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Hormones and Women’s Oral Health

What do hormones have to do with a woman’s oral health?5 generations of women

Hormonal changes occur throughout a woman’s life, and with these hormonal changes come changes in oral health.  Puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause all can have an effect on a woman’s oral health.  The use of oral contraceptives (birth control pills) can affect a woman’s oral health as well.

When might I notice changes in my oral health?

During puberty, fluctuations in hormones can make gums morTeenage girle susceptible to gingivitis. As a result, the gums may appear red and swollen, and they can bleed.  During menstruation, women who have a tendency to develop canker sores and cold sores may develop a pattern in which these sores recur during every menstrual cycle.

Woman holding newbornDuring pregnancy, gingivitis may develop.  In fact, gingivitis is the most common oral condition associated with being pregnant. Sometimes, however, women will avoid dental checkups for fear that treatment might harm the developing baby.  In truth, untreated gum infections and decayed teeth can put a mother and her baby at risk. Dental infections may be responsible for as much as 5 percent of low-birth-weight pre-term babies.  Pregnant women need routine checkups.  Always tell Dr. Marinic and his team if you are pregnant.

Some women also experience dry mouth while pregnant.  Taking frequentPregnant woman brushing teeth sips of water and chewing sugarless gum or candy can help alleviate this symptom.  Women who experience morning sickness need to brush their teeth more frequently than twice a day.  This will help to prevent stomach acids from contacting the teeth and causing permanent damage to tooth enamel. 

The use of oral contraceptives may cause gum tissue changes in some women.  Women who use birth control pills may also be more prone to healing problems or dry socket after tooth extraction. 

Older woman smilingDuring menopause, women may experience oral changes that include pain, a burning sensation in the oral tissue, changes in taste, and dry mouth.  After menopause, there is an increased risk of developing osteoporosis, which may increase the chance of tooth loss.

How can I maintain good oral health throughout my life?

  • Brush twice daily with toothpaste containing fluoride and floss once daily
  • Have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined by your dentist every six months (or more frequently if recommended by your dentist)
  • Eat a well-balanced diet, and always tell Dr. Marinic and his team about any medications, vitamins, and supplements that you are taking

Ask Dr. Marinic any questions that you have about your oral health.  Together, you and Dr. Marinic can create a treatment and prevention plan that specifically meets your needs.

Not All General Dentist’s are Created Equal

What is the Academy of General Dentistry?

academy_of_general_dentistry_60143The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of more than 37,000 general dentists from the United States and Canada.  Founded in 1952, the AGD has grown to become the second largest dental association in the United States.  It’s the only association that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists.  The AGD Headquarters office is located in Chicago, Ill.

What is a general dentist?

General dentists are the primary dental care providers for patients of all Dr. Marinic talking to patientages. They can provide overall oral health care for you and your family.  Your general dentist, Dr. Marinic, manages the diagnosis, treatment, and overall coordination of services to meet your oral health needs.  If you need a dental procedure performed by a specialist (endodontist, periodontist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, etc…) Dr. Marinic, as your general dentist, will work with other dentists to make sure you get the care you need.

How does Dr. Marinic’s membership in the AGD benefit you?

Dentists learningDr. Marinic cares about long term dental health for you and your family and demonstrates that concern by belonging to the AGD.  AGD members are dedicated to continuing education to help them stay up-to-date on the latest procedures to provide you and your family with quality treatment.  Dr. Marinic remains current in general dentistry and is better able to offer you and your family a variety of diagnosis’ and treatment choices.

What are the requirements to become an AGD member?AGD Impact

Members never stop learning since the AGD requires its members to participate in at least 75 hours of continuing education every three years. Despite the requirement, however, surveys show that AGD members average more than 40 hours each year.  Dr. Marinic averages more than 50 hours each year.

What is Fellowship in the AGD?

To earn a Fellowship Award in the AGD (FAGD), Dr. Marinic had to complete a minimum of 500 continuing dental education credit hours, pass a comprehensive exam, and have been an AGD member for three continuous years.  After membership_l1receiving his Fellowship, Dr. Marinic was able to publicize his award by adding the FAGD designation to his name.

What is Mastership in the AGD?

Dr. Marinic is now on his way to attaining a Mastership Award in the AGD (MAGD).  He must earn an additional 600 approved continuing dental education credits, meeting minimum requirements in certain dental disciplines, of which 400 hours are hands-on courses.  He is 90% of the way there.  After receiving Mastership, Dr. Marinic may publicize his award by adding the MAGD designation to his or her name.

Dry Mouth Solutions

Woman biting into hamburgerSaliva production is important, not only for the digestion of the food we eat, but also to cleanse and moisten our mouths.  Saliva is also important to help prevent infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth.  We don’t think much about what would happen if we did not have enough saliva production, but it affects thousands of people every day.  The majority of us produce enough saliva to prevent any problems, but what happens if we are unable to produce enough saliva?

