Everything listed under: periodontal disease

  • Halitosis - Your Bad Breath

    Your Bad Breath - Halitosis

    If someone’s breath smelled bad once, you’d probably forgive them for it. Right? What if their breath smelled bad regularly? Would you have the guts to bring this potentially embarrassing personal issue up to them? You’re more likely to keep silent about it so you don’t offend. After all, there are so many remedies to this common problem you would think there should be no reason for anyone to have chronic bad breath.

    Bad breath, or halitosis, is produced as a result of excessive build up of volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) from the breakdown of proteins by bacteria in the mouth. The more food particles in your mouth, and around your teeth, the higher the levels of bacteria further contributing to bad odor. To get rid of bad breath, start regularly brushing your teeth and tongue after every meal. Heavy plaque and tartar that accumulates around your teeth may also contribute to bad breath and periodontal disease. A professional cleaning will help and you will smell the difference immediately.

    You should already know to avoid tobacco products, as well as consuming onion, garlic, spicy or sugary food. Mouthwashes, breath fresheners, mints, and flavored gum can only mask the odor for so long.

    Dry mouth could be another blame for bad breath. Think about the smell of your breath in the morning. Awful, isn’t it? During sleep, saliva production decreases, leaving your mouth dryer than normal. Since saliva helps to cleanse the mouth, having chronic dry mouth can result in harboring more bacteria to produce bad smell.

    If you are part of the unfortunate population that suffers from chronic bad breath, know that it can be subsided, if not eliminated completely. For more tips, remedies or just for laughs, you’ll want to watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0FAVR6_ZEQ  

    You are always welcome to come into the Levittown Dental Office for a free consultation without an obligation. So call today to meet Dr. Marc Gottlieb and his amazing compassionate  staff.

  • Pacemaker / Defibrillators and the dental appointment

    Dentistry and Cardiac Devices: Is there an interference?

    Individuals with abnormal sequences in their electrical impulses, also known as arrhythmia, could have medical devices, such as Cardiac Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defribillators (ICDs), which can help prevent future complications and or treat their heart conditions. If you currently have one of these devices or will soon be receiving one, your physician will remind you to be aware of surrounding items in your environment that might cause interference with it.

    According to the American Heart Association, an item as simple as a pair of headphones can cause interference with defibrillators and pacemakers due to a magnetic substance they contain. The interference is dependent on their distance to the medical device. Being conscious of your surroundings, you might have wondered whether electrical dental devices could cause any interference.

    Several studies have suggested select dental devices may cause interference with pacemakers and ICDs. Thus, dentists have been cautioned to avoid these dental devices. However, many of these studies were conducted in vitro, in laboratory settings, which are not necessarily the same conditions as in the clinic or operatory. The authors of a recently published study aimed to demonstrate that dental devices do not interfere with pacemakers’ and defribillators’ pacing and sensing function.

    Perhaps, you may be wondering what these electrical dental devices include? Some of the more commonly used electrical dental equipment in our office include the battery operated curing light (used in many restorative procedures), ultrasonic bath (for sterilization of our instruments), cavitron (used during dental cleanings), amalgamator, and hand pieces. Investigators in the study operated these devices at various distances of the cardiac devices on 32 patients, making this one of the largest in vivo study to investigate these effects. These participants ranged in ages from 18 to 90 years of age. It is significant that there was not a single major interaction among them. After testing pacemakers and ICD units, it was concluded that “…dental devices presented minor electromagnetic interference with programmers that interrogate cardiac devices implanted in patients. Those interactions are not typically observed in a dental setting because cardiac devices wouldneverbe interrogated there, and the observed interactions were not associated with significant clinical implications.”

    Although the study noted interference with the telemetry from the cardiac programming unit, there is “no clinical impact on patient safety.” If you’ve ever been concerned about how items in our office may affect devices used for your heart conditions, we hope this information reassures you that dental devices have posed and continue to pose very little threat to you. We hope future studies are conducted to provide even greater validity, not only for dental professionals but for our patients. Continue visiting your dentist without worries! If you have any questions or have a dental emergency don't hesitate to call Dr. Gottlieb at the Levittown office.


    Interference between dental electrical devices and pacemakers or defibrillators

    Electromagnetic interference of electrical dental equipment with Cardiac pacemakers (2007):

    Written by: Katherine Ynsinare
     Dr. Marc Gottlieb's Levittown Dental Assistant

  • Your bleeding gums are a problem.

    Contrary to what you may have been told bleeding gums is not normal. You wouldn’t ignore blood in your urine or blood leaking out of any other body part so why do many patients ignore their bleeding gums.

    Bleeding gums is usually caused by a bacterial infection and could be the first sign you have early gum disease or a more advanced case. Smoking reduces the amount of bleeding but doesn’t mean you don’t have a problem. If you wake up in the morning with blood on you pillow you should be examined to determine the cause. If your gums bleed while brushing or flossing you should also come in for a check up.

    Don’t wait until it hurts. Most problems can be easily treated and stabilized before it becomes a major issue. Call the Levittown office at (516) 796-6600 to set up an appointment for a regular cleaning and exam.

  • How do I know if I have Gum Disease

    It can be hard to know and you can have gum or periodontal disease without pain or symptoms. If you haven't been to a dentist in a while and rarely floss your teeth there is a good chance you have one of the stages of gum disease. 

    You may notice your gums are bleeding, red in color or have some tenderness. Bad breath is another sign of periodontal disease. If you notice pus between your teeth and gums you have a problem and should be evaluated by the dentist.

    Smoking can mask many of the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease until it's too late. I would encourage all patients to come in for a brief examination for any dental problem. Your dental problems are a lot easier to treat early when it starts than to wait until it's too late. The mouth is a window into the health of your body so make a New Years resolution to call the Levittown Dental Office and take care of your teeth and gums.

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Dr. Marc Gottlieb is one of Long Island's leading dental practicioners, specializing in helping those who feel anxiety or apprehension when visiting the dentist. He can be reached at marc@anxietyfreedental.com