How Exactly Do Dental Implants Work?

Curious to find out how dental implants really work? All In One Dental Innovations is ready to provide a thorough explanation of dental implants and their performance as long-term tooth replacements. You can also read our implant guide to learn more!

 

The Different Parts Of A Dental Implant

Although a dental implant is meant to act as an artificial replacement to natural teeth, implants are composed of similar parts–a “root” and “crown.” These two parts are joined together with a connector piece called an abutment.

The root of the tooth implant is generally composed of a metal material like titanium because of its durability. This metal “root” is shaped in the form of a screw that can be tightly installed into the jawbone of the patient or, in some cases where patients have shallow jawbones, into the gums. The ridges of the screw along with a special bone growth promoting substance coating the screw allow the bone to heal perfectly around the implant. It’s crucial that the bone and gum tissue heal properly around the implant so that it can be held in place without the risk for later maladjustment.

The crown is often composed of porcelain for a natural-looking finish that replicates the appearance of a natural tooth. Artificial crowns can also be composed of metal materials or a mixture of metal and porcelain depending on a patient’s budget as well as their preferences. Porcelain crowns are fairly sturdy and, similarly to the implant’s root, also have a special coating; however, the coating on a crown protects it from potential issues like staining. So long as the crown is regularly cared for with proper hygiene techniques, it will continue to resist these minor damages. Crowns can also be created with a custom shade to match the patient’s other teeth which makes it look even more natural.

The abutment can be composed of a number of materials including gold, other metals, or porcelain. This part of the implant is highly important in its contribution to the structural design of the whole dental implant. The abutment securely fits into the metal post of the implant and rests just above the gums to provide a stable connection to the implant’s crown. By attaching an abutment piece to the implant, the gums have time to heal after the initial installment of the metal post into the jawbone and the abutment provides a stable platform for a permanent crown to be placed later on.

 

How Does A Dental Implant Function?

With the same functional capabilities as a natural tooth, a dental implant allows the patient to eat, speak, and smile normally. The missing, rotting, or otherwise damaged teeth that implants replace can cause increasing harm to a patient’s overall health. By removing and replacing them with implants, health risks are lowered thus providing the patient the opportunity to focus on improving their dental health rather than preserving it.

Implant dentists devote time and effort into pairing patients with the best implant materials suitable for them to ensure the patient’s comfort as well as the implant’s success. The permanent artificial crowns that top the implant are custom designed to fit perfectly alongside the patient’s other teeth and so that the teeth are properly aligned. Dental pieces that don’t properly fit the patient can cause crowding, pain, and implant failure.

Take a look at what the AAID has to say about the benefits of dental implants:

“Here is why you will enjoy dental implants:  Missing teeth restored with dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth. You brush, floss and visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings, same as you would to care for a natural tooth.”

Along with restoring a smile, a dental implant’s crown also allows the patient to safely break down food without any discomfort or pain. The presence of the implant will also allow the patient to speak regularly without any insecurities about their teeth or whether they will have a lisp sound when forming words.

 

How Implants Perform Over Time

Over time, a dental implant should perform the same as it did when it was first installed. Implants are fairly durable in comparison to other teeth replacement alternatives like dentures or bridges. Implants require little adjustment or ongoing maintenance outside of regular hygienic care such as brushing, flossing, or rinsing your teeth.

Although implants are durable, they aren’t totally indestructible and can become susceptible to damages like crown staining or chipping if not careful. The protective coating on an implants crown can wear away over time and result in the porcelain’s exposure to tinted or acidic food substances that will cause discoloration. Also, strong impact against the crown can cause chipping and other damages in extreme situations.

If an implant is damaged somehow, it can be easily repaired or replaced but it isn’t a common necessity for most patients. So long as you follow a normal hygiene routine and monitor any changes with the implant, it will continue to perform well over time. Any concerns about the implant or its maintenance should be discussed with your dental health advisor right away to prevent any hidden issues from further developing.

