Wood Family Dental Will Help You To Eliminate Your Bad Breath

Published on August 26, 2013 by

Halitosis, or bad breath is a problem that many people don’t even know
that they have, causing them great embarrassment. Visit your dentist if you
feel or you were told that you have bad breath. Your dentist should be able to help
you to solve this problem. There are many causes of bad breath, and your
dentist can help figure out the cause and suggest treatments. Certain foods
have been known to cause bad breath, including onions and garlic. When these
foods are ingested, their metabolites remain in your blood stream until they
are expired by the air in your lungs. Even though you try to mask the odors of
these foods, with toothpastes or mouthwashes, the odors remain until these
foods are completely metabolized and eliminated from the body.

Other causes of bad breath include
bacteria and food debris left behind in your mouth. These can be removed by
proper oral hygiene practices. Mouthwash use really only masks bad breath, and
can in turn reduce friendly bacteria in your mouth, thus causing an overgrowth
of more harmful and sulphur-producing bacteria, that add to your bad breath. Mouth
dryness (xerostomia) can also lead to bad breath and even make it worse if bad
breath is already present. Mouth dryness does not allow saliva to wash away
bacteria and food debris normally. Sugar-free hard candies and sugar-free chewing
gum can help. Certain lifestyle factors can also cause bad breath, such as
smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages. Medical ailments can also lead to bad
breath. Your medical history should be reviewed by your dentist, and if
necessary, your dentist will refer you to a physician that can help with these
problems and the resultant bad breath.

Here at Wood Family Dental. Hyannis, MA.
we will work together with you and your other health care providers to solve
your halitosis problems.

Nelson Wood,
D.M.D., D.Sc., M.S.

Dental Emergencies

Published on January 21, 2013 by

Dental emergencies are an occurrence that sometimes cannot be helped. A tooth injury,damage, or avulsion, are considered dental emergencies in this category. Your dentist will provide immediate dental services in order to try to save your natural teeth. Sometimes the tooth injury or damage only requires smoothing or a smal flling or crown. Other times, if a tooth is knocked out, your dentist will try to reinsert the tooth if not too much time has gone by, and then splints it inplace. Your tooth may also require root canal therapy, and this can be performed in one to two dental visits, depending on the cause and whether an infection exists in the pulp of the tooth. If your tooth gets knocked out, bring it with you to the dentist in milk, making sure not to touch the root surface of the tooth. Dental caries can also create an emergency situation,depending upon the extent of the decay. A filling may be the only procedure required. Tooth sensitivity can turn into on emergency depending on the cause. Broken orthodontic wires and loose brackets can also require one to seek emergency dental treatment, as well as gum infections and abscesses. Infected wisdom teeth and other teeth are also cause for alarm, and dental help should be sought immediately. Broken partial and full dentures can also be treated at your dentist’s clinic.

Replacing Missing Teeth

Published on December 26, 2012 by

There are many different ways that your dentist can replace your missing teeth, depending upon your individual circumstances, needs, and budget. Missing teeth can be replaced using dental implants and crowns or bridges, traditional bridges, or removable partial dentures and full dentures (if all teeth are missing). When you visit your dentist, they will speak to you about what you want you try to accomplish, and if you are agreeable, they will perform a complete intraoral examination, full mouth dental X-rays, fabricate stone study models, and a complete periodontal examination using a periodontal probe. After the dentist gathers all of the information that they need, they will speak with you about replacing your tooth or teeth. They will present a treatment plan for your dental needs and wants. Some types of teeth replacements are more complicated than others and take more time. Some are also more expensive than others. Your  dentist should make sure that all of your questions and concerns are answered before proceeding with your tooth/teeth replacements.

Biologically Based Therapy in Dentistry

Published on July 24, 2012 by

Biologically based therapies include special diets, herbal and other dietary supplements. These include herbs and other plant materials with potential health benefits (botanicals) and nutritionals (which are other dietary supplements), such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, and metabolites. Dietary supplements of primary interest to dental professionals fall mainly into the categories of anticoagulants, anti-inflammatory agents, antimicrobial agents, immune stimulants, and metabolic stimulants. Anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agents have a direct application to oral health, whereas anticoagulants and stimulants that increase immune response or metabolic rate may interfere with dental treatment. It is important to know which medications, botanicals, or nutritional supplements, or combination of these, have potential cumulative effects. For instance, the primary anticoagulant dietary supplements that individuals may be taking are Gingko biliba, garlic, ginger, vitamin E in high doses, and omega-3 fatty acids such as alpha-linoleic acid, eicosapentaneoic acid, and docosahexaneoic acid. These all have the potential to enhance the effects of prescribed anticoagulants. Also, metabolic stimulants, such as ephedra, guarana, and mate, may enhance the effects of epinephrine that is used routinely in dentistry.

Nutritional Therapy in Dentistry

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Nutrition is a significant modifiable factor that impacts the host’s immune response and the integrity of the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity. There is is renewed interest from the scientific community about the role of nutrition and infectious diseases. There is also evidence that nutritional deficiencies may play a role in the incidence and severity of periodontal disease. Nutritional supplementation has been suggested as a possible influencing factor on periodontal status and wound healing. Several studies have reported various degrees of association between nutritional elements/supplements and periodontal status, and others have reported some positive influences of nutritional supplementation on periodontitis – systemic disease interactions.

