When to Consult the dentists at Layman, Shirman & Associates?

Regular dental check-ups are important for your overall health.

This helps to prevent tooth pain and inflamed gums that may bleed when you brush or floss. It is essential to inspect crowns, dentures, and dental implants, but there are other things to look out for.

Dental decay affects the surface of your tooth. When the decay worsens, it moves into the middle of the tooth where your nerves are located, and this can lead to the cavity. It can also cause discomfort and pain when ingesting cold or hot food. If you are experiencing this feeling, it is necessary to visit your dentist to fill the cavity.

Many people inspect their gums and teeth after brushing, but some areas of the mouth need a proper checkup. It is important to check your tongue for unusual lumps, discoloration, and sores. Also, you must look out for changes around your inner cheeks. If you notice any pain in your face or neck, it is important to consult your dentist immediately.

Difficulty in chewing is another reason to consult your dentist. Difficulty chewing occurs when there is pain in the jaw muscles, pain in the mouth or issues with the teeth when eating certain foods. Most of these tooth problem occurs due to the changes in your mouth, jaw, tongue, or can be caused by oral cancers. It can also be caused by the direct effect of the chemotherapy you receive for treating cancer. Also, teeth grinding is another reason for difficulty and pain while chewing. Consulting a dentist to provide a mouth guard to help with the problem.

Dry mouth is a tooth issue that may occur due to aging. It is necessary to consult your dentist to make sure that the dry mouth you are experiencing is not associated with bacteria in your mouth. Some diseases related to dry mouth include autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and low blood pressure.

White spots on your teeth are another reason why you need to consult your dentist. Another sign is dental decay, which is caused by the release of acid by bacteria that dissolves the enamel on your teeth. If you notice any form of changes in your mouth, you should contact Layman, Shirman & Associates and book an appointment as soon as possible.

Osteoporosis Medicine – Why You Need To See Layman, Shirman & Associates

Medication has been used to hinder the breaking down of bone diseases such as osteoporosis and metastatic bone cancer.

However, these drugs are in groups called bisphosphonates which retard the function of specific cells called osteoclasts. There are different categories of osteoporosis medicine, and many of them are taken in the form of a pill.

Osteoclasts in a healthy body help to digest mature bone to pull calcium out of the bones when the body needs it and help the body grow by eliminating dying bone. Also, osteoclasts serve as chemical messengers to another cell type called osteoblasts, which aid the formation of new bone. In some cases, the osteoclasts become active and break down bone faster than the osteoblasts to rebuild new bone.

The goal of bisphosphonate treatments is to rebuild the balance between osteoclasts and osteoblasts. They function fairly well and are necessary to reduce the pain that comes from catastrophic fractures of the wrist, hip, and spine. Therapeutic dosages of medications can be prescribed, but there is no way to prescribe bisphosphonate treatments to re-build the harmony of bone remodeling that exists in a healthy individual.

Just like other drugs, side effects are expected reality. In regards to bisphosphonate medications, a rare but dangerous side effect has been found called bisphosphonate-linked osteonecrosis of the jaw after dental implants. Smoking, periodontal disease, malnutrition, and alcohol abuse are contributing factors. Osteonecrosis occurs due to the death of bone in a localized location that may or may not become infected. Unfortunately, the treatment is not predictable, and healing of bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis may not be possible.

Due to the side effects, it can affect the quality of life in people suffering from the health condition. Dentists are worried about extracting teeth in people that use bisphosphonate medication. It has severely affected the way that we prescribe medicines for these individuals. For instance, carrying out root canal therapy on broken roots is a wise treatment rather than the extraction in these patients. As with all medicine, it is good to consult both your physician and Dr. Layman or Dr. Shirman for more information.

Summer Dental Health Pt. 2

This time of year may be an excellent time to schedule an appointment for your child to come in for a cleaning and exam.

By doing this before the new school year, we can get your child’s teeth cleaned and ready for the new year. If we do find an issue, it is much easier to fix before they go back to school.

For a healthy life, having a healthy mouth is crucial. You want to make sure that your child brushes twice per day and flosses daily. They should also visit the dentist about every six months at the latest for routine cleanings and exams.

Feel free to schedule an appointment with Layman, Shirman & Associates in Streetsboro, OH today. We are always welcoming new patients and would be happy to help keep your teeth and gums in great shape.

Does Your Child Need a Mouthguard?

Mouthguards are not often discussed in the sports world. In sports like hockey and football, we hear about advancements in helmets or increased padding. In basketball, shoes are designed to give support to the player’s ankles. With all the advancement, mouthguards have stood the test of time and should be used in just about any sport or recreational activity your child is involved in.

Mouthguards are commonly purchased for children in contact sports, but in reality, any sport can lead to a dental issue. Mouthguards are designed not just to protect your teeth from an impact, but also your lips, tongue, face, and jaw.

If you’re a parent of a child involved in any sport, be sure they have a properly fitting mouthguard.

Summer Dental Health Pt. 1

Getting together with friends and family can be a lot of fun, especially when the weather is nice! You probably don’t think much about your guest’s dental health, but there are a couple of things you can do to help keep everyone’s mouth healthy. Our team has a couple of simple suggestions you can use at your next event or party:

  • Keep your drinks cold by storing them in a cooler filled with ice rather than putting ice cubes in drinks. Chewing on ice is one of the worst things you can do to your teeth.
  • Make sure your guests have plenty of water to stay hydrated and wash away any harmful bacteria in their mouth.
  • Keep the snacks on the healthier side by buying some vegetable trays and fruit.
  • Instead of using toothpicks, purchase dental picks. Toothpicks have the possibility of poking your gums.

If you’re in the Streetsboro, OH area and need a dental check-up or have any questions, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with Layman, Shirman & Associates today!