Dental care

Dental Anxiety is A Thing, And We Understand.

May 20th, 2019

It’s more common than you think. Nearly 20% of American’s avoid going to the dentist due to a dental anxiety, fear or a phobia. People develop dental anxieties and phobias for many different reasons, but no one is born with a fear of the dentist.

After a short Q&A with our patients we were able to constrict the most common reasons an individual would avoid going to the dentist.

Pain
In a survey of people who had not seen a dentist for 12 months, 6% reported fear of pain as the main reason. The fear of pain is most common in adults 24 years and older. This may be because their early dental visits happened before many of the advances in "pain-free" dentistry.

Feelings of helplessness and loss of control
Many people develop phobias about situations — such as flying in an airplane — in which they feel they have no control. When they're in the dental chair, they have to stay still. They may feel they can't see what's going on or predict what's going to hurt. It's common for people to feel helpless and out of control, which may trigger anxiety.

Embarrassment
The mouth is an intimate part of the body. People may feel ashamed or embarrassed to have a stranger looking inside. This may be a particular problem if they're self-conscious about how their teeth look. Dental treatments also require physical closeness. During a treatment, the hygienist's or dentist's face may be just a few inches away. This can make people anxious and uncomfortable.

Negative past experiences
Anyone who has had pain or discomfort during previous dental procedures is likely to be more anxious the next time around.

If you experience any of the below please don’t hesitate to inform your dentist. They will ensure to properly answer any questions as well as address any and all concerns to help make your appointment to the dentist office a pleasant and comfortable visit.

  • Trouble sleeping the night before a dental visit/appointment
  • Feelings of nervousness which escalates while at the dental office waiting room
  • Crying or feeling physically ill when thinking of the dentist
  • Intense uneasiness at the thought of, or actually when, objects are placed in your mouth during the dental treatment or suddenly feeling like it is difficult to breathe

In some cases an individual may need further attention by their primary care doctor. Fortunately, there are ways your dentist can help. There are many types of sedation that can be used to help make your visit comfortable during a dental procedure if needed. Your dentist and their trained team should partner with you to determine the best, most cost-effective and appropriate one for treating you, should sedation be required.

In our office we strive to make your appointment to the dentist office a pleasant and comfortable visit all in a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. We recently added, soothing spa-like amenities; aromatherapy & essential oils, hot towels, coffee & tea, paraffin wax, neck pillows & blankets, massage dental chairs, as well as nitrogen oxide (laughing gas) and other levels of sedation.

No matter how long its’s been since your last dental office visit it’s never too late to take care of your smile. We also believe taking care of your family’s oral health needs through every step of their journey as stress-free as possible. We are here to serve you and your family, and are honored to earn your trust.

 

 

Are you at risk for sleep apnea?

May 15th, 2019

If you are one of the more than 12 million North Americans who suffers from sleep apnea, Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our team want you to know we can help. Sleep apnea, a disorder that causes frequent disruption to your body’s sleep patterns, is also potentially dangerous, as it causes abnormal pauses in breathing or very shallow breathing during the night.

For those who suffer from sleep apnea, it may seem impossible to wake up feeling rested and energized. You may, for example, sleep for eight hours, but your body might have only received three or four hours of quality sleep.

Besides losing a good night’s sleep, the risk of heart attack and stroke have been linked to sleep apnea. Other conditions associated with sleep apnea include depression, irritability, high blood pressure, memory loss, and sexual dysfunction.

Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax to the point of inhibiting natural breathing. The muscles used to support the soft palate relax and the airway closes, causing breathing to stop for anywhere from ten to 20 seconds, which is dangerous because it lowers the oxygen level in the brain.

Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age, and CPAP devices (continuous positive airway pressure), among other treatments, are often prescribed for sleep apnea treatment. Another treatment option is an oral sleep apnea appliance, which positions your mouth in a way that brings your lower jaw forward and opens up your airway for unobstructed breathing.

At Radiance Dental, we truly care about the health and well-being of our patients. In fact, we regularly screen our patients for sleep disorders during their regular checkups, and we will refer you to a sleep apnea specialist if an issue is detected. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at our Camas office if you think you have sleep apnea or if you have any questions or concerns!

Welcoming to our office the NO CAVITY CLUB!

May 8th, 2019

Our goal is to encourage kids to take care of their oral hygiene by daily brushing and flossing.

