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The 5 Invisible Enemies that are Damaging your Smile

  1. 1. The 5 InvisibleEnemies thatare Damagingyour SmileStartling informationabout how your smileeffects yourhealth, self-confidence and yourincome
  2. 2. Researched and produced by EMPIRE RESEARCH GROUP Sponsored by© Copyright - 2010 2
  3. 3. Why did we commission a study?• Individuals we come into contact every day have expressed a desire to develop and maintain confidence through a healthy smile• In response, NYC Smile Design commissioned an independent research company to investigate every day practices that could be damaging your smile• We are pleased to share this informative study with you! © Copyright - 2010 3
  4. 4. Areas Covered• Dental care in America today• The 5 enemies that may be damaging your smile• How to have a beautiful smile and feel good about yourself• How to find a dental partner who understands your dental care needs © Copyright - 2010 4
  5. 5. The CurrentLandscape in Dentistry
  6. 6. Our limited number of teeth• As children, we have 20 teeth• As adults, we have 32 teeth Lifecycle of Teeth• These 32 teeth must last us a lifetime!Source: © Copyright - 2010 6
  7. 7. Dental visits are down… People with tooth decay 95.1 93.1 100 86.7 67.9 80 Percentage 60 40 20 0 16 - 19 20 - 39 40 - 59 60+ Age GroupsSource: Preventing Dental Caries with Community Programs, CDC, 12/17/09 © Copyright - 2010 7
  8. 8. People are simply living longerIn the last sixtyyears, there has been a Year Life Expectancy15% increase in life (years)expectancy… as people 1950 68.20live longer, the need for 1970 70.80 1990 75.50our teeth to stay healthy 2000 76.62becomes even more 2010 78.56important Source: © Copyright - 2010 8
  9. 9. Mouth infections are more prevalent • Heart disease • Diabetes • Stroke • Sleeping problems • Digestive issues • Respiratory issues • Low birth weight babies Studies show that there is a direct correlation between infections of the mouth and the above illnessesSource: Poor Dental Care Affects Overall Health, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, 2009 © Copyright - 2010 9
  10. 10. You are what you eat… • We learn from a study conducted by Weston Price in the 1930‟s that those eating an indigenous diet did not have any of the plagues of modern civilization…muscle fatigue, heart disease, asthma, cavities, tube rculosis and cancer • Once refined sugars, flour and canned goods were added to the indigenous diet all of the above ailments began to show up in their culture in just one generationSource: Principals of Healthy Diets, The Weston A. Price Foundation © Copyright - 2010 10
  11. 11. The 5 Biggest Challenges1. Chemicals2. Medications3. Toxins4. Health Conditions5. Self Confidence © Copyright - 2010 11
  12. 12. Challenge #1: Commonly foundchemicals in our hygiene products and foods
  13. 13. Fluoride added to water for decades • Fluoride is found in some rat poisons • Studies show that the rates of bone cancer are substantially higher in areas with fluoridated water • Fluoride affects the thyroid gland, causing hypothyroidism • Fluoride is found in many common household products including toothpaste, vitamins and dietary supplements • A build-up of fluoride can cause darkening of the teeth, weakened bones and neurological problemsSource: Holistic, Natural Dentistry and Oral Care, Buzzle, 10/31/97 © Copyright - 2010 13
  14. 14. Mercury can cause lasting damage • A sudden high exposure to mercury vapor can cause chest pain, soreness of the mouth, loss of teeth, shaking of the hands, eyelids, lips, tongue and headaches • A mother‟s consumption of shellfish and fish can cause serious damage to a babies nervous system and cognitive development • Ingestion of mercury can also cause mouth sores and swollen gumsSource: Health Effects of Mercury, EPA, 10/7/09 © Copyright - 2010 14
  15. 15. Amalgam fillings contain 50% mercury• It is estimated that amalgam fillings will release up to half of its mercury content over a ten year period (50% corrosion rate)• Between 68 and 130 micrograms of mercury is released each day from each filling• High levels of mercury vapors can have adverse effects in the brain and kidneys• Many currently claim that the mercury in amalgam fillings is too low to cause concern….are you willing to take that risk?Source: © Copyright - 2010 15
