Traditionally, dentists have used what’s known as amalgam, or special metal alloys, to fill cavities. However, modern dental medicine has advanced to the point that Byron C. Scott, DMD can offer Mobile patients a much better option for filling holes caused by tooth decay: composite fillings. At Springhill Dental Health Center, we would like to educate you on the benefits of tooth-colored, composite fillings, so please let this article serve as your personal fillings fact sheet.

The History of Fillings

Once upon a time, the choices for dental restoration materials were limited. Records dating back as far as 659 A.D. tell us that amalgams (mixtures of silver, mercury, tin, and/or copper) have been used widely for more than 1300 years. There have been a number of scientific disputes (referred to as the amalgam war) over the health concerns of using mercury, but the American Dental Association has always defended the safety of amalgam fillings. Until recently, amalgam fillings were favored because of their strength, resilience, and relative ease of preparation and placement. That being said, amalgams have three main drawbacks:

Composite Fillings

Modern dentistry offers a number of options for dental restorations. The most commonly used fillings are made of gold, amalgam, composite, or porcelain. Byron C. Scott, DMD prefers composite fillings because they are:

Composite resin fillings are made from powdered glass and plastic resin, and placed directly on the tooth in thin layers, then shaped and polished. Byron C. Scott, DMD uses a special curing light source to accelerate the bonding process. Composite fillings are generally more durable than porcelain, significantly less expensive than gold, and do not expand and contract like amalgam fillings. Mobile patients often prefer composite fillings because they look just like natural teeth.

If you have any questions about fillings or would like to visit Springhill Dental Health Center to schedule a consultation, please give us a call at (251) 265-7808.

Keep Your Mouth Healthy with These Foods

Hello Mobile residents! As you know, Dr. Scott and Springhill Dental Health Center are committed to helping you maintain the best oral health and we’ve got some tips for you. It is common to hear about what not to eat, but today we are going to tell you about a few foods that will keep your mouth in top shape and how they do it.

Fruits and Vegetables are Your Teeth’s Best Friends

We’ve all heard about the dangers of plaque, bacteria, cavities, and stains, but did you know that some of our favorite fruit and veggie friends can help fight them off?

Celery, carrots, and apples possess the power to remove plaque and stains before they get a hold on your teeth and become nuisances. Eat plenty of those and you’ll be ahead of the dental game. And you probably never imagined this: studies suggest pomegranate may increase oral antioxidant activity and get rid of bacteria that lead to cavities. Dr. Scott reminds that we should consume it in moderation because of its sugar content, but a little pomegranate here and there just might be the perfect addition to your oral health diet. Finally, spinach acts as your teeth’s own personal bodyguard, leaving a barrier-like film that, despite being invisible, protects your teeth from stains. Next time you plan on drinking coffee, wine or any other tooth-staining beverage, bulk up your defenses beforehand with a nice salad.

Dairy Products

Fresh produce isn’t the only way to pump up your diet with oral health game-changers. Yogurt and cheese are also extremely useful in fighting cavities, killing bacteria, and keeping mouth healthy and clean. Yogurt’s beneficial bacteria make it great for keeping bad breath at bay, and if you eat it enough, you are less likely to develop problems with periodontal gum disease and tooth loss. Cheese has been shown to help fight cavities by increasing saliva production and its calcium, phosphorus, and protein are powerful weapons against plaque.

If you have questions about any of these foods, or anything else relating to dental health, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Scott in Mobile and schedule an appointment with Springhill Dental Health Center today!

Sources

http://www.allure.com/magazine/2009/07/pomegranate_benefit
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We all remember losing our teeth as children and being delighted to find money from the tooth fairy under our pillow, but it’s not as fun now that we are adults. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have an average of 25 permanent teeth remaining, which is three shy of a full set (minus wisdom teeth). Dr. Byron Scott wants everyone in Mobile to know that replacing a missing tooth is important to your dental health. Read on for more information and please give Springhill Dental Health Center a call with any questions or concerns.

Missing Teeth and Dental Health

When people lose teeth in movies it’s usually from something high-impact and exciting! However, real-life causes teeth to start to disappear by way of gum disease. If you are a Mobile adult who has lost a tooth in the back of your mouth, you might be inclined to ignore it if it doesn’t affect your smile. Unfortunately, missing teeth are a big problem beyond cosmetic concern. Tooth loss can affect your ability to eat and speak properly, the alignment of your teeth, the health of your surrounding teeth, and can cause bone loss.

How to Replace Missing Teeth

Dr. Scott is an expert in replacing missing teeth with the best options for your cosmetic and dental health needs. If you are missing one or more teeth, there are fixed and removable bridgesdentures, and implants. Currently, dental medicine and research favor implant as the best treatment option because of the longevity, strength, and stability.

We at Springhill Dental Health Center want you to have the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve, so come visit us and find out what Dr. Byron Scott can do for you. Give us a call to schedule an appointment today!

