Dr. Lori Lemire Family Dentistry https://coosbaydentist.com Dentist in Coos Bay, Oregon | Dr. Lori Lemire Family Dentistry Thu, 08 Aug 2019 16:43:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 https://coosbaydentist.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-lemire-weblogo-favicon-32x32.jpg Dr. Lori Lemire Family Dentistry https://coosbaydentist.com 32 32 Study Finds Kids Drinking Too Many Soft Drinks https://coosbaydentist.com/study-finds-kids-drinking-too-many-soft-drinks/ https://coosbaydentist.com/study-finds-kids-drinking-too-many-soft-drinks/#respond Thu, 08 Aug 2019 16:43:24 +0000 https://coosbaydentist.com/?p=885 As a Coos Bay family dentist, Dr. Lori Lemire tries to provide all of her patients with the information they need to enjoy a healthy, great looking smile for a lifetime.

As patients probably already know, diets high in sugar present a risk to their oral health, especially when compared to more balanced diets that contain high amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables. Plaque, a sticky biofilm that clings to the surface of our teeth, uses the sugars we consume to produce acids that slowly breakdown tooth enamel. Over time, the damage caused by plaque attacks can lead to the development of cavities, gum disease, and even permanent tooth loss.

While adults need to moderate the amount of sugar they consume, eating a balanced diet is especially important for kids whose oral health has yet to fully developed. Even though limiting the amount of sugar kids consume may seem straightforward enough, too many parents are making a fundamental mistake that could end up jeopardizing their kids’ oral health by letting them drink too many soft drinks.

Soft drinks account for 20 percent of kids’ total beverage consumption, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As part of the report, researchers from the CDC examined the total drink consumption habits of U.S. kids between the ages of 2 to 19.

“Beverage choices can impact diet quality and total calorie intake,” wrote the research team. “Soft drinks accounted for 20% of total beverages consumed among youth. They include a wide variety of beverages, typically associated with increased intake of added sugar, thus adding extra calories without the benefit of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.”

A Troubling Trend in Kids’ Diets

Researchers from the CDC examined the total beverage consumption trends among kids between the ages of 2 to 19 using data collected as part of the National Health and Examination Survey. The team looked at the data collected between the years of 2013 to 2016. This survey is part of the CDC’s efforts to accurate determine the current health status of kids and adults living in the U.S.

Researchers asked the study participants what they had to drink in the last 24 hours. Water was listed as the most commonly consumed beverage among kids, followed by milk and soft drinks, a designation for both regular and diet soda, and fruit drinks that contain added sugar.

The types of beverages most frequently consumed by kids vary depending on their age and sex, researcher determined. Older kids were more likely to drink water and soft drinks, while younger kids were more likely to drink milk. Additionally, boys were more likely to consume soft drinks while girls drank more water.

Unfortunately, such high rates of soda consumption can significantly increase a child’s risk for a number of chronic health problems. Not only has sugar consumption been linked to an increased risk for cavities and gum disease, high sugar consumption also increases a child’s risk for diabetes and weight gain.

For parents to help better protect their kids’ long-term health, sugar consumption must start to come down.

Your Coos Bay Family Dentist is Here to Help Protect Your Child’s Oral Health

To prevent the type of dental decay and disease most closely linked to sugar consumption, it’s important that parents schedule regular exams and cleanings with Dr. Lemire. Frequent exams enable Dr. Lemire the chance to spot the early signs of tooth decay before a cavity has time to develop. When treated with fluoride and daily brushing and flossing, early tooth decay can be reversed and further damage prevented.

If you have any questions about the best dietary habits for your child, make sure to ask your Coos Bay family dentist, Dr. Lori Lemire, during your next visit.

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The Connection Between Gum Disease and RA https://coosbaydentist.com/the-connection-between-gum-disease-and-ra/ https://coosbaydentist.com/the-connection-between-gum-disease-and-ra/#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 18:50:25 +0000 https://coosbaydentist.com/?p=879 As a Coos Bay family dentist, Dr. Lori Lemire wants to better educate all of her patients on the risks associated with gum disease and tooth decay. While many of us simply assume that our oral health only has to do with our teeth and gums, numerous studies have shown the exact opposite. Individuals dealing with tooth decay and gum disease have a significantly higher risk for developing a range of chronic illnesses that include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, and even cancer.

