Can Wearing A Face Mask Affect Dental Health?

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Aug 15, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Face Mask image for blog called "Can wearing a face mask affect dental health?"Complaints about wearing a face mask are common and frequent.

Now many dentists believe that a new issue related to dental health has surfaced. It has been aptly named “Mask Mouth.”

Wearing a mask for several hours each day may cause dry mouth, which in turn can lead to bad breath, and possibly cavities and gum disease. Mouth breathing dries the tissue of the mouth, decreases saliva and increases the build-up of bacteria. Many people breathe through their mouths instead of their noses when they wear face masks.

Saliva helps to protect the teeth and prevents cavities. Less saliva means more risk for cavities.

Left untreated, gum disease (periodontal disease) can eventually result in cardiovascular problems such as stroke and heart attack.

An impromptu poll of friends and colleagues found that some actually did breathe through their mouths while wearing face masks. They mentioned that both their mouth and throat often felt dry.

The doctors at Pi Dental Center recommend that patients continue to wear masks but take the following measures:

  • Brush regularly with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily.
  • Drink water frequently. Use a straw so that you don’t have to remove your mask to do so. Set a goal to drink at least 8 cups of water each day.
  • Avoid beverages that can dehydrate, such as coffee and alcohol. Use only alcohol-free dental mouth rinses.
  • To help ensure that your teeth remain healthy, limit sugary foods.
  • Schedule your regular dental hygiene and check-up visit.
  • Awareness is important. Be aware of how you are breathing. If you find that you breathe through your mouth while wearing a mask, remind yourself to breathe through your nose.

In addition to dental health problems caused from wearing a face mask, there has been an increase in dental problems due to the shutdown of dental offices.

Dr. Wolfinger states, “I have seen an increase in problems related to poor oral hygiene recently, which I attribute mainly to the fact that many patients have missed their normally scheduled oral hygiene and exam visits as a result of the government shutdown.”

Dolly Kituskie, a dental hygienist at Pi Dental Center has heard many of her patients complain about wearing masks, saying they are itchy and uncomfortable. She has also noticed that some of her patients’ home care has been poor during quarantine. She contributes this lax home care to “increased stress about the whole situation. They are not doing their home care as often or as well.”

Dr. Slauch said, “Wearing a face mask is essential as our society navigates the COVID-19 pandemic. Although our lives are upside down at the moment, keep in mind that routine dental hygiene and maintenance should never be ignored.”

While there is no scientific research that correlates mask wearing to dental decay/gum disease, dentists have identified the phenomenon. What is important is to continue to practice good oral hygiene.

Pi Dental Center advocates wearing a face mask in public. Continue to practice rigorous oral hygiene, drink plenty of fluids and see your dentist regularly. We have implemented a wide array of protocols to provide a safe environment for our patients and staff. If you are due for routine dental care or are in need of a dental visit, please call our office at 215-646-6334.

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Further reading: The Truth Behind the Mask

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Dental Implant Searches In Google

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Jul 17, 2020 12:00:00 PM

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Google is the largest search engine in the world with 3.5 billion searches per day. We answered some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants that "Googler's" ask.

Why Get Dental Implants

Permanent teeth add comfort, security, confidence, and vitality to your quality of life. Besides the psychological benefits of having natural looking beautiful teeth, a fixed smile eliminates lifelong visits for the relining of removable dentures as the gum and bone tissue perpetually recedes.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Over forty years of worldwide research has shown that dental implants are safe and that titanium is biologically compatible with the human body. Many of the earliest dental implant patients continue to enjoy healthy, stable smiles.

How Do Dental Implants Stay In Place?

Osseointegration is what makes dental implants stay in place. When a titanium dental implant is surgically placed, it fuses to the jaw bone over a period of 3 to 5 months. Osseointegration is the name for this biological process by which living bone fuses with the titanium dental implant to form a man-made tooth root.

Are Dental Implants Painful?

Most implant procedures can be performed using local anesthesia. Local or general anesthesia helps to ensure that your procedure is pain-free. -----Pi Dental Center offers general anesthesia through the services of an experienced, board certified anesthesia team.

What Are All On 4 Dental Implants?