  16. 16. Pesticide damage to our teeth - undetermined• In 1997, Congress passed the Food Quality Protection Act, requiring pesticides to be proven safe for infants and children• The EPA sets the standards for safety• Some pesticides are rated as known or possible carcinogens and are not approved• Some dentists believe pesticides cause yellowing of the teeth and enamel to weaken• But the long term risk from pesticides is still unknown = risky business here!Source: Environmental Working Group, Julie Redfern R.D.N., April 2006 © Copyright - 2010 16
  17. 17. Challenge #2:Medications we take can harm our teeth
  18. 18. Lack of saliva promotes tooth decay • Saliva protects and repairs our teeth from the constant assault of bacteria from our foods • But more than 600 medications can cause dry mouth, reducing saliva flow… common medications in this group include antidepressants and blood pressure medications • Reduced flow of saliva means bacteria is not being removed from our teeth in between brushings • Resulting in more tooth decay!Source: Nutrition and Rheumatic Disease, 2008 © Copyright - 2010 18
  19. 19. Medications may cause Bruxism• Bruxism is gnashing of the teeth• Antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors work by suppressing the brain chemical dopamine• Dopamine controls muscular and motor activity• Tremors associated with Parkinson‟s disease are believed to be from a lack of dopamine• Suppression of dopamine has been linked to gnashing of teeth which can cause headaches• Gnashing is also responsible for wearing down of our precious teeth Source: Study Shows Link Between Antidepressants, Bruxism, Journal of American Dental Association, 2006 © Copyright - 2010 19
  20. 20. The dangers of aspirin…• Dental erosion is the phenomenon of the day to day wearing down and erosion of your teeth• Dental erosion is caused by acids found in products that are being more and more widely consumed in the U.S.• When consumed in excess, these products wear down the enamel on our teeth leaving them brittle and more sensitive to pain• Some of these everyday products are soft drinks, herbal teas, sports drinks and aspirin Source: Acid Eating Away at Our Teeth,, March 6, 2008 © Copyright - 2010 20
  21. 21. Challenge #3:Toxins can cause harm to our teeth
  22. 22. Bacteria can cause toxins to form• Not all bacteria is bad but…• Your body is constantly producing bacteria – it is a normal process• If left unchecked, too much bacteria can turn toxic and will begin to damage the gum tissue and bone around the tooth• At this stage, you will notice swelling, bleeding and calcified plaque which allows further toxins to gather in your gumsSource: © Copyright - 2010 22
  23. 23. Examining the effects of smoking• Smoking and tobacco A closer look at what we put into our mouths products lead to gum when we smoke disease by affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth making smokers much more susceptible to infections like periodontal disease• Toxins from smoking cause tooth discoloration, loss of bone within the jaw, increased levels of oral cancer, and delayed healing after dental treatments © Copyright - 2010 23
  24. 24. Studies link mouthwash to oral cancer• According to the American Cancer Society, oral cancer strikes 34,000 Americans each year• In January 2009, the Dental Journal of Australia determined that there was sufficient evidence to show that alcohol in mouthwash can be linked to oral cancers• Research found that acetaldehyde, a toxic byproduct of alcohol may accumulate in the mouth when rinsing with mouth wash• Ethanol, another ingredient in some mouthwashes, is thought to allow cancer- causing substances to permeate the lining of the mouth Source: Study Links Mouthwash Use to Oral Cancer, Karen Stephenson, May 26, 2009 © Copyright - 2010 24
  25. 25. Challenge #4:Poor dental health can be a sign of other health issues
  26. 26. Health issues affected by poor dental health • Serious infections of the mouth • Oral pain and discomfort • Heart disease and stroke • Diabetes • Respiratory diseases • Premature babies • Depression and low self- esteem • Sleeping problems • Digestion issuesSource: Poor Dental Care Affects Overall Health, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, 2009 © Copyright - 2010 26
  27. 27. Obesity linked with periodontal disease• A Harvard School of Public Health study followed nearly 37,000 men for a period of 16 years• At the start of the study, all participants were free of periodontal disease• Obesity was associated with a 29% increased risk of periodontal disease over the coarse of the study• Men with a waist of 40 inches or more had a 19% higher risk of developing gum disease than those with a waist under 40 inches Source: New Research Suggests Link Between Obesity And Periodontal Disease, Harvard School of Public Health 4/13/09 © Copyright - 2010 27
