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Is Flouride Right For You?

Have you ever been offered a fluoride treatment at your dental office, and wondered if this is the right treatment for you?  Below, we will outline the benefits and uses of fluoride varnish, and why your dentist may recommend it for you:

  • Fluoride is a mineral that helps to prevent tooth decay by stopping demineralization and helping to remineralize the tooth structure.  High concentration fluoride, that can be applied by your dental professional, can also stop the bacterial metabolism that leads to acid erosion and cavities.
  • Fluoride can also help to prevent tooth sensitivity.  Tooth sensitivity can be cause by a loss of the enamel layer of the tooth, or gumline recession.  When this happens, the tooth’s dentin has become exposed.  Fluoride helps to block the dentinal tubules, and reduce temperature sensitivity.
  • Fluoride is an inexpensive preventative procedure that can minimize your risk for developing cavities, remineralize early decay and strengthen your tooth structure.  At Northfield Family Dental we use a leading edge product called fluoride varnish.  Studies show fluoride varnish to be the most effective and safe product available for tooth remineralization and desensitization.

Northfield Family Dental using strict guidelines created by the American Dental Association for an individuals risk of caries.  Northfield Family Dental utilizes the Caries Classification System to determine which patients are at higher risk of getting caries lesions.

If you are interested in learning more about a Fluoride treatment and the benefits of a professional application please consult with Denver Family Denitst Dr. Cardon or one of our highly trained hygienists.

Benefits of Receiving Comprehensive and Quadrant Based Dental Care

Are you in need of extensive dental treatment? There’s a way to save time, money, and look fabulous. How? The secret is our approach to comprehensive dentistry at Northfield Family Dental. What we’re referring to is Quadrant Dentistry.

What is quadrant dentistry? When you’re in need of a lot of dental work, Dr. Cardon can work in quadrants (or sections) to take care of multiple teeth in a single appointment. By taking care of all of your dental needs in one appointment, you:

  • Save time
  • Save money
  • Prevent future problems
  • Look fabulous

This comprehensive approach will benefit your oral and overall health in the long run.

Quadrant Dentistry Saves You Time

You’re busy and it can be difficult to see us for multiple appointments. With quadrant dentistry, our dentists work in sections to get your major dental work done in one appointment. You don’t need to worry about returning for multiple appointments to focus on one tooth at a time. In turn, you take less time off from work and spend more time with your family. Quadrant dentistry is especially useful for anxious patients who embrace fewer appointments and fewer injections.

Quadrant Dentistry Can Save You Money

While costs of taking care of all your dentistry remain the same, you DO save money over time. By taking care of all of your dental needs at once, you save the overall expenses of missing work, including lost wages and sick/vacation time.

Quadrant Dentistry Prevents Future Problems

Getting all of your dentistry completed at once will prevent future (and expensive) dental problems. If we’re working on quadrants (or adjacent teeth) of your smile, Dr. Cardon can prepare your teeth efficiently. This limits damage to your gums, and your smile will be easier to clean and maintain. In turn, you’ll have a healthier mouth and won’t need extensive dentistry in the future.

Taking this proactive approach will benefit your oral and overall health in the long run. The longer you put off the dentistry you need, the more likely you’ll experience significant health risks, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Premature birth
  • And much more

You’ll Look Amazing With Quadrant Dentistry

Have you been hiding your smile? Having a healthy smile complements your facial features and makes you look youthful and attractive. Thanks to quadrant dentistry, you can smile more confidently faster because all of our restorative services focus on function AND beauty.

Comprehensive and Quadrant Dentistry Go Hand in Hand

We believe in taking a comprehensive approach at Northfield Family Dental. That means looking at the whole you – not just your teeth. By taking care of your smile in quadrants, your oral and overall health will thrive and benefit you in the long run. We believe getting more done for your smile at once will benefit your oral and overall health in the long run. Call our office today at 720-778-0400 to schedule your comprehensive smile consultation.

Cannabis Usage Linked to Gum Disease

Cannabis Usage Linked to Gum Disease

With the legalization of marijuana in Oregon having arrived over a year ago, the number of Oregonians trying the habit continues to rise. Whether you regularly smoke, occasionally indulge in the habit or are thinking of trying it out, our Eugene dentists at North Eugene Family Dental think it important patients understand the risk smoking marijuana poses to their oral health.

While marijuana’s effects on short and long-term memory are what most studies around cannabis use mainly focus, a recent study has now called into question the impact recreational smoking may have on an individual’s oral health.

Researchers have discovered that frequent recreational cannabis use – including hash, hash oil and marijuana – may be linked to an increased risk of periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease. The study found that individuals who used cannabis at least once a month for a year showed increased indicators of mild, moderate and severe periodontal disease when compared to those who used cannabis less frequently.

