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EAT, SMILE AND TALK THE WAY YOU USED TO

Do you have painful dentures?  Are you suffering with missing or failing teeth?  Maybe you are avoiding your favorite foods?  There IS a solution…

LET US GET YOUR TEETH WHERE THEY BELONG

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IMPLANT SUPPORTED FIXED TEETH WITH ONLY FOUR IMPLANTS IN JUST ONE DAY

Please Join Us for a Free Seminar

TOPIC:  Dental Implants and Teeth in One Day

DATEWednesday, November 6, 2013

LOCATION:  DoubleTree Executive Meeting Center

ADDRESS:  4431 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

TIME:  3:00pm – 4:00pm (light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres)

All participants are entitled to a complimentary consultation inclusive of any necessary scans and xrays (a $695 value)

Call today to RSVP (561) 745-5550

Cosmetic Dentistry & Prosthodontics: 10 Helpful Facts in Helping You Choose a Specialist

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Are some dentists better qualified to place your next crown, bridge or implant? Is there a field of dentistry that has a special understanding of porcelain veneers and cosmetic dentistry? The answer is yes. Although any General Dentist is permitted to provide these services, if you are looking for a professional that has had extensive training, and most likely, more experience, you may be looking for a Prosthodontist.

  1. Prosthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA).
  2. Prosthodontists are dental specialists in the restoration and replacement of teeth.
  3. After completing four years of dental school, a Prostho receives three more years of specialized training in an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited graduate education program.
  4. One who is said to be “board certified” has completed an ADA approved residency (specialty) training program, usually at a university dental school and has “passed” both written and oral examinations. Such board certification is a basic standard for professional competence as a specialist.
  5. Not all Prosthos are board certified.
  6. Dental Law in Florida prohibits a dentist from using the word “specialist” if said doctor did not go through a formal residency program. Continuing Education does not count as a formal residency program.
  7. Fellowship of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) is only awarded to certified members of the college. This is the highest possible recognition and credential in the dental specialty of prosthodontics and there is a small, elite group of 700 dentists worldwide that have achieved this status.
  8. There is no recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry, implants or TMJ. These all fall within the field of expertise of a Prostho
  9. Dr. Omar Abdo is a board certified Prosthodontist and Fellow of the ACP
  10. Services falling under the expertise of Prostho include:
  • Aesthetic/cosmetic dentistry
  • Implant dentistry
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Re-treatment of failing dentistry
  • Complete and partial denture

For more information on this specialty, click here.

 

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Can you really skip teeth whitening and braces with Porcelain Veneers?

Can you really skip teeth whitening and braces with Porcelain Veneers?

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Can You Really Skip Teeth Whitening and Braces with Porcelain Veneers?

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You have seen them everywhere.  Formerly snaggle-toothed stars suddenly have perfectly aligned, gleaming white teeth all due to Porcelain Veneers.  Is it true?  Can they correct any and all dental defect?  This thin sliver of tooth colored material layered over your tooth can actually be used to address a wide array of problems, like:

  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth
  • Misaligned teeth or gaps between teeth
  • Stained teeth

The caveat is choosing your dentist wisely. 

One might say there are good and bad veneers (see photo above).  The truth is that it is not the veneer, but rather the technique, which is important.  Common complaints of a procedure gone wrong include:

  • Bright white is not always right – When done correctly, your new teeth should complement your skin color and eye color. Teeth that or too white or those that have different colored top and bottom rows, make it easy to point out a faux smile.
  • Uneven Steven – Poorly installed veneers can cause an uneven bite.  Forget esthetics, this can lead to problems with chewing or worse, jaw problems. Your newly sheathed teeth should feel natural in your mouth and fit without effecting the bite or smile.
  • Chunky Chiclets – Your specialist needs to pay special attention to your natural tooth shape AND texture during the creation process.  Too smooth, too shiny and too white are all indicators of poor workmanship. 

