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Louisville Slugger Field Voted Best Triple-A Ballpark

Louisville Slugger Field — home of the Louisville Bats — has been voted the #1 Triple-A Ballpark in the country, according to BallPark Digest’s “Best of the Ballparks 2016”. The contest started with 30 stadiums going head-to-head in a tournament-style bracket, and ended with Louisville Slugger Field narrowly beating the Indianapolis Indians’ Victory Field with 51% of the vote. Over 14,000 fans voted during the contest.

In a private release, Louisville Bats’ Senior Vice President Greg Galiette said:

I’d like to thank everyone who voted for Louisville Slugger Field.  Without your support this nationwide recognition would not have been possible. I hope to see you at the Ball Park soon. And again thank you for your support of Louisville Slugger Field and the Louisville Bats it’s greatly appreciated by our entire organization.

As partners and fans of the Louisville Bats, Mortenson Family Dental would like to extend a huge congratulations to our friends. It is a well-deserved victory for one of our favorite local spots to spend an evening or weekend night with our families. Go Bats!

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Crohn’s Disease, Colitis and Oral Health

About 5 million people worldwide are living with Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis, also known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). These chronic diseases affect the digestive system and cause intestinal tissue to become inflamed, form sores and bleed easily. Crohn’s specifically can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract including the lips, mouth and even the esophagus. And in addition to the physical and emotional toll IBD has on the well-being of its patients such as weight loss, fever, nausea, diarrhea and anemia, it can also have a number of negative effects on oral health.

Sometimes it is difficult to tell what is causing changes in the mouth such as ulcers, soreness, dry mouth or cavities. Sometimes medications taken to treat Crohn’s disease interfere with normal mouth bacteria that can cause problems. IBD can also lead to nutritional deficiencies that affect dental and oral health. In other instances, it is the disease itself causing the problems. Your doctor can identify whether Crohn’s or colitis is interfering with the health of your teeth and gums with testing.

 

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Cavities & Tooth Decay

For 8-29% of patients with Crohn’s Disease, cavities can appear before any intestinal complications. Many patients have reported an increase in tooth decay and higher incidence of cavities as they have undergone treatment for Crohn’s. And studies have shown that changes caused by colitis in the mucus that lines the gastrointestinal tract have led to tooth decay in some patients. Patients who are using Prednisone for their symptoms might want to consult their physician and dentist as some patients have reported a link between the medication and cavities. In our research, this was a very common side effect of medical treatment and the connection should not be taken lightly.


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Mouth Ulcers & Vitamin Deficiencies

Inflammatory Bowel Disease is known to cause legions throughout the intestine, colon, esophagus as well as in and around patients’ mouths. Poor vitamin consumption, particularly of vitamin D, can lead to complications that range from small, painless lesions inside the mouth to ulcerations and swelling of the lips. This can lead to more serious issues like Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome, oral tuberculosis, cheilitis granulomatosa, sarcoidosis, or even contact allergic reactions. Pyodermatitis-pyostomatitis vegetans is also associated with Crohn’s disease, but only rarely. Symptoms include pustules (pimples) that can be yellow or whitish in appearance in the mouth. After the pustules rupture, they leave a superficial ulcer. The lymph glands under the chin can become swollen and there may be mild pain. Yeast infections and deficiencies in Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, zinc and Vitamin K are common.


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Gum Inflammation & Gingivitis

Gum problems, such as swollen or bleeding gums, can be another complication of Crohn’s and may be the result of poor nutrition. Getting the right vitamins and minerals in your diet is crucial to good overall health and oral health, but the combination of Crohn’s and mouth problems can leave you with little appetite or interest in eating. You might need to work harder on the quality of your diet because the consequences of Crohn’s can prevent your body from taking advantage of all the nutrients in the foods you eat; instead, food is moved through your system without being fully digested. Some medicines can contribute to inflammation and gingivitis, so if you are using the following medications, you might want to talk with your doctor about possible alternatives: Steroids, Mesalazine and Methotrexate.