 

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Complete Dental Implant Step By Step Guide For 2018

If you’re thinking about having a dental implant procedure, you should consider all of the details involved and have a deep understanding of the process. All In One Dental Innovations seeks to provide this insight through the detailed step-by-step guide below.

 

Deciding If Dental Implants Are Right For You

The first step in the dental implant process is determining if you are a good candidate for implant surgery. Reasons for getting a dental implant range from preventing periodontal disease to cosmetic restoration. Here are some more specific reasons for considering a dental implant:

  • Provides a natural-looking replacement for a failing tooth
  • Prevents infection from spreading deep into the gums which can develop into periodontal disease
  • Prevents potential nerve damage after ongoing hygiene neglect
  • Restores your smile to its complete appearance and gives back your self-confidence
  • Functions similarly to a regular tooth while promoting longer-lasting performance

 

Choosing A Professional

After identifying the reason (or multiple reasons) behind why you need a dental implant, the next stage is to find the right dental health professional fit for your surgery. A dental implant operation is no simple ordeal and should only be executed by qualified individuals with years of experience.

Certain dental surgeons might also be more compatible with patients based on their individual skills and operation techniques. The Vancouver Center for Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry also encourages patients to be open-minded and thorough in their research of implant dental surgeons:

“Keep in mind that there is a very wide range of skills and techniques among implant surgeons.”

For instance, there are different types of implants–those installed in the jawbone (endosteal) and those that rest above the jawbone deep within the gums (subperiosteal). Consulting with a skilled dentist is crucial to ensuring a safe, successful implant procedure by first determining the best implant type suited to your body. Patients with shallow jawbones typically require the subperiosteal type of implant which is also the least common.

Some risks associated with dental implants, in general, include nerve and bone damage–these risks are increased when dealing with shallow jawbones. Failure to identify the proper implant type for a patient or to have the procedure executed by a trusted professional might result in the drilling of the implant too far into the jawbone or the instability of the implant within the gums. This is why finding a dental surgeon with the right combination of expertise and experience is vital to ensuring your safety as well as the success of the implant.

 

Implant Materials

The particular composition of an implant typically depends heavily on the patient and the preferred technology used by your dental surgeon. Although materials may vary, the structural design of a dental implant usually remains the same and can be broken down into three parts–the root, crown, and abutment.

The “root” of the implant is meant to mirror the shape and functions of a natural tooth. Meant to act as the post and base of a tooth implant, the root needs to be composed of extremely durable materials. In most cases, the root is primarily made of titanium in the shape of a screw to be tightly sealed into the patient’s jawbone. This screw is often coated with a substance that stimulates quick bone-regeneration so that the jawbone can quickly heal perfectly around the root and hold it in place.

The crown of the implant is often composed of porcelain or metal and gives a similar shape to a natural tooth. Porcelain crowns allow patients to restore their smile without drawing attention to the fact that dental work was ever done. These artificial crowns are also beneficial in that they last longer than natural teeth and won’t easily be susceptible to damages. Implant crowns are often coated with a protective sealant that also works to prevent staining if properly maintained with regular care.

An abutment piece is the connector part of the dental implant that joins the root to the crown. The abutment is often composed of either gold, porcelain, or titanium and rests just above the gums. This part of the tooth implant is securely screwed into the post or “root” of the implant that rests below the gums and in the jawbone. The abutment is an important component of the implant that ensures greater stability of the crown and the ability for the gums to naturally heal around the implant.

 

Pre-Surgery Steps

Prior to providing any dental implant services, your dental health advisor will consult with you to discuss hygiene and dietary actions necessary to be executed prior to the procedure. Most patients won’t be able to eat close to the time of their operation because it will interfere with the anesthesia that will be provided during the surgery.

Along with following their dentist’s dietary recommendations, patients will also be required to use a special mouth rinse, in some cases, or prescribed medication to provide healthy conditions for the surgeon to operate under.

