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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Alcohol and Oral Cancer

Among the people needing dental reconstructive surgery at the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group are those battling oral cancer. Many people are aware that tobacco use is a major risk factor for oral cancer, and there is growing awareness that HPV is linked to cancer in the oropharynx. But the American Society of Clinical Oncology recently made news by announcing that alcohol on its own is also a potent risk factor.


The exact mechanism by which alcohol leads to oral cancer has long been debated. One theory holds that its chemical composition breaks down mouth tissue, and when the tissue rebuilds, its DNA may be compromised, causing tumors to develop. It is known with certainty, however, that smoking and drinking alcohol together massively increase the risk of oral cancer. But the new study from the ASCO found that even moderate or light alcohol use alone increases the risk. This is true regardless of the type of alcohol consumed, although people who drink heavily are still at much greater risk than moderate and light drinkers.


The good news is that the ASCO also found that ceasing use of alcohol lowers the risk of oral cancer in the upper aerodigestive tract (which includes the mouth and throat). In the long term, the risk of oral cancer in people who quit drinking declined to the level of people who never drank.


Frederick Shaw, DDS, operates the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group at 1500 W 38th Street, Suite 34, Austin, Texas, 78731. To schedule an appointment, call 512-451-7491 or visit FrederickShawDDS.com and fill out a contact form.


 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Can People with Diabetes Get Implants?

November is American Diabetes Month, and at the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group, we’re dedicated to helping our patients manage how these diseases affect their oral health. People with diabetes have higher rates of periodontal disease than other people, which means they may wind up needing prosthetic teeth.


Gingivitis and its advanced form, periodontal disease, result from bacteria eating sugar stuck to the teeth. People with elevated blood sugar are at worse risk of developing gingivitis, and people with periodontal disease tend to experience more bouts of uncontrolled blood sugar. In the worst cases, they lose teeth as a result, but doctors historically questioned whether they were good candidates for implants. Diabetes causes wounds, including the surgical incisions necessary for implant placement, to heal more slowly, and inflammation was believed to harm implants. However, newly collected data published in the Journal of the American Dental Association found that people with uncontrolled diabetes do not suffer unusually high rates of implant failure. They may take longer to heal from incisions and case-by-case consultations are always necessary, but it looks like people with diabetes can benefit from prosthodontics.


Frederick Shaw, DDS, operates the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group at 1500 W 38th Street, Suite 34, Austin, Texas, 78731. To schedule an appointment, call 512-451-7491 or visit FrederickShawDDS.com and fill out a contact form.


 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Foods That Promote a Healthy Smile

Once tooth enamel is lost, it doesn’t return. To keep it strong, our eating patterns need to reflect healthy choices. Fruits and vegetables that have high water content, such as apples, celery, and strawberries, increase saliva flow. Saliva is our mouth’s primary defense against dry mouth and tooth decay. Dr. Fredrick Shaw is dedicated to keeping patient’s mouth’s healthy as possible, and that begins with a nutritious diet.


To maintain a balanced diet, it’s important to eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups. It’s necessary to avoid sugars and added sugars as they provide no nutritional benefit to the teeth and gums. Avoid sodas, fruit juices, and energy drinks by replacing them with milk or water. Milk contains calcium that keeps enamel strong and water cleans the mouth with every sip, fighting against periodontal disease and decay.


If you have questions or concerns about dental health, please give us a call. To learn more about our sedation options and all the services we provide at the practice, visit FredrickShawDDS.com for more information.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fredrick Shaw in Austin, TX, call 512-451-7491.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thank You for Your Continuous Reviews!

At Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group, our staff appreciates feedback because it teaches us how to improve as a team. Our staff would not only like to thank Brittney for this 5-star review but would like to thank her for being an excellent patient. If you recently experienced exceptional service from our office, please let us know!  


