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October 22, 2014

White Teeth and Wild Weeds: Is There Actually An Ancient Connection?

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 3:57 pm

July 2014 marked the reveal of a 2,000-year old archaeological site in Central Sudan that left dentistry professionals everywhere wondering, “Is there a connection between cavity-free, white teeth and wild weeds?” The question came about because the site contained the skeletal remains of several individuals and the remnants of ancient, purple nutsedge.

“What does purple nutsedge have to do with it?” According to an abstract published in PLOS One about the find, the skeletons revealed that ancient humans might have chewed on purple nutsedge to clean their teeth. Yes, that purple nutsedge, the one that modern day humans have referred to as everything but a nice weed. The same one you or a neighbor might have even paid someone to get rid of earlier this year.

Evidently our ancient contemporaries knew more about the plant than many of today’s lawn and garden experts. It seems that for centuries, certain cultures have used the weed for its nutritional, cosmetic and medicinal qualities. One of those qualities is its inherent ability to serve as an antibacterial agent. That’s the quality that makes it important to dentistry.

Now just because it was once possibly used to maintain oral health, doesn’t mean that Bellevue dentistry patients should toss their tubes of whitening toothpaste, run outside and eat wild weeds. After all, today’s environment is much different than when our ancient relatives roamed it freely. For starters, they didn’t have to deal with as much pollution or manmade, chemical herbicides as we do. So if we were to run out and eat wild weeds, we’d likely be getting much more than we bargained for.

That said, Dr. A. Samsavar heartily recommends that those seeking cavity-free, white teeth skip noshing on wild nutsedge and check out our International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry’s list of services instead. We currently offer Bellevue residents several options that they may take to achieve cavity-free, white teeth. To learn more about them, please contact us today.

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October 19, 2014

Bellevue Dentistry staff Learns About Human Teeth’s Amazing Abilities

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 3:53 pm

It’s long been known that a person’s tooth can reveal a lot of information. However, in August 2014, ourdentistry office staff learned something new about human teeth’s ability to convey data thanks to the release of a scientific study that appeared in the journal, Science of the Total Environment. The study was conducted by two men, Brian L. Gulson and George D. Kamenov. They spent a great deal of time researching the effect of Pb exposure on human teeth and discovered something pretty interesting.

Pb, in case you are wondering, can be found on the periodic table of elements in group 14. It also happens to be an additional way to represent lead isotopes. Lead isotopes have long been used by geologists to determine the approximate age of rocks. Well, the two researchers figured out that the same isotopes could be used to date teeth as well as pinpoint their origins.

For example, let’s say that a Bellevue dentistry patient and one in Leadville, Colorado, each lost a molar and their unmarked teeth were put into a single jar. By thoroughly examining the Pb levels in each molar, dentistry staff would be able to determine which one belonged to the Washington native and vice versa. Now we know that sound really impressive, but that’s just half of what the study revealed.

Believe it or not, researchers also feel that the same methods may be used to determine whether or not the person moved around a lot while growing up. Why? Simply stated, the amount of lead exposure clearly varies by region. Take Southern California for instance. Just this year, officials found an exorbitant amount of lead in the soil around a battery plant. So in theory, that overexposure would be recognizable in the teeth of the area’s residents. To continue talking about this and what else teeth may reveal to our Bellevue dentistry staff, please contact us today.

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October 8, 2014

Bellevue Dentist Discusses the Use of Biophotonics in Dentistry

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 4:50 pm

Bellevue dentist, Dr. A. Samsavar, likes to keep his fingers on the pulse of dental technology. So when news cropped up in July about an emerging field in dentistry, he couldn’t help but take notice. The field is known as biophotonics. At its roots, it focuses on important issues like laser tissue interaction, biomedical imaging and photodynamic therapy. But that’s not all.

The concept of using laser light to examine and treat the body is being warmly embraced across many fields. So much so, that it’s successfully being used for everything from identifying the earliest stages of dental caries and performing orthopedic surgery to examining a person’s eyes for the first signs of demenia.

Of course all of that continuous innovation brings a slew of new and modified equipment with it. That’s what our Bellevue dentist noticed in July’s dentistry headlines. Apparently, a tool that was heavily used by ophthalmologists in the 1990s has the potential to be utilized by dentists. The resource at the center of interest is an optical coherence tomography device. And the man behind the exploration of the device’s potential new uses is a University of California San Francisco professor.

