August 2009 Volume 1, Issue 2 Inside this issue: Did you know? 1 Anxiety & Phobia 1 Antibiotic Update 2 (805) 541-0550 www.slosmiles.com New Patients 2 Crossword Puzzle 3 Did you know? Oral Piercing can do more canals. born disease such as All Under One Roof 4 than just change your looks. 2. Nerve damage can make Hepatitis B, C, D and G We may not think that a sim- your tongue feel numb or is a possible factor to Healthy Living 4 ple procedure like piercing even change your sense consider. could cause problems but it of taste. 8. Endocarditis. This is can. Our mouth is a growing 3. Excessive drooling and very serious risk of oral ground for bacteria, creating difficulty pronouncing piercing. Endocarditis is the ideal place for infection words correctly. Need the inflammation of the to start. If infection isn’t we say more? heart valves or tissues enough to worry about, con- 4. Radiographs may have from bacteria entering the sider these additional com- interference from the bloodstream through the plications: jewelry, reducing your piercing site in the mouth dentist’s ability to cor- and traveling to the heart. 1. Damage to teeth and rectly diagnose serious gums from biting the conditions in your mouth. The American Dental Asso- barbells or playing with 5. Allergic reaction to the ciation and your entire dental the balls with your teeth. metal. team oppose the practice of You just might scratch 6. Damage to your tongue’s piercing in or around your or crack your teeth, re- blood vessels can cause mouth. If you already have sulting in the need for serious blood loss. piercings, we encourage you fillings, crowns or root 7. Transmission of blood to remove them. Anxiety & Phobia pletely diminish pain. Topical anesthetics are applied with a Q-tip to numb an area prior to an injection of a local anesthetic. We are careful to place a strong topical anesthetic exactly where the injection site is. Do you suffer from dental anxiety or phobia? Someone with dental This is very effective in numbing the surface tissue. We use an anes- anxiety will become uneasy when it’s time for their appointment. thetic that has no additives which eliminates tissue sensitivity normally They may experience exaggerated or unfounded fears relating to den- associated with this additive. The key to painless injection is to admin- tal treatment. Most people can cope with this type of anxiety. A pho- ister the anesthetic very slowly, this eliminates trauma and pain. With bia is a more serious condition associated with intense fear or sense of proper technique the whole process of numbing and restoring teeth dread. Symptoms of dental phobia may include trouble sleeping prior should be painless. Oral conscious sedation is a sedative prescribed by to a dental appointment, the thought of going to the dentist causes your dentist and taken prior to your appointment, however it is impera- crying or makes you physically ill, difficulty breathing and headache. tive that you have someone drive you to and from your appointment. The effects of a dental phobia are numerous. Gain Control. There are a few things you can do to give yourself a Physical effects: Gum disease, early tooth loss, painful conditions sense of control. Discuss with us whether or not you prefer to complete such as cavities or cracked teeth, poorer overall health and decreased treatment in a few short appointments or just one. You may want us to life expectancy. explain exactly what is happening at each stage of treatment or you may not want to know at all. Let us know what you prefer. Agree to a Emotional side affects: Some people may begin to smile less fre- hand signal to alert us that you need to stop – maybe you need to take a quently or talk with their mouths partly closed to hide discolored or break, rinse your mouth or for any other reason. damaged teeth. It is likely that their self-esteem will diminish, affect- ing their personal and professional life. You may also want to listen to music. We have a large selection of music to choose from or you can bring your own music device. The most important step in reducing anxiety and managing phobia is to discuss how you feel with us. Once we know what the issues are, Remember, we have many options to help you overcome anxiety and we will be able to work with you to find solutions. Such as: reduce the effects of dental phobia so be sure to discuss with us any concerns or fears you may be experiencing. Pain Relief. There are several methods used in our practice to com- www. americanheart.org Antibiotic Update American Heart Association prevents infective endocarditis in New patients who are at risk of develop- Antibiotic Guidelines ing a heart infection. On a daily basis our hearts are exposed to Based on an increasing amount bacteria found in our mouths which of