodontal disease is completely preventable and in most cases treatable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 47% of adults 30 years of age or older in the US have some form of periodontal disease. At 65 years and older, 70% of adults have worsening cases periodontal disease.

These numbers are staggering and we are fighting to help you prevent periodontal disease from even taken hold. Help us but maintaining your routine cleaning appointments as well as practicing good oral hygiene at home.

{Source: Medscape}

Sip and Snack All Day? You May Be Risking Tooth Decay!


What you eat and how often you eat it can affect your teeth.

Certain eating patterns and food choices can lead to tooth erosion and cavities. A steady supply of sugary foods and drinks, including sports drinks, sodas and energy drinks, can damage your teeth. Even snacking on healthy foods like oranges or dried fruit can increase your risk of erosion and cavities.

Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth. When this plaque is not removed it can build up. The bacteria in plaque creates acid from eating the sugars found in what you eat and drink. This acid attacks the hard surface of your tooth called enamel. The acid stays on the enamel for up to 20 minutes after you are finished eating or drinking. Eventually, your enamel can wear away from these acids and cavities will start to form.

Cavities do not go away on their own and must be treated.

When you have sugary foods or drinks numerous times through the day, your enamel is exposed to acid attacks, which raises your risk of tooth erosion and cavities.

How To Lower Your Risk Of Cavities:

  • Avoid sugary drinks when possible.
  • Limit snacks between meals and choose foods that are low in sugar.
  • If you do have sugary foods and drinks, have them with meals. Saliva increases during meals which can help rinse bits of food from your mouth.
  • Chew sugarless gum after meals which has been proven to increase saliva and reduce cavities.
  • Drink water with fluoride.
  • Visit us regularly to identify cavities early before major problems arise.

How To Prevent Acid Wear On Your Teeth


Easy Ways To Prevent Teeth Erosion

One of the most common issues we see in our office is dental erosion, which occurs when tooth enamel is dissolved by acid. This erosion can lead to sensitivity, yellowing and pitted or worn teeth.

Believe it or not, many everyday foods and beverages are the culprit of acid wear, even those promoted as “healthy”. For example, your post workout sports drinks or even lemon water.

Here are simple steps to prevent teeth erosion:

  • Avoid sugary or acidic beverages or use a straw to reduce contact with teeth.
  • Finish meals with acid-neutralizing milk or cheese.
  • After consuming anything acidic, wait an hour before brushing your teeth.

Our team can alert your to any signs of erosion and make sure to address any issues you might have!

Oral Habits That Could Result In Damage To Your Teeth and Smile


While your teeth are the strongest material in your body, over your lifetime they are subject to habits and wearing, which could cause problems like receding gums, enamel loss, cavities, and gum disease. Why rush this process through habits that can be harmful or damaging?

Here is a list of common habits that could cause lasting damage to your teeth…

Cracked / Chipped Teeth or Injured Gums:

  • Tearing packages open, untying knots, cracking nut shells, chewing ice or opening bottles with your mouth.
  • Using things like toothpicks or anything other than floss to get food stuck between your teeth.

Enamel Loss and Increased Risk of Cavities:

  • Sucking on lemons and other acidic fruit as well as drinking juices, power drinks and smoothies.
  • Brushing immediately after drinking juice which weakens tooth enamel.
  • Excessive scrubbing, brushing from side-to-side or up-and-down versus circularly.

Cavities, Gum Disease and General Health Problems:

  • Not brushing regularly.
  • Not flossing daily.
  • Excessive sugar.
  • Not maintaining dental recall visits or professional cleanings.

If you suffer from any of the habits above and are experiencing related issues, please contact us and we can help!

The Importance Of Keeping Your Gums Healthy


Gum Disease In Relation To Heart Attack, Diabetes and Cancer Risk

The importance of keeping your gums healthy cannot be overemphasized.

Recent studies indicated the association between heart disease and gum disease is at least as strong as the link between heart disease and cholesterol, body weight or smoking. The studies have also suggested that people with periodontal disease are more likely to develop diabetes. Inflammation in their blood has also been linked with cancer.

What is gum disease or periodontal disease? It is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth.

The studies also state that although it is premature to suggest oral hygiene can help prevent heart disease, diabetes or cancer – periodontal disease should nevertheless be treated.

Regular re-care appointments with our office and daily homecare will help you maintain your oral and overall health. Dr. Bolding performs an oral cancer exam at every recall appointment!

12 Signs Of Cancer Men Shouldn’t Ignore



There are certain signs of cancer you shouldn’t ignore. Cancerous cells are fast growing and can become dangerous very quickly. The sooner a man recognizes symptoms of cancer, the better the chances of survival.

Early diagnosis is the best weapon men have. It is imperative to know the signs of this deadly disease and not ignore the warning signals cancer is giving.

