Artificial Enamel

Artificial Tooth Enamel Prevents Cavities and Tooth Decay

 

Success! It is official; artificial tooth enamel has been manufactured by researchers in Japan.  Say farewell to cavities, decaying teeth, and yellowing smiles.  Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman do not have access to this technology here in Denver, CO yet as it is still going through approval, but the technology presents an exciting and positive future.

Shigeki Hontsu, a professor at Kinki University’s Faculty of Biology-Oriented Science and Technology in Japan, says this can be applied over existing teeth, and can prevent decay, making teeth appear whiter or even lessen the sensation of sensitive teeth.

The artificial enamel is made out of hydroxyapatite, which allows for flexibility and durability. “This is the world’s first flexible apatite sheet, which we hope to use to protect teeth and repair damaged enamel,” states Hontsu. “Dentists used to think an all-apatite sheet was just a dream, but we are aiming to create artificial enamel.”

The technology has not yet been implemented in regular dental practices like here at Periodontal Associates, and it may be another 5 years before this is approved and perfected.  It is a highly anticipated product as it will cover the exposed dentin, which causes sensitive teeth, but it can also be used for cosmetic purposes.  Currently, the film is transparent, but the researchers hope to make it white in color to help safely whiten teeth.

“The moment you put it on a tooth surface, it becomes invisible.  You can barely see it if you examine it under a light,” confirmed Hontsu.

When created, the researchers were able to make it as then as 0.00016 inches with lasers in order to make it a comfortable and unnoticeable fit for the patient.   The one problem with making and applying this product is the time it takes to adhere to a tooth. It takes almost a full day for the film to stick firmly.

Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman pride themselves on staying updated on the latest research and technology so whenever this artificial enamel is available, Periodontal Associates will know about it.  For now, be sure to schedule your bi-annual cleanings for deep periodontal scaling.  These cleanings and check-ups can also help decrease tooth decay, decrease teeth sensitivity, and prevent staining.  For more information, please visit our website at www.periodontalhealth.com.  We are located in Aurora, CO and serve patients all around the Denver metro area.  Call Periodontal Associates at (303) 755-4500 for any questions or to schedule a free dental implant consultation.

How To Prevent Bad Breath

How to Prevent Bad Breath

Bad breath can be unpleasant and sometimes embarrassing.  The morning, onions, garlic, smoke, and gum disease are all variables that can cause bad breath either momentarily or habitually.  Drs. Versman, Heller & Beckman specialize in treating gum disease which is a huge contributing factor to bad breath, also known as halitosis; however, Periodontal Associates wants to share with you some more common and daily rituals that can help defend against sour oral odors.

An easy edible routine to defend against halitosis can be as simple as eating yogurt daily.  Why yogurt you may ask?  Yogurt contains live active cultures and they defend against foul odor causing compounds like hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide, which smells like rotten eggs, is a product released by gum disease causing bacteria.  Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman suggest eating six ounces of yogurt a day to help fight this problem.

 

Green tea is also proven to fight against bad breath.  Periodontal Associates offers a beverage bar in our Aurora office containing green tea as one of the options, and there is no mistake in that. This popular Chinese tea contains antioxidants that also help reduce the amount of bacteria. Not only does this super food help with olfactory offenses, but it can also help reduce the risk of tooth decay and some oral cancers.

To continue with the theme of eating away bad breath, vegetables contain physical properties that help exfoliate teeth.  Dr. Ken Versman, Dr. Doug Heller, and Dr. Eric Beckman want to remind you that a toothbrush is more effective than scrubbing with veggies, but vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, carrots, and celery naturally remove debris and plaque that can lead to bacteria growth and smelly breath.

Hydration is a big key in maintaining overall health, but swishing water can dilute the sugar, starch, and acid in the mouth.  This dilution helps reduce plaque, and again, Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman love to greet you with cold bottles of water from our beverage station.

The next important step is flossing.  Periodontal Associates has trained hygienists who specialize in treating gum disease, and one of the most important questions they ask patients is if they are flossing regularly.  Flossing is a frequently forgotten routine, but it is critical to remember as flossing removes bacteria that cause decay.  When bacteria are left to linger in the mouth’s crevices, the gums are more likely to experience periodontal disease and thus, bad breath.  There is no excuse to skip flossing, and if you are in need, stop by our Aurora, CO office to pick some up.

In between teeth is not the only place that needs a little TLC as the tongue is a central part of maintaining pleasant breath and a clean mouth.  The tongue contains bacteria that can contaminate teeth after brushing and flossing.  Tongues have over 500 different types of bacteria, and bad breath occurs when all of those bad bacteria, food particles, and other things sit on the back of the tongue.

All of the prior suggestions are great ways to help prevent and maintain a healthy mouth. However, more than 75% of Americans suffer from gum disease, and there is only one way to care for periodontal disease and its consequence of bad breath. Periodontists like Dr. Versman, Dr. Heller, and Dr. Beckman specialize in treating this silent disease.Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and bone surrounding your teeth.  Some common signs are persistent bad breath caused by bacteria in the mouth, pus around the teeth and gums (sign that there is an infection present), red and puffy gums, and tenderness or discomfort caused by plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritating the gums and teeth.