scientific evidence the American can enter the bloodstream during Heart Association has changed common daily activities such as recommended for patients who their recommendation for taking brushing and flossing. The new have the greatest danger of a bad antibiotics prior to dental treat- guidelines are based on a compre- outcome if they develop bacterial ment. In the past this was done hensive review of this scientific evi- endocarditis. The American Heart with the belief that antibiotics dence. Association continues to recom- would prevent infective endocardi- People who no longer need to mend preventive antibiotics for tis. Infective endocarditis is an take a preventive antibiotic include patients with the following condi- infection of the heart’s inner lining those with bicuspid valve disease, tions: or valves, which is a result of bac- calcified aortic stenosis, mitral * Artificial heart valves teria entering the bloodstream and valve prolapse, rheumatic heart * History of Infective Endocarditis traveling to the heart. disease or some congenital heart * Specific congenital heart condi- Scientists have found no com- conditions such as atrial septal de- tions including, pelling evidence that taking an an- fect, ventricular septal defect, and • a completely repaired congeni- tibiotic prior to dental treatment hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. tal heart defect with prosthetic Preventive antibiotics are still material or device, whether placed by surgery or by cathe- ter intervention, during the first six months following Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can. the procedure Danny Kaye, entertainer • any repaired congenital heart defect with residual defect at the site or adjacent to the site of a prosthetic patch or a pros- thetic device • A cardiac transplantation that develops a problem in a heart valve. Patients with any of these seri- ous conditions should check with New Patients Welcome! their cardiologist prior to any den- tal procedures, including teeth cleaning. The American Heart Associa- The greatest compliment any of our pa- tion emphasizes maintaining opti- tients could give us is to refer a family mal oral health by practicing daily member or friend to our practice. When oral hygiene to minimize the risk of our patients refer us we know we are on the right track. Our passion for dentistry and 16. Invisalign 20. Gingivitis 14. Gum Disease 19. TMJD genuine concern for our patients is shining 13. Sealant 18. Incisor through. Our reward is new patients that 12. Emergency 17. Mandible 11. Root Planing 15. Caries are just as wonderful as the ones who re- 8. Endodontics 6. Prophylaxis 10. Perio Pocket 9. Plaque ferred them to our practice. 4. Tarter 7. Resin Filling 2. Pulp 5. Canal 1. Maxilla 3. Palate Down Across DENTAL TERMS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ACROSS DOWN 3 Roof of the mouth 1 The upper jaw 5 The narrow chamber inside the tooth's 2 The inner tissues of the tooth root 4 A hardened substance (also called 7 An artificial filling used to restore teeth. calculus) that sticks to the tooth's Also called a composite filling surface 9 A sticky, colorless substance that 6 The act of cleaning the teeth covers the teeth after sleep or periods 8 A form of dentistry that addresses between brushing problems affecting the tooth's root or 10 pocket that forms when the gums detach nerve from the side of the tooth 11 Scraping or cleansing of teeth to remove 15 Another term for decay heavy buildup of tarter below the gum 17 The lower jaw line 18 Front teeth with cutting edges; located 12 A knocked out tooth or bitten tongue on the sides near the front 13 A synthetic material placed on the 19 Temporomandibular joint disorder. Health tooth's surface that protects the enamel problems related to the jaw joint just in and chewing surfaces front of the ear 14 An infection of the gum tissues. Also 20 A minor disease of the gums caused by called periodontal disease plaque 16 The invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces 878 Walnut St San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 (805) 541-0550 L EARN MORE ON OUR WEB SITE: WWW. SLOSMILES. COM The Art of Dentistry Mission Statement Our mission is to deliver quality, comfortable dental care to you, our patient. We are committed to treating you in a respectful compas- sionate, and timely fashion. We will strive daily to educate you on the importance of your oral health and it’s implications as it relates to your body as a whole. Our goal is that when you leave our office, you will feel good about your dental experience. Green Goal All Under One Roof Our goal is to produce a paper- You may be one of those • Sulcular Laser Decon- • Thieves Mouthwash less newsletter. 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