SMOKING AND YOUR ORAL HEALTH – THE 411 ( emergency dental )

by Lee Anne Austria on May 9, 2016 , Comments Off on SMOKING AND YOUR ORAL HEALTH – THE 411 ( emergency dental )

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Most of us know smoking is bad…bad for overall health, bad for those who hang out with smokers (second-hand smoke), bad during pregnancy, bad for your lungs, bad since nicotine is highly addictive, this list goes on and on.  In this blog we are focusing on smoking and oral health.  Read on to learn some things of which you may not be aware.

Smoking can negatively impact your oral health in a number of ways, some obvious, some not so obvious:


  • Reduced blood flow and the supply of vital nutrients to gums, including Vitamin C.  Without proper nutrients, gum disease and bone loss can develop and even tooth loss.
  • Decreased amount of saliva.  Saliva is important for cleaning the mouth and preventing tooth decay.
  • Smoking affects the appearance of teeth, making them discolored with the yellow and brown stains that nicotine and tar leave behind.
  • Inflammation of the roof of the mouth.
  • Bad Breath
  • Lost sense of taste.

Most importantly, smoking causes oral cancer.  More than 43,000 Americans and 4,000 Canadians were expected to be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer in 2015, resulting in more than 8,000 deaths, or about one per hour.  If oropharyngeal (throat) cancer is included, the number of expected deaths increases to more than 15,000 per year.

Cigar smoking is NOT safe because cigars contain the same toxic and carcinogenic compounds that cigarettes do.  Cigar smoking increases your risk for oral cancer, lung cancer, and larynx and esophageal cancers.  Smokeless tobacco use increases the risk for developing gum disease as well as gum recession (the pulling away of gum from the teeth.)  Smokeless tobacco users are 4 to 6 more times likely to develop oral cancer from chewing tobacco.  In fact, the area of your mouth where smokeless tobacco is placed is 50 times more likely to be a site of oral cancer.


The use of battery-operated electronic nicotine-delivery systems, such as electronic cigarettes, is not recommended.  E-cigarettes have grown in popularity over the past decade and there is currently not a lot of research available about how they may affect your health.  However, experts say the nicotine inhalation that occurs while using an e-cigarette can cause susceptibility to bacteria buildup in the mouth, as well as tooth decay and dry mouth.

After all of that, CAN I QUIT?

The nicotine found in tobacco products is highly addictive, so quitting can be difficult.  But there are ways to successfully stop using tobacco.  These include nicotine replacement therapies, such as nasal spray and inhalers, patches, and gum and lozenges, all of which are available over the counter.  A variety of prescription medications are available as well.  For some, smoking-cessation support groups also are a very helpful resource in the quitting process and they are available in both in-person and online community formats.

If you’re a smoker, it’s never too late to quit.  Research has shown that quitting at any age will improve health and increase longevity.  Talk with your dentist or other health care provider for more information on how to quit.

reprinted in part from AGD Impact/January 2016/Fact Sheet/Smoking

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CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE xenia ohio dentist

by Lee Anne Austria on April 28, 2016 , Comments Off on CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE xenia ohio dentist

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It seems strange to place middle-aged adults in the same category as BLT’s and PB&J’s.  But instead of 2 slices of bread, adults are finding themselves financially “sandwiched” between 2 generations:  Their children and aging parents.  This dual responsibility isn’t new but it’s now more costly than ever.  On one end, parents are supporting their children past the age of 18.  On the other, seniors are living longer but may not have the savings to match their longevity.  And this means the middle generation is footing both bills – including dental costs.  Here are some tips to help reduce dental costs:


Keep ahead of any future costs by focusing on preventive care.  Instill good oral health habits at a young age, schedule regular dental exams anduse your benefits to help avoid any future restorative costs.


As your children get older, it’s important to set expectations.  This includes their dental care and determining who will be responsible for co-pays, dental bills and overall benefit costs.  Although adult children are eligible to stay on your benefits until they turn 26, it may make financial sense if they sought out their own plan sooner.  Talk to them about their options and financial capabilities.


Aging seniors often have a hard time accessing dental care.  Some possibilities to get them covered:

  • Look at a long-term health plan.  If your parents are not yet dependent on your financial assistance, have them consider a long-term plan as a safety net.
  • Supplement their Medicare plan.  Medicare does not cover routine dental care, but certain supplement plans and resources can help lower costs.  Learn what these resources are and if they financially make sense for your family.
  • Seek out an affordable individual plan.  Many providers have affordable coverage for seniors over 65.  Learn about some options here.
  • Claim them as a dependent.  The IRS will allow you to claim an elderly parent if the meet certain criteria.  But this option is not always guaranteed for insurance purposes.  Check with your provider to see if this is an option.
  • Don’t forget about yourself.  By being both a caregiver to your children and your parents, it’s easy to neglect your needs.  Be sure to take care of yourself by maintaining your health, using your insurance plan, and keeping up-to-date with your dental appointments.  If possible avoid dipping into your retirement savings to pay for your family’s health costs.  Your financial future could depend on these costs and spending this money could mean passing on financial loss to your children.

Remember:  BE GOOD TO YOURSELF.  Love, honor, and value yourself.  And seek support from others in the same position.  There is great strength in knowing you are not alone.

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SHOCK VALUE xenia ohio dentist

by Lee Anne Austria on March 8, 2016 , Comments Off on SHOCK VALUE xenia ohio dentist

The saying goes “A picture is worth 1000 words.”  That is definitely true in this case as evidenced by the pictures below.   Believe it or not, the topic of this blog is Diet Soda.  As in, it can be bad for your teeth…very bad.


