Archive for September, 2009

Pregnancy Gingivitis

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Pregnancy Gingivitis Dr Katz discusses the problems with pregnancy gingivitis, and what expecting mothers can do to prevent gum disease / periodontal disease.

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Dog Dental Health

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

A dog’s oral health is a very important part of its overall health.  Dogs usually do not get cavities, but food and bacteria can cause plague problems.  Plague can form tartar along the gumlines, and if that is left untreated, periodontal disease can form causing loose teeth, bone loss, infections, and abscesses.  The bacteria that build along the gumline can enter between the gums and the teeth if pockets are created.  If this happens, the bacteria can enter the bloodstream, which could even infect a dog’s liver, kidneys, and heart valves. 

Regular good oral hygiene is key to preventing gum disease and thus, maintaining good oral health.  A pet owner should examine the dog’s mouth and examine it for periodontal disease symptoms like bad breath (halitosis), abnormal gums (bleeding gums, swollen gums, discolored gums, or painful gums), or tartar.  A dog’s teeth should regularly be brushed.

Brushing teeth can get rid of plague but not tartar, and a veterinarian is needed in order to remove tartar.  A routine veterinarian examination includes taking x-rays, cleaning the teeth and gums, and flushing the dog’s mouth with an antibacterial solution. 

Regular veterinarian visits are an intregral part of preventive care and identifying problems before they become severe.  Also, if necessary, dogs can have procedures also available to people: root canals, crowns, braces, etc.

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Tonsillolith

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Tonsillolith Dr Katz discusses tonsilloliths, better known as tonsil stones. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and cures and get rid of your tonsil stones today!

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Tyra Banks Has Morning Breath and Clay Aiken Has Fresh Breath!

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Tyra Banks admitted herself that she has a problem with morning breath on her show, The Tyra Banks Show.  Although she flosses, brushes with an electric toothbrush, uses a “strong cinnamon flavored” mouthwash and a tongue scraper, she still says she has bad breath in the morning.  She also discussed tongue scrapers and how they help get extra bacteria out of one’s mouth.

Tyra also mentioned that someone who has very fresh-smelling breath is Clay Aiken.  His “good breath” is one of the reasons that Tyra had one of her most fun interviews on the show with him.

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Tonsil Stones – NY Times asks Dr. Katz

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Ever have that dull sore-throat pain that makes you feel like you have strep throat?  It may not always be strep throat!  Tonsil stones, formally named tonsilloliths, are chunks in the tonsils’ deep pockets that are composed of mucus, dead cells, and other debris.  They are usually not any bigger than a pencil eraser,  but they have existed to be more than an inch wide.

They are very commonly misdiagnosed (i.e. as food particles), and it has not been until recently that people have started to realize  how widespread of an affliction it is.  Also, tonsil stones can cause bad breath, dry mouth, sore throats, and ear pain.

Our very own Dr. Katz was interviewed by the NY Times, and he mentioned that one of the main questions he gets is “what are those things growing in my tonsils?”

As far as tonsil stones solutions, some patients try removing them manually with a Q-tip.  Dr. Katz recommends not getting surgery, but trying oxygenating mouthwashes and sinus sprays, since those neutralize the anaerobic bacteria that causes the stones.  Tonsillectomies can work, but it is not always recommended since some patients can get complications and excess bleeding.  

Click here to read about tonsil stones and Dr. Katz in the New York Times!

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