  28. 28. Sleep Apnea linked with TMJ disorder• According to the National Institute of Health, sleep apnea affects more than 18 million Americans – many who remain undiagnosed• 1 in 4 patients with sleep apnea suffer from teeth grinding which has been linked to TMJ• More than 15% of American adults suffer from some chronic facial pain related to TMJ• Signs to look for: jaw tenderness, clicking of the jaw, headaches, neck aches, tooth wearSource: TMD/TMJ, American Dental Association, 2009 © Copyright - 2010 28
  29. 29. Challenge #5:Self-confidence begins with our smile
  30. 30. Appearance has a correlation to success A study showed… • 5 years after graduating, a male lawyer with above average appearance had nearly 10% higher earnings than his fellow classmates with below average appearance • 15 years after graduation, the income spread increased to 12%Source: So Much for That Merit Raise: The Link between Wages and Appearance,The Regional Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, April 2005 © Copyright - 2010 30
  31. 31. The effect of a smile on first impressions • A first impression is made within 30 seconds • 55% of that impression is made through the way one looks • Researchers consistently find facial attractiveness affects personal success in school and employment settings • The appearance of one one‟s smile are vital components of facial attractivenessSource: Journal of dental education, H. Asuman Kiyak, M.A., Ph.D, 2008 © Copyright - 2010 31
  32. 32. Our smile affects our relationships The most important features of a partner… Personality 30% Sense of humor 14% Smile 12% Looks 11% Eyes 10% Hair 7% Education 7% Physique 5% Career 3% Other 1%Source: Dating Statistics: Top Dating Tips Poll Statistics,, accessed 03-06-10 © Copyright - 2010 32
  33. 33. The Results…• The quality of our smile will continually impact all aspects of our lives… social, mental and physical• These aspects in turn have a profound affect on our happiness, sense of well-being and our overall health © Copyright - 2010 33
  34. 34. There are steps and strategiesfor those who wish to have ahealthy smile and the self-confidence in their appearancethat they deserve!
  35. 35. 5 steps to success• Make safe product choices• Take corrective action• A whole mouth approach• Feel good about yourself• Find a caring staff of well trained dental professionals © Copyright - 2010 35
  36. 36. Step #1Make safeproductchoices 36
  37. 37. Avoid fluoride in your water• Stop ingesting fluoridated tap water. Stop drinking it, stop making ice cubes with it and washing produce in it• Buy bottled spring water or buy reversed osmosis water from a water store• You should only buy water that has under 0.1 part per million fluoride in it• Fluoridated tap water has at least 1 part per millionSource: Holistic, Natural Dentistry and Oral Care, Buzzle, 10/31/97 © Copyright - 2010 37
  38. 38. Avoid fluoride and alcohol • Buy all natural toothpaste from a health food store • It is especially important to buy all natural toothpaste for children since they have been known to swallow while brushing • Read labels and make sure that your mouthwash and toothpaste products do not contain alcohol • If you find your gums swell you may have sensitivity to the toothpaste or mouthwash you are using, change your products right awaySource: Holistic, Natural Dentistry and Oral Care, Buzzle, 10/31/97 © Copyright - 2010 38
  39. 39. Know your medications… • Many commonly prescribed medications cause dry mouth which promotes bacteria so keep hydrated • If you notice that a new medication cause you to clench your teeth while sleeping, be sure to let your dentist know • When visiting the dentist, be sure they are aware of all medications you are currently takingSource: Holistic, Natural Dentistry and Oral Care, Buzzle, 10/31/97 © Copyright - 2010 39
  40. 40. Step #2:Take correctiveaction 40
  41. 41. Commonly used dental techniques • Bonding • Veneers • Crowns • Dental implants • Invisalign (straightening teeth without braces)Source: New Techniques in Cosmetic Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry Houston, JULY 10, 2009 © Copyright - 2010 41
  42. 42. Straightening has become popular for adults• 1 out of 8 individuals over the age of 20 receive treatments to straighten their teeth• According to the American Dental Association straight teeth lead to less periodontal disease in later lifeSource: Crooked Teeth Can Damage Dental Health, NCHS/ADA, 12/09 © Copyright - 2010 42
