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I Need a Crown, Does That Make Me Royalty?

Though you won’t become a member of some centuries-old monarchy, this coronation will help protect some of your most faithful servants…that is your teeth! A dental crown is most often recommended to restore the shape, health, and strength of a tooth. And in many cases, a crown may be the only option available to reestablish function. So before proceeding with this adornment, let’s explore what is behind your “crowning achievement”.  A dental crown or “cap” is placed over the part of the tooth that is visible above the gum line. Most crowns today are made of porcelain and designed to match the shape and color of the existing permanent teeth.

There are several reasons why your dentist may diagnose the need for a crown. They are recommended to protect a weak tooth from further damage and cracking. Visible fracture lines in the enamel are an indication of a tooth that is at a greater risk of breaking, and a crown will help hold these pieces together. Teeth with large fillings and thin en…

HPV and Oral Cancer

HPV or the Human Papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted infection today. The CDC reports that “80% of Americans will have HPV infections in their lifetime with 99% of the infections clearing without consequence.”  With over 100+ strains of the virus identified, approximately 40 types have been most identified with genital infections and two, HPV16 andHPV18, more known to be responsible for causing cancer, more specifically of the cervix, mouth, and throat.

Most types of HPV infections are fought by the body’s immune system, and most people do not know they have been infected. There is no cure for HPV, but generally, the virus runs its course and is out of the immune system within two years (oralcancerfoundation.org). Some strains, however, are suspected of lying dormant in the body and then spread to other partner’s years later, unbeknown to the carrier. HPV is spread through skin to skin contact. There is no pain or symptoms associated with the infection, but it can …

Cold Sores: A Hot Topic

Anyone who has suffered from a cold sore knows the first sign of onset is as deflating and disappointing as your favorite team losing the Super Bowl or as embarrassing as being turned down for a first date. In fact, anyone who has suffered knows that a first date will likely cause an eruption in the first place!  It is certain that for nearly the next two weeks you will be uncomfortable and frustrated by what you feel is an unsightly growth that will capture the attention of everyone for whom you meet.  For some, this occurs a few times a year but for others, it can be a monthly eruption that brings anxiety, self-consciousness, pain and an altered lifestyle until the sore heals.

A cold sore or fever blister is a viral infection caused the herpes simplex virus (HSV 1) and is, therefore, an incurable viral infection that can only be managed during outbreaks.  The herpes virus, once contracted, lays dormant in nerve bundles called ganglions until an outbreak occurs. The virus is contagi…

Pretty in Pink: The Sign of Healthy Gums

I don’t think it would be an overstatement to say that gum health is the foundation to one’s overall oral health. Gum tissues act as the tattletales, if you will, of all homecare activities, or the lack there of. Without good gum health, bone loss can occur, followed by tooth loss, or in other words periodontal disease.  Unfortunately, nearly 50% of the population suffers from some level of gum disease, which is a decrease of the estimated 80-90% infected when I began my career as a dental hygienist in the early 80’s. I’m dating myself with this admission, but so is the title of this blog so I might as well own it! (Oh how I loved Andrew McCarthy in the 80’s) Well, this brings us to the incredibly important topic of home care habits and keeping our gum tissue in the PINK!

Pink tissue that is tightly wrapped around the tooth is the description of healthy gums that are void of inflammation or infection. Gum tissue that is brighter pink, red, or bluish-purple in color, puffy in appearan…

Twas the Night Before My Appointment

Twas The Night Before My Appointment…

Twas the night before my appointment,

While lying in bed

Visions of sharp things

Run through my head

Needles and scrapers

And drills galore,

My living nightmare

Need I say more?

It’s a dental appointment

Creating this fright

Walking through the door

Takes all of my might

This appointment was put

In my calendar with care

6 months goes so fast

The alert says “BEWARE”

I’ve been obsessing and stressing

For over a week

My flossing and brushing

She will critique

The noise gives me chills,

The bleeding makes me faint.

When it hits the nerve,

That’s my biggest complaint

Desensitizing toothpaste

They say that will work

Flossing and fluoride

I shouldn’t shirk

It’s too late now

I’m already here

I DON’T LIKE THIS!

Let me be clear

I’m met with a smile

As she calls my name

There’s no going back

We walk in twain.

“How are you?” she asks

If she only knew

I’m clammy, I’m weak

It feels like the flu

Her hand on my shoulder

The tears they do come

This fear I have

I …

Oral Cancer: Common Causes and Symptoms

On Sunday, September 18, 2016, members of the Seidner Dental Team participated in the Oral Cancer Foundation Walk/Run for Awareness in Memory of David Nasto. This annual event takes place at Perona Farms in Andover and not only helps to raise money for the Oral Cancer Foundation but to educate the population on the symptoms and treatment options of oral cancer. The 4.1-mile walk/run is also quite inspirational as some of the participants have battled oral cancer themselves. Speakers, tricky trays, raffles, music and a fantastic barbecue are all provided in honor of this gentleman who lost his life to oral cancer. David Nasto passed away in 2006 after an incredible battle with stage IV tongue cancer. He was 47 years old. Awareness, early detection, and early action are vital for the successful treatment of oral cancer. David’s family feels that early detection would have saved his life, so along with The Cancer Foundation, this event offers oral cancer screenings by dental professiona…