I’M NOT TIRED, I’M JUST RESTING MY EYES (xenia ohio dentist)

by Lee Anne Austria on March 26, 2018 , Comments Off on I’M NOT TIRED, I’M JUST RESTING MY EYES (xenia ohio dentist)

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Sleep is supposed to be a time of peaceful relaxation, right?  For many of us (87 million of us in fact) it is anything but because of a condition called SLEEP DISORDERED BREATHING (SDB.)  Have you ever been told you snore?  Snoring is a very strong indicator of SDB, along with Sleep Apnea.  Both of these conditions can severely affect your sleep and in turn, your quality of life and your health.  The good news is this:  Your dentist is in a position to recognize the symptoms and HELP.


Sleep deprivation has been associated with these diseases:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib)
  • Acid Reflux
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Fibromyalgia
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Depression

And, it has been associated with the following alarming conditions in children:

  • ADD (in adults as well as children)
  • Smaller size
  • Poor grades
  • Constricted Arches
  • Large Tonsils/Adenoids

Given the sheer number of people affected by SDB, we find these conclusions disturbing.  So at Brilliant Smiles, we are making it a priority to screen patients with potential sleep disorders and then direct them to the appropriate professional for further diagnosis and treatment.

Interested to see if you’re at risk? Click here to take the test!

Did you score greater than 10?  If so, then you should be evaluated for SDO.  Treatment can not only make for a better quality of life, it could save your life!  Questions?  Contact us.

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WORDS THAT ARE SCARY (Dr. Greg Austria Xenia Dentist Bellbrook Dentist)

by Lee Anne Austria on February 27, 2018 , Comments Off on WORDS THAT ARE SCARY (Dr. Greg Austria Xenia Dentist Bellbrook Dentist)

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You may think that cavities are the number one problem dentists address with their patients.  Would you believe that GUM DISEASE is a huge problem as well?  In fact, a large number of the American population has some sort of gum disease with an early indicator being gums that are swollen, sore, and bleeding.  This condition is called Gingivitis.  If that sounds scary, it’s because it is.

DON’T IGNORE BLEEDING GUMS!  You would be worried if you were brushing your hair and your scalp was bleeding…well, you should be worried if you see blood in the sink after brushing your teeth.  Gum disease is serious business and is a major cause of tooth loss.  Like so many other afflictions, the early signs of gum disease are not painful at all so many times patients ignore those early symptoms because their daily routines are not affected.  It is so important to talk with your dental professional if you notice changes in your teeth or gums because getting the problem diagnosed and treated early can make a huge difference later on…not only in your mouth but in the rest of your body…think HEART DISEASE (that’s scary too.)  Make no mistake, there is a definite link between the two – here’s why:

When a person has gum disease and the gums bleed, the bacteria from the mouth can reach the rest of your system by going into the bloodstream.  Once there, the bacteria can access the arteries near your heart and wreak havoc.  This is why gum disease is so closely linked to heart disease.  Studies show that the plaque that builds up in arteries and leads to heart attacks is found in only one other place in the body -you guessed it:  The mouth.  So the moral of the story is: When you take care of your gums, you take care of your heart too.

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STRAIGHTEN THINGS OUT! (and get a $250 gift card!) dentist xenia/affordable dentist xenia

by Lee Anne Austria on January 18, 2018 , Comments Off on STRAIGHTEN THINGS OUT! (and get a $250 gift card!) dentist xenia/affordable dentist xenia

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Brilliant Smiles is hosting an Invisalign™ Celebration!

Thursday, February 1st  3:00-6:00 p.m.  

You may be asking yourself, “What’s the big deal?”  Well, it’s this:  You have the opportunity to straighten your teeth in as little as 5 months!  Oh and did we mention that using Invisalign this can be accomplished without wires and metal?  And…celebrations usually involve presents and this one is no exception… everyone who proceeds with treatment will receive a $250 Amazon gift card! 

If you’ve ever been told you could benefit from straighter teeth whether for cosmetic or functional reasons then you don’t want to miss this party!*  R.S.V.P. to reserve your free consultation appointment…don’t wait because space is limited. 

Transform your smile with Invisalign – The Clear Alternative to Braces

*18-month free financing is available for those who qualify/Offer available to new Invisalign patients only/Restrictions may apply.

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(dentist xenia ohio opioid addiction opioid crisis) TIME TO GET SERIOUS

by Lee Anne Austria on September 18, 2017 , Comments Off on (dentist xenia ohio opioid addiction opioid crisis) TIME TO GET SERIOUS

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Substance abuse isn’t a new problem and neither are opioids.  Just to remind you, opioids are a class of drugs that act on the nervous system to relieve pain.  Some – such as oxycodone and hydrocodone – can be legally prescribed to help control pain after medical and dental procedures and surgeries.  Heroin would be an illegal version.   All have been in the news a lot lately.

