Fountain of Youth Advantages Over Traditional Dentures

Fountain of Youth™ Dentures offer many advantages over traditional dentures in both health and aesthetic arenas. Although more expensive than traditional dentures, there is no comparison to the benefits Fountain of Youth™ Dentures give their wearers. Although economy dentures may be tempting because of their cost-saving factors, the added benefit of having a denture that maintains and supports your face as well as allows you to eat whatever you want is much more appealing than one which leads to jawbone deterioration and an aged appearance.

Neuromuscular Benefits

Other dentures do not provide direct stimulation to the alveolar bone and as a result don’t allow the jawbones (upper and lower) an opportunity to maintain their shape and function. Traditional dentures only serve to replace missing teeth where Fountain of Youth™ Dentures replace teeth and stimulate the jawbone through neuromuscular function and support.

Other dentures that are loose often make it difficult for the patient to speak, laugh or eat. Fountain of Youth™ Dentures offer a superior fit and the added benefit of optimum muscle relaxation and function. If you want a dental restoration that allows you to smile confidently again, schedule a consultation for Fountain of Youth™ Dentures and you will be on your way to experiencing the following benefits:

  • Plumper Lips
  • Less Wrinkles
  • Improved Facial Appearance
  • Better Chewing & Speaking Capabilities
  • Better Fit Than Other Dentures
  • Improved Underlying Facial Support
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Nutrients Benefit Your Dental Health. Why?

Nutritional support is an essential ingredient of our periodontal (gum) disease therapy. Beginning in the 1980’s, Dr. Samaha initiated leading edge clinical evaluations into the positive effects of nutritional supplementation on periodontal disease. Building on success, Port Warwick Dental Arts continues to explore, develop, and innovate in the expanding field of nutritional support.

For those being treated for periodontal disease, we find it is necessary to inorportate pharmaceutical-grade nutrients of the highest quality and absorbability, specifically useful for improving the health of the soft tissues in the mouth. Because the mouth is the home of the most aggressive bacteria and the most delicate tissue in the body, the periodontal tissues possess an extraordinarily high and unique nutritional appetite. We want to reduce pocket depth, bleeding and inflammation. Developed to support the body, high level nutrients can inhibit enzyme release, prevent plaque accumulation, and enhance bone healing and gum tissue regeneration while strengthening and replenishing the immune system.

Posted in Dental Health, Oral health

Treat Gum Recession Through a Pinhole!

Gum recession occurs due to periodontal disease and/or mechanical forces on the gums from clenching, grinding and incorrect tooth brushing. Gums begin pulling away and creeping down the roots of the teeth. When there is no gum tissue over the roots of teeth, there is no bone, either. This makes teeth sensitive to eating and drinking temperatures, even tooth brushing. Eventually, teeth may become abscessed and/or so loose they can actually fall out. Traditionally, the procedure for treating gum recession was surgical gum grafting, which repaired the gums but was a remarkably invasive treatment with painful recovery, involving cutting gum tissue from the roof of the mouth and grafting it over the roots of the teeth.


In the past, gum grafting could take one or two hours for one tooth. Remarkable as it sounds, Dr. Samaha, using the Pinhole Recession Technique™ can treat up to 14 teeth per hour with this gum recession technique. You can make one trip to our comfortable office within Hampton Roads to receive this gum recession treatment, instead of many repeated surgeries to repair gum recession on many teeth. Follow up appointments are quick, painless and easy.


The Pinhole Gum Recession Treatment™ can be the optimum treatment for gum recession. As revealed in the Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, 2012, you can be assured that it is as effective as traditional methods, if not more so.


Whereas the original gum surgery required more hours of time and cutting of the roof of your mouth and your gums, the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is performed through a tiny pinhole or two. Really. No incisions. No sutures. No tissue cut from the roof of your mouth.


Traditionally, your healing time for gum surgery to treat gum recession would have been two to three weeks. You can typically get the Pinhole Receding Gums Treatment™ done and eat dinner comfortably that night!