Sources

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You have probably heard of diabetes, but did you know that it affects more than seven million people and they aren’t even aware of it? According to the American Diabetes Association, three people will be diagnosed with diabetes during the minute it takes to read this paragraph. If diabetes hasn’t touched your life, you may think you’re safe, but DR. Byron Scott wants all Springhill residents to know what it is, how to diagnose it, and how to protect yourself. Your health is important to us at Springhill Dental Health Center, so please read this article to find out how diabetes can harm your body AND your mouth.

Diabetes: an American Epidemic

Diabetes has cost so many Americans their lives it now ranks as a leading cause of death and disability. It represents a massive burden on our healthcare system and more than ¾ of a million new sufferers are diagnosed each year. So what is this mass murdering disease? Diabetes is a condition that prevents the body from producing and/or properly using insulin. According to the American Diabetes Association, this results in dangerously high levels of and uncontrollable fluctuations in blood glucose.

Diabetes falls into three categories:

Each of these types can have serious and lasting effects on your health, but modern medicine offers a number of advanced treatments. If you find yourself suffering from the following symptoms, get to your physician for a check-up:

Diabetes and Oral Health

Now that you know about the cause and warning signs of diabetes, you are probably wondering what brings DR. Byron Scott into this discussion. The fact is that DR. Byron Scott is committed to cultivating a relationship with your general practitioner because many conditions and diseases require more than just the help of one doctor. In the case of diabetes, patients are at high risk for many serious dental health problems, but we at Springhill Dental Health Center will do everything in our power to keep you safe!

So how does diabetes affect your mouth? The bottom line is sugar. The increase in blood glucose levels caused by diabetes creates the perfect environment for bacteria to grow on your teeth. The result is that people with diabetes are much more likely to battle tooth decay, xerostomia (dry mouth), oral ulcers, fungal infections, and advanced periodontitis (late-stage gum disease). Diabetes can also have a part in messing up the alignment of your teeth.

Diabetes is such a huge problem for your mouth that more than 7 out of 10 diabetics have gum disease and 1 in 3 have advanced gum disease. On top of that, results from the National Health Interview Survey indicate that fewer than 50% of diabetes’ victims saw their dentist last year.

DR. Byron Scott Can Help

We know that this can be scary, especially if you or a loved one suffers from diabetes. However, DR. Byron Scott is an expert in treating gum disease and Springhill has the best dental health technology available. Notably, a laser treatment known as LANAP therapy offers a non-invasive alternative for gum disease. This is perfect for diabetics because there is minimal healing time, allowing their immune system to focus on fighting infection.

We at Springhill Dental Health Center care for our patients and we love making their lives better. Make sure to let DR. Byron Scott know if you have diabetes and he will discuss the best course of treatment for you. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us! And most importantly, don’t be afraid, because your dental health is in the very capable hands of DR. Byron Scott!

Sources

http://www.diabetes.org

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the fluoridation of drinking water is ranked among the ten greatest public health achievements of 20th century America. However, a quick search of the internet tells us that fluoride is actually toxic if ingested in large enough quantities. So which is it? Do the health benefits outweigh the negatives of fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water? We at Springhill Dental Health Center know that Mobile folks care a great deal about their health, so we’ve put this article together to examine the facts and help you come to your own decision. As always, we are happy to answer any questions you might have, so feel free to give us a call!

Why Use Fluoride in the First Place?

In order to understand the controversy, we must first to understand what led to putting fluoride in toothpaste and water. Even today, dental caries (tooth decay) is considered the most prevalent chronic disease in children and adults. With that in mind, it’s not hard to understand why Grand Rapids, Michigan took a leap in 1945, becoming the first city in the world to fluoridate its drinking water supply. The hope was that fluoridation would dramatically reduce the amount of tooth decay in children. After 11 years, the National Institute for Dental Research validated that hope, announcing that fluoridation had coincided with a 60% drop in the rates of tooth decay. Fast forward to 2000 and roughly half of the country’s water supply is fluoridated.

How Does Fluoride Work?

Fluoride aids in the protection of teeth by preventing decay in two ways:

  1. Fluoride keeps plaque-based bacteria from producing decay-causing acid.
  2. Fluoride remineralizes, or repairs, areas of teeth that have been damaged by decay.

Is Fluoride Dangerous?

As Mark Twain is famous for saying, “too much of anything is bad…” That is certainly true for fluoride. Too much fluoride can cause dental fluorosis, a condition that permanently stains and pits the enamel of the teeth. More serious complications, such as skeletal fluorosis, can occur as well. In extremely high doses, fluoride can even cause death. The important thing to know is that fluoride’s popularity has led to its inclusion in more than just water and toothpaste – namely juice, soda, food, and pesticides.

Moderation is Key

As long as fluoride doesn’t exceed the EPA regulated 4mg/L, research suggests that the benefits outweigh the potential complications. The trick is monitoring your fluoride intake from all sources, not just water and toothpaste. However, there are plenty of anti-fluoride activists that advocate for removing fluoride from all sources.

What’s Dr. Scott’s Position on Fluoride?

Like most other dentists, Dr. Scott recommends that Mobile residents use fluoride toothpaste, but reminds us to rinse thoroughly. If you have any questions about fluoride or would like to chat about anything dental, don’t hesitate to give Springhill Dental Health Center a call!