Why are they a problem?  Because they are extremely addictive and thus can be easily abused.

Why are they so addictive?  The official reason is because the medications in drugs bind to the areas of the brain that control pain and emotions, driving up levels of the feel-good hormone dopamine in the brain’s reward areas producing an intense feeling of euphoria.  (www.cnn.com/2016/09/23/health/heroin-opiod-drug-overdose-deaths)  In other words, they can be described as the ultimate “chill-pill.”  As the brain becomes used to these feelings it can take more and more of the drug to produce the same levels of pain relief and well-being, leading to dependence, and later, possibly, addiction.

Here are some scary statistics:

  • 3 out 4 new heroin users start by abusing prescription drugs.
  • Deaths from synthetic opioids (like fentanyl) jumped 72% from 2014 to 2015.
  • Deaths from prescription drug overdoses have more than quadrupled since 1999.

Unfortunately, this epidemic has disproportionally hit small towns and rural America (mainly Appalachia and the Southwest), far away from the spotlight of the national media. The reason why is a subject for another blog post.  However, it has been getting more attention lately.

So what does all of this have to do with dentistry?  Well, when we think about drug abuse, usually the first thing that comes to mind is damage to the brain (Remember the fried egg analogy?  “This is your brain…this is your brain on drugs”), as well as the heart and lungs.  But these powerful drugs can also destroy oral health in general; specifically the teeth and gums.  Drug addicts have more cavities and gum disease than the general population.  Most likely because good oral health is not at the top of their priority list.  Here are some specific ways that opioid addiction is detrimental to oral health:

  • Opioids can cause users to grind and clench their teeth.  Grinding can crack teeth and weaken the jawbone that supports teeth.
  • Opioids reduce pain, which can lead to the user ignoring or missing painful warning signals caused by cavities or gum disease.
  • Injecting opioids can cause oral fungus or viral infections that harm the mouth.
  • Addicts often neglect oral hygiene because the fixation on getting the next high will often replace brushing their teeth for days on end.
  • Cravings for high sugar food and beverages combined with bad oral hygiene habits decay teeth.
  • The condition of the teeth and gums can suffer due to nutritional deficiencies from not eating right.

Dentists often prescribe low-level opioid painkillers like hydrocodone and oxycodone after oral surgery (think wisdom teeth extractions.) These drugs are believed to have played some role in contributing to the current crisis.  As a result, the American Dental Association has issued guidelines for opioid prescriptions to help advise dentists before prescribing them to patients.  Additionally, in our offices we require parents and legal guardians to read and sign a consent form before prescribing opioids to minors.

For more information on this serious subject, here are some helpful websites:


National Institute on Drug Abuse

American Public Health Association

Additional Sources:  http://www.dentaltown.com/blog/post/7912/how-opioid-abuse-affects-oral-health

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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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So Why Are They Called “Wisdom Teeth”? Xenia Dentist

by Lee Anne Austria on June 1, 2015 , Comments Off on So Why Are They Called “Wisdom Teeth”? Xenia Dentist

wisdom-teethThird molars have been referred to as “teeth of wisdom” since the Seventeenth century and simply “wisdom teeth” since the Nineteenth century.  The third molars generally appear much later than other teeth, usually between the ages of 17 and 25 when a person reaches adulthood.  It is generally thought among linguists that they are called wisdom teeth because they appear so late, at an age when a person matures into adulthood and is “wiser” than when other teeth have erupted.

Lately, science has added some credence to the idea that the third molar does indeed erupt when a person is “wiser”.  Recent research has shown the brain continues to grow and develop right on through adolescence:  in fact, most researchers believe the brain does not reach full maturity until the age of 25.  Perhaps, then, our ancestors weren’t so far off the mark – that the eruption of “wisdom teeth” is a sign that the carefree days of childhood have given way to the responsibilities of adulthood!

(Reprinted from http://www.deardoctor.com/dentistry/blog/why-are-they-called-wisdom-teeth)

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by Lee Anne Austria on May 4, 2015 , Comments Off on YEAH YEAH YEAH, DON’T EAT SUGAR: ADVICE FROM YOUR FAMILY DENTIST

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Wait a second, there’s more to it than just sugar.  Plaque is a thin, invisible film of sticky bacteria and other materials that cover all the surfaces of your teeth.  When sugar or starches come in contact with plaque, the acids that result can attack the teeth for 20 minutes or more after eating.  Repeated attacks can break down the hard enamel on the surface of teeth leading to tooth decay.  Plaque also produces toxins that attack the gum and bones supporting the teeth.  Learn the difference between different foods and help protect your entire mouth from the bad stuff!

Click here to learn more about Brilliant Smiles and the services we provide!

(Reprinted in part from gobuydental.com)

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