Smile – Happy feels Good on You

Smile – Happy feels Good on You

Smile – happy feels good on you and has the power to improve moods, decrease stress and help you to relax.  Dr. Abeyta and her team have written several blog posts over the years that talk about the importance of oral health and how it relates to your overall health.  Now, we’ll tell you why you should show off that beautiful smile and laugh more.

Those Little Molecules of Sunshine

On those days when you wake up grumpy try a tiny smile or chuckle.  It’ll trigger your brain to feel happier.   

Don’t believe it?  A recent study showed that when you smile, your brain releases tiny molecules called neuropeptides to help fight off stress.  Other neurotransmitters such as serotonin, endorphins and dopamine are released as well.  Endorphins act as a mild pain reliever.  Serotonin and endorphins are natural antidepressants.  

Those effects are more than doubled when that tiny smile turns into full-blown laughter.  Laughing has been shown to increase circulation and relax muscles for up to forty-five minutes.

A Ray of Sunshine

Have you ever wondered why people gravitate towards those who are always smiling and laughing?   No one wants to be around Johnny Raincloud. 

It’s amazing how contagious laughter and smiling can be.  We can thank mirror neurons for that.  Whenever, we see someone doing a specific behavior we can’t help but mimic that behavior ourselves.

An Element of Fun in Every Job that Must Be Done

Sometimes, it’s hard to find reasons to smile and laugh when you are at work, but the more you do, the more productive and focused you will be on the job at hand.  

The more productive and focused you are the faster the job will be completed. It’s a positive cycle that will rub off on your fellow workers.  It can change the entire workforce atmosphere.  

The Physical Benefits

Smiling and laughing not only improves your mental health, it has physical benefits as well.  When you laugh, you work your abdominal muscles, releasing endorphins.  Remember, endorphins reduce your perception of pain and also trigger a positive feeling in the body. That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.

Studies have also found that smiling and laughing can help decrease your risk for heart disease and lower your blood pressure for up to 24 hours.

The Best Reason

There are several scientific studies that show us why people should smile and laugh more but when it comes down to it, the best reason is that it simply makes us feel better.  We should all spend more time doing the things that bring joy into our lives. 

Dr. Abeyta and her team believe that dentistry is health and trust centered. She practices an integrative approach in creating a beautiful smile and healthy functioning body. Call today to get started on your healthy smile at 505-293-7611 and remember, laughter is the best medicine.

Adults Can Benefit from a Lingual Frenectomy

Adults Can Benefit from a Lingual Frenectomy

Adults can benefit from a lingual frenectomy to help with common issues such as:

  • Tooth decay and swollen, irritated gums.
  • Restricted movement of the tongue.
  • Speech
  • Swallowing
  • Chewing
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sleep apnea

What is Tongue Tie?

Tongue tie, also known as ankyloglossia, is a condition that occurs when the lingual frenulum, the small piece of skin that connects the bottom of the tongue to the bottom of the mouth is too thick, too short, or attached too far up on the tongue, causing restriction of the tongue.  It can impact oral and facial development, which in turn impacts the development of the airway, making it more collapsible.

How is Tongue Tie Treated?

The most common treatment for tongue tie is a surgery called a lingual frenectomy.  A lingual frenectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the frenulum. During the operation, your dentist will make a small cut on the frenulum to free up the tongue. The procedure is also referred to as a frenuloplasty.  

A lingual frenectomy wasn’t nearly as common several decades ago as they are today, which means a lot of adults are living with a tongue-tie that they didn’t even know they had. Nor do they realize how much it’s impacting their life.

Alongside surgery, myofunctional therapy, and sometimes craniosacral therapy can be incorporated into the treatment.  These are a type of physical therapy that helps to reprogram the tongue and muscles in and around the mouth.

What Should You Expect After Surgery?

You may experience:

  • Some bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Soreness 

Let your doctor know if any of the symptoms are severe.  Typical recovery time is about one week.

What are the benefits of Having Surgery for Tongue Tie?

Tongue tie has been linked to:

  • Several sleep conditions such as snoring and sleep apnea.  
  • Mouth breathing.  There is a reason we breathe through our nose.  The nose filters, moisturizes and humidifies the air before it enters the lungs. Mouth breathing skips this entire process. 
  • Dental issues. Did you know our tongues help keep your teeth clean? It also encourages saliva production, which neutralizes the acids in the mouth so that they don’t damage the enamel on the teeth.  Restricted range of motion due to a tongue tie might mean more decay and cavities, especially to the molars. 

While elective frenectomies aren’t for everyone, they can make a positive impact on your life, especially if you have any of the above conditions.   

To learn more about tongue tie and if a lingual frenectomy procedure could be a life changer contact the office of Dr. Abeyta, in Albuquerque, NM to schedule a consultation at 505-293-7611.

Why Go to a Dentist for Botulinum Toxin?

Why Go to a Dentist for Botulinum Toxin?

Why go to a dentist for botulinum toxin, otherwise known as Botox treatment?  It is now estimated that almost 20% of North American dentists are performing Botox and dermal filler therapy, whether for cosmetic or therapeutic reasons. 

The Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers:

Botox is a protein that can be injected into the facial muscles.  It doesn’t affect the muscles themselves. It blocks the transmitters in the nerves that trigger the muscles and stops them from contracting. This halts the motion that induces wrinkles. Three to ten days after the treatment, the skin surrounding these muscles smooths itself out.

Dermal fillers are injections that replace the collagen and fat in the skin that naturally wane as we age, leading to thinning lips and deep wrinkles.

