Diabetes and your dental health

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired and the body cannot properly control the amount of sugar in the blood.

If you or someone you love lives with diabetes, you know that diabetes can wreak havoc on the entire body. Diabetes can cause damage to the kidneys, eyes, nerves, the heart, as well as other parts of the body.

Did you know that diabetes can also negatively affect your oral health and that people with diabetes face a higher risk of oral health problems?

Individuals diagnosed with diabetes are 3 to 4 times more likely to develop periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums that can also affect the ligaments and bone that support your teeth. The main cause of periodontal disease is a buildup of plaque that forms on your teeth. This plaque is a sticky film full of bacteria and if not properly removed can irritate the gums and eventually lead to infection. Periodontal disease like any infection in the body can also make it harder to control your blood sugar levels.

Diabetes can affect your oral health by causing:

• Periodontal disease – Infection in the gums, ligaments, and bone surrounding your teeth
Dry mouth – reduction in saliva production
• Cavities– Saliva protects your teeth and dry mouth can contribute to more tooth- decaying bacteria and plaque buildup
• Slow healing– poor healing after dental procedures or surgeries
• Thrush– a fungal infection that can cause an infection from excess sugar in your salvia

How can Dr. Leslie Anthony help you fight diabetes?

Scheduling and keeping regular dental visits with Leslie B. Anthony D.M.D is important.
Practicing healthy mouth habits and having professional deep cleanings
may greatly reduce the potential for infections from periodontal disease.
It is important to take good care of your teeth and gums and even more crucial if you have diabetes.

Suggested healthy mouth habits:

• Brush your teeth at least twice a day
• Floss daily
• Get a professional dental cleaning and checkup every 6 month
• Drink water to stay hydrated and keep mouth from drying out
• Keeping your blood sugar in good control will help

 

Make a commitment to manage your diabetes.

Work closely with your team of health care providers and keep your blood sugar within the target range. The better you are able to control your blood sugar level, the less likely you are to develop periodontal disease or other oral health complications.

It is important that Dr. Leslie Anthony be kept up-to-date on your diabetic condition and treatment and that your physician be kept up-to-date on your oral condition and treatment, so that they can work together to help you control your diabetes and prevent or control periodontal disease. Keep Dr. Leslie Anthony and our caring team of hygienists informed of any changes in your condition and any medication you are taking.

Leslie Anthony D.M.D is here to help. Let Dr. Leslie Anthony be a partner in your health care team to help you manage your diabetes.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Anthony or one of our caring hygienists call 751-8161

 

 

 

Sjögren’s syndrome

 

Sjögren’s disease

Sjögren’s (show-grins) syndrome is a systemic autoimmune disease.  It is one of the most common autoimmune diseases, affecting as many as 4 million Americans. It is characterized by inflammation and dysfunction of the glands that produce saliva and tears. Although it can occur in all age groups and genders, nine out of ten Sjögren’s patients are women. The most common symptoms are extremely dry mouth and dry eyes.

 

Common symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Dry mouth
  • Dry eyes
  • Increased dental decay
  • Arthritis
  • Dry skin
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Digestive issues
  • Dry, gritty, or burning sensation in the eyes
  • Difficulty talking, chewing, or swallowing
  • Changes in the sense of taste or smell

 

 

How can your dentist help you with Sjögren’s?

 Sjögren’s affects saliva production by decreasing the amount of saliva produced by your salivary glands. This can cause severe dry mouth and can also lead to other oral problems. Saliva aids in swallowing, speaking, digestion, and tasting your food.

Lack of saliva production can cause:

  • Tooth decay
  • Dry cracked tongue and lips
  • Disrupted speech patterns
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Oral infection
  • Bad breath

 

Dental professionals are frequently the first health care providers to detect the signs and symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome because the most common symptoms start in the mouth. It is best to get regular preventative checkups with Dr. Leslie Anthony every 6 months to maintain a healthy mouth. Always make sure to inform Dr. Leslie Anthony of any changes in your health.

