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November 19, 2014

Bellevue Dentist Exposes the Truth About The Dental X-rays.

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 9:39 pm

Our Bellevue dentistry team knows that in recent years, there has been a lot of talk about dental x-rays and whether or not they do more harm than good. Most of the discussions started after the National Council on Radiation Protection & Measurements released what’s now known as Report No. 172. Soon after, many dentists opted to err on the side of caution. They began looking into utilizing different film speeds, digital equipment, biophotonics, best practices and the like, all in an effort to reduce patients’ radiation exposure.

And as for the patients, many started to realize that there is just no escaping radiation. Why? Not only does it occur naturally, it may be found in everything from computer terminals, wrist watches and beer to airplanes, airport scanners and steaks. As such, it is now widely accepted that most of us will safely come into contact with at least 6.2 milliSieverts of it on a yearly basis. So the goal for each of us should be to ideally keep our annual exposure at, or below, that level.

With that said, it’s important that patients let our Bellevue dentistry team know if they spend a lot of time walking through airport scanners or having medical imaging related procedures completed. That way, we can keep that in mind when evaluating the need for dental x-rays. For the most part, the x-rays are typically only needed in certain circumstances. The list of circumstances includes, but is not limited to initial visits, orthodontics work and examinations designed to detect problems not visible to the naked eye (e.g. root abscesses).

If dental x-rays are needed, our Bellevue dentistry team can take precautions to ensure that you’re exposed to as little radiation as possible. To learn more about dental x-rays, common safety precautions and low radiation options, please contact us today.

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November 17, 2014

Dr. Samsavar Chimes in on Polyethylene Ladan Toothpaste News.

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 9:35 pm

All of us here at the International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry recognize that nowadays people get their oral health news from a wide variety of sources. So our Bellevue dentist, Dr. Samsavar, wasn’t sure if everyone in the Greater Seattle area happened to catch the latest reports about toothpaste. It seems that some manufacturers have been making oral health products that contain polyethylene. And that has our entire dentistry team disturbed. Polyethylene, after all, is actually a form of flammable resin.

Bellevue dentistry patients should note that the products in question have previously received both FDA and the American Dental Association’s approval. So technically, they are classified as “okay” to use. However, we’d prefer it if our patients shied away from using such products because the questionable ingredient could very well get lodged inside of cavities, gaps that may be located at the gum line and in between teeth. Plus, they could wedge in between the teeth and orthodontic wires, which are often used in the creation of partial dentures and traditional braces. But that’s not all.

Believe it or not, there are forms of bacteria that can actually live off of polyethylene. Thanks to a review of various scientific experiments, two that our Bellevue dentistry team knows about are Pseudomonas and Sphingomonas. Often found in healthcare settings, both are gram-negative bacteria that can really make people ill. You can find out more about them through places like the Center for Disease Control and publications like the Journal of Hospital Infection.

To speak with Dr. Samsavar and the rest of our cosmetic dentistry team about finding oral health products that are polyethylene free, please contact us today. We can provide deep cleaning services to help remove any polyethylene that may already exist in people’s mouths and provide recommendations on which oral health products are best to use on a daily basis.

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November 13, 2014

Crest Pro Health Mouthwash concerns

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 3:56 pm

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November 11, 2014

Bellevue Dentist Dr. Samsavar talks about concerns with Listerine Mouthwash

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 4:35 pm

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November 10, 2014

Bellevue Dentist Urges Seniors to Overcome Barriers and Seek Care.

Posted under: Dentistry — Aalam Samsavar @ 9:31 pm

A report that appeared in the September 2014 issue of the American Journal of Health Behavior and statistics coming out of Washington State have Bellevue dentist, Dr. A. Samsavar, and his International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry team gravely concerned about the Greater Seattle area’s senior population. Here’s why:

The report indicated that nationwide, an increasing number of America’s seniors are having a hard time accessing dental care and as a result, their oral health is suffering. One of the most frequently cited reasons for ignoring their teeth were not having a way to get back and forth from the dentist’s office. The list also included problems making appointments and issues related to navigating the dental health care system in general.

Sadly, the statistics for Washington State seem to back the researchers up. They indicate that many of our region’s seniors don’t have dental insurance and are living with troubling, unresolved health problems, like periodontal disease, cavities and missing teeth. Given that oral health has such an impact on a person’s quality of life, that’s understandably disconcerting to renowned dentists everywhere.

With that in mind, Dr. Samsavar and his team would like seniors to know that first rate, contemporary dental care is available in the Bellevue area to both the insured and the uninsured. Plus, smile makeovers are often quick and very affordable. And for those that don’t have their own way to get to and from dental appointments, there are resources available too. Among them are entities like the Eastside Easy Rider Collaborative, Senior Services Volunteer and Hopelink Transportation. So there is absolutely no need for seniors to live without healthy teeth and gums.

That said, seniors currently living with cosmetic or painful dental problems are encouraged to contact us. Our International Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry team can help schedule an appointment with our Bellevue dentist and answer any questions about navigating one’s way to pain free, oral health.

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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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