Potential Oral Consequences of Stroke

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Dysphagia is most commonly associated with stroke. However numerous other factors may also cause this problem, including poor oral health. Sequentially, dysphagia can result in decreased fiber and caloric intake. These changes in dietary preference could predispose such individuals to the type of high-fat foods that are acknowledged risk factorsfor CVD, obesity, diabetes, and dyslipidemia. In individuals with teeth that are missing many teeth, diet-induced elevation of serum low-density lipoprotein has been shown to upregulate monocytic responses to lipopolysaccharides which can increase the iflammatory response introduced from dental plaque. This may explain the severity of Gram-negative infections in certain diabetic patients,but it could also be operating in individuals who change to a high-fat diet because of missing teeth. Therefore, all of the mechanisms by which poor oral hygiene and periodontal disease may contribute to CVD described above could also come into play as a result of certain dietary changes secondary to missing teeth Consequently, periodontitis and tooth loss can affect nutritional status and food selection, which can have very harmful effects on the body’s general health.


Malnutritional can occur as a result of either primary or secondary causes. The primary causes occur due to poor food choices and/or food preparation. The secondary causes occur due to poor chewing ability and difficulty swallowing, and/or digestion, absorption and utilization, and elimination impairments.

Dysphagia, which commonly follows stroke, can result from insufficient food intake, in terms of lowered food volume intake. Malnutrition, secondary to insufficient protein intake can then occur, resulting in decreased consumption of overall calories and dietary micronutrients, and this could delay the course of recuperation. It has been reported that individuals with dysphagia improve after one month of adequate dietary intake and speech therapy. Dietary recommendations for individuals suffering from dysphagia range from pureed food to regular food, depending on the individual. Nutritional supplements should be used to provide adequate nutrition when regular food cannot be tolerated by these individuls.


Individuals that have experienced a stroke, especially if this occurred on their predominant side, may not be able to adequately maintain their oral hygiene.They will have difficulty holding a toothbrush, floss and other oral hygiene aids. It is very important for the care-giver to help these individuals maintain optimal oral hygiene. The use of the best oral health care products have been shown to be very beneficial in reducing dental plaque and their related oral diseases.

Treatment for chipped front teeth

Published on June 20, 2012 by

Your dentist is very capable at repairing your chipped tooth/teeth. If and when an accident occurs, and it involves banging your teeth hard, you may end up with chipped or broken tooth/teeth. Make sure that you have your dentist’s telephone number on hand or close by, in order to receive immediate treatment. Chipping of the teeth are a rather common occurrence when an accident occurs, and is a very treatable situation. When you visit your dentist for a chipped tooth, your dentist will examine your mouth to see what type of chipping occurred and how severe it is. Treatment sometimes is as easy as smoothing the chip or rounding of a sharp edge and then polishing the tooth, o rit can be more involved if severely chipped or broken.  If the chip is more severe, your dentist can either bond the tooth, place a porcelain veneer, and if really severely broken, crown the tooth. If the pulp of the tooth is exposed, a root canal is required. So visit your dental clinic if you chip your tooth as soon as possible.

Gum Disease Infomation

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Gum disease(s) occur when bacteria and plaque build-up on the teeth and gums over a period on time. If these are not removed with proper oral hygiene practices, there is a time when this build-up cannot be defended, and gum disease occurs. Your dentist will perform a complete oral examination, X-rays, and a complete periodontal charting of your teeth, gums, and the rest of your mouth. If your dentist finds any of the following signs and symptoms of your gums, you will be classified as having gum disease. These signs are; bleeding upon probing, gum swelling, redness, pus around the gum, and gingival and/or periodontal pockets greater then 3 mm deep. Gum disease can be reversed if treated properly and on time. If your dentist observes any bone loss, instead of being classified as gingivitis, your gums will be classified as having periodontitis. Periodontitis cannot be reversed, however it can be arrested. You should visit your dental clinic to make sure that you receive treatment for your gum disease before it progresses to the point where your bone is lost around your teeth and they become loose, abscessed, or cause halitosis.
A good way to prevent gum disease from occurring is to properly brush your teeth at least twice daily for 2 minutes and make sure that you floss at least once daily. Your dentist and dental hygienist will teach you the proper brushing and flossing methods. Use recommended oral care products and toothpastes. If your gum disease is very bad and you have oral bone loss, your dentist may refer you to a periodontist for treatment.  

Dental Phobias

Published on June 19, 2012 by

Dental phobias occur very frequently, even for those who visit the dentist regularly. They are more common in males than females. Dental phobics also put unnecessary stress on the dentist and staff. They frequently do not show up for scheduled dental appointments or only seek help when they are in severe pain, which can make their visits more stressful for them and their dentist. You should see your dentist to maintain optimal oral health. Your dentist will help you with dental phobias. There are many things that can remind you of unpleasant dental experiences that you had as a child; however the numerous advanced technologies available at your dental clinic will help to comfort you. From lack of chemical smells that are now replaced by pleasant aroma therapies to the actual dental procedures, your new dental experience should be a favorable one. Your dental staff will not embarrass you about not taking care of your mouth, and are very understanding of your avoidance of seeking prior help for your dental problems. There are also many other reasons why people do not visit their dentist. Most, or all of these can be remedied at the Dental Clinic. Just be honest with the staff and dentist about your dental phobia(s).

Dental Bonding

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Dentists have been performing dental bonding for many years, and may suggest bonding to fix front teeth, or teeth with dental caries, spaces between them, and malposed teeth. Exposed root surfaces can also be covered using dental bonding, Minimal tooth structure removal is usually required and sometimes the tooth surfaces only need to be roughened a bit for the bonding to take hold. The bonding material uses an acid etch material, which is thoroughly rinsed and dried, and then unfilled and filled composite materials that blend with the natural tooth surface color are added. A special light is used to help set the bonding material, and then the material is shaped and polished using drills and polishing stones. Dental bonding can be performed in one dental visit and rather quickly (from 45 minutes to one hour); however it is technique and moisture sensitive. Your dental staff will teach you how to take care of the dental bonding material on your teeth, and how to keep your teeth clean.