Another chronic health problem linked to gum disease is rheumatoid arthritis, or RA. It might seem like quite the stretch to connect joint inflammation with gum disease, but this connection just illustrates how interconnected our oral health is with our overall health.

Both RA and gum disease cause chronic and progressive inflammation. Previous research has found that patients with RA have a higher prevalence of gum disease when compared to patients without RA. To determine what may cause this increased risk, researchers surveyed hundreds of patients with RA to find out.

The authors of a new study found that their survey showed a significant number of patients with RA also showed symptoms of gum disease.

“Current findings strongly support the hypothesis that chronic periodontal disease could be related to the initiation and maintenance of the autoimmune inflammatory response that occur in RA,” wrote researchers in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.

Connecting the Dots

In their survey, researchers asked participants to classify the health of their teeth:

  • 46 percent said they had good oral health
  • 40 percent said they had excellent oral health
  • 13 percent said they had poor oral health

Researchers also asked participants to classify their health of their gums:

  • 49 percent said they had good gum health
  • 40 percent said they had excellent gum health
  • 11 percent said they had poor gum health

In the U.S., over 1.3 million people have RA, according to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network. In the U.S., over 60 million people have some degree of gum disease, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. In their study, researchers wanted to determine if how these patients described their oral health had any correlation with RA.

Researchers emailed their survey to 300 patients with RA who were being treated at the same hospital. The team received over 160 completed surveys in return.

Based on the results of their study, researchers were able to determine that a correlation was present between RA and gum disease.

Understanding Their Results

While researchers were able to establish a correlation between the two diseases in their study, they did not establish a clear cause and effect relationship.

Rather than gum disease leading to the development of RA, some have argued that gum disease is simply a product of patients having RA. Patients with RA have a hard time performing tasks that require a certain level of manual dexterity, such as brushing and flossing. If a patient cannot practice the same level of quality oral hygiene as they could in the past, their risk for gum disease increases as their ability to brush and floss becomes worse.

What the results of this and other research has helped to make clear is that practicing preventative dental care can offer significant protection against the effects of gum disease and all other related diseases. By scheduling regular exams with your Coos Bay family dentist, you can avoid the development of gum disease that starts you down the dangerous path of increasing your risk for a variety of chronic health problems.

Your oral health matters. Don’t take unnecessary chances with the health of your body or smile by contacting our office to schedule your next exam and cleaning with Dr. Lori Lemire and the rest of our Coos Bay family dentist team.

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Five Things Your Tongue Can Tell You https://coosbaydentist.com/things-your-tongue-can-say/ Fri, 11 Jan 2019 08:45:56 +0000 http://coosbaydentist.com/?p=598 As a family dentist in Coos Bay, Dr. Lori Lemire wants all of her patients to enjoy the very best oral health possible. Your mouth acts as a gateway to your body in more ways than just through the foods you eat. Your oral health is closely linked to your overall health, which means your mouth can tell you a lot about your body if you know where to look. With that in mind, here are a few signs to look for the next time you brush.

Swollen Grey or White Lump Under Your Tongue

This could mean you suffer from a clogged salivary gland. This happens when a blockage occurs in the tiny ducts below your tongue that prevent saliva from properly draining, which in turn causes swelling to occur. A common sign of a blocked saliva duct is a saliva stone. If the problem persists longer than a couple of days, call Dr. Lemire to schedule an appointment. You may require surgery to correct the problem.

Oral Sores With Surrounding Halos

A healthy tongue should appear pink and fairly smooth with no visible bumps or lumps. If you notice any whitish or red patches, a sore surrounded by a red ring, a white lace-like pattern or a sore that refuses to heal, alert Dr. Lemire immediately. Any of the previously mentioned symptoms could be an early warning sign for cancer. While better early detection methods have helped to lower the rates of most forms of cancer, the prevalence of oral cancer has actually risen by roughly 25 percent over the last 10 years, due in part by infrequent dental visits and the widespread contraction of HPV.

