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Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 4:16 PM

As adults, we are already well aware of the routines we are expected to maintain to have healthy mouths. Brush after eating, floss regularly, and schedule regular checkups and dental cleanings. While most people perform this admirably, women are more active in maintaining their teeth and gums than men.

 According to the Journal of Periodontology, women do a much better job at scheduling maintenance checkups, and, by a two to one margin, have seen their dentist in the past year. Women also have less plaque buildup and bleeding when their teeth are probed. High incidence of these may both be seen as signs of the early stages of periodontal disease. Finally, according to the study, women have a more positive attitude about visiting their dentist.

While this is by no means a complete picture of every single man, because June 9-15 is National Men’s Health Week. Although it is still a few weeks away, this is a good time to remind patients of the steps to take to avoid periodontal disease.

Risk Factors of Periodontal Disease

Some of the factors that will increase risks of periodontal disease include:

  • Smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Diseases such as diabetes
  • Medications including steroids, cancer therapy drugs
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Defective fillings
  • Bridges that no longer fit correctly

Two more factors that don’t affect men include oral contraceptives and pregnancy. However, men are less likely to brush and floss after every meal, and are more likely to be at risk due to heart or blood pressure medication and antidepressants. These medications cause dry mouth, which increases the risk of cavities. Saliva washes away food particles that cavity causing bacteria love, as well as neutralizes acids formed by plaque.

Even if men avoid all of these things, they are genetically more predisposed to periodontal disease and even oral cancer, so it is important to remember to go to the dentist for checkups and oral cancer screenings.

Reducing dry mouth, and therefore symptoms, include drinking more water, avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated beverages, don’t smoke, avoid salty foods, and chew sugarless gum and used an alcohol-free mouthwash.

Women can, and should, avoid these risks, and take the same precautions, but, again, men are more likely to forego care and more likely to suffer from problems with their oral health.

If you are looking for solutions for crooked teeth, contact the team at Jeanette Kern DDS today at 831-372-8011 at Dr. Kern’s office. Dr. Kern’s dental office is conveniently located at 660 Camino Aguajito #201 in Monterey, CA 93940.

Labels: dental health; Monterey dentist
Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 10:10 AM

April is Oral Cancer Awareness month. This is the month to take time to understand what oral cancer is and how to reduce risks. While keeping your smile looking good is important, this is achieved through keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Brushing and flossing is important to keeping your oral health in tip-top shape, but so is your biannual checkup.

Your teeth are professionally cleaned, and your gums, tongue, and other soft tissues are checked for any irregularities that might indicate a problem. Oral cancer screenings are part of your biannual checkup because early diagnosis is the best way to treat cancerous lesions. Oral cancer’s survival rate is very high when treated in its early stages.

Risk Factors

Genetics and gender certainly play a role in who is more susceptible to a higher risk category. Men are more likely than women to get oral cancer, but lifestyle choices can greatly increase your risks. The two largest lifestyle risk factors are tobacco and alcohol use. Another leading cause of oral cancer is the human papilloma virus (HPV). A vaccine is now available for children, which may help reduce the risk for certain cancers during their lifetime.

Ways to lower your risks of oral cancer include increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables, as well as lowering, or eliminating, your intake of alcohol and tobacco products. We live during a time where cultural awareness makes living a healthier life possible.

Another thing you can do is be aware of any changes in your mouth that occur between checkups. Do you have lumps or sores that aren’t healing? If so, schedule an appointment as soon as possible to be checked out.

Oral Cancer Screening

Dr. Kern and her team screen all patients for oral cancer during regular checkups. Your mouth, jaw, neck, and head are examined. Using LED technology, signs of oral cancer can be detected with the VELScope. If anything suspect is found, a brush biopsy will be conducted. This will inform Dr. Kern if another biopsy is needed.

If you have questions about oral cancer or how to reduce your risks, contact the team at Jeanette Kern DDS today at 831-372-8011 at Dr. Kern’s office. Dr. Kern’s dental office is conveniently located at 660 Camino Aguajito #201 in Monterey, CA 93940.

Labels: Monterey dentist; oral cancer; oral cancer awareness month; oral cancer symptoms; oral cancer risk
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 5:17 PM

One of the most obvious signs of a healthy and beautiful smile is straight teeth. Your smile conveys much about you to others in your life, and when your teeth are straight, you are more likely to exude confidence. If you want to straighten your teeth, there are several solutions to give you the smile you have always wanted.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a versatile solution for minor imperfections. The bonded porcelain shells give your teeth the appearance of being straight, and they are matched in color and shape to fit seamlessly. A minute portion of enamel is removed to fit your veneers, and this can be accomplished in only a couple of visits to Dr. Kern.