Every check-up your child has with us we will clean their beautiful teeth, take cool dental x-rays as necessary, and have Dr.Bharathi swing by for an exam to ensure no sugar bugs are lurking and making homes out of your child's' teeth. Also known as cavity's or dental decay. Dr.Bharathi will review your child's x-rays, if we took some, then clinical check their mouth for any funny business. If Dr.Bharathi happens to find anything she will bring it to your attention and ensure you're aware and understand what plan or possible option we can do to fix up what needs to be done. And to finish off our visit by applying special vitamins on their teeth, fluoride varnish, to strengthen their growing smiles.

However, if during the exam Dr.Bharathi does not find any decay/cavities, or sugar bugs on your child's teeth we will surprise them with a awesome gift for doing such a great job keeping their mouth sparkling clean. In their surprise they will find toys, a special note signed from all of us and a gift card to dutch bros!

Make an appointment for your child(ren) by visiting our website. We look forward to seeing you guys soon! (360)369-6420

 

[caption id="attachment_103" align="alignleft" width="584"] NO CAVITY CLUB is always looking for new members[/caption]

 

 

Summer is Almost Here: Tips for a bright, white smile!

May 1st, 2019

 

Summer is almost here, which means a season full of vacations, adventures and great memories is just around the corner for our patients at Radiance Dental.

Everyone wants a glowing and radiant white smile when the sun comes around and we have a few reminders to keep your pearly whites healthy and beautiful over the summer! Try to stay away from drinks that will stain your teeth like coffee, soft drinks, or dark colored juices. Not only will drinks like this weaken your enamel but they will also darken that fabulous smile you're working on! Another tip is to try and focus on brushing your teeth; everyone knows that when busy schedules start picking up, getting a good brushing session in tends to take the backseat! A good tip for keeping your mouth safe from staining and other possible pitfalls is to rinse your mouth with water after any meal you can’t fully brush your teeth after. Your teeth, inside and out, will benefit!

And remember, whether you are headed to a barbecue, a camping trip, or just having fun in the backyard this summer, we want to hear all about it! Make sure to let us know what you’re up to below or on our Facebook page! We also encourage you to post any photos from your adventures!

Are Primary, "Baby", Teeth Important?

April 29th, 2019

Encouraging kids to care for their oral hygiene is a tricky situation, and we totally understand if it’s something that doesn’t happen daily in your household. Sometimes even the adults forgets. It wont be the end of the world. Although, taking steps towards the right direction will last a life time. Young minds are developing brains which soak everything up like sponges. They take everything in. It’s amazing the amount of guidance and role we play into children’s lives. It’s a big reason we want to set a good example. Good oral hygiene is one of those. Our office in Camas, Washington had the special privilege to show and tell Grass Valley elementary school the importance of getting proper oral health care for their growing and moving teeth. During our visit Radiance Dental had ranges or age groups from kindergarten through 4th graders. As well as their awesome staff members. We had students, and even staff, excited to engage in games, readings, and hands-on learning during our time together. We also brought with us our special friends, happy and sad tooth, and the tooth fairy to help capture the attention of learning, as well as visualizing the fun of good oral hygiene. Our amazing staff went over proper nutrition and diet, habits to stay away from, and good oral hygiene instructions to ensure every spot in their little and big mouths are left sparkly clean.

[caption id="attachment_86" align="alignright" width="584"] Dr.Bharathi showing hands-on how to brush our teeth clean[/caption]

In separating our ways we had the students make a peculiar vow while raising their right hand to say, “I will try my very best to brush twice a day, and floss once a day, every day, for the rest of my life.” The children were ecstatic to each receive their own individual goodie pouch filled with a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and coupon for a free exam, cleaning and x-rays to our outstanding office, Radiance Dental.
Our awesome office, Radiance Dental in Camas, WA had such a blast preparing for this. And we had even more fun doing this memorable experience. Our office looks forward to doing it again next year too.

 

Things to know:

Oral health has been closely tied to the overall health of our entire body, so making sure that our children have the best oral health care can not only ensure that they have great smiles, but they are protected from the negative effects of poor oral health as well.
Oral health care should begin with the very first tooth that grows in your baby’s mouth. Even though these teeth will fall out within a few years, baby teeth hold a space for your child’s permanent ones, and it’s important that your child has a healthy mouth when those permanent teeth arrive. Without proper care, even baby teeth can decay and cause a host of problems, including:

• Painful teeth and gums
• Difficulty chewing, eating, and sleeping
• Gum disease and inflammation
• Embarrassment when talking and smiling

As a parent, you can teach your child the right way to care for teeth and make sure he or she visit the dentist for cleanings and checkups. Like we mentioned earlier kids learn by example. So go ahead and make a checkup for the both of you.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, almost 50 percent of children under 12 have some form of tooth decay, and it is one of the most common childhood diseases. A report by the National Institutes of Health, Oral Health in America, found that almost six out of ten children have cavities or other tooth decay (also called “caries”).

