RELIEF OF RHINITIS FROM TOOTHPASTE?

rhinitisAllerdent, a new therapeutic toothpaste delivery system is available by prescription for people with allergic rhinitis.

Allerdent is designed for daily use as part of a normal tooth brushing regimen and enables users with allergic rhinitis to incorporate immunotherapeutic allergy treatment into their routine activity.

Allergic rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is a diagnosis associated with a group of symptoms affecting the nose. These symptoms occur when you breathe in something you are allergic to, such as dust, animal dander, or pollen. Symptoms can also occur when you eat a food that you are allergic to.

This article focuses on allergic rhinitis due to plant pollens. This type of allergic rhinitis is commonly called hay fever or seasonal allergy.

Causes

An allergen is something that triggers an allergy. When a person with allergic rhinitis breathes in anallergen such as pollen, mold, animal dander, or dust, the body releases chemicals that cause allergy symptoms.

Hay fever involves an allergic reaction to pollen.

Plants that cause hay fever are trees, grasses, and weeds. Their pollen is carried by the wind. (Flower pollen is carried by insects and does not cause hay fever.) Types of plants that cause hay fever vary from person to person and from area to area.

The amount of pollen in the air can affect whether hay fever symptoms develop.

  • Hot, dry, windy days are more likely to have a lot of pollen in the air.
  • On cool, damp, rainy days, most pollen is washed to the ground.Hay fever and allergies often run in families. If both of your parents have hay fever or other allergies, you are likely to have hay fever and allergies, too. The chance is higher if your mother has allergies.

Anti-Aging Dentistry – Can It Be Real?

loss-of-vertical-dimensionWe face a lot of pressure to look youthful. This pressure comes from both internal and external sources. Many people decry this “youth movement”, but it’s not new. What is new is how we achieve this youthful look. In decades gone by, only the steel blade of a surgeon could reverse the ravages of time. In modern days, we look to more healthy ways to maintain both our youthful looks AND our youthful health. Your mouth is truly the gateway to your youthful health. Brushing and flossing is just the beginning. Dr. Koshki and his hygienists may recommend the use of products and tools to keep your oral tissues healthy and free from bacteria, free radicals and inflammation that lead to decay and gum disease.

How Does My Oral Condition Make Me Appear Older?

Have you ever heard the expression that an older person is said to be “long in the tooth”? That’s because recession and other aspects of periodontal disease can make teeth appear longer and misshapen. Old amalgam fillings and bondings can make teeth look dark and discolored; also a very “aging” effect. Decades of grinding teeth can make them short, which makes the face look caved in on profile; the lips appear thin and sunken in. “Smoker’s Lines” around the mouth are unsightly at any age. Angular Chelitis is inflammation of one or both corners of the mouth caused by yeast development in the area. This can cause deep cracks or splits in the lips and may extend onto the skin of the face; definitely an aging look.

How Can Your Dentist Help You “Stay Young”?

Dr. Koshki advocates a healthy diet including lots of organic fruits and vegetables which are rich in anti-oxidants and nutrients. He advises all his patients to brush at least twice a day for 2 minutes, and floss at least once a day. Use the rinses and/or tools that have been recommended specifically for each patient’s best results. Dr. Koshki wants his patients to lessen their chances for developing cancer, diabetes and heart disease. He urges the cessation of smoking, processed sugar and over consumption of alcohol. See Dr. Koshki for an “Anti-Aging Dental Evaluation.” He can determine if changing old fillings and bondings along with teeth whitening can give you just the “lift” that you need. Dental lasers can help stop unsightly oral sores from developing, and Dr. Koshki can prescribe medications for cracks and sores to give you immediate relief. If your teeth have been severely worn down due to grinding, he can explain how building your teeth back up with crowns or other restorations can make a huge difference in your lips, cheeks and profile. Porcelain veneers on the front 4 to 6 teeth may be all it takes to turn back the clock!

I Plan On Having Botox, Fillers and A Mini Facelift – Isn’t That All I Need?

Of course having injectables, fillers and surgery are excellent temporary ways to look refreshed and more youthful. Dr. Koshki has both friends and family who have used these techniques and he is not against them; on the contrary, Dr. Koshki would like to partner with your dermatologist or surgeon to compliment your results using dental anti-aging solutions to give you the youthful appearance of your dreams. Let’s all be our youthful best, not only because it looks good, but because it feels good.

The Link Between Your Teeth and Your Hair

HairteethWhile oral hygiene habits and diet influence the risk of tooth decay, genetics are also at play in regards to susceptibility for dental caries development … genetics that can also determine hair disorders

Strong enamel is obviously crucial to dental health, as it protects teeth from caries and decay, so those with structural abnormalities in their enamel can be at an increased risk for such dental issues. A new National Institute of Health study has found not only that enamel structure can influence an individual’s predisposition to caries, but also that keratin can affect enamel structure.

Using genetic and intraoral examination statistics from 1,092 study participants, researchers found that epithelial hair keratins – proteins associated with strong hair that play a large role in maintaining the strength and integrity of the sheaths that support hair shafts – are essential organic components of enamel. As part of tooth enamel’s protein composition, keratin can influence tooth enamel structure and integrity.

Additionally, the study found that individuals that had keratin mutations associated with hair disorders also had abnormal enamel structure that resulted in tooth weakness, thus increasing the risk of dental caries.

The full study (“Hair keratin mutations in tooth enamel increase dental decay risk,”) was published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, and can be found online here.

MEN’S SEXUAL HEALTH MAY BE LINKED TO PERIODONTAL HEALTH

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A new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that men in their 30s who had severe periodontal disease were three times more likely to suffer from erection problems. While this study suggests an association between erectile dysfunction and periodontal disease, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) believes more research is needed before conclusively linking the two.

