Posts for: September, 2018
Shingles is a painful viral infection that could potentially recur in sufferers for years. It causes painful skin rashes, general nerve pain, fever and fatigue. In extreme cases, it can cause blindness if the eyes become infected. And because it’s highly contagious, it could affect your dental treatment.
Formally known as herpes zoster, shingles is a recurrent form of chicken pox. If you contracted chicken pox in childhood, the shingles virus could lay dormant for several years. In fact, most people who contract shingles are over 50.
Because it acutely affects the nerves around the skin, the disease’s most common symptom is a belted or striped rash pattern that often appears on one side of the body and frequently on the head, neck or face. While the severity of symptoms may vary among patients, shingles can be a significant health threat to certain people, especially pregnant women, cancer patients or individuals with compromised immune systems.
In its early stages, the shingles virus can easily pass from person to person, either by direct contact with the rash or by airborne secretions that others can inhale. Because it’s highly contagious, even a routine teeth cleaning could potentially spread the virus to dental staff or other patients. Because of the significant health threat it potentially poses to some people, your dental provider may decline to treat you if you’re showing symptoms of the disease.
To stay ahead of this, let your dentist know you’re experiencing a shingles episode if you have an upcoming dental appointment, in which case you may need to reschedule. In the meantime, you should seek medical attention from your physician who may prescribe antiviral medication. Starting it within 3 days of a shingles outbreak can significantly reduce your pain and discomfort as well as its contagiousness.
And if you’re over sixty or at risk for shingles, consider getting the shingles vaccine. This readily available vaccine has proven effective in preventing the disease and could help you avoid the pain and disruption this viral infection can bring to your life.
No doubt about it--an attractive smile is a wonderful personal asset. However, you feel less than comfortable about your own smile. Gaps, overlapping, and an overbite have plagued you for years. Why not improve your oral health and smile aesthetics with Invisalign clear aligners from Dr. Richard Romay in Miami, FL? Dr. Romay customizes invisible orthodontic appliances to move teeth into optimal positions comfortably and efficiently.
The Invisalign way
Composed of biocompatible acrylic, these thin, crystal-clear trays fit tightly over top and bottom teeth, repositioning them for better appearance and optimal oral health.
For more than 20 years, dentists such as Dr. Richard Romay at Design a Smile in Miami, FL have crafted Invisalign plans for millions of individuals, straightening alignment problems such as:
- Tooth tipping and rotation
In fact, they work so well and so many dentists heartily recommend them that Forbes magazine says Invisalign is now a household word.
The benefits of Invisalign
Why are Invisalign aligners so popular? These thermoplastic appliances avoid the oral discomforts, dietary restrictions, nuisance hygiene routines and awkward appearance of conventional metal and ceramic braces. Also, Invisalign treatment is shorter--typically a year. Traditional orthodontics can take upwards of two and a half years with many office check-ins for appliance adjustments. Invisalign wearers see Dr. Romay every six weeks and receive their next sets of aligner pairs (there are 18 to 30 in all).
Finally, Invisalign aligners are removable. Although the appliances are convenient and comfortable, patients may wish to take them out for a special occasion such as a job interview or event involving picture taking. Also, while patients must wear the aligners 20 to 22 hours a day, they can remove them for meals and snacks and of course, to brush, floss and clean their appliances.
See your best smile soon
Come to Design a Smile for an Invisalign consultation. Dr. Romay will examine your teeth and gums and do some special scanning to determine if Invisalign is your best option. Call one of our Miami offices for an appointment. For the 40th street office, call (305) 667-8887, or for the 88th Street office, phone (305) 408-3388.
Like a second New Year’s Day, the month of September offers its own chance to make a brand new start: It’s back-to-school season! This can be an exhilarating time—a chance to meet new friends, face new challenges and set new goals. It’s also a great time to get started on the things that can keep your children healthy all year long…like a routine visit to the dental office.
Preventive dental visits are one of the most important ways to help keep a smile in top condition—not just for kids, but for people of any age. They are also one of the best values in health care, because so much can be accomplished in such a short time. What exactly happens at a routine visit? Here’s a brief run-down:
- A professional teeth cleaning clears sticky plaque and hardened tartar from places where your brush can’t reach. These deposits can harbor the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease, and removing them helps prevent more serious problems from getting started.
- A complete dental exam involves a check for cavities, but it’s also much more: It includes screening for gum disease, oral cancer, and other potential maladies. X-rays or other diagnostic tests may be performed at this time; any changes can be observed, and the need for preventive or restorative treatments can be evaluated.
- The growth and development of children’s teeth is carefully monitored, from the first baby teeth to the third molars. If orthodontic work or wisdom teeth removal could benefit your child, this is a great time to discuss it. Adults may also benefit from ongoing evaluation for gum recession and other potential issues.
- Keeping your teeth and gums healthy also depends on how you take care of them at home. A routine office visit is a great opportunity to “brush up” on proper techniques for tooth brushing and flossing, and to ask any questions you may have about oral hygiene.
So if you have youngsters starting a new school year—or if you’re looking to make a fresh start toward good oral health yourself—make it a point to stop in to the dental office for a routine visit this season!
If you would like more information about maintaining good oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children” and “Dental Hygiene Visit: A True Value in Dental Healthcare.”