Sources

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http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/DentalCaries/

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Have you ever considered that you may one day have dry mouth? Well as it turns out, 1 in 10 Americans take at least three prescription drugs per day, and dry mouth is among the most common side effects of medication. As a result, close to 50% of Americans aged 65 or older experience dry mouth. Even if this condition hasn’t affected you or your family personally, Dr. Byron Scott DMD, wants you to understand why dry mouth is a real health concern and what to do about it.

Dry Mouth: the Facts

The all-important saliva in your mouth is produced by several different glands located beneath the mouth and within the jaw. Salivary glands are responsible for an astonishing 48 ounces of saliva per day. When your mouth waters right before that first bite of a juicy steak, it’s because all three types of these glands are working together in perfect harmony to aid in the first step of the digestion process. When one or more of these glands malfunction you may find yourself with an irritating case of xerostomia, (dry mouth) and the feeling of a healthy, normal mouth could disappear.

Why does it happen? The most common cause is prescription medication. Several hundred medications are capable of causing xerostomia, and they range from sleeping aids, to blood pressure stabilizers, to diet pills, antidepressants and more. That being said, there a number of other factors that may lead to dry mouth. If you find yourself with a sudden case of dry mouth and no new prescription to blame it on, consult your Mobile physician for help in tracking down the culprit.

Why does it matter?

Saliva is your friend. Its chemical components and beneficial bacteria make it possible for your body to turn food into fuel, and it is the first line of defense for your gums and teeth. Dr. Scott reminds us that dry mouth puts you in danger of tooth decay, gum disease, cavities, and tooth loss, not to mention horrendous breath. If that’s not enough, those problems can result in costly and painful situations down the road. We at Springhill Dental Health Center want you to keep all your teeth, so be wary of dry mouth!

What to Do if You Have Dry Mouth

Alright, now that you’ve heard the scary part, you can relax, because xerostomia is generally an easy fix. Follow these steps to get your mouth back in shape:

Dry mouth can be a serious problem, but it doesn’t have to be. Springhill Dental Health Center cares about our patients and we want you all to have happy, healthy mouths. Call us with any questions you might have and make sure to see Dr. Byron Scott for your regular check-ups!

Sources

http://www.drymouth.info/consumer/TreatmentForDM.asp

We’ve all had a toothache at some point at some point or another. While you should always consult your Spring dentist, it’s not always a serious problem. Often, the issue can be fixed with a filling or a root canal. However, many Spring residents have found themselves in a situation where the tooth is not salvageable, and the only solution is for Dr. Scott to perform an extraction, or remove the tooth. Today, Dr. Scott at Springhill Dental Health Center would like to talk about what you can expect from an extraction and why it’s not something to fear!

Pulling Teeth isn’t like “Pulling Teeth” Anymore

Just like root canals, tooth extractions have a pretty bad reputation. Many Spring folks may refer to something difficult by saying it was, “like pulling teeth.” However, Dr. Scott will be the first one to tell you that the technology and techniques of modern dentistry have made the process of extracting a tooth fairly simple and with minimal discomfort to the patients. As long as you take it easy after the procedure and follow the guidelines, you’ll be back to normal in a just a few days.

Reasons for an Extraction

Preserving your natural teeth is always a priority at Springhill Dental Health Center, but in some cases an extraction is unavoidable. Here are some of the conditions in which an extraction might be necessary:

Sources

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http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tooth-extraction

Sometimes we forget how much peril everyday life puts our teeth in. Taking a bite out of a fresh apple, playing pretty much any sport, chewing ice, or just a healthy dose of clumsiness can result in a chipped, broken, knocked out, or loose tooth. Dr. Scott is a trained emergency dentist and we at Springhill Dental Health Center have treated numerous tooth injuries in Spring, Texas. We know that it can be very scary and there are plenty of myths flying around, so we wrote this article as a guide for you to use in times of tooth injury and general tooth crisis. As always, feel free to call us at Springhill Dental Health Center and we will walk you through the steps or answer any questions you may have.

Life is full of colorful opportunities to injure your teeth. The important thing is not how your tooth has been broken, chipped, fractured, or knocked loose, but what steps you take to ensure Dr. Scott has the best chance of restoring your smile to its natural, happy state. Use this guide to prepare yourself for any situation.

Oh no! You have a loose tooth! Here’s what to do:

Ouch! Something knocked your tooth clean out of your mouth! Here’s what to do:

What’s the Key Ingredient in These Situations?

Time, of course! If you or a family member has experienced a tooth injury or are in need of an emergency dentist, it is best to deal with it immediately. The success of any treatment we administer after an injury is largely dependent on how soon you get here. Ideally, Dr. Scott would prefer to see you less than 30 minutes after the tooth injury in order to give you the best chance of a successful re-implantation. However, don’t panic if it’s been longer, because we might still be able to help you, even after several hours.

We like to see healthy, confident smiles all over Spring, so please let us know anytime you, a friend, or a member of your family has suffered from a lost or broken tooth. We care about your oral health and Springhill Dental Health Center will always do our best to keep your teeth safe!

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