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November 29, 2012
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Many of us visited family last week for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  I was able to enjoy time with my 2 youngest grandchildren.  Some of our staff participated in the Turkey Trot before having their holiday meal, while another celebrated the holiday in a new home.  All of us were thankful for the time off to spend with our loved ones.  We hope that you as well were able to enjoy good food, and good times with your friends and family.

November 15, 2012
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Effect of smoking on oral health

It is generally accepted among the general public that smoking has fatal effects on our cardiovascular system and other important organs of the body. But it can equally affect our oral health. Perhaps the most serious oral condition that can arise from smoking is oral cancer. However, smoking also increases the risk of other serious oral diseases, some of which are almost completely exclusive to smokers.

An Overview

Smoking is a main factor for gum disease. Tobacco reduces blood flow to the gums, depriving them of oxygen and nutrients that allow gums to stay healthy, and leaving them vulnerable to bacterial infection.

Studies on Smoking and Oral Health show that, cigarette smoking may play a major role in more than half the cases of severe gum disease in adults. Current smokers were about four times more likely to have periodontitis than people who had never smoked.

The death rate from oral cancers (which includes cancers of the tongue, mouth, gums, tonsils and pharynx) is more than the death rate from cervical cancer.

Here is a list of oral diseases caused by smoking:

  • Staining and shifting of teeth
  • Oral cancers
  • Mouth sores
  • Root caries (cavities)
  • Sinusitis
  • Hairy tongue
  • Smoker’s lip
  • Leukoplakia
  • Snuff Dipper’s lesions
  • Smoker’ palate
  • Periodontal diseases which includes bone and tooth loss, if unchecked, it can lead to complete destruction of the tooth’s supporting tissues, abscesses and, ultimately, loss of the tooth.
  • Mouth cancer
  • Dangerous gum diseases
  • Loss of taste sensation

November 08, 2012
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Do you experience anxiety when going to the dentist?  If so, you’re not alone.  Up to 15% of Americans avoid going to the dentist due to fear.   Following are some ways to help calm those fears.



The best thing to do is talk about your fears.  Let our dental team know you are anxious before your procedure.  We want you to be as comfortable as possible.  Remember, we are dental patients too.  If you do have any discomfort or pain during your procedure, simply raise a hand, that way adjustments can be made in the anesthesia to make sure you are comfortable.


Wear Headphones

Many patients find that listening to their favorite music during their procedure provides enough of a distraction to ease anxiety.  In addition, if the sounds of a dental office bother you, headphones will block some of this out.



Try to choose a time of day for your appointment when you are less likely to be rushed or under pressure.


Take a Break

Feel free to let us know if you need a break to use the restroom or just stand up for a moment.


Nitrous Oxide

Our assistants are certified in the administration of nitrous oxide or “laughing gas.”  Nitrous oxide produces a calming effect to help relax you.  We offer this option to all of our patients.


Finally, don’t be afraid to ask questions before your procedure.  We want to do everything we can to make your experience here as comfortable as possible.

November 01, 2012
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You use your mouth for many different things other than chewing food. People often engage in certain habits involving the mouth that are detrimental to oral health. You should be careful about bad things that you do with your teeth. Here are a few to avoid:

  1. Using teeth as tools: Many people use their teeth as tools to open bottles or a bag of chips, tear a plastic tape, rip a price tag off a piece of clothing and even on wires. Your teeth were not meant to be used like this. This can be have a traumatic effect on your teeth, causing the edge of a weakened tooth to chip off or even break. Keep the real tools like scissors or wire cutters handy and use them to do the work.

  2. Chewing ice: Many people habitually chew on ice, especially the leftover ice after they finish an ice-cold drink. The hardness and cold temperature of ice cubes can actually cause teeth to fracture. You could potentially chip off part of the enamel on a tooth or crack off a filling. Sometimes the damage is severe enough to require a root canal.

  3. Chewing hard objects: Many people chew pencils, pens and other hard objects. Your teeth were meant to chew food, not unnecessary things. Similar to chewing ice, chewing hard objects can fracture teeth, leading to unnecessary dental repairs.

  4. Sucking on lemons: If done on a regular basis, the citric acid in lemons can leach important minerals from your teeth and erode your teeth's outer surfaces, making them sensitive to cold food and drinks, and prone to chipping and cracking. This doesn't mean that you should give up on all citrus fruits and their juices. Just make sure that you aren't holding it in your mouth for prolonged period of time.

  5. Brushing too hard: People usually think that by applying more pressure while brushing or using a hard-bristled toothbrush makes teeth more shiny. This is a false myth which should be avoided. When you brush too vigorously or use a hard-bristled toothbrush, it can wear away the protective enamel on your teeth. It could also lead to receding gums and increased tooth sensitivity (to cold and touch). Choose a soft brush and do gentle circular strokes for best results.

  6. Nail biting: Nail biting is not only bad for your nails, but it is also harmful to your teeth. It can cause broken or chipped front teeth, and gives an opportunity to germs and bacteria from underneath your nails to enter your mouth and cause cavities or gum infections. Nail biting is often a subconscious habit that is an expression of some deeper anxiety that gets worse at times of stress.

  7. Teeth grinding: Chronic bruxism (a.k.a teeth grinding) can lead to a variety of dental problems including excessive wear of the teeth; chipping, cracking, and fracturing of teeth and loosening of teeth. It can also cause pain in the jaw joints, headache and severe toothache. This habit often occurs at night while asleep on a subconscious level, usually in response to emotional stress. To limit the damage it can cause, your dentist may suggest you to wear a mouth guard for teeth grinding at night.

  8. Drinking white wine: Many people choose white wine over red wine as the latter can stain the teeth. But actually, white wine can cause more permanent problems because of its high acidity. This acid wears away the tooth enamel, exposing the darker layer underneath (the dentin), giving teeth a yellowed appearance and leaving them much more vulnerable to stains from any colored food or drinks consumed at the same time. For protection, rinse your mouth with water after you drink and eat some cheese with your drink to balance out the wine's acidity.

  9. Excessive soft drink consumption: Excessive consumption of sweetened carbonated soft drinks is emerging as one of the most significant dietary sources of tooth decay. It's not just the sugar in the soft drinks that is bad for your teeth. The acids included in the drink also contributes to the formation of cavities. Sugar-free drinks are less harmful, but they can still cause problems as they too are acidic.

  10. Sucking your thumb: Thumb sucking, one of the most common habit among children, interferes with the positioning of the upper and lower front teeth, causing the upper teeth to splay out and the lower teeth to fold back into the mouth. These changes in the bite position eventually require orthodontic treatment.

These are just a few examples of damaging habits that have an impact on your mouth. Will power on your part may help you exchange harmful habits for good dental exhibits.

Daniel Colgan

 Dr. Colgans office provides gentle, compassionate care to all of our patients at our dental practice in Liberty MO. We make your comfort and dental health our top priority.

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