When we are unable to produce enough, our mouth gets dry (xerostomia) and uncomfortable.  Is it a condition we are destined to live with, or are their effective treatments for a dry mouth?

Let’s look at some of the causes of dry mouth:

  • Certain medicationsPill bottles
  • Certain diseases
  • Certain medical treatments
  • Nerve damage
  • Dehydration
  • Surgical removal of salivary glands
  • Smoking

Woman holding throatCommon symptoms of dry mouth may include:

  • A sticky, dry feeling in the mouth
  • Frequent thirst
  • Sores in the mouth; sores or split skin at the corners of the mouth; cracked lips
  • A dry feeling in the throat
  • A burning or tingling sensation in the mouth and especially on the tongue
  • A dry, red, raw tongue
  • Problems speaking or difficulty tasting, chewing, and swallowing
  • Hoarseness, dry nasal passages, sore throat
  • Bad breath

Woman talking to doctorIf you think your dry mouth is caused by certain medication you are taking, talk to your primary physician.  They may adjust the dose you are taking or switch you to a different drug that doesn’t cause dry mouth.  In addition, an oral rinse to restore mouth moisture may be prescribed.  If that doesn’t help a medication that stimulates saliva production may be prescribed.

Other steps you can take that may help improve saliva flow include:Ice water

  • Sucking on sugar-free candy or chewing sugar-free gum
  • Drinking plenty of water to help keep your mouth moist
  • Protecting your teeth by brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, using a fluoride rinse, and visiting your dentist regularly
  • Breathing through your nose, not your mouth, as much as possible
  • Using a room vaporizer to add moisture to the bedroom air
  • Using an over-the-counter artificial saliva substitute

If dry mouth is a problem, there are solutions.  Talk to our team of service professionals at your next visit and we will be happy to help you.

Dentistry at It’s High Tech Finest

What does Hi-Tech dentistry mean to you?  Digital radiographs, 3-D imaging, white fillings, one-day crowns?  We have all heard the phrase used time and time again for different industries.  To the lay person, does hi-tech dentistry just mean that their dentist uses a  drill, not knowing that there are electric drills, high speed drills, etc…? Or that their hygienist uses a cavitron that uses water to help take off tarter and stain rather than just hand instruments?  Are all new technologies in dentistry worth the investment?

Daniel K. Marinic, DDS is a pioneer in the Evanston, Wilmette and North Shore community area on dental technology.  In 1996, Dr. Marinic lead the way in the use of CEREC “one visit crowns.”                                Benefit to the patient:  One visit to the dentist to prepare and place the crown

Dr. Marinic became the first dentist in 2007 to install the3D imaging Galileos Cone Beam 3D imager as a tool for diagnosis and treatment planning for those considering dental implants.  Benefit to the patient:  Dr. Marinic and the patient are able to see all the landmarks (major arteries, nerves and sinus’) in the mouth along with the amount of bone surrounding a possible implant, not just a 2-D image that may not show enough bone to hold an implant which could mean implant failure.

Dental imlant 3-D scanHe also uses SiCAT Guides, an innovative computer-aided design system to plan his patient’s dental implant surgery.  Benefit to the patient:  The dental implant is placed precisely in the right place possibly preventing complications.  Benefit to the patient:  The dental implant is placed precisely in the right place, possibly preventing complications.                                                                                                                    Taking out amalgam on patient

When removing mercury-containing amalgam fillings, Dr. Marinic uses the highest quality air filtration system from IQAir, a Swiss-based company with demonstrated high filtration efficiency.  Benefit to the patient:  This system provides safety for both doctor and patient when the toxic gases are released.

The Sirolase laser can be used to improve a “gummy” smile, to treat minor periodontal disease, and to treat cold sores.  Dr. Marinic has been using a soft-tissue laser for over 15 years.  Benefit to the patient:   The laser provides patients with a comfortable alternative to gum surgery, all without the scalpel, sutures and pain associated with traditional gum treatment and when caught early, cold sores do not appear.

Intraoral cameras are tiny digital cameras that fit comfortably in your mouth.  Dr. Marinic can see and magnify even the hard to reach places in your mouth, so that he can see exactly what is going on and show his patient’s what is going on as well.  A crack in a tooth can be seen with an intraoral camera, but not with an x-ray.  Benefit to the patient:  Earlier diagnosis of trouble spots in the mouth that can be compared visit to visit.

Digital X-Rays are a useful diagnostic tool when helping Dr. Marinic detect damage and disease between the teeth and below the gumline which are not visible during a dental exam.  Digital x-rays are stored in the computer and can be shared with specialists through email.  Benefit to the patient:  Dr. Marinic can enlarge the x-ray and alter the contrast of the x-ray to show minute details allowing him to find small defects the old film x-rays could not provide.