According to the news articles, the professor is hoping to eventually use the device in place of standard x-rays. He believes that the technology will be useful for dentistry offices in many ways. For example, in the future it may be used to detect the presence of problems that would not otherwise be seen by the naked eye and monitor the effectiveness of subsequent treatments.

Understandably, the idea of being able to help patients deal with oral health problems sooner rather than later has Dr. Samsavar and our Bellevue dentistry team very excited. So we’ll continue keeping our eyes on the field of biophotonics as it develops. In the interim, to learn more about how the International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry is currently using state-of-the-art dental techniques to help Bellevue residents, pleasecontact us today.

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October 7, 2014

Cosmetic Dentist Discusses Link Between DNA, Saliva And Dental Caries

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 4:42 pm

Did you happen to watch CNN Health in July 2014? Cosmetic dentist, Dr. Aalam Samsavar, tuned into the show and a segment on tooth decay and genetic dentistry caught his attention. The reporter leading the segment talked very briefly about how our genetics and salvia strength may help determine our risk of developing cavities.  As a longtime dentist in Bellevue, Dr. Samsavar knows a lot about this connection and thought it was important to share additional details in today’s blog post:

Several years ago, researchers from various universities across America started looking into the connection between cavities, DNA and saliva. They discovered that our DNA and saliva do play an integral role in how fast or slow our teeth decay. In addition, they came up with a saliva test to help cosmetic dentists determine which individuals are more at risk for developing oral health problems than others.

The initial test was called the Caries Assessment and Risk Evaluation, or CARE. Since that time, the test has been improved upon and it is still in use by various dentists in Bellevue. Some of the genes that today’s salvia tests detect are DEFB1 and FAM5C. Both are known to mutate and when they do, cavities and periodontal disease are likely to occur in the affected individual.  The tests also look at the strength of the person’s saliva, which plays a role as well.

Our saliva is understandably made up of several different components, including water. Some of the elements that may lower or raise our risk of developing oral health problems are mucins, sugars, sialin, urea, ammonia and carbonic acid-bicarbonate. Our cosmetic dentist recommends that people interested in learning more about those various components consider reading the March 2009 issue of The Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice. Even though it is an old article, it provides an excellent, easy to digest overview of each element and its function. Dr. Aalam Samsavar is also more than happy to answer any questions that people may have about this topic. He is available for comment by contacting us through his International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry office in Bellevue, Washington.

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October 6, 2014

Recent Studies Show Dental Treatment May Save More Than Just Smiles!

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 3:15 pm

June 2014 brought with it two University of Pennsylvania led studies that show just how important certain dental treatments may be to a person’s physical and fiscal health. One study appeared in the journal,Cell Host & Microbe, and the other was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Both studies spotlighted the adverse impact of periodontal bacterium.

The first study, which was published on June 11th, looked at the bacterium’s inherent ability to cause inflammation and render our immune system’s cells powerless in the face of attack. That, understandably, may cause dentistry patients to eventually contract a variety of health problems that extend well beyond the oral cavity.

The second study, which appeared on June 18th, examined the issue from a different perspective. They looked at the correlation between the bacterium, overall health, dental treatments and insurance costs.

Essentially, the papers collectively indicated that people who receive treatment for periodontal disease early on are typically in better health, and spend less on medical needs, than those who do not seek out treatment from a dental offices. The reason why may be traced back to what we mentioned about the bacterium’s inherent abilities. That said, let’s take a quick look at how dental treatments help minimize the anaerobic bacterium’s negative impact on the human body.

When the bacterium shows up on a dental patient’s gums, it almost immediately causes the area to become inflamed and bleed easily. Over time, the bacterium destroys the body’s immune system cells and gum tissue.  It then makes its way below the gum line, into the teeth and the jaw bone. As such, dentistry treatments are designed to remove as much of the existing bacterium as possible, thereby slowing down the disease’s progression.

The dentistry treatments typically used to manage the disease vary and include deep cleaning, grafts and flap surgery. To learn more about them and the bacterium’s potential effect on your loved ones’ overall health, please contact us today. Dr Samsavar’s team specializes in providing gum treatments and other dental services in the greater Seattle, Washington, area.

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October 5, 2014

Bellevue Dentist Says It’s Ok to Get a Second Opinion

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 3:12 pm

survey from 2013 suggests that while 70 percent of participants would “seek a second opinion for home repair and improvement,” only 6 percent would do the same for dental work.

