Smoking Puts Your Oral Health At Risk

 

smoking puts oral health at risk

DID YOU KNOW that smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the United States? It’s well known that smoking can lead to a number of lung-related diseases but in reality, the negative effects of smoking can be seen in almost every part of the body, especially the mouth.

Smoking Compromises Your Oral Health

Among other cancers, smoking puts you at a much higher risk of developing oral cancer. In fact, approximately eight out of 10 patients with oral cancer are smokers. Smoking remains the biggest controllable risk factor for this deadly disease.

Tobacco use is also related to severe gum disease. Because smoking weakens your body’s ability to fight infection, bacteria build up more easily in your mouth in the form of plaque and tartar. Bacteria in plaque irritate the gums and cause them to pull away from your teeth, resulting in bleeding and sensitivity. This can ultimately lead to tooth and bone loss. Those who smoke are two times more likely to develop gum disease than a nonsmoker.

Other dental problems that can be caused by smoking include:

  • Bad breath
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Coated or black hairy tongue
  • Tooth decay
  • Dulled sense of taste and smell
  • Dry mouth
  • Slowed healing after tooth extraction or other surgery
  • Lower success rate of cosmetic dental procedures

A Note About Electronic Cigarettes

Within the past couple of years, electronic cigarettes have gained popularity, especially as a “safer” alternative to smoking. Since e-cigarettes are relatively new, not much research has yet been published about their long-term health effects. What we do know is that while e-cigarettes don’t contain tobacco, most contain nicotine, which is known to cause damage to the mouth.

Because nicotine is a vasoconstrictor, it reduces the amount of blood that can flow to your gums. This means that the gums don’t get the oxygen and nutrients they need, causing gum recession and tooth sensitivity as well as putting you at a higher risk of cavities. The reduced blood flow to the gums caused by nicotine use can also mask the signs of gum disease, making it harder to detect and diagnose. This delays treatment and allows the disease to progress.

Until further research is done, we can’t really know how safe e-cigarettes are. As health care professionals, we advise you to avoid them until their long-term effects are known.

Count Us As A Part Of Your Support System

Our patients are more than just patients–they are friends. We care about your health and well-being and want you to count us as a part of your support system to help you quit smoking. If you aren’t quite ready to quit, continue to see us regularly as recommended so we can help you maintain your oral health as best as possible. Talk to us about quitting today and how we can help you!

Thank you for your friendship and loyalty!

 

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Captivate Audiences In Alaska Once Again

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Hello Anchorage! Remember when being a toothless five-year-old captivated friends and family? When a lisp was considered precious and endearing? Doesn’t really work for adults in the Wasilla area. Toothless smiles are embarrassing and lisps can make you self-conscious.

But your days of capturing delighted looks and commanding a conversation may not be gone forever – even if you have missing teeth. Don’t keep your Anchorage fans waiting any longer. It is time to find out what can be done to fill in those gaps and restore what you reveled in as a child – your beautiful smile and a healthy self-image. Calling our office at 907-290-5452 is the first step out of the wings and onto the stage of a new life.

If you are missing teeth, have unbecoming gaps or are just not satisfied with your smile’s current state, the talented group at Alaska Premier Dental Group looks forward to offering you the answers to all your important smile makeover, dental restorations, and cosmetic dentistry questions. The cost of cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry in Anchorage isn’t always easy to figure out. A simple consultation will bring not only clarity but hope that possibilities for family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, or dental implants are well within your reach. We know we can’t stay children forever but don’t despair, YOU can still be captivating!

 

Contact Alaska Premier Dental Group:

907-290-5452

 

 

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Why Sports Drinks Put Teeth At Risk

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Many health-conscious individuals in the Wasilla area exercise regularly, and many turn to sports drinks for hydration.

While it’s true that they help preserve electrolyte levels in the body (and pose fewer health risks than energy drinks), their acidity can erode tooth enamel. And when tooth enamel erodes, those pearly whites are more susceptible to staining, discoloration, and decay.

Nobody wants stained teeth, so next time you’re at the gym, try substituting water for sports drinks.

If you have already experienced staining and tooth discoloration and would like to know more about porcelain veneers and teeth whitening in Anchorage, give Alaska Premier Dental Group a call at 907-290-5452.

We are an extraordinary Anchorage, Alaska dental practice that offers:

family dentistry
cosmetic dentistry
dental implants

Our team has been providing unmatched dental care since 1997. The professional staff here can answer any questions you have about critical preventative oral care and cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, gum contouring, invisible braces, tooth-colored fillings and smile makeovers.

