Biomimetic Dentistry is now offered by Mansell Dentistry

We are happy to announce that we are now trained to provide minimally invasive Biomimetic dentistry. This approach to dental treatment is geared to preserving tooth structure using the most up-to-date materials which include reinforced mash fiber called Ribbond, along with the strongest bonding composite and components.

The new composite (white feelings) has a stronger chemical bond to the tooth, thus allowing that tooth to be flexible in function, along with sealing out biological contamination which causes dental decay or cavities.

This technique will help to eliminate the need for cutting down individual teeth for crowns. Research has demonstrated that this Biomimetic dental technique has a success rate of greater than 97% which will also eliminate the need for any further restorative treatment in the future.

Please contact us for more information regarding this new procedure. Let us help you preserve your teeth and smile.

Healthy summer smiles make happier kids!

Summer sun brings summer fun. While warm months are perfect for spending time together, summer vacation can also throw off your usual dental routine and prevent summertime tooth decay.

Stay on a routine

Whether your kids are staying up to catch fireflies or a fireworks show, resist the temptation to skip brushing before a late bedtime—or let it slide when they sleep in the next morning.  Don’t forget about your smile over the summer, It’s important for families to consistently brush and floss, which keeps kids on track for healthy back-to-school dental visits.

No matter how eventful the upcoming months become, supervise that they are brushing twice a day for 2 minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Simple things like brushing calendars can help everyone stay on track over the summer. Plus, it’s a chance to spend more time together. Brushing alongside your children for 2 minutes, twice a day for the three months of summer gives you 6 extra hours together, so make the most of them!

And don’t forget to clean between those teeth once a day.  Your children should be flossing between any two teeth that touch. However, many kids don’t have motor skills to floss until they are over 10 years old.” If your child needs help, try different types of interdental cleaners or put your hands over theirs to guide them and get the job done at the same time.

Come see Dr. Kathi Mansell, Scottsdale Dentist, for your regular cleaning and oral health check, and have a great summer.


New Year’s Resolutions

It can be daunting when your list of New Year’s Resolutions is as long as your holiday shopping list. In addition to the post-holiday slump, not being able to keep your resolutions by February, March or even late January may increase your anxiety. When your holiday decorations are packed up and stored away, the frustration of an unused gym membership or other reminders of failed resolutions can make the later winter months feel hopeless.

However, it is important to remember that the New Year isn’t meant to serve as a catalyst for sweeping character changes. It is a time for people to reflect on their past year’s behavior and promise to make positive lifestyle changes. “Setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of a singular, overwhelming goal on January 1 can help you reach whatever it is you strive for,” says psychologist Lynn Bufka, PhD. “Remember, it is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.”

By making your resolutions realistic, there is a greater chance that you will keep them throughout the year, incorporating healthy behavior into your everyday life. APA offers these tips when thinking about a News Year’s resolution:

Start small 

Make resolutions that you think you can keep. If, for example, your aim is to exercise more frequently, schedule three or four days a week at the gym instead of seven. If you would like to eat healthier, try replacing dessert with something else you enjoy, like fruit or yogurt, instead of seeing your diet as a form of punishment.

Change one behavior at a time

Unhealthy behaviors develop over the course of time. Thus, replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones requires time. Don’t get overwhelmed and think that you have to reassess everything in your life. Instead, work toward changing one thing at a time.

Talk about it

Share your experiences with family and friends. Consider joining a support group to reach your goals, such as a workout class at your gym or a group of coworkers quitting smoking. Having someone to share your struggles and successes with makes your journey to a healthier lifestyle that much easier and less intimidating.

Don’t beat yourself up

Perfection is unattainable. Remember that minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal and OK. Don’t give up completely because you ate a brownie and broke your diet, or skipped the gym for a week because you were busy. Everyone has ups and downs; resolve to recover from your mistakes and get back on track.