Creating the perfect Porcelain Veneer is a very involved process that needs personalization to achieve a realistic-looking smile.   Your specialist needs to consider a list of factors to achieve the perfect smile, including each patient’s mouth structure, the patient’s face shape, lip fullness, as well as, the texture and size of the teeth.  Prosthodontists are highly trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures for treating many diverse and complex dental conditions and restoring optimum function and esthetics.  Choosing a Prosthodontist, like Dr. Omar Abdo to be the architect to your luminous, natural looking new smile will safeguard you from the pratfalls of poor installed veneers.  We welcome an opportunity to meet with you and discuss the smile of your dreams.

If Coconut Oil Can Do Everything, Can it Even Brush My Teeth for Me? Almost….

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Lately, coconut oil is everywhere you turn.  Dr. Oz is saying it will help us lose weight, cure skin ailments and treat ulcers.  The Huffington Post boasts many uses; such as being an excellent skin moisturizer, leather shoe cleaner, sticker remover and insect repellent, to name a few.  The New York Times claims that, despite being a saturated fat, coconut oil is not a harmful fat and it just plain tastes good.  The benefits of coconut oil are seemingly endless.  However, one claim that piqued my interest was that coconut oil could combat tooth decay.

Back in 2012, researchers at the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland discovered that coconut oil that had been treated with enzymes, similar to digestion, displayed some antibacterial properties.  Most importantly, the enzyme-modified coconut oil strongly inhibited the growth of most strains of Streptococcus bacteria, including Streptococcus mutans, a significant contributor of tooth decay.  The team of scientists tested the impact of coconut oil, vegetable oil and olive oil and found that only the coconut oil showed an ability to slow or stop the growth of most strains of Streptococcus.

Dr Damien Brady, along with his Masters student, Patricia Hughes, led the research at the Institute and believes that the breaking down of the fatty coconut oil by the enzymes turns it into acids, which are active and effective in destroying bacteria.  Researchers will next investigate how coconut oil interacts with Streptococcus bacteria at the molecular level.  Potentially, incorporating enzyme-modified coconut oil into dental hygiene products will translate into less chemical additives in such products.  This is great news for those of us who are interested in a more organic way to keep our mouths clean.

This recent study provides positive news for denture wearers as well.  Additionally, it was reported that enzyme-modified coconut oil also attacks the yeast, Candida albicansCandida albicans causes thrush; an infection of the mucus membrane lining of mouth and tongue, which creates painful mouth sores.  Denture wearers are more susceptible to thrush than those sporting their natural teeth.

So, it looks like we all must continue to brush our teeth.  Brushing twice a day, flossing daily and biannual visits to your dentist for exams and a professional cleaning are the only proven methods of avoiding tooth decay.  However, perhaps we can look forward to more effective and organic oral hygiene products. Maybe we can also keep the mosquitoes away and burn fat just by brushing our teeth!!!

The Full PB Post Article on Oral Cancer

Speaking of oral cancers: Why everyone should listen to Michael Douglas and Jim Kelly

By Steve Dorfman – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

 

Most of us go to the dentist to keep our pearly whites healthy and gleaming.

But, as we’ve been reminded from two recent high-profile cancer cases — those of actor Michael Douglas and Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly — our mouths are vulnerable to more than cavities.

The good news, though, says West Palm Beach dentist Dr. Mihran Asinmaz: “Many cancers and pre-cancers of the oral cavity — including the lips, cheeks, teeth, jaw and oropharynx (throat) — can be found early, during routine screening exams by a dentist.”

Learning from Michael Douglas

Douglas, 67, of course, made worldwide headlines last month when he was quoted in the British newspaper The Guardian as saying the throat (or “oropharyngeal”) cancer he successfully battled in 2010-11 was caused by a certain form of the sexually transmitted virus human papillomavirus (HPV).

While many in the non-medical community were made uncomfortable by the discussion of HPV transmitted via oral sex causing oral cancer, Douglas’s revelation did engage the public in an effective and important way.