Dental implant procedures using the All-On-4® treatment concept is a cost-effective option that provides stability and outstanding esthetic results. A non-removable prosthesis is supported by four dental implants positioned for maximum stability. Implants can be placed using Teeth In A Day® and computer guided implant protocols. The success rate for prostheses built on four implants in each arch is the same as the success rate for cases requiring more anchorage. All-On-4® allows a patient to choose from a wide variety of approaches to the fabrication of their new smile. The final prosthesis can be made in various grades of laboratory materials from acrylic to porcelain.

What Are Mini Dental Implants?

Mini-implants have been touted as an inexpensive option for tooth replacement. Unfortunately, research has shown that mini-implants do not provide sufficient support for the strong forces of biting and chewing that a dental prosthesis must withstand. The purpose of the dental implant is to take the place of a natural tooth root, the stronger the implant, the more stable and enduring the restoration built upon it will be. Mini-implants cannot do this. Read more about mini implants.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Costs vary depending on the number of implants, the type of prosthesis, bone grafting, anesthesia and whether extractions and other procedures will be performed. The best way to determine cost is to schedule an initial evaluation in our center.

When considering dental implant treatment, it is important to consider value. While dental implants are more costly than other options like removable dentures, the long-term value makes them a great financial investment.

Prosthetic teeth do not decay. Removable dentures require frequent relines and can move.

Damaged teeth are usually painful and removable dentures can be quite uncomfortable. Perfectly fitting dental implant teeth are comfortable and functional

Dental implants contribute to your overall health. A key part of dental implant treatment is removal of diseased teeth. You can eat what you want and your nutrition improves.

At the Pi Dental Center, we rely on evidence-based science and we use only the highest quality materials with proven track records. Our fees are competitive.

Where Is The Cheapest Place To Get Dental Implants?

As with most purchases, you get what you pay for. Many implant advertisements promote a “cheap low-cost deal.” In some cases, these companies show the cost for one part of service and the total fee is much higher than advertised. In other cases, low quality components are used. Dental implant treatment is very specialized and complex. Don’t scrimp on your health!

Are Dental Implants Covered By Health Insurance?

Typically, medical carriers do not provide coverage however dental insurance might. Since no two dental plans are the same, it is best to submit a predetermination prior to scheduling a procedure. Many plans cover part of the implant treatment such as extractions and radiographs and some may reimburse part of the prosthetic fee. It is also important to know what your maximum limit is per calendar year. For most patients, the limit is $1,500.00.

Pictures of Dental Implants

There are many photos of dental implant patients on our Pi Dental Center website. Click here to view.

How long do dental implants last?

With regular maintenance and care and good general health, dental implants can last a lifetime.

The long-term success of implants depends on how well they are maintained. Shortly after implant treatment is completed, an oral hygiene cleaning and home care instruction is scheduled.

Home care instruction is a home care regimen that is specifically designed to meet your unique requirements. It includes training in correct brushing techniques. Dental implants require just as much care as natural teeth. A consistent schedule of brushing and flossing helps to ensure that your implants and gums stay healthy.

Regular dental office visits ensure that your implants and mouth remain in top condition. It is recommended that patients visit their dentist for professional cleanings every 3 to 6 months.

Like natural teeth, periodontal disease can affect the tissues around dental implants. Periodontal disease, if left untreated, can cause bone loss and lead to the loss of dental implants.

If you are missing teeth, consider dental implant treatment. Dental implants improve your health, confidence and self-esteem. If you would like to schedule an evaluation or have additional questions about dental implants please contact us.

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Your New Captivating Smile After Quarantine

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Jun 23, 2020 5:08:50 PM

Drs. Robert Slauch and Glenn Wolfinger, Board Certified Prosthodontists at Pi Dental CenterPeople often try to hide their smile when they are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth. Right now, many people are covering their smiles with a face mask. Hopefully, we will all be able to remove our masks soon. Right now would be a good time to improve your smile!

It is now safe to move forward with dental care. Dental offices have been practicing high levels of sterilization for many years. And now, there are even more protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of both patients and staff.

Pi Dental Center provides comprehensive long-term dental solutions through a team approach. All phases of treatment are conveniently provided in our Fort Washington office. Our in-house dental labs ensure that your teeth will fit comfortably and look beautiful.

