We turn the spotlight on preventing periodontal disease.
September is National Gum Care Month and Amsterdam Dental turns the spotlight on preventing periodontal disease – a common condition that can often have no warning signs.
Simply defined… periodontal disease (or periodontitis) is a serious gum infection and one of the major causes of tooth loss in adults. While often preventable with proper oral hygiene, early symptoms of red, swollen or receding gums should not be overlooked. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious dental conditions, such as tissue damage and jawbone deterioration. In addition, periodontitis has also been linked to heart and other diseases.
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, research has indicated the bacteria and inflammation related to periodontal disease may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. It can also have a negative effect on existing heart conditions. Evidence has further shown a relationship between periodontitis and other diseases, including diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer and respiratory-related illnesses.
At-A-Glance: Signs & Symptoms
- Swollen, red, tender or bleeding gums
- Receding gums or those that move away from the tooth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste in mouth
- Loose teeth
- Visible pus surrounding the teeth and gums
At-A-Glance: Risk Factors
- Poor oral hygiene
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Genetics and/or age
- Crooked, hard to clean teeth
- Certain medications (steroids, select anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, some calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptives)
At-A-Glance: Gum Disease Prevention
- Brush teeth daily
- Floss teeth daily
- Swish with mouthwash
- Know gum disease risk factors
There is good news! Periodontal disease is treatable using special dental procedures to clean the pockets around teeth and prevent damage of surrounding bone. In advanced cases, periodontal surgery may be required. As with all diseases, early detection is best. If you have questions or show symptoms, the team of Amsterdam Dental Group periodontists can diagnosis, create and manage a personal, case-specific treatment plan.
So as we celebrate National Gum Care, keep your healthy with good oral hygiene.
Tailgating is always fun! And, yes, it can be tooth-friendly!
It’s fall and that means… Get out and start tailgating! From SUV-filled stadium parking lots to a comfortable gathering in front of the big screen at home, there is no shortage of food and fun. The good news is there are some easy ways to maintain dental health while rooting for your favorite team. Here are some quick and good-tasting options.
- Take a pass on the tradition and replace hamburgers and hot dogs with some grilled vegetables, fish, chicken and other lean meats instead. All good ways to avoid bad breath and mouth sores.
- Back up your starting line up with a raw vegetable tray. These fiber-rich favorites stimulate saliva and wash away cavity-causing sugars and bacteria.
- Kick off the tailgate with some cheese and crackers. The calcium-infused favorite is a great source of minerals for your teeth. Go for two points by opting for whole-grain or whole-wheat picks.
- Gear up for overtime with some healthy sweet treats like sugar-free peanut butter cookies or sliced fruit with yogurt dip.
Win or lose, the best end of game advice is to be sure and brush afterward or at least swish with a little water! Happy tailgating!
If you have any questions or dental related concerns, contact Amsterdam Dental Group or your dental professional.
Step One: Determine the Cause
For those who have sensitive teeth, a scoop of cold ice cream or sip of hot coffee can be painful. But good news! The condition is treatable. It’s just a matter of determining the cause.
As with dental health in general, proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing the pain from sensitive teeth. However there are situations where additional treatment is needed. To give a little background… Healthy teeth have three layers – enamel, cementum and dentin. Enamel protects the crowns above the gum line; cementum shields the tooth root. Dentin is the least dense and last layer of defense shielding the nerves and cells within the tooth. When dentin is exposed or unprotected, pain from sensitivity can result.
So what are some of the most common causes of sensitive teeth? Tooth decay is often top on the list, followed by the wear and tear of worn fillings, eroded enamel or fractured teeth. More serious conditions, such as gum disease and tooth root exposure, may also be the basis for sensitivity. Depending on the cause, there are several treatment options dental professionals might recommend.
- Desensitizing toothpaste. Specifically created to block sensations between the tooth surface and the nerve, regular use of such toothpaste can reduce sensitivity.
- Fluoride gel. This in-office treatment strengthens tooth enamel in order to protect dentin and reduce the transmission of sensations to the nerve.
- A crown, inlay or bonding. If the cause is tooth decay or wear and tear, one of these corrective methods may be the best course of action.
- Surgical gum graft. When the root is exposed due to the loss of gum tissue, surgical grafting can be used to restore protection and reduce sensitivity.
- Root canal. This is generally the last recommended option and one that would be used in cases of severe or persistent sensitivity when other treatments have not shown results.
If you have any questions or experience such symptoms, contact Amsterdam Dental Group or your dental professional.
With 6,000 members in 70 countries around the world, the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) is recognized as the premier international association for professionals interested in implant dentistry. AO serves as a nexus where specialists and generalists can come together to evaluate emerging research, technology, and techniques; share best information; and coordinate optimal patient care using timely, evidence-based science and methods.