Swollen Tongue

If your tongue feels thick or swollen, you need to check your diet; you could be suffering from a vitamin deficiency. In fact, if you suffer from a B12 deficiency, the first place you’ll notice the symptoms is the tongue. B12 plays a vital role in the creation of red blood cells, and diets without enough can cause you to develop anemia. Fortunately, B12 is found in a variety of common foods including dairy, red meat, fish, tofu and poultry. Vegan diets may require taking a B12 supplement to ensure a healthy intake.

Swelling

Of all the symptoms listed so far, oral swelling requires the most immediate attention, as it could signal that you’re having an allergic reaction. While a swollen tongue may cause some discomfort, the real concern is swelling in the airway located behind the tongue. This can become life-threatening should your airway become blocked, so don’t hesitate to call emergency assistance if you think you’re having an allergic attack.

Dry Mouth

Unsurprisingly, dry mouth occurs when the mouth fails to produce enough saliva. This can result in an uncomfortable dryness that can negatively impact the bacterial balance in the mouth. If left untreated, persistent dry mouth can increase your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Dry mouth is especially common among seniors who take certain types of medication. Make sure to drink plenty of water and talk with your family dentist in Coos Bay, Dr. Lori Lemire, should you continue to experience dry mouth. Dr. Lemire may have a recommendation for a similar type of prescription medication that does not cause dry mouth as a symptom.

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Study Finds Gum Disease Treatments Could Help Diabetes Patients https://coosbaydentist.com/study-finds-gum-disease-treatments-could-help-diabetes-patients/ https://coosbaydentist.com/study-finds-gum-disease-treatments-could-help-diabetes-patients/#respond Tue, 13 Nov 2018 19:00:30 +0000 https://coosbaydentist.com/?p=867 You don’t need to be a southern Oregon Coast dentist to know that tooth decay and gum disease can cause more problems than just to the health of our teeth and gums. Patients who regularly read our blog know that tooth decay and gum disease have been linked to a variety of health problems that range from heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. However, of all the diseases studies have linked to gum disease, its relationship with diabetes ranks as the strongest.

Previous research has shown that severe gum disease – known as periodontitis – often coexists with diabetes.

What do you mean “coexists?” Well, patients who have trouble managing their diabetes have a higher risk of developing an infection like periodontitis. Patients with diabetes that have gum disease have a harder time managing their diabetes, making it more likely that their early stage gum disease progresses into the far more severe periodontitis. So when researchers say these two diseases coexist, they’re describing the symbiotic relationship that exists between them.

Now, a new study published recently in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal has taken this relationship a step further by suggesting that treating periodontitis may actually help diabetes patients better manage their blood sugar levels, and could even reduce their risk for developing complications related to their diabetes.

Conducted by a team of researchers from the Eastman Dental Institute at University College London, the study’s findings were the first to link intensive gum disease treatments to a reduction in systemic inflammation, and improvements in both blood vessel and kidney function.

While researchers admitted that further study was needed, they stated that the improvements in blood sugar control they observed were similar in effect to what’s typically seen in patients who take prescription medication to help manage their glucose levels. The result of this study could mean that oral health professionals from your southern Oregon Coast dentist to dentists working in the skyscrapers of Manhattan could soon play a bigger role in helping patients manage their diabetes.

Encouraging Results

As part of their study, researchers conducted a 12-month trial that involved the participation of 264 patients with moderate to severe periodontitis and type 2 diabetes. Volunteers who participated in the study had at least 15 permanent teeth remaining and were currently receiving dental care.

Roughly half of the participants received intensive gum disease treatment consisting of root scaling and surgical therapy. The other group received standard care that included root scaling and planing. All of the gum disease treatments were conducted while the participants were taking any prescribed medication for their diabetes.