The gum recession area is covered immediately and looks beautiful right away.

If you have gum recession or some of the symptoms of this problem and are concerned about the pain and extended recovery time from traditional gum grafting surgery, please call our office serving Hampton Roads and the Williamsburg VA and surrounding areas. Aesthetic results are immediate! We are excited to help give you the use of your healthy teeth, mouth and smile in a miraculously short time!

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Straight Teeth. Nearly Invisible Braces on the Fast Track

Adults, no need to worry about sporting that teen metal-mouth look for years. With Six Month Smile™, Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha of Port Warwick Dental Arts in Newport News is able to straighten your teeth in a matter of months, with nearly invisible braces. “You’ll be done in three to nine months with most patients finishing treatment in six months,” she says.

For adults whose bite and jaws don’t need to be re-aligned, Six Month Smiles™ is a great option for fast track results – and a more appealing smile before your next dental checkup. Six Month Smiles®, using special tooth-colored nickel titanium wires and clear brackets, features a conservative treatment designed to safely and gently straighten your teeth– primarily those that show when you smile, Samaha says. The focus is on those who desire cosmetic improvement, as opposed to a major jaw and bite realignment, she clarifies.

Good news: “Teeth are rarely extracted, there’s little trauma to the mouth, and minimal, if any discomfort. This is because Six Month Smile™ uses light forces over a short period of time.” More good news: the Six Month Smile™ method is typically less costly than other types of orthodontics. And even more good news: because the clear braces are bonded to your teeth, your compliance, and therefore, your success, is automatic, unlike the “clear align” or “invisalign” removable orthodontic trays which are totally dependent upon you wearing them almost 24/7, for up to 2 years.

“Dentists who have used the ‘clear align’ method in the past are particularly attracted to Six Month Smile™ because the doctor has more control in moving the teeth and also because of the fine detail that can be achieved with the Six Month Smile™ method,” she says. “You can see a need and adjust for it immediately. With clear aligners, it’s sometimes challenging to predict treatment time and the fine tuning is often unable to be accomplished as carefully and efficiently as with Six Month Smile®.”

Samaha says, “Oftentimes, people look at investing in porcelain veneers in order to have straighter smiles.” As a cosmetically trained dentist, Samaha has been creating beautiful smiles with porcelain veneers since 1982. “Although I still use porcelain veneers frequently, Six Month Smile™ are one-fifth to one-third the cost of using porcelain veneers to straighten teeth, and require minimal, if any reduction of tooth structure. With Six Month Smiles® being typically less expensive than traditional orthodontic methods, the concept is a win-win,” Samaha says.

After your treatment is complete, you’ll wear a retainer to help keep your teeth in place. The retainer can be removable, or conservatively bonded to the inside of your teeth where it cannot be seen. Most prefer the bonded style.

At Port Warwick Dental Arts, where healthy, great looking smiles are created every day, results extend beyond straighter teeth. As an added bonus for those who think braces are only equated with vanity, straighter teeth mean a healthier mouth. “Crooked teeth can cause periodontal swelling and inflammation because the gum tissue is crowded out,” Samaha says, “and because it’s difficult to properly clean teeth when they are overlapping.”

So, not only do Six Month Smile™ allow an adult to enjoy a healthy, more youthful smile, they also help to resolve and prevent the periodontal problems encouraged by crowded teeth.

Hands down, Six Month Smile™ can be the perfect “quick-turn-around” option for a straighter, healthier and more attractive smile.

Posted in Orthodontics, Six Month Smiles

You May Have It…

Periodontal disease is a common and challenging bacterial infection that affects the gums and the bone supporting the teeth. It can also affect the whole body in strikingly dangerous ways. Periodontal disease can even delay conception and cause harm to mother and baby during pregnancy. Alarmingly, scientific research shows that up to 85 percent of the adult population has some level of periodontal (gum) disease and only about 10 percent know they have it.