So when this group gets together for the AO Annual Conference, this event is huge and Amsterdam Dental Group was there. But we did more than just attend, our very own Dr. Harold Baumgarten gave a hands-on CE course with our favorite Swedish professional, Dr. P.O. Ostman. This workshop focused on advanced full arch immediate treatment solutions that incorporate novel implant designs to properly manage complex anatomical conditions.
Additionally, Dr. B (as we refer to him) was moderator and presenter for the corporate forum session. Easily the most exciting arena of the meeting, it is where all of the beta-tested items from the past years are introduced as coming to market.
On a personal note, I was particularly proud of my immediate past co-residents and faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hector Sarmiento (periodontics) and Dr. Rebecca Boccow (periodontics-orthodontics) were speakers on the main floor of this year’s general assembly.
A true highlight was to see my former classmate, Dr. Arturo Llobell (periodontics-prosthodontics) recognized as the most outstanding young clinician in the field and awarded the keynote address at the Young Clinician’s Lecture Series. Dr. B and partner Dr. Howard Fraiman are truly honored to see former students soar to such tremendous heights. It’s a true testament to the mentors they have become for the next generation of world-class clinicians and the future of dentistry.
Looking ahead, I can’t wait for next year’s meeting in Los Angeles and another opportunity for the talents of our Amsterdam Dental Group team to again be on display at the foremost convention of implant dentistry.
– Dr. C
As the curtain closes on a busy year, there’s more in store for 2017
Looking back on 2016, this was a busy year at Amsterdam Dental Group – a practice merger, a partner merit award and a complete office expansion and renovation. All this as we launched MIDI computer guided implantology, our well-defined technique using minimally invasive dental implants. Here are some highlights.
- Amsterdam Dental Group announces its merger with Family Dental Associates, P.C. in Paoli, PA, which closed on March 14th. The two groups share a long history of unprecedented dental care and fostering the best possible patient experience.
- In May, practice partner Jeffrey S. Ingber, DMD received the Penn Dental Medicine Alumni Award of Merit in recognition of his loyalty to the school, excellence in the profession of dentistry and community involvement.
- The summer marked the completion of our Paoli office expansion boasting a new look, new amenities and new meaning to state-of-the-art dental care. With twice the square footage, it’s an ideal blend of science and art embracing all the newest advances.
So what is in store for 2017? Quite a bit. This spring, we will be bringing on a new associate dual trained in periodontics and prosthodontics and our own Dr. Harold S. Baumgarten will be honored with the Penn Dental Medicine Alumni Award. The practice as a whole will continue advancing MIDI and exploring the latest advances to improve patient experiences and results.
With an eye on the art of digital dentistry
Last week The Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics (GNYAP) held its 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting and Amsterdam Dental Group was there. Held in the heart of Manhattan, the 2-day event offers a comprehensive program to clinicians, educators and students, highlighting the latest technology, state-of-the art topics and more. Specific presentations included Digital Dentistry in Contemporary Prosthodontics, Guided Surgery – Guided Prosthetics and Digital Workflows from a Perio Prospective – to name a few.
Drs. Jeffrey Ingber and Howard Fraiman, both fellows of the Academy, alongside Dr. Caleb Cross attended this year’s meeting that focused on the advancing digital technologies in prosthodontics. Says Dr. Fraiman, “The meeting reinforced Amsterdam Dental Group’s belief that the future of dentistry centers around digital minimally invasive solutions. We are committed to remain at the forefront of Digital Intraoral Scanning instead of traditional impressions, CAD/CAM dental crown fabrication and MIDI – our computer guided implantalogy technique using minimally invasive dental implant procedures.”
Founded in 1954, the mission of The Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics is to benefit dental patients by advancing the art, science and practice of prosthodontics, encouraging the highest ethical standards and professional involvement, while promoting a better relationship among the other disciplines of dentistry and related professions.
A gathering of world-class clinicians, periodontists, oral surgeons and others with a shared interest in Implant Dentistry
So, you may be asking … “What (or who) is DVAO?” It’s the Delaware Valley Academy of Osseointegration – an organization committed to the rapidly emerging discipline of Implant Dentistry. The group represents a combination of periodontists, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, general dentists, residents and graduate students learning from each other in an open, collegial environment.
Held at the HUB at Cira Center in Philadelphia, there are a number of reasons to attend the DVAO annual meeting. We get to meet world-class clinicians, share the latest advances, exchange best practices and grow the knowledge base of our field.