Benefits of Botox

Besides the cosmetic effects, studies have shown that Botox helps patients with facial pain, TMJ and bruxism.  Botox injections can retrain muscles to help people adjust to dentures or oral devices. In such cases, having a trained dentist who understands the aesthetic and dental part of the procedure administer the injections, is truly beneficial.

Dentists are experts of the muscle and bone architecture of the face. Their training and experience are steeped in facial structure and muscles. They have trained for numerous years and have a background that equips them with the ability to achieve more precise and natural-looking results than other Botox health professionals. 

Other reasons to go to a dentist for Botox treatment:

  • Though a dermatologist or plastic surgeon is definitely qualified, in most cases, it is the Physician’s Assistant or nurse who administers the Botox injections. 
  • Most patients, who receive cosmetic treatments, report that injections done by dentists are less painful and quicker than injections done by other healthcare workers.

As knowledge about the dental applications of Botox expands, more and more states are allowing dentists to administer Botox. For safe and effective Botox treatment and cosmetic dentistry in Albuquerque, NM contact Dr. Abeyta at (505) 293-7611. 

What is Conscious Sedation?

What is Conscious Sedation?

What is conscious sedation and can it really keep you from feeling nervous or fearful while in the dentist chair?  For thousands of people dentophobia is a real thing, creating a paralyzing fear of anything “dentist”. This is where conscious sedation can be extremely beneficial.   

Conscious Sedation or Sedation Dentistry

Conscious sedation is the use of sedatives during dental visits to decrease anxiety and stop any pain or discomfort.

 Whether it’s a simple cleaning to a more complex procedure, sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way to make dental visits as stress-free as possible.

Types of Dental Sedation

Nitrous oxide is an odorless and colorless gas that is also known as “laughing gas.” When inhaled, the gas slows down the body’s reaction time which results in a calm, euphoric feeling. It works as a mild sedative and can be used to treat pain.

Oral sedation is a little stronger than nitrous oxide and is a prescribed medication that patients take at home before their appointment. It allows patients to feel deeply relaxed, but they will remain conscious and able to communicate throughout the procedure.

The effects of oral sedation can take longer to wear off than nitrous oxide, so you’ll need someone to drive you to and from your appointment.

In both cases of conscious sedation, a local anesthetic is given to make sure the patient feels no discomfort or pain.  

Before any sedation is prescribes or administered, the dentist will go over the best options based on the individual’s treatment needs, anxiety level, and health history.

Benefits of Conscious Sedation

  • Conscious sedation can keep you calm and comfortable for multiple dental procedures.  You will enjoy lower costs and fewer visits. 
  • Sedation dentistry is invaluable in keeping patients calm and still in the chair, which in turns lets the dentist work faster.   
  • It is also an invaluable approach for those with sensory disorders.
  • For people with a high gag reflex, sedation can help paralyze the gagging response.

If you struggle with dental fear or anxiety or are in need of a complex dental procedure in Albuquerque, NM, Dr. Abeyta would love to discuss your options and help you get the treatment you need in as comfortable a manner as possible.

Dr. Abeyta accomplishes all of the procedures without discomfort, in a relaxing atmosphere. She invites you and your family to visit the practice, and learn more about the ways your smile can benefit from her office at (505)-293-7611.

Dr. Abeyta Operates a Holistic Dental Practice.

Teeth Stains – Causes and Differences

Nobody wants to live with teeth stains!

lady eating chocolate with very stained teeth

We all are conscious of our looks. After all, the first impression is always the most important! If your first impression of someone is a mouthful of stained teeth, what are your first thoughts?

Teeth whitening is big business and there are many methods with varying costs associates to achieve that brilliant smile. In this article let’s look at the types of discoloration and the causes of each.

Two Types of Discoloration

Teeth than have been discolored usually can be labeled in one of two ways – intrinsic and extrinsic.
Extrinsic discoloration is the staining of the enamel on the outer layer or outside of the tooth and can appear as anything from white streaks to yellowing, or even spotting of the teeth.

Intrinsic discoloration as it sounds, is damage to the inside of the tooth, or the inner structure which is called the dentin where the whole tooth appears to be darkened to anything from a yellowish to a grayish tint.

Generally speaking, the exterior staining of teeth can be reversed with whitening products and services. If the dentin has been damaged, normally cosmetic dentistry is required as in veneers or other types of covering of the teeth.

We have written many articles about both whitening and veneers.

Causes of Tooth Discoloration

To effectively understand how to gain and keep that wonderfully, brilliant smile, we must know what causes the problem in the first place!

#1. Tobacco. The effects of smoking or chewing tobacco are widely known including teeth staining. (Tobacco also stains fingers and almost everything else!)

#2. Inadequate teeth care. Poor dental habits lead to discolored teeth. Brushing twice per day and flossing regularly are a very important part in keeping that white smile.

#3. What you eat and drink. Exterior discoloration can happen with items we use every day. Colas, wines, and especially coffee and teas all contribute to discolored teeth.

#4. Illness. Sometimes it’s not your fault. Enamel development in newborns can be affected by the mother’s illness and infections, or even by antibiotics the mother takes during the normal course of a pregnancy.

#5 Aging. As we get older simple use of the teeth can wear down the enamel coating allowing the natural yellow of the dentin to show.

#6 Dental work. Some procedures (root canals for example) can cause damage to teeth.

#7 Accident. Often veneers or other cosmetic dentistry work is performed to cover damage to teeth from falls or other damage to teeth.

So whether the discoloration or damage to your teeth is self-inflicted or an accident makes little difference to the dentist who is going to make your smile perfect again. And the good news is that a great dentist like Dr. Abeyta with years of experience will get rid of those teeth stains!