Your doctor will also run through the procedure with you to clear up any last-minute questions or concerns you may have in order to ensure your comfort and confidence in the implant surgery before the actual operation day.

 

What’s The Procedure Like?

After the patient is provided with a local anesthetic or IV sedation, the dental surgeon will work to remove any damaged teeth from the area where the new implant is to be placed. If no bone grafting is needed in the jawbone, the oral surgeon will then drill a space into the jawbone where the metal post (root) of the implant will be placed.

In some situations, the abutment can be installed onto the post right away and the gums are resealed over the implant to heal over a period of months. Depending on the surgeon and the patient, a temporary crown can be placed on the abutment and replaced with the permanent crown later on or the doctor will wait for the tissue to heal around the abutment portion of the implant before adding any type of crown. A dental implant procedure spans over a period of months and is dependent on a number of factors including the necessity of bone grafting, the patients healing rate, the type of implant, and other impactful variables.

 

Benefits Of Having Dental Implants

In review, here are some of the many advantages of dental implants:

  • Permanence: Implants are permanent and don’t have to be put in or removed every day like alternative options (dentures). You can rest assured knowing your smile isn’t going anywhere and is completely yours.
  • Natural-looking: With dentures or bridges, you can sometimes immediately tell that a smile is artificial. Dental implants, however, provide a natural-looking smile that no one will question as being fake.
  • Structurally Strong: Unlike your natural teeth, the components of an implant won’t easily decay or face simple damages. So long as they are properly cared for, implants can last a lifetime with little ongoing maintenance.
  • Functional: Although dental implants are composed of materials different from natural teeth, they still provide the same functionality in allowing you to eat and speak normally.
  • Safe: The dental implant procedure is fairly safe when executed by a qualified professional and ensures patients don’t have to make high risks to achieve their dream smile.
  • Little Pain: Dental implant surgery also results in minor pain throughout the healing process that will quickly diminish over time and can be combated with simple medication like Tylenol or Advil.

 

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Physical Activity is Great for Your Oral Health . . . If It’s Done Right

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Everyone knows that physical activity is good for you in so many ways, such as reducing stress, decreasing risk factors of disease, and so on and so forth. It would make sense that physical activity would have a ripple effect across different systems, like your oral cavity. While staying in shape can certainly improve your oral health, some activities and habits can diminish the benefits. For instance, planning on taking a scuba trip soon? One study showed that that activity can wreak havoc on people with crowns and fillings:

Training to become a scuba diver? Start at the dentist

Recreational divers should consider consulting with their dentist before diving if they recently received dental care, says Vinisha Ranna, BDS, lead author and a student in the UB School of Dental Medicine.

 

“Divers are required to meet a standard of medical fitness before certification, but there are no dental health prerequisites,” says Ranna, who is also a certified stress and rescue scuba diver.
“Considering the air supply regulator is held in the mouth, any disorder in the oral cavity can potentially increase the diver’s risk of injury. A dentist can look and see if diving is affecting a patient’s oral health.”

 

The study, “Prevalence of dental problems in recreational SCUBA divers,” was published in the British Dental Journal.

 

The research was inspired by Ranna’s first experience with scuba diving in 2013. Although she enjoyed being in the water, she couldn’t help but notice a squeezing sensation in her teeth, a condition known as barodontalgia.

 

Published research on dental symptoms experienced while scuba diving is scarce or focuses largely on military divers, says Ranna, so she crafted her own study. She created an online survey that was distributed to 100 certified recreational divers. Those who were under 18-years-old, ill or taking decongestant medication were excluded.

 

Her goal was to identify the dental symptoms that divers experience and detect trends in how or when they occur.

 

Of the 41 participants who reported dental symptoms, 42 percent experienced barodontalgia, 24 percent described pain from holding the air regulator in their mouths too tightly and 22 percent reported jaw pain.