“I took my kids to see Dr. Shaw for their first dental exam. All I can say is what a wonderful experience it was for both of my children. The staff was amazing! Regina cleaned their teeth and was very gentle and friendly, she helped put my kids at ease. All of my billing questions were answered ahead of time so I knew what to expect when I went for our appointment. Keep up the great work Shoal Creek; we will definitely come back for our 6-month cleanings.” - Brittney


If you would like to leave a testimonial or are interested in learning more about the services we provide at the practice, visit FredrickShawDDS.com for more information.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fredrick Shaw in Austin, TX, call 512-451-7491.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Cavities in Adults

When we think of cavities, we often think of dental educational materials aimed at children. This makes sense since children are the demographic most likely to suffer from cavities (which scientific literature usually refers to as “caries” or dental lesions). However, the second-most likely demographic to get cavities is seniors, which is why the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group wants adult patients to be aware of this issue.


According to information from the Centers for Disease Control in 2011, about one in five American adults had untreated tooth decay. Doctors debate why exactly cavities become more common in patients who had maintained good oral hygiene in middle age. It could be due to changes in diet, worsening dexterity, or loss of access to dental care. Other compounding issues are medication side effects, such as dry mouth, which reduce the body’s ability to fight off oral infections. Part of it could also be generational: people who are in the older age bracket now may not have had fluoridated water when their teeth were emerging, putting them more at risk when their oral care is compromised.


Regardless, it is especially important for seniors to maintain good oral hygiene. Toothpaste with extra fluoridation can be a big help to them, as can dental sealants, which reduce the area in which food debris can get trapped and become fuel for bacteria growth.


Frederick Shaw, DDS, operates the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group at 1500 W 38th Street, Suite 34, Austin, Texas, 78731. To schedule an appointment, call 512-451-7491 or visit FrederickShawDDS.com and fill out a contact form.


 

Friday, October 27, 2017

What Causes Bleeding Gums?

Don’t think of bleeding gums as just another minor inconvenience; they could indicate a serious threat to your oral health. At the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group, we repair teeth and jaws that have been damaged by infectious diseases, but we are also firm believers in prevention. That’s why we want our patients to understand what puts them at risk for gum inflammation.


Bleeding gums are usually due to gingivitis. Also known as gum inflammation, gingivitis results from excessive bacteria growth on the teeth, particularly in the gum pockets. Bacteria produce tartar, which acid sticks to. This is what makes the gums irritated. Regular brushing can help prevent gingivitis, but biannual visits to a dentist’s office are necessary for cleaning out the gum pockets and removing tartar that has hardened into plaque.


There are a few factors which increase the risk of gingivitis. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes which lead to more bacterial growth. Dry mouth, which is a common medication side-effect, reduces the body’s ability to fight oral infections. It is also important for all patients to stick to soft-bristled toothbrushes. Hard bristles further irritate the gums and can cause recession.


Frederick Shaw, DDS, operates the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group at 1500 W 38th Street, Suite 34, Austin, Texas, 78731. To schedule an appointment, call 512-451-7491 or visit FrederickShawDDS.com and fill out a contact form.


 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Celebrate Dental Hygiene Month

October is National Dental Hygiene Month and before it’s over, Dr. Fredrick Shaw of Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group wants to encourage patients to celebrate. The key to a healthy mouth is practicing a rigorous proper oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing at least twice a day with an ADA approved toothpaste, flossing at least twice a day, and rinsing with an ADA approved mouthwash. You should also visit our office for professional cleanings twice a year.


Prevention is a popular word we use around our practice. This is because we want our patients to prevent gum disease, cavities, and future dental diseases. Through proper diagnosis and treatment planning, we can help our patients maintain a healthy smile, or restore it, if necessary. We offer a wide variety of services to meet all of our patient’s needs.


If you have questions or concerns regarding extrinsic stains or teeth whitening, please give us a call. To learn about other services we provide at our practice, visit www.fredrickshawdds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fredrick Shaw in Austin, TX, call 512-451-7491.