Day: November 16, 2021 (page 1 of 1)

What Is Geographic Tongue?


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Geographic tongue is a common, easy-to-spot oral condition, where the tongue takes on an atlas-like appearance. There are white borders around patches on the surface of the tongue, and in some cases, the condition can be painful. So, what causes this problem? In today’s episode, Dr. B gets into some of the potential factors that cause this issue and also unpacks what you can do to overcome it. Like with any medical issue, there is no silver bullet or simple solution. As such, it is important to take a holistic treatment approach rather than a palliative one. Tune in to hear it all!

Key Points From This Episode:

Why the condition is called ‘geographic tongue’, and where it can appear Some of the potential causes of geographic tongue The age group that is most affected by this condition If you have a geographic tongue, your dentist should be looking at a holistic solutionThe possible link between stress and geographic tongue Psoriasis and geographic tongue and the link between the two conditions Other proposed conditions that could cause geographic tongue Dr. B’s take on some palliative home remedies that are commonly suggested to treat geographic tongue More holistic treatments to the causes of geographic tongue A simple solution you use do to treat dry mouth  Dr. B’s best palliative solution treatment for geographic tongue 

How to Submit Your Question:

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Metal or Plastic Fillings?


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Fillings are very common procedures and while they are preventable, they still happen. So, if you are getting a filling done, should you go with metal or plastic as your material of choice? Today, Dr. B outlines these two materials and weighs up the pros and cons of each. Even though plastic is not good for us, the metal in our mouths is far worse. There are numerous side effects of metal fillings that Dr. B explains. We also hear which material he uses for fillings on his patients. Remember, there is no informed consent when it comes to choosing your filling material, so make sure you explicitly tell your dentist which one you’d prefer.

Key Points From This Episode:

You should always ask your dentist before they place anything in your mouthThere is no informed consent when it comes to the type of material that’s used for a fillingA history of metal fillings, why they are so popular, and some of the drawbacks of this materialDetails about plastic fillings and some of the dangers that come with themWhy Dr. B thinks plastic fillings are still overall better than metal onesThe material Dr. B is currently using for his fillings

How to Submit Your Question:

Record your question for Dr. B at speakpipe.com/askthedentist 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

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About Dr. Mark Burhenne

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Mercury Fillings Dangers, Who Is At Risk & Removal Checklist

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How Does Oral Microbiome Affect Gum Health?


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One of the most flattering things is knowing that there are fellow functional dentists who listen to the show. Today’s question is from an aspiring functional dentist, and Dr. B dives into the oral microbiome. We hear about an article published in the Journal of Dentistry that looked at the plaque pH of caries-free versus caries-active individuals. Despite what conventional dentistry wants us to do, we cannot isolate one bacteria as being the culprit. It is all interrelated, which is why it is so important to have a dentist who understands the oral microbiome. Tune in to hear it all! 

Key Points From This Episode:

The oral microbiome gives you a richer, more nuanced understanding of oral healthHear about a journal article in The Journal of DentistryIt is not one bug that causes gum disease; it’s a whole host of themCorneum bacteria is responsible for some serious diseasesWhat causes bacteria to go from commensal to pathogenicWhy we need dental microbiome researchers and degreesIt’s all about the oral microbiome

How to Submit Your Question:

Record your question for Dr. B at speakpipe.com/askthedentist 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

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About Dr. Mark Burhenne

Follow Dr. B on Instagram @askthedentist

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Journal of Dentistry

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Can Breastfeeding Give my Child Cavities?


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As the parent of a young child, there is a lot of internal and external pressure to give them the best possible start in life. But what if it’s not always clear whether something will have a positive or negative impact? Our question this week comes from Anna, a lactation consultant who is concerned over the correlation she has seen between breastfeeding moms and cavities in young children. In today’s episode, we hear from Dr. B about the benefits of breastfeeding, why it does not cause cavities, and what other factors in your child’s life might be causing cavities. We also discuss how a vaginal birth can influence a child’s oral microbiome and why infant formula is likely to cause cavities. Later, Dr. B shares how to institute positive habits that will benefit your child’s microbiome and why it’s so beneficial. For all this and much more, tune in today!

Key Points From This Episode:

Introducing today’s topic on whether breastfeeding can cause cavities in childrenWhy breastmilk does not cause cavities, as it is not cariogenicHow your method of birth can have an impact on your child’s oral microbiomeThe study of breastfeeding for more than 40 days and how it affects your childThe link between breastfeeding and facial developmentWhy using formula can cause tooth decayHow the condition of the mother before birth plays a role in the child’s healthHow a vaginal birth assists your child’s microbiomeWhy breastmilk is the ideal method for culturing a child’s microbiomeSome of the factors that cause tooth decay in humans versus other mammalsWhy it’s important to minimize saliva sharing activities like sharing a toothbrushSnacks: it’s not about the quantity of the snack, but the frequency of the snackDr. B’s advice for preventing cavities by teaching children proper oral care habitsWhy it’s good to take your child to see a dentist from as early as six months

How to Submit Your Question:

Record your question for Dr. B at speakpipe.com/askthedentist 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

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About Dr. Mark Burhenne

Follow Dr. B on Instagram @askthedentist

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Risewell

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