The Kiss of Death

Kissing may kill you, really! I’m not kidding. The HPV can be transmitted by kissing. There has been a 25% increase in oral cancer in the last 10 years.

We all know the increased risk of oral cancer in smokers and alcohol drinkers, but many people are not aware of the oral cancer risks with the HPV (Human Papiloma Virus). HPV is responsible for over 85% of head and neck cancers. We are aware of the increased risks of cervical cancer in women infected with HPV.

Ok, here’s another interesting fact about HPV. Male circumcision can reduce the risks of HPV transmission. God knew what he was talking about when he told Abraham to get circumcised. There is a movement to stop male circumsion. However, women whos partner’s are not circumcised have a higher rate of cervical cancer.

Gum Disease

Gum disease affects over 50% of the popualtion. What are the symptoms and causes of gum disease? As a Davenport dentist, I will explain gum disease in a question and answer format.

Q.What is gum disease?
A. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection of the gum and supporting tissues of the teeth. Periodontal disease affects the gums and bone that suppor the teeth.
Q. What are the symptoms of gum disease?
A. Most of the time, gum disease is silent, no symptoms, no pain. In it’s beginning stages, periodontal diseae starts as gingivitis. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums and early symptoms are bleeding gums. Many patients say they notice bleeding gums, but think bleeding is normal. Your gums should never bleed. Bleeding is a sign of inflammation.
Q. What are the causes of gum disease?
A. There are many opinions and treatment ideas. It is my opinion that most periodontal disease is caused by diet. And lack of essential nutrients. I have found that vegans and vegetarians have more gum issues becasue their diet is deprived of essential fatty acids, vitamins and nutrients like zinc, vitamin B-12, Co Q 10 ( essential for heart and gum health). Vegans do not get proper essentail proteins found only in animal proteins and essential amino acids that contain sulfur which is needed for a healthy mouth. Vegans are essentially starving and in a sense, veganism is a slow starving death. The gums fall apart because nutrient deficiencies.
Q. What is a healthy diet?
A. Here is a very easy answer: Eat like a caveman. When you wnat to know what to eat, think if a caveman would eat what you are going to eat. Would a caveman drink soda? Would a cavman eat cereal, soy, candy, and bread. Caveman ate animal protein everyday. Animal protein is essential for good health, even the fat and skin and cartilage.
Q. What should healthy gums look like?
A. Healthy gums should appear pink and not red, no bleeding no swelling.
Q, How does this Davenport dentist treat gum disease?
A. Many times, we first recommend a cleaning ao scaling or root planning to remove calculus or tarter. When your diet is improper, you can accumulate tarter whcih can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist.
Q.What food supplements is recommended for gum disease?
A. Normally, I recommend fish oil or flax seed oil to reduce inflammation and gum inflammation.

Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste

Is tea tree oil toohpaste healthy?
A. There are several brand of toothpaste that contain tea tree oil as a medication for patients with gum disease. The idea is that tea tree oil is antimicrobial and therefore is a benefit to patients that have gum disease.
There is only one problem, tee tree oil does bad things to your thyroid, bad things like permanent damage to the organ. Now when I mention this fact , patient are confused. How could something “natural” be harmful? Well, uranium is “natural”, so is mercury. Just becasue something is natural does not meanit is healthy.

So please don’t use tea tree oil in you mouth. If you are concerned about harmful bacteria in your mouth, try some probiotics. Natural lactofermented vegetables are healthy and nutritious and they help populate you gut with beneficial bacteria needed for health.

Davenport Dental Implants

As a Davenport dentist who does place dental implants, I would like to discuss the BASIC dental implant syetem that I use for my patients.

I will place my own implants including the titanium implant and the crown. Let me explain why I prefer the BASIC implant system.

Many systems use a brutal, bloody and painful system fo implant placement that involves peeling off the gum around the implant during implant placement. Not onlty is this method of dental implant placement painful and outdated, it damages the blood supply to the bone and the implant site diminishing the sucsess of the implant.