  43. 43. Veneers can give you that healthy smile Veneers are routinely used to fix • Discolored teeth from medications, coffee, smoking or excessive fluoride • Worn down teeth • Chipped or broken teeth • Misaligned or irregularly shaped teeth • Gapped teeth Advantages of Veneers • Stain resistant • Veneers strengthen teeth • Gum tissues tolerate porcelain wellSource: Dental Veneers, Recover Your Smile and Your Confidence, Houston Home and Lifestyle, Cheryl Alexander, Feb 2010 © Copyright - 2010 43
  44. 44. Step #3:Take a wholemouthapproach 44
  45. 45. You are what you eat Learn how to eat the best diet for your teeth… • Eat whole foods that are rich in calcium • Eating fruits and vegetables acts to scrub away bacteria on your teeth • Vitamin C helps fight infections – including infections which could effect your mouth and gums • Drinking plenty of water will keep the saliva flowing in your mouth, rinsing away bacteria Source: The Tooth Friendly Diet, Anne Fritz, Everyday Health 2010 © Copyright - 2010 45
  46. 46. Focus on keeping stress away…• It has been determined that dentists are seeing up to 25% more clients with jaw clenching and teeth grinding as a result of stress brought on by the economy• Regular, physical exercise can help decrease stress and help you to have a more relaxed sleep• If grinding still occurs, seek your dentists help• Dental mouth guards help protect your teeth while sleepingSource: Gritting Out Economy Hard On Your Teeth, Monifa Thomas, Chicago Sun Times, Feb, 17. 2010 © Copyright - 2010 46
  47. 47. Follow your dentists advice • Visit the dentist at lease twice a year for cleaning, polishing and debridement if too much tartar is built up • Brush and use dental floss daily to prevent tartar build up • Avoid sugary drinks like soda and fruit juices • Bad breath may be a sign of infection and you should seek out the advice of your dentistSource: Why Dental Hygiene is Crucial for Overall Health, Adam Boulton,, Feb. 1, 2008 © Copyright - 2010 47
  48. 48. Step #4:Feel good aboutyourself 48
  49. 49. Cosmetic dentistry may be the answer• Cosmetic dentistry offers many options for patients who may have good dental health but are unhappy with their smile• A smile makeover is a complete assessment of your smile esthetics• Technological advances in natural- looking, tooth colored materials make cosmetic procedures more durable and predictable than in years past• Dentists are now using conservative techniques in order to preserve as much as your natural tooth structure as possible• With cosmetic dentistry you can have the self-confidence that a healthy smile can bring!Source: Cosmetic Dentistry: Treatments, Trends and Cosmetic Dentists, Allison DiMatto, Conumer Guide to Dentistry, May 2009 © Copyright - 2010 49
  50. 50. A great looking smile is on the rise• More and more people are turning to their dentists for a great smile…men and women under the age of 30 make up 20% of the cosmetic dentistry patients while 51% of the patients are between 41-60 years old• The top procedures patients are seeking are dental bonding, veneers, dental inlays, teeth whitening and dental implants• A survey done by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that cosmetic dentistry is now the most popular form of cosmetic servicesSource: Cosmetic Dentistry For Total Dental Makeover, Winston Jenkins, March 5,2010 © Copyright - 2010 50
  51. 51. You deserve to feel good about your smile • Feeling good about your smile will give you the confidence to go out for that new job, meet new people and try new things • A recent survey by the American Dental Association found that a person‟s smile outranked hair and body as the most important physical feature Source: Make Your Smile Worthy!, CBS News, Jan.1, 2010 © Copyright - 2010 51
  52. 52. Step #5:Find a caringstaff of well-trained dentalprofessionals 52
  53. 53. Provider qualifications to look for• Has obtained the highest level of training, qualifications, ex pertise• Listens to clients and strives to meet their specialized needs• Provides a safe, comfortable environment and is focused on the clients comfort• Office offers state of the art equipment that is updated on a regular basis © Copyright - 2010 53
  54. 54. Provider qualifications to look for• Can provide verifiable results, testimonials and before and after photos of clients• Is respected by other professionals throughout various health-related industries• Remains committed to educating their clientele on various options available• Has a caring and committed staff so that your dental experience is comfortable from start to finish! © Copyright - 2010 54