If you have been diagnosed with Sjögren’s let Leslie B. Anthony, DMD be your partner in preventing further oral health problems. Dr. Anthony can provide resources and recommendations for good regular oral hygiene, products that may help stimulate saliva production, and ways to help ease your dry mouth.

To find out more information and to schedule your appointment with
Dr. Leslie Anthony Call today 752-8161

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teeth Whitening

 

 

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Are your pearly whites a little less pearly….and white than you would like them to be? Do you wish for a brighter smile but are unsure of which teeth whitening method is right for you?

Have no fear, Dr. Leslie Anthony can help you with all of your whitening needs.

There are many reasons that your teeth may become discolored or stained. First, there are two different types of stains. Extrinsic and intrinsic.

 

  • Extrinsic- When the outer layer of the tooth known as the enamel becomes stained from foods, beverages, and tobacco products. These types of stains may be removed with teeth whitening treatments.
  • Intrinsic- When the dentin or deep inner structure of the tooth becomes stained yellow or gray. This may occur from some type of trauma, decay, or other hereditary factors. These types of stains cannot be removed by teeth whitening treatments.

 

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So, what are your options for teeth whitening treatments?

 

The only way to remove stains from your enamel is through whitening treatments, restoring your teeth back to their natural shade of white or beyond. Your smile will be whiter and brighter. There are many different options available to brighten your smileConsider your preferences, budget, and desired outcome.

 

At home – A variety of different options are available for at home whitening. What you gain in convince you may lose in effectiveness and experience some inconsistency.

  • Bleaching Strips
  • Bleaching Gel
  • Bleaching Pens
  • Take Home Bleaching Trays from Dr. Anthony
  • Whitening toothpaste

 

Professional In-office – There are a variety of different types of in-office whitening treatments available. At the office of Leslie B. Anthony, DMD we offer Phillips ZOOM! Whitening treatments. This whitening system can significantly brighten your smile in a single office visit. Although everyone can benefit from a whitening treatment not everyone will achieve the same results. This is a great option if you are looking for fast, consistent results. This treatment takes 2-3 hours in the office and the results are immediate.

 

 

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Teeth whitening is not dangerous or harmful to the teeth but may lead to some extra sensitivity after the treatment. When you leave the office, you will be given custom fitting bleach trays.  These can be filled with take-home bleach gel and worn for an hour or overnight to boost your whitening as needed.

To discuss treatment options and to put together a treatment plan that will best suit your individual needs call the office of Dr. Leslie Anthony.

Let’s schedule your teeth whitening appointment today! 752-8161

 

 

 

 

 

 

Periodontal Disease

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease also known as gum disease is an inflammatory disease that affects primarily the gums.  Types of disease range from a gum infection that causes swelling and bleeding of the gums all the way to more severe damage and bone loss around the tooth. It is estimated that over 64 million American adults have some form of Periodontal disease. Gum disease is a dental issue that can affect anyone.  If left untreated it can lead to very serious health problems.

It is up to you to be proactive in taking care of your teeth and gums daily to ensure that you maintain a healthy mouth. Along with brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily, we recommend scheduling an appointment every six months with Dr. Leslie Anthony. She can help you prevent or spot any signs of gum disease early so that you can keep your mouth in optimal health.

 Risk factors that contribute to gum disease include but are not limited to:

  • Plaque build up
  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Use of tobacco products
  • Poor nutrition
  • Medications
  • Clenching or Grinding your teeth
  • Lack of good daily dental habits

 

Plaque is a type of bacteria that shows up on your teeth as a sticky film that can generally be removed with regular brushing and flossing. Plaque is the most common cause of gum disease and should be regularly removed from your teeth. Tarter buildup is a result of hardened plaque and cannot be removed by brushing and flossing.  You must seek treatment from a dental professional for successful removal of tarter. Scheduling a cleaning with Dr. Leslie Anthony every six months will ensure plaque and tarter are properly removed.

