Three Ways That Modern Dentistry Can Help Improve Your Love Life!

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Three Ways That Modern Dentistry Can Help Improve Your Love Life!

Don’t believe it? Well, it’s true. There may even be more! I can think of at least three ways that modern dentistry could change your love life. I’ve seen it happen time and again. Here are the three ways that come immediately to mind:

1.Cosmetic Dentistry

Repeated studies have shown that people with attractive smiles have an advantage – at work and at life in general. They are more likely to get that job, a date, or a new spouse because a beautiful smile naturally attracts more positive  attention. Whether it’s tooth whitening, porcelain laminate veneers or cosmetic bonding, dentistry today can help you get that winning smile!

2. Fresh Breath

Bad breath, or halitosis, is a real “buzz kill”. No one wants to kiss someone with bad breath. Most bad breath comes from inadequate home care. Just brushing and flossing properly can solve most of these problems.

Other causes can, however, occasionally be the culprit. These include: smoking, sinus infections, periodontal disease, eating foods that contain aromatic compounds  such as garlic and raw onions that are eliminated through the lungs, and Xerostomia or dry mouth. Whatever the cause, the dental office is the place to start. By asking a few questions we can usually determine the cause and solving the problem can sometimes be surprisingly easy.

3. Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious and sometimes life threatening medical condition that is often treated with CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines but can in many cases be alleviated with oral appliances. Patients with OSA show more sexual dysfunction relating to erectile dysfunction and sexual dissatisfaction when compared to normal subjects. Treating patients with OSA with oral appliances when possible has been shown in controlled studies to improve erectile dysfunction as discussed by Aarnoud Hoekema in his book: Oral-appliance Therapy in Obstructive Sleep Apnea-hypopnea Syndrome.

And there you have it, three ways in which modern dentistry can improve your love life! I’d be interested to hear from any of you who have your own stories to share.

Any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact me or the office, Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA, today to schedule your next appointment and we can talk more about this. See you soon!

15 Prescription Drugs That Can Lead to Dry Mouth (Xerostomia) – and why you should be worried

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Xerostomia (dry mouth), is a serious dental problem affecting millions of people.
Saliva has antibacterial properties and when we don’t have enough of it we can suffer
from increased tooth decay and  gum disease. Additionally,  dry mouth makes it difficult for denture wearers to tolerate their appliances and affects our ability to taste the foods we enjoy.

According to a study by Clinical Research Associates, of the top 20 most prescribed drugs in the U. S. in 2010, the following 15 have been associated  with Xerostomia:

  1. Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen – a narcotic
  2. Lisinopril (Prinivil,Zestril) – an antihypertensive
  3. Simvastatin (Zocor) – an antiperlipidemic to fight cholesterol
  4. Amlodipine (Norvasc) – an antihypertensive
  5. Alprazolam (Xanax) – an anti-anxiety medication
  6. Hydrochlorothiazide – a diuretic
  7. Omeprazole (Prilosec) – an anti-ulcer agent
  8. Atorvastatin calcium (Lipitor)– an antihyperlipidemic to fight cholesterol
  9. Furosemide (Lasix) – a diuretic
  10. Metoprolol Tartrate (Lopressor) – an antihypertensive
  11. Sertraline HCL (Zoloft) – an antidepressant
  12. Metoprolol Succinate (Toprol) – an antihypertensive
  13. Zolpidem (Ambien) – a sedative/hypnotic
  14. Oxycodone/Acetaminophen (Percocet) – a narcotic
  15. Citalopram Hydrobromide (Celexa) – an antidepressant

The average 60-year-old in this country is taking at least three prescription medications daily. If you believe you suffer from drug-induced Xerostomia or just feel like you have a dry mouth in general, ask us about it. There are many treatments available to help with this  potentially serious problem.

Any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact me or the office, Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA, today to schedule your next appointment and we can talk more about this. See you soon!

What is your dental health age?

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I was reminded earlier today of a lesson I learned many years ago from a wonderful mentor I once had, Dr. Norman Schenk, one of my first employers. He taught me that much like our age in years, our age can be measured in dental health as well. For example, you could consider a youth to be someone from birth to let’s say 30, an adult to be someone from the age of 30 to maybe 75, and an elder to be someone over the age of 75. Similarly, you could consider a “dental” youth to be someone with all of their teeth even if there was some decay and gingivitis; an adult someone with some missing teeth and perhaps some decay and periodontal disease but amenable to treatment with small removable partial dentures or dental implant-supported crowns; and an elder, someone with advanced disease and perhaps many missing teeth requiring extensive removable partial dentures, implant supported dentures or complete full dentures.

The point of all this? In dentistry we have the ability to literally reverse the aging process! We can take someone who is either 70 or has the dental health of a 70 year old and with advanced dental treatments and cosmetic dental procedures give them the mouth of a 30 year old. Amazing! Ask us about this the next time you are in the office. The value of an attractive smile is priceless.

I’ve seen it time and again.

Any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact me or the office, Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA, today to schedule your next appointment and we can talk more about this. See you soon!

 

Obstructive Sleep Apnea – Can You Pass This Simple Test?

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the most under-diagnosed and potentially most serious of all medical conditions. If untreated, it can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, and premature death.

By taking this simple test below (the “STOP-BANG” questionnaire) you can determine if you are at risk for OSA. If so, speak with your physician or call us for a referral to a medical sleep specialist. Any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact me or the office, Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA, today to schedule your next appointment and we can talk more about this. See you soon!

STOP-BANG Questionnaire
To Assess Risk for an Obstructed Sleep Airway (OSA)

  1. Do you Snore loudly (louder than talking or loud enough to be heard through closed doors ?   O Yes O No
  2. Do you often feel Tired, fatigued, or sleepy during daytime?  O Yes O No
  3. Has anyone Observed you stop breathing during your sleep? O Yes O No
  4. Do you have or are you being treated for high blood pressure? O Yes O No
  5. Body Mass Index (BMI) more than 35 (use the formula to calculate your BMI)?
    O Yes O No
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  6. Age over 50 yr old?  O Yes O No
  7. Neck circumference greater than 40 cm?  O Yes O No
  8. Gender male?  O Yes O No

Scoring: Answering “yes” to three or more of the 8 questions indicates that you are at High Risk for OSA. Answering “yes” to less than three questions indicates that you are at Low Risk for OSA. If you scored in the High Risk for OSA category, a sleep study or an evaluation by a sleep specialist may be warranted.