Here are 12 signs of cancer any man shouldn’t ignore:

  1. Pain or difficulty urinating
  2. Pelvic pain
  3. Testicular lump
  4. Any sore or growth on genitals
  5. Breast changes
  6. Any changes in intestinal or bowel  habits
  7. Fatigue
  8. Shortness of breath, persistent cough or wheezing
  9. Unintentional weight loss
  10. Abnormal skin growth or changes in moles
  11. Fever or night sweats
  12. Changes in the mouth

If you are experiencing any of the following, please consult your doctor right away. Dr. Bolding and our hygiene staff check for signs of oral cancer during every routine dental care visit, which is why it is so important to see us every 6-months!

{Source :: NY Daily News}

Easy Ways To Reduce Your Risk of Cavities


Reducing your risk of cavities is much easier than you might think. Practicing good oral hygiene routines is a start, but making mindful choices about what you do (or do not) put into your mouth can also help minimize your risk of cavities.

Here are a few practical (and simple) tips for keeping cavities away!

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes to remove sugars and food particles from your teeth.
  2. Limit between-meal snacking.
  3. Keep added sugar in your diet to a minimum by making wise food and beverage choices.
  4. Include dairy, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and water in your diet—they all play a role in your dental health.

How does food impact occurrence of cavities?

The foods and beverages you consume have a direct influence on the occurrence and progression of tooth decay, based on a  few factors:

  • Whether the food is liquid or solid, sticky or soft and how the food dissolves.
  • How often you eat sugary or acidic foods and beverages.
  • Order in which you each certain foods or the combinations you eat foods in.
  • Nutritional makeup of the food.

Quick Tip :: Chew (Sugarless) Gum

Studies have proven that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after eating increases the flow of saliva, which washes away food debris and helps strengthen tooth enamel.

If you have any questions or concerns on cavities and decay, please contact us or tell us at your next exam!

Tips For Teaching Kids Healthy Oral Habits… Early!


Teaching children good oral health care habits early on will help ensure they are on the right track to have happy and healthy smiles into adulthood.

Here are some tips on how to make brushing teeth more than a chore, but a lifelong practice!

#1: Make it part of their daily routine – as soon as they have teeth.

Brushing your child’s teeth should be a daily practice as soon as they peek through the gums.

Use these monthly calendars to help kids learn the 2min2x rule (2 minutes 2 x per day) of brushing!

#2: Give them a chance to brush on their own.

It’s easy to want to take charge, especially when your child is brushing their chin versus their teeth, but let them try!

Always, be sure as the adult you have a turn as well to get all the spots they likely missed!

#3: Let them pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste.

Let your child pick out their own toothbrushes, getting them excited about the fun colors, characters and options available!

Allowing them to make their own choices will get them interested in brushing their teeth and make it fun!

Toothbrushes also make fun gifts, like stocking stuffers, Valentine’s day goodies, etc.

#4: Give brushing a soundtrack.

Another way to make brushing fun AND ensure you are getting that full 2 minutes of brushing in is to play a song while you brush!

Let your child pick the song and brush away!

#5: Make it a family affair.

Families that brush together, have less cavities! Kids learn best by observation. If they see you brushing, you set a good example to follow!

If you have questions on your child’s oral health, please contact us! Until then, happy brushing!

Aching Joints Linked To Oral Bacteria


There is new evidence suggesting that the same microorganisms responsible for chronic inflammatory gingivitis may also trigger rheumatoid arthritis. The latest research from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore has implications for the prevention and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

Periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis may by closely associated, as research indicates common factors that may link these two conditions. The John Hopkins team discovered that a process found in the joints of patients with rheumatoid arthritis called hypercitrullination, which regulates protein function, was also noted in the gingiva of patients with periodontitis. Although this is a natural process, it becomes overactive in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. This results in proteins that drive the production of inflammatory-inducing antibodies that attack tissues.

If you have a genetic susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis, then you may also be linked to an increased risk of gingivitis or periodontal disease.


New Year, New Smile: Achieve Optimal Oral and Overall Health


Your Dental Team: Partners In Oral Health

Whether you have excellent oral health routines at home or not, regular trips to our office help ensure you maintain or achieve optimal oral and overall health.

The New Year is the perfect time to kick-start oral practices that will lead you to a confident smile and improved health.

Here are a few reasons why regular visits to the dentist are imperative:

  1. Plaque and tartar build up on your teeth, which could lead to gum disease. This tartar can’t be removed at home.
  2. Gingivitis and periodontal are diseases that pose a real threat to your oral health. We thoroughly check for any signs and keep your gums healthy.
  3. Oral cancer can be effectively treated if caught early. We know what to look for and can keep an eye on any spots that might look threatening.
  4. Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to keep clean and healthy, which is why we are here to help and ensure no decay occurs.
  5. Tooth decay can occur in anyone and if left unchecked can lead to more and more tooth decay. Regular appointments help us find that decay early and treat is as soon as possible to prevent further damage..

So if your New Year’s Resolution is to live a healthier lifestyle, then you better give us a call! Oral health IS the key to becoming more healthy!