How dangerous is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease can wreak havoc on the entire body. Bad breath and bleeding, swollen and/or recessed gums can be some of the first signs of periodontal disease, but may not be obvious until the middle to late stages of the disease. If left untreated, the disease can lead to bone loss in the jaw, more serious gum abscesses (“gum boils”), loose teeth and even tooth loss. Most of all, the health of the entire body is at risk when periodontal disease is present.

What’s worse, periodontal disease is highly contagious and can be transmitted via mouth-to-mouth kissing or by sharing food and/or drinks. It’s an inflammatory disease, which is why it is so destructive to every organ and cell in your body (and your developing baby). So it’s important for both partners to get checked—and treated—even before conception. In addition to being harmful to mother and baby during development, periodontal disease can also affect conception. An Australian study published in 2012 found that women with periodontal disease take an average of two months longer to conceive (seven months) than those without gum problems (five months).

What are my options?

Because periodontal disease is such a complex infection, its management requires a multi-faceted approach. There are many steps you can take to avoid gum surgery, loss of teeth and complications in the rest of the body as long as you are under the watchful eye of a dental professional experienced in treating periodontal disease.

For decades, Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha of Port Warwick Dental Arts has been urging people to understand the direct correlation between good dental health and overall wellness. Over the last three decades, Dr. Samaha has developed a private practice devoted to comprehensive dental care for the ultimate goal of what she refers to as “Total Body Wellness through Complete Health Dentistry.”

You may have periodontal disease…

Lisa Marie Samaha, DDS
Creating Beautiful, Healthy Smiles
in Hampton Roads since 1982

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People With Periodontal Disease Have Higher Cancer Risk

People who have periodontal disease have a higher overall risk of developing cancer, say researchers in the June issue of The Lancet, Oncology.

Studies have suggested that tooth loss and periodontal disease might increase patients’ risk of developing cancer, but smoking might have confounded the association.

To determine whether periodontal disease or tooth loss is associated with cancer, Dominique S. Michaud, ScD, Imperial College London, and colleagues from Harvard University, Boston, and University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, used data from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS, originally begun in 1986).

Participants reported baseline periodontal disease with bone loss, number of natural teeth and tooth loss in previous two years, as well as smoking history and food intake. They also reported any new cancer diagnoses on the follow-up questionnaires. The endpoints researchers measured were overall cancer risk and individual cancers with more than 100 cases reported.

A total of 48,375 men with a median follow-up of 17.7 years were eligible for the study. Researchers recorded 5,720 cases of cancer (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer and non-aggressive prostate cancer) among the participants. The five most common cancers were colorectal (1,043), melanoma of the skin (698), lung (678), bladder (543) and advanced prostate (541).

After adjusting for known risk factors, including smoking history and dietary factors, they found that participants with a history of periodontal disease had a 14 percent higher risk of developing cancer than did participants with no history of periodontal disease. Researchers noted significant associations between periodontal disease and lung, kidney, pancreas and hematologic cancers. They also noted that having fewer teeth at baseline was associated with an increased risk of developing lung cancer.

The study was funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute.

Posted in Gum disease, Periodontal Treatment

The Art of Healing

Nutritional support is an essential ingredient of our highly successful and internationally acclaimed non-surgical protocol for treating periodontal disease. Beginning in the 1980’s, Dr. Samaha initiated leading -edge clinical evaluations into the positive effects of pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplementation on periodontal disease. Building on success, Port Warwick Dental Arts continues to develop improved technique in the expanding scientific field of clinical nutrition. For those being treated for periodontal disease, we recommend only pharmaceutical-grade nutrients of the highest quality and absorbability, specifically targeted toward the health of the soft tissues in the mouth. Because the mouth is the home of the most aggressive bacteria and the most delicate tissue, the periodontal tissues (gums and jaw-bone) possess an extraordinarily high, unique nutritional appetite. In support of the periodontal tissues, certain nutrients inhibit enzyme release, prevent plaque accumulation, and enhance healing while strengthening and replenishing the immune system and decreasing bleeding and inflammation.