There are many things you can do to help your child maintain a healthy mouth with strong teeth and gums.
Brush your children’s teeth twice a day when they are babies, then teach them to do it on their own when they get older. Make it a tooth brushing party. Set the timer and dance together while you both brush and floss everything clean. Make it something your kids will never forget. Small moments like these will impact the most.
Be sure your child gets enough fluoride too —you can find out whether it is already in your drinking water, and provide supplements if it is not. If you are unsure how to get more fluoride, ask your primary doctor or Dr.Bharathi the next time you’re in for a prescription. In addition, make sure your child is brushing with fluoride toothpaste.
Feed your child a healthy diet, high in fruits and vegetables and low in added sugars. We especially recommend you avoid sugary drinks.
Helping children develop healthy habits to care for teeth while they are young is important. These habits can set the stage for good oral health care throughout their entire life. They can avoid many of the problems that result from poor oral health, including gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay. Start encouraging those habits now and help your children reap the benefits through the rest of their lives.

[caption id="attachment_85" align="alignright" width="584"] Children's Oral Hygiene @ Grass Valley elementary school Camas, WA[/caption]

What type of toothpaste is right for you?

April 24th, 2019

 

Toothpaste no longer comes in simple choices of fluoride and fresh breath. Paste is not even the only option! You can choose gel forms and even some with ribbons of color and flavor. With so many varieties available, it may be difficult to know which features or combinations of ingredients are best for your mouth. Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our team are here to help!

Fluoride

The majority of all dental patients should use toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel on your teeth; it makes them stronger and more resistant to cavities. Even if you live in an area that adds fluoride to your drinking water, the fluoride protection in toothpaste is necessary.

Some individuals can have an allergic reaction to fluoride. Fluorosis can occur in children or adults that swallow too much toothpaste while brushing. If swallowing cannot be prevented, fluoride use should be reduced. The American Dental Association has updated guidelines that recommend fluoride be used as soon as the first teeth erupt in children. However, the amount should be minimal and swallowing should be prevented.

Sensitivity Protection

If your teeth are sensitive to temperatures, toothpaste with sensitivity protection can work wonders for your discomfort. Ingredients in these pastes or gels work to block the pathways to the nerves that react to hot or cold. Do not give up on this type of toothpaste after a few days; the full results may take a few weeks.

Plaque, Tartar, and Gingivitis Protection

Everyone has bacteria in his or her mouth, and this bacteria is normal. Unfortunately, some bacteria also cause plaque. If the plaque remains on your teeth, it hardens into tartar or calculus. Tartar is an almost cement-like substance that cannot be removed by brushing alone. When bacteria and tartar are left behind, the deposits will form under the gum line. This leads to gingivitis and gum disease.

Since there is a wide variety of toothpastes and ingredients for preventing tartar and gingivitis, ask Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our staff what the best choice is for your teeth. We can help you select the right combination of ingredients.

Whitening

White teeth are desirable, and manufacturers are heavily marketing whitening toothpastes. Most brands do not contain bleaching ingredients; they use abrasives to polish stains away. Unfortunately, too much abrasive use can be damaging to your teeth. If you’re interested in teeth whitening, our Camas team can recommend a number of safe and effective options.

Feel free to ask Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our staff at Radiance Dental about the best choice in toothpaste to meet your individual needs. Remember to look for the ADA approval seal on any toothpaste you are considering.

KaVo OP 3D imaging

April 22nd, 2019

Introducing to our office the new KAVO OP 3D imaging. We’re thrilled to have this technology apart of our office. Kavokerr.com describes the OP 3D unit as a range of dental imaging needs. “It is a complete X-ray platform that makes the imaging workflow more efficient with intuitive and easy-to-use programs.” This will allow us to take both panoramic and 3D imaging options for a variety of uses from general dental diagnose to craniofacial/maxillofacial surgeons, and airway specialists. It will also allow us to optimize the patient dose with the ability to select the best resolution for fields of view size, and the region of interest as needed.

Right from, the source itself, kavo.com elaborates on the KaVo OP 3D; cone beam 3D imaging, as the gateway to 3D. The unit is designed for advance dental imaging needs. It’s a complete digital x-ray platform which provides easy-to-use features throughout the entire dental imaging workflow. These are some, but definitely not all the ORTHOPANTOMOGRAPH™ OP 3D can do, find, and/or show us.

 

Overview

Clinical Applications

3D images provide valuable information vital to diagnosis and optimal treatment planning. Evaluation of different morphologies is easy as the region of interest can be viewed from all directions.

