Oral Health & Hygiene
Cold sores and fever blisters are caused by the herpes simplex virus. They are typically preceded by such symptoms as tingling, itching or burning. Cold sores last for ten to fourteen days and are painful, irritating and embarrassing. They are also highly contagious and can be easily spread through kissing, touching or secondary contact with objects that have come in contact with a lesion.
There is now a one-time treatment that can not only stop cold sores from forming but significantly shorten healing time. Our patients who have used Viroxyn™ to treat cold sore lesions have experienced fast healing and are very happy with the product. Viroxyn™ is a single application medication that stops the DNA/RNA replication and kills the virus that causes cold sores.
Viroxyn™ also provides rapid relief from pain, itching, and burning, as well as healing lesions in a couple of days. It is safe and easy to use, but available only through medical and dental offices. A pack with three applications can be purchased from our office for about $35.
Halitosis (Bad Breath)
Halitosis has many different causes. The most common is bacteria that create waste products known as Volatile Sulphur Compounds (VSCs) on the surface of the tongue, throat, teeth and periodontal pockets in the gums. A white coating on your tongue can be evidence of this bacteria build-up.
Thousands of medications cause a decrease in saliva which causes these bacteria to thrive in the mouth. Other causes of dry mouth are mouth breathing, exercise, dieting, alcohol or alcohol-based rinses and smoking.
Sometimes halitosis is caused by medical conditions such as acid reflux and may require a medical examination. Bad breath can also be a sign of dental decay or periodontal disease, so regular exams and cleanings are important.
Treatment includes brushing for two minutes twice daily and flossing each day. Removing bacteria from your tongue with a tongue cleaner twice daily is also recommended. Products such as BreathRX that reduce VCS buildup can significantly help and are available as a rinse, toothpaste, gum, or spray. These products are available in our office.
Dental Health & Systemic Wellbeing
Recent research has discovered there may be a possible association between having periodontal disease and other systemic diseases. Studies have shown that patients with moderate periodontal disease are at higher risk for having heart attacks, strokes, lung diseases, diabetes, and pre-term low birth-weight babies.
This is because periodontal disease is caused by bacterial inflammation which enters the blood stream through the gum pockets. A pregnant woman who has a periodontal infection has ten times the risk of having a preterm baby. Inflammation in the body from periodontal infection also increases insulin resistance.
Knowledge of your risk factors and an evaluation to see if you have periodontal disease is important for your overall and oral health. For more detailed information, we recommend the following websites:
Dental Hygiene Tips for College Students
College students have enough to worry about without dental problems. Here are a few simple, easy steps to maintain healthy, attractive teeth during those hectic college years: