Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Chronic Periodontitis (Gum Disease) Linked to Psoriais

Chronic Periodontitis Linked to Psoriasis

According to a new study, people with chronic periodontitis have a slightly higher risk of developing psoriasis, a common skin ailment characterized by skin redness and irritation. The results, published online in the British Journal of Dermatology, also show that the treatment of chronic periodontitis limited the risk of subsequent psoriasis, but did not eliminate it entirely.
Based out of Taipei Medical University in Taiwan, researchers Joseph J. Keller, MD, MDH, and Herng-Ching Lin, PhD, analyzed a group of more than 230,000 people using a Taiwanese national health system database. The cohort study included one group of 115,365 subjects with chronic periodontitis, and 115,365 participants without chronic periodontitis. Each group was monitored over a 5-year period. Among the subjects with chronic periodontitis, 1,082 developed psoriasis, while 706 of the control group were diagnosed with psoriasis, which works out to 1.9 in 1,000 people vs 1.2 in 1,000 people in the control group.
Prior to this investigation, little research had been conducted on the possible association between chronic periodontitis and psoriasis. While the results do not demonstrate a causal relationship, they do suggest that periodontal disease may be a risk factor for psoriasis. This study did not control for factors that could have affected results, such as cigarette smoking, leading Keller and Lin to suggest that additional research is warranted.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dental Mobile App- We are now Live On Apple!

NEW DENTAL MOBILE APP-Now Live On Appple! It's Free

Here is the link to download our app on your I-Phone

You may also visit our website @ www. and scan the QR Code or by searching for Dr Kathie Allen in the app store.

Check it out, Very Cool! Share this with your friends & family. Your feedback is appreciated.
Thanks, Dr. Kathie

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Our New Dental Mobile App, It's Free!

Our goal is to have 300 downloads of our new Dental Mobile App. We appreciate your help.  It's free! Please follow the link below:
Presently we are only live on Droids, I-phones coming soon. Thanks again for your support. Your feedback is welcomed.
Dr. Kathie

Dental Humor

Common Symptoms,Risk Factors & Diagnosis Of Oral Cancer


Cancer is defined as the uncontrollable growth of cells that invade and cause damage to surrounding tissue. Oral cancer appears as a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away. Oral cancer, which includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and pharynx (throat), can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early.

What Are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • Swellings/thickenings, lumps or bumps, rough spots/crusts/or eroded areas on the lips, gums, or other areas inside the mouth
  • The development of velvety white, red, or speckled (white and red) patches in the mouth
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
  • Unexplained numbness, loss of feeling, or pain/tenderness in any area of the face, mouth, or neck
  • Persistent sores on the face, neck, or mouth that bleed easily and do not heal within 2 weeks
  • A soreness or feeling that something is caught in the back of the throat
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
  • Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or change in voice
  • Ear pain
  • A change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together
  • Dramatic weight loss

If you notice any of these changes, contact your dentist or health care professional immediately.

Who Gets Oral Cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society, men face twice the risk of developing oral cancer as women, and men who are over age 50 face the greatest risk. It's estimated that over 35,000 people in the U.S. received a diagnosis of oral cancer in 2008.

Risk factors for the development of oral cancer include:

  • Smoking . Cigarette, cigar, or pipe smokers are six times more likely than nonsmokers to develop oral cancers.
  • Smokeless tobacco users. Users of dip, snuff, or chewing tobacco products are 50 times more likely to develop cancers of the cheek, gums, and lining of the lips.
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol. Oral cancers are about six times more common in drinkers than in nondrinkers.
  • Family history of cancer.
  • Excessive sun exposure, especially at a young age.

It is important to note that over 25% of all oral cancers occur in people who do not smoke and who only drink alcohol occasionally.

What Is the Outlook for People With Oral Cancer?

The overall 1-year survival rate for patients with all stages of oral cavity and pharynx cancers is 81%. The 5- and 10-year survival rates are 56% and 41%, respectively.

How Is Oral Cancer Diagnosed?