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Prevention

As always, we encourage you to discuss your symptoms and treatment options with your doctor or dentist. But the following tips will not only help your overall health, they might also prevent dental complications associated with IBD:

  • Avoid sweetened drinks like soda, juice and energy drinks
  • Limit the amount of dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt) you eat
  • Get plenty of sunlight or take a vitamin D supplement
  • Eat 5 or 6 small meals each day that are low in saturated fat, with lots of fruit and antioxidant-rich foods (beans, berries, apples)
  • Stop smoking!

If you have IBD, let’s talk! We’d love to help you find the right treatment for your oral health. Call 502-244-9595 today!

For Women with Osteoporosis, Dental Implants Improve Quality of Life

For women going through menopause, osteoporosis might be the last thing on your mind. But as you age past 50, bone density should be of greater concern to you. Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses like bending over or coughing can cause a fracture — and it often hits hardest after menopause. Osteoporosis has been linked to bone loss in the jaw which weakens its density and leads to tooth loss. Every day, women everywhere must choose between dentures and dental implants to replace their teeth, and we know the choice is hard. But a recent study suggests the answer is simpler than we thought: Dental implants might just improve your quality of life.

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine found that women with implants experienced increased comfort, speech, chewing function, and fit compared to other restorations. “Our research suggests that there are likely some comfort-related factors, some functionality, and some aesthetic reasons why an implant restoration bypasses the quality of the others,” says co-author Leena Palomo, DDS, MSD, an associate professor and director of the periodontics program at Case Western Reserve. “Intuitively it would make sense that an implant restoration is better in comfort and function compared to a fixed or removable restoration, but the collective effect of these factors is seen in distant psychosocial measures.”

The study surveyed 237 osteoporotic women with one or more adjacent teeth missing and asked them to rate their occupational, health, emotional, and sexual quality of life. The results showed that women with dental implants scored higher overall than those with fixed partial dentures, removable partial dentures, or no restorations.

Implant Fixed Partial Denture Removable Partial Denture No Restoration
Occupational Score 26.79 26.86 21.42 20.59
Health Score 26.45 21.32 20.05 19.23
Emotional Score 25.75 26.86 17.03 15.29
Sexual Score 28.59 24.84 15.26 11.45
Overall Score 107.58 99.88 73.77 66.56

If you’re dealing with osteoporosis and looking to enjoy life a little more, give us a call at (502) 244-9595! We’d be happy to schedule a consultation to discuss the best restoration for you.

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Why should I replace missing teeth?

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, over 50% of people in the United States are missing at least one tooth due to gum disease, tooth decay or injury. In Kentucky, about 1 in 10 are missing all of their teeth.  If you’re missing one or more, you’ve probably thought about getting a replacement before, but don’t know which option is right for you – or if you can even afford it. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you every step of the way.

First of all, why should I replace my missing teeth? Obviously everyone loves a nice toothy smile, but don’t forget the real reason we have teeth – for chewing our food. And for each missing tooth, you lose about 10% of your chewing ability. Your jaw is designed to operate with 28 teeth and as soon as one is out of the equation, the surrounding teeth start to drift into the empty space. This not only makes your good teeth more prone to decay and gum disease, but it can also change your appearance. Because after an extraction, the bone that supports the teeth begins to shrink over time and your face adjusts with it. Of course no one wants to look and feel older than they really are! But the longer you wait after a tooth is extracted, the more bone volume you lose. And the more bone volume you lose, the more expensive and difficult it becomes to get teeth replaced.Bone Volume after Tooth Loss

There are plenty of options to replace missing teeth. But finding the option that works best for you requires a look at your dental health and some collaboration between you and your doctor.

The long-lasting option: Dental Implants.

