Staff participates in Connecticut Mission of Mercy

The 8th Annual Connecticut Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic kicked off on March 20, 2015 at the O’Neil Center at Western State University.

Thousands of people line up to take advantage of the free procedures. Services included dental and general health screenings, x- rays, cleanings, fillings, extractions, oral surgery and limited root canal therapy. This was a great outreach program for those who don’t have access to dental care. More than 1,600 volunteers participated in this event, and 2,000 people were treated over the course of two days.

Katz Family Dental staff volunteered on Friday. It was a long day and yet very rewarding to all.

Why do I have dry mouth?

People ask all the time, why do I have dry mouth? Dry mouth is a serious problem due to the lack of saliva in the mouth which naturally washes away bacteria. If that bacteria continues to sit on the teeth it will increase your chances of decay.

There are a few contributing factors of dry mouth such as:

  • Medication
  • Diseases and Infections
  • Medical Tx- chemo/radiation
  • Removal of salivary glands
  • Smoking

So, what can you do about it?

Here are a few helpful hints from the Mayo Clinic.

The best way to treat dry mouth — known medically as xerostomia (zeer-o-STOE-me-uh) — depends on what’s causing it. You can do some things to relieve dry mouth temporarily. But for the best long-term dry mouth remedy, you need to address its cause.

Read the full article at the Mayo Clinic’s website.

Katz Family Dental participates in Connecticut Mission of Mercy dental clinic

Again this year, Katz Family Dental was well-represented at Connecticut’s free two-day dental clinic, Mission of Mercy. The program – referred to as CTMOM – provides free dental care to those in need and uninsured throughout the state. This year’s event was held in Bridgeport, and more than 1,700 individual patients were provided more than $1.3 million in donated dental care.

The organization notes…

Oral health is inseparable from general health and can affect a person’s self-esteem, compromise their ability to work, attend school and lead a normal life.

The first Mission of Mercy project was held in Tolland in 2008, and each year the number of dental professionals donating their time has increased along with the number of patients. There are more than 1,600 dental professionals who donate their time not just for the two-day event, but also for follow-up visits and event organization as well.

You can learn more about Connecticut’s Mission of Mercy at the Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach website, and check out the photos from this year’s event featuring staff from Katz Family Dental.

Yes! You should floss your teeth every day

dental-flossDon’t worry about what type of dental floss you use, just ensure you floss daily. If you find a type of floss that works well for you – making it easy to floss every day – that’s the brand for you! Read more about the different types of dental floss, why flossing is important and some additional tips from Thomas Connelly, DDS. Here’s a small portion of the article.

Let’s talk about waxed floss (and un-waxed floss) now. When we’re talking about these, we’re discussing nylon floss. (Monofilament flosses don’t need wax.) Wax is there to help the floss squeeze between your teeth, and indeed, some people simply like the feel of it better and feel that it’s more comfortable. I don’t see any clinical difference in which works better — it’s all a matter of preference. Again, waxed and un-waxed come in a variety of thicknesses (and flavors), so there are a ton of options available.

Remember, the best floss is the floss that you use every day.

Avoid these foods if you have braces

bracesIf you are a young adult or adult with braces, there are some foods you want to avoid. Dentists and orthodontists want to ensure your experience with braces successfully aligns your teeth, and yes, it’s important to avoid eating the wrong food.

In general, you should avoid sticky and sugary foods like soft candy, and you should take a few moments to cut your food into small pieces. Stay away from hard, crunchy snacks and never chew ice. Read more here.

Need to have your wisdom teeth extracted?

impacted-wisdom-teethAlmost every young adult – at some point – needs to have one or all of their wisdom teeth extracted. If your wisdom teeth are impacted and causing issues with your other teeth, that’s your sign to discuss options with your dentist.

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are usually the last teeth to develop. Most of us have four wisdom teeth, one at the back in each section of the mouth. They usually emerge during our late teens and early twenties.

Oftentimes, wisdom teeth become trapped or impacted in the jawbone or simply fail to erupt. This can cause crowding or displacement of other teeth or lead to the development of localized tooth decay, infection or gum disease. Impacted wisdom teeth are set in the jawbone in unusual positions, sometimes horizontally, which stops them from erupting in a normal way.

