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Category: Dental Facts Friday

April 14, 2017

Periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis

The mouth may seem like a strange place to search for a culprit in a disease that primarily affects the joints. But a recent collaboration by a group of multidisciplinary researchers suggests that one type of oral bacteria may be an important trigger in about half of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) cases.

The findings, published in Science Translational Medicine late last year, appear to confirm something that’s been suspected for at least a century: In some cases, gum-disease causing oral bacteria may set off a cascade of events that leads to the autoimmune form of arthritis.

Evidence for the link between periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis

Recent research has indicated an association between two chronic, noncurable diseases – periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a debilitating, autoimmune, joint destroying, chronic inflammatory condition of unknown etiology. It affects about 1% of the adult population. Anyone who has experienced rheumatoid arthritis (RA) firsthand, or in a family member or friend, understands how life-changing it can be.

Evidence for the link b

January 6, 2017

Want to avoid arthritis? Then brush your teeth!

Have you added dental health to your 2017 New Year resolutions? If you need an extra reason for adding it to your to-do list, here is a good one, backed by new scientific research from Johns Hopkins University. Brushing your teeth could prevent arthritis. Bugs known to cause gum infections also trigger the crippling condition that blights the lives of many around the world. Experts say the findings add to the evidence that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is linked to dental hygiene, a long-suspected theory.

  • The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center conducted a study to determine the presence of gum disease in patients who have Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).
  • Oral health exams were performed on patients who have RA and healthy volunteers for comparison. Data was collected from 100 RA patients and 40 healthy volunteers.
  • 70% of the RA patients have gum disease with 30% having severe gum disease, while the population norm for gum disease is 35% with 5% having severe gum disease.
  • Severe gum disease can be presen

September 16, 2016

You might have read the recent New York Times article “How The Sugar Industry Shifted The Blame To Fat”. And you might be aware that many foods in the U.S. contain added sugar. You probably know that cutting sugar consumption improves general health. But you might wonder is there any specific correlation between your sugar consumption and your dental health? According to the American Dental Association, there is and it is quite serious!

What You Eat Affects Your Teeth

August 12, 2016

Grinding your teeth jeopardizes your dental health & you might not know you do it

We all know it’s important to take care of our oral health, but something that tends to get overlooked is teeth grinding. According to the Mayo Clinic:

Bruxism (BRUK-siz-um) is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. If you have bruxism, you may unconsciously clench your teeth together during the day, or clench or grind them at night (sleep bruxism). Sleep bruxism is considered a sleep-related movement disorder. People who clench or grind their teeth (brux) during sleep are more likely to have other sleep disorders, such as snoring and pauses in breathing (sleep apnea). Mild bruxism may not require treatment. However, in some people, bruxism can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems. Because you may have sleep bruxism and be unaware of it until complications develop, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of bruxism and to seek regular dental care.


July 28, 2016

Hormones may affect a woman’s dental health throughout her lifetime.

 The American Dental Association lists a number of examples of hormones affecting women’s lifelong dental health:
  • During puberty, hormones can trigger bleeding, redness and swelling of the gums.
  • Each month during menstruation, a woman may have bleeding and swollen gums, swollen salivary glands or canker sores. These symptoms should subside when menstruation ends.
  • Some women who take birth control pills are more likely to develop a dry socket after oral surgery.
  • Gingivitis, including swelling, soreness, tenderness and reddening of the gums, is possible during pregnancy.

Regular brushing, flossing and visits with your Tysons Corner-based dentist at Farhoumand Dentistry can help with all of these issues.

