10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Your Mouth

Chances are, you use your mouth for the majority of your day. Most of us go through our daily morning routine without giving much thought to what is going on in our mouths. Sure we brush our teeth and floss, but what’s really going on in there? Here are 10 facts you may not know:

1. Saliva Helps You Taste

Without all that saliva in your mouth, you wouldn’t be able to taste a thing. In order for food to have taste, chemicals from the food must first dissolve in saliva. Once dissolved, the chemicals can be detected by receptors on taste buds.

Bonus fact: we produce about 37,854 liters of saliva during our lives – enough to fill two swimming pools.

2. Close Your Mouth While Swimming

Strong tooth enamel helps prevent cavities and tooth decay

Following this guideline will help keep your mouth in tip-top shape since chlorine breaks down enamel.

3. Tooth Enamel is Hard

The enamel on the surfaces of your teeth is the hardest substance in your whole body. In order to protect that enamel, avoid acidic foods, chew sugar-free gum, and finish a meal with a glass of milk or a piece of cheese. Our Farber Center hygienists can give you additional methods of protecting your enamel and your entire mouth.

4. Teeth Are Alive

Tooth replacement is provided by the Farber Center.

Your teeth have their own blood supply and nerves, which is why a tooth can actually die. A tooth that is knocked out dies within 15 minutes. Farber Center provides a wide array of services to extract and replace those dead teeth.

5. Your Tongue Has Super Stamina

While many believe the tongue to be the strongest muscle in the body, this is not a reality. However, your tongue still displays super stamina, says Maureen Stone, of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. “When’s the last time your tongue was tired?” she asks. “If you don’t have any disorders, the answer is probably never.” Stone says the tongue’s tenacity springs from the way it is built—with lots of similar bits of muscle that can each perform the same task. “It doesn’t fatigue,” she says, “because there’s a lot of redundancy in the muscle architecture. You simply activate different muscle fibers and get the same result.”

Additionally, the tongue is the only muscle in the human body that works without any support from the skeleton.

You chew on the same side as your dominant hand

6. Your Dominant Hand Dictates Your Chewing Habits

If you’re right handed, you tend to chew your food on your right side. If you’re left-handed, you favor chewing on your left side.

7. You Spend More Than a Month Brushing Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth thoroughly is very important.An average person spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth over the course of their lifetime.

8. Smiling Helps You Live Longer

Every time you smile, your body produces greater amounts of antibodies, giving you an immunity boost.

9. Your Mouth is Bacteria Central

Smiling helps your overall healthThe inside of your mouth contains as many bacteria as there are people on Earth. This is why brushing, flossing and using mouthwash is so important. 

10. A Healthy Mouth = A Healthy Body

At Farber Center, we follow the total body health philosophy, which dictates that your oral health impacts your health as a whole. Many diseases are linked to oral health including heart disease, psoriasis, diabetes, and osteoporosis – to name a few.

For more information about your oral health continue to check our blog for updates as well as our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

 

Dental Implants & Dental Implant Problems

Dental implants are a permanent restoration for lost teeth.

In this picture, you can see the crown, the abutment, and the dental implant at the bottom.

The Farber Center for Dental Implants and Periodontics knows that as we age proper tooth maintenance can become difficult. If you are missing a tooth or teeth and have read our blog post on “Increased Tooth Loss for Senior Citizens” you already know you are not alone. Luckily, if you are unhappy with your smile or having difficulties with dentures there is a procedure called a dental implant which can help. We want to help our patients understand the procedures we offer so you can better understand how we can help you! In this blog post, we will quickly explain dental implants and even some dental implant problems that could arise.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to a screw. When placed in your jawbone they attach to the natural bone. They become a base for supporting artificial teeth, called crowns. Crowns are crafted specifically to match your natural teeth and fit in your mouth.

After the screw is installed an abutment (like a connector) is placed atop the implant to support the crown.

When installed by an experienced dental implant specialist, like The Farber Center, a dental implant is one of the safest procedures in periodontics. Placement within the gums is one of the more difficult steps in the process. Seeing a periodontist for your dental implants is advisable because they specialize in conditions affecting the gums.