A Founding Dental Implant Center in the US

Pi Dental Center is a founding dental implant center in the United States. Dr. Thomas Balshi was one of the first dentists in the United States and Canada to learn Nobel Biocare’s dental implant protocol. He began placing dental implants in the late 1980’s. Over the years, Balshi and partner, Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, improved upon implant technology, making treatment time shorter, success rates better and prosthetics more attractive and durable. Best of all, treatment is more affordable with the All-On-Four Treatment Concept™.

The Teeth In A Day™ protocol dramatically shortens treatment time allowing a patient to leave the office with non-removable teeth supported by dental implants on the day of surgery.

Board Certified Specialists

Our board certified prosthodontists, Drs. Glenn Wolfinger and Robert Slauch, practice advanced dentistry grounded in evidence based science. All procedures and materials have been thoroughly researched and proven to be safe with long-term success.

Pi Dental Center dental implant treatments have a record of predictability. Patients can feel confident that their dental implants will remain in-tact for many years. Every single dental implant case is tracked from the day of placement and throughout each stage of treatment. Each implant becomes part of our in-house database as well as an international index. We have followed some implants for over 35 years. This tracking system contributes to our overall research and knowledge about implants and implant protocols.

Emerge from this pandemic better than before

This is a great time to begin dental treatment so that when we are all able to show our pearly whites again, yours will be sparkling and beautiful. Pi Dental Center can be your dental home where you can feel secure that you will receive excellent treatment in a warm caring environment. Let us help you achieve your oral health goals. Give us a call at 215-646-6334 or click the link below to submit a request form.

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Pi Dental Reopens Per PA Governor Directive

Posted by Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP on May 14, 2020 10:56:44 AM

Dr. Robert Slauch, Dental Assistant, Amy and Dr. Glenn Wolfinger Wear Face Shields, Masks and Scrubs

Dear Pi Patients,

I hope this letter finds you well.  I am happy to report that we reopened the office on Monday, May 11.  My staff and I are looking forward to seeing you in the office! 

We have diligently followed directives of the Governor which has kept us safe and healthy.  To ensure all patients and staff remain safe in our office, I have utilized this time off researching dentistry in the world of Covid 19.  I’ve attended webinars and consulted with experts in various specialties including infection control, virology and air quality. 

While we will continue to follow the same stringent disinfection and sterilization procedures that have kept us safe for decades, I have implemented additional safety precautions.  When you come to the office, in addition to the usual Personal Protective Equipment, disinfection and sterilization procedures that we have always utilized, you can also have confidence in the following newly initiated protocols:

  • Requirement of all staff, patients and visitors to utilize masks while in the office as mandated by the Governor.
  • For increased protection, we’ve added glass partitions to the reception area.
  • To improve air quality, all HVAC units have been updated and individual HEPA air purification systems will be utilized in all exam rooms and the reception area.
  • We have increased the level of protection of our surgical masks by upgrading to level 3 N95 respirator masks.
  • We have invested in new equipment including industrial strength face shields, which can be used as a supplement during certain procedures, chair side high evacuation(suction) systems to reduce aerosols when necessary and ultraviolet sterilization wands to treat surfaces after routine disinfection.
  • Frequently touched surfaces in the elevator, reception area and bathroom will be disinfected regularly. After disinfection, the UV sterilization wand will also be utilized.
  • To assess the risk level for virus transmission, all patients and staff will be screened. This screening will include various health related questions and temperature taking.
  • As much as possible in the dental setting, social distancing will be followed.
  • We will continue to have hand sanitizer available to utilize and encourage everyone to wash their hands often.

My patients and staff are of utmost importance to me.  As a result, I have taken a very detailed examination of office protocols, making improvements above and beyond those suggested by the Centers for Disease Control, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the American Dental Association.  While these processes may seem excessive, I feel they are worth the time and financial investment to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.  With your cooperation in strictly following all protocols as directed in the office, I am confident that we can safely address your dental needs.

Sincerely,

Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD FACP

 

Other links: Is it safe to fly again? Your coronavirus questions answered

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A Proactive Approach to Coronavirus in the Dental Setting

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Mar 9, 2020 10:19:30 AM

A Proactive Approach to Coronavirus in the Dental SettingThe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to be a serious public health threat. The team at Pi Dental Center is taking a proactive approach regarding the Coronavirus. Please be assured that it is safe to visit the dental office.

