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What is Eagle Syndrome?

December 12th, 2021

There are a lot of well-known oral problems, like tooth decay and gum disease. But what you may not have heard of is Eagle syndrome. Eagle syndrome is a rare condition in which the body’s styloid process is elongated or calcified. In fact, as reported by the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD), only approximately 4% of the U.S. population have an elongated styloid process. The styloid process is a bony projection that lies right below both ears and serves as an attachment for several tongue and larynx muscles. This syndrome can cause symptoms of throat and neck pain. It can also lead to damage of vessels or nerves and result in inflammation.

Eagle syndrome has been found to be linked with trauma to the throat and tonsil removal. Individuals with Eagle syndrome may present with the following, according to Colgate Professional:

  • Sore throat
  • Earache
  • Reduced hearing
  • Tinnitus
  • Trouble swallowing or chewing
  • Feeling as though you have something in your throat
  • Pain when yawning or turning your neck
  • Facial pain

Fortunately, most patients with Eagle syndrome are asymptomatic. As these symptoms can occur for other conditions, it can sometimes be difficult to diagnose Eagle syndrome. An X-ray may be taken by your dentist or medical professional to aid in diagnosis.

There are non-surgical and surgical options for the treatment of Eagle syndrome. Your doctor may recommend medication use, such as pain relievers, seizure medication, or antidepressants. If conservative treatment is not relieving symptoms, your doctor may suggest steroids, anesthetic injections, or surgery, as reported by the Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery.

If you believe you are experiencing signs and symptoms of Eagle syndrome, be sure to contact your dental professional right away for proper diagnosis and treatment.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/threats-to-dental-health/eagle-syndrome-signs-and-treatment-options

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Faneskey.com%2Feagle-syndrome%2F&psig=AOvVaw2LicKIGQWNQdPnHJzi3CJP&ust=1639416804527000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCODEzNrl3vQCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAi

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Looking into a New Year of Health

December 12th, 2021

 

As we approach the New Year, 2022 brings lots of promise. We are looking forward to a year full of health and happiness. With the COVID-19 pandemic still among us and the presence of new variants of the virus, it is crucial to maintain the best health that we can, and that includes oral health too!

Many people are beginning to make New Year’s resolutions, and we’re encouraging you to add dental resolutions to your list. Take a look at some of these healthy habits to bring into the New Year:

  • Do the best you can do to keep your oral hygiene routine in check. It is essential to brush for two minutes x two times a day. Angle your toothbrush into the gum pocket and create strokes that reach every surface of your teeth. Be sure to brush your tongue which also harbors bacteria. It is recommended to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently to avoid damaging your gums and tooth enamel. Flossing is also a step in your routine that cannot be forgotten. Don’t be discouraged if your gums bleed in the beginning; the more you regularly brush and floss properly, the less sensitive and less bleeding will occur. By keeping up with your oral hygiene, you can even save money by avoiding additional dental procedures that could be prevented by proper oral hygiene such as cavity fillings.

 

  • Add mouth rinsing to your daily routine using a antibacterial mouthwash with the ADA Seal of Approval.

 

  • Your resolution list may already include making healthier diet choices, which will improve the health of your teeth, too. Gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health issues are impacted by your diet. Your teeth and body will thank you when you limit your intake of sugary and acidic foods and beverages, which are known to support harmful oral bacteria. When you do find yourself drinking sugary or acidic beverages like soda, grab a straw which will help limit its contact to your teeth. Instead, aim for having your diet include adequate amounts of fruits, vegetables, vitamins, and minerals. Try to limit snacking, which adds more frequent exposure of sugars and acids to your teeth.

 

  • The New Year is also a great time to get in to see your dentist for a regular check-up and to finish any pending treatment. Dental check-ups should at least be performed twice a year, however, sometimes they are recommended more frequently depending on your specific oral condition. Now is also a perfect time to fix an improper bite, which your dentist may refer you to do through orthodontic treatment.

 

  • Dry mouth (xerostomia) can not only be annoying, but also harmful to your oral health. Saliva helps protect your teeth and oral tissues by neutralizing the pH level, and containing beneficial minerals. It also helps wash away food particles. To combat dry mouth, chewing sugar-free gum can help stimulate salivary flow. Your dentist may recommend over-the-counter products to help alleviate dry mouth and staying hydrated with water is important. Also, avoid excessive alcohol consumption.

 

  • Smoking is a habit that must be stopped to obtain optimal health. Tobacco products are known to damage your oral and overall health. Smoking also is unhygienic, as it stains your teeth and can lead to tooth decay. Talk with your medical or dental doctor about quitting.

 

  • Water helps keep your body and teeth healthy. Almost all tap water contains some fluoride, which has protective effects against tooth decay. Water also helps rinse away harmful acids and food debris.