 

 

Contact Alaska Premier Dental Group:

907-290-5452

http://smilealaska.com/contactus

 

 

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Been A While Since You’ve Visited A Dentist?

Anchorage, Alaska Residents Visit the Dentist Whether you have lived in Alaska for a long time, or just moving in to the Anchorage area; taking care of your teeth eventually involves a visit to the dentist. We are Alaska Premier Dental Group located at 6611 DeBarr Rd, Ste 100 and 200 in Anchorage, Alaska. If you are looking for an experienced family dentist, we invite you to come in for a consultation  You can reach Alaska Premier Dental Group to schedule an exam by calling 907-290-5452.

The very idea of visiting a dentist holds a negative connotation for many people. If you are an adult with dental anxiety, or your child is preparing to visit the dentist for the first time, here are a few tips that may help ease you into regular dental checkups and put you on the path toward increased oral health and wellness.

Choose a dentist in Anchorage who is appropriate for your needs. When you meet your new Anchorage dentist for the first time, make an effort to ask questions about the care you will receive. Be sure to communicate with your dentist about his/her experience, age range of patients, and recommended procedures for any issues you may have. Get to know your Anchorage dentist so you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Be prepared to provide your Anchorage dentist with information. Whether you are experiencing specific pain at that moment, or anticipating a problem, be sure to discuss everything with your dentist. Many patients become intimidated in the office environment and avoid expressing pain or discussing issues. As your dentist, I need to know your history and everything you are experiencing. I will be better prepared to help if I have accurate and complete information.

There is no need to feel self-conscious if it has been a long time since you have received dental treatment. I have treated many first-time patients in your situation and have developed a trusting relationship with them.

The best way to have a good experience with a new dentist is to communicate. Let me know what you are experiencing so that I can make adjustments and help you feel more comfortable and secure. If we determine that you are going to need an essential dental procedure more extensive than filling a cavity, let’s discuss sedation dentistry.

At Alaska Premier Dental Group our professional staff will work to make your dental experience a pleasant one. We know it can be uncomfortable to visit the dentist for the first time or after a long while. We’ll do what we can to make you feel relaxed, secure, and among caring friends.

If you are in Anchorage, Alaska and are ready to visit the dentist again, give us a call at 907-290-5452 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and your family.

Taking Care of Your Way Beyond Your Smile

 

Contact Alaska Premier Dental Group:

907-290-5452

http://smilealaska.com

 

 

 

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February – Children’s Dental Health Month

ANY PARENT KNOWS that getting your child to do certain things like eat their veggies, clean their room and even brush their teeth can be difficult. But the reality is that tooth decay is the number one disease affecting young children today.

To combat this, kids need to learn and love to brush their teeth early on in their lives. Our goal is to help your children maintain bright, healthy smiles and help them learn early the importance of good oral hygiene.

Let’s Catch Up On Some Of The Basics

Your child’s first dental visit should be when their first tooth appears, or around their first birthday. Once teeth emerge, you can start brushing them. Brush your child’s teeth twice a day with a child-sized toothbrush and only a smear of toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice). When two teeth begin to touch, it is time to start flossing!

From the ages of three to six, you can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Remind children not to swallow the toothpaste. Continue to help your child brush their teeth until you feel that they can correctly do so on their own.

Our Top Tips On Teaching Your Kids Good Oral Hygiene

It may not be easy, but it will definitely be worth it to teach your kids the value of taking care of their teeth. Here are some things you can do to help them understand just how important a task it is, and even how fun it can be!

Teach Them Why

When kids understand the reason behind something, they are more inclined to do it. You can even make it more interesting by spinning it into a fun story and giving the bacteria in their mouths a name, like the plaque monsters or tooth bugs!

Let Them Participate

Allowing your child to pick out their toothbrush, toothpaste and floss is a great way for them to participate. If you use a timer to help them brush their teeth for the full two minutes, let them press the button. Find ways to get them involved!

Use Positive Reinforcement

Parents know better than anyone what kids will do for prizes. One idea is to use a sticker chart. Every time they brush their teeth well, without complaining, they get to put a sticker on the chart. When the chart is full, they get a prize!

Make It Fun

Whether you turn on their favorite two-minute song or have them brush their stuffed animal’s teeth first, making it fun is key to helping your child love brushing time. There are also many smartphone apps out there dedicated to making oral hygiene more fun!

You can even show them this fun video to help encourage them to brush their teeth!

