Dental Plaque

Dental Plaque

Dental Plaque

Dental plaque is a sticky, colorless or yellowish film that forms on your teeth.  It develops along the gum line from a combination of saliva, food and fluids that contain bacteria.

Dental plaque starts building up on your teeth 4 to 12 hours after brushing.  Another good reason to brush thoroughly at least twice a day and floss daily.

Dental Plaque

How Plaque Affects your Teeth

Though plaque is mostly colorless, it can produce acid, which in turn affects your oral health. Over time, if the plaque is not removed it will harden into tartar or dental calculus.  The tartar becomes strongly bonded to the tooth’s enamel and only a dental professional can remove it.

Conditions Related to Plaque and Tartar

  • Cavities – the acids produced by the bacteria in plaque can cause low pH level and can eat away at tooth enamel.
  • Gingivitis – accumulation of plaque bacteria can cause inflammation of the gums.
  • Bad Breath – plaque buildup from poor dental hygiene can also cause bad breath.

Who may be more likely to get plaque?

Although everyone has dental plaque, you may be more susceptible if you:

  • Consume a lot of sugary or starchy foods or drinks
  • Have dry mouth due to medications
  • Have a history of head/neck radiation
  • Smoke

How to Combat Plaque

Staying on top of your oral health and preventing plaque buildup on teeth is the best way to prevent tartar.  The American Dental Association recommends to Brush and floss every day.  Visit your dentist every 6 months.  Adults who see their dentists regularly are less likely to have plaque related dental diseases.

If you need some additional information on dental plaque, don’t hesitate to call the office of Dr. Abeyta in Albuquerque, NM at (505) 293-7611.  They practice an integrative approach in creating a beautiful smile and healthy functioning body. Did you know that your smile can tell how healthy you are? Healthy teeth and jaws translate to a pretty smile, healthy breathing, and a healthy body.  Whatever life brings, they’d love to be your partner in oral health!

Is There a Connection Between Gum Disease and Strokes?

Is There a Connection Between Gum Disease and Strokes?

Is There a Connection Between Gum Disease and Strokes?

Is there a connection between gum disease and strokes and if so, how can we take better care of our teeth? Strokes are the fifth common cause of death in the US. 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease. As we learn more about how our oral health impacts our overall health, we have to wonder is there a link between gum disease and strokes.

Is there a connect between gum disease and strokes

What is a Stroke

A stroke is caused when a blood vessel bursts in the brain, or when oxygen to the brain is blocked by a blood clot.

Strokes cause physical signs such as:

  • A drooping face
  • Weakness in the arm
  • Slurred or impaired speech

A stroke can happen to anyone, at any age, though they are more common in:

  • People who are 65 and older
  • African Americans
  • People who lead sedentary lives or smoke or are overweight

Recent studies have shown that people who have suffered a stroke, typically had poor oral health with gum disease.

What is Gum Disease

Gum disease has multiple stages.  In the first stage, bacteria build up, causing the gums to become inflamed and to bleed when you brush your teeth. Although the gums may be irritated, the teeth are still firmly rooted. At this stage, no irreversible bone or other tissue damage has occurred.

When this first stage is left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis. In a patient with periodontitis, the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth and form pockets. These pockets collect food and can become infected.

The best way to avoid gum disease is to maintain proper dental hygiene and follow your dentist’s guidelines:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Chew sugar-free gum
  • See your dentist twice a year for a check-up

What is the connection between gum disease and strokes?

Studies have shown that the abundance of bacteria, associated with gum disease, can get in the bloodstream, causing inflammation that makes the blood more likely to clot, which in turn can lead to a stroke.

More in-depth studies are underway to determine whether inflammation from gum disease results in vascular inflammation, or the other way around. In fact, the inflammation associated with gum disease has also been linked to conditions such as certain types cancers, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

With so many people effected by gum disease and strokes, it’s more important than ever to stay on top of your oral health.

Patients who have suffered a stroke may need support in maintaining oral health care, especially if they have cognitive or physical limitations which prevent them from remembering to complete or perform the tasks regularly.

The office of Dr. Abeyta strives to be the best choice for quality care and overall excellence.   They invest in education for themselves and their patients to support our commitment to excellence and empower patients with the knowledge they need to achieve whatever goals they have for their health. Our team is honored to partner with you in caring for your health.  Call today to schedule an appointment at (505) 293-7611.

 

 

Superfoods for Healthy Teeth

Superfoods for Healthy Teeth

Superfoods for Healthy Teeth

Superfoods for healthy teeth because constant eating, drinking and age take a toll on our teeth.  Did you know that your smile can tell her how healthy you are? Healthy teeth and jaws translates to a pretty smile, healthy breathing, and a healthy body.  Thankfully, by including a few foods to our diet, we can minimize the negative effects of harmful foods while improving oral and overall health.  

What are Superfoods?

Superfoods are basically foods that contain a high amount of micronutrients to the point where the food has empirical health benefits.  Most superfoods are low in calories and high in nutritional value. These foods provide a wide variety of vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fats while not adding any bad fats or processed sugars. 

How Do Superfoods Impact Health?

Studies have shown superfoods can improve overall health, help to prevent cancer by binding the free radicals, reduce high blood pressure and regulate blood sugar levels.  In addition, superfoods are packed with vitamins and minerals to keep your body running like a well oiled machine.   

How Do Superfoods Help Teeth

Calcium!  It’s one of the most important minerals for our teeth and can be found in seeds, cheese, canned salmon and yogurt.  It builds strong jaws and healthy teeth.  But… in order for calcium to do its job it needs phosphorus.  

Phosphorus is a mineral found in superfoods such as flax, pumpkin seeds and bran.  

Another beneficial super food is vitamin D.  Vitamin D helps reduce inflammation that is associated with gum disease.  

To ensure our bodies absorb vitamin D, we must consume it with good fats. While sunlight is the best way to absorb vitamin D, foods such as salmon, anchovies and pork loin are rich with this beneficial vitamin.  

Below is a list of a few superfoods for the teeth:

  • Butter, cheese and milk from grass-fed cows to ensure the nutrients were absorbed properly by the animal. 
  • Salmon, cod and herring that comes from the sea.  Farm-raised seafood will not contain the essential nutrients.
  • Animal organs are rich sources of fat-soluble vitamins A and D.  Make sure the organs are from grass-fed animals. 
  • Egg yolks from free-range, grass-raised hens to ensure the eggs contain Vitamin D3.
  • Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir have numerous positive impacts on the gut, which directly affects oral health. 

To learn more about the impact of Superfoods on the body and ultimately, oral health, schedule your appointment today with the office of Dr. Abeyta in Albuquerque, NM at (505) 293-7611.  Dr. Abeyta and her team practice an integrative approach in creating a beautiful smile and healthy functioning body.