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Is Garlic A Superfood?

Published on July 28, 2014 by

Garlic SuperfoodIs Garlic a “Superfood”?  Well…

Garlic lowers blood pressure through the actions of one of its components (methyl allyl trisulfide), which dilates blood vessel walls (Dr James Balsh study) – which in turn reduces risks of blood clots, and helps to prevent heart attacks.

Garlic can help digestion and is useful for many diseases and illnesses.  It is widely believed as a great immune system stimulant and a natural antibiotic.

Garlic contains amino acid derivatives that have an antibiotic effect.  In fact, garlic was used during World War I to treat wounds, infections, and gangrene.

Garlic has also been shown to kill and destroy some viruses. Some studies also show that garlic is good for the colon, and is effective for treating arthritis and circulation problems.

Recommended to be consumed daily
You can use it fresh in food, or juice it for a little kick… There are also supplements you can take in a pill form available at many health food stores if you do not care for the taste of garlic in your food.

However you want to consume your garlic, we say go for it!  A little garlic everyday seems to be a good way to keep ourselves healthy, and it is pretty easy to implement in our everyday lives.

The Difference Between An Onlay And A Crown

Published on April 11, 2014 by

OnlayWe recommend an onlay if we need to restore a tooth that is broken down so much that a filling is not enough to fix it, when too much of the tooth is missing, or the tooth is cracked and could fracture, when we could not use a conventional filling material due to too much tooth structure missing.  Onlays look very natural, very conservative. It is one of our favorite tooth restoration methods. Onlay can be porcelain or gold.

Although most people like to have them made in porcelain for cosmetic reason as we can match the color of you existing teeth, on a health point of view gold is just as appropriate. A porcelain onlay covers at least one cusp of the tooth and most or all of the chewing surface of the tooth. It strengthens it so that it won’t fracture. One advantage of porcelain onlays is that they preserve more of the natural tooth structure. If the tooth’s structure is healthy, it is usually best to leave as much of it in your mouth as possible.

The difference between an onlay and a crown…

A crown covers the entire chewing surface of the tooth and wraps around the entire tooth all the way to the gum line. The porcelain onlay is more conservative as it covers only the weak parts of the tooth, and saves more of your natural tooth. Porcelain onlays require a great deal of expertise to place correctly. They require extensive training in cosmetic dentistry and in occlusion. Very special skills are required to prepare the tooth as well as seating the onlay.

Dr Tom has been making onlays for years, and always favors them as they allow to save more of your tooth. His extensive training and studies under the best Professors combined with years of experience have helped him master the skills required to install onlays, and he has come to love this very conservative and natural approach to tooth restoration.

What To Expect…
During your first visit we will remove tooth decay if any is present. Sometimes what we call a “build up” is necessary if a lot of tooth structure is missing. Dr Tom will prepare your tooth for an impression we take for a laboratory to make your onlay, and finally we will make a temporary. You will be able to function properly with the temporary during the couple weeks the lab usually needs to make your restoration. The second visit will requires less of your time. While this phase is highly technical and requires a lot of skills to prepare both you tooth and the onlay, you will be in and out of the office in a short period of time.

I Am Grinding My Teeth… What Impact Does This Have?

Published on April 10, 2014 by

A lot of people grind and clench their teeth from time to time. When teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth can become damaged.

Because grinding often occurs during sleep, most people are unaware that they grind their teeth. Every day, we diagnose patients with bruxism. In most cases patients do not know they are grinding, but we can see on their teeth evidence of the wear on their teeth. While we cannot confirm if you are actively grinding, when there is evidence of grinding, something needs to be done to avoid the problem from recurring or continuing.

tmj-painVery often, symptoms like dull, constant headaches in the morning especially, or sore jaw and stiffness in the neck are symptom we can associate with a bruxer. Many times people learn that they grind their teeth by their loved one who hears the grinding at night, but most of the time a patient does not realize they do clench or grind their teeth.
Teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety, it often occurs during the night and is more likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing tooth. In some cases, chronic teeth grinding can result in a fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. Chronic grinding may wear the patient’s teeth down, showing some recession.

With time, and if not addressed, teeth can be reduced to almost no more teeth structure and the patient might require a full mouth reconstruction. Not only can severe grinding damage teeth and result in tooth loss, it can also affect your jaws, and create what we call TMJ.

The solution…
We can make a well constructed bite guard, custom made by a laboratory, as it has to be a hard plastic one. Soft guards you can find over-the-counter are soft and not recommended, as they prove to be promoting grinding. If you find yourself grinding, try to train yourself not to clench or grind your teeth and position the tip of your tongue between your teeth. This practice trains your jaw muscles to relax, but we encourage you to talk to us about evaluating the grinding and talk about a bite guard. A bite guard is the best treatment advised to stop the grinding and preserve the health of your teeth.