Patient who received the intensive gum disease treatment therapy showed a reduction in HbA1c after one year. HbA1c is the number that records a patient’s average blood sugar level. Patients with a high HbA1c have too much sugar in their blood, and are more likely to develop complications from their diabetes.

Lowering Inflammation

Researchers said that intensive gum disease treatment was able to improve a patient’s ability to better control their blood sugar levels after 12 months when compared to standard gum disease care. Additionally, researchers noted that patients who lowered their blood sugar levels also show improve kidney and vascular function, reduced inflammation throughout the body, and better overall quality of life.

“Our findings, that reduction in periodontitis, which is a common cause of inflammation, improves vascular, renal, as well as blood glucose control, in people with type 2 diabetes, are exciting and could lead to new strategies to improve care,” wrote researchers.

The team recommended that doctors treating patients with diabetes need to discuss the importance of the patient’s oral health and consider adding additional dental care into their treatment plan.

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Study Finds Link Between Gum Disease & Alzheimer’s https://coosbaydentist.com/study-finds-link-between-gum-disease-alzheimers/ https://coosbaydentist.com/study-finds-link-between-gum-disease-alzheimers/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 20:28:51 +0000 https://coosbaydentist.com/?p=862 You don’t need to be a North Bend dentist to know that tooth decay and gum disease can pose serious threats to your long-term oral health. That’s why Dr. Lori Lemire always stresses the need for her patients to take their oral health seriously by brushing and flossing daily.

You also probably know that these daily habits, along with scheduling appointments to see your North Bend dentist, can significantly lower your risk of cavities, gum disease and permanent tooth loss. However, what you may not realize is that practicing quality oral hygiene could also protect your body from other serious health issues.

A growing amount of research has found significant links between gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss to a growing number of chronic health problems. Studies have found that patients who suffer from these types of oral health problems have a significantly higher risk for developing such health problems as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Now another recent study suggests that gum disease could be a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.

The Link Between Gum Disease and Dementia

Long-term exposure to the bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis – the oral bacteria most closely associated with the development of gum disease – causes inflammation and the degeneration of brain neurons in mice in ways that are incredibly similar to the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in humans, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Researchers suggest these findings support the idea that gum disease may be an initiator of Alzheimer’s disease.

“Other studies have demonstrated a close association between periodontitis and cognitive impairment, but this is the first study to show that exposure to the periodontal bacteria results in the formation of senile plaques that accelerate the development of neuropathology found in Alzheimer’s patients,” wrote researchers.

Researchers noted their surprise to their study’s findings. “We did not expect that the periodontal pathogen would have this much influence on the brain or that the effects would be thoroughly resemble Alzheimer’s disease.”

Significant Results

To study how oral bacteria may impact brain health, researchers developed chronic periodontitis – a severe form of gum disease – in 10 mice. Another 10 mice were placed in a control group. After 22 weeks of continued administration of the oral bacteria to the study group, the researchers studied the brain tissue of the mice and compared their brain health.

The study group show significantly higher buildup of amyloid beta protein analysis and RNA analysis that showed increased expression of genes linked with inflammation and degeneration in the study group of mice. DNA from the gum disease bacteria was also discovered in the brain tissue of the study group mice, and a bacterial protein was observed inside their neurons.

“Our data not only demonstrated the movement of bacteria from the mouth to the brain, but also that chronic infection leads to neural effects similar to Alzheimer’s,” wrote researchers.

The team say these findings have increased significance in part because of the type of mouse used in the study. Most studies examining Alzheimer’s use transgenic mice, which have been genetically altered to more strongly express genes associated with the senile plaque and enable Alzheimer’s development.

The research team says that understanding the risk factors associated with the development of Alzheimer’s remains a critical part of further developing treatment strategies, especially when it relates to sporadic or late-onset of the disease. Over 95 percent of Alzheimer’s cases have unknown causes and mechanisms.

Researchers also went on to stress the importance of practicing quality oral hygiene. “Oral hygiene is an important predictor of disease, including diseases that happen outside the mouth. People can do so much more for their personal health by taking oral health seriously.” A message your North Bend dentist can support.