Technology is a wonderful aid in dentistry when used by a skilled technician.  Contact us today to see what benefits technology can bring to your smile.

Mouth Guards an Important Oral Aid for All Athletes

Mouth guard in hockey player Do you know an athlete that plays youth sports?  There are many activities adults and our children participate in that could put their teeth and gums in harms way:  Football, rugby, baseball, basketball, gymnastics, wrestling, soccer, handball, kick boxing.  Each of these activities can be dangerous to the teeth.  The ADA (The American Dental Association) recommends wearing a properly fitted athletic mouth guard.

Dr. Marinic usually recommends that his patients first try the Inexpensive athletic mouth guards which are worth the price when it comes to protecting those beautiful teeth.  There are several sport stores in Evanston area where you can purchase an appropriately sized mouth guard.  Dr. Marinic can also make you or your child a custom mouth guard at his office.  To further discuss you or your child’s options, call Dr. Marinic’s dental office at 847-475-8700.

Dr. Marinic: A Pioneer in Guided Implant Dentistry

Restoring dental implants has been a passion of Dr. Marinic’s for over 20 years.  His dental office in the Evanston area, just 2 blocks south of Wilmette has been providing dental implant technology that is state of the art.  In 2005 Dr. Marinic became the first general dentist in Illinois to be3-D scan certified in Nobel Biocare’s guided implant surgery.  In 2007, Dr. Marinic became the first dentist to install the Galileos Cone Beam 3D imager.  This is a tool for diagnosis and treatment planning for those considering dental implants.  Use of these tools virtually eliminates the guess work from implant surgery, and enables Dr. Marinic to see and plan for any complexities before he begins your treatment.

3-D scan on computer screenAn implant acts as an artificial root, which is anchored into the jaw where there is plenty of healthy bone.  (If there is not sufficient bone, Dr. Marinic will determine that beforehand and artificial bone will be placed.) The implant does not sit on any nerves, puncture any blood vessels, nor go into the sinus.  These are all landmarks that are seen with a 3-D scan.

Why is it important to have 3-D technology before placing an implant?  There are several stories of people that have had implants placed in non-optimal places and the implants have failed, have not integrated with the bone, or have fallen out.

A patient explains her story – “My sister was seeing a dentist in the northwest suburbs and was told she needed six (6) implants: Two (2) in the upper right which would be placed immediately and four (4) which would be placed on the bottom front in the future.  The dentist had determined this by taking 2-D image x-rays which they used in the office.  These are the “regular” x-rays we are all accustomed to.  They did not have 3-D technology in their office.

“After the two implants in the upper right were placed in her mouth, my sister kept complaining about pain where the implants were placed.  There was frequently a pus nodule that would form in the area, and the dentist put her on three (3) courses of antibiotics which eventually helped, but months later the pus nodule returned and so did the infection.

“We found Dr. Marinic on the internet and she went to him for a 3-D scan.  He was able to see that the implants were not in the bone and were placed very close to the sinus.  He removed both implants.  He also showed her that if the implants were placed in the lower front area, they may have punctured the artery that runs below the teeth.  These things do not show up on 2-D x-rays.”

What type of continued education does Dr. Marinic have in implant technology?

Dr. Marinic is a Master of the Prosthetic division of the ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists), a Fellow of the IAOI (International Academy of Oral Implantology) and the AGD (Academy of General Dentistry).  He is also an associate Fellow of  the AAID (American Academy of Implant Dentistry).  He has completed more than 1300 hours of advanced clinical training in dental implant surgical and design techniques.  He has successfully completed hundreds of implant cases, from single implants to full mouth restorations, helping Evanston, Wilmette and neighboring residents restore their teeth to full health and function.  Call our office today (847-475-8700) and find out how Dr. Marinic can help you transform your smile.

Bad Breath? We Can Help!

Bad breathBad breath – which is also known as halitosis – is a worrying problem that can also be embarrassing, but there is no need to put up with it.  If you suffer from bad breath, Dr. Marinic will be able to suggest a range of solutions.

Dr. Marinic will be able to spot problems such as gum disease, dry mouth or other disorders.  That’s why its important to Dorothy cleaningmaintain good oral hygiene, schedule regular visits to our office and have a professional cleaning done by our hygienist at least every 6 months.

Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day and clean between your teeth each day using floss or interdental cleaners.  Don’t forget to brush your tongue, too!

If your dental check up shows that your mouth is healthy, Dr. Marinic may refer you to your family physician as sometimes bad breath can be a sign of Periodontitisother health problems.

If the odor is due to periodontal (gum) disease, sometimes a professional periodontal cleaning is needed to remove the bacteria and plaque that accumulated.  Dr. Marinic may also recommend a special antimicrobial mouth rinse.

Keeping your mouth healthy and stopping periodontal disease are essential to reducing bad breath.  So make sure you schedule regular dental visits for a professional cleaning and checkup with Dr. Marinic and our hygienist.