Daily Archives: December 3, 2018

Understanding Wisdom Tooth Extraction

The thought of oral surgery is something that may send shivers running down your spell. But really, as long as you have asked all of your questions of your Plantation dentist and your Fort Lauderdale oral surgeon, you should be able to walk into your surgical procedure with confidence that all will be better soon.

There are a variety of reasons one may require a visit to their Fort Lauderdale oral surgeon. Wisdom tooth or some other sort of extraction is probably the most common reason why your Plantation dentist may make a referral to an oral surgeon for consultation. However, a Fort Lauderdale oral surgeon would also be needed to prepare your mouth for dental implants or an oral appliance such as dentures.

Typically, your traditional Plantation dentist can handle a tooth extraction. So why do you need to see a Fort Lauderdale oral surgeon for your wisdom teeth extraction? Here's what makes wisdom teeth a bit more complicated. It's not the tooth itself but the root. For the most part, the more normal the alignment of the wisdom tooth and the further through the gums it has been able to erupt, the simpler the extraction process will be. Subsequently, the healing process will also be easier to get through.

The anatomy of a wisdom tooth itself is another reason why extractions needs to be done by an oral surgeon. Wisdom teeth are multi rooted; with lower wisdom teeth typically having two roots, and upper wisdom teeth usually having three. Every person is different, and there before there is a large degree of variation in the way the roots of a wisdom tooth can form. Not only can each person be different; but also each tooth can be different in the way the roots have formed.

Some wisdom teeth have roots that are separate and distinct, while others have roots that have fused or formed in an odd way. The various scenarios are what make wisdom teeth extraction more difficult than the extraction of a tooth that is fully grown in.

Now stop yourself before you go thinking of worst case scenario. This is easy to fall into, so just stop. If you have been told that you need a wisdom tooth extraction, just educate yourself on what takes place, and talk to both your Plantation dentist and your Fort Lauderdale oral surgeon so that you know what to expect. The exam that is done on your teeth will give some idea of ​​what the roots are doing, and then give your dentist and surgeon a good idea of ​​how involved your procedure may be. Remember one key point about having wisdom teeth extracted: you will be sleep!

Once your oral surgeon has removed your wisdom teeth, the only job you are responsible for is healing. Generally, the healing process goes hand in hand with the degree of difficulty that was present in the extraction. Again, do not go jumping to worst case scenario. Proper planning comes through gaining …

Low Fat Fallacy

I guess we all know that obesity is at epidemic levels. It’s drummed into us from all angles. Isn’t it strange that we have the biggest range of low-fat foods available but we keep getting fatter?

Isn’t somebody going to stand up and say “It hasn’t worked”?

In the 70’s and 80’s we were told that fat was the enemy, and carbohydrates were good. The USDA Healthy Food Pyramid had carbs as the base (6-11 servings per day). There was however, little mention of the quality of these carbohydrates.

Manufacturers were quick to respond, and began bringing out “Low Fat”, “Fat-Free”, and “Lite” versions of various food products. These are generally the biggest selling items, and have resulted in lot’s of clever marketing tactics – in fact anything to make the consumer feel guilty, and look for the “Fat-Free” option.

Milk – Is Whole Milk Really That Bad?

Most of our modern milk undergoes the process of homogenisation. This process forces the fat globules into an atomiser (i.e. tiny holes) that will form tiny particles. These particles are then evenly dispersed throughout the milk, giving the milk a uniform appearance. Most of our low fat, trim, super-trim milks are created using this process.

However, recent research has shown that structural changes do occur in the homogenisation process. In unhomogenised milk, an enzyme called xanthine oxidase would pass throught the digestive system, and be secreted harmlessly through the bowel. The homogenisation process allows this enzyme to enter the bloodstream.

Some researchers are saying the enzyme attacks the issues of our heart and arteries, encouranging an increase in cholesterol levels!

Low Fat Hasn’t Worked

The evidence of the last twenty years, is showing us that just choosing a low-fat version of a food is not helping us lose weight. In fact, we need to question, the processes that go on to make certain foods “low fat”.

Many blame a high amount of refined carbohydrates (white flours, sugars) as having an impact on our weight problem.

Why Are We So Fat?

More and more evidence is showing that we eat too much, and exercise too little. Our lifestyles are very sedentary, and portion size has increased. The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) has concluded that “we eat a lot – a whole lot more than we used to, and most of the increase comes from refined carbohydrates (sugar).”

In the 1970’s the average person ate 136 pounds of flour and cereal products per year and now it’s up to 200 pounds. The increase is almost all from processed, white flour, high sugar foods. In addition, everything has been super-sized. Example: 1955 McDonald’s French fries – 2.4 ounces, 210 calories. 2004 Super size Fries – 7 ounces, 610 calories.

What’s The Answer?

Don’t get too hung up complex nutrient ratios told to you by the latest diet book. You need to find what works for you and your body. It’s a process of trial and error. Start with a diet, then keep working …

Protecting Your Oral Health and Choosing the Right Dentist

Today, we know much more about the importance of proper dental care. Oral health has been associated with many types of diseases including heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes. There is all this new information about the how keeping our mouths healthy can keep us healthy on the whole. How do you choose the correct expert? What are the types of inquiries you need to make? This can help immensely with your future oral situation. What if you have no idea what to do? There are options for discovering accreditations and training. This can ensure that a person feels right about whom they pick in the end. Other persons are a great resource to get information. For instance, if my aunt really likes her Mineola dentist, it may be a happy idea to go meet them and engage your questions. Garnering statistics or other kinds of news is a good way to pick the right people. This can make the process much easier.

Another way to find a dentist is to go through the medical associations that list Mineola dentists and their specialties. The American Dental Association is a good resource as well as other more commercial services that provide lists of names in your area or town. When looking for or interviewing a new practitioner, there are a variety of questions you can ask. For instance, you may want to know everything from how they do their X-rays to the office hours they keep. You may also want to find out about anesthesia, continuing education and how each doctor deals with out-of-office emergencies. Every person has different concerns, which is why it is essential that you do your homework. In other words, do not feel uncomfortable asking many kinds of questions, especially when you may need special treatments or if you happen to be one of the many people who is afraid to go to the dentist. Using amalgam that can contain poisonous toxins is a situation many Americans would prefer to avoid. To do this, make sure you understand exactly what kind of treatment you want and who offers this particular examination type.

Some people need to see someone who is well-versed in all the things one can do to prevent dental problems in the future. If this is imperative to understand, then, by all means, ask about it. What if you have no information and need some? The answer can be found in the many clearinghouse places that will answer these types of inquiries. There are a variety of questions one must ask in any medical situation. There are things we need to know before we, first choose, and then see a medical professional. Looking for the right dentist is not only a decision you make for you, but one that you make for all the members of the household unit. This can make everyone more comfortable about traveling to their tri-monthly appointments. When you go for your first visit, take the time to discuss any issues …