  • Implantology
  • Endodontics
  • Impactions
  • TMJ
  • Airway
  • Trauma
  • Periodontics

Designed for Efficiency

Every feature of the OP 3D is designed to increase practice efficiency. Preparing the unit for a scan is fast with an intuitive patient positioning system and graphical user-interface. Imaging protocols are optimized for practice workflows.

Variety of Resolutions

  • Low Dose TechnologyTM scan (LDT) can be utilized in dose-sensitive cases and in control and follow-up scans where patient dose is to be minimized or lower resolution is acceptable.
  • Standard resolution scan with optimized patient dose can be used for general diagnostics.
  • High resolution scan offers extremely sharp images for more detailed diagnosis.
  • Endo resolution scan with 80 μm voxel size specially designed for endodontic applications. Endo resolution is available for the 5 x 5 FOV.

Features

Sustainable Green Solution

The OP 3D replaces lead typically used for tube head radiation shielding designs with a more ecological and environmentally friendly alternative that provides equivalent radiation attenuation. Plus, the power save feature of this system reduces overall energy consumption of the practice.

ORTHOselect™ for Optimized Workflow

The desired imaging area can be selected intuitively with the ORTHOselect user interface. Selections can be made as individual teeth, an entire upper or lower jaw, or TMJ. The optimum field-of-view (FOV) is set automatically based on the selection.

Customized FOVs with SMARTVIEW™ 2.0

With OP 3D, the number of FOV sizes is practically unlimited. SMARTVIEW 2.0 user interface enables choosing the most optimum FOV size for the clinical need as the FOV height and width can be freely adjusted from the taken scout image.

ORTHOfocus™ Sharp Images Automatically

With the ORTHOfocus feature, the optimum panoramic image layer is automatically obtained enabling forgiving patient positioning. The result is consistent image quality every time.

QUICKcompose™ for Fast Image Review

QUICKcompose, available for both panoramic and 3D modalities, offers a quick preview of the captured image allowing for timely evaluation.

For this information and more you can read about the full material, and find photos/videos of this technology on their website, click here.

In the last few weeks our office here in East Vancouver/Camas had successfully taken 2D panoramic images, focused vertical and horizontal bite wings, 3D full and sectional images for a variety of procedures like root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, dental implants, airways, and  referrals as needed as well as scans/images for other dental offices as requested.

Dental Implants, Are You A Good Candidate

April 15th, 2019

 

 

It's estimated that 125 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. If you are one of them, you may have considered a dental implant as a tooth replacement. We think it's important to know the factors which make an individual a good candidate for such a procedure. Here are a few things Dr.Bharathi and Dr.Bassili will consider when discussing your options.

Dental implants can replace one, several, or all of your teeth. They can be used in place of bridges or dentures. Good candidates have healthy gums and are old enough so that their jawbone has stopped growing. One should also have enough bone to support and anchor the implants. Even if an individual has lost bone in their jaw one may still be a good candidate for implants. In some cases Dr.Bharathi and Dr.Bassili will recommend a dental implant which could arrest further bone loss in the future.

Evaluation. Successful implantation starts with a thorough evaluation by our specialist Dr.Bassili. He will examine your jaw, teeth, mouth, and overall health. You will receive a few mouth X-ray and possibly a Computed Tomography (CT) scan which we have at our office. This will help us identify areas of bone loss and carefully see the shape of your sinuses and nerve location to make accurate assessments for your treatment. We will also do a thorough medical evaluation, as your overall health and history plays a big role in how well your implant will heal and fuse to the bone.

People At risk of Poor Outcomes. Uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, radiation to the jaws, smoking, alcoholism, or uncontrolled gum disease are all risk factors that can adversely affect your outcome. You may still be a good candidate with one of these diseases, but we’ll want thoroughly assess your situation and work with you and your doctor to increase your overall health and functioning. People who take certain medications, such as steroids or drugs that suppressed immune system may not be suitable candidates, either. And people with certain habits, such as people who severely grind or clench their teeth may put too much pressure on the implants, causing long-term damage.

Overall, dental implants have a very high success rate and patients tell us often how happy they are with the outcome. If you are considering implants, our office in east Vancouver located in Camas behind the QFC plaza right off the 34th. can complete a careful examination and determine what best suited for you. Dr.Bharathi and Dr.Bassili will ensure you're well taken care of to the full extent.

 

Oral Cancer

April 10th, 2019

Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our team want you to have the healthiest possible smile in the healthiest possible body. Oral cancer can affect the mouth, tongue, throat and jaw. Early detection is vital for the best possible outcome when treating this disease. That is why we check for symptoms of oral cancer at every dental examination.