Do I Really Need A Deep Teeth Cleaning?

Published on April 9, 2014 by

A deep cleaning is recommended when a patient presents with some form of periodontal(gum) disease. Periodontal disease can be described as a silent, persistent bacterial infection that can affect your gums and the bone that supports your teeth as well as your overall body health. Periodontal disease has been associated with increased risks of stroke, heart disease, pregnancy complications and other respiratory infections. Click here (Stages of Periodontal Disease) to learn more about the different forms of periodontal disease.

Deep Cleaning

According to the ADA, more than 70% of US adults suffer from some form of periodontal disease. Many patients are diagnosed with periodontal disease on a daily basis, and usually extensive treatment follows that diagnosis. Problem is that sometimes patients don’t really know what they are getting into. They wonder why they should proceed with the treatment or even if they need the treatment at all.
I hate to break it to you, but chances are that if a dentist recommended a periodontal (deep) cleaning, you will most likely need it. But the most important aspect of this process is not only the diagnosis but also to understand the causes of the disease, and how to prevent it in the future. That is why choosing a holistic dentist, someone who looks at the big picture, looks at the root of the problem and spends the necessary time educating you, could be beneficial not only for your teeth, but for your overall health.

So how do you know if you need a deep cleaning? There are some indicators that can help you determine if your gums are healthy or have active bacterial infection:

  • Red, swollen and tender gums
  • Gums that bleed after brushing or flossing – healthy gums should NEVER bleed
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pain while chewing
  • Loose teeth

The best way to determine if you have periodontal disease as well as the degree of the infection in your mouth is to measure the size and depth of your gum pockets. A periodontal charting, performed either by the doctor or the hygienist, helps determine the degree of the disease and how much treatment is needed to bring your gums back to health. Your gum pockets are measured in terms of millimeters. 1-3mm pocket depth means normal, healthy gums. Anything above 3mm is considered an indication of inflammation, infection and gingivitis or periodontal disease. On my article “Stages of Periodontal Disease”, I provide a more thorough explanation of the signs and symptoms of Periodontitis and how this disease can affect your overall health. So, how do you keep a deep cleaning within your budget? Many times, when a dentist presents a treatment, it will include many services that can be postponed or maybe avoided. For instance, even though there are many benefits to using an electric toothbrush, if you want to keep your costs down, you can restore your gums back to health using a conventional toothbrush. Another way to save is to do a quadrant at a time or half a mouth. It is not ideal, since you are dealing with active infection, but when finances are a problem, doing some work is better than no work at all. Finally, start brushing and flossing! The simple act of brushing and flossing on a regular basis may significantly decrease (but will not eliminate) the active infection, and may also help decrease the cost of the treatment. You can also use an antiseptic mouthwash, which is used to kill the bacteria causing the infection. In the end, you will need to have your teeth professionally cleaned, especially because most of the infection tends to lay below the gums, where you or your brush have no access. When you do, ask your doctor or hygienist to educate you on how to floss and brush properly. A bad flossing or brushing technique can sometimes do more damage than good.

I’ve Never Heard of Holistic Dentistry!

Published on April 7, 2014 by

With the rise in interest for alternative and healthier solutions to dental health, you may have heard of holistic dentistry and wonder: “What is Holistic Dentistry?”

Whole Body DentistryHolistic Dentistry is a whole body approach to dental care that takes into consideration the patients’ whole being, which includes their physical body (ie diet , homecare habits, exercise, environmental toxins, allergies and material choices) as well as their emotional body (ie fear, embarrassed, procrastination ,trust etc.) Both the physical and the emotional factors ultimately affect the overall ,as well as the oral , health and wellbeing.
With Holistic Dentistry the focus is on the prevention of dental and gum disease, where as traditional dentistry focuses primarily on the treatment of disease. The goal of holistic dentistry is to establish a healthy balance which will help you achieve better overall health and to do this in a comfortable way.

Holistic and ancient medicine principles paired with today’s most advanced technology will help your holistic dentist get to the true origin of your dental problems in order to resolve them once and for all.
Holistic dentistry provides certain traditional procedures in a alternative fashion such as safe removal of amalgam and comprehensive examination. Holistic Dentistry also provides procedures/recommendations that may not be traditionally offered such heavy metal detoxification programs, material sensitivity testing, nutritional counseling, whole body detoxification programs, eating behavior modification programs, Oral ph testing.