 

Symptoms of Gum Disease:

  • Tender, swollen, or red gums
  • Gums that easily bleed while brushing and flossing
  • Chronic bad breath or bad taste in mouth
  • Loose teeth or teeth that move and separate
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Change in bite
  • Pain when chewing food
  • Teeth that are overly sensitive to hot or cold temperatures

 

3 different stages of gum disease:

 Gingivitis– Also known as inflammation of the gums, is caused by a buildup of plaque resulting in red, swollen, and irritated gums. This may occur from poor oral hygiene. Untreated gingivitis can progress and cause more serious problems.

Periodontitis– Periodontitis means “inflammation around the tooth”.  It is a chronic inflammatory disease of the gums which usually occurs when gingivitis is not properly treated. A pocket can form below the gum line, encouraging plaque to accumulate and cause damage to underlying tissue and bone.

Advanced Periodontitis– This is the most progressed stage of gum disease. Characteristics of advanced periodontitis include loss of the surrounding periodontal tissues and bone that support your teeth. In extreme cases, teeth can shift or may become loose.

 

The best medicine is preventative medicine. Take the time to brush and floss your teeth twice a day and schedule cleaning appointments with Dr. Leslie Anthony every six months.

  

Call today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Leslie Anthony

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How do eating disorders affect our oral health?

It’s not a secret… eating disorders affect our oral health.

It is no secret that our dietary choices and how we take care of our teeth plays a huge role in the health of our mouth and entire body. It is important to develop and maintain good oral hygiene by making it a daily habit to brush your teeth twice a day, floss, and schedule regular visits with Dr. Leslie Anthony every six months. What is kept a secret is that you or someone close to you may be suffering from an eating disorder. Eating disorders can have a severe negative impact on a person’s oral health and their overall quality of life.

It is estimated that over 10 million people in America are living with an eating disorder. An eating disorder is described as an illness that is characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits and can affect people of any age or gender. You might not be aware that eating disorders can lead to extremely sensitive teeth caused by weakened enamel and bleeding gums because of poor nutrition.

The most common types of eating disorders are:

  • Anorexia Nervosa– Anorexia commonly shows up as an obsession to reach the “perfect” weight. An excessive fear of gaining weight and having a distorted perception of body image.
  • Bulimia Nervosa– Bulimia is characterized by repeatedly but discreetly binge eating and then engaging in behaviors that over compensate for the overeating such as self-induced vomiting, over using laxatives, or compulsively exercising.
  • Binge Eating– Like bulimia, binge eating is characterized by frequently eating excessive amounts of food but unlike bulimia there is no compensational behavior for the food consumed often resulting in a person being obese.

Eating disorders can cause severe pain and sensitivity to the teeth and gums, promoting sufferers to seek dental help. Dentists are often the first health care professionals to see signs and symptoms of eating disorders.

Dental Symptoms of an eating disorder

  • Enamel on the teeth is weakened and eroded from frequent exposure to strong stomach acids.
  • Gums may recede and bleed when there is a lack of minerals and nutrients needed for healthy gums.
  • Teeth can become very sensitive to hot and cold temperatures
  • Teeth can become misshaped, cracked, and translucent in color.
  • Salivary glands may become enlarged.
  • Chronic dry mouth and bad breath.

 

Eating disorders can show up as a result of some type of physical, emotional, and social issues that need to be addressed. A person suffering from an eating disorder should seek help from a qualified professional immediately. Feelings of shame and guilt often accompany having an eating disorder and prevent sufferers from getting the help they need and keep them from receiving regular dental care.

If you or someone you care about is suffering from an eating disorder it is important to have an open and honest relationship with a dentist you trust. Dr. Anthony has a unique and compassionate approach to helping people with eating disorders and addictions. She is an active part of The Body Balance Program team. The Body Balance Program is an eating disorder treatment program in an outpatient setting that is offered through Kalispell Regional Healthcare.