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  60. 60. Meet Dr. Ramin Tabib Education 1991 DDS Degree, Columbia University Specialized Training Diagnosis and Placement of Dental Implants Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Dental Emergencies and Trauma Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry Pain Control and Anesthesia Professional Memberships International Congress of Oral Implantology The American Academy of General Dentistry First District Dental Society American Academy of Implant Dentistry American College of Implantology Faculty Member of NYU College of Dentistry © Copyright - 2010 60
  61. 61. Meet Dr. Elisa MelloEducation1991 DDS NYUSpecialized TrainingPeridontics, Orthodontics, and Oral SurgeryPeriodontal Therapy and Periodontal Plastic SurgeryDental Trauma and EmergenciesPain ControlPediatric DentistryProfessional MembershipsAmerican Academy of Cosmetic DentistryAcademy of General DentistryFirst District Dental SocietyAmerican Academy of PeriodontologyAssistant Professor at NYU College of Dentistryand Practitioner for Battered Women “Smiles forSuccess” program © Copyright - 2010 61
  62. 62. An example of our work… 62 © Copyright - 2010
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  66. 66. TestimonialsDear Dr. Tabib, Dr. Mello, Stephanie, Yael and Christine,I am still not entirely used to my new smile and sometimes I am caught off guard by myreflection in the mirror – but I must say thank you.My life has changed. I have always loved to smile and now I do it with something close toabandon.Stephanie, thank you for reassuring me when I was anxious.Yael, thank you for the noodle soup and for making me laugh so hard I spit it out.Christine, especially, thank you for your kindness and willingness to help – you got me throughthe door that changed my life forever.And Drs. Mello and Tabib,Thank you for your excellent care. I‟ve been complimented by a few I‟ve told I‟m having workdone but I most enjoy the compliments from people who can‟t put a finger on what I‟ve donedifferently – but let me know whatever it is keep it up – „cause I look greatI am forever grateful to you all.Thank you,Zakia © Copyright - 2010 66
  67. 67. TestimonialsDear Dr. Tabib and Dr. Mello,I am grateful to you both for many reasons. Last year I walked into your office without anappointment. Christine‟s warm smile and kind assistance in answering some basic questionson cosmetic dentistry made me feel welcome. The professionalism that was executed left alasting impression and I was compelled to return for an official consultation and formal withyou and your staff. I was relieved after researching many dentists to have finally found anoffice that delivers quality across the board on all my key criteria: doctor‟scredentials, portfolio, associated lab, professionalism, and sincerity of staff, as well ashygiene. My experience has been very positive. One year later, I am so pleased with theresults that I am now considering a career in cosmetic dentistry! Working with people toachieve their desired outcome, enhancing their lives, all the meanwhile practicing medicineand always staying abreast of the current health topics and advancements in very alluring.Your leading example has played an integral role in helping me shape my future, bothpersonally and professionally.Thank you Drs. Tabib and Mello: Your commitment to excellence has transformed my life.Sincerely,Daniela © Copyright - 2010 67
  68. 68. Testimonials Dear Dr. Tabib and Team, I just wanted to write to say thank you very much for giving me the best smile I could have ever wanted on my wedding day. We had the most fantastic day and I think I was either smiling or laughing for all of it! At last I have got rid of my awkwardness and feel I finally have the smile that reflects how happy I really am. Thank you also for looking after me so well and always making me feel comfortable during the whole process. I am now back in NY and will be here until September so I‟m sure I will get a chance to pop in and see you and show you our wedding photos…enclosed are just a couple for you. I hope you are well and many thanks again, Caroline © Copyright - 2010 68
  69. 69. Protect your health… Protect your smile… Choose a dental office that cares about your health CALL NOW (212)452-3344 Or visit© Copyright - 2010 69
  70. 70. Sometimes your joy isthe source of yoursmile, but sometimesyour smile is the sourceof your joy. - Thich Nhat Hanh