Holistic Dentistry has a very strong preventative orientation. The prevention and treatment of periodontal disease through periodontal genetic and bacterial testing, as well as the early diagnosis of oral cancer by utilizing vizilite oral cancer screening are just two of many services that may be offered in a Holistic Dentistry practice.

Rohrer Cosmetic Restorative Dentistry offers a holistic approach to dentistry where the wellbeing and comfort of the patient are put at the forefront of all procedures; using ancient medicine principles along with the latest advances in dentistry and technology. Rohrer Cosmetic Restorative Dentistry welcomes you in a relaxing spa-like ambiance complete with aromatherapy, special teas and herbs, and craniosacral therapy, and more…

Afraid of The Dentist?

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Dental Anxiety“I have pain in a tooth, but I am not going to the dentist because I’m afraid…” As dentists we’ve heard this many times. Some dentists would say that your fear of the dentist should not keep from getting the dental care you need; our approach is different. At Rohrer Cosmetic Restorative Dentistry we believe that your dentist should not make you feel afraid or uncomfortable. We believe that your dentist and their staff should create a relaxing atmosphere where you feel comfortable and confident about the work being done.

If pain or stress is an issue, we suggest you choose a dental office which offers you options for pain and stress management. Your dentist should offer the traditional premedication options which will help you relax or sleep through the procedure. Rohrer Cosmetic Restorative Dentistry has a sedation specialist on staff. Sometimes we hear patients snore during their procedure. If you are snoring, chances are you are not feeling pain…

Your dentist should also offer a holistic alternative to pain and stress management. More and more people nowadays try to stay away from pain management medication; our office has great alternatives for them. Rohrer Cosmetic Restorative Dentistry offers deep relaxation, aromatherapy, special teas and herbs, craniosacral therapy as well as other options to help you conquer the stress of being in a dental office.

The most important person should be you, the patient. Your dentist needs to put you and your comfort at the top of the priority list. Our office puts the emphasis on the patient. We take our time to evaluate your condition and give you time to be ready for the procedure, however small or complex it may be. Our doctors see only one patient at a time, so you will never feel like a serial number at the bottom of a chart.

So if you fear the dentist, if you are anxious to go to the dentist, come to our office for a free tour of our facilities, and a free consultation with any of our doctors. From the relaxing music and atmosphere in the waiting room, to our friendly and caring staff, we hope to present to you an alternative to fear.

Clearing Emotional Patterns Using Essential Oils

Published on March 17, 2014 by

 

Are you bogged down by your emotions? Do you feel trapped in emotional ruts? Are you frustrated trying to rationalize your way around your emotions? Happily, the process to clear stagnant emotional blocks and patterns is easy! Emotions are stored at a cellular level in specific organs within the body. They must be cleared at this level in order to be released. Essential oils access these stuck emotions at their deepest level, by accessing the limbic portion of the brain, which is the seat of emotions. This is not a new technique – it was employed by the ancient Egyptians.

In this approximately 90-minute seminar, you will learn how to clear your emotional patterns and restore harmony and balance to your emotional life through the use of specific essential oils.

WHEN:    Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 6:00-7:30pm
WHERE:  Rohrer Dental Wellness Center 715 George Bush Blvd, Delray Beach, FL 33483

Space is limited, so please call Lori at 561-404-7004 or e-mail your RSVP to info@drsrohrer.com

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Do I Really Need A Crown?

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There are many reasons why you could need a crown, here are the three main reasons:

  • A crown can help make a weak tooth stronger in the event the original tooth was fractured or highly decayed.
  • A crown can also be used for aesthetics reason. You or your dentist may decide on a crown for that reason.
  • A previous restoration chipped, fell off or is falling and you need to replace it with something more permanent such as a crown.
  • Alternatives to having a crown

9 times out of ten, when a dentist recommends a crown it is because you need it. However, there are alternatives to getting a crown. Below are a few options to avoid the time and costs associated with a lab custom fabricated restoration.

Do I Need A Crown

Porcelain Onlays: Porcelain onlays are a safer approach, preserving more of your natural tooth structure, which in the end leads to a healthier mouth. The porcelain onlay is bonded to the enamel keeping the tooth fracture proof, while preserving most of the enamel. Only 2% of dentists in the US perform this procedure regularly (according to a recent study of the ADA). This procedure requires a high level of skills and takes more work and time, but when performed by the right dentist, it can be a great alternative to getting a crown.

Phasing Treatment: In some instances, you can put a filling instead of a crown. Although a crown would be the optimal solution, putting a filling could buy you time until you get a more definitive treatment.