According to Nancy L. Newhouse, DDS, MS, President of the American Academy of Periodontology and a practicing periodontist in Independence, Missouri, “Research has indicated that periodontal disease may be associated with vascular disease, which is a common cause of erectile dysfunction. However, the association is thought to be related to inflammation; there is no direct evidence that one disease causes the other. Therefore, periodontal disease may be associated with or considered a risk factor for erectile dysfunction, but does not necessarily cause it.”

Periodontal disease is a chronic, inflammatory disease that attacks the gums and supporting bone structure of the teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. Several studies have linked periodontal disease to other health complications such as heart disease and diabetes.

While there is no direct causal relationship between periodontal disease and erectile dysfunction, Dr. Newhouse encourages all men to take an active role in the health of their teeth and gums before it affects other areas of the body. Research published in the Journal of Periodontology found women are almost twice as likely as men to receive regular dental check-ups. In addition, recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that over 64 million Americans, or almost half of U.S. adults, have periodontal disease. Of that, 56 percent of men have periodontal disease, compared to over 38 percent of women.

Men’s health is uniquely impacted by periodontal disease in a few key areas.

Prostate Health: Research found that the prostate-specific antigen (PSA), an enzyme created in the prostate that is normally secreted in very small amounts, is secreted at higher levels in men with periodontal disease and prostate cancer than men with just one of the diseases.

Heart Disease: Studies indicated periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease are associated and may actually increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Both periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease are chronic, inflammatory conditions; researchers believe there is a connection due to the commonality of inflammation.

Impotence: As the study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine indicates, a man’s periodontal health could affect his sexual health. Another study done by the American Urological Association found that prolonged chronic inflammation, like that found in men with periodontal disease, can cause damage to blood vessels which can lead to impotence.

Cancer: Recent research found men with a history of gum disease are 14 percent more likely to develop cancer than men with healthy gums. More specifically, 49 percent of men are more likely than women to develop kidney cancer, 59 percent were more likely to develop pancreatic cancer and 30 percent more likely to develop blood cancer.

To help prevent periodontal disease, everyone, regardless of gender, should receive a comprehensive periodontal evaluation (CPE) from a dental professional on an annual basis. A CPE is used to examine your teeth, plaque,
gums, bite, bone structure and any risk factors you may have for periodontal disease.

Your annual Comprehensive Periodontal Screening is more important than ever: Please schedule your appointment to see Dr. Koshki and Team today!

Dental Care to Lighten the Post-Halloween Blues

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After the ghoulish good fun of Halloween is behind us each year, it’s understandable to feel a bit of a letdown. Every sugar rush must end at some point, and when it does, it can lead to a harsh crash and comedown. The post-Halloween blues can be rough, and they can be even worse if the candies and sweets you enjoyed on the big night start to eat away at your teeth and the beauty of your smile. Fortunately, Dr. Moeiz Koshki and his expert dental team have you covered with a number of procedures that will have you glad your smile is no longer covered up by a gruesome Halloween mask.

Dr. Koshki’s services include:

  • Dental Veneers – Consisting of thin, white porcelain, these can be placed right on your existing teeth. Veneers solve a number of issues like chipped, crooked or unevenly spaced teeth – so they’re a perfect solution for those who may have suffered a trick-or-treating injury on the big scary night.
  • Teeth Whitening – After a few too many Reese’s Pieces or sweet tarts, the bright white beauty of a smile can easily be obscured, but Zoom teeth whitening at our offices can brighten your teeth in less than an hour with only one simple procedure.
  • If Halloween sweets lead you to develop a cavity, white fillings from Dr. Koshki can have your mouth looking and feeling good as new before you know it!

DO YOU HAVE NEW DENTAL INSURANCE COVERAGE?

We’re happy for you, and chances are that Dr. Koshki is an in-network provider of your new plan! We need to know what your new plan is BEFORE you come in for your next visit. Why? We are happy to have quick and accurate answers for you about your out of pocket expenses, and the only way we can provide this information is by calling your insurance company.

Do you know that it can take 30 – 60 minutes to obtain this information? It’s True! When you find out that you have new coverage, either call or email our Office Manager, Vicki. She will happily have all your insurance detail ready to go for your next visit!

Working with insurance…..we love how it helps defray the cost of dentistry for our patients, but it CAN be a headache! Thank you for helping us to better serve you.

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How Inflammation Affects Our Health

You may have noticed a recent proliferation of information regarding the “evils” of inflammation in the media. Is this something you should be concerned with in your busy life? The answer is an unmitigated YES! Be very concerned.

inflammationTo make it a bit easier to understand, inflammation is our body’s response to agents that cause damage. Among these agents, consider:  Atmospheric toxins, stress, diet and exercise deficiencies, smoking and alcohol habits, other drug or chemical dependencies among those most damaging to our well being.  Inflammation then can be expressed clearly as disease or ill health. Among these, consider:

  • Visible signs of aging like wrinkles.
  • Susceptibility to bacterial, fungal, and viral infections.
  • Acid reflux
  • Cancer
  • Skin conditions like psoriasis and acne.
  • Arthritis
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic pain
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart disease
  • Candidiasis
  • Urinary tract infections

We’ve known for many years that inflammation anywhere in the body, including the gums, results in increased levels of certain hormones and inflammatory molecules in the bloodstream. Several studies suggest that these hormones and inflammatory molecules trigger contractions in the uterine wall, leading to premature birth. Premature birth, particularly at a low birth weight, presents a number of other problems for mother and child.

It is important to have regular dental cleanings (every six months or as prescribed by the dentist) to remove risk factors and avoid health complications such as Oral Cancer.

Dr. Koshki will continue to post about this vital topic – keep reading and be informed for your best health!