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What Your Tongue is Really Saying https://coosbaydentist.com/what-your-tongue-is-really-saying/ https://coosbaydentist.com/what-your-tongue-is-really-saying/#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2018 20:19:12 +0000 https://coosbaydentist.com/?p=838 As a Coos Bay family dentist, Dr. Lori Lemire wants to help keep patients informed about potential problems with both their oral and overall health. That’s why regular exams and cleanings are such an important part of maintaining the health of your smile for a lifetime. Of course, it’s not only Dr. Lemire that can let patients know when something might be wrong; your tongue can also help.

From a potential warning to an underlying medical condition to the early signs of aging, your tongue can tell you a lot about the body if you know how to listen. With that in mind, here are a few things your tongue might say about your oral and overall health.

White Patches

Velvety white spots on your tongue could be a sign of thrush, a common fungal infection. Thrush typically develops following an illness or when certain types of prescription medications disrupt the balance between good and bad bacteria in the mouth.

White patches that appear lacy could be lichen planus, a condition where the body’s immune system attacks the soft tissues in the mouth. Conversely, if you notice hard, flat, white areas on the tongue that cannot be removed by scraping, it could be an early sign of leukoplakis, which is linked to cancer.

Since white patches can mean a variety of health issues, it’s important that patients always contact their Coos Bay family dentist for an appointment to get the problem examined.

A “Hairy” Tongue

If your tongue develops a coating of what appears to be black, white, or brown fur, you might have a hairy tongue. But before you get out the razor to shave, you should know those “hairs” are actually proteins that turn normal, small bumps found on the tongue into longer strands that allow food and bacteria to get stuck. Fortunately, this unfortunate problem should go way after brushing or scraping your tongue.

However, brown or white patches that cannot be scrapped off might be a sign of leukoplakia, a condition commonly caused by smoking.

A Bright Red Tongue

A healthy tongue should appear a bright pink, but a strawberry tongue might be an early sign for Kawasaki disease, a rare and serious illness that inflames blood vessels throughout the body, most frequently in kids. It’s also a common symptom of scarlet fever. However, an overly red tongue that’s smooth and causes discomfort may be a sign of vitamin B3 decency. Either way, if your tongue remains any other color than pink for more than a day, you should see Dr. Lemire.

A Burning Feeling

If your tongue feels like it was just dipped into a hot cup of coffee and you experience a slightly metallic or bitter taste, you may be experiencing burning mouth syndrome. A rare disorder, burning mouth disorder can be brought on by health problems such as dry mouth, acid reflux, diabetes, and oral infections. While there is no known cure, there are ways to treat the condition until it goes away.

A Smooth Tongue

Those tiny bumps on the top of your tongue play an important role in helping to differentiate taste and enjoy those subtle flavors. A tongue without any small bumps on top may be a sign that you’re not getting enough nutrients, such as vitamin B, folic acid, and iron. The condition can also be the result of celiac disease, an infection, or as a side effect of certain types of medications.

Bumps

So if having no bumps on your tongue is bad, then having too many is also a cause for concern. Under the tongue is a common place for canker sores – a small, painful, reddish bump – to develop. A single, painful bump on the tip of your tongue could be what is known as transient lingual papillitis, which can develop when the tongue becomes irritated. A virus may also be responsible for causing a lot of tiny bumps to appear on the bottom or sides of your tongue. If you have a lump on or under your tongue that hurts and it won’t go away, make sure to contact Dr. Lemire. It could be a sign of oral health issues that may need to be examined.

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Can Better Oral Health Offer Protection Against the Flu? https://coosbaydentist.com/can-better-oral-health-protect-flu/ https://coosbaydentist.com/can-better-oral-health-protect-flu/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:37:08 +0000 http://coosbaydentist.com/?p=789 If you’ve been feeling a little under the weather this winter, your Coos Bay family dentist wants you to know that you’re not alone. People all across the U.S. have found themselves suffering from the sniffles and sneezing as the country has been hit hard by what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified as the most severe flu season since 2009. To lower your risk of catching a nasty case of the flu this winter, health care practitioners like Dr. Lori Lemire want to stress the need to take preventative measures.