Why we recommend and use Dental Laser Therapy. Periodontal disease is a multifaceted, inflammatory disease process which involves more than genetics. Dr. Samaha believes that if you have periodontal disease, the first step is to determine the easiest and most efficient manner to treat your disease. Along with targeted nutritional supplementation, gentle dental laser therapy can be used to heal tissue by killing bacteria and encouraging the formation of new, healthy tissue. The dental laser also vaporizes diseased tissue, cell remnants and toxins preventing these harmful substances from spreading through the bloodstream to the rest of the body. There is also no risk of antibiotic-resistant bacteria formation. Remarkably, as a result of specialized types of laser therapy, regenerated gum tissue can attach to teeth and new bone can grow around and between teeth.

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Reclaim Your Smile – Reclaim Your Health

Healthy dental habits are important for maintaining a pleasing smile, and they are more important than you might think for maintaining a healthy body. In fact, they are critical to achieving Total Body Wellness. Many will agree that healthy lifestyle habits are important, especially so for those who are predisposed to health problems such as heart attack and stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, respiratory disease, pregnancy complications, infertility, erectile dysfunction and cancer, among other issues.

As such, waves of health-conscious adults are now setting their sights on organic produce, grass-fed meats, and wild-caught fish. Gym memberships have become standard practice, and healthy individuals steer clear of smoking. They also make flossing, brushing, and visiting their dentist for regular check-ups an integral part of their life because they know that periodontal disease – an infectious bacterial disease that destroys the gums and jawbone – can cause harm to the rest of the body. According to the World Health Organization periodontal disease affects 85% of the adult population and is the number one cause of tooth loss.

Millions of harmful bacteria live in your mouth, and their ability to attach to teeth and gums is the primary cause of periodontal infection. While excellent oral hygiene, good nutrition and professional dental care greatly reduce chances of getting periodontal disease, the disease is highly contagious, so you still might not be in the safe zone. Several factors should be considered that may, in fact, put you at high risk for periodontal disease:

  • Having family members or friends with periodontal disease
  • Inheriting the genetic marker for periodontal disease
  • Diagnosis of other conditions, such as diabetes and osteoporosis, or if you are pregnant or post-menopausal
  • Maintaining a low-quality nutritional intake; a wide range of vegetables are key to keeping your gums healthy
  • If you are experiencing stress, distress or depression

It is important to note that periodontal disease is silent until its middle-to-late stages, so it takes a skilled dental health professional to make a proper diagnosis and provide proper treatment options. Learn how to avoid the symptoms of periodontal disease like smelly breath, loose teeth, bleeding, receding gums, and tooth loss. Most of all, learn how to keep a healthy mouth to avoid the dangers that periodontal disease can wreak on the rest of the body.

Everyone wants a beautiful, healthy smile, and with that comes a healthier body! It’s important to understand periodontal disease and use healthy dental habits to achieve and maintain Total Body Wellness.

Posted in Dental Health, Gum disease, Oral health, Periodontal Treatment

Planning on Starting a Family? Don’t Forget this Critical Care

Before trying to start a family, get your gums checked. When you make the decision to start a family, you receive a lot of advice from doctors, friends, family and other well-wishers who have been through the process: eliminate exposure to cigarette smoke and alcohol, eat a healthier diet, exercise in moderation, take supplements, etc. But the one bit of advice you might not get is to have your dental condition checked, too. In fact, the ideal time to make sure you are dentally healthy is well before you conceive.

For couples who are already pregnant, a periodontal exam is especially in order; it’s critical. Additionally, periodontal disease can be worsened due to the hormonal changes of pregnancy. And periodontal treatment during pregnancy is not only safe, it could be life-saving for mother and baby.

How common is periodontal disease and what affect could it have on my baby? Since periodontal disease is the world’s most common, chronic disease and affects more than 85% of the adult U.S. population, the pregnancy concern is significant. Preterm births and low birth-weight babies can be affected by respiratory distress syndrome, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, decreased lung function, anemia, jaundice, intracranial hemorrhage, malnutrition, congestive heart failure, and even death. In Obstetrics and Gynecology, February 2010, Dr. Yipping Han published the first documented case of the still-birth of a full term baby who succumbed as a direct result of the mother’s periodontal bacteria having crossed the placenta.

