Associates of Dental Arts
Dr. Gregory Kivett

Office News - Preventive Care

Dental Hygiene Month 3.1

This week begins with Beth describing how important routine oral care is.

"Poor hygiene health can increase the risk for heart attack and stroke. The bacteria from gum inflammation and periodontal disease can enter your bloodstream and travel to arteries in the heart.  This causes plaque to develop on the inner walls of arteries allowing them to thicken and decrease, or block, blood flow through the body.  The more severe the gum infection, the greater the risk appears to be.  It is important to make all recommended cleaning appointments to keep bacteria levels minimal to decrease the risk of a heart attack or stroke."

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To HEENT or to HEENOT, That Is the Questions

Dentist have known for a long time that oral health is inexorably linked to overall health and wellness but other medical health professionals have been slow to include oral health into their regular exams. According to an article on, The Interprofessional Oral Health Grant Team is stepping into this gap in oral care and is looking to put “‘the mouth back in the head’” through the New York University College of Nursing's (NYUCN) Teaching Oral-Systemic Health (TOSH) program.

The traditional examination at a doctor’s office consists of the head, ears, eyes, nose, and throat (HEENT). The TOSH program wants to add the teeth, gums, mucosa, tongue, and palate to ...

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Choosing an Athletic Mouth Guard

Associates of Dental Arts Custom Fit Athletic Mouth Guard

The mouth is the most injured area of the body during contact sports. That is why some sports require a mouth guard, and mouth guards are recommended for many others. Here is a quick look at your options for a mouth guard with some plusses and minuses.

There are three types of mouth guards from which to choose from:

  • Stock (Ready-made) – Most sports stores carry these, and they are the least expensive. They are available in various sizes and shapes, but cannot be adjusted to fit your mouth. Often, they are loose and bulky and may interfere with speaking or breathing. These are the least desirable.
  • Mouth-formed (“Boil & Bite”) – These ...

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Preventing Gum Disease

healthy gums vs gums with periodontal disease [gum] disease will afflict 3 out of 4 adults after age 35, and it’s their major cause of tooth loss. Periodontal disease is the inflammation and infection of the supporting soft and hard tissue surrounding the teeth. In the early stages, it’s called gingivitis which is characterized by redness, swelling, tenderness and bleeding. At this point the symptoms can be alleviated and the tissue returned to normal by daily flossing and brushing. If the process is allowed to continue, it advances to periodontitis, which is characterized by the loss of the tissue attachment to the teeth, a downward migration ...

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Dry Mouth Increases Risk for Cavities

Tooth in Desert with Cactus

Do you floss and brush every day but still seem to have new cavities every time you go to the dentist? A dry mouth may part of your problem. You probably never really associated dry mouth with cavities. However, a new study shows that saliva can play a very important role in carries prevention. Improving your saliva production is a natural way to protect your mouth from harmful mouth bacteria and reduce your number of costly cavities.

How Bacteria Cause Cavities

Your teeth are protected by a hard outer layer called enamel. When this enamel is compromised, you get what is called a cavity. Bacteria sit on your teeth feeding on sugars ...

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Protect Your Teeth and Cut Down on Sugar

Cutting sugar is a common goal for people with diabetes or those who want to lose weight, but it is equally important to people who want to have healthy teeth.

How Does Sugar Cause Cavities?

Sugar itself is not bad for your teeth. However, bacteria in your mouth eat the sugar and create acid. This acid combines with your saliva and creates plaque.  The plaque is what causes tooth decay. If you do not remove the plaque regularly, it will build up and eat through your enamel (the outer layer of your teeth). If left untreated, plaque will eventually eat all the way to the pulp of the tooth and cause pain ...

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Teeth Friendly Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Christmas

Christmas time is the time for family, and sugary goodies! But while all of the cookies, pies and candy tastes heavenly, it is more akin to a Christmas nightmare for your teeth.  

Sugar feeds the bacteria in your mouth that cause calculus, cavities, and gum disease. After you eat, your teeth can remain under attack for up to an hour. Brushing your teeth is the quickest way to stop the bacteria. Another tip is to cut down on the grazing and eat sweets only after a meal. That way, your teeth have a chance to recover.

As far as stocking stuffers go, Santa can’t go wrong with throwing in some Christmas ...

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