Your Bellevue dentist wants you to know that getting a second opinion is probably one of the most important health care decisions you can make. It doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t trust your dentist. Dentists understand that. What it does say is that you’re thoughtful and cautious about your dental health care.

That’s why sometimes it’s important to get a second opinion. Here are a few of the circumstances when getting a second dental opinion makes complete sense.

You’re Undergoing a Major Dental Procedure 

Your dentist is the first to admit that dentistry is part science, part art. There are numerous ways to achieve the same goal. That’s why it’s important to ask questions and to ensure you fully understand your options.

When you’re facing the possibility of undergoing a major dental procedure, you may want to get a second opinion. After all, wouldn’t you do the same before undergoing major medical procedures?

You’re Undergoing an Expensive Dental Procedure

Yes, you want the procedure done right. Yes, you want an expert handling your dental needs. However, you don’t want to spend more money than you need to spend.

Before you agree to an expensive dental procedure, ask your dentist about alternative, less expensive options and seek a second opinion from another dentist. This second opinion is your way to confirm the diagnosis, treatment plan, cost, and time commitment are accurate.

Your dentist wants to ensure the two of you are “on the same page” when it comes to your dental care. 

You’re a New Patient and are Unsure of the Dentist

You’re first time to a new dentist may be filled with apprehension. This is someone new. Someone you haven’t had time to get to know. Moreover, it’s someone who doesn’t yet know you.

Sometimes when faced with even simple procedures such as tooth fillings, getting a second opinion may make you feel more comfortable. It’s all about individual need and trusting your instincts.

However, one of the best approaches is to have a heart-to-heart with your Bellevue dentist. You’ll likely find that the best dentist for you is the one that doesn’t mind if you want to get a second opinion. And if we can help answer your dental questions, contact us. We’re happy to help.

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September 30, 2014

Use of Essential Oils at the Bellevue Dental Office

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 3:02 pm

Our Bellevue dentist, Dr. Aalam Samsavar, makes it a point to examine a variety of oral health remedies on behalf of his patients. And in the process, some of the treatments that Dr. Samsavar has found involve essential oils. They have actually been used to help people maintain oral health for centuries. In the early years, the oils’ benefits were touted by unlicensed medicine men and women. Today, many of those very same oils receive support from licensed dentists from all over the world.

In some situations, the essential oils are used by Bellevue dentists to help hospice patients and those with oral cancer. One mixture that is often used in such instances contains tea tree oil, lavender, peppermint and geranium oils. Tea tree oil is considered to be both an antifungal and an antiseptic. Lavender is antiviral and antibacterial too. As for peppermint and geranium oils, they are said to be capable of reducing inflammation.

In other instances, the essential oils are used to make therapeutic, over-the-counter mouthwashes like Listerine. It is a product line that containes thyme, menthol, eucalyptus and wintergreen oils. They are listed on the active ingredients label as menthol, thymol, methyl salicylate and eucalyptol. Together, they interact with the bacteria found in a person’s mouth in a way that alters its ability to complete basic cellular functions. One issue with essential oil mouthwashes is the amount of alcohol it contains as a career of the essential oils.

To ask questions and learn more about how Dr Samsavar is recommending  the use of essential oils to help patients, please contact us. Dr. Samsavar is well versed in using organic, natural products at his dental office in the greater Seattle area and would love to be of assistance.

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August 18, 2014

Juvederm Fillers: Helping Bellevue Residents Achieve Megawatt Grins

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 9:58 pm

Have wrinkles around your mouth and nose left you feeling less than confident about your smile? If so,Juvederm fillers® may just help you feel self-assured again and add a few megawatts to your grin. They are one of the options that you’ll find available at our International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry in Bellevue.

There are several different fillers that cosmetic dentists in Bellevue opt to offer their patients. Dr. Aalam Samsavar prefers to use FDA-approved Juvederm fillers® for a variety of reasons. For starters, it comes in two forms. One of the forms is designed for reducing wrinkles around the mouth and nose whereas the other is typically used to improve the appearance of the cheeks. So together, they may be used to enhance the appearance of a person’s entire face.

In addition, both forms make use of hyaluronic acid. It is a naturally occurring substance. Therefore, the human body is less apt to reject it. Furthermore, it is very effective at adding uniform volume and lasts quite a long time. As such, the amount of maintenance involved is decidedly less than other types of biogenic dermal fillers and the overall, finished appearance is very natural looking.