At the forefront of this year’s scientific session was the biological management of soft tissues around dental implants and its potential impact on the long-term success of dental implants – a topic I find of interest. Dr. Tomas Linkivicius, a prosthodontist and pioneer in the field from the Institute of Odontology at Vilnius University in Lithuania, discussed his work on vertical tissue augmentation and the implications for marginal bone maintenance.
As I listened to Dr. Linkivicius, I was struck in that his existing study protocols did not include atraumatic, flapless, guided or immediate implant placement techniques currently utilized at the Amsterdam Dental Group. This represents a great opportunity to bring our MIDI procedure to the forefront with world opinion leaders in periodontics and fixed prosthodontics. It also can help improve upon more traditional approaches to delayed implant therapy. I personally look forward to collaborating in future research with Dr. Linkivicius and this subject.
What lies ahead? As DVAO continues to advance multidisciplinary collaboration and discovery among experts in the field of implant dentistry, look for me and others within our practice to be present work and research at this meeting in the near future. Together, we will create and implement educational programs, funded research programs and advancements all to benefit patients of all ages. For more information visit: www.DVAO.org
Amsterdam Dental Group joins the American Dental Hygienist’s Association (ADHA) and others in promoting the benefits of oral health maintenance during National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM). Throughout the month, we will share tips and resources to further awareness of this important part of overall health for people of all ages.
NDHM focuses on the four components of optimal oral health maintenance:
- Brushing teeth twice daily
- Rinsing with mouthwash
- Flossing every day
- Chewing sugar-free gum
Known as the “Daily 4” by many, these tips represent the foundation for healthy smiles. According to the ADHA, brushing for two minutes two times a day helps reduce biofilm and prevent caries, gingivitis and other diseases. Proper flossing or use of other interdental cleaning methods removes food particles and plaque that a toothbrush can’t reach.
They go on to add that rinsing targets other areas of the mouth and an antimicrobial mouth rinse helps further eliminate biofilm and bacteria. Chewing sugar-free gum after meals and snacks protects teeth by stimulating salivary glands to help clean out food particles and neutralize acids on the teeth.
~ Dr. Caleb Cross
The Pennsylvania Department of Health mandates students entering the 3rd and 7th grades or those transferring schools must have a comprehensive dental evaluation completed.
You are probably familiar with the form here. It was sent from your school nurse. It is one most of the Main Line educational institutions have made an annual requirement. My daughter was nearly held hostage from playing 6th grade pre-season volleyball until the form was completed! If you’ve forgotten to do so this summer, you are clearly not alone!
Now that the rush is upon us, it is a perfect opportunity to highlight our Amsterdam Kid’s Health Learning Program run by Drs. Moskowitz & Musso and Miss Carole Butener in our Paoli office.
“Look Mom, No Cavities” is a phrase Dr. Moskowitz has been hearing since the program’s inception more than 46 years ago. Founded on the principle that with quarterly routine visits, which consists of supervised brushing and instruction, topical fluoride application and dietary analysis, tooth decay can be virtually eliminated. Carole insists that by training parents in their role as “Co-Therapists” in their children’s care, we can ensure teeth are being cleaned effectively on a twice-daily basis and those missed school days because of a toothache or emergency dental visits become a relic of the past.
Frequent visits in combination with appropriate dental x-rays allow for early detection of any gum disease or decay. It also allows us to monitor skeletal and facial growth as children transition to a permanent dentition, identifying situations when preventative and interceptive orthodontics can be beneficial.
So at this time of year … Congratulations to Carole, our team and all of our parents for identifying a great number of cavity free kids this month and the on-going commitment to keeping them that way. Prevention is truly the best medicine!
The doors are open
It’s official – the Amsterdam Dental Group office expansion in Paoli is complete with a new look, new amenities and new meaning to state-of-the-art dental care. Comfort and convenience are deep-seeded traditions at Amsterdam Dental Group and this commitment is evident from the moment you enter.
With virtually twice the square footage and double the number of operatories, Amsterdam Dental Group is able to accommodate patients’ busy schedules with ease. We’ve also extended hours of operation for added convenience. If you arrive early or are simply a patient’s guest, don’t worry. A more spacious reception area welcomes you with endless amenities – wi-fi, fully-stocked refrigerator and more.
In keeping with our decades-long tradition of expertise and innovation, our larger Main Line facility at the Metric Building, 1800 East Lancaster Avenue is more than just a pretty space. It is a carefully crafted blend of science and art in which we embrace the newest advances, including the latest in digital dentistry and minimally invasive dental implants – MIDI™.
No matter if you visit our office in Philadelphia or Paoli, one thing is certain ~ we make sure patients are comfortable and relaxed.
Visit our new Paoli office:
1800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Paoli, PA 19301
Monday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.