Saturday, 31 March 2018

Treatment of Abscessed Teeth

Learn what the American Dental Association has to say about the treatment of abscessed teeth.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Ivan K. Salmons, DDS  
1855 Indian Hills Drive   
Sioux City, IA 51104  
 
(712) 239-5900  
SiouxCityDentist.com 

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Dental Root Canal Therapy

Root Canals Can Save Damaged Teeth

Not so long ago, teeth with roots that had been impaired or infected used to necessitate extraction, which can create many issues and should be circumvented whenever possible. The good news is that Dr. Salmons has excellent skill in advanced root canal therapy. A root canal is a technique for repairing a tooth by removing the pulp chamber and restoring it with a filling material. This is often required when dental decay spreads to the nerve of the tooth (or the tooth has become diseased), and a simple filling would not be appropriate. When dentists first started performing root canals, they invoked dread, and the root canal established a reputation as something to be shunned. However, with modern anesthetics and new technologies, root canals are now quite manageable.

Ivan K. Salmons, DDS  
1855 Indian Hills Drive   
Sioux City, IA 51104  
 
(712) 239-5900  
SiouxCityDentist.com 

Sunday, 25 March 2018

The Top 7 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer (Part 1 of 3)

You know your dentist is looking for cavities during regular check-ups, but you may not realize your dentist can check for cancer at the same time. It’s estimated that approximately 51,540 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils and back of the tongue in 2018.

Regular visits to your dentist can help you detect such cancers early, and changing a few potentially harmful habits may help reduce your chances of developing them. Read on to find out the top risk factors.











Gender 
Men are twice more likely to get oral cancer. The American Cancer Society attributes this to higher rates of alcohol and tobacco use by men, but says more men of a younger age are being diagnosed with HPV-related forms of oral cancer.
 










Age 
Most people who are diagnosed with oral cancer are 55 or older, according to the American Cancer Society. HPV-related oral cancers, however, are often diagnosed in people who are younger.   











To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

Ivan K. Salmons, DDS  
1855 Indian Hills Drive   
Sioux City, IA 51104   
(712) 239-5900  
SiouxCityDentist.com 

Saturday, 24 March 2018

The Importance of Brushing and Flossing

Learn what the American Dental Association has to about the importance of brushing and flossing daily.

 
The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Ivan K. Salmons, DDS  
1855 Indian Hills Drive   
Sioux City, IA 51104    

(712) 239-5900   
SiouxCityDentist.com 

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Children's Dental Sealants

Preventing Child Tooth Decay – the Easy Way!

Reaching into the depths of our mouths to brush the backs of our teeth is challenging even for adults. No matter how we try, accomplishing the proper angle is difficult. This is even more true for kids where their dexterity isn’t yet fully developed. This allows bacteria and acid to remain and trigger plaque formation, which will lead to decay. And once a tooth has decay, it is damaged permanently and will require a filling or a crown. 

The use of dental sealants helps counterbalance a child’s struggle to brush properly, shielding their teeth from damage. The procedure is harmless, painless, and takes just a few minutes to accomplish. After the teeth are cleansed and sterilized, a light coat of a white or clear plastic sealant is brushed on the tooth. Then a curing light is focused on the sealant to bond it into place. This process needs no shots, drills, or the elimination of any tooth structure. Employing dental sealants is one of the best pre-emptive actions both children and adolescents can have done to preserve their natural teeth!


Ivan K. Salmons, DDS  
1855 Indian Hills Drive   
Sioux City, IA 51104  
 
(712) 239-5900  
SiouxCityDentist.com 

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Wisdom Teeth

Learn what the American Dental Association has to say about wisdom teeth.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Ivan K. Salmons, DDS  
1855 Indian Hills Drive   
Sioux City, IA 51104   
(712) 454-7214   
SiouxCityDentist.com 

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Gum Disease Linked to Heart Disease

Gum Disease Has Connections to Heart Disease, Stroke, and Even Cancer

Modern medical studies have caused many doctors to reach an unsettling conclusion: gum disease, stroke, and heart disease are linked. Since heart disease is often deadly, it is obvious that gum disease should be treated – pronto. The American Dental Association’s statistics show that as many as 8 out of 10 Americans already suffer from periodontal (gum) disease. If this were any other illness, such as AIDS or tuberculosis, it would be heralded as an epidemic! In fact, most dentists think this should be the case. However, they also realize that gum disease hasn’t been labeled an epidemic because of the impression that “no one ever dies from it.” The worst is that you lose your teeth. Not pleasant – but certainly not life-threatening. But perspective within the medical community is changing.

A recent 2017 study was done by the researchers at the University of Buffalo NY on 65,869 postmenopausal women. This study is the first national study focused on women, and particularly older women. It has found that women who had a history of gum disease had 14 percent increased risk of overall cancer. It is the first study to find an association between periodontal disease (gum disease) and gallbladder cancer risk in women and men. The risk for periodontal disease (gum disease) was highest for esophageal cancer.


Ivan K. Salmons, DDS 
1855 Indian Hills Drive  
Sioux City, IA 51104   
(712) 454-7214   
SiouxCityDentist.com 

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Nutrition: What You Eat Affects Your Teeth

Below is an excerpt from an article found on MouthHealthy.org

Your mouth, teeth, and gums are more than just tools for eating. They’re essential for chewing and swallowing-the first steps in the digestion process. Your mouth is your body’s initial point of contact with the nutrients you consume. So what you put in your mouth impacts not only your general health but also that of your teeth and gums. In fact, if your nutrition is poor, the first signs often show up in your mouth. Here are a few helpful things to know about how what you eat can impact your dental health.

Diet and Tooth Decay
The foods you eat and the beverages you drink can have a direct influence on the incidence and progression of tooth decay, depending upon: 

  • The form of the food-whether it’s liquid, solid, sticky or slow to dissolve makes a difference. 
  • How often you eat sugary foods and beverages and how often you eat or drink acidic foods and beverages. 
  • The nutritional makeup of the food. 
  • The combination of the foods you eat and the order in which you eat them. 
  • Medical conditions you may have, such as gastrointestinal reflux and eating disorders, which can increase risk of cavities and weaken teeth.

How Snacking Affects Your Dental Health
For dental health, it’s recommended that people limit eating and drinking between meals. Of course, sometimes eating between meals must happen. Unfortunately, most people choose foods like sweets and chips for snacks; foods that harm teeth by promoting tooth decay. If you do snack, make it a nutritious choice-such as cheese, yogurt, fruits, vegetables or nuts-for your overall health and the health of your teeth. Did you know that certain foods can put you at risk for cavities and other dental health problems? Here are some MouthHealthy tips.

To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

The remainder of the article details the following:

  • Recommended Nutritional Guidelines
  • Foods That Harm Your Dental Health
  • Sugar and Your Dental Health
  • How Sugar Substitutes Affect Your Teeth
  • 4 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Cavities

Ivan K. Salmons, DDS  
1855 Indian Hills Drive   
Sioux City, IA 51104   
(712) 454-7214   
SiouxCityDentist.com 

Saturday, 3 March 2018

What if an Object Gets Caught in Your Teeth?

Learn what the American Dental Association's answer is to the question: "What if an Object Gets Caught in Your Teeth?".


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Ivan K. Salmons, DDS  
1855 Indian Hills Drive   
Sioux City, IA 51104   
(712) 454-7214   
SiouxCityDentist.com