We Are Proud Partners Of Parents

Although getting your child to love brushing and flossing their teeth is difficult at times, remember that we are your allies in helping ensure their lifelong oral and overall health. If your child is still struggling with brushing and flossing, let us know, we are here to help.

Have any other suggestions that have worked for you and your child? Tell us in the comments below!

Thank you for your trust in our practice. Our pledge to you is that we will always strive to take care of you, and your family, way beyond your smile.

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Pets – Humans Aren’t The Only Ones With a Strong Link Between Oral Health and Total Body Wellness

At ALASKA PREMIER DENTAL GROUP we love our family, friends (the family you choose), coworkers, patients and pets! We know many of you have animals that also bring a smile to your face. To honor that relationship we want to highlights this weeks blog on how to care for your animals oral health.

Here are some tips to keep the whole family happy and healthy, and you may even learn something about your own oral health.

Keep Up On Your Pet’s Dental Health

You probably don’t think about checking your dog or cat’s mouth very often, but it’s important that you do. Dental problems can often lead to other health problems in your pet, not to mention they can be painful and costly. As with our own teeth, prevention is key!

Here are some things you should do to keep your furry friend’s mouth healthy:

  • Have your pet’s teeth checked and cleaned at least once a year by a veterinarian
  • While daily toothbrushing is ideal for your pet, at least get in three to four good brushing sessions per week (using toothpaste specially formulated for them–not human toothpaste)
  • Make sure your dog or cat is on a nutritious diet that is good for their teeth; your veterinarian will help you know what kind of food is best
  • Chew toys are great for scraping plaque off of your dog’s teeth and can be a great supplement to tooth brushing!

There are many products out there that can help keep your pet’s teeth healthy and breath fresh. Talk to your veterinarian about what products they recommend for your dog or cat’s oral hygiene routine!

Watch the video below to see how to properly brush your pet’s teeth:

Healthy Smiles Make It All Worthwhile

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association(AVMA), 70 percent of cats and 80 percent of dogs have some kind of oral disease by the age of two or three. That’s why attending to your pet’s oral health on a daily basis should be as normal to them as their daily walks.

After enough practice, they may even look forward to toothbrushing time! And while brushing your pet’s teeth may be a lot of work, just remember, healthy smiles make all that work worthwhile.

We’d love to see your pets’ smiles! Snap a photo of you and your pet showing off your pearly whites and post it to our Facebook page! Here’s Sinjin smiling, he does this all on his own folks!

Images used with permission from Holly Evans, local Alaskan and owner of RR’s Cardinal SIDEOUT “Sinjin” and the late Colonel Carlsbad Bogart McKenzie “Bogie”.

Thank you for reading our blog and supporting our practice.

 

 

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Alaskan Summer is Synonymous with Alaskan Salmon

June brings the second installment of our Tracey Pilch Silent Auction at Alaska Premier Dental Group! Many of our Doctors and Staff have already hit the rivers and oceans seeking fresh Alaskan Salmon.  Fittingly Salmon artwork will be the focus for our second Silent Auction. If you didn’t catch the  news last month I will summarize this exciting community fundraiser:

I would like to first start by reminding everyone that 100% of the money we raise with this artwork stays in our community and helps existing patients get the treatment they need and want but cannot afford. Tracey Pilch is one of our many talented patients.  Several months ago, Tracey approached us with an altruistic idea. She proposed donating several pieces of art for the sole purpose of raising money for people here in our local community. Tracey shared with me a personal story of not always being able to afford the dental treatment she needed and wanted:

“I very well understand the need for dentistry and it’s value. I also understand it can be unaffordable for some people… I think that the ability to smile is so closely connected to our wellness and I feel strongly about total wellness… Feeling good comes through our smile. I think everyone should be able to smile.”

We will be featuring several different art pieces a month and will be reserving all of the funds raised to help existing patients get the treatment they need/want but are not able to afford.

I did not consider my home complete until I had artwork celebrating salmon. Don’t pass up this chance.

Bidding starts at $100, see our Facebook Event to bid online or come in to the following locations to see specific Tracey Pilch Originals.

 

TP Sockeye 1

Located upstairs in our Anchorage location. This piece is already been bid on at $150!

TP Sockeye 2

Located downstairs in our Anchorage location. This piece has also already been bid on at $100!

 

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A Week to Celebrate Mothers

WE ARE ECSTATIC TO HAVE this week to celebrate all the wonderful mothers out there! They fed us, clothed us, read books to us and raised us. But most importantly, they LOVE us! We’d like to return the favor and show all our mothers some love this Mother’s Day.

