Paisley Prescriptions - September 2022

Nothing but the Tooth: Your Dental Health Questions Answered


September 2022 Issue — Pink Prescriptions
Nothing but the Tooth:
Your Dental Health Questions Answered

Everyone loves a beautiful smile, but our teeth (and gums!) are so much more than a feature on a pretty face. Dental health is an essential part of overall health and well-being. One of the first healthy habits we learn is to brush our teeth regularly. However, brushing alone is not enough to keep your mouth healthy. We figured it was time to check in with our favorite dentists and go beyond the surface to the root of dental health issues.

We hear water flossers are back.
What are the advantages of using one?  
Just brushing cannot reach efficiently in between the teeth to remove the buildup of bacteria. The longer these areas go uncleaned, the more likely it is that the gums may get infected. A water flosser removes plaque better than dental floss because it combines water pressure with power pulses. They are also very beneficial to those with orthodontic appliances, implants and dental bridges.

One of my teeth wiggles a little bit.
What could that mean?

Teeth wiggle a little naturally. They are not secured by bone but by a tough ligament. These fibers are wrapped around your tooth root and will allow slight movement. However, significant wiggling could be other factors such as gum disease, tooth trauma or a bad bite. If you can see the movement, or there is bleeding or pain, you should contact your dental professional to have it evaluated.

How does the health of my teeth
affect the rest of my body?

Our teeth help us chew and digest food in order to maintain proper nutrition, so it is important to keep all our teeth healthy so we can chew properly. The mouth is filled with countless bacteria. Researchers have found that periodontitis (gum disease) is linked with other health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and bacterial pneumonia. When you keep your mouth healthy, you lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes and other conditions.

What is the correlation between sinus pressure and tooth pain? What can I do to help relieve the pain, and when should I see my dentist or doctor?
The roots of your upper teeth share the confined space where your sinus cavities live. When your sinus cavities become irritated, the tissue that lines your sinus cavities can become blocked by fluid, causing congestion and pressure that often leads to pain in the upper teeth. Tooth pain from sinus problems will usually affect multiple teeth and not a single tooth. If you are sure the pain is caused by sinus inflammation, see your doctor first. He or she will provide advice for prescription or over-the-counter medications that should clear your sinuses. If the tooth pain persists following the treatment of your sinuses, see your dentist.

Tell us one more time:
Why should we floss every day?

Flossing removes plaque, food and debris from between your teeth. Flossing each day may reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease and help prevent bad breath. Some evidence also suggests that regular brushing and flossing may reduce your risk of heart issues. Try to floss your teeth at least once a day, preferably before you brush your teeth.

Oral Health Fast Facts:

• Oral health is essential to general health and well-being.

• Oral disease can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, and learning. It can also affect social interaction and employment potential.

• The three oral conditions that most affect overall health and quality of life are cavities, severe gum disease, and severe tooth loss.

• By age 8, over half of children (52%) have had a cavity in their primary (baby) teeth.

• Children from low-income families are twice as likely to have
cavities as children from higher-income families.

• 1 in 4 adults aged 20 to 64 currently has cavities.

• Drinking fluoridated water and getting dental sealants (in childhood) prevent cavities and save money by avoiding expensive dental care.

• Tobacco use and diabetes are two risk factors for gum disease.

• On average, 34 million school hours are lost each year because of unplanned (emergency) dental care, and over $45 billion in US productivity is lost each year due to untreated dental disease.

• Medical-dental integration between oral health and chronic disease prevention programs benefits patients and saves money.



PYRx0922 2Over the last two decades, Dr. Angela Britt has provided patient care and dentistry services to patients across the Golden Isles coastal region, including St. Simons, Jekyll Island, Sea Island and Savannah. Dr. Britt and Dr. Sadye Souther continue to further their knowledge to better serve their patients by training with The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. Their commitment to continued education is why so many have chosen to trust their practice with their dental health. Dentistry by Angela Britt & Sadye Souther: 110 Professional Center Drive, Brunswick, Ga., 31525. General Dentistry, IV Sedation, Implants, Non-surgical Facelift Dentistry, TMJ Disorder treatment, Cosmetic Dentistry, Botox, Juvederm. 912.208.6448;


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