Ask for support

Accepting help from those who care about you and will listen strengthens your resilience and ability to manage stress caused by your resolution. If you feel overwhelmed or unable to meet your goals on your own, consider seeking professional help. Psychologists are uniquely trained to understand the connection between the mind and body. They can offer strategies as to how to adjust your goals so that they are attainable, as well as help you change unhealthy behaviors and address emotional issues.

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What causes teeth to turn black?

What causes black teeth?

Teeth turn black from either extrinsic or intrinsic causes.

Teeth owe their color to the high amount of calcium found in the outer layer of the teeth, known as the enamel.

Over time, additional elements left behind by foods and drinks can start to make teeth yellow or gray. If the teeth turn black, however, a person should visit a dentist as soon as possible.

Extrinsic causes

Woman with black teeth <br>Image credit: Calvin Smith, 2009</br>

Black teeth may be caused by tartar buildup and stains.
Image credit: Calvin Smith, 2009

Extrinsic causes of the teeth turning black come from the outside of the tooth.

These can include:

  • damage to the enamel
  • stains
  • tartar buildup

Some direct causes of staining include:

  • frequently eating or drinking a dark food product, such as coffee
  • taking certain medications, such as liquid iron supplements
  • using certain mouth rinses and toothpastes
  • using tobacco
  • having crowns and fillings made with silver sulfide

Intrinsic causes

The tooth may appear black when damaged from the inside. The most common culprits of black teeth in these cases are decay or cavities. For example, a pulp infection or dead tooth may turn a tooth black.

The damage starts on the inside and works its way to the surface. The black color of the tooth may first appear in spots and eventually cover the entire tooth if left untreated.

If you notice any of the symptoms come in for a visit and we will examine the teeth, diagnose the underlying cause and will then determine the right treatment.


Gum disease ‘raises the risk of dementia by up to 70%’: Findings could see regular dental care promoted as a way of warding off Alzheimer’s

Having gum disease could increase the risk of developing dementia by up to 70 per cent, according to new research. Results from a study of 28,000 people indicate that those who brush their teeth more are less likely to develop the disease. And experts said regular dental care may be promoted as a method of warding off Alzheimer’s – if a link is confirmed by further research.

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, occurs when a build-up of plaque causes swelling and infections. Researchers believe that inflammation caused by years of mouth problems could eventually damage the brain. Gum disease has already been linked to health problems such as heart disease and early cancer deaths. And other studies have indicated that dementia patients with gum disease tend to deteriorate at a faster rate. Now, a Taiwanese study claims that the condition could indicate a risk of dementia.

Researchers studied 9,300 patients who had recently been diagnosed with chronic periodontitis, a common gum disease. These patients were then compared with 18,700 other participants, who did not suffer from gum disease. After ten years, 115 of the participants with gum disease developed Alzheimer’s, compared with 208 without.

But the results, published in the journal Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy, showed those who suffered from gum disease for more than ten years were significantly more likely to develop dementia. Those participants with long-term gum disease were 70 per cent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s during their lifetimes. Chang-Kai Chen and colleagues from the Chung Shan Medical University in Taichung wrote: ‘This finding supports the notion that pro-inflammatory factors due to [gum disease] may slowly and progressively induce neurodegenerative changes that lead to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.’

But the authors added that further study was ‘required to verify this hypothesis’.

James Pickett, head of research at the Alzheimer’s Society, told The Times: ‘Although at first it does not seem obvious that gum disease could be linked to brain health, it is plausible that an immune reaction triggered by the gum disease could make its way to the brain and contribute to the development of dementia.’ Mr Pickett stressed that it was difficult to separate the effects of illnesses such as diabetes and depression, which are linked to both conditions.

He added that while a 70 per cent increase sounds like a big risk, only about one in 100 people with gum disease went on to develop dementia. Matthew Norton, of Alzheimer’s Research UK, added: ‘While this study is interesting, we still don’t know whether gum disease is causing an increased risk, and can’t tell whether treating gum disease could be an effective way of reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s. Evidence suggests that the best way to maintain brain health as we get older is to not smoke, eat a healthy diet, only drink in moderation, stay mentally and physically active and keep blood pressure and cholesterol in check.