The results of this latest study were published in the Journal of Periodontology.

A Link to Gum Disease

In the study, participants who identified themselves as regular users of recreational cannabis were found to have an average of 29.3 sites around their teeth with periodontal pocket depths of greater than or equal to four millimeters; 24.8 sites with pocket depth of greater than or equal to six millimeters; and 24.5 sites with at least eight millimeters of pocket depth. Study participants who reported to use cannabis less frequently had an average of 22.3, 19.3 and 18.9 sites respectively.

Pocket depths ranks as a vital indicator of periodontal disease, measuring the space between a tooth and surrounding gum tissue. Healthy attachment of gum tissue, which should sit securely along the base of a tooth, measures between one to three millimeters in depth. Measurements of pocket depth that serve to indicate the potential for gum disease can range between three to five millimeter (mild periodontal disease) to more than seven millimeters (severe periodontal disease).

Researchers believe that with recreational cannabis use becoming common as more states adopt legislation legalizing its use, it’s important that users understand the impact that any form of cannabis can have on the health of their gums. While a number of risk factors increase the likelihood an individual with develop gum disease, the results of this latest study suggest that cannabis use may be one of them. Considering the gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of developing a range of chronic illnesses that include periodontal disease, stroke, dementia and cancer, it’s vital cannabis users work to maintain and improve their oral health by brushing and flossing daily and by scheduling regular dental exams and cleanings with our Eugene dentists.

Understanding Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease develops due to an inflammatory reaction to a bacterial infection that has formed below the gum line. The disease can cause a variety of symptoms, including irritation, swelling, bleeding and tooth loss when left untreated.

To successfully lower your risk of periodontal disease, it’s important that you minimize risk factors such as smoking, eating an unbalanced diet and practicing poor oral hygiene. The American Association of Periodontology recommends daily flossing, brushing for at least two minutes a time, twice a day, and receiving yearly comprehensive periodontal evaluations. Fortunately, when treated early on, the effects of periodontal disease are reversible.

Know your risk and know your risk factors for periodontal disease and you can successfully enjoy a healthy, great looking smile for a lifetime.

Hormone Therapy Could Treat Gum Disease

Hormone Therapy Could Treat Gum Disease

Our team of dentists in Eugene, OR remain committed to keeping patients up-to-date on the latest new that concerns exciting breakthroughs regarding the treatment of gum disease. Gingivitis and periodontitis represent a serious threat to our long-term oral and overall health. In recent years, a growing amount of research has found compelling links between gum disease and range of chronic long-term illnesses that include cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, and cancer. Lowering your risk of these diseases means protecting your oral health from the oral bacteria that causes gum disease.

The fight against gum disease may have found a new weapon, according to the results of a new study. Stimulating the action of a hormone may help to prevent the inflammation and other effects in gum disease that contributes to tooth loss, finds a study published in the The FASEB Journal.

Researchers in Brazil who were involved with the study discovered that treatment with melanocortin agonists stopped inflammation in mice, suggesting it could lead to a treatment for gum disease in humans as well.

The Fight Against Gum Disease

A bacterial infection, gum disease causes red, inflamed, and bleeding gums, but the disease can also cause bone loss and has been linked to a variety of chronic illnesses if not treated over the long-term.

Based on recent studies that have suggested melanocortin peptides, a hormone, could control some of the bone loss associated with gum disease, researchers at the Federal University of Mina Gerais tested its effects on mice.

As part of the study, researchers treated mice infected with Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans – which causes a severe form of gum disease to develop – divided into one of four different groups: One was treated with melanocortin agonist, one was infected but not treated, another was treated with a placebo and the final group was neither exposed, treated or suffered from gum disease.

Researchers discovered that mice treated each day for one month with the hormone agonist experienced a reduction in inflammation and preservation of bone physiology, suggesting melanocortin could be used to fight the disease.

Controlling inflammation during gum disease ranks as a vital part in avoiding alveolar bone resorption and tooth loss, stated researchers who hope this new type of treatment could improve the lives of millions of patients around the world who suffer from advanced gum disease.