 

Another five percent noted that their crowns were loosened during their dive, and one person reported a broken dental filling.

 

“The potential for damage is high during scuba diving,” says Ranna, who has completed 60 dives. “The dry air and awkward position of the jaw while clenching down on the regulator is an interesting mix. An unhealthy tooth underwater would be much more obvious than on the surface. One hundred feet underwater is the last place you want to be with a fractured tooth.”

Read full article here . . .

If you are planning on doing this kind of extreme activity, you’ll want to visit a dentist first to assess your crowns or fillings. You can check out allin1dental.com/cosmetic-dentistry/porcelain-crowns/ for more details. This unnatural clenching that divers experience isn’t unique to their activity. So many sports have the risk of clenching, grinding, and breaking teeth if you’re not wearing protective gear such as a mouthguard.

And even if you are a gym rat that doesn’t engage in full-body contact sports, you can still be at risk for dental problems. According to Carefree Dental, breathing through the mouth and drinking energy beverages are two common habits among athletes that cause dental problems:

Do You Know How Exercise Impacts your Dental Health?

Sports Drinks
Many athletes prefer to rehydrate by drinking sports drinks or energy drinks. Although the electrolytes found in these beverages can in fact help your body refuel and stay hydrated during a workout, they can take a major toll on your teeth. In fact, a study published in the clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry found that there is so much acid in sports drinks, that damage occurs after only 5 days of consistent consumption.

“Young adults consume these drinks assuming that they will improve their sports performance and energy levels and that they are ‘better’ for them than soda,” says Poonam Jain, BDS, MS, MPH, lead author of the study. “Most of these patients are shocked to learn that these drinks are essentially bathing their teeth with acid.”

Another contributing factor to athlete’s dental problems is how they drink these beverages. Taking sips throughout a workout gives teeth frequent exposure to the damaging sugars and acids in these sports drinks, making them vulnerable to tooth decay.

Open Mouth Breathing

During intense exercise, people tend to breath heavily with an open mouth. Mouth breathing dries out your mouth, reduces saliva flow, and creates an environment for bacteria to thrive. Adding corrosive sports drinks to the mix only makes things worse for an athlete’s teeth. Rapid, heavy breathing.

The same study mentioned above also felt that open mouth breathing played a role in tooth decay. Researcher Cornelia Frese that it can lead to dental erosion and cavities. “The athletes breathe through the mouth during hard exercise,” she mentioned. “The mouth gets dry, and produces less saliva, which normally protects teeth.” Thus, teeth are at an even higher risk for dental issue among athletes.

Read full article here . . .

In short, if you are going to be active, get your dentist’s blessing as well as your doctor’s. Everyone goes to the doctors for physicals, but your dentist can set you up with protective gear like mouthguards and fix weakened restorations.

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Why is the Severity of a Chipped Tooth Difficult To Diagnose?

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After some sort of accident or trauma to the oral cavity, patients with zero dental training often wonder if they have a true dental emergency or if they should wait. A good rule of thumb is to always call your dentist first before going in. If you have lacerations or other injuries, your trip to the dental office may be in vain since you may need to go to the ER or another specialist first.

Obvious emergencies include things like unbearable pain, avulsed teeth, or damaged restorations, but what about chipped enamel? According to Dr. John Gammichia, figuring out the severity of a chipped tooth can be difficult:

Deciphering the Meaning of ‘I Chipped a Tooth’

I know this is something you hear all the time: “I chipped a tooth.” This can mean so many things, especially if it is coming from a nondentist.

 

“I chipped a tooth” in the posterior can be a chip off the marginal ridge next to a class II restoration that you did five years ago. And if you saw this, you might just say, “It is fine,” or you might just smooth it off. Or a broken tooth in the posterior could mean the ling cusp of tooth No. 12 just broke to the gumline and below.

The question that usually comes up at our office is: How do we schedule patients who call and say, “I chipped a tooth.”