Do any of these signs of gum disease sound familiar? Please do not hesitate to contactPeriodontal Associates in Aurora, CO today! We welcome patients from all surrounding Denver metro areas and even some from outside of Colorado.  Our doctors, Dr. Versman, Dr. Heller, and Dr. Beckman, are specially trained and skilled to fight periodontal disease as well as provide dental implants. Please call us at (303) 755-4500 or click here for an appointment.  For more information about Periodontal Associates, please visit our website at www.periodontalhealth.com.  We look forward to helping you with your questions, treating your gum disease, providing your dental implants, or simply curing your bad breath!

5 Reasons to See your Dental Hygienist

5 Reasons to See your Dental Hygienist

 

Everyone knows it is important to see your dental hygienist at least twice a year or, for some with more severe periodontal disease, every three months.  However, many people tend to put oral hygiene on the back burner, leaving their hygienists lonely and worried.  There are many reasons maintaining good oral hygiene is important, and Drs.Versman, Heller, and Beckman want to review a handful.

 

  1. Detect Cancer:   Oral Cancer is a growing concern among Americans, including our Denver patients.  In 2010, about 5.1 billion dollars were spent on cancer research with growing figures each year.  This large budget shows the great concern to cure cancers like oral cancer.  Dr. Versman, Dr. Heller, and Dr. Beckman urge our patients in Aurora to stop in for their cleanings to detect cancer sooner and to treat and cure more easily.  At each dental cleaning our hygienist and doctors examine each patient for not only dental caries, gum disease, and other dental defects, but also for sign/symptoms of cancer.  The opportunity to save our patients’ life with a routine cancer screening is never missed.

 

  1.  Prevent and/or treat Periodontal Disease:  Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is caused by a build of tartar around the teeth.  As tartar and plaque congregate, teeth, gums, and bone become damaged.  Signs of gum disease are bleeding, swelling, and redness.  Dr. Ken Versman, Dr. Doug Heller, and Dr. Eric Beckman are specialists in treating gum disease, and a big treatment for this disease is consistent and more frequent hygiene cleanings to clear away tartar and allow the gums to reattach to the teeth.  Although regular hygiene maintenance at home is suggested, home care is not sufficient enough to cure gum disease.  Periodontal disease is the #1 reason for tooth loss and the need for dental implants, but our hygienists at Periodontal Associates are the best way to help prevent the need for implants or help keep implants from failing.

 

  1.  Prevent bad breath:   Are you afraid of social events because you cannot get your breath under control? Regular hygiene appointments are your answer, not gum or breath spray!  Chronic bad breath is caused by dehydration and bacteria in your mouth.  About 85% of those who suffer from unpleasant mouth odors are victims of dental problems and inadequate oral hygiene. Don’t let this be you!  Michelle and Carolyn not only help our Aurora patients stay healthy, but they clean deeper to clear away stubborn bacteria that are causing your halitosis (bad breath).

 

  1. Live longer:  Research studies have shown that there is a strong association between periodontal disease and other chronic conditions such as diabetes,heart diseasepregnancy complications and respiratory disease.  Bacteria in the gums have an easy route to the blood stream.  The blood stream is then able to transfer these harmful substances to main organs in the body.   Halting the progression of periodontal disease and maintaining excellent standards of oral hygiene will not only reduce the risk of gum disease and bone loss, but also reduce the chances of developing other serious illnesses.

 

  1.  Use dental insurance benefits:  So after reading all of these GREAT and lifesaving reasons to see Periodontal Associates for your next and probably over-due cleaning, it is great news to know that dental insurance will pay for it! Many of those who are insured waste away their benefits at the end of every year, as many patients do not come in for their twice a year cleanings.  Missing the opportunity to have your teeth professionally cleaned is then a waste of money.  So be nice to your smile and bank account.  Come see Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman to enjoy fresh breath, healthy gums, and use your covered cleanings now to avoid more costly dental treatment in the future.

 

Do yourself a favor and save your life and pocketbook by scheduling your hygiene appointment right now with Michelle or Carolyn at Periodontal Associates.   Our patients around the Denver metro area enjoy the benefits of regular hygiene cleanings every 3-6 months depending on the level of periodontitis.  If you have any more questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call us at (303) 755-4500, click here for an appointment, or visit our website at www.periodontalhealth.com.

Mouthwash: Pros & Cons

Mouthwash: Pros & Cons

“Brush and floss, brush and floss!”  Those are the words that are murmured over and over again by our hygienists here at Periodontal Associates, and in conjunction with that advice, Dr. Ken Versman, Dr. Doug Heller, and Dr. Eric Beckman always make a point to remind their Aurora patients about the benefits of using mouthwash regularly, especially for our patients who complete gum graft treatment.