Greater than 543,000 premature births occur in the United States per year, and the numbers are rising. In Virginia, the overall premature birth rate was 11.4 percent in 2009. Unfortunately, according to the Daily Press, September, 2001, Hampton Roads was cited as “Home of Virginia’s Tiniest Babies.”And according to current estimates, the average hospital bill for a premature infant is $55,242 versus an average of $4,551 for full-term babies. Preterm-related causes of death together accounted for 35% in 2008 of all infant deaths, more than any other single cause.

How bad does my periodontal disease have to be to cause a problem for my baby? In the Journal of Periodontology, 2001, Dr Marjorie Jeffcoat and researchers revealed that women with as little as two sites of periodontal disease may be up to seven times more likely to deliver a preterm, low birth weight baby. As the level of periodontal infection increases, so do the risks to mother and baby, such as gestational diabetes, hypertension and pre-eclampsia in the mother and a myriad of complications of preterm birth in the infant, as noted above.

Infertility in moms-to-be? An Australian study published in 2012 found that women with periodontal disease take an average of two months longer to conceive (seven months) than those without gum problems (five months).

What about periodontal disease in fathers-to-be? As for the male side of the equation, infertility in men can be attributed to periodontal disease. Amongst others, a 2013 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine showed 68% of men with periodontal disease had low or zero sperm counts and/or diminished sperm quality/mobility. Periodontal disease has also been shown to contribute to a three-fold increase in erectile dysfunction, according to the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, 2012.

Don’t take unnecessary risks. Periodontal disease is highly contagious and therefore, innocently spread among family members. It does little good for the mom to be periodontally healthy if her kissing partner is not. If untreated, parents can compromise the healthy birth of their baby, and after birth, they can infect their baby’s mouth with the bacteria that cause periodontal disease and tooth decay. Because periodontal disease is such a complex infection, its management requires a multi-faceted approach. There are many steps you can take to avoid gum surgery, loss of teeth and complications in the rest of the body as long as you are under a watchful, professional eye.

Posted in Dental Health, Gum disease, Oral health, Periodontal Treatment

How Do Your Gums Affect Your Heart?

Since the mid-nineties, scientists have been increasingly observing a strong connection between poor oral health and heart conditions.

How might oral health affect the heart? In gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease, infection leads to chronic inflammation—gums are swollen, red, and sometimes bleeding. Bleeding gums indicate the bacteria is active throughout the mouth and the body. In periodontitis, the more severe form, the infection affects the bones that support the teeth, leading to tooth loss. In both cases, disease is caused by an accumulation of bacteria, or plaque, between the gums and the teeth. These organisms release toxins that can circulate through the body.

In particular, the body’s arterial system is affected. Numerous reports in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology and other esteemed journals, display a startling correlation: the more severe the gum disease, the thicker and harder the walls of the arteries. This is true even for young, healthy adults with no other symptoms of heart problems. Narrowing of the arteries (or atherosclerosis) is a key component of heart disease.

But gum disease threatens more than your heart. The toxins in dental plaque can cause harm wherever they go. In fact, scientists are finding more and more links between oral health and conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, preganacy complications, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and even many types of cancer.

With professional cleaning, excellent oral hygiene, nutrients and removal of bacterial buildup, gum disease can be reversed—if it’s caught in the early stages. In the later stages, it must be treated more definitively.

A 2007 report in the New England Journal of Medicine noted that patients in an intensive six-month program to treat gum disease emerged not only with healthier gums but with improved endothelial function—a reference to the lining of the blood vessels. This result has been confirmed in other studies.

Too many of us neglect our gums and teeth. Good oral health will obviously help you avoid tooth loss. And it is also the way to a healthier heart and much more.

Posted in Dental Health, Gum disease, Oral health
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