 

I am a doctor who does not like to schedule a “come in and we will see” visit. I know how difficult it can be for people to take time off of work or get a babysitter just so I can tell them, “Yep, you have a chipped tooth, and we can see you in three weeks to take care of this.”

 

Sometimes I schedule 50 minutes for a chip on the anterior that you couldn’t see with a microscope, or I might schedule 20 minutes for a “chip” when, actually, a child fell off his bike and “chipped” the heck out of teeth Nos. 8 and 9, to the point where the nerves were hanging out.

 

Because I refuse to do a “look-and-see” appointment, about a year ago, we bought a smartphone for the office. First, we bought it to be able to send text messages to people to confirm their appointments. We all know that calling someone at home and leaving a message on their voicemail is about as effective as sending a smoke signal (but we tried for 10 years). And nearly everyone has a smartphone these days, and everyone sends text messages (except for Grandma Nel, who we still just call). Now that we have this designated smartphone, we just ask people to send us a photo of the tooth via text message.

Even if your dentist doesn’t have this kind of system in place like Dr. Gammichia, it wouldn’t hurt to send in a picture of your injury if it can streamline the process. Hopefully more dentists follow suit so patients can avoid unnecessary “look-and-see” appointments. If your dentist deems that you should come in to fix the tooth chip, you may want to consider veneers.

Although often used for cosmetic reasons, veneers can be great for people with multiple structural problems or discoloration from trauma. You can learn more about veneers at allin1dental.com/cosmetic-dentistry/porcelain-veneers/

Along with the wide spectrum of tooth chipping as seen in Dr. Gammichia’s article, diagnosing these problems can also be difficult without the best imaging systems according to drbicuspid.com:

Which imaging system is better for diagnosing tooth cracks?

When it comes to examining images of a tooth and identifying a crack, should you use periapical radiography or cone-beam CT (CBCT)? Also, who is better trained to identify these cracks on images, an endodontist or a radiologist?

Researchers from China noted that cracks in teeth present practitioners with a challenge in designing a treatment plan. Using both periapical radiography (PR) and CBCT, they investigated the best imaging method to identify these cracks while also comparing the performance of different practitioners (PLOS One, January 4, 2017).

 

“In clinical practice, it is a huge challenge for endodontists to know the depth of a crack in a cracked tooth,” the authors wrote . . .Early enamel cracks have no obvious symptoms and may not be visible on examination. Yet they can lead to patients coming to your office because of pulpitis, periapical periodontitis, or even root fracture. As creating an appropriate treatment plan and assessing the long-term prognosis for these teeth can be difficult, there’s a need to understand the best way to diagnose this condition . . .

 

“Within the limitations of this study, on an artificial simulation model of cracked teeth for early diagnosis, we recommend that it would be better for a cracked tooth to be diagnosed by a radiologist with CBCT than PR,” the authors concluded.

So again, if you’ve gotten lacerations or have fractured multiple teeth, it’s best to call your dentist first since he or she may send you to a radiologist or another specialist before treating you. As this study from drbicuspid.com illustrates, certain imaging equipment may be able to pick up smaller chips that cannot be seen to the naked eye during a quick dental evaluation. Once you have a clearer picture of all the enamel that was damaged, then a dentist can help you with the appropriate restorative treatment, whether that’s veneers, crowns, fillings, etc.

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Easing Dental Anxiety Starts in Childhood

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Whether it’s the sound of the dental drill or the prospect of pain, it’s an understatement to say that many children fear the dentist. Many dentists understand that this can be a problem, so some offer sedation dentistry. 123dentist.com goes into what sedation is and how it can help:

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for you?

With sedation, the dentist administers a drug before or during the dental procedure. Only one type — general anesthesia — renders the patient completely unconscious. The other forms will relax you, but won’t knock you out completely.