Protecting Your Oral Health

Fortunately, you can take preventative measures to protect your oral health from gum disease by practicing three easy steps:

  1. Brush twice a day. Brushing at least twice a day helps to remove harmful oral bacteria from your mouth. By removing plaque and food particles that linger after eating from your mouth, you significantly reduce the risk of developing cavities, gum inflammation, or gum disease. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each time. The ideal times to brush – if you cannot brush after each meal – is once in the morning and again before bed.
  2. Floss daily. Despite recent news reports that have questioned the need to floss at all, our team of dentists in Eugene, OR remain committed to the idea that flossing helps to significantly reduce your risk of cavities and disease. That’s because flossing helps to remove food and bacteria from areas of your mouth a toothbrush just cannot reach – between your teeth and below the gum line.
  3. Schedule regular dental appointments. Regular dental care helps to protect your oral health from decay and gum disease. Regular checkups and exams provide our team of dentists with the opportunity to spot the signs of gum disease and tooth decay early on while both conditions are still easily treatable.

Restore Your Smile With Dental Implants

Restore Your Smile With Dental Implants

Don’t let dentures or gaps in your teeth take away your confidence! As your Northfield cosmetic dentist, Dr. Cardon can get started on a path to reclaiming your smile with the exciting application of dental implants! Northfield Family Dental offers the most advanced dental implant technology available, and we love to help our Northfield residents regain their confidence with a healthy, beautiful looking smile.

How do Dental Implants work?

The best way to explain how dental implants can improve your smile is to describe exactly how they work. If you’re a missing tooth, Dr. Cardon will replace the tooth with a dental implant. The implant will take root in the jawbone (just a like a real tooth), protect the bone and integrity of your face, and function just like real tooth. Implants blend so seamless into the natural appearance of your smile that only you and Dr. Cardon will even know your tooth was ever replaced.

If you suffer from tooth loss, the bone around the missing tooth or teeth will soon go through a process called reabsorption, which can compromise the structure of your face and create a distinctly unpleasant look many people refer to as “sunken” in appearance. If left untreated, reabsorption can cause discomfort that leads to a variety of other complications and may even eliminate dentures as an option.

Implants not only fix this problem, but often reverse the damage.

Whatever the cause of your tooth loss,  dental implants can erase the pain and embarrassment of having visible holes in your bite while restoring the form and function back to your smile. Implants provide the structure your mouth and jaw need to strengthen the bone and keep your face from caving inwards.

If you are considering dentures (or already have them) you will want to know that dental implants can help anchor dentures or replace them altogether. And they do so without harming nearby teeth.

Dental Implants: the Bottom Line

Missing teeth are common, but you don’t have to suffer from this problem. Dental implants replace teeth and preserve the integrity of the jawbone, while also aiding in other restorative dental fixtures. Implants can give you a great smile without any of the inconveniences of having dentures or other options. Your daily routine can go on just as it did before you lost the tooth. In fact, you may even forget that you have an implant!

Here at Northfield Family Dental, we are committed to your dental health. Your Northfield cosmetic dentist, Dr. Cardon, loves to give our patients a confidence boost with a great new smile. Don’t hesitate to call us with any questions and make sure to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cardon to find out if dental implants are right for you!  To schedule an evaluation for dental implants, please call 720-778-0400.

 

Benefits of Straight Teeth and a Healthy Smile

Benefits of Straight Teeth and a Healthy Smile

For many people, malocclusion, or the misalignment of teeth, causes problems with self-esteem. Straightening your teeth offers significant psychological and social benefits. In fact, improving the look of your smile is one of the simplest and best ways to improve your overall appearance. Beyond just the obvious cosmetic benefits, however, straightening your teeth offers a number of other advantages.

One major advantage to straight teeth is that they’re easier to clean. Having your teeth straightened enables you to more effectively remove decay-causing food particles and promotes improved oral health. If teeth are too crowded, or if they overlap one another, small spaces are created in which food particles can become stuck. If a toothbrush is not able to reach into these areas, these food particles are likely to contribute to tooth decay and gum disease.

Importance of Oral Health

Maintaining good oral health is important for a number of reasons that extend beyond your mouth. More and more evidence is showing the connection between oral and overall health. The bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease can also increase the risk for and severity of heart disease and stroke. In fact, the connection between periodontal disease and heart disease is proving higher than the link between high cholesterol and heart disease. Periodontal disease has also been shown to increase the severity of diabetes-related complications and an increased risk of death from diabetes. It has also been linked to gastrointestinal disease and a host of other serious health conditions.  Straighter teeth are less likely to be a liability when talking about gum disease, and having straighter teeth can even make cleaning your teeth easier. Straighter teeth are less likely to grind which will save you from chipping and dulling. Crooked teeth can even lead to a crooked jaw from the uneven distribution of force while chewing which could contribute to TMJ concerns.

In women, maintaining proper oral health is particularly important during the childbearing years. Studies have shown that pregnant women with gum disease are at higher risk of giving birth too early and to low-birthweight babies. Premature and low-birthweight infants often have to overcome long-term developmental challenges.