 

The Coronavirus as it relates to the dental center

 

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in animals and people, causing illnesses ranging from the common cold to severe illnesses, such as SARS and MERS. The 2019 novel coronavirus is one of seven members of this family known to infect humans, and the third in the past three decades to jump from animals to humans. COVID-19 has a two- to 14-day incubation period.

 

Pi Dental Center maintains a rigorous sterilization routine throughout the office. Pi Dental Center’s sterilization protocol has been a main objective of paramount importance since we opened our doors over 33 years ago. Dentists adhere to strict rules on barriers and personal protection. Wearing gloves, masks, and eye protection not only protects the dentist, but the patient as well. Each treatment room is thoroughly disinfected between patients. Gloves and masks are worn during all patient treatment. The office is cleaned and sterilized frequently. As our patient, your health and safety is our highest concern. Our protocols are regularly reviewed and re-evaluated to ensure superior effectiveness. All sterilization products used in our office are professional grade OSHA compliant for medical use. All instruments are autoclaved according to professionally specified recommendations.

 

The CDC and other medical associations provide practical guidelines on how to avoid the virus. Please review the steps outlined below.

 

1 - Understanding your personal risk

Early data seems to indicate that the vast majority of coronavirus infections have mild symptoms. Patients who experience more difficult situations tend to be the same populations who are susceptible to bad reactions from the flu, i.e. older adults and people who have chronic health conditions.

2 - Hand washing

The number one task that everyone can do to diminish the spread of the virus is thorough and frequent hand-washing. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

3 – Refrain from touching your face or putting your fingers into your mouth or eyes

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Research has shown that common ways for the virus to enter the body include coughing, sneezing, and droplet inhalation and contact with oral, nasal, and eye mucous membranes.

Please wash your hands before touching your dentures or night guards.

4 – Maintain your overall health and lifestyle

Maintain both your medical and dental health. Taking care of your dental health is a critical element in maintaining good overall health, and strengthening your immune system. If your body is working overtime fighting dental infections, it will have a much harder time combatting an illness like the coronavirus.

Seek medical treatment if you get sick, particularly if you have a pre-existing health condition or a weakened immune system.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

5 – Your surroundings

Disinfect surfaces and frequently-touched furniture objects, and equipment using a household cleaning spray or wipe. Sanitize your cell phone and electronic devices.

6 – Let us know if you are feeling sick before visiting our office or if you or any family members have recently travelled to at-risk areas or foreign countries

 

Cold and flu season is still in full bloom, and the symptoms for these conditions can mimic those of the Coronavirus. If you have symptoms of suspected COVID-19 such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, please reschedule your appointment.

Please let us know if you or any family member travelled to any at-risk areas or outside of the country within the last two weeks.

Please use sneeze and cough etiquette. Cover your mouth and nose whenever you cough or sneeze. Use a disposable tissue to cover your mouth or nose. If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve. Wash or sanitize your hands after sneezing or coughing. Carry your own hand-sanitizer with you.

Recommendations for COVID-19 could change as more information becomes available. New information is coming out all the time. Pi Dental Center will inform patients, should policy changes occur.

 

Kind Regards,

Dr. Glenn Wolfinger

Dr. Robert Slauch

And the Staff at Pi Dental Center

 

Links – More information about COVID-19:

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

The Centers for Disease Control provides updates on the virus and safety information for the public and healthcare professionals.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health provides information on the virus and safety precautions.
The State Department provides a list of travel advisories for those who are planning to fly outside of the United States.

https://www.wired.com/story/what-is-a-coronavirus/

Visit the CDC's COVID-19 Webpage

Transmission routes: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41368-020-0075-9#ref-CR43

Should We Worry About the Coronavirus Emerging from China?

Academy of Osseointegration Cancels 2020 Annual Meeting - https://osseo.org/meeting-cancellation/

https://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2020-archive/march/ada-adds-frequently-asked-questions-from-dentists-to-coronavirus-resources

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Pi Dental Center on Patty Jackson Show WDAS-FM

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Mar 8, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Pi Dental Center’s Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, Dr. Robert Slauch, and Toni Robinson were interviewed by Patty Jackson on WDAS-FM (iHeart Media) 105.3 on February 21, 2020. They discussed National Prosthodontics Awareness Week, dental health issues, dental treatment for missing teeth and dental implants.

