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Fluoride, poisonous?

The use of fluoride is a constantly talked about topic, particularly when it comes to the practice of water fluoridation. This Irvine sedation dentist will tell you Fluoride can be a wonderful thing in terms of remineralization of your enamel. I offer fluoride treatments in the office. However, incorporating fluoride into water is a controversial issue that gets countries talking.

Fluoride was first introduced in the USA in the 1940s after the discovery that fluoride helps strengthen teeth and oral health. This is the reason why many types of toothpaste incorporate this element, and why dental organizations like the ADA believe drinking water with Fluoride can help teeth—the same way toothpaste does. Following the World Health Organization’s 1969 endorsement countries around the world began fluoridating their drinking water.

However, Fluoride’s popularity began to wane from the 70s to the 90s when some European countries, such as Germany, Sweden and Finland, reversed their stance on the practice of fluoridation. Exact reasons were not given, but sources proclaimed not enough benefits were found or that it wasn’t worth the risk of poisoning. Who knows what the real reasons were?! The only thing that this Irvine sedation dentist can you tell you is that fluoride can indeed be poisonous. However, we have to keep in mind a lot of things we potentially ingest has the same or similar risk. For example: alcohol, mercury in fish (sushi , anyone?), and even magnesium in antacids. Overdosing is possible and in some areas of the US, there are instances of poisoning. Some effects include weakening of bones and corrosion of teeth. On the other hand, it can bring plenty of benefits. The bottom line is there needs to be a balance and general awareness of fluoride ingestion…therefore, the debate continues. For more information on the risks of Fluoride, ask your Irvine sedation dentist today!

Yeast: Not Just for Baking Bread

Yeast: Not Just for Baking Bread

 What do scones, wine, crusty loaves of bread, and cheese have in common? Well, besides the fact that this Irvine sedation dentist loves all these delicious treats, they all require yeast! From this short but sweet list, we can see that yeast is an essential ingredient to many wanted goods in our lives, but is there such thing as too much of a good thing?

 This Irvine sedation dentist thinks so! Too much of yeast is not something we want, especially when it comes to oral health. Yeast can overgrow in the mouth and cause conditions like oral thrush, which we definitely do not want. So, as much as yeast is great for our carbohydrates, they aren’t something we should try to grow in our mouths. Already knew this? Well, let’s see how yeast-savvy you are by taking the quiz below.

 1)   What kingdom is yeast apart of?

a)    protists b) fungi c) monera

 2)   What kind of yeast is most commonly the cause of oral thrush?

a) candida albicans b) candida albacore c) candida expelliarmus

            3) The same type of yeast that causes oral thrush also causes…

                  a) diabetes  b) cancer  c) diaper rash

 4)   Oral thrush lesions look like:

a)    cotton balls b) chigger bites c) cottage cheese

 5)   Risk factors for oral thrush are

a)    eating yogurt and cheese excessively b) dust c) smoking

 6)   Why are diabetes more likely to get oral thrush

a)    because they use corticosteroids b) because they are immunocompromised c) because they have extra sugar in saliva

7)   What is a serious side effect of antifungal medication

a)    liver damage b) sickle cell anemia c) HIV

 8)   What is NOT a treatment for Oral thrush?

a) nystatin b) bezoar c) fluconazole

 Answers:

1)   B

2)   A

3)   C

4)   C

5)   C

6)   C

7)   A

8)   B

 

For more information on oral thrush and yeast and oral health, contact your Irvine sedation dentist today.

Warm regards,

 Martha Ha, D.D.S.

Phone: 319-621-4114

The Big C-Word

Cancer is the kind of word that can send shivers through anyone’s spine—this Irvine dentist included. Like the many forms of this horrible disease, oral cancer—also known as mouth cancer—can have long-lasting physical and emotional effects on its victims. Still, these survivors can be considered ‘lucky’ in some ways because oral cancer can be fatal.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 36,000 people were diagnosed with oral cancer in 2010, and almost 8,000 deaths were directly associated with it. So how does oral cancer develop? Cells that form malignant tumors attack healthy tissues in the oral cavity—this includes the lips, the lining inside the lips and cheeks, the floor of the mouth, the front two-thirds of the tongue, the hard palate, the uvula, teeth, gums and even salivary glands.

The mouth is a region that is very susceptible to infection, as it is the entrance to the rest of the body. Therefore it is extremely important to be careful and watchful of any symptoms. Some symptoms include: persistent earaches, white or red patches in the mouth, and abnormal lumps and bleeding. With that said, part of being watchful is going to see your Irvine dentist, as he or she is the one who will be the most likely to detect it first.

In addition, being aware of the risk factors will help reduce chances of cancer. Tobacco use is a major contributor, with more than 90 percent of all oral cancers being attributed to some tobacco use. Frequent alcohol consumption is also a red flag, as is the combination of the two. Being male is an indicator too, as they are twice as likely to develop mouth cancer compared to women. Another factor is age, especially for those over 35. Other factors include: excessive exposure to the sun, poor diet and HPV infection.

For more information on risks and signs of oral cancer, contact your local Irvine dentist today at (949) 857-1270.