Oral Heath Defined:
Includes but is not limited to the ability to speak, smile, taste, touch, chew, swallow, and convey a range of emotions through facial expressions with confidence and free from pain or discomfort, and disease...
(International definition of oral health)
MAY 2019 As promised: MORE ON BAD BREATH
Covering up bad breath with products is not a good idea. Before you start looking for products you need to know WHAT IS CAUSING THE BAD BREATH.
This is especially true as a significant amount of the time (about 10%) bad breath is caused by diseases not in the mouth or upper throat. Said another way, bad breath can be a sign of serious internal (inside your body where it cannot be seen) disease. Some examples. Kidney failure can result in the breath smelling like stale urine. Uncontrolled diabetes will produce an acetone smell on the breath. Lung abscesses can produce a very foul odor as can stomach abcesses or infections.
If we cover up these smells the time to diagnosis can be lengthened.
In 2003 the Chicago Tribune did an article on bad breath that sited some of the above...they got the above facts right. The main author was a physician. The article also got right that if you do not clean your teeth and remove any food that is trapped and rotting between the teeth (for days) a sulfur smell will be given off. The article cited this as the most common cause of bad breath. PLEASE! Who does this reporter hang with?
Yet to give the author his/her due even some of the companies that make mouthwash use this "sulfur" from rotting food reason to make expensive mouthwash that not only don't work in curing bad breath problems BUT ADD TO THE OCEAN's PLASTIC ISLANDS! What is even worse, the ingredients are the same as in less expensive non helpful mouth washes. I am talking about "Smart Mouth" by Triumph Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Smart Mouth made the OHP4C Do Not Buy list...total waste of your money, non-therapeutic, engaged in false advertising.
Remember to seek the advise of a dentist and/or a physician about persistent bad breath. You need to know the cause. AND IF THE BAD BREATH IS PERSISTENT DO NOT LET THEM BLOW YOU OFF WITH 'USE A MOUTH WASH'! A DOCTOR NEEDS TO KNOW THE CAUSE TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT TREATMENT.
(c) OHP4C 5/2019
photo reprinted from FORBES
As a consumer advocate organization the best advise OHP4C can give is: stay AWAY from these products. But as a consumer education and consultation company tuned into the real world: for your own protection do the following:
1.Get the company to give you the real, final, price BEFORE you begin or pay any money. Even if it is just a price range.
2. If the company claims you pay them 60% of what an orthodontist/dentist charges...it is a rip off... these companies, as advertised, are doing only10% of what an orthodontists does. (so the price should be 90% less instead of 40% less)
3. For your protection go for a FREE consultation with an orthodontist/dentist near your home. Ask that orthodontist (a). Do I have gum/bone disease? (b). Do I have any cavities? If 'yes' to one or both STOP right there. (c). Ask: How much will it cost to have full mouth x-rays to check for bone level? (d).What do you charge for study models? Think of these two things(x-rays and study models) as your insurance policy. In a minute you will learn WHY you need the insurance. GET THAT INSURANCE DONE BY A DENTIST
4. Get the orthodontist/dentist to tell you if you have any bone loss. 5. Get a copy of the study models!
6. IF YOU STILL WANT TO DO AN AT HOME KIT: when you send in the impressions/molds you take also send in the study models taken by the orthodontist...so you will have a better chance of getting aligners that actually fit.
7.Know that when these companies say they will let you whiten your teeth at the same time they are not being nice...it is a cheap way to try to control gum disease.
8. Know that if you do have gum disease there is a greater than 50% chance that your gums will not follow the teeth. Your teeth may be straighter but there will be ugly black spaces where the gums should be.
9. Know that when you open your mouth and look at your teeth you are only seeing the 1/3 of the tooth that is above the jaw bone and gum. A full 2/3 of each healthy tooth is encased in jaw bone. In order for the teeth to move pressure has to be put on the teeth so that the bone is dissolved...then the teeth have to be held in that place for 6 weeks + to let the bone grow in this new position. Usually in an orthodontic office this process takes about 60-80 aligners. These companies say they supply 20 aligners. SO do they charge extra for more? Or are you left with teeth that are loose? In short, there is a good chance that your teeth could become more crocked.