Dental Implants: Single tooth, Implant Retained Bridge, Implant retained denture

If you are missing teeth and your gums and jaw are healthy, you may benefit from dental implants, which are replacement teeth that are implanted surgically into the jawbone. With good oral hygiene, dental implants can last for 20 years or more without the need for replacement. Dental implants are often a popular choice for people who have only one or two teeth missing, but they can be an alternative to dentures if you have several missing teeth. As long as your gums and jaw are healthy, two or more implants can serve as a base of support for several replacement teeth.

Dental implants are generally the most expensive option but for patients with good oral health, they are likely going to be your best choice to avoid further tooth decay or loss. Whenever you replace a tooth, you hope it’ll be the last time. Dental implants give you the best chance of keeping your remaining healthy teeth.

Another option is a fixed bridge.

Fixed Bridge

If you’re just replacing a single tooth and have healthy gums, a fixed bridge might be a less expensive option for you. These normally last about 10-12 years. In order to make a bridge, the adjacent teeth are prepared by reducing their size and then prosthetic teeth are placed over the existing teeth and empty space. The problem with fixed bridges is the irreversible damage they do to your adjacent teeth. In the end, you might end up paying for it with more expensive dental work and more implants, bridges or more missing teeth.

The classic choice: Dentures.

Types of Dentures: Partial, Complete and Implant Supported

Most people who have heard of dentures (a.k.a false teeth) have also heard that they can be a nuisance – slipping while speaking, discomfort while chewing and of course soaking them by your bed every night – but dentures have come a long way in recent years. Most commonly when people think of dentures, they think of complete dentures which are recommended when a patient is missing all of his/her teeth or has weakened bone. Partial dentures are dentures that only replace some of your teeth. They rely on the surrounding teeth for support, and so can cause additional damage to those surrounding teeth and gums. Implant supported dentures are recommended when a patient is missing all of his/her teeth but has a healthy enough jaw to support implants.

What will it cost you? That really depends on which option you and your dentist decide on together, as well as how much your insurance will cover. If you’re currently without insurance, we offer a comprehensive dental plan and accept CareCredit at all of our locations. Call us today to set up an appointment and let us help you replace your missing teeth!

 

Call (502) 244-9595 to schedule your appointment now!

 

 

 

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

“Close to 48,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 9,575 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of those 48,250 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years.” Oral Cancer Foundation

 

This is the harsh reality of oral cancer, a disease that is easy to diagnose, but often discovered too late.

The Facts: The death rate of oral cancer is higher than cancers we hear about more frequently, including cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, and endocrine system cancers such as thyroid. In fact, there are more deaths from mouth cancer each year than there are from road accidents. If you expand the definition of oral and oropharyngeal cancers to include cancer of the larynx, the numbers of diagnosed cases grow to approximately 54,000 individuals, and 13,500 deaths per year in the U.S. alone. Worldwide the problem is much greater, with over 450,000 new cases being found each year.

The median age of diagnosis is 62 years old, with the highest percentage of deaths falling within the 55-64 age group. Oral cancer is more common in men than in women, with two men affected for every woman. And those with a history of tobacco or heavy alcohol use account for nearly 75% of all oral cancers diagnosed. Smokers are 6 times more likely than nonsmokers to develop mouth or pharyngeal cancer, and approximately 90% of people with oral cancer are tobacco users.  Over the past 10 years, its incidence has increased in the younger population due to increased contraction of human human papilloma virus (HPV), which is now considered the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancer.

Signs and Symptoms: If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms that last for more than two weeks (14 days), you should consider scheduling an appointment with your dentist or doctor for a screening. Remember, early detection is critical.

  • A sore that doesn’t heal
  • A lump or thickening of the skin or lining of your mouth
  • A white or reddish patch on the inside of your mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Poorly fitting dentures
  • Tongue pain
  • Jaw pain or stiffness
  • Difficult or painful chewing
  • Difficult or painful swallowing
  • Sore throat

Get Involved: If you’d like to spread awareness this month and beyond, there are plenty of ways to do so.

Share this infographic to show your support for Oral Cancer Awareness

 

Oral Cancer Facts Infographic

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