On top of that, the dermal fillers are safe enough to be administered by Dr. Aalam Samsavar at his cosmetic dentistry office in Bellevue. And that translates to no expensive hospital stays or costly downtime for Dr. Samsavar’s patients. Over time, the dermal fillers may also be combined with other cosmetic dentistry treatments too.

For instance, some of our International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry patients like to get teeth whitening treatments, Invisalign® aligners, Venetian porcelain veneers or dental crowns before or after Juvederm filler® injections. Others prefer to just stick with the injections. To learn more about improving your smile with Juvederm fillers® and the other techniques that we mentioned, please contact our Bellevue cosmetic dentistry today.

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August 14, 2014

Bellevue Dentist Do’s and Don’ts for Active Job Seekers

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 10:04 pm

Did you happen to notice the back issues of Marie Claire and the June 11th episode of NBC Nightly News. They each help put a personal spin on what sociologists, psychologists and Bellevue dentists have known for years. A brilliant smile can help attract the attention of potential employers far and wide. So to help all of you job seekers out there, Dr. Aalam Samsavar wanted to share his list of dos and don’ts:

Do take the time to learn about how nutrition may impact a person’s smile. Some items, like fiber dense vegetables and dairy products, may help strengthen your teeth whereas others may promote cavities and stain formation. Our Bellevue dentists would be delighted to provide additional information on which foods may prove to be job killers.

Don’t pass by the dental floss aisle without picking up a package. After all, using dental floss at least once a day may help stave off disease, decay and unnecessary tooth loss. And yes, there are forms of dental floss for people that wear braces, dentures and other appliances. So don’t let them stand in your way of achieving a job winning smile.

Do talk to your Bellevue dentist about Invisalign® invisible braces. As an August 2013 Marie Claire article pointed out, at best, the dentures may just help job seekers snag that next high paying position. At the very least, they’ll leave you with a better looking smile in time for the next round of interviews.

Don’t fail to schedule routine, face-to-face time with our Bellevue dentistry team. Taking such actions will help you address any oral health problems as they arise, which is important when it comes to maintaining a lifelong, beautiful smile.

Do try and book an initial smile makeover at least two weeks before you plan on job hunting. Depending on the condition of your teeth, we may be able to correct any cosmetic problems with our 10-day orthodontics and other resources that are at Dr. Aalam Samsavar’s disposal.

To learn more about the dos and don’ts of maintaining a smile potential employers will find hard to resist, please contact us at our Bellevue dentistry office straightaway.

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Cosmetic Dentist in Bellevue Weighs in on Mouthwash Claims

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 9:57 pm

We’ve all seen the bottles on store shelves and watched the mouthwash commercials. Some mouth rinse manufacturers claim that their products will do everything from help people attract a mate to kill bacteria but are their assertions true? Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Aalam Samsavar weighs in:

Although there are a multitude of mouthwashes on the market today, most may be divided up into two main categories. The first category contains what’s referred to by dentists as cosmetic mouth rinses. They are the ones that do nothing more than temporarily cover up a person’s bad breath. So many cosmetic dentists opt not to recommend them to their patients.

The second category of mouthwashes known to Dr. Samsavar and other cosmetic dentists contains products that are designated as therapeutic. They receive such a designation because they have the ability to kill bacteria, reduce tooth decay, eliminate bad breath and prevent gum problems from occurring. As such, they tend to be highly recommended by Bellevue dentists.

Some cosmetic dentists, like Dr. Samsavar, even use therapeutic mouth rinses as part of their in-office treatments. He likes to use special gum washes and antibacterial rinses during organic dental cleaning, gingival hydro therapy and tongue exfoliation therapy. They, in conjunction with the procedures, help to get rid of bacteria and toxins as well as improve gum tissue health.

At this point, many people often ask Dr. Samsavar what they should look for in a therapeutic mouthwash. And we have to say, the answer will vary based on the patient’s specific situation. In some instances, our cosmetic dentist may suggest a rinse that contains broad-spectrum antimicrobial agents or essential oils. They are known to eliminate bacteria and lessen pain-inducing inflammation. In cases where the person may already have gingivitis, Dr. Samsavar may suggest a rinse that contains chlorhexidine instead.

To learn more about therapeutic mouth rinses and why cosmetic dentists like Dr. Samsavar choose to include them in their patients’ oral health care plans, please contact us today.

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