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Diet Soda is a highly acidic beverage that can actually erode dental enamel, leaving teeth vulnerable to decay.  In a recent issue of General Dentistry,  the Academy of General Dentistry’s peer-reviewed journal, researchers illustrated a shocking discovery:  Drinking large quantities of soda can be as damaging to teeth as using illegal drugs.  If this sounds hard to believe, have a look at the pictures below.  In the study, patients were examined at dental clinics in Philadelphia and Appalachia over the course of two decades.  A striking similarity was found between the teeth of patients who consumed large quantities of soda and those who used methamphetamine or crack cocaine.  The article compared the damage in three individuals’ mouths:  An admitted user of methamphetamine, a previous longtime user of cocaine, and a woman who drank two liters of diet coke a day.  Each person experienced severe tooth erosion caused by the high acid levels present in their “drug” of choice – meth, crack, or soda.  It was noted that a person doesn’t even need to consume as much as two liters of soda per day to damage their teeth, as the effect of soda-drinking is cumulative.  Even those who drink more than one regular sized 12-ounce soda per day are at risk of dental erosion.  The incredible similarities found in this study should be a wake-up call to consumers who think that soda – even diet soda – is not harmful to their oral health.  (reprinted in part from  5/1/2013)


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by Lee Anne Austria on January 21, 2016 , Comments Off on PREGNANT? ADVICE FOR THE NEXT 9 MONTHS affordable dentist

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Back pain, morning sickness, fatigue, hunger – it’s hard to know exactly what to expect when you’re expecting.  Your teeth may seem secondary to the stereotypical symptoms, but they matter more than you realize.  Here’s what you need to know to keep your smile glowing throughout your pregnancy:


The same pregnancy hormones causing you to sob during a cute puppy-themed Superbowl commercial affect your teeth as well.  Increased estrogen and progesterone levels multiply dental plaque.  Because of a surplus of the sticky stuff (bacteria) many women are prone to get pregnancy gingivitis.  It’s characterized by inflammation of the gums, swelling, and tenderness.  Plus, studies link periodontal disease to pre-term and low birth weight babies.


The “Eating for 2” cliche makes it easy to justify consuming an entire pint of ice-cream, right?  You do need to consume more when you’re expecting, but not enough to justify eating the whole pint.  Your baby’s teeth start to grow as early as 3 months into pregnancy.  Make 2 smiles and 2 bodies strong:  Eat a balanced diet filled with calcium, phosphorous, protein and vitamins A, C, and D.  Eat healthy and your baby’s kicks will feel more like a high five!


Add a dentist visit to your new nursery and gender-reveal plans.  A dental check-up may not be at the top of your list, but it’s key to a healthy pregnancy.  If you’re newly expecting, make this a priority.  A routine cleaning will help keep your smile on track.

Finally, follow this simple tips to maintain your oral health during this exciting time:  Remember to brush with a soft-bristle toothbrush twice a day, paying attention to the gum line as well.  And floss at least once a day.  (Here’s a fun fact about flossing:  If you fail to floss, you’re missing out on cleaning 34% of your teeth’s surface – yuck!)

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DON’T PLAY FAVORITES xenia dentist

by Lee Anne Austria on December 3, 2015 , Comments Off on DON’T PLAY FAVORITES xenia dentist

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There are two different connections between heart disease and your oral health:

  1. Studies have shown that people with moderate or advanced periodontal (gum) disease are more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums.
  2. Oral health holds clues to overall health.  Studies have shown that oral health can provide warning signs for other diseases and conditions including heart disease.

Gum disease affects 80% of American adults and often the condition goes undiagnosed.   Warning signs that you may have gum disease include:

  • Red, tender, or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
  • Gums that seem to be pulling away from your teeth
  • Chronic bad breath or a bad tasted in your mouth
  • Teeth that are loose or separating from each other

The moral of the story is this:  YOU can play a major role in preventing gum disease every day!!  The best way to be proactive in maintaining your oral and overall health is scheduling regular dental check-ups, getting professional cleanings, and regular BRUSHING AND FLOSSING!

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DON’T LOSE IT! xenia ohio dentist

by Lee Anne Austria on October 20, 2015 , Comments Off on DON’T LOSE IT! xenia ohio dentist

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The days are getting cooler and shorter, there is frost on the pumpkin, and that busy time of year (aka the Holidays) is rapidly approaching!  That can mean only one thing:  TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE UNUSED DENTAL BENEFITS!  (You thought we were going to tell you to start holiday shopping, right?)

Most dental insurance companies, along with flexible spending and HSA accounts have a roll-over in January.  That means any benefits that are unused in 2015 will be LOST FOREVER!  New maximums and new deductibles go into effect as well.  So…the moral of the story is if you are overdue for your professional cleaning or have been putting off dental treatment, now is the time!

Your overall health and wellness are very important to us.  If you are unsure about your dental needs or the status of your benefits please call us, we are happy to help!

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by Lee Anne Austria on July 27, 2015 , Comments Off on YOU LIKE US, YOU REALLY LIKE US! / Xenia Ohio Dentist

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and be entered into a drawing to win


*Patient must be new to our practice and schedule a comprehensive exam and cleaning.  Rewards are in the form of an American Express gift card.  Drawing for $500.00 to take place twice a year (December and June.)  Restrictions may apply.

So go ahead, make our day!  Because when it’s all said and done, you are the reason we are here and we do what we do!  And we would love to have more patients like you!


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