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By Charles E. Scholler, D.D.S.
December 30, 2013
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Fluoride  

Top Three Fluoride Facts

Fluoride is a natural mineral we use to protect our teeth from cavity-causing acid and plaque bacteria. It strengthens the tooth’s enamel to help boost oral health. You can find fluoride in community water systems, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss and other dental products. Your Camarillo dentist, Dr. Charles Scholler, gives you the top three fluoride facts for future reference—you can never know have too much dental knowledge! Fluoride
 

#1 Natural fluoride vs. fluoride additives: benefits remain the same

Media has advertised that natural sources show more benefits than any additives could ever give you. That may be true for food and some beauty products, but natural fluoride and fluoride additives offer the same dental benefits for your teeth. The difference stands with the amount of fluoridation, not the source.
 

#2 Water fluoridation improves oral health

Most community water irrigation systems are naturally fluoridated, and research has shown that fluoridated water boosts oral health and has decreased the number of cavity cases, only where community fluoridation is available. If water fluoridation was discontinued, the American Dental Association believes that dental decay will increase.

 

#3 Fluoride can help prevent root decay and preserve natural teeth

Topical fluoride treatments are protecting teeth from cavities, but most of us don’t think beyond that benefit. Severe decay can result in tooth loss, and fluoride is helping many adults combat decay and keep their natural teeth. This natural mineral offers long-term benefits. Just remember to get the proper amount of fluoride and schedule regular dental appointments.
 
For more information about fluoride or other dental concerns, call us at (805) 386-3199. We look forward to hearing from you! 
By Charles E. Scholler, D.D.S.
December 30, 2013
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Floride  
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By Charles E. Scholler, D.D.S.
November 27, 2013
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Untagged
Black Tea: A Two-Way Street for Your Teeth
 
Ever heard someone say, “I got some good news and bad news, which one do you want first?” In regards to your teeth and gums, black tea has great and not-so-great effects. Check it out below! Camarillo Dentistry
 

Black Tea Fights Tooth Decay

 
Let’s start with the good news. A warm or hot (whichever you prefer) cup of black tea can have ten times the amount of antioxidants found in fruits. For many years, researchers have been focusing on the health benefits of black tea. The crushed and fermented tea leaves are rich in polyphenols (antioxidant).
 
The polyphenols in the tea leaves protect your body from free radicals; thus, studies have shown that black tea may reduce the risk of diabetes, high cholesterol, kidney stones and Parkinson’s disease. What we find very interesting is that black tea polyphenols can help prevent tooth decay. Back in May 2013, the Tea Trade Health Research Association conducted studies to determine that black tea reduced plaque accumulation. Apparently, black tea’s polyphenols cause a decrease in cavity-causing bacteria.
 
Drinking black tea doesn’t mean you should skimp on your oral health regiment. It’s important to follow all oral health instructions given by your dentist in Camarillo.
 
Black Tea Causes Tooth Discoloration
 
You might be sipping on black tea at this moment, and that is fine. Black tea may boost oral health, but it can also negatively affect the color of your teeth. Not all teas stain the teeth, but black tea does because of its rich stain-promoting tannins. When you drink black tea, it comes in contact with teeth, especially teeth located in the lower and upper front of the mouth. However, your Camarillo, CA dentist has some great tips, so you can enjoy black tea without worrying about stains.
  • After drinking black tea, rinse your mouth out with water.
  • Chew sugarfree gum to stimulate saliva, which helps fight cavities and remove excess food and beverage particles.
  • Talk to Dr. Charles Scholler about deep bleaching options available here at his practice.
To schedule an appointment with your Camarillo dentist, call our office or submit an appointment form via our website. What flavor of tea is your favorite? Share your thoughts with us!
By Charles E. Scholler, D.D.S.
December 15, 2011
Category: Oral Health
FactsAboutDentalInjuriesFromSports

No one participates in sports or recreational activities with the goal of oral or facial injury. However, the facts reveal two things: sports injuries are the number one cause, impacting thousands of adults and children annually and many of them can be prevented or at least minimized with education and the use of a properly fitted professional mouthguard.

In addition to the obvious negative of the physical injury to the mouth and face, oral-facial injuries can also be both emotional and psychological. And while these injuries can occur due to a multitude of reasons, a recent study found that approximately 25% occur while playing sports. The following poignant facts should raise your awareness of dental injuries.

Did you know…?

  • On average, 22,000 dental injuries occur annually in children under the age of 18.
  • Outdoor activities and products are associated with the largest number of dental injuries to baby (primary) teeth in children aged 7 to 12 with 50% of these incidents related to bicycle accidents.
  • Outdoor activities and products are also associated with the largest number of dental injuries to permanent teeth in adolescents aged 13 to 17.
  • Of all sports, baseball and basketball consistently produce the largest number of dental injuries each year.
  • Over 80% of all dental injuries involve the upper front teeth.
  • Age, gender, condition and position of the teeth, as well as the type of sport being played are all key risk factors associated with the likelihood of experiencing a sports injury.
  • Studies show that teenage boys involved in contact sports, collision sports, and high-velocity non-contact sports are at the highest risks for dental injuries.
  • Young girls are starting to participate in many of these same sports, and thus their risks for injuries are climbing.
  • Home furniture is the main culprit in over 50% of the dental injuries in children under the age of 7.

We encourage you to take a moment to assess your own as well as your family's risk of dental injury and to think about how you can treat and prevent them. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor article, “An Introduction To Sports Injuries & Dentistry.” Or, feel free to contact us to discuss your questions or to schedule a consultation.

By Charles E. Scholler, D.D.S.
December 15, 2011
Category: Oral Health
TreatingSnoringampSleepApnea

If you suffer from snoring or think you may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), did you know that your dentist could play an important role in treating your condition? For most people this is surprising; however, we can provide both education and some treatment options. And as needed, we will work with your other healthcare professionals to get an accurate diagnosis so that you can improve both your sleep and your health.

Oral Appliance Therapy: These devices may look like orthodontic retainers or sports mouthguards, but they are designed to maintain an open, unobstructed, upper airway (tissues at the back of your throat) during sleep. There are many different oral appliances available but less than 20 have been approved through the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for treating sleep apnea. Depending on your specific condition, we may use it alone or in combination with other means of treating your OSA. Here’s how they work. They reposition the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and uvula (the tissue in the back of the throat that dangles like a punching bag); stabilize the lower jaw and tongue; and increase the muscle tone of the tongue — unblocking the airway.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP): CPAP bedside machines generate pressurized air delivered through a tube connected to a mask covering the nose and sometimes mouth. Pressurized air opens the airway (windpipe) in the same manner as blowing into a balloon; when air is blown in, the balloon opens and gets wider. This treatment option is generally not used for snoring, but rather for the more serious condition, OSA.

Surgery: Specially trained oral and maxillofacial surgeons may include more complex jaw advancement surgeries. Additionally, an Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) specialist (otolaryngologist) may consider surgery to remove excess tissues in the throat. It also may be necessary to remove the tonsils and adenoids (especially in children), the uvula, or even parts of the soft palate.

The first step towards getting a great night's sleep if you are a snorer that has never been diagnosed or treated for your condition is to obtain a thorough examination by a physician specifically trained in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders. And depending on the seriousness of your condition, he or she may strongly encourage you to participate in a sleep study. The results from this “study” can provide your dentist and other healthcare professionals with precise data about your snoring, breathing and sleeping habits. This information is key to treating OSA, if you are in fact diagnosed with this condition. Learn more when you read, “Snoring & Sleep Apnea.” Or if you are ready for a thorough examination and to discuss your snoring, contact us today to schedule an appointment.