This is a cosmetic fix to crooked teeth. If you need to straighten your teeth, and are looking for a full restoration, but don’t want to concern yourself with traditional metal braces, Invisalign is another option.

Invisalign

Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners are a very effective way to straighten crooked teeth gradually. You will replace aligners as your teeth become straighter. Benefits of Invisalign include:

  • Aligners are very difficult to detect by others
  • Aligners may be removed to allow for eating foods you enjoy, as well as maintaining your brushing and flossing regimen
  • No need to worry about metal edges that can cut teeth and gums like traditional braces
  • Adjustments are painless. Just visit Dr. Kern for the next set of aligners

Because your teeth will straighten gradually, Invisalign takes some time to complete. However, this is a much quicker timeline than with traditional braces. However, given the end result of what straight teeth can accomplish, Invisalign is a very popular treatment for fixing crooked teeth.

If you are looking for solutions for crooked teeth, contact the team at Jeanette Kern DDS today at 831-372-8011 at Dr. Kern’s office. Dr. Kern’s dental office is conveniently located at 660 Camino Aguajito #201 in Monterey, CA 93940.

Labels: Monterey cosmetic dentist; Monterey veneers; porcelain veneers; Invisalign
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 11:11 AM

Many people want to be happy with their smile and want to find ways to improve them. A dazzling, beautiful smile is an asset in all aspects of life, including your social and business circles. If you want to improve imperfections that you feel mar your smile, one option is porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers are a versatile solution for:

  • Gaps
  • Discoloration
  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Malocclusion of a cosmetic nature

Another allure of porcelain veneers is that the process can be accomplished quickly, something men and women who are looking for fast, yet high quality, results will appreciate. First, a minimal amount of enamel is removed, then the porcelain veneer is bonded to the affected teeth. The veneer will have the same luminescence as your other teeth, so it will be very hard for others to tell you have had cosmetic work performed.

Ultra Thin Veneers

If veneers are something you are interested in, but do not want to wait for results, Emprethin, non-preparation veneers, may be considered. Emprethin offer the same results as traditional porcelain veneers, but no tooth enamel is removed during the procedure. Ultra thin veneers also give wearers the same beautiful result as porcelain veneers.

If you are looking for a fast way to fix minor imperfections, or restore functionality due to broken teeth, porcelain veneers may be a very good option.

To learn more about porcelain veneers, contact the team at Jeanette Kern DDS today at 831-372-8011 at Dr. Kern’s office. Dr. Kern’s dental office is conveniently located at 660 Camino Aguajito #201 in Monterey, CA 93940.

Labels: Monterey cosmetic dentist; Monterey veneers; porcelain veneers
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 11:11 AM

New Year’s resolutions are made by many people, and many of these center around health. Exercising more, eating well, and foregoing sweets are often at the top of the list. Some of these are easy to fulfill, especially if you are driven. There are some resolutions that seemed like a good idea at the time, but for whatever reason, achieving them becomes more difficult as the year wears on.

Why not consider something that will not only benefit your health, but your appearance this year? Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, and getting the smile you’ve always wanted could be one of the top priorities of your 2017.

Easy Changes

A good start to creating a beautiful smile is to take care of your teeth as best you can. Brush and floss every day after meals. Eat fewer sugary snacks and foods. Drink more water and less soda, or other beverages that can stain your teeth like coffee and wine. See your dentist twice a year.

What We can Help Change

Dr. Kern’s comprehensive approach to creating beautiful smiles can give you the change you are looking for this year. If you are ready to improve your smile, and you want to go beyond what you can achieve on your own, Dr. Kern offers several cosmetic dental procedures, including:

  • Teeth whitening – Works if you are looking to brighten your smile quickly for an event or dinner. Your teeth can be whitened several shades
  • Porcelain veneers – Bond to your teeth to correct minor flaws that you want to correct this year, such as gaps or crooked teeth
  • Invisalign – If you have decided 2017 is the year you want to straighten your teeth, but do not want to wear wire braces, Invisalign may be what you are looking for

No matter what you want to achieve with you smile or overall oral health this year, we can help. From minor or quick fixes to more long term, permanent corrections, or even just advice on how to keep your teeth looking great, Dr. Kern and her team are available for a one-on-one consultation.

Contact Eddie today at 831-372-8011 at Dr. Kern’s office. Dr. Kern’s dental office is conveniently located at 660 Camino Aguajito #201 in Monterey, CA 93940.

Labels: Monterey dentist; Monterey cosmetic dentist; oral health; teeth whitening; porcelain veneers; Invisalign

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