Let’s first explore the plethora of positive outcomes that occur from mouthwash use. Mouthwash is not used in replacement of brushing and flossing, but the ingredients found in mouthwash help prevent and break away tartar and plaque, freshen breath, reduce gingivitis, and prevent tooth decay.  This liquid is able to flow through hard to reach surfaces as an extra safety barrier against bacteria as brushing cleans only the cheek, tongue, and biting surfaces of the teeth.  Periodontal disease starts and does its greatest damage between the teeth so mouthwash is best when combined with regular brushing and flossing to reach those most neglected places.  Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman rely on such mouth rinses for their periodontal patients to fight inflammation, and many patients with gum grafts will use mouthwash multiple times a day to keep it clean as directly brushing around gum grafts is delayed during healing.

Are there cons to using this mouth rinse?  The problems with mouth rinses are very few. The only concern to be aware of is for those with allergies.  As we age allergies can dissipate, but allergies can also first appear later in adult life as researchers believe it can be triggered by some sort of virus or infection.   Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman warn their Aurora patients to be proactive about their health and allergies as some patients can be allergic to antiseptic chlorhexidine and must be cautious about mouthwash.  Symptoms of mouthwash allergies can be the presence of a rash, itching or more severe reaction s can cause patients to faint or feel light headed due to a drop in blood pressure.  If you suffer from these allergies, please contact Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman at Periodontal Associates so they can help you find the best products to safely enhance your oral health.

 

As you have read, there are many more positive notions about using mouthwash regularly versus not at all, and researchers strive to only increase the benefits of this refreshing mouth rinse.  A new iodine mouthwash has been discovered to safely fight gingivitiswhile also lowering LDL cholesterol.  The Biomedical Development Corporation has already run a successful three month trial.  The center for Oral Health Research at the University of Kentucky will also continue to follow this new rinse in their own trials. The iodine mouthwash is hoped to be used once a day for a 30 second time period.  The iodine helps the thyroid function which then boosts the body’s immune response system. The mouthwash will not only fight bacteria in the mouth and gums, but it will also increase defenses again bacteria, viruses, and fungi in the entire body.   This is good news for Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman as many of our patients in the Denver metro area are at risk for other system disease due to their moderate to severe gum disease. Research studies have shown that there is a strong association between periodontal disease and other chronic conditions such as diabetesheart diseasepregnancy complications, and respiratory disease.
More effective oral hygiene products like mouthwashes will lessen the concern for gum disease and correlated diseases, but it is important to also visit your hygienists and doctors like Dr. Versman, Dr. Heller, and Dr. Beckman regularly for check-ups and cleanings.  At Periodontal Associates, we are specialists in treating and preventing gum disease, and we welcome questions or concerns regarding your oral health.  Please contact us at (303) 755-4500 or click here for an appointment.  For more information, you can also visit our website at www.periodontalhealth.com. Until then, please do not forget to brush and floss and, of course, rinse!

How Much Bacteria is in Your Mouth?

Bacteria can be found everywhere: on your hands, when you touch a doorknob, at a restaurant, in the bathroom, etc.  We sometimes get so caught up worrying about not touching things that carry bacteria that we forget that more than a large cup of bacteria can be found inside you!

More specifically, at any one time there can be up to 6 million bacteria found in your mouth; your mouth is a huge carries for bacteria.  GROSS!  The presence of bacteria in your mouth can cause bad breath and, more importantly, can eat away at your teeth causing cavities, dental infections, and gingivitis.  Even worse, some mouth bacteria can cause heart disease and kidney disease.

Here at Periodontal Associates, we stress the importance of controlling how much bacteria is in you mouth and not letting it get out of hand.  While we understand that bacteria can always be found in your mouth, and some bacteria is even good for you, it is important to maintain a strict hygiene regimen so that you don’t have painful and potentially costly dental issues.   Dr. Ken Versman, Dr. Douglas Heller, and Dr. Eric Beckman  can teach you the proper techniques so that you are knowledgeable.  In addition, it is important to schedule routine dental check-ups with your dentist so that any serious damage can be noticed and prevented.

Dr. Ken Versman, Dr. Douglas Heller, and Dr. Eric Beckman can help you keep your mouth healthy before bacteria does any serious harm.  To schedule your appointment, do not hesitate to call us at (303) 755-4500, clickhere for an appointment, or visit our website at www.periodontalhealth.com.

Meet Michelle, Hygienist at Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team

What made you want to become a Hygienist?
I knew that I wanted to be a part of the healthcare industry. I come from a family of dentists and was encouraged by them to go with dentistry or hygiene.

When did you start working at Periodontal Associates? What’s your favorite part about working here?
I started working here in October of 2007. My favorite part about working here is my patients, they are all such wonderful people.

What’s your favorite part of being a Hygienist?
My favorite part of being a hygienist is working with people. I love meeting and becoming friends with my patients. I also love keeping mouths healthy. I love cleaning teeth and continuing education.

Are you originally from Colorado and what’s your favorite part about living here?
I am from Dillon, Colorado. I love doing anything outside, especially in the mountains. I love exploring all the mountains of Colorado on skis, by foot, or by bike. I also love living in Colorado because my whole family lives here.

What do you think makes Periodontal Associates stand out from other Periodontal offices?
I really believe that we try care for our patients. I think we give great customer service – we go above and beyond to help patients navigate through treatment options and insurance questions.