One of the best and most effective means of preventing a bout of the flu is to get vaccinated against the virus. Despite some concerns from consumers that this year’s flu vaccine isn’t effective enough, it still offers the best level of protection possible.

However, based on the research of an Australian dentist, there may be something else you can do to help protect against getting the flu – brush and floss more often.  In his research, Dr. Steven Lin notes the connection between oral health and the body’s immune system suggests that practicing improved oral hygiene could potential help patients fight of the flu.

Healthier Mouth = a Stronger Immune System

The body uses signaling and hormones to direct the actions of stem cells in everything from how cells are managed to the formation of bones. In fact, the immune system uses the very same signals as the body does when promoting better bone health.

So what does this mean?

Well, vitamin D, for example, is widely known for helping to promote better bone health. However, because the signals in the body that control the development of calcium and bone deposits in the body are the same ones the help to regulate the immune system, vitamin D also plays an important role in directing immune cell function.

Based on this connection, Dr. Linn recommends that patients check their vitamin D levels as the seasons change. Patients experiencing lower rates of the vitamin or who are currently suffering from tooth decay could have an increased susceptibility to immunological infections. This theory was reinforced by a 2017 study that found that prenatal vitamin D supplementation in pregnant women during their second and third trimesters could have an impact on the pre-born child’s immune system.

The 2017 study was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, conducted by researchers in the UK, that found prenatal vitamin D exposure eventually improved newborns’ broad-spectrum proinflammatory cytokine response. The result of the study was that infants were born with boosted immune systems that helped protect them from developing asthma or infectious diseases early in life.

Protecting Your Oral & Overall Health

Your Coos Bay family dentist too frequently hears patients make the mistake that their oral health is separate from their overall health. In truth, our bodies maintain a holistic connection where each individual component of our health adds to the greater picture as a whole.

Improving your oral hygiene means eliminating oral bacteria that directly contributes to a variety of health issues. It’s not surprising then that research suggests that a healthier mouth can act as a barrier against disease. Just as making sure to wash your hands during cold and flu season can help prevent the onset of an illness, so too can ensuring your mouth stays health and germ free.

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Don’t Underestimate the Dangers of Drinking Soda https://coosbaydentist.com/dont-underestimate-dangers-drinking-soda/ https://coosbaydentist.com/dont-underestimate-dangers-drinking-soda/#respond Tue, 28 Nov 2017 11:48:46 +0000 http://coosbaydentist.com/?p=783 As a family dentist in Coos Bay, Dr. Lori Lemire strives to protect the oral health of patients of all ages. For younger patients whose oral health is still in development, diet can play an enormous role in determining the long-term health of their teeth and gums.

Diet extends to more than just whether children refuse to eat their vegetables or how often they may snack. Diet also includes the beverages kids drink, especially those loaded with hidden sugars.

New research now reveals that one in seven adolescents consume more than two cups of artificially sweetened beverages a day. Those same children are two to three time more likely to develop oral health problems when compared to kids who don’t brink these types of beverages.

With the amount of sports drink and soda consumption on the rise in kids, the results of this recent study suggest that the oral health of future generations could be in serious jeopardy.

The results of the study were recently published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

Sweetened Beverage Consumption a Concern

Conducted by researchers from the University of Sydney, the study examined the daily consumption of artificially sweetened beverages by over 3,600 kids in grades 6, 8, and 10.

The study found that among these age groups, energy drinks ranked as the most popular sweetened beverage, with 20 percent of the study participants drinking at least one cup a day.

Like most places in the U.S., Australia has yet to implement a sugar tax despite calls from many leading health experts. Debate is currently raging in the country about whether such a tax would have any impact on decreasing the consumption of these types of beverage and “junk food” among Australians. Proponents of the tax have pointed to the results of this study as proof of the often overlooked impact artificially sweetened beverages have on oral health.