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Transcript from Video

Patty Jackson: We’re gearing up for National Prosthodontics Awareness Week. Its April 19th through the 25th.

Y’all know little me, I’m the little teeth expert here and the people that not only saved my life, but changed my life. The Pi Dental Center in Fort Washington

We got Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, We’ve got Dr. Robert Slauch. They are here. We are talking dental health. Let’s talk about this week and what exactly it is that you do.

Dr. Wolfinger: Well, as a prosthodontist our specialty is restoring and replacing teeth and National Prosthodontics Awareness Week is a week where we try to get the word out to the people in the country to know what we do and what services we provide.

Patty: Let’s talk about tooth replacement, when you say tooth replacement, what kind of tooth replacement?

Dr. Slauch: So, there’s many ways you can replace teeth. And most of what we deal with is dental implants. Replacing teeth that have been lost, whether it be from cavities or gum disease. We can replace teeth with a simple titanium screw. Like replacing your jawbone and giving you the teeth you never had before.

Patty: What about veneers. Is that more for cosmetic purposes?

Dr. Wolfinger: Veneers are purely cosmetic procedures. And they can be done if you are trying to replace the shape of the tooth, change the color of the tooth. A lot of times we see people coming in and they want veneers, but when we look at the x-rays and we do an exam we find out that there is a lot more going on than just the need for a veneer. We have to really look at the big picture and the health of the teeth.

Patty: I think that that is so important. Because A lot of people are walking around and they have gum disease. Now May be they realize it, maybe they don’t realize it. The ultimate care of your tooth is most important.

Dr. Slauch: Absolutely, that is why we always advocate coming in every four to six months to get your dental professional to get your teeth checked. A lot of people we see have not been to a dentist in years. And they don’t realize they have gum disease because a lot of times gum disease doesn’t hurt patients at all. So coming to the dentist every 6 months is something that we advocate. And it is something that you need to do to realize how well your teeth are being maintained. And if you do have gum disease it could be potentially a life threatening issue.

Patty: What about these services where they can send it to you, you can fix it, and they mail it to you. These kind of like alignment.

Dr. Wolfinger: I’ve seen this on TV commercials, the club. There are at home things. We Were through this this years ago with people doing at-home whitening procedures. We have seen it. The problem is, you really have to have a diagnosis of what the problem is first. You can’t move diseased teeth. You’re only going to create a worse situation. You really need to make sure the mouth is healthy. And once that’s done, if teeth need to be moved, there are specialists that actually have extensive training moving teeth so you don’t have more problems.

Patty: The Pi Dental Center is located in Fort Washington. No, you don’t have to go out of the country. No, you don’t have to travel to New York or other places because there is a place right here in our backyard and they can help you with everything that’s dental. Everybody looks towards the beauty of it, but there’s a process and there’s a step before we even get to the beauty.

National Prosthodontics Awareness Open House April 22, 2020Patty: Tell us how we can find you. Information and that big week everybody is April 19 to 25.

Dr. Slauch: Yes so we have our website (pidentalcenter.com) we are also on social media on Instagram @pidentalcenter.com and Facebook. Plus I have a personal Instagram @drslauch. So you can definitely find us in many ways. You can contact us on Social Media and also on the phone and in person.

Patty: The big Open House is April 22nd.

Patty: We don’t want to leave Toni, the teeth lady, out of this. Toni is here, and you create, if a person is getting the dental implants.

Toni: Well, I am the dental technician at Pi Dental Center. I’ve been there for 33 years, and it’s a challenge for me when I get these cases, but I love the results and I love seeing the change in the patient after they receive a beautiful, healthy smile. It changes personalities. It changes attitudes. It’s like getting your diamonds back for females. And females love diamonds.

You know, words can really express it. It’s a really great feeling and I am just grateful and privileged to be a part of it. And I’m really thankful.

Patty: The big Open House is Wednesday, April 22nd. You can RSVP at 215-646-6334. The Pi Dental Center. You guys not only saved my life, but you changed my life and I will be forever indebted. Thank you so much.

Dr. Slauch: Thank you.

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