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Criscione Family Dentistry | Oral Health Topics in Lake Oswego

 

 

Oral Health Topics

 

Introduction 
Does mercury in the silver fillings in your mouth pose any long-term health risks? Does fluoride, in spite of everything we've been told since childhood, actually cause more harm than good? What does the latest research reveal about tobacco use on your overall oral health? 

This section is dedicated to the latest information about these and other oral health topics, culled from authoritative sources such as the American Dental Association. 

Click here for the latest news from the American Dental Association.

The Preventive Program 
Both natural teeth and teeth with restorations survive best in an oral environment that is clean and where the intake of harmful foods is controlled. Our program is designed to help prevent new cavities, preserve teeth that have been restored and manage periodontal disease. At the initial visit oral hygiene instructions are reviewed and are reinforced at subsequent recall visits. The following are helpful recommendations: 1. Brush your teeth twice a day in a circular motion with a soft bristled toothbrush aimed at the gum. 2. Floss every night in an up and down motion while keeping the floss in a U-shape and against the tooth surface. 3. Avoid smoking 4. Avoid sticky sugary foods. 5. Eat a balanced diet. 6. Use antiseptic and fluoride rinses as directed. 7. Sealants placed on young permanent teeth.

Floride 
For decades, fluoride has been held in high regard by the dental community as an important mineral that is absorbed into and strengthens tooth enamel, and thereby helping to prevent decay of tooth structures. 

In nearly every U.S. community, public drinking supplies are supplemented with sodium fluoride because the practice is acknowledged as safe and effective in fighting cavities. 

Some private wells may contain naturally fluoridated water. 

Fluoride has come under some recent scrutiny by public health officials, some of whom question how effective it is in preventing cavities. 

Bottled Water and Home Water Treatment Systems 
The American Dental Association has maintained that consistent use of bottled water could result in individuals missing the benefits of optimally fluoridated water. Moreover, the ADA has held that some home water treatment systems change fluoridated water supplies for the worse. 

Enamel Fluorosis 
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child may face a condition called enamel fluorosis if he or she gets too much fluoride during the years of tooth development. Too much fluoride can result in defects in tooth enamel. 

Water Fluoridation 

If you're wondering how fluoridated your community's water supply is, chances are you can get the latest information by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site. 

A feature called "My Water's Fluoride" allows consumers to check out basic information about their water system, including the number of people served by the system and the target fluoridation level. Optimal levels recommended by the U.S. Public Health Service and CDC for drinking water range from 0.7 parts per million (ppm) for warmer climates to 1.2 ppm for cooler climates to account for the tendency for people to drink more water in warmer climates. 

Toothpaste Warning Labels 
The American Dental Association has stated that the FDA-required warning labels on toothpaste packaging, which state that poison control centers should be contacted if one swallows fluoride toothpaste, "could unnecessarily frighten parents and children, and that the label greatly overstates any demonstrated or potential danger posed by fluoride toothpastes."

 
 
 
Lake Oswego Dentist | Oral Health Topics. Michael Criscione is a Lake Oswego Dentist.