In addition to improving your ability to clean your teeth effectively, properly aligned teeth can also improve your breathing. Narrow arches can sometimes cause breathing problems. In children, these types of breathing problems are thought to contribute to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This lack of ability to take in adequate oxygen can also contribute to heart disease later in life if left untreated.

Improperly aligned teeth can also put excess strain on the supporting musculoskeletal structure, and can lead to headaches, facial pain and other discomforts. Even more importantly, teeth that are improperly aligned may not function correctly. When this happens, eating and speech may be affected.

While speech problems present obvious social and developmental challenges, the inability to adequately chew your food can also pose serious consequences. It stresses your digestive system and makes it more difficult for your body to get proper nutrition. This is obviously important for children, but is equally important for adults. Sometimes older people think it’s too late for them to benefit from straightening their teeth. However, as we age, it’s common for our nutrition to suffer, and late in life is when we need our nutrition to be at its best. In fact, adequate nutrition, as we grow older, is an extremely important factor in maintaining good overall health and promoting longevity.Invisalign 2

That’s why I believe that improving the alignment of the teeth, at any age, offers the potential for huge benefits.

To inquire more about Invisalign in Denver, please contact our office at 720.778.0400 to schedule a free Invisalign teeth straightening consultation with Dr. Cardon. Learn more about Invisalign teeth straightening here.

Five Reasons Never To Ignore Gum Disease

Five Reasons Never To Ignore Gum Disease

As a Northfield family dentist, our staff at Northfield Family Dental wants all of our patients to understand the risks of gum disease. After all, in order to enjoy a lifetime of great oral health, it’s important that patients provide their gums just as much attention as the health of their teeth.

Healthy gums are the result of good oral hygiene. But even the most ardent of oral hygiene enthusiasts can suffer from gums that become sore and inflamed, which can serve as an early warning sign of a more severe health problem. When gums become inflamed and begin to easily bleed, it’s often a sign of plaque build up that causes gum inflammation and can lead to the development of gum disease.

However, bleeding gums can also indicate a more serious health problem that could affect more than just your oral health. Here are a few of the serious illnesses that bleeding gums can serve as a symptom.

Diabetes

Studies have found compelling links between gum disease and diabetes. Bleeding gums rank as one of the most common signs of diabetes. For individuals battling the disease, trying to manage their blood sugar levels becomes incredibly difficult when suffering from actively bleeding gum disease. Individuals with diabetes must place their oral health as a top priority to prevent oral infections and other health problems.

Thrombocytopenia

More than just a game ending Scrabble word, individuals suffering from thrombocytopenia have lower platelet counts in the blood. This results in symptoms that range from bruising and slow blood clotting to bleeding gums and tissue. The condition can also cause oral lesions to develop, and even minor oral trauma can cause gums to bleed.

Leukemia

The bleeding gums caused by gum disease can be one of the initial signs of leukemia. Leukemic cells can infiltrate gum tissue, making a patient’s gums feel enlarged and appear hemorrhagic. This ranks as a very serious oral health problem that requires immediate medical care. If you practice quality oral hygiene – brushing twice a day and flossing daily – and still suffer from bleeding gums for over a week, you need to schedule an appointment with a Northfield family dentist.

HIV

Over 90 percent of HIV patients suffer from at least one oral health issue, such as bleeding gums or gum disease. While bleeding gums does not qualify as a sign of HIV by itself, patients who suffer from the autoimmune disease need to treat gum disease more seriously in order to prevent infection.

Pregnancy Induced Gum Disease

Expecting mothers commonly suffer from sensitive or bleeding gums. Gum problems during pregnancy occur due to the constantly shifting hormones a woman’s body goes through during the time leading up to delivery. This hormonal shift can cause gums to become swollen or inflamed, make them more susceptible to bleeding. Oral hygiene also plays an important role in a baby’s development, which means that expectant mothers need to make caring for their oral health a top priority. This could mean more frequent checkups and cleanings with our staff at Northfield Family Dental, and special instructions for an improved oral hygiene regimen.

Breaking Bad Habits With A Child’s Oral Health

Breaking Bad Habits With A Child’s Oral Health

As a family dentist in Denver, the staff at Northfield Family Dental wants all of our patients to enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. To enjoy great oral health requires practicing quality oral hygiene habits from a young age. While parents would never intentionally place their child’s oral health at jeopardy, that’s exactly what many unintentionally do everyday.

To help protect the long-term oral health of your kids, here are a few bad habits that many parents commonly employ when tending to their kids’ oral health.

Laying A Child Down With a Bottle

It’s not uncommon for frazzled parents to try and calm their fussy baby by laying him or her down with a bottle. While giving a child a bottle of formula may help to quite her down, the sugars that formula contains pose a serious risk to her oral health.

