Category Archives: Oral Health



How Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health

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Did you know that there are roughly 6 million bacteria in your mouth? While most of these bacteria are actually beneficial rather than detrimental to your health, poor oral hygiene habits could actually lead to buildup of the wrong bacteria, which in turn could result to cavities, tooth decay and gum problems. Here at our Higganum dental practice, we are devoted to helping you improve your oral health through client education. Continue reading to learn how oral health could significantly influence your overall health. More Than Just Healthy Teeth and Gums You probably know by now  how brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits could stave off gum problems and deliver you from the perils of tooth decay. But it will be certainly a delight on your end to know that excellent oral health is more than just about healthy teeth and gums. Read on! Several studies have shown that the bacteria in your mouth could actually travel to your bloodstream and may help in the formation of plaque buildup in your arteries and lesions in patients with Buerger disease. It has also been shown that inflammation in the mouth could send chemical signals which could interfere with insulin secretion. A messed up insulin secretion system could send your sugar and fat metabolism into haywire. Hello, diabetes! Soon-to-be-moms, listen up! It’s about time you take a closer look on your oral health as the researchers of this study found out higher incidence of premature births amongst women with mouth infections and gum problems while they’re pregnant. It turns out that certain molecular signals such as cytokines are released into the bloodstream when the gums are infected. These cytokines then make their way into the placenta signaling mechanisms of birth. Now that you already have an idea on how oral health affects …+ Read More

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Dental Emergency on a Vacation? We’ve Got You Covered!

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Nothing beats a well-planned vacation! While first aid supplies are already a staple for anyone wanting to hit the road, dental emergencies are almost always overlooked. Imagine this: a perfect day in the beach ruined by a bad toothache. As part of our commitment to provide quality Higganum dental care services, we provide you with the following tips and tricks to dealing with dental emergency while on a vacation! Dental Emergency Kit Before you go, why not pack your own dental emergency supply? It is the perfect complement to your first aid kit! Consider packing the following: Floss- It’s not really something for emergency. But we thought you might forget this one for your nightly dental routine. Mouthguards – If your itinerary includes moderate to extreme sports activities, consider taking mouthguards with you. You do not want to come home with knocked out teeth or chipped tooth, do you? Pain Relievers – Pack topical and oral pain relievers for that bad toothache to go away in no time. Sugarless Gums – Sugarless gums are very useful in case you lose a filling. Putting a sugarless gum in the spot will temporarily reduce the pain and stop food particles from filling in the gap. Orthodontic Wax – This is particularly  useful if you have braces or if you’re traveling with someone who has it. Orthodontic wax is used to prevent and treat irritation in your lips, cheeks and gums brought about by braces. For on-the-spot treatments, you can read our definitive guide to dealing with them in this post. Pre-Vacation Dental Consultation One of the best moves you can do to avoid dental emergencies during your vacation is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Campbell weeks or days prior to your scheduled vacation. As we all know, most dental issues occur …+ Read More

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A Woman’s Guide to Dental Health

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Men and women have their own set of similarities and differences. One of these differences include a woman’s hormonal cycle — from menstruation to pregnancy to menopause.  At first glance, you may not make a direct connection between hormones and oral health. However, at closer inspection, you’ll figure out that a woman’s hormonal cycle could affect the way her body reacts to bacteria within the oral cavity. Here at Dr. Keith Campbell’s office, a premier Higganum dental clinic, we are true believers that preventative care and education are the keys to optimal dental health. Hence, this quick yet definite guide to women’s oral health. Read on! The Hormones Has to Do With It Simply put, puberty, pregnancy, and menopause could increase one’s progesterone and estrogen levels. With these hormones in abundance, gum sensitivity may occur. There’s even a condition called menstruation gingivitis, wherein some women experience bleeding, pain, and swollen gums while menstruating. Oftentimes, this condition disappears simultaneously with the menstruation. A more serious gum condition associated with hormonal shifts occurs in pregnancy. Gingivitis is reported to occur in 60 to 75 percent of expectant mothers. This condition is often triggered by poor oral hygiene and several dental irritants like too much acid in food. However, it is important to note that the increase in hormones play a huge role in the development of such gingival disease. Older women who experience menopausal symptoms tend to have the dry mouth syndrome which could increase their risk of tooth decay. The dryness has been associated with the decrease of hormones as well. Lastly, the use of oral contraceptives (which also influence hormonal levels) were found out to increase one’s risk of inflammation and gingival bleeding. Special Considerations to Dental Care in Women Apart from the usual dental check-ups and habits such as …+ Read More

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While You Were Sleeping: Are You a Bruxist?

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In a poll by the National Sleep Foundation last 2011, it has been revealed that roughly 63 percent of Americans between 13 and 64 years old perceive that their sleeping needs are not met. With the rise of mobile technologies and social media, this finding should not come as a surprise at all. While we can’t really solve all these problems affecting sleep deprivation at once, there is one major sleep obstacle that Dr. Keith Campbell, a Higganum-based dentist,  could help you with — bruxism during your sleep. Are You a Bruxist? In this study of sleep-related breathing disorders like bruxism, the researchers found out that roughly 70 million Americans suffer from various form of sleep disorders. If you think you’re one of these individuals, you might want to consider Bruxism as a contributing factor. So are you are sleeping bruxist? Watch out for the following signs and symptoms. Constant waking while sleeping Sore neck or jaw upon waking Chronic headaches Cracked tooth enamel Sensitive teeth Tooth indentations near the tongue stiffness and pain in the jaw area when chewing What Could Trigger Bruxism? Bruxism is thought to be hereditary. If one of your family members grind their teeth while they’re snoozing away, there’s a huge chance that you could be a bruxist, too. Factors which seem to play a huge role in the occurrence of bruxism include the following: physical stress such as dehydration, nutritional deficiency, and illness incorrect tooth alignment drug abuse/misuse eruption of teeth (in children) Prevention Strategies Apart from frequently disrupting your sleep, bruxism could also cause damage to your teeth as well as significant strain to your cranial and jaw muscles. To prevent teeth grinding, consider the following: 1. Avoid stress by engaging in relaxing and meditative activities. 2. Cut back on alcohol, caffeine, and …+ Read More

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