With the BASIC system. local anesthetic is given and a small opening the size of a pencil eraser is made in the gum. The implant hole is drilled and then the titanium dental implant is placed in the jaw. A small healing cap is placed over the implant and the implant heals for 4-6 months. Many of my patients have had no post operative pain. Again, the reason most patients have had severe post operatiev pain is because of the removal of the gum. In only rare instances is gum surgery needed.

As your Davenport dentist and your Quad Cities Dentist that’s the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth on dental implants in the Quad Cities and Davenport Iowa

Cosmetic Dentist In Davenport

As a general dentist in Davneport Iowa, people always ask me if I am a cosmetic dentist. I am tenpted to chuckle because all dentistry should be cosmetic, look natural and be healthy for your mouth and your body.

Because in my profession there are some dentist that think of their bank account instead the best interest of the patient, I would like to discuss a very delicate topic.

In our society, ugly is considered a disease that needs treatment. Breast implants, face lifts and in dentistry, crowns or veneers or laminates. Now I an not against veneers or laminates in the correct situation. But sometimes a veneer or crown is recommended when their is a better treatment option. Our priority is to first do no harm.

Let me tell you what happened in my office this last week. A 29 year old female patient came to my Davenport dental office for a second opinion. This patient has some crowded front teeth and two rather ugly crowns on her two front middle teeth. Another dentist had recommended crowning or capping all six front teeth because of the crowding. So the crowns would straighten her smile. The cost would be over $6,000 minimum. This patient was also not happy with her bite. Her front teeth were placed so far ahead of her bottom teeth she could not bite her food. This condition is call “overjet”. The ohter dentist said that her bite could be fixed with crowns. I did not agree. I had my associate give a third opinion and she agreed that this patient needed braces or orthodontic treatment. Why would we grind on perfectly good teeth because they were crowded. I explained to the patient that once the teeth were ground down to make crowns, it was down hill. The crowns would eventually need replacments and the costs and painwould continue for her lifetime.

I referred this patient to a Bettendorf orthodontist named Steven Mack for an evaluation. Could I have recommended crowns and made money off this patient? Yes, but our patient’s health and well being is our priority.

If this patient has orthodontic treatment, the cost will be about the same, this difference is that we will not destroy her front teeth but preserve them the way God made them. Instead of amputating her teeth will will enhance what Gog gave her.

Bettendorf Orthodontists

I am a general dentist in Davenport Iowa. Recently I had an inflection point with my own dental health. I am middle aged and I have always had straight teeth, however my bite or occlusion was less than perfect. So over Christmas, I was eating some popcorn and I chipped one of my teeth. Now I have beeb fortunate to not have needed much dental treatment in my life. My tooth chipped becasue of mya bad bite.

So I visited ny favorite Bettendorf orthodontist, Steven Mack. Dr Mack is my orthodontist and I am now a dental patient. I must confess, it has been difficult being on the other side of the chair. I had no choice. My other option was to do nothing and watch my teeth chip away and then require crowns.

There are many great orhtodontist in the Quad Cities, Bettendorf and Davenport. Dr Mack is a specialist trained in orhtodontics to treat misalinged teeth. Many times crowded or misaligned teeth can cause damage to your teeth or to the gums. Many times I will recommend orthodontics for adults in order to protect their teeth. So braces are not just for cosmetic reasons. Properly aligned teeth can prevent cavities, prevent cavities and prevent your teeth for breaking or chipping.

Dr Mack is a Bettendorf orthodontist who will provide a free on obligation exam and consultation.

What is A Dry Socket?

This post disscussion will be about the cause and cure for a dry socket.

