With COVID 19 effecting those who have a compromised immune system, useful and practical information about dental and systemic health is very timely. The medical field is finding that immune compromised patients are at the biggest risk for COVID 19 infection. From a dental health perspective, the mouth itself reflects the health of the whole biologic system. In fact, the same tissue that lines our mouths is the same tissue of the digestive system. And an example of this is that swollen bleeding gums which indicate active bacterial overload in the mouth is a strong sign of bacterial overgrowth in the gut as well. We see this impact additionally in the correlation between periodontal disease and the increased incidence of preterm labor purportedly linked to the overgrowth of bacteria in the oral cavity. The overgrowth in the oral cavity has much further implications of inflammation throughout the body. Generalized inflammation is a stress on the whole system which inevitably compromises the immune system’s ability to fight off disease.
April 24, 2020
March 14, 2020
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) is one of the most widely misunderstood medical conditions out there. One of the biggest misconceptions about it is that it is not serious. In fact, it is extremely serious. Without effective TMJ treatment in Middletown, TMD can lead to devastating and long-lasting consequences for an individual’s oral and overall health. In this article, we discus just a few of those consequences.
April 12, 2019
The term “holistic” seems to be a bit of a trend in dentistry these days. In a way, that is good because more and more dentists are recognizing the need to focus on how dental treatment affects a person’s overall well-being. Of course, there are also a handful of “holistic” dentists who may use the word as a catchphrase without being truly committed to the principles behind it. You wouldn’t want to entrust your oral and overall well-being to one of them, would you? You want an experienced dentist who is just as passionate about holistic care as you are. That’s why you should consider choosing Dr. Scott Udoff as your holistic dentist in Middletown.
March 7, 2019
Nearly five million people across the United States suffer from at least one migraine a month. Even more disturbing is that almost 11 million people blame migraines for causing moderate to severe disability. While your primary care physician is an excellent person to turn to, Dr. Udoff, whose field of expertise is disturbances of the muscles of mastication as well as the TMJ, may be able to help. That is because our dentist Dr. Udoff has an in-depth understanding of the orofacial structures and how they may contribute to migraine pain. Let’s discuss how TMJ problems are related to migraines and how you may be able to find relief from your pain.
December 16, 2018
For decades, silver (amalgam) fillings have been the standard material used for restoring teeth damaged by decay. Today with advances in biological sciences people are far more concerned with what they are placing inside their body, including dental materials. Not everyone is comfortable putting materials in their mouth that also contain mercury, and understandably so.
If you need a filling placed, it’s important to take into consideration the factors that can determine your reaction to mercury. After learning about them, you just might be more likely to choose mercury-free dentistry in Middletown.
October 11, 2018
Teeth whitening is an excellent cosmetic option that helps many patients improve the appearance of their smile. However, there is sometimes concern about whether or not whitening is safe for your teeth. Modern dentistry has made many improvements to whitening products, making them safe for patients to use at home and with their dentist. Here’s what you should know about teeth whitening in Middletown.