Vegan Toothpaste

Vegans Brushing for B12

 

Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman know that proper nutrition plays an important role in maintaining good oral health for both gums and teeth, but with new dietary trends rising, like paleolithic, vegetarian, or veganism, some could be lacking essential vitamins.  Periodontal Associates wants to announce that there is good news as products like Vegan toothpaste are being created to compensate for missing nutrition.

An article was recently written in Gizmag outlining how a German cosmetics company called Sante joined forces with the German Vegetarian Society to enhance toothpaste with organic vitamin B12.   This is crucial for vegans in particular as B12 is normally found in meats, fish, cheese, yogurt, and eggs, and veganism is defined as a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products, and all other animal-derived ingredients.

In order to find a replacement source, a study was conducted to test the effectiveness of B12 delivery through toothpaste.  This study was conducted over a five week period.  The subjects were 127 healthy vegans as well as vegetarians between the ages of 18 and 64.  These participants went without consuming B6, B12, or folic acid enriched foods or supplements.  85 participants used the B12 toothpaste while the other half used placebo toothpaste.  At the end of the five week study, blood tests were taken and compared to the blood samples obtained before the study.

The conclusion?  The participants who were using the toothpaste had a 50% increase in B12 levels while the control group using a placebo experienced a 22% decrease. To make matters worse, the control group also had a 65% increase in holotranscobalamin II, which is a marker for B12depletion.

This vegan friendly toothpaste delivers 100 µg of vitamin B12 per gram which means users are receiving  more than the 2.4 µg recommendation per day as long as consumers brush at least twice daily (Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman hope you are doing this and flossing, too).  Exceeding the recommended does is not harmful at all, and women who are breastfeeding actually need more than 2.4 µg daily.

It is important to take nutrition seriously as B12 deficiency can lead to anemia, heart and nervous problems, and increased risk of developing dementia.  If you have been following along with Periodontal Associates’ blogs or check our website,www.periodontalhealth.com, you would know those people with heart and other health problems can then lead to increased risk for periodontal disease.  This is a vicious cycle, so the new toothpaste comes as a relief as it not only helps to keep a happy, healthy mouth but a properly balanced diet.

If you do have any other questions about nutritional needs, especially to help prevent gum disease, give Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman a call at (303) 755-4500.  We would love for you to come in to Periodontal Associates to meet our hygienists, Carolyn and Michelle, allowing them and our doctors to assess you dental needs.  You could call for an appointment or click here to schedule.  We are located in Aurora, CO but our patients come from near and far to see our periodontal disease specialists, Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman.

I promise, Periodontal Associates will give you something to smile about!

Psychologist and Dentists Marry Ideas and End Fear

Are you Fearful About Dental Implants or Dental Visits?

 

I think it is safe to say there is a common and overwhelming fear of the dental office. It can be a common cause of anxiety as people visualize a drill-wielding man in a white coat just waiting to cause pain and remove teeth. Although this could not be further from the truth with Dr. Versman, Dr. Heller, and Dr. Beckman here at Periodontal Associates, it is pleasing to know there are some steps being taken to disprove this nightmare and increase the frequency of dental appointments to help with dental maintenance and prevent the need for dental implants.

Researchers at Sydney University claim that psychologists have helped to reverse decay in many patients.  Professor Wendell Evans, researcher on reversing tooth decay, created this relationship with psychologists to promote preventive dental care. The dean of Sydney University’s Faculty of Dentistry, Professor Chris Peck, said patients in the new caries management program would undergo behavioral interviewing. “We use psychologists to change an individual’s behavior to get them to modify diet and to use the best preventive approaches. It is not one appointment, but multiple appointments to reinforce those changes.”

Although this study is going on in Australia, Dr. Versman, Heller, and Beckman have great ways to eliminate fears for good in the Denver – Aurora, CO area. Here are a couple of ways:

  1. Talk to the dentist – The dentist is not a mind reader. Though it can be hard to talk about irrational fears with a stranger, Dr. Versman, Heller, and Beckman take extra precautions during visits if fears and anxiety are communicated – just ask our patients!
  2. Bring a portable music player – Music acts as a relaxant and also drowns out any fear-producing noises. Listening to calming music throughout the appointment will help to reduce anxiety. (Periodontal Associates usually has great jams playing in every room!)
  3. Agree on a signal – Many people are afraid that the dentist will not know they are in significant pain during the appointment, and will carry on the procedure regardless. The best way to solve this is to agree on a “stop” hand signal with the dentist. Both parties can easily understand signals like raising the hand or tapping on the chair.
  4. Spray the throat – Throat sprays (for example, Vicks® Chloraseptic® Throat Spray) can actually control the gag reflex. Two or three sprays will usually keep the reflex under control for about an hour.
  5. Take a mirror – Not being able to see what is happening can increase anxiety and make the imagination run wild. Although Dr. Versman, Heller, and Beckman are great at walking you through the procedure before it even begins.
  6. Sedation – If there is no other way to cope, sedation offers an excellent option for many people. There are several types of sedation, but the general premise behind them is the same: the patient regains their faculties after dental implant or treatment is complete.
  7. Ask about alternatives – Advances in technology mean that dental microsurgery is now an option. Lasers can be used to prepare teeth for fillings, whiten teeth and remove staining. Discuss all the options with the dentist and decide on one that is effective and produces minimal anxiety.

 See what you can learn already about making the dental visit more relaxing? Just imagine how at ease and excited you will feel about defeating your gum recession and gaining a beautiful smile with your dental implants after you meet with our doctors: Dr. Versman, Dr. Heller, and Dr. Beckman.  They will walk you through the process in ways you can understand and know what to expect.  Our entire dental implant team here at Periodontal Associates will make you feel at home and carefree, you won’t even need a psychologist!

Go ahead, give us a call at (303) 755-4500. We are located in the Denver metro area, specifically Aurora. We cannot wait to end your apprehensions about dentures, implants, gum grafting, oral reconstruction, or even teeth cleaning!

FEAR NO MORE!

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.

Dr. Beckman is in Arizona at the Spear Education “Implant Restorative Dentistry” 3-Day Lecture and Hands On-Course

Dr. Beckman in Arizona learning about dental implants
Implant Restorative Dentistry” 3-Day Lecture and Hands On-Course

Our very own Dr. Eric Beckman is in Arizona at the Spear Education Implant Restorative Dentistry 3-day lecture and hands on-course along with 300 other dentists from around the US. Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team locally hosts a monthly Spear Education study club which “combines hands-on learning in small groups of peers is a proven way to master new clinical skills and build confidence” (speareducation.com). The doctors at Periodontal Associates believe in providing the best care for their patients. One of the ways the doctors do this is through the Spear Education study clubs to stay on the forefront of periodontics.

Meet Dr. Kenneth Versman, Periodontist at Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team

What made you want to become a dentist?
I have wanted to be a dentist since 5th grade. As time progressed during my high school and college years I felt it would be a great profession where I would have the chance to interact with people and help them with their oral health.

What made you want to specialize in periodontics?
I had a periodontal professor who gave me great encouragement to become a periodontist. It was my favorite course in dental school.

What’s your favorite part of being a Periodontist?
Helping people achieve oral health through complete evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment planning.

Are you originally from Colorado and what’s your favorite part about living here?
I grew up in Illinois. I love just about everything in Colorado… the people, weather, recreation, sports and culture offered in our community.

What do you think makes Periodontal Associates stand out from other Periodontal offices?
We have always been dedicated to taking care of people just as we would want to be healed. Our open communications allow us to not only help our patients, but to get to know them on a special level.