Dr. Roger Briggs, Scottsdale, Arizona Dentist

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Providing exception dental care for more than 35 years, Dr. Roger Briggs opened his Scottsdale practice in 1973. Passion for dentistry resulted in accelerated training and completion of dental prerequisites in just three years, followed by graduate work as a doctor of dental surgery.  Your smile benefits from his commitment to education. He is recognized by his peers and Since starting his own practice in 1973, he has remained active in many dental organizations... For more on Dr. Briggs Click Here

Saturday
Jul262014

What Causes Cavities, With Dr. Roger Briggs, Scottsdale, Arizona

While many people associate sugar with cavities, it's actually a type of bacteria that causes the tooth decay.  This bacteria is called streptococcus mutans and it thrives on refined carbohydrates.  While there is a host of friendly bacteria in the mouth, when you start feeding this particular strain, it starts to produce acid and it becomes the dominant micro organism in the mouth, says Dr. Roger Briggs, a dentist in Scottsdale, Arizona with Briggs Family Dentistry.  Deep areas of decay are formed as a result of this acid attacking the teeth.  If we can keep this bacteria from becoming the dominant one in the mouth, then we wouldn't have any issues, he says.

Dr. Roger BriggsWhile children are known to having more cavities than adults, Dr. Briggs says that as adults, they can develop generational rooth carries, or decay.  He says as we get older we produce less saliva and our immune system finds it harder to fight off infection.  The root surface is not protected by enamel so in that area, root decay can form, similar to the rapid decay that forms in children.  

Cavities can be a communicable disease, as the bacteria can be passed around, Dr Briggs says.  Studies have shown that of children who have a high level of decay, 80% of the time, they're inoculated by that germ from the mother and 20% from the father.  It's because the mother is the one who's in more contact with their food and utensils, by touching the food with her tongue to see if it's too hot, for example.  

Dr. Roger Briggs is with Briggs Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Dr. Briggs is a leading dental expert with Dentist News Network, providing online, on-demand dental news video content across many dental specialties.  Dentist News Network is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Saturday
Jul262014

Oral Health Misconceptions, With Dr. Roger Briggs, Scottsdale, Arizona

A lot of experts say that your oral health is directly related to your overall health but there are some misconceptions.  For one, people often associate sugar with tooth decay, but that's not always the case, according to Dr. Roger Briggs, a dentist in Scottsdale, Arizona with Briggs Family Dentistry.  The sugar, he says, is just the fuel that feeds the germ and in turn, it produces a lot of acid.  This acid is what makes its way into the enamel.  

Dr. Roger BriggsAnother misconception is that teeth whitening can damage the enamel but if done properly, no damage will occur, says Dr. Briggs.  He cautions against using home whitening kits and urges people to see a professional about teeth whitening, so you know you're using materials that will work.  

A lot of people still have amalgam fillings in their mouth, which contain mercury, raising a lot of concern about the neurotoxin mercury produces.  Dr. Briggs says that the WHO, CDC and ADA have all found that amalgam is still a fine, inexpensive restoration for the tooth.  While it's a debatable issue, Dr. Briggs is happy to replace a patient's amalgam fillings with tooth-colored fillings, should they have concerns about the mercury.  The composite overlays that Dr. Briggs uses are beautiful and long-lasting, so he feels very comfortable about doing the procedure.  As there is more cost involved with tooth-colored fillings, Dr. Briggs feels that amalgam fillings should not be banned so as to not prohibit people from taking care of their teeth.  

There is concern about the existence of alcohol in mouthwash, related to a link to oral cancer and Dr. Briggs doesn't believe there should be alcohol in any mouth rinse.  With so many other options available, he says it doesn't need to be there at all.

Some wonder if wisdom teeth serve a purpose and Dr. Briggs says if they're crowding the mouth or are partially covered, they can cause some life-threatening infections.  While that's an extreme example, some people want to have them removed just to have them removed.  Dr. Briggs still has his and credits them to protecting his temporomandibular joint when he bites down hard on something.  His position, along with oral surgeons, is that they don't need to be taken out "just because they're there."  If the jaw is growing properly, wisdom teeth should be maintained and kept, he says.

Dr. Roger Briggs is with Briggs Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Dr. Briggs is a leading dental expert with Dentist News Network, providing online, on-demand dental news video content across many dental specialties.  Dentist News Network is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Friday
Jul252014

Are Dental Therapists for Children a Good Idea?, With Dr. Roger Briggs, Scottsdale, Arizona

Some are advocating the use of dental therapists on children to perform regular dental cleanings, given the rise of dental decay in children.  Originating out of more remote areas, such as Alaska, that are pretty inaccessible for dentists, the thinking that using dental therapists is "something is better than nothing," according to Dr. Roger Briggs, of Briggs Family Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona.

With these mid-level providers, Dr. Briggs says they don't have the level of training and experience to make good diagnostics.  While he thinks there's a place for them, caution must be taken in over-reaching and putting too much pressure on them.

Dr. Roger Briggs is with Briggs Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Dr. Briggs is a leading dental expert with Dentist News Network, providing online, on-demand dental news video content across many dental specialties.  Dentist News Network is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Monday
Apr012013

Dental Implants, with Dr. Roger Briggs of Briggs Family Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona

As implants are immune to decay, they are often the preferred choice over dental patients receiving root canals.  Implants are actually more affordable than a root canal because unlike a root canal, it does not need to be retreated, says Dr. Roger Briggs, dentist in Scottsdale, Arizona with Briggs Family Dentistry.

An implant procedure can often be done in one appointment, where Dr. Briggs does an "immediate load," so the patient doesn't need to wear something removable to replace the lost tooth.  A temporary tooth can be placed during the healing period.

Implants need to be placed so carefully and gently that most often the post-operative discomfort with an implant is far less than with a removable tooth.  Dr. Briggs says that implants can now support dentures and can also be done in one appointment.

Dr. Roger Briggs is with Briggs Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Dr. Briggs is a leading dental expert with Dentist News Network, providing online, on-demand dental news video content across many dental specialties.

Tuesday
Jan292013

ADHD and Sleep Disorders in Children, With Dr. Roger Briggs, Scottsdale, Arizona

The number of diagnosed children with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) has increased by about 25% in the past decade and recent studies show a link between pediatric sleep disorders and the onset of ADHD.  ADHD is an attention deficit hyperactivity that is outside of the normal range about affects about 2% of children, says Dr. Roger Briggs, with Briggs Family Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona.

ADHD can be genetic, nutrition can play a role, environment can play a role, such as mercury or lead poisoning and sleep and breath factor in, says Dr. Briggs.  "Everyone knows that when a child doesn't sleep well, it affects behavior," he adds. 

Dr. Briggs says that when asleep, our brains get the opportunity to reboot and when not breathing, it impacts our hormonal system.  He can look at a 7 or 8-year-old and see how much grinding they're doing on their mature molars and see large tonsils, as that can affect the airway.  As a dentist, he can tell if the jaws aren't developing properly and if the blueprint doesn't match the size of the tongue they're given, that can push the tongue back into the airway and cause a problem.

Snoring is the most common symptom of pediatric sleep disorders.  "25-30% of all ADHD in children can be eliminated with the treatment of the airway," says Dr. Briggs.

Dr. Roger Briggs is with Briggs Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Dr. Briggs is a leading dental expert with Dentist News Network, providing online, on-demand dental news video content across many dental specialties.