What can you do to reduce the chance of oral cancer?  Reduce your risk factors. You can help prevent oral cancer by adopting these healthy habits:

  • Don’t smoke. Don’t chew tobacco. Don’t use a pipe. If you use any tobacco products, quit. Tobacco use is the single largest risk factor for head and neck cancers. Talk to us—we have suggestions for helping you break the habit.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation. Heavy drinkers have a higher rate of oral cancer. More than one to two drinks per day can be considered heavy drinking, depending on factors such as weight, age, and even gender. Check with your doctor to find your personal definition of moderation.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Cancer-fighting fruits and vegetables are a great addition to any menu.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Help prevent sun-related lip cancers by always wearing a UVA/UVB blocking sun screen or lip balm whenever you are working or playing outside—and reapply frequently.
  • Some forms of the HPV virus have been linked to oral cancer, and those affected are generally younger and less likely to be smokers. Research indicates that the HPV vaccine, known for preventing several types of cancer, might also help prevent HPV-related oral cancers.
  • Schedule regular dental exams. We are trained to recognize oral cancer and precancerous conditions that you might miss.

Of course, cancer can occur even with the healthiest habits. Do come see us if you detect any of these symptoms:

  • A sore or ulcer that doesn’t heal, or persistent tenderness and pain in the mouth
  • Lingering sore throat, hoarseness, or vocal changes
  • Pain in the neck or ear that doesn’t go away
  • A lump, a rough or thickened area, or eroded tissue in the skin lining the mouth
  • Red or white patches in the lining of the mouth or on the tongue
  • Difficulties chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the tongue or jaw
  • Numbness in the tongue or mouth
  • Changes in the way your natural teeth or your dentures fit together.

Not every symptom is caused by cancer, but it is important to rule out the possibility. We are trained to recognize early signs of oral cancer, and can recommend further tests if needed. Call our Camas office immediately if you have any concerns. Early detection and treatment lead to the most successful outcomes.

Charcoal Oral Scrub

April 8th, 2019

 

Let’s talk about the method everyone is turning to try. The claim is it will brighter and whiten your teeth. But can you trust what they are saying? How does it work exactly, and could it lead to causing more harm to your mouth then aiding it.

Well, according to a 2017 article from The Journal of The American Dental Association there is no dental products with charcoal, or charcoal-based, which are safe and effective for your teeth based on their clinical and laboratory data results.

Using such scrubs can damage the outer protective layer of your teeth called enamel. Enamel is hard is serves to protect against tooth decay. Tooth enamel is considered the hardest mineral substance in your body, even stronger than bone. Eventually after breaking down your enamel too much you can actually make your teeth appear yellow. The reason is because enamel is the whiter portion of the tooth and once you expose the second layer of tooth called dentin you have reached the soft yellow tissue. This can lead to serve sensitivity and a higher risk for decay. Rather than facing potentially long term dental issues use dental products with the American Dental Association, ADA, seal on products. The ADA seal stands for the approval as safe and effective by the American Dental Association.

 

Dr.Bharathi says if you must use an at home method to brighter and whiten your smile to use baking soda. Baking soda is a mild abrasive, which is why it can get rid of surface stains on your teeth.

How to use it: Create a paste of equal parts baking soda and water, and brush it gently onto your teeth. Rinse your mouth completely with water after two minutes.

Avoid using baking soda more than once a week for two minutes at a time. If used too often, baking soda can damage the enamel of your teeth.

In conclusion, there is no proven evidence showing that charcoal, or charcoal-based, products are effective and safe for oral scrub use. Stick with using ADA sealed products to whiten, brighten, or freshen your smile. Or the at home method of equal mixture parts of baking soda and water.

Make an appointment with Dr.Bharathi if your start feeling pain or sensitivity on your teeth, or gums.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April 3rd, 2019

What is oral cancer?

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. If you have been putting off a visit to our Camas office, now is an excellent time to schedule one. Regular visits to Radiance Dental can be the first line of defense against oral cancer, by identifying early warning signs of the disease, or helping you with preventive care tips to lower your chances of developing it.

Oral Cancer Rates in America

Nearly 40,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and more than 8,000 die every year from this disease. It is a devastating illness: most people who are diagnosed with it do not live more than five years beyond their diagnosis. Oral cancer has a higher death rate than many other common cancers, including cervical cancer, testicular cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and thyroid or skin cancers. The high death rate results from the fact that most oral cancers go undiagnosed until the disease is well advanced and has spread to another part of the body—most often, the lymph nodes in the neck.

What causes oral cancer?

While there is no way to predict exactly which individuals will get oral cancer, there are some potential causes you should know about—because in some cases, you can minimize these risk factors.

