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April 15, 2015

The Main Culprits for Tooth Wear

Filed under: Oral Health — smtusa @ 1:55 pm

woman flossingThe mouth certainly is a complex environment. From the unusual forces we place upon it to the acid regulation that takes place, the teeth sure do take a beating! Below are some common causes of tooth structure being destroyed without decay being a factor.

Grinding wear – While we can certainly grind our teeth in the daytime most of the damage is done while we are sleeping. Forces while sleeping can be greatly magnified above our daytime ability. Ever notice the flattening in teeth? This is the result of grinding. This wear usually starts with the canines (eye teeth). Once enough tooth structure is worn away the wear progresses on to the neighboring teeth. Coupled with clenching this will not only wear the teeth, it also is a main cause of teeth fracturing, requiring crowns.

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March 11, 2015

Gingivitis and Alzheimer’s Disease: Is There a Connection?

Filed under: Oral Health — smtusa @ 2:32 pm

dental patientAfter reviewing 20 years of data in an aging study comparing individuals at age 50 and again at age 70 researchers concluded that cognitive function using the “digit symbol test” was in the lower range for 70 year olds with gum disease. During these studies other factors such as smoking and obesity were also taken into account. Even so there was still a strong association of lower scores for those with gum inflammation. This study spurred several other studies. In the UK, researchers were able to get live brain samples from 10 Alzheimer’s patients and 10 from non-cognitive impaired patients.

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February 3, 2015

Oil Pulling to Better Oral Health: Fact or Fiction?

Filed under: Oral Health — smtusa @ 8:52 pm

dental patientAt LC&Z General and Cosmetic Dentistry, we receive questions from time to time, about alternative methods of oral health care. Recently, we have received a few questions asking if there are any oral benefits to this new craze of “oil pulling,” which is swishing with vegetable-based oil, such as coconut, sesame, or olive, in your mouth for up to 20 minutes. In order to answer your questions, our Altamonte Springs dental office did some extra research and will share what we have learned.

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January 13, 2015

Why Do I Keep Getting Cavities

Filed under: Cavities — smtusa @ 4:21 pm

male patientIn a nut shell, cavities are a bacterial disease elevated by sugar intake. There are hundreds of bacteria that can form in our mouths. These bacteria join together in groups we then call “plaque”. Interestingly there are less than 10 bacteria varieties that are responsible for causing cavities. With so few bad bacterial types its amazing how much disease can take place! These bad bacteria for many can proliferate at higher rates than the good bacteria that work to maintain a healthy balance in the mouth. Just having bad bacteria in your mouth does not cause a cavity. In order for a cavity to form you need two components: bad bacteria and sugar. Any time a simple carbohydrate, which will break down into sugar, enters your mouth the bacteria feed on the sugars and produce 20-40 minutes of acid production that attacks and demineralizes your enamel.

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December 20, 2013

Welcome to NLCZ Dentistry

Filed under: Uncategorized — nlcdentistry @ 8:12 pm

dental patient areaWelcome to NLCZ Dentistry’s first blog! For over 40 years, we have committed ourselves to providing the best dental care for all our patients with integrity, compassion and a patient first attitude. Dr. Timothy Lane, Dr. Charles Curley, and Dr. Brett Zak have extensive experience in the field of general and cosmetic dentistry including implant crowns, veneers, and teeth whitening.

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