Posts for: August, 2017

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
August 23, 2017
Category: Surgery

If left untreated, jaw issues can begin affecting everyday activities like eating or speaking. When more conservative treatments fail toCorrective Jaw Surgery produce results, your dentist may suggest corrective jaw surgery. But what conditions call for these procedures? Do you need corrective jaw surgery? Find out with Dr. Peter Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA.

What conditions can corrective jaw surgery treat? 
Corrective jaw surgery is normally only recommended after other, less invasive treatments have failed. Some of the most common conditions treated by corrective jaw surgery include temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, involuntary mouth breathing, birth defects or deformities. Though jaw surgery is a major surgery requiring general anesthesia, it is a safe, effective procedure which can take care of your jaw-related issues once and for all.

Do I need corrective jaw surgery? 
Determining if you require corrective jaw surgery will depend on your symptoms, overall general and dental condition, and other treatments you have tried which have failed. Your dentist will use imaging technology like x-rays or MRIs to assess the condition of your jaw. A physical examination will also help your dentist decide if this is the best treatment path for you. Some of the most common reasons for jaw surgery include difficulty eating, chewing, or swallowing, birth defects, injury, sleep apnea, TMJ disorder, unbalanced facial appearance, or a protruding jaw.

Corrective Jaw Surgery in Pasadena, CA
Depending on your reason for getting corrective jaw surgery and whether the surgery is orthodontic or skeletal in nature, the procedure can greatly affect your facial appearance or help relieve chronic pain and discomfort. Your dentist will work together with you and your oral surgeon to put you on the best path to overcoming your condition and recovery. Some conditions may require other treatments alongside, before or after jaw surgery, such as orthodontic treatment.

For more information on corrective jaw surgery or the conditions which prompt it, please contact Dr. Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA. Call (626) 796-1241 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Cooper today!


By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
August 23, 2017
Category: Oral Health
ExpertAdviceVivicaAFoxonKissingandOralhealth

Is having good oral hygiene important to kissing? Who's better to answer that question than Vivica A. Fox? Among her other achievements, the versatile actress won the “Best Kiss” honor at the MTV Movie Awards, for a memorable scene with Will Smith in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. When Dear Doctor magazine asked her, Ms. Fox said that proper oral hygiene was indeed essential. Actually, she said:

"Ooooh, yes, yes, yes, Honey, 'cause Baby, if you kiss somebody with a dragon mouth, my God, it's the worst experience ever as an actor to try to act like you enjoy it!"

And even if you're not on stage, it's no fun to kiss someone whose oral hygiene isn't what it should be. So what's the best way to step up your game? Here's how Vivica does it:

“I visit my dentist every three months and get my teeth cleaned, I floss, I brush, I just spent two hundred bucks on an electronic toothbrush — I'm into dental hygiene for sure.”

Well, we might add that you don't need to spend tons of money on a toothbrush — after all, it's not the brush that keeps your mouth healthy, but the hand that holds it. And not everyone needs to come in as often every three months. But her tips are generally right on.

For proper at-home oral care, nothing beats brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing once a day. Brushing removes the sticky, bacteria-laden plaque that clings to your teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease — not to mention malodorous breath. Don't forget to brush your tongue as well — it can also harbor those bad-breath bacteria.

While brushing is effective, it can't reach the tiny spaces in between teeth and under gums where plaque bacteria can hide. But floss can: That's what makes it so important to getting your mouth really clean.

Finally, regular professional checkups and cleanings are an essential part of good oral hygiene. Why? Because even the most dutiful brushing and flossing can't remove the hardened coating called tartar that eventually forms on tooth surfaces. Only a trained health care provider with the right dental tools can! And when you come in for a routine office visit, you'll also get a thorough checkup that can detect tooth decay, gum disease, and other threats to your oral health.

Bad breath isn't just a turn-off for kissing — It can indicate a possible problem in your mouth. So listen to what award-winning kisser Vivica Fox says: Paying attention to your oral hygiene can really pay off! For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read the entire interview with Vivica A. Fox in Dear Doctor's latest issue.


By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
August 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   bacteria  
NotAllBacteriaareHarmfultoOralHealth

Most people associate bacteria with disease and ill health. But the real story about the trillions of microscopic organisms now living in and on your body is a bit more complicated. With recent advances in genetic code research scientists are learning that many of these microorganisms you’re hosting are actually beneficial for you — including your teeth and gums.

Beginning at birth and throughout your lifetime you are continually developing a distinct microbiome — actual communities of bacteria and other microorganisms that inhabit your body. As your microbiome develops it helps train your immune system to distinguish between “good” bacteria that help with digestion and other bodily processes and “bad” bacteria that cause disease.  And it continually adapts to changes in what we eat, the pets we acquire or the drugs we take.

But lifestyle choices like diet can also have a detrimental effect, causing harmful bacteria to become dominant. This seems to be the case with Streptococcus mutans, the bacterial strain most associated with tooth decay. Scientists have analyzed biofilm (plaque deposits on teeth) from the pre-industrial era before 1900 and compared it with modern biofilm samples. They’ve found Streptococcus mutans levels to be much higher in modern biofilm, which they directly attribute to the modern Western diet.

As we gain a better understanding of these findings and of the role of bacteria in our lives, it could change many health recommendations not only about diet but about medications too. In the fight against disease, for example, we’ve used antibiotics to eradicate infection-causing microorganisms, but with a broad destructive ability that can also kill many beneficial strains of bacteria. It’s hoped as our knowledge grows we’ll be able to create newer drugs that more narrowly target harmful microorganisms while not affecting beneficial ones.

There’s a new appreciation emerging for bacteria’s role in our lives. As a result efforts to rebalance a person’s microbiome when they become sick may eventually become a critical element in healthcare treatment strategies. The benefits of this strategy for health, including for our teeth and gums, could be quite impressive.

If you would like more information on the role of bacteria in oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “New Research Shows Bacteria Essential to Health.”




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