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    The Link Between Oral Health and Whole-Body Wellness

    Last updated 13 hours ago

    Poor oral hygiene can have ramifications well beyond periodontal disease and tooth decay. It can also affect the well-being of your metabolism, your heart, and even your unborn child. Studies are revealing in greater numbers how oral health impacts other facets of wellness. So when brushing and flossing, consider the following ways in which your oral hygiene habits can influence these aspects of your health:

    Pregnancy Health
    Enjoying a full-term pregnancy is important for a myriad of reasons. Many vital systems, including the lungs and intestines, continue to develop until birth. If a baby is born before its due date, these systems may be too immature to properly function. Research shows that periodontal disease can influence the risk of premature labor and delivery. Low birth weight, a common aspect of early birth, can further hinder a newborn’s overall health.

    Heart Health
    Heart disease is the most common cause of death in the United States, and healthcare providers believe that inadequate dental health may factor into this widespread problem. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums, which weaken and recede in response to tissue inflammation. When the gums fail to provide the protection that underlying blood vessels need, bacteria in the mouth may have an easier time entering them. This gives bacteria access to the cardiovascular system, where they can cause inflammation that increases the danger of having a heart attack.

    Metabolic Health
    Diabetes makes it difficult for the body to regulate its blood glucose levels. However, the impact of this disease encompasses multiple systems. In addition to metabolic dysfunction, diabetes can deteriorate blood vessels, damage nerves, and suppress the immune system. This makes periodontal disease a greater concern for individuals with this condition. Yet studies point to a reciprocal relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease. The latter problem may also make it more challenging for sufferers to keep stable their blood glucose levels despite their best efforts.

    KFA Dental wants you to enjoy your best possible dental health. If you have concerns about your teeth or gums, we can help. Call (888) 829-9575 to set up a consultation with one of our capable dentists in the greater Long Island area. 

    Protecting Your Teeth While You Sleep

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Has your dentist noticed signs of chronic teeth grinding or clenching? If so, taking action now can prevent enamel damage that might compromise your oral health in the future. Teeth grinding might be an unconscious activity, but by taking the following steps while still awake, you can greatly reduce your risk of teeth deterioration.

    Cultivate Stress Relief Techniques
    Upon seeing the state of your teeth, did your dentist ask about your daytime stress? The connection between these two circumstances is strong. The higher your stress levels are, the stronger your propensity to grind your teeth could be. You can address this problem by identifying the stress triggers in your life and finding ways to combat them. For instance, using your lunch break to have a phone call with a good friend can bring down your stress levels and promote better well-being.

    Keep Up with Your Exercise Routine
    Working out is a great way to maintain your physical fitness, but it also can be an effective stress relief strategy as well. Physical activity can often purge muscle tension that builds in the body due to too much stress. When your body is in a relaxed state as you drift off to sleep, you’ll be less likely to grind your teeth.

    Invest in a Night Guard
    No matter the steps you take to lessen your teeth grinding habits, it’s important to speak with your dentist about getting a night guard. This device can offer important protective benefits when you cannot successfully eliminate your teeth grinding activities on your own. Your dentist can custom-make your night guard so that it fits perfectly over your teeth. As a result, you can sleep easy and your teeth can stay safe from undue wear and tear.

    KFA Dental can help you stop the damage that your teeth grinding might be doing to your smile. Our Farmingdale office offers night guard options that are convenient and comfortable. For more information on any of the services we provide to the greater Long Island region, call (888) 829-9575 or visit our website

    Uncovering the Reasons for Your Jaw Pain

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Did you know that your sleeping behavior could be the cause of your jaw pain? In this video, you can learn more about TMJ disorders, which affect the feel and function of the jaw joint.

    Stressful days at work, home, or school can segue into harmful slumber habits at night. Nighttime teeth grinding can put stress on the temporomandibular joint, or jaw joint, and cause an assortment of problems. Waking up with facial soreness or headaches is common when you grind or clench your teeth. However, your dentist can address your discomfort with several effective remedies, including anti-inflammatory medication and night guard protection.

    Teeth grinding can also lead to enamel erosion that puts your teeth at greater risk for pain and tooth decay. To prevent the problems associated with TMJ disorders, call KFA Dental in Long Island at (888) 829-9575.

    Get to Know Dr. Donald Kahn

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Feeling comfortable is important when undergoing any type of dental treatment. Whether you are getting work done, partaking in an evaluation, or simply getting your regular checkup, you must feel comfortable around your dentist to have a positive experience. This is always easy when you meet with Dr. Donald Kahn here at KFA Dental.

    Dr. Kahn has been helping patients stay healthy and find confidence since earning his doctorate from the Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1977. Over the last 37 years, Dr. Kahn has specialized in cosmetic and implant dentistry, participating in additional training in various technological advancements. Dr. Kahn is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, giving patients the confidence they need to feel at ease during any time of appointment.

    Learn more about Dr. Kahn and the other dentists at KFA Dental by taking a look at our website. Call us at (888) 829-9575 if you are ready to schedule an appointment. 

    An Inside Look at the Truth About Root Canals

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Most people have heard of root canals, even if they have never undergone root canal therapy. There are many myths regarding root canal treatment, leaving patients worried about pain and treatment time. Your restorative dentist can ease your worries by filling you in on the truth about root canals.

    What Is a Root Canal?
    Many patients think that root canal refers to a procedure, but this term is actually part of the tooth. Each tooth has roots that are located within the gum tissue. The canal that runs from the root to the pulp chamber is known as the root canal. This area contains each tooth’s nerve as well as the pulp chamber of soft tissue and blood vessels. Some of the teeth, such as the premolars and cuspids, contain one or two canals, while molars contain two to four canals.

    Why Is Root Canal Treatment Needed?
    Both cavities and injuries can damage a tooth’s pulp or nerve tissue. If this occurs, bacteria can spread throughout the area. This can lead to a serious infection or the formation of a pocket of pus near a tooth’s roots, known as an abscess. Infection leads to inflammation, which reduces blood flow and makes healing nearly impossible. Antibiotics cannot treat these types of infections, but root canal treatment can reduce pain and save the tooth.

    What Happens During Root Canal Treatment?
    The goal of root canal treatment is to remove the dead pulp and prevent another infection in the future. During this procedure, the dentist numbs the tooth before placing a rubber dam around it to keep it dry. Next, the dentist drills a hole in the tooth and carefully removes the pulp and the nerve. Once the inside of the tooth is clean and dry, the dentist fills it with a rubber material before resealing the tooth.

    Are you in need of root canal therapy? Contact the friendly staff at KFA Dental to find out! You can learn about our dental services or schedule an appointment by giving us a call today at (888) 829-9575.

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