 

The most common types of sedation dentistry include the following:

  • Nitrous oxide: A gas that relaxes you during the procedure. It wears off quickly, so your dentist might let you drive yourself home after the appointment.
  • Oral sedatives: Oral sedatives, such as diazepam, also help relax patients during dental procedures. You typically take them an hour or so before your appointment. You’re fully awake but less anxious, and you might feel a little sleepy until it wears off.
  • Intravenous sedatives: Intravenous, or IV, sedatives can put you in varying stages of consciousness. This is also known as general anesthesia and, as mentioned above, will put you into a deep sleep until it wears off. Other IV drugs, however, can put you into a “twilight sleep.” You’re less aware of your surroundings, you might feel sleepy, and you might not remember much of the procedure once it’s over.

 

Some patients assume that general anesthesia offers the best solution. However, it also comes with more potential side effects than the other methods, so you might want to consider a lesser form of sedation dentistry. If your dental care provider mentions sleep dentistry, he or she likely means general anesthesia.
You might prefer dental sedation or sleep dentistry, but talk to your dentist about it first. Mention any allergic reactions you’ve experienced in the past, especially to anesthesia, so your dental professional can make safe, educated recommendations.

Read more at 123dentist.com . . .

But since some offices don’t offer sedation dentistry and since some parents don’t want their children to use sedatives, what can be done?

According to a study by Professor Maha AlSarheed, it was found that many fears manifested themselves in children–but if these kids had positive interactions with their dentist, they didn’t carry fears over into adulthood. This information may seem pretty straightforward and obvious, but one might wonder: what constitutes a good dentist interaction? Drbicuspid.com has an interesting study that answers this question. Certain words can be both reassuring to patients and parents:

What Can You Say to Reassure Pediatric Patients?

Practitioners who provide more positive reinforcement and reassurance when speaking with pediatric patients were perceived by caregivers to be more patient-centered and empathetic, according to a new study conducted in Hong Kong.

 

In addition, the inclusion of caregivers in conversation, such as the clinician mentioning the parent or caregiver present, was a key factor in producing a quality clinical experience, the study authors reported in PLOS One (January 3, 2017).

 

“Unlike the conversations focusing on the treatment procedures, those offering positive reinforcement and reassurance appeared to the caregivers that the clinicians were providing more patient-centered care and showing more concern to the patients, thereby creating more clinician-patient interaction,” wrote Hai Ming Wong, PhD, DDS, and colleagues at the University of Hong Kong. “Engaging patient-centered care can help clinicians build stronger clinician-patient relationships for productive engagement in preventive care.”

 

Dr. Wong is a clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry at the university. Researchers from disciplines such as dental public health, psychology, and education at the university participated in the study.

 

Saying ‘mommy’ is helpful

The authors noted that good communication has been found to result in improved patient cooperation, self-care skills, and treatment plan adherence, as well as better treatment outcomes and a lower likelihood of dental anxiety. However, good communication may not be sufficient to achieve these results, with other active ingredients likely embedded within good communication underpinning those effects, they explained.

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If parents and dentists are careful about projecting fears and use reassuring words, then children will be more likely to avoid phobias into adulthood.

However, the study by Maha AlSarheed said that some procedures, like local anesthesia and tooth extraction, seemed to be the top causes for developing fears. If parents can get their children adapted to the dentist’s office early before the need for these procedures occurs, then children will be more adaptable to potentially uncomfortable procedures later on. In fact, children should be seeing their dentists as soon as baby teeth erupt!

If worse comes to worse, then sedation dentistry could be considered for children who cannot be soothed by both a parent and dentist. To learn more about preventative dentistry and pediatric dentistry services, check out allin1dental.com/preventive-dentistry/ for more information.

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The U.S. Wants More Dentists–Seize The Opportunity

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Dentists take No. 1 spot in 2017 best jobs list

For the third year in a row, dental professionals topped the U.S. News & World Report’s annual list ranking the best jobs of the year, according to ADA News.