Drinking two cups of these types of beverages a day is roughly equal to 11 teaspoons of sugar which is well over the guidelines for daily sugar intake set by the World Health Organization.

“We need strategies to reduce adolescent’s consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, not only due to weight implications, but also because of oral health,” writes Dr. Louise Hardy, the study’s lead researcher.

“Bad teeth can have significant and lasting social and health impacts. It can cause considerable pain and suffering, and by changing what people eat, altering their speech, and their quality of life,” wrote Dr. Hardy.

The findings of the study were based on data collected from the NSW Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition survey, a cross sectional representative survey of primary and high school kids in Australia.

The study found associations between different types of artificially sweetened beverages and oral health, showing that all beverages, with the exception of fruit juice, were associated with frequent toothaches and food avoidance.

Unexpectedly, the risk of developing oral health problems were actually the highest among adolescents who consumed diet soft drinks. However, the study authors cited the need for more research before any conclusions could be drawn about this correlation.

Diet the Key to Better Oral Health

One of the easiest ways to help protect the long-term oral health of your kids – in addition to ensuring they brush and floss regularly – is to improve their diets by reducing the amount of sugar they consume on a daily basis. While sports drinks, artificially sweetened fruit juice and sodas may seem innocent enough, each of these products contain large numbers of hidden calories and sugars that can inadvertently harm your child’s oral health and weight.

If you have any questions about the best practices for protect the oral health of your kids, be sure to ask your family dentist in Coos Bay, Dr. Lori Lemire, during your next appointment.

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Study Suggests Working Out Can Improve Gum Health https://coosbaydentist.com/study-suggests-working-can-improve-gum-health/ https://coosbaydentist.com/study-suggests-working-can-improve-gum-health/#respond Sat, 26 Aug 2017 12:22:43 +0000 http://coosbaydentist.com/?p=770 There are a lot of things you can do before visiting a dentist on the Southern Oregon Coast to ensure a cavity-free checkup. You can make sure to brush at least twice a day and floss every night.

You can reduce the amount of sugar and starch in your diet, and replace those foods with fresh fruits and vegetables.

You can even go to the gym.

Wait, what?

When you’re sweating on a treadmill or during a yoga class, you’re probably not thinking about how all of your hard work will help to improve your oral health. But in a recent study published in the journal Oral Diseases, researchers have found that working out might actually help improve gum health.

Healthy Exercise = A Healthy Smile

In the study of a 160 people in Thailand, researchers discovered an increased risk of oral disease, especially gum disease, in those participants who were obese or overweight, which the study defined as having a body mass index of more than 23 to 25, respectively for women and men.

The study also discovered increased leukocyte counts, which typically occurs when the body tries to fight off an infection, in overweight and obese participants as compared to individuals closer to their ideal body weight.

So what connects our weight to an increased risk of gum disease? Researchers blame our fat cells.

Fat cells produce a number of chemical signals and hormones that can directly lead to inflammation throughout the body. This inflammation then weakens our immune system, making the body more susceptible to gum disease.

Fat or any foreign substance in the body will activate or trigger inflammatory cells – such as neutrophils or macrophages – which results in the production of cytokines that destroy hard and soft tissues in the body, explains researchers.

By brushing your teeth, you’re defending your body from more than the sour smells of the foods you ate the day before. You’re actively working to limit inflammation in the body, thereby lowering your risk of oral disease.

Not only does brushing help to improve your oral health, the habit can also improve your overall health.

A number of recent studies have found a significant connection between our oral and overall health. Individuals suffering from dental decay and disease have a significantly higher risk of developing a range of chronic illnesses that include heart disease, stroke, arthritis, dementia, and diabetes.

The take away here is that inflammation in the body is bad. By working out, we reduce fat cells in the body that cause inflammation and an increased risk of disease.

The same principle applies to brushing and flossing. By maintaining our gum health, we reduce the risk of gum disease and oral inflammation.