When babies feed lying down, the formula pools around their front teeth. Oral bacteria that thrive in the mouth uses the sugars found in formula to produce acids that attack a child’s still developing teeth. These bacteria can cause tooth decay, which could result in a child loosing their baby teeth at too young an age.

While it’s easy to think of baby teeth as disposable since they do eventually fall out in most kids, baby teeth actually play a vital role in the development of a child’s permanent teeth. They act as space holders that work to guide a child’s adult teeth into the correct position. When a child’s baby teeth fall out at too young an age, adult teeth can develop crooked, misaligned or crowded. This can require orthodontic treatment or pulling teeth to correct.

As a general rule, parents should avoid laying a baby down with a bottle containing anything other than water. Formula, fruit juice and breast milk all contain sugar that can damage you baby’s oral health.

Sharing Pacifiers

For many parents, it’s not uncommon to clean their child’s pacifier or spoon by quickly sticking into their own mouths and licking off any debris before placing the item back into their baby’s mouth. While this might seem like a quick and convenient solution for how to clean off an item a child might have dropped or gotten dirty, the exchange of bacteria that occurs could present a problem.

Adults carry far more bacteria in their mouths when compared to young children. By placing an item into your mouth, you risk transferring foreign oral bacteria to your child’s mouth. An excess of bacteria can negatively throw off the balance of good and bad bacteria in a child’s mouth, increasing his or her chance of developing oral disease.

Delaying Dental Care

Making sure your child develops healthy teeth requires he or she receive regular dental care from a young age – much younger than many parents think. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommend that parents schedule their child’s first dental visit by the age of 12 months, or shortly after a child begins teething, whichever comes first. While this may seem rather soon, early appointments with a family dentist in Denver will provide Dr. Cardon with the opportunity monitor the development of your child’s oral health from the beginning. Early checkups will also allow Dr. Cardon to spot any signs of decay early on while still treatable, which can prevent any significant long-term damage from occurring.

If you have any questions about the best practices for your child’s oral health, feel free to ask any member of our staff during your next appointment at Northfield Family Dental.

Study Finds Drinking Milk Helps to Whiten Teeth

Study Finds Drinking Milk Helps to Whiten Teeth

At Northfield Family Dentistry, Northfield dentist Dr. Craig Cardon and the rest of our friendly and professional staff want every patient to enjoy the very best oral health possible. The brightness of a patient’s smile is one of the most noticeable aspects of an individual’s oral health, and consuming teeth-staining foods can rob even the healthiest smiles of a little of their luster. This can lead to patients feeling insecure or uncomfortable with the state of their smile, and lower overall self-confidence, as a result.

Beverages like red wine, cola, coffee and black tea are some of the biggest contributors of staining the surface of the teeth. However, new research from the University of Alberta may have found a solution to this problem – at least for those patients who really enjoy a strong cup of tea.

Testing the effect of milk on tea’s ability to stain the surface of teeth, researchers discovered that milk significantly reduced tea’s ability to darken teeth and was even more effective at protecting the color of teeth than whitening toothpastes.

Strong Bones and Whiter Teeth

The second mostly commonly consumed beverage in the world, drinking tea has a very definite affect on how teeth are stained. The more the tea is oxidized, the higher the beverage’s teeth staining properties become, detailed researchers in the study.

To determine what effect milk has on tea’s teeth-staining properties, researchers used extracted human teeth as samples. After determining and recording the natural color of the teeth, researchers exposed them to a staining procedure that involved either a solution containing just tea or one that contained both tea and milk for a 24-hour period.

Teeth that suffered from obvious signs of decay, had fillings, obvious fractures or cracks were omitted from those used in the study.

Researchers discovered that casein, the primary protein found in milk, had the ability to bind the tannins, water-soluble compounds that play a large role in why tea easily stains teeth. Researchers noted a dramatic difference in how stained patient’s teeth become due to drinking tea with milk, comparing the change in color to the use of bleaching products or toothpastes that whiten.

Enjoying a Whiter Smile from your Northfield dentist

Northfield dentist Dr. Craig Cardon wants every patient to have the best-looking smile possible. Even if you don’t drink tea or like the idea of adding milk to your favorite beverage, there is an easy way to help prevent staining; just rinse with water whenever drinking teeth-staining foods and drinks. While drinking a glass of wine, for example, try swishing gently with water after every few sips. This will help remove staining liquids from the surface of your teeth so they don’t stay in contact with the enamel.

No matter what teeth-staining habit you’re trying to kick or modify, Northfield Family Dental can help!

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