As part of your routine dental exam, your dentist will conduct an oral cancer screening exam. More specifically, your dentist will feel for any lumps or irregular tissue changes in your neck, head, face, and oral cavity. When examining your mouth, your dentist will look for any sores or discolored tissue as well as check for any signs and symptoms mentioned above.
Your dentist may perform an oral brush biopsy if he or she sees tissue in your mouth that looks suspicious. This test is painless and involves taking a small sample of the tissue and analyzing it for abnormal cells. Alternatively, if the tissue looks more suspicious, your dentist may recommend a scalpel biopsy. This procedure usually requires local anesthesia

Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Cup Of Green Tea a Day May Keep The Dentist Away

  • People aged 40-64 who drank one cup of green tea a day were less likely to lose teeth.
  • Drinking unsweetened coffee had no effect on keeping teeth.
  • Antimicrobial molecules called catechins may account for green tea's benefits.

A cup of green tea a day may keep the dentist away.
That's the finding of new research published in Preventive Medicine. The findings show that drinking at least one cup of green tea a day increases the odds of keeping your teeth as you age.
The researchers suspect that antimicrobial molecules called catechins present in green tea and in lesser amounts in oolong tea provide the benefit. But be careful if you like your tea with sugar: sweetener may negate the effect, the team found.
"Green tea may have bacteriocidal effects, which would affect teeth, but only if you drink it without sugar," said Alfredo Morabia, of Columbia University in New York and editor of Preventive Medicine, who wrote an editorial accompanying the new research.
"They also reported that drinking sweet coffee was actually deleterious," he added. "Coffee alone had no problem, but sweet coffee would actually make you lose your teeth."

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happy Veteran's Day!

Happy Veterans Day to all of our veterans who has given us our freedom!!

THANK YOU to all thoses Men & Women who have served our country!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fissured Tongue, No Worries

If you have fissures in your tongue, it's likely no cause for concern. In fact, certain types of grooves or cracks are considered simply a variation of a normal tongue. Sometimes called a plicated or scrotal tongue, this condition is often harmless. However, it's rarely a good idea to diagnose yourself. So, if you have any concerns, set your mind at ease by discussing this with your doctor or oral specialist.

Characteristics of Fissured Tongue

These are the characteristics of a fissured tongue:

  • Cracks, grooves, or clefts appear on the top and sides of the tongue.
  • These fissures only affect your tongue.
  • Fissures on the tongue vary in depth, but they may be as deep as 6 millimeters.
  • Grooves may connect with other grooves, separating the tongue into small lobes or sections.

Unless debris builds up in these fissures, you are unlikely to have any symptoms.

Fissures may first appear during childhood. However, fissures are more common in adults. And, just as wrinkles can deepen with age, fissures can also become more pronounced as you get older. If you have regular dental exams, your dentist has no doubt spotted the fissures on your tongue. This is how most fissures are found.

Conditions Associated With Fissured Tongue

About 2% to 5% of the U.S. population has a fissured tongue. A fissured tongue may affect men slightly more often than women.

Because a fissured tongue can cluster in families, it may be genetically inherited. Although other causes of fissured tongue are unknown, it may appear along with other conditions such as these:

  • Geographic tongue, also known as benign migratory glossitis (BMG). This benign condition often shows up along with fissured tongue. It may cause no symptoms other than sensitivity to hot and spicy foods.
  • Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome. This is a rare condition. It not only causes a fissured tongue, but also lip or facial swelling and paralysis in the face (Bell's palsy) that may come and go.
  • Down syndrome . Fissured tongue occurs in as many as eight out of 10 children with the chromosomal disorder Down syndrome.

It is not common to need a biopsy of a fissured tongue.

Treatment of Fissured Tongue

If a fissured tongue causes any symptoms, your dentist may encourage you to brush your tongue. This may help remove debris that has built up in deep fissures, causing irritation.
Take Care Of Your Tongue:
Tackle bad breath every time you brush-take time to scrape your tongue. Your tongue plays host to the bacteria that helps cause bad breath, so using a tongue cleaner can help reduce odor-causing compounds.

Incorporate Cleaning Your Tongue As Part Of Your Oral Hygiene Routine

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Kids - 2 Minutes 2x/day!

For healthy smiles, in addition to a diet low in sugars, help your kid's brush their teeth for just 4 minutes / day to reduce cavities & overall health!

Remember to Fall Back!