10. Find a good, local, tort lawyer and keep his/her name. The chances are very good you will need a lawyer. The x-rays and those study models will be exhibit A and B and will help you to get money so some dentist/orthodontist can try to repair the damage.
11. NOTE: These companies DO NOT have orthodontists looking at your case. They can and do say whatever they want to sell you their product.
Finally: as my grandma taught me: If it sounds too good to be true...it isn't true. AND as my dental mentor taught me:Do it right, do it now, or don't do anything at all.
(c) OHP4C 2019 (see "HOME" page this website summary of legal battles now in progress) DANGER! BE VERY CAREFUL
September 2019 So much to rant about:
Vaping: deaths, sooner than predicted but predicted. And there will be more deaths now and in a few years. Serious, non-reversible lung damage (pop-corn lungs). A new generation hocked/addicted to nicotine. NICOTINE IS A DRUG AND IT IS VERY ADDICTIVE! In our culture we expect people to just quit this addiction and do not recognize it as a medical problem that needs medical solutions and intervention.
In MA the governor has banned all vaping products for 4 months. Hopefully the legislature will act and ban vaping products and vapng in the state before the 4 months are up. With vaping there are a lot of moving parts. None are good for you. The liquids ( some of the ingredience that make up these liquids are known toxins). The drugs (especially nicotine and marijuana are drugs with different additive abilities). The DOSE (is not regulated and some liquids have extremely high doses of the chosen drug/s).
Then we have the marketing/kid friendly favoring. Lack of clear manufacturing guidelines and controls of product content/safety.
It is a mess that should never have happened. The boards of health, the FDA, and the Surgeons General all should have known better. So now we have: addicted children (for life), adults who were already addicted without any effective addition treatment (other than deadly vaping and the patch), and businesses (that should never have been allowed to start ) failing. Most of the individuals who started vaping stores didn't know any better. No one was watching to warn them...so many have lost not just jobs but their financial futures, which they invested in what they thought was a good, helping people, business. Can you tell I am angry?!
Health care: Every human being has a right to health care. The MA legislation has a bill before it to make that happen in MA. PROBLEM: the bill needs lots of amendments to make it into a successful law. (Everyone wants the goal BUT no one wants to get educated on how to play the game to make that goal!...sorry for the horrid sports metaphor.) See the Home page of this website for more on the Medicare act in MA. We need it done right. If this bill fails we will be set back years. SO get educated. Not just here. Talk to your state representative and state senator. And while you are at it CALL, WRITE, EMAIL and TWEET your federal US senators and representative and tell them to get off their metaphorical butts and pass a real budget. And legislate. Our legislators need to have courage to do what is right NOW instead of always kicking the can down the road.
(c) this rant 9/19 OHP4C
June 2019 DENTURE BREATH
Dentures are made of a material that is porous/have tiny, tiny holes in the pink part of the denture...and old dentures are more porous than new ones.
Some people do not clean their dentures and some scrub them with cleansers that make the dentures take up smells.If you do not clean your dentures (taking them out of your mouth and clean them with a denture brush once per day) they will take up the smell of the food you eat. Since dentures are porous, microscopic food particles will stay in the denture for a long time...so clean them daily. On the other side of the cleaning issue, it is important to only use a denture brush and not an abrasive, hard bristle brush when cleaning your dentures. Hard bristle brushes will rub away the surface layer of the denture making them more porous and easier to break. It is important to have your dentures in water if they are out of your mouth for more than 5-10 minutes. The pink material is made to be stable only in saliva or water. If you want to use a denture cleaner dissolved in water FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS and ALWAYS wash the dentures thoroughly in water before placing them back in your mouth.