Consider: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that the 40 varieties of HPV make it the most widespread sexually transmitted infection. In fact, reports the CDC’s website: “HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives. This is true even for people who only have sex with one person in their lifetime.”

And now cases similar to Douglas’ are being seen far more frequently.

Dr. Eric Genden, professor and chair of otolaryngology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, recently told CBS News, “There’s an epidemic of HPV-related throat cancers.”

Indeed, according to the National Cancer Institute, there are now more than 13,000 new HPV-related oral cancer cases diagnosed annually in the U.S. — with some 80 percent being men.

What’s more, that makes male HPV-related oral cancer more commonplace than HPV-related cervical cancer is now in women.

Jupiter prosthodontist Dr. Omar Abdo says he had a number of patients present with HPV-related oral cancer — including an 80-year-old woman whose complaints about throat and mouth discomfort were dismissed by both her primary physician and an ear, nose and throat specialist.

The octogenarian credits Abdo’s astute diagnosis with saving her life.

Kelly’s condition

As for Jim Kelly, 53, who starred at the University of Miami in the early 1980s and led the Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls (all defeats) in the early 1990s, he revealed in early June that he’d been diagnosed with squamous cell carinoma in his jaw.

This necessitated surgery on June 7 to remove a significant portion of the left side of his jaw. At the end of the month, he announced that his doctors believed all of the cancerous cells had been removed, and no subsequent radiation or chemotherapy would be required.

Kelly can consider himself fortunate that his carcinoma was of the squamous cell variety, and located in the jaw (as opposed to the neck or throat) because, as Dr. Michael Kaplan told ESPN on the day of Kelly’s surgery, it tends not to be a “bad actor” in terms of metastization.

Kelly, of course, will be rechecked by his oncologists for the next several years, but his prognosis is excellent.

 

 

Obesity Crisis May Be Fueling Big Jump in Sleep Apnea Cases

The widening American waistline may be feeding an epidemic of sleep apnea, potentially robbing millions of people of a good night’s rest, a new study suggests.
Study author Paul Peppard believes the findings show a big spike in sleep apnea cases over the past two decades — as much as 55 percent — and may translate to the entire United States.
“There are probably 4 million to 5 million people who are more likely to have sleep apnea due to the obesity epidemic,” estimated Peppard, an assistant professor of population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “It’s certainly an uncalculated cost of the obesity epidemic, an epidemic of its own.”
The researchers looked at adults aged 30 to 70 who were monitored as they slept. About 600 to 700 underwent sleep tests between 1988 and 1994, with some continuing to take part along with hundreds of new participants from 2007 to 2010.
The study considered the participants to have moderate-to-severe breathing problems if they had trouble breathing 15 or more times an hour while sleeping.
Sleep apnea is the main cause of breathing problems during sleep. People with the condition often have trouble staying in deep sleep because their throats close, blocking their airways and requiring them to partially awaken to start breathing properly. They don’t realize they’re waking up and may become very sleepy during the day.
Besides sleepiness, sleep apnea can contribute to heart and other health problems if untreated and increase the risk of work- and driving-related accidents, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
The researchers extrapolated their findings to the entire United States and estimated that 10 percent of men aged 30 to 49 currently have symptoms of sleep apnea. The study estimates the number is 17 percent of men aged 50 to 70. For women, the estimate is 3 percent among those aged 30 to 49 and 9 percent among women aged 50 to 70.
The study estimates that these numbers have gone up by 14 percent to 55 percent from 1988-1994 to 2007-2010. Peppard estimated that 80 percent to 90 percent of the increase in symptoms is due to the growth in obesity.
The good news is that sleep apnea is treatable. One treatment, known as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), is a machine that blows air into the throat to keep it open while people sleep. “It’s very effective, but some people don’t like to use it,” Peppard said.
There’s another option that will help in many cases, he said: Weight loss.
Joyce Walsleben, an associate professor of medicine at New York University who studies sleep problems, agreed. “Obesity has to be addressed and controlled,” said Walsleben. “That is a message for doctors and patients.”

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