If you or someone you love is suffering from the oral complications of an eating disorder Dr. Leslie Anthony is here to help. Schedule an appointment today to find out the best ways to take care of your teeth and mouth. Let Dr. Anthony help you on the road to recovery and restoring your smile.

 

Call Leslie B. Anthony, DMD to schedule your appointment today

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What is your tongue telling you about your health?

 

“The tongue can paint what the eyes can’t see.” Proverbs

 

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The tongue, on average measures in at just over 3 inches long and is made up of 8 different muscles that are interwoven together. The tongue allows us to taste, helps us form words to speak, and can provide insight about our overall health. The surface of the tongue is bumpy due to the presence of thousands of papillae. Papillae are home to our taste buds which send signals to the brain that allow us to distinguish the difference between sweet, salty, bitter, and sour tastes. The tongue is a muscular organ that is very flexible by nature. This allows the tongue to move in many ways helping to mix food with saliva and move food along through the beginning stages of digestion.

The tongue is an important indicator of our health and can provide clues about what is going on within our body. It is linked to many of our vital organs and the different colors, textures, coatings, and shapes of the tongue can give information regarding our health.  Learn how to read your body’s messages by learning more about what shows up on your tongue.

 

tongue reading

Color:

  • A pink tongue is healthy and normal.
  • A red tongue may indicate heat in the body like a fever or a hormonal imbalance.
  • A reddish purple tongue is a sign that there may be inflammation or an infection in the body.
  • A pale pink tongue may be a sign of a vitamin deficiency, a weak immune system or a lack of energy.

 Coating

  • A thick coating reflects poor intestinal health or digestive issues.
  • A yellowish coating indicates there may be an infection in the body.
  • A gray or blackish coating indicates a long term digestive disorder or that something may be very wrong with your body’s health.
  • A thick white coating means there may be poor circulation to the extremities or possibly a yeast infection.

Shape

  • If the tongue is puffy with scalloped edges or indented teeth marks it may indicate malabsorption of nutrients.
  • A very thin tongue may be a sign of dehydration.

 Much like reflexology, different parts of the tongue correspond to different organs in the body. By looking at the condition of different areas of your tongue you can find out what part of your body is not functioning optimally. This illustration represents the tongue as if you are looking into a mirror.

 

tongue reflexology

 

Take a good look at your tongue in the mirror daily and take notice of the colors, textures, bumps, and coatings on your tongue. It is best to inspect your tongue before brushing your teeth and 30 minutes prior to eating. Let your tongue reading inspire and empower you to take charge of your health and make healthy daily habits a priority.

What is your tongue trying to tell you? While serious changes are uncommon it is important to have all areas of concern checked. If you find any abnormalities on your tongue or in your mouth schedule a visit with Dr. Leslie Anthony right away. We recommend you schedule regular preventative appointments every 6 months with Dr. Anthony where she will assess and monitor the overall health of your mouth, teeth, gums, and tongue to make sure you stay in optimal health.

 

Call Leslie B. Anthony, DMD to schedule your appointment today

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Do you clench or grind your teeth?

Teeth grinding is an involuntary movement that can cause negative and destructive effects to the teeth and areas in the mouth. Grinding your teeth generally refers to sliding action of the teeth against each other. Clenching is referred to as a tightly closed biting action with constant pressure. Both have the potential to damage the teeth and cause pain in the jaw. We recommend scheduling a visit with Leslie B. Anthony, DMD today to find out more about prevention and treatment options.

Clenching and grinding your teeth can occur when you are awake or asleep. While awake it may be a response to stress, tension, anxiety, or deep concentration. Sleep is very important for our health and well-being. Proper rest can effectively refresh our mind and our body while helping us prepare for the next day and strengthen our immune system. Sleep disturbances can take a toll on our health and may prevent us from being productive and functioning as our best selves. One of the most common sleep disturbances that prevents us from getting a good night’s sleep is clenching or grinding our teeth.