Some people never take their dentures out. This is not good. It does not let your gums "breath" and 'rest" and be cleaned. It allows food to be trapped under the denture and rot and smell. Your dentures need to be out of your mouth (but in water) at least 8 hours every day.
Some people use lot of denture products to keep their dentures in and never clean the residue out before they apply more adhesive. The sticky stuff sold to keep dentures in is difficult to clean off the denture...but it MUST be done before more is used. Not removing it fully can cause bad breath. The best denture adhesive is also the hardest to find...powder adhesive. Use only a dusting of powder and all will be easy to clean.
Some people never look under their dentures at their gums and don't see any fungus growing on their gums. Always look inside your mouth when you remove your dentures. If there is any coating on the gums gently remove it. If that coating continues to form you may have a yeast infection (which can spread to other parts of your body, your partner's body, and to anyone you kiss). Seek help from a dentist if you suspect a yeast infection. They smell.
Some people sleep with their dentures in their mouth. This can cause all sorts of issues including bad breath and ill fitting dentures.
BOTTOMLINE: Don't be" some people". (c) OHP4C 2019
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FORBE's healthcare article (12/22/2018) about the FDA warning on Teething Jewelry written by contributing author Bruce Y Lee is REPRINTED here in full.
and infants/your baby!
JULY and AUGUST 2019 COLD SORES (Fever Blisters)
Cold Sores are caused by a virus. And, Yes, it is Herpes (HSV-1/ Herpes Simplex Virus-1). Most people are infected in childhood by a relative...usually via kissing. Genital Herpes is HSV-2 . BUT ORAL SEX CAN SPREAD HSV-1 TO THE GENITALS and HSV-2 TO THE LIPS. Some sources claim that over half of genital herpes is now HSV-1
(This is only one of the topics covered in "Oral Sex is NOT Save Sex" presentation...see speakers page this website.)
THIS ARTICLE IS ABOUT ACTUALLY CURING A COLD SORE ONCE AND FOREVER
There are several laser wavelengths that will kill the herpes simplex virus. Once the virus is dead the cold sore will no longer be painful and will resolve in just a couple of days. The best part of this treatment is that you will never get a cold sore in that spot again. (At this moment in time, preventive laser treatment has not been attempted or studied, but my sense is it may be in our future.)
If you get a cold sore do the following: 1. Go to the Academy of Laser Dentistry website ...(members/ find a dentist) to identify a dentist in your area who is certified in lasers. 2. Call and ask that dental office if they have lasers available in their office for the treatment of cold sores. If they do: 3. Try to be seen soon/ 24 hours (so you can avoid pain and infecting people*) 4.Have the treatment done and feel good.
Dentist who do this work will see anyone who is in need...you do not have to be a patient of record.
(* Note: Once you are infected with a HSV virus it will remain in your system AND you can infect others via contact even when there are no sores...again how you (most likely) were infected in the first place)
Story: Several years ago a relative was vacationing in the area. He came down with a huge cold sore on his upper lip and was in pain. A simple laser treatment...less than 15 minutes total time in my office...and his vacation was saved. Over and over patients were so happy and relieved to finally have a simple, full proof way of dealing with cold sores without drugs, salves, and waiting it out for 2-4 weeks.
(c) OHP4C/ 2019
TEETHING JEWELRY DNB (Do Not Buy)
FDA WARNING! DO NOT USE!. DANGER
April 2019 Membership Plans: Something very old is new again. You may want to check this out.
Dental offices have started to offer membership plans. These plans are possible now thanks to new computer platforms available to dental offices.
Every dental Membership plan is different depending on the choices the dental office makes AND your needs.
The basic outline is that the dental office offers a basic package for a set price per year. The package usually includes basis services ( two cleanings and exam and x-rays per year) at a significantly discounted yearly fee. Usually between $10 to $25 per month (paid annually, quarterly, or monthly). This membership fee also gives you significant discounts on ALL other dental services needed during the year. There is no insurance involved. It is a direct contract between the dental office and you, the consumer.