National Men’s Health Month and Dental Health

Our patient’s healthy and beautiful smile is top priority during any visit with Dr. Kathi Mansell. Dr. Mansell encouraging men to pay close attention to their oral health, especially During National Men’s Health Month.

Men’s Health Month is a national health education program created to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage the detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

Oral health in men has been linked to many other health factors from heart disease to reproductive health issues and cancer. The American Academy of Periodontology has found that gum disease is higher in men (56.4 percent) than in women (38.4 percent).

Gum disease and heart disease are linked, and research shows gum disease increases risk of heart disease.

Men are also two times more likely to get oral cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. This has been attributed to higher rates of alcohol and tobacco use by men.

Research has found that men with a history of gum disease are 14 percent more likely to develop cancer than men with healthy gums.

All the while, oral cancer is on the rise. A report by FAIR Health, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing transparency to healthcare data, reports that health insurance claims for oral cancer jumped 61 percent from 2011 to 2015, with three times more men than women reporting having oral cancer.

Our dental team is dedicated to providing personalized and gentle care for you.


Chocolate can prevent damage to the teeth !?!?

Chocolate Is Useful To Protect The Teeth Against Damage

Chocolate is the food that is not easily stale, because chocolate contains polyphenols as antioxidants that may prevent chocolate from stale. Cocoa beans contain alkaloids which causes a bitter taste. Having in mind that the benefits of chocolate are extremely diverse, a variety of processed cocoa continues to experience growth. Chocolate many processed into chocolate snack or a chocolate bar.

Chocolate Can Prevent Damage To The Teeth

Researchers have found that chocolate can prevent damage to the teeth. This was so successful in combating decay that scientists believe are several components that may one day be added to mouthwash or toothpaste. Studies have found that parts of cocoa beans, the main ingredient of chocolate, thwart mouth bacteria and tooth decay. Chocolate has anti-bacterial effect on the mouth and can be effective against plaque and other harmful agents.

Teeth Decay

Teeth decay occurs when bacteria in the mouth turns into acid, which damages the surface of the teeth and cause dental caries. Tooth must have acid producing bacteria around it to prevent the development of decay in the teeth, along with food to feed on the bacteria. Teeth that are susceptible to decay will have little or no fluoride in the enamel to fight plaque. Fluoride to prevent decay, although fluoride will not be able to do much if just once the decay has started to damage the teeth.

The lack of a habit to clean your teeth (brush teeth) will allow the plaque and tartar to build it around teeth and speed up the process of decay. Even though your mouth has many bacteria are always present, but only one type of course which will produce acids that ward off tooth decay.

Some people have active decay that is always happening in their mouths. People with active decay can easily be spread through eating, drinking from the same glass. Once the decay has settled in the tooth enamel, it will run very slowly. Once made it through to the second layer of the email, it will spread faster as the head of the pulp. Pulp is a vital area of ??the tooth, because it contains nerves and blood supply. This is where the pain will be most powerful, because the decay will start touch the nerves.

Pit or fissure decay is a decay that is a bit more serious, forming a narrow groove along the sides of the teeth for chewing. This went much faster, and can damage your teeth much faster than smooth decay. Because the groove is so narrow, it will be difficult to clean with a toothbrush on a regular basis. Even though you may brush your teeth regularly, this type of damage is difficult to prevented without going to the dentist for regular checkups and cleaning.

The last type of tooth decay, the decay of roots, starting at the root surface. This is usually the caused of dry mouth, a lot of sugar, or no dental care. Root decay is the most difficult to be prevented, and the most serious type of tooth decay. It can destroy teeth quickly, the affected tooth decay should be removed because there is no other choice.

Tooth decay is not a light matter, and should always be treated before it decay to spread and affect other teeth. If you are diligent in visiting the dentist for regular checkups and cleaning, you can usually prevent this from scratch.

Chocolate or not, you should always brush your teeth every day, and use mouthwash to kill bacteria!

Final Note:
Between all that chocolate delight don’t forget to come in for your regular checkups and cleaning.