Dentistry for Total Body Wellness – continued….
Guilderland, NY – Contrary to what we used to think not everyone with teeth will get cavities. Cavities are caused by a bacterial infection that can be stopped. No one should have new cavities each time that they have a dental visit. You get cavities because you have a certain type of bacteria. With medicine, these bacteria can be stabilized. As part of a thorough oral health evaluation, we routinely check for caries (cavities). Traditional dentistry has focused on repairing damage from cavities by placing a filling in a tooth. Our goal is to control the bacteria and stop the cycle of filling after filling. Treating bacteria will prevent additional damage.
There are three things necessary for the caries bacteria to create holes in the teeth.
1. Cavity causing bacteria, which create disease by manufacturing acid from the food they eat.
We can measure the acidity level of a liquid or substance using a pH scale. A pH of 7 is neutral and the ideal range for the mouth to be in. In order for the bacteria to successfully make a hole in the tooth the pH or acidity level of the mouth has to drop below 5.5.
2. Food supply for the bacteria such as acids from the foods we eat help make an ideal environment for the cavity causing bacteria to thrive. Once they gain a certain population number, any food we eat gives them the energy to continually drop the mouth pH level to below 5.5. This low pH environment can last from 30 minutes to several hours after the food is supplied to the bacteria or acid is ingested from our drinks and our food.
3. A tooth or a tooth surface to create a hole in. Our most natural protective factor is the buffering capacity of the saliva. Our body naturally attempts to bring pH to a neutral balance.
Treatment for this disease can come from three distinct approaches:
1. Attack the bacteria (brush, floss, waterpik, mouth rinse, toothpaste)
2. Limit the food for the bacteria (diet)
3. Harden the vulnerable tooth surfaces (fluoride varnish)
After evaluating a patient’s risk, we help you take the necessary steps to manage this disease by providing a personalized cavity management planner:
1. Eliminate or reduce the bacteria that cause cavities
2. Eliminate sugar and use a substitute bacteria can’t use
3. Use products that reduce mouth acidity and restore natural pH
4. Add foods to your diet that don’t allow bacteria to grow
5. Disrupt the bacteria and harden teeth with proper paste
Most people don’t realize that Cavity bacteria are transmitted through families when saliva is transferred (ex: kissing, sharing drinks, sharing utensils). Regular examinations can identify disease early and help stop the spread of infection. We are now conducting saliva testing. A simple 15 second swab test can allow us to measure your oral bacteria and help determine your risk for tooth decay. We are committed to provide you with all the adjuncts and instructions to keep your mouth and body as healthy as it can be to keep you smiling!
Until next month, keep smiling!
With Oshins of Smiles, Dr. Steven Oshins
Dr. Steven Oshins is committed to achieving extra-ordinary levels, expanding both knowledge and application skills in restorative dentistry in order to provide his patients with the highest standard of care. He is not here to judge patients, but to thoroughly learn about each patient’s oral condition, determine their susceptibility to future breakdown, and discuss a plan to help them successfully achieve and maintain a healthy and attractive smile.
A lifelong capital district resident, Dr. Oshins graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He pursued his childhood dream of becoming a dentist because it combined his love of science and technology and the visual arts with his overwhelming passion to help people. While in dental school, he was one of two students across the United States selected for an internship at the Unites States Penitentiary, Atlanta Dental Clinic, where he worked under the most prestigious dentists in the Federal Government.
Upon graduation, he completed his two-year residency at Ellis Medicine in Schenectady, NY. During his second year of residency, he worked with various local oncologists and cardiologists and developed protocols for patients prior to starting chemotherapy, radiation treatment, or cardiac surgery. He stayed on as a staff dentist until 2000, when he opened up his private practice in Guilderland, NY. Dedicated to providing his patients with the most effective, up-to-date, and proven dental treatments, techniques, and options, he pursued multiple post-graduate programs in advanced dentistry, studying under the top dentists in the world, such as Dr. John Kois, Dr. Frank Spear, Dr. John West, and Dr. Ronald Jackson, completing over one hundred continuing education hours each year. He recently graduated from the renowned Kois Center, an advanced didactic and clinical program for practicing dentists, after completing a comprehensive, rigorous nine course curriculum with the latest advances in esthetic, occlusion, implant, and restorative dentistry.
Because of his compassion for others, he donates his personal time and professional services to local schools and humanitarian organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity and Freihofer Run for Women. He taught radiology and worked in the clinic for eight years at Hudson Valley Community College in the Dental Hygiene program and has a current faculty position at Ellis Hospital Residency program. He also writes a monthly article for the Guilderland Our Towne newspaper in hopes of sharing his knowledge of how to achieve lifelong oral health. He hopes to realize his dream of participating in missions to impoverished countries to teach proper oral health and provide services to the needy.
He is a current member of the American Dental Association, New Your State Dental Society, Western New York Kois Study Group, Third District Society, Ellis Medicine Implant Study Club, and Guilderland Chamber of Commerce.
In his spare time, Dr. Oshins enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially with his aunt and uncle at their camp in Lapland Lake, NY. A standout soccer player in high school, he continues his love of the sport by playing in local recreational leagues. He also enjoys all sports, working out, traveling, biking, kayaking, photography, and the arts. He continues his passion for cooking and takes classes at the Culinary Institute of America and Schenectady Community College.
Dr. Oshins’ greatest achievement is the difference he makes in his patients’ lives by helping them smile.