Using Provisional Crowns: In some occasions, your dentist will be able to use an in-office fabricated crown, also known as provisional crown. The provisional crown can be bonded to the tooth and buy the patient time until he or she can afford a more definitive treatment. The downside to provisional crowns is that they are only temporary. On average, a provisional crown will last 3-9 months. Keeping a temporary crown too long can result in the patient losing the tooth.

In office lab Indirect Resin Crowns: even though very few dentists use this approach, in office lab indirect resin crowns are a good short term alternative to a crown. An indirect resin crown is a crown made out of resin (instead of porcelain). The indirect resin crown is made in the office by the doctor, and finished on the same day. Although this method is performed only by a few doctors, it can save you time and money in the short term.

If you decide to have a crown done, choose a dentist that has good credentials, and above all, that he or she is a good restorative dentist. Restorative dentists not only care about the appearance of the tooth, but most importantly, the fit of the crown (making sure all margins are perfectly sealed, for example) as well as the bite or occlusion. These factors are part of what determines the longevity of a crown and can make the difference between a crown that will last as little as 2 years or as long as 20 years.

Rohrer Cosmetic Restorative Dentistry has been offering dental crowns to patients from Boca Raton and Delray Beach for more than 25 years. Drs Joy & Tom Rohrer were trained at the Pankey Institute. They will be able to assist you in the determination of whether you need a crown or not, or if an alternative to a crown is best for your particular situation.

Brushing, Flossing and Whole Body Health

Published on March 5, 2014 by

brushing-teeth-flossingIt’s a fact… regularly and consistently brushing your teeth is the only way to maintain good oral hygiene. As soon as 20 minutes after we eat, plaque begins to develop. Brushing at least twice a day (or more if you are as concerned about good oral hygiene like myself) helps to keep both your teeth AND your gums healthy.

Gums play a huge role in staying healthy. In fact, gum disease can lead to life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, among others.

Brushing and flossing every day reduces and minimizes the bacteria that can enter your blood stream. And, according to Dr. Oz, the simple act of flossing on a daily basis can add six (6) years to your life.

Even though tooth enamel is the strongest substance in our body, plaque accumulation will destroy it over time, leading to tooth loss and great physical and financial pain.

So, remember… brush AT LEAST twice a day, floss daily, and ask us to review home care techniques at your next visit! If you have any questions about proper brushing or flossing techniques – or to schedule your next appointment, click here to contact us!

International Consensus on the Link Between Periodontal Disease and Other Systemic Diseases

Published on May 6, 2013 by

gum disease and heartThe American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), in collaboration with the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP), recently published a series of consensus reports that analyze the scientific evidence linking periodontal disease, specifically periodontitis, to other systemic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes. The consensus reports, which appear in both the *Journal of Periodontology *and the *Journal of Clinical Periodontology*, also outline clinical recommendations for dental professionals to use when treating patients at risk for, or presenting with, certain medical conditions.Specifically, the
consensus reports conclude:

- There is strong epidemiologic evidence that periodontitis provides an increased risk for future cardiovascular disease. Dental professionals should discuss other risk factors for cardiovascular disease with their patients, including hypertension, obesity, and tobacco use. The treatment of periodontitis in patients with a history of cardiovascular disease should follow the American Heart Association guidelines for elective procedures.

- There is an independent association between moderate to severe periodontitis and an increased risk for the development or progression of diabetes. Periodontal interventions may provide beneficial effects on diabetes outcomes in some patients, so regular comprehensive periodontal evaluations should be part of an ongoing diabetes management program.

- While some studies suggest a modest association between maternal periodontitis and adverse pregnancy outcomes, there is currently insufficient evidence that periodontal therapy can be recommended as a means to improve pregnancy outcomes. Periodontal therapy is considered safe in pregnant women and can result in improved periodontal health, but dental professionals are urged to adhere to general obstetric guidelines that suggest elective procedures should be avoided in the first trimester.

- Evidence suggests a relationship between periodontitis and other systemic diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,
pneumonia, chronic kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cognitive impairment, obesity, metabolic syndrome and cancer. However, additional
studies are needed to better understand these associations.

The consensus reports also identified recommendations for future research, such as well-designed interventional studies and randomized clinical
trials, to enhance understanding of the impact of periodontitis and periodontal treatment on overall health. The complete consensus reports are
freely available online <http://www.joponline.org/toc/jop/84/4-s>.

The consensus reports were developed at a joint workshop held in Segovia, Spain in November 2012. More than 70 international experts met to conduct an intense review of the available evidence supporting the association between periodontitis and other systemic diseases.