  • Age (most patients diagnosed with oral cancer are over the age of 40)
  • Tobacco use, either from cigarettes or smokeless chewing tobacco
  • Excessive alcohol consumption (especially in combination with tobacco use)
  • Persistent viral infections, such as HPV16
  • A diet low in fruits and vegetables

In addition, oral cancer tends to occur at a rate six times greater in men than in women, and more often for African Americans than other ethnic groups. No genetic links have been identified to explain the higher incidence in these populations, so lifestyle choices remain the likeliest cause.

Oral Cancer Treatments

Once a diagnosis has been made, treatment of oral cancer usually involves a multi-disciplinary team that includes surgeons, oncologists, dentists, nutritionists, and rehabilitation and restorative specialists. Our team will decide on the best approach for each patient, depending on the risk factors and how far the cancer has progressed. The strategy will be different in every case. Some of the most common methods include chemotherapy, radiation, and potential surgery.

Finding out you have cancer can be devastating news. If you are concerned that you might be at risk for developing oral cancer, talk to us about screenings and other things you can do to reduce your risk.

Adults Can Get Cavities Too

March 27th, 2019

Sure, you brush your teeth and floss regularly, so you might think you’re off the hook when it comes to the dental chair. However, it’s just as important for adults to get regular dental exams as it is for kids. Cavities are common among adults, with 92% of people aged 18 to 64 having had cavities in their permanent teeth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

How cavities form

Our mouths are teeming with hundreds of types of bacteria. Some are helpful and maintain good health, while others are harmful. Certain types of bacteria process the sugars in food and release acid in return. Although minor decay can be naturally reversed by your body, Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our team at Radiance Dental will tell you that eventually the acid wears away the enamel and creates small holes in the surface of teeth.

Cavity prevention for adults

Some people are naturally more prone to cavities than others. However, making a few lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce your likelihood of developing cavities.

  • Food choices. Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables increases saliva production, and reduces cavity risk. It is also important to avoid foods that get stuck in the ridges of your teeth. Candy, cookies, and chips should be eaten sparingly.
  • Beverages. Most people know that drinking soda contributes to tooth decay. However, fruit juices and energy drinks also contain large amounts of sugar. Whenever possible, replace these sugary beverages with tea or water, which rinses your mouth and prevents decay.
  • Fluoridated water. Fluoride is a naturally-occurring chemical that facilitates enamel growth. Most municipal water supplies are fortified with fluoride, so drinking tap water is a great way to keep teeth healthy. People with well water may use fluoridated toothpaste or other supplemental forms of fluoride to decrease cavity risk.
  • Brush teeth and floss frequently. Gently brushing teeth several times a day removes the harmful bacteria that cause cavities to develop. If possible, brush your teeth after each meal or when drinking sugary beverages. Flossing regularly removes small particles that get trapped between teeth, which further decreases tooth decay.

One of the most important steps in cavity prevention is visiting your dentist at least twice a year. Consistent dental exams ensure that cavities are caught early, before they cause major damage to your teeth.

For more information about avoiding cavities, or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Bharathi and Bassili, please give us a call at our convenient Camas office!

Do you suffer from sleep apnea?

March 20th, 2019

At Radiance Dental, we know our patients love a good amount of rest each night in order to be energized for the day and week ahead. After all, without enough sleep, exhaustion during the day is the most immediate consequence.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that could be an indicator of serious health problems. The most common symptom is loud snoring, but the condition is characterized by breathing that repeatedly starts and stops throughout the night, leaving you feeling tired in the morning. Other serious effects from sleep apnea could be potentially dangerous to your health if left unaddressed, a great reason to visit Drs. Bharathi and Bassili.

Besides losing precious hours of sleep, sleep apnea also elevates the risk of heart attack and stroke, and may cause other conditions such as depression, irritability, high blood pressure, memory loss, and sexual dysfunction.

Anyone can develop sleep apnea, but it is more common among middle aged adults who are overweight. Drs. Bharathi and Bassili can help you determine the cause and suggest possible treatment.

A common treatment for sleep apnea is an oral device that is designed to help keep the airway open. By bringing the jaw forward, the device opens the airway and discourages snoring. Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our team are experienced in sleep apnea appliances, and can prescribe a fitted device, as well as monitor its success each time you visit.

A continuous positive airway pressure mask, also known as a CPAP, is among the other treatment options you may opt for. A mask is fitted over the mouth and forces oxygen through the throat while you sleep, and the pressure holds the soft tissue and throat muscles open.

If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, visit our Camas office. Our team at Radiance Dental can help you return to getting a better night’s sleep.

March is National Nutrition Month!