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June 30, 2016

A new study published at the American Journal of Men’s Health seeks to assess the association between dental health and male infertility. If there was ever any doubt that men should floss too, here it is:

Dental Health and Male Infertility

A limited number of studies have reported an association between male factor infertility (MFI) and dental health status (DHS). The aim of the present study was to assess the association between DHS and MFI through a systematic review of indexed literature. To address the focused question-“Is there a relationship between DHS and MFI?”-indexed databases were searched up to March 2016 using various key words “infertility,” “periodontal disease,” “periodontitis,” “dental infection,” “caries,” and “odontogenic infection.” Letters to the editor, case reports, commentaries, historic reviews, and experimental studies were excluded. In total seven studies were included in the present systematic review and processed for data extraction. All the studies reported a positive association between MFI and DHS. The number of study participants ranged between 18 and 360 individuals. Results from six studies showed a positive association between chronic periodontitis and MFI. Three studies reported a positive relationship between MFI and

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June 3, 2016
A blog post on The Huffington Post lists an informative collection of ways in which oral hygiene impacts general health and well-being. Farhoumand Dentistry, with conveniently located office in Tyson’s Corner provide professional dental health services. Until your next appointment, read on about the benefits your healthy teeth would have on your general health!

How Tyson’s Corner based Farhoumand Dentistry can positively impact your health and well-being

Maintaining proper oral health and hygiene is crucial if you wish to avoid chronic health problems. For this reason, your holistic health practitioner will want to know if you have had any recent diagnoses of tooth decay, cavities, gingivitis, or periodontitis, or if you have had a tooth extraction or major dental work done. People who have dental conditions are likely to suffer from more than just tooth loss and oral pain. They are also more likely to experience:

Heart disease and other inflammatory diseases: While the link between poor dental health and cardiovascular disease (CVD) originally appeared circumstantial, later research proved the two are related. In 2009, the

May 20, 2016

Tysons Corner’s Farhoumand Dentistry strives to keep its patients informed of the importance of oral health.

Most of us wait until the last moment to take care of our dental health. However, taking care of your teeth on a regular basis will help not only maintain your dental health but also your overall physical wellness. Moreover, proactively addressing your dental health will reduce the cost of your health care in the long run. Our holistic approach to dentistry makes it essential for our patients to be seen regularly for cleanings and check-ups, properly taking care of their teeth, and closely monitoring conditions that can cause tooth decay, acid reflux, and dry mouth due to bad eating habits, genetics, chemotherapy. farhoumand-brush-your-teeth

Quick statistics from Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General:

  • There are clear links between chronic oral infections and other health problems including diabetes, heart disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

April 29, 2016

Farhoumand Dentistry, based in Tyson’s Corner, VA, shares best practices for dental health

Brother and sister dentists team,Foad Farhoumand or Farah Farhoumand, of Tyson’s Corner-based Farhoumand Dentistry who recently participated at a health fair, advise that achieving healthy teeth takes a lifetime of care and share best practices for optimal dental health. Even if you’ve been told that you have nice teeth, it’s crucial to take the right steps every day to take care of them and prevent problems. This involves getting the right oral care products, as well as being mindful of your daily habits.

Dental Health Best Practices

1. Don’t go to bed without brushing your teeth.

It’s no secret that the general recommendation is to brush at least twice a day. Still, many of us continue to neglect brushing our teeth at night. But brushing before bed gets rid of the germs and plaque that accumulate throughout the day.

2. Brush properly.

The way you brush is equally important — in fact, d

April 15, 2016
 Do you love the smooth, clean mouth feeling you get when visiting the dentist?

Sitting in that chair is a redeeming experience that gives you an extra spring in your step as you walk out the front doors. Overall, you feel like a million bucks after each and every one of those appointments. Visiting a capable dentist, like Foad Farhoumand, DDS, or Farah Farhoumand, DDS, is a great experience because it’s one you control. You’re able to chat with your dentist about any concerns and point out any areas of anxiety.

Don’t fall for these dental health myths!

In the spirit of healthy teeth we’ve compiled a list of five dental health myths to help you stay informed about your dazzling smile.

1. If you aren’t in pain, you don’t need a dentist

Don’t wait until you’re in pain to visit the dentist. Sure, pain is a signal of a dental problem, but you may have a dental issue and not even be aware of it.

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