 

What We Love About Our Moms
From Dr. Jessica: “I love that when I look at my hands I see my mom’s same fingers.  My momma is so artistic and creative – I love that I have her hands and have her creative spirit!”

From Breana: “My mother taught me to love, she was an excellent role model for compassion and confidence. She is why I nurture as much as I do.” 

From Sarah: “I love that my mother always has my best interest at heart.” 

From Shelly: “One thing I love about my mom is her giving and caring heart. A mother’s love is irreplaceable!” 

From Heidi: “My mother is the most loving, adventuresome, silly, intelligent person I know. I’m just trying to be the best version of myself — like she has always encouraged me to be.”

From Jennifer: “I think that the thing I find most inspiring about my mother’s life was her desire to live. Despite being diagnosed with a fast-acting terminal illness she became our personal miracle and lived a long and full life bringing myself and two younger siblings into the world as well. She left behind a legacy of compassion and leadership that not only affect her children, but everyone who knew her.”

 

From the Mothers on Our Team… What Do You Love Most About Being a Mom?

From Breana: “Words can’t describe what I love most about being a Mother…”

From Azita: “One thing I love about being a mom is the cuddles and the smiles I get from my son. Those little smiles wipe away all the stuff from the day.”  

 

 

Mothers, We Appreciate You!

Whether your mom lives near or far, show her how grateful you are for her this Mother’s Day Season. To all you moms out there, THANK YOU!

Have any great stories about your awesome mom? Post it in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

May brings an exciting new announcement at Alaska Premier Dental Group! Let me fill you in on some history to set up the good news…

We are lucky to have many talented patients. One of those patients is Tracey Pilch. This blog isn’t over how talented she is, but is focused more on her heart and her aptitude to give. Several months ago, Tracey approached us with an altruistic idea. She proposed donating several pieces of art for the sole purpose of raising money for people that cannot afford the treatment they want or need. Tracey shared with me a personal story of not always being able to afford the dental treatment she needed and wanted:

“I very well understand the need for dentistry and it’s value. I also understand it can be unaffordable for some people… I think that the ability to smile is so closely connected to our wellness and I feel strongly about total wellness… Feeling good comes through our smile. I think everyone should be able to smile.”

We will be featuring 3 different art pieces a month and will be reserving all of the funds raised to help existing patients get the treatment they need/want but are not able to afford.

If you have a willing heart, and love excellent artwork please take part in this exciting new venture.

 

Bidding starts at $75, see our Facebook Event to bid online or come in to the following locations to see specific Tracey Pilch Originals.

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Original piece available to view Upstairs in our Anchorage location.

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Original piece available to view Downstairs in our Anchorage location.

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Original Piece available to view in our Wasilla location.

 

Sneak Peak: June brings Salmon!!

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Summer Summertime Stains

Summer time is a time for relaxing, sipping on sweet drinks, and enjoying some awesome BBQ while camping. However, it can also be a time for sugar to wreak havoc on your teeth.

Citrus
Why is it harmful?
The sweet citrus fruits in your drink are acidic and erode the enamel on your teeth, leading to decay and softening in the inner layer of your tooth.

What Can You Do?
Make sure to drink your citrus drinks with a straw positioned at the back of your mouth. Having water after your drink and chewing sugarless gum can reduce remaining acid as well. Additionally, drinking while eating a meal will help reduce the effects of enamel erosion.

BBQ
Why is it harmful?
Nothing tastes better than a juicy rack of ribs smothered in BBQ sauce, but the sauce and other condiments used for BBQ are actually loaded with sugars that can cause bacteria to build up, leading to extensive tooth decay

What Can You Do?
The best thing to do is moderate your condiments and not go over board on the sauces. Additionally, brushing your teeth after a sugary meal and flossing can make a significant difference in your oral health.

Camping
Why is it harmful?
Often times when people are camping, they let hygiene slide a little and skip the nighttime tooth brushing. This is the most critical time to brush, especially after the s’mores and BBQ sugar you just consumed. Skipping brushing creates a breeding ground for bacteria in your mouth and your teeth are not able to get the rest and recovery they need to remineralize over night.

What Can You Do?
This one is simple, just brush those teeth of yours, followed by a flossing. Fluoride is a wise choice as well. This will all take you about three minutes, and you will be thankful when you wake up without fire breath in the morning.

So have fun with your summer festivities, food, and beverages while following our three oral health suggestions. If you have any questions, or think you are in need of a good cleaning after reading our blog, give us a call today at 337-1322.

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