How Frequent are Dental Implant Problems?

According to Web M.D. dental implants, in general, have a success rate of up to 98%! Even with such a high percentage success rate, there is still 2% of cases that end with a complication.  Fortunately, many of the issues that complicate dental implants are easily resolved. We recommend visiting a practice that you trust and is well-reviewed, like the Farber Center!

Dental Implant Problems that can occur:

  • Infection at the implant site
  • Injury or damage to neighboring teeth or blood vessels
  • Nerve damage, causing pain or numbness
  • Sinus problems if the tooth is incorrectly placed within the jaw.

Some of these issues might seem intimidating, but they are rare. Especially, when using a trusted periodontist. To find out more about dental implants or a procedure we use called All-on-4 (which can install a complete set of teeth in your mouth with just 4 implants) call The Farber Center office at (631)265-4442 for our Hauppauge office or (631)758-3700.

Dental implants replace missing teeth.

The Farber Center prevents and replaces missing teeth.

Psoriasis and Gum Disease – An Overlooked Connection

Gum disease can be caused by psoriaisis.In honor of National Psoriasis Awareness Month, we explore the often overlooked connection between psoriasis and gum disease. Like many other ailments, one can worsen the other.

What Does Psoriasis Have to Do With Your Gums?

Recent studies show that people with psoriasis are 4.4 times more likely to have gum disease than people without it. The results of a Norwegian study showed that 24 percent of patients in the study had moderate or severe gum disease.

The leading factors explaining the connection are bone lossinflammation, and lifestyle behaviors.

Bone Loss

Bone loss caused by psoriasis can damage gums and weaken teeth.

Both people with psoriasis and people with gum disease struggle with bone loss. In fact, 36 percent of people with psoriasis had one or more sites of bone loss compared with 13 percent of people without the condition. In turn, people suffering from gum disease exhibit bone loss. This is because bacteria eats at the underlying jaw bone and the ligaments which connect the tooth and bone.  This combination of bone loss creates further complications and leads to other conditions.

Inflammation

Dr. Rasa Skudutyte-Rysstad, the author of the study on psoriasis and gum disease, explained that the two diseases work similarly in the body. They are both chronic, inflammatory diseases related to the body’s immune system. So the inflammation from psoriasis increases the risk of gum disease and vice versa.

There is a relationship among smoking, psoriasis and gum disease.

Lifestyle Behaviors

Smoking plays a major role in the relationship between psoriasis and gum disease. A study shows that people with psoriasis who also smoked cigarettes were 24.3 times more likely to develop periodontal disease. Researchers estimate that cigarette smoke causes the body to increase the usage of certain immune-cell receptors that are already overused in people with psoriasis. Ultimately, this up-usage leads to an immune or inflammatory response that can result in psoriatic lesions and periodontal disease.

Other elements of a person’s lifestyle impact their likeliness of developing psoriasis or gum disease – or both. Studies show that people with psoriasis have impaired health-related quality of life, which leads to behaviors like smoking, alcohol consumption, decreased physical activity, and obesity. This is true in cases of people with gum disease as well.

Prevention

Although both conditions are chronic, there are several ways you can combat them or lessen the impact on your life.

  • Eat right – Maintaining a healthy, nutritious diet can benefit both your mouth and your skin. Excess weight can cause psoriasis “flare-ups” and can also point to over-consumption of sugar, which can lead to gum disease.
  • Limit alcohol consumption – Excessive drinking can exacerbate both conditions and can cause complications when taking medications.
  • Maintain a strict oral health care regime – It goes without saying that brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly results in a healthy mouth and body. However, even so, some patients are predisposed to conditions like gum disease. Visiting Farber Center is a way to make sure you’re doing everything possible to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

At Farber Center, we are consistently informing our patients about the “mouth-body connection.” For more information about how gum disease is connected to other conditions check out our past blogs in the archive and consider making an appointment today.