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Posts for: January, 2018

WatchWhatCarbsYouEattoReduceYourRiskofFurtherGumDisease

If you’ve had issues with periodontal (gum) disease, no doubt a few things have changed for you. You may be seeing us for dental cleanings and checkups more frequently and you have to be extra diligent about your daily brushing and flossing.

There’s one other thing you may need to do: change your diet. Some of the foods you may be eating could work against you in your fight against gum disease. At the same time, increasing your intake of certain foods could boost your overall oral health.

The biggest culprits in the first category are carbohydrates, which make up almost half the average diet in the Western world, mainly as added sugar. Although carbohydrates help fuel the body, too much can increase inflammation—which also happens to be a primary cause of tissue damage related to gum disease.

Of course, we can’t paint too broad a brush because not all carbohydrates have the same effect on the body. Carbohydrates like sugar or processed items like bakery goods, white rice or mashed potatoes quickly convert to glucose (the actual sugar used by the body for energy) in the bloodstream and increase insulin levels, which can then lead to chronic inflammation. Complex or unprocessed carbohydrates like vegetables, nuts or whole grains take longer to digest and so convert to glucose slowly—a process which can actually hinder inflammation.  

Eating less of the higher glycemic (the rate of glucose conversion entering the bloodstream) carbohydrates and more low glycemic foods will help reduce inflammation. And that’s good news for your gums. You should also add foods rich in vitamins C and D (cheese and other dairy products, for instance) and antioxidants to further protect your oral health.

Studies have shown that changing to a low-carbohydrate, anti-inflammatory diet can significantly reduce chronic inflammation in the body and improve gum health. Coupled with your other efforts at prevention, a better diet can go a long way in keeping gum disease at bay.

If you would like more information on the role of diet in dental 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 “Carbohydrates Linked to Gum Disease.”


By Geary Dentistry
January 15, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: fillings  

Need a dental filling? Most people need at least one filling in their lifetime. Many dental fillings last 15 years or more, and those that aredental filling well taken care of — may last longer. Dr. Terence Geary and Dr. Mary Eileen Geary at Geary Dentistry in Brookfield, WI, offers a complete range of dental services. Here are five reasons why you may need a filling.

1. You have a dental cavity.

Dental plaque is a colorless film of bacteria that builds up on the teeth. This acidic substance eats away at the enamel and can lead to cavities. Dental fillings are used to treat cavities. Today, tooth-colored fillings of composite resin are the preferred dental filling available.

2. You have new decay.

In some cases, a dental filling may become loose because decay has developed underneath it. When a dental filling is lost, it is important to contact your Brookfield dentist and have it replaced as soon as possible. Left untreated, a lost filling could lead to loss of the tooth.

3. You have a broken filling.

If your dental filling is broken, see your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist will replace your broken filling with a new filling. Dental fillings are relatively simple and can be placed in a single appointment.

4. You have a broken tooth.

Chipping a tooth is a common phenomenon. Receiving a blow to the face, falling, or biting down on something hard can cause a tooth to break or chip. If you have a chipped or broken tooth, your dentist may repair the damage with a dental filling. Dental bonding and veneers are also used to restore chipped teeth.

5. You want a great smile.

Cosmetic fillings can improve the appearance of your smile. Cosmetic fillings are the most popular type of fillings, because they blend with natural teeth. Once your dentist completes your fillings, they won't be noticeable when you speak.

If you need a filling, why wait? We can help you today! Call Geary Dentistry at 262-860-1500 today to schedule a dental appointment in Brookfield, WI. We want all our patients to have strong, healthy smiles that look great, too.


JulianneHoughSharesaVideo-andaSong-AfterWisdomTeethComeOut

Once upon a time, celebrities tried hard to maintain the appearance of red-carpet glamour at all times. That meant keeping the more mundane aspects of their lives out of the spotlight: things like shopping, walking the dog and having oral surgery, for example.

That was then. Today, you can find plenty of celebs posting pictures from the dentist on social media. Take Julianne Hough, for example: In 2011 and 2013, she tweeted from the dental office. Then, not long ago, she shared a video taken after her wisdom teeth were removed in December 2016. In it, the 28-year-old actress and dancer cracked jokes and sang a loopy rendition of a Christmas carol, her mouth filled with gauze. Clearly, she was feeling relaxed and comfortable!

Lots of us enjoy seeing the human side of celebrities. But as dentists, we’re also glad when posts such as these help demystify a procedure that could be scary for some people.

Like having a root canal, the thought of extracting wisdom teeth (also called third molars) makes some folks shudder. Yet this routine procedure is performed more often than any other type of oral surgery. Why? Because wisdom teeth, which usually begin to erupt (emerge from beneath the gums) around age 17-25, have the potential to cause serious problems in the mouth. When these molars lack enough space to fully erupt in their normal positions, they are said to be “impacted.”

One potential problem with impacted wisdom teeth is crowding. Many people don’t have enough space in the jaw to accommodate another set of molars; when their wisdom teeth come in, other teeth can be damaged. Impacted wisdom teeth may also have an increased potential to cause periodontal disease, bacterial infection, and other issues.

Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed; after a complete examination, including x-rays and/or other diagnostic imaging, a recommendation will be made based on each individual’s situation. It may involve continued monitoring of the situation, orthodontics or extraction.

Wisdom tooth extraction is usually done right in the office, often with a type of anesthesia called “conscious sedation.”  Here, the patient is able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli (such as verbal directions), but remains free from pain. For people who are especially apprehensive about dental procedures, anti-anxiety mediation may also be given. After the procedure, prescription or over-the-counter pain medication may be used for a few days. If you feel like singing a few bars, as Julianne did, it’s up to you.

If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”