The advantages: You can choose your dentist, get the procedures you need at a reduced rate without delays, save as much, if not more, than the $1,000 to $1,500 per year you get from insurance companies in significantly reduced rates for services, and can use all those insurance dollars you have taken out of your pay check when and where you want.
The disadvantages: Your employer may not allow you to stop paying for a dental plan: making the membership agreement more complex, if the dentist you choose leaves the practice you are stuck with his/her replacement for the rest of that year, if a procedure is needed by a specialist it may not be part of the membership plan.
What a consumer should do: 1. Find out if your dental office offers a membership plan. 2. Find out if it is mandatory for you to take your employer's dental plan. 3. Have a discussion both with your dentist and your family as to the smartest way to proceed for your budget and needs.
Many years ago dentists had payment plans for patients. Once insurance and credit cards came along the cost of dealing with insurance companies and running a banking/payment service for patients became too complex and costly for a dental office. NOW two factors have changed this situation. First, dental benefit plans do not cover the cost of even routine dental procedures as the yearly maximum has not changed in over 20 years AND second, there are easy to use (for patient and dentist) computer platforms that make membership plans possible. Do check these membership plans out...carefully. Let us know what you find (email@example.com). We are curious.
Interesting factoid: $75 BILLION is paid yearly to dental insurance plans by consumers. Only 60% of that money ($45 Billion) is used for dental care. Which means that $30 BILLION is kept by the dental insurance companies. factoid source Kleer CEO David Monahan
(c) ohp4c 4/2019
Welcome to the new year. As promised bad breath information will be discussed in several articles this year. Please refer to Novemebr/Decemebr 2018 for the beginning of this discussion: Tongue cleaning, Food based bad breath, and Gum disease(see a dentist NOW if your gums bleed! See articles from 4/2017 and 5/2017, too).
This article is about bad beath from decay/cavities/scientific name:caries:
When teeth rot they smell. Part of the smell is from the decaying matter of the tooth and part of the smell is from food particles that collect in the rotted area. IF YOUR TEETH ARE ROTTING SEEK HELP! THIS CAN AND WILL KILL YOU.
DO NOT: try to use any substance, especially household cleaning substances, to clean the rot out of your teeth. DO NOT: try to fill the rotting hole with anything! This could plug up a draining abcess and cause the abcess to spread to bone or brain.
DO stop the following...all of which will cause your teeth to rot for various reasons: stop using alcoholic drinks (if you are addicted seek help), stop sipping drinks throughout the day (coffee with milk and/or sugar, sodas-both regulars and diet, fruit juice), stop tobacco chewing/smoking/vaping, stop sucking on candies throughout the day (all kinds), Stop/Get Medical HELP! with drug addition/ you have a medical problem (meth mouth is the classic rotting teeth mouth but all drugs will have an inpact on your mouth), TALK to your physician if you take medications that dry out your mouth or if your have had chemotherapy that dried out your mouth.( see if there is an alternative medication that will not dry out your mouth AND do not use candies to decrease dry mouth. Talk to your dentist or pharmacist and even search this site for alternative ways to treat dry mouth).
DO SEE A DENTIST:NOW!
Often patients have a habit/addition that is limited to one spot in the mouth. Example; the tobacco chewer who keeps the tobacco against the upper teeth on one side of his/her mouth. This still causes the bad breath and severe damage to the teeth but may not be seen by others when you are talking. When dealing with bad breath ALL your habits have to be examined.
(c) ohp4c 2019
2019 Future Articles:
Continue series on Bad Breath (abscesses of teeth and tonsils; infections of the sinus, throat, ears; impacted teeth)
What a new smile can do for you...statistics
Eating soft during dental work.
Caution/ On how "new" Blood Pressure treatment protocol may be dangerous to your health...What questions to ask.
Oral Sex is NOT safe sex
Vaginal yeast infection and oral yeast infection...why they often go together and need to be treated at the same time
If you have any questions just email them to firstname.lastname@example.org...all questions are welcome
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