March 6th, 2019

While you don’t have to wait to start eating right, March is the month the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics asks everyone to pay special attention to what goes into our bodies. The Academy has designated the month of March for focusing the public’s awareness on what they eat.

What Not to Eat

The academy points out that the foods you eat have a direct effect on the health of your teeth and specifically on tooth decay. Bacteria rely on carbohydrates to thrive. That is why Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our team at Radiance Dental tell our patients to cut back on both candy and sweets. They consist of simple sugars that feed the bacteria in your mouth and enhance tooth decay.

It’s the hidden sugars that will cost you, though. Get in the habit of reading labels on food and looking for products with added sugar. This includes ingredients that end with the suffix “ose.” When it comes to nutrition, these foods offer little value beyond satisfying that sweet tooth.

What You Should Eat

Turn to foods that not only taste good but are good for your teeth too. Dairy products, for example, provide the body with nutritional items that support tooth enamel. Foods high in protein feature phosphorus, a nutrient critical to oral health.

You can’t really go wrong by adding color to your diet, either. Fruits and vegetables make for a colorful plate and a healthy meal. Use some caution with acidic fruits like oranges or even tomatoes, because the acid can erode tooth enamel. It is better to include these foods in a meal instead of eating them by themselves.

Remember, good nutrition is something you should worry about all year long, not just when celebrating National Nutrition Month. March just serves as a fun reminder that eating right is a proactive step in managing your dental health.

We encourage you to give us a call at our Camas office to learn more!

What is a crown?

February 27th, 2019

Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our team at Radiance Dental hear this question all the time. Millions of people have dental crowns that artificially restore the chewing surface of a tooth. Also known as caps, these restorations surround the entire portion of the tooth that is above the gum line. Crowns are custom fabricated to match the color, shape, and size of other teeth and are visually undetectable to others. Several types of materials can be used to create crowns, including stainless steel, resin, metal alloys, porcelain fused to metal, or ceramic. When properly cared for and accurately fit, crowns can stay in place for a decade or more.

There are many reasons to get a dental crown, including:

  • To restore a broken or cracked tooth
  • To protect a tooth after a root canal
  • To restore a severely decayed tooth
  • To help anchor a dental bridge
  • To complete a dental implant
  • To protect a tooth that is at high risk for developing decay
  • For cosmetic purposes

Getting a dental crown

The process of getting a dental crown begins at our Camas office. X-rays are used to ensure the teeth are healthy enough to receive a crown. If the roots and surrounding bone are in satisfactory condition, the tooth will be numbed, filed, and reshaped in preparation for the crown. If the tooth root is not healthy, a root canal may be necessary first.

After the tooth is prepared, a special paste is placed over the upper and lower teeth to make impressions. These impressions serve as blueprints for the dental laboratory responsible for making the crown. They also help ensure the position of the new crown will not negatively affect a patient’s bite. The prepared tooth is protected by a temporary crown while the permanent one is made. When ready, the permanent crown replaces the temporary crown and is cemented in place.

To learn more about crowns, or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Bharathi and Bassili, please give us a call at our convenient Camas office!

Curing the Nail-Biting Habit

February 20th, 2019

Do you ever find yourself gnawing at your nails? Nail-biting is a very common and difficult to break habit which usually has its beginnings in childhood. It can leave your fingers and nail beds red and swollen. But if you think that your nails are the only ones getting roughed up by nail-biting you'd be mistaken—so are your teeth!

According to a study by the Academy of General Dentistry, those who bite their nails, clench their teeth, or chew on pencils are at much higher risk to develop bruxism (unintentional grinding of the teeth). Bruxism can lead to tooth sensitivity, tooth loss, receding gums, headaches, and general facial pain.

Those are some nasty sounding side effects from chewing on your nails. Most nail-biting is a sign of stress or anxiety and its something you should deal with. So what steps can you take if you have a nail-biting habit?

There are several things you can do to ease up on nail-biting:

  • Trim your nails shorter and/or get regular manicures – Trimming your nails shorter is an effective remedy. In so doing, they'll be less tempting and more difficult to bite on. If you also get regular manicures, you’ll be less likely to ruin the investment you’ve made in your hands and fingernails!
  • Find a different kind of stress reduction – Try meditation, deep breathing, practicing qigong or yoga, or doing something that will keep your hands occupied like squeezing a stress ball or playing with a yo-yo.
  • Wear a bitter-tasting nail polish – When your nails taste awful, you won't bite them! Clear or colored, it doesn't matter. This is also a helpful technique for helping children get over the habit.
  • Figure out what triggers your nail-biting – Sometimes it's triggered by stress or anxiety and other times it can be a physical stressor, like having hang nails. Knowing what situations cause you to bite your nails will help you to avoid them and break the habit.
  • Wear gloves or bandages on your fingers – If you've tried the steps above and they aren't working, this technique can prove effective since your fingernails won't be accessible to bite.