Q. What is a dry socket?
A. A dry socket is called localized osteitits, or inflammation in a localized area usually after a tooth extraction. A dry socket hurts really bad. A dry socket is when the blood clot fails to ahere or falls out of the tooth socket after an extraction.
Q. What causes a dry socket?
A. As previoulsy stated, a dry socket happens after a tooth extraction, usually a dry socet happens 4-5 days after a tooth extraction. It is unusual to have a dry socket the same day or nexy dat after a tooth extraction.
Smoking is the number one casue of a dry socket. When you smoke after an extraction, the sucking on the cigarrette and the dirty smoke pulls the clot from the socket and leaves raw bare exposed bone, causing severe pain. I have seen strong grown men cry from a dry socket.
Q. What are the symptoms of a dry socket? Severe pain 4-5 dyas after an extraction. No clot in the socket is also another symptom. If you smoke after an extraction and you have severe pain, you most likely have a dry socket.
Q. How is a dry socket treated? The dentist needs to place a medicine called Iodoform paste in the socket to kill the infection and encourage blood clot formatiom. Oral antibiotics will not work, and pain killers are not effective with a dry socket.
Q. Is there a home remedy for dry socket beofre I go to the dentist?
A. You can protect the bare bone socket by placing vasoline on a gauze and coverign the socket with gauze until you see your dentist. A natural way to treat a dry socket is to place a gauze with raw honey over the socket. It must be raw honey, regular honey does not work. You can also place oil of oregano into the socket. Be careful to not over do it with the oil of oregano. Try not to swallow oil of oregano because it is a powerful antibiotic that will kill the bacterai in your gut if to much is swallowed.

Davenport Root Canal

The format for this blog will be a question and answer for root canal treatment

Q, What is a root canal Treatment?
A. Root canal treatment or enodontic therapy is the treatment of damaged or injured nerve of the tooth. When a nerve is injured or dies, the remaining infected or damaged nerve must be carefully removed.
A small opening is made on the bitting surface of the tooth. The nerve canal is carefully cleaned and steriized. After the nerve canal is cleaned, the canal is filled with a filling material to prevent amy future infections. The small opening of the tooth is filled just like any other filling. Many times a crown is needed to cover and protect the tooth after root canal treatment
Q. What are the signs of needing root canal treatment?
A. If a tooth hurts when you eat sweets or sour foods, the tooth most likely needs a filling or needs repair of a leaky filling. If a tooth hurts when you eat cold foods, the tooth has an injured or bruised nerve. If a tooth hurts when you eat hot foods, the nerve is damaged and root canal treatemtn is needed. If you have a constant throbbing ache in your tooth, you will need root canal treatemnt. If the tooth is abcessed, you will need treatment. Somtimes a tooth wil hurt when you bite. This may indicate the need for treatment, it could also indicate a cracked tooth. Swelling may also indicate the need for treatemnt.
Q. What does the treatment cost?
A. the costs for a front tooth is about $500, the costs for a molar or back tooth is about $800 -$900
Q. Are there other treatment options?
A. If treatment is not done, the tooth will require an extraction. The tooth can be replaced with a dental implant or a bridge.

Affordable Dentures In Davenport Iowa

Patients always ask for an affordable denture when considering a new or repairing an existing denture.
Let’s talk about how dentures are different.
1) Teeth: A cheaper or more affordable denture will use a cheaper less lifelike teeth. The cheaper teeth are more likely to break or wear requiring costly and embarrassing inconvienence in repairing the broken denture. Cheaper teeth absorb more stain and do not look as real or life like
2)Base Acrylic: We use a high quality heat cured denture base that is approved by the American Dental Association. The heat cure process take at least 24 hours to properly cure the denture. If you go to a cut rate denture clinic, they will make you a denture the same day. When the denture is made the same day, a cold cure method is used the cold cure method is more prone to breakage, wear and short life span of the denture. Also the cold cure method is more porous and leads to more bacteria sticking to the denture and leading bad breath and discoloration
3) Complete exam: Make sure that the dentist does a complete oral cancer screening, Many of the cut rate clinics do not do a complete oral exam.

Davenport Orthodontists

Davenport Iowa has about six orthodontists. The orthodontist is a specialty of dentistry that straightes crowded or misaligned teeth. As a Davenport dentist, I prefer to refer patients who need orthodontics to one of the many great specialtist in the area.

There are many general dentists in Davenport Iowa that practice orthodontics, it is my preference to not practice orthodontics. I feel that my patients are best treated under the care of a specialist in this area.

Orthodontist usually work with the general dentists in the Quad Cities who refer patients who need orthodontic treatment.