Do you ever wake up with:
  • Headaches
  • Sore, achy, and fatigued jaw
  • Earaches
  • Sensitive teeth and gums
  • Your partner complaining about the grinding noises you make throughout the night

 

If you answered yes to any of these, you may have what medical professionals call bruxism. Bruxism is excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching. Bruxism may be caused by a combination of things such as physical, psychological and genetic factors.

Factors that influence whether or not teeth grinding and clenching causes pain and other problems will be different from person to person. They may include but are not limited to:
  • Stress
  • Alignment of teeth
  • Anxiety
  • Diet
  • Your ability to relax
  • Sleeping habits and routines
  • Oral care

 

Tips for reducing teeth grinding and clenching

 

  • Reduce your daily stress. It is important for your health and well-being to learn how to reduce and manage your stress. Relax your mind by doing something you enjoy. Take time to participate in your favorite hobby, go for a walk, do something creative like write or paint, or take a relaxing bath with essential oils to relax your mind.
  • Avoid caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant that can make anxiety worse causing more stress and tension in the body. Caffeine can also make it more difficult to fall and stay asleep.
  • Avoid chewing on objects. Chewing on pens or pencils and even chewing gum for prolonged periods of time can tighten jaw muscles and increase your risk of grinding and clenching your teeth.
  • Custom-fitted Mouth guard.  Schedule your appointment with Dr. Leslie Anthony to get fitted for a custom fitted mouth guard that will help protect your teeth while you sleep.

 

Studies suggest that over 40 million people in the US alone grind or clench their teeth. You may be one of them and not even be aware that you are grinding and clenching your teeth. That is why it is important to schedule regular visits with Leslie B. Anthony, DMD.  Dr. Leslie Anthony may see signs of grinding and clenching when examining your teeth at a checkup appointment and she can determine the cause of your teeth grinding and then come up with a treatment plan that is best suited for your needs.

 

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Healthy Dental Habits for Kids

 

Healthy Dental Habits for Kids

Ways to encourage your children to take good care of their teeth from the beginning.

 

  • Schedule a visit- It is recommended that your child should have their first visit with us at Dr. Anthony’s as soon as their first tooth appears or no later than his or her first birthday. We recommend scheduling regular checkups at least every 6 months to catch early signs of decay or cavities.

 

  • Make brushing fun– To make brushing more fun let your child pick out their own fun colorful brushes, have them use a toothpaste that is specially designed for kids, and try incorporating a song that brings more fun into the bathroom that educates and encourages your child to brush their teeth. A video you and your child may like is This Is The Way We Brush Our Teeth from LittleBabyBum!

  • Read with your kids– Reading books to your children can often be the best way to help them learn new things. Finding books about brushing that are colorful, have fun characters, and that teach the importance of good dental health is a great way to get your child excited about good dental habits early. A great book to check out is Brush, Brush, Brush!

 

  • Model good habits – Play follow the leader and lead by example. Take good care of your own teeth by regularly brushing and flossing and your child will be likely to do the same. Make it a fun experience that you can do together.

 

  • Routine- Brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste is recommended. Getting your child into a routine of brushing creates a healthy habit. You will need to brush your child’s teeth for them until they are ready to brush them on their own. Always make sure you supervise your child while brushing his or her teeth to make sure they do not swallow their toothpaste. Children should begin flossing to clean between any teeth that touch.

 

We encourage you to stop in to our office for a fun visit so your child can have a friendly meeting with Dr. Anthony and our team of hygienists. Your child can pick out a free timer that they can use while brushing. Let us help your child feel comfortable at the dentist and get them started with good dental habits early.

 

Call 752-8161 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Leslie Anthony today.

We look forward to visits with your entire family.