 

Dentists, which ranked No. 2 in 2016’s list, took the No. 1 spot in 2017. It last held the top spot in 2015. Orthodontists, which ranked No. 1 last year, is this year’s fifth best occupation; oral and maxillofacial surgeons rounded up the top 10 with a tie for No. 9.

 

Occupations are ranked based on U.S. News’ calculated overall score, which combines several components into a single weighted average score between zero and 10. These components are: 10-year growth volume; 10-year growth percentage; median salary; job prospects; employment rate; stress level; and work-life balance.

 

Dentists scored an overall score of 8.2; orthodontists, 8.1; and oral and maxillofacial surgeon, 7.7.

 

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment growth of 18 percent between 2014 and 2024, with 23,300 new openings,” according to the U.S. News & World Report. “A comfortable salary, low unemployment rate and agreeable work-life balance boost dentist to a top position on our list of best jobs.”

 

The magazine also reports that orthodontists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons are expected to grow by 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, with about 1,500 new job openings for orthodontists and 1,200 new jobs for oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

For more information about how to build a career in this sector, check out different services/specialties you’re interested in. You can learn more at allin1dental.com/preventive-dentistry/

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Is Mouthwash Actually Helpful?

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If you run a few searches on Google, you will find that there are many different studies and sites that say that mouthwash is very helpful in conjunction with flossing and brushing. And these studies aren’t wrong–mouthwash can kill cavity-causing bacteria. And strangely enough, one Australian study found that it could even kill STI-causing bacteria!

Can Listerine prevent STIs? Researchers want to find out

Rinsing with the antiseptic mouthwash Listerine for one minute can significantly reduce the prevalence of gonorrhea-causing bacteria, according to a new study. Now, researchers want to know whether Listerine can also help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

 

“If Listerine has an inhibitory effect against N. gonorrhoeae in the pharynx, it could be a cheap, easy to use, and potentially effective intervention for gonorrhea prevention and control,” wrote the authors, led by Eric Chow, MPH, PhD. Chow is a senior research fellow at the Melbourne Sexual Health Clinic.

 

“The two studies presented here are the first to demonstrate Listerine can inhibit the growth of N. gonorrhoeae in vitro and in a clinical study and raise the potential that it may be useful as a control measure,” Chow and colleagues wrote.

So mouthwash is just beneficial, right? Not quite. Since mouthwash is excellent at killing bacteria, it not only takes the bad, but the good as well. Your body actually needs certain kinds of bacteria in the oral cavity and digestive tract to keep everything running smoothly. Drbicuspid.com has more on this topic:

Yes, I tell them antibacterial mouthwash kills bacteria. Yes, bacteria can cause gum disease. Yes, you should want healthy gums.

 

But you know that bacteria serve many purposes in the mouth, when the good bacteria balance out the bad kinds. Healthy gums are dependent on a healthy balance of bacteria. One underrated bacterial benefit is to allow a specific pathway of digestion to occur that is critical for health.

 

Mouth bacteria

When bacteria are killed indiscriminately, both harmful and good bacteria are killed, and the mouth’s delicate balance of bacteria goes awry. This means that tooth decay and gum disease may be more likely to occur.

 

To address their concerns, I talk with my patients about the benefits of mouth bacteria and the unique role they play in the chemical pathway of certain foods. Specifically, the chemical pathway of “nitrate-to-nitrite-to-nitric oxide” is dependent on specific anaerobic bacteria in the mouth . . .

 

So I tell my patients, if you kill the bacteria in your mouth and on your tongue with antiseptic mouthwash, salivary nitrates wouldn’t be converted into nitrites. With less nitrites in your system, you would produce less beneficial nitric oxide.

It’s best to err on the side of caution and ask your dentist whether or not your mouthwash is helping or harming. You can learn about other preventative dentistry methods at allin1dental.com/preventive-dentistry/

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