Protecting Your Oral Health

Lowering your risk of disease requires making a commitment to practicing quality oral hygiene.

Even the best workout routine will fall short of protecting the health of your teeth and gums if not backed up by a solid oral hygiene routine and regular visits to your dentist on the Southern Oregon coast.

As an experienced Coos Bay dentist, Dr. Lori Lemire can help protect the long-term oral health of you and your family. Call today to schedule your next appointment to ensure not only a lifetime of health teeth and gums, but better health overall as well.

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The Hidden Health Risks of Vaping https://coosbaydentist.com/hidden-health-risk-vaping/ https://coosbaydentist.com/hidden-health-risk-vaping/#respond Fri, 05 May 2017 13:04:50 +0000 http://coosbaydentist.com/?p=762 Since they were first released in 2004, the use of e-cigarettes has grown exponentially around the world. Many smokers have even started giving up their traditional tobacco products in favor for the electronic substitute – a habit commonly referred to as vaping – to improve their health, despite the fact that many health experts remain unconvinced that e-cigarettes are any less hazardous.

While your female dentist in Coos Bay, Dr. Lori Lemire, would highly recommend that patients give up smoking any type of tobacco product in order to protect their long-term health, let’s take a look at what is currently known about e-cigarette use.

Benefits of E-cigarettes

The primary benefit of smoking e-cigarettes over traditional tobacco products is that e-cigs don’t actually contain any tobacco, a significant threat to our oral and overall health. E-cigs use a heating coil to warm water into vapor which acts as a delivery system for the nicotine found in cigarettes. Smoking vapor allows e-cigarettes the claim of being “smokeless”, while also removing many of the carcinogens associated with smoking.

A review conducted by Public Health England claimed to have found evidence suggesting e-cigs to be 95 percent less harmful when compared to traditional tobacco products. Vaping also comes in a variety of flavors, making the habit more palatable for users. Some smokers have even used e-cigs to help them quit smoking cigarettes entirely.

However, no established research has found that e-cigarette use can help improve cessation.

The Dangers of E-cigarettes

As the case with any heated inhalant, increased temperatures damage cell walls in the lungs, throat, and mouth. This damage can lead to lung, esophageal, and oral cancers.

Like cigarettes, e-cig liquids almost always contain nicotine, a habit-forming chemical. Nicotine consumption can increase an individual’s risk of developing gum disease and can also make the diagnosis of early stage gum disease difficult for dentists. E-cig usage can also lead to inhalant-related problems, such as emphysema.

E-cigarette use has proven popular among kids and young adults. Studies have found that teens are more likely to try e-cigarettes than traditional cigarettes. A stunning 19 percent of middle and high school aged kids surveyed admitted to having tried vaping, according to the National Youth Tobacco Survey.

Due to the current popularity of vaping, it may be more difficult for parent and teachers to dissuade kids from trying the habit.

A Significant Concern

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine detailed that e-cigs contain propylene glycerol. When heated at high temperatures, propylene glycerol creates formaldehyde as a byproduct. Commonly known as an embalming fluid, formaldehyde is a toxic chemical and carcinogen, and ranks as one of the last things anyone should ever inhale.

The study went on to claim that vaping or the use of e-cigs can release formaldehyde into the body each time the product is used.

While this type of claim could be potentially damaging to a products’ place on the market, many experts have countered the claims made in this study by explaining that e-cigs don’t produce the high temperatures required to release formaldehyde. Conventional cigarettes also have the potential for the release of formaldehyde, but again, they fail to reach high enough temperatures to cause this effect.

Regardless of whether vaping causes the inhalation of formaldehyde, inhaling any substance clearly leads to chronic health problems. It’s important that vapers be aware of the potential health issues associated with the habit and don’t operate under the false belief that vaping is safer and healthier than smoking.

Even though many tobacco researchers – a profession whose advice one should always take with a grain of salt – argue that e-cigarette use is 80 to 95 percent less harmful when compared to traditional cigarettes, vaping is still more harmful to one’s health than not smoking at all.

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