Practicing good healthy habits and ditching the bad ones will save you a lot of trouble in the long-term. As with any new habit and lifestyle change, being consistent will be important. Getting your oral care in check can go a long way in keeping you healthy overall, as poor oral health can worsen other chronic conditions and negatively impact your body.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/special-occasions/how-to-prevent-cavities-healthy-new-years-dental-resolutions

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/special-occasions/a-new-years-you-dental-health-resolutions

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Faacd.com%2Fit-s-a-new-decade-7-new-year-s-resolutions-for-your-dental-practice&psig=AOvVaw1Gi8Ymi9pryiTkXpPZ25cS&ust=1639415654405000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCKClsbTh3vQCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

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Obesity Linked to Bone Destruction?

December 12th, 2021

Managing weight can be easier said than done, and sadly obesity remains a serious public health threat in the United States. Obesity negatively impacts the entire body, and this includes the mouth. Several studies have suggested a link between obesity and gum disease. More recently, a study conducted at the University at Buffalo has added valuable knowledge regarding the potential association between these two major health issues. Their research suggests that chronic inflammation stimulated by obesity may influence the development of cells that destroy bone tissue – and this extends to the bone that surrounds your teeth.

The study was published in the Journal of Dental Research and conducted on mice. The researchers aimed to help advance the understanding between the relationship between obesity and periodontal disease, the advanced stage of gum disease. Periodontal disease plagues many adults in the United States, with numbers according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approximating greater than 47% of adults 30 years and older. As you may know, one of the signs of advanced gum disease is bone loss. When bone loss progresses, this can lead to many oral health issues including tooth loss.

The mice were studied over a period of 16 weeks and were divided into two groups. One group of mice were fed a low-fat diet which derived 10% of energy from fat, while the other group was fed a high-fat diet that derived 45% of energy from fat.

The high-fat diet group was found to experience obesity, greater inflammation, a higher increase of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) known to play a role in developing cells that break down bone, greater quantity of osteoclasts (cells that breakdown bone), and more bone loss surrounding teeth when compared to the low-fat diet group of mice. They also discovered the high-fat diet group to have an increase in the expression of 27 genes that are linked to the production of osteoclasts. The authors of the study support the notion that obesity may increase the risk of periodontal bone loss.

Further research may even help improve our understanding of the potential connections between obesity and other chronic inflammatory diseases like arthritis and osteoporosis, suggests research investigator Keith Kirkwood, DDS, PhD, professor of oral biology in the UB School of Dental Medicine.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/11/211112083106.htm

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dreamstime.com%2Fbest-foods-bad-your-teeth-dental-care-concept-vector-illustration-flat-design-collection-placed-abstract-tooth-image173819390&psig=AOvVaw20B4T3TNmFePz5JiRHaYmq&ust=1639413894402000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCIjJmOra3vQCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAa

Heartburn Medication and Gum Disease: A Positive Connection

December 12th, 2021

Experiencing heartburn can be a pretty uncomfortable feeling. Fortunately, there are many medications to help combat heartburn, such as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). PPIs are also commonly prescribed to help treat acid reflux and stomach ulcers. In recent news, researchers have reported that individuals who used PPIs surprisingly experienced positive effects on their gum health. The study, conducted by researchers at the University at Buffalo and published in Clinical and Experimental Dental Research, found that PPIs may lower the severity of gum disease potentially as a result of the produced changes in bone metabolism and gut organisms. The researchers hypothesize that PPIs may have an effect on periodontal microorganisms.

The researchers evaluated 1,000 patients with periodontal disease who were either using or not using PPIs. To measure the severity of periodontal disease, researchers used probing depths. Measuring probing depths involve an instrument called a periodontal probe, which is placed into the gum pockets located around the gumline of each tooth and read in millimeters. Typically, probing depth measurements of 1-3 mm are considered a normal gum pocket depth, whereas pockets measuring greater than 4 mm indicate the presence of gum disease (4-5 mm mild periodontitis, 5-7 mm moderate periodontitis, 7-12 mm advanced periodontitis). Gum pockets begin to deepen as the presence of damaging oral bacteria inhabit the pockets, which results in inflammation, bone loss, and advanced stages of gum disease.

They found in patients using PPIs, only approximately 27%of teeth had probing depths of 5 mm or more versus 40% of teeth in individuals not using PPIs. In addition, in the PPI-use patient group only 14%  of teeth had probing depth of 6 mm or greater versus 24% of teeth in individuals not using PPIs. Overall, the patients taking PPIs were more likely to have smaller probing depths.

Lead investigator, Dr. Lisa M. Yerke, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics and Endodontics at the UB School of Dental Medicine stated, "PPIs could potentially be used in combination with other periodontal treatments; however, additional studies are first needed to understand the underlying mechanisms behind the role PPIs play in reducing the severity of periodontitis.” Although further research is necessary to determine a cause-and-effect relationship, this is an exciting potential revelation for the dental field.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.healthline.com/health/periodontal-pockets#treatment

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/10/211013114036.htm

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmagazine.medlineplus.gov%2Farticle%2Fheartburn-what-you-need-to-know&psig=AOvVaw3Dvx7ARgnCyB-skqCWASe7&ust=1639412276379000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCJi5nenU3vQCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAl

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