If you're still having trouble with nail-biting after trying these self-help steps, it's best to consult your doctor, dermatologist, or Drs. Bharathi and Bassili. For some, it may also be the sign of a deeper psychological or emotional problem.

Whatever the cause, nail-biting is a habit you need to break for your physical and emotional well-being. If you have any questions about the effects it can have on your oral health, please don't hesitate to ask Drs. Bharathi and Bassili during your next visit to our Camas office.

The Start of Valentine’s Day

February 13th, 2019

Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day, has been said to originate with a Catholic priest named Valentine several thousand year ago. Valentine defied the emperor at the time by secretly marrying men and their brides after the emperor had made it illegal to marry. Emperor Claudius II did this because he wanted as many single young men to fight in his war as he could get.

Valentine disobeyed the emperor’s edict by continuing to marry couples until he was sentenced to death. Before his execution, he sent a letter to a secret love and signed it “From your Valentine.” Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our team have come up with some suggestions on how you can celebrate this Valentine’s Day, whether you have a valentine of your own or not.

Valentine's Day Ideas

  • Enjoy a tasty treat. There are plenty of options when it comes to cooking and/or baking on Valentine’s Day. Make your significant other his or her favorite meal or sweet treat, or make your own favorite dish to enjoy on this day. Oh, and be sure to make enough for leftovers!
  • Make a personalized card. Instead of buying a card from the grocery store, take the time to make your own for a loved one. People love handwritten notes, especially when it’s from someone special. If you’re single this Valentine’s Day, make a card for fellow single friend to brighten the day and remind the person that he or she is also loved.
  • Watch a movie. We all know there are plenty of romance movies out there. Put on your favorite romantic comedy, or pick up your significant other’s favorite movie to watch together. Even better, if you’re single, pick up your own favorite movies to watch to pass the time this Valentine’s Day.
  • Do nothing! We all know Valentine’s Day can sometimes get a lot of hype. If you’re worried about not making a reservation in time, don’t feel like planning an extravagant night out, or simply not in the holiday mood this year, spend your day sitting back and relaxing.

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love and spend quality hours with the people you care about the most. Whether you’re in a relationship or single, take some time today to appreciate those you love in your life.

We wish you a happy Valentine’s Day celebration and look forward to seeing you at our Camas office during your next appointment.

February is Heart Month

February 6th, 2019

The American Academy of Periodontology stresses the importance of good oral health since gum disease may be linked to heart disease and stroke. Thus far, no cause-and-effect relationship has been established, but there are multiple theories to explain the link between heart disease and periodontal disease. One theory suggests that oral bacteria may affect heart health when it enters the blood and attaches to the fatty plaque in the heart's blood vessels. This can cause the formation of blood clots. Another theory suggests the possibility that inflammation could be a contributing link between periodontal disease and heart disease. Gum disease increases plaque buildup, and inflamed gums may also contribute to the development of swollen or inflamed coronary arteries.

What is coronary artery disease?

Coronary artery disease is caused in part by the buildup of fatty proteins on the walls of the coronary arteries. Blood clots cut off blood flow, preventing oxygen and nutrients from getting to the heart. Both blood clots and the buildup of fatty proteins (also called plaque) on the walls of the coronary arteries may lead to a heart attack. Moreover, periodontal disease nearly doubles the likelihood that someone will suffer from coronary artery disease. Periodontal disease can also worsen existing heart conditions, so many patients who suffer from heart disease need to take antibiotics before any dental procedures. This is especially true of patients who are at greatest risk for contracting infective endocarditis (inflammation of the inner layer of the heart). The fact that more than 2,400 people die from heart disease each day makes it a major public health issue. It is also the leading killer of both men and women in the United States today.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that destroys the bone and gum tissues around the teeth, reducing or potentially eradicating the system that supports your teeth. It affects roughly 75 percent of Americans, and is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. People who suffer from periodontal disease may notice that their gums swell and/or bleed when they brush their teeth.

Although there is no definitive proof to support the theory that oral bacteria affects the heart, it is widely acknowledged better oral health contributes to overall better health. When people take good care of their teeth, get thorough exams, and a professional cleaning twice a year, the buildup of plaque on the teeth is lessened. A healthy, well-balanced diet will also contribute to better oral and heart health. There is a lot of truth to the saying "you are what you eat." If you have any questions about you periodontal disease and your overall health, give our Camas office a call!