Read more about your wisdom teeth here, and if you have any questions or would like a consultation, contact us here at Katz Family Dental.

Could a scientific breakthrough make your teeth cavity proof?

All of us at Katz Family Dental in West Hartford want to encourage you to keep flossing, brush your teeth and visit us for regular check-ups to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy, but that does not mean science can’t make things easier for you in the future!

By no means is this potential discovery a one-time treatment that will eliminates cavities, rather it may be another step you can take to reduce cavities in the future – just like flossing, brushing and regular cleanings by your dental hygienist.

From Gizmodo, researchers claim…

… this molecule can be added to any dental care product, from toothpaste to mouthwash. In fact, they say it can be added to anything, even candies and chewing gum.

As long as the product stays in your mouth for 60 seconds, it will eliminate the dreadfulStreptococcus Mutans, making your teeth cavity proof for a number of hours.

 

Good oral care helps you stay healthy … with a great smile

Your twice-a-year visits to your dentist for a checkup and cleaning by your dental hygienist is not just a good thing for your teeth and gums. Staying on top of your oral care, eating well and regular exercise represents an important foundation in keeping your bones healthy.

From LifeGoesStrong.com.

So much attention is paid to building strong bones and teeth in childhood that we often overlook the importance of maintaining them in adulthood. But keeping the bones and teeth healthy is one more way to prevent injury and illness as we age.

Women are especially vulnerable since they can lose as much as 20% of the calcium in their bones after menopause due to the decrease in estrogen. Good nutrition, regular exercise, and proper oral hygiene are the keys that can keep you walking and chewing on your own for many years to come.

Read the full article.

Teeth whitening available in West Hartford

For a brilliant smile in 45 minutes, the new Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed is now available at Katz Family Dental in West Hartford. It’s important that you consult a dentist concerning whitening your teeth, simply because there are many reasons for discoloration and results will vary from person to person. Katz Family Dental will work with you personally to ensure you get the best results possible.

Teeth whitening under the supervision of a dental professional is very safe, and with the Phillips Zoom WhiteSpeed system, patients will see immediate, worry-free results. Zoom is the number one patient-requested professional teeth whitening brand, and more than four million smiles are whiter and brighter thanks to Zoom!

Contact Katz Family Dental by giving us a call at (860) 521-0594 for your free consultation.

The no-drill dentist: New WaterLase dental laser treatment available

Katz Family Dental in West Hartford, Connecticut is happy to introduce the BIOLASE WaterLase iPlus. As compared to traditional drilling, the new WaterLase may prevent pain without the need for needles or anesthetic. Going to the dentist should not be a painful experience, and we’re doing more to make your visits more comfortable whether you’re visiting us for treatment of a cavity or gum issue.

No shot, no drill and no pain… The WaterLase (laser) has a cutting speed equal to the high-speed drill and faster than any other laser. This new tool eliminates pain in most cases. The laser can be used during many different procedures that can last a few minutes to just a few seconds. The most notable thing our patients mention is that the laser is very quiet as compared to the spin of the drill you normally hear. Procedures are shorter, patients experience less bleeding and swelling, and there is little discomfort after the procedure.

It is widely accepted that tooth pain is caused when a stimulus applied to dentin is transmitted to nerves inside the tooth through fluid in dentinal tubules. The heat, vibration, and pressure of the traditional drill triggers pain impulses through this fluid. According to one mechanism related to pain transmission that has been reported in the literature, WaterLase may prevent pain transmission – without anesthetic or needles – by dehydrating tubule fluid, leaving insoluble salts in the tubule that block pain transmission to the nerves. WaterLase may also eliminate pain by the same mechanism of action currently accepted for how Low-Level Laser Therapy desensitizes – by interfering with nerve cell membrane polarity to block transmission of pain stimuli.

Contact Katz Family Dental to see if the WaterLase is right for you! Reach out to Mary Eileen or Valerie at (860) 521-0594 for a consultation.