Yes. Medical research has consistently concluded that gum disease is linked to heart disease, stroke, and even diabetes. While gum disease will never be labeled as an epidemic (as no one dies from it), it can lead to illnesses that are considered to be health epidemics.
The good news is that there are treatments available to control gum disease. For mild cases, we offer effective non-surgical options that (with improved oral hygiene) can stop gum disease in its tracks. For more advanced cases, we find that gum surgery is the most effective treatment.
Absolutely. Dentists and hygienists are highly trained to detect oral cancers. This is yet another reason that regular visits to the dentist are important for your overall health. When detected and treated early, oral cancers have an 80-90% cure rate.
Contrary to popular belief, tooth loss is NOT caused by tooth decay, but gum disease. If your gums bleed when you floss or your teeth appear to be shifting, you will need treatment in order to keep your natural teeth.
Your visits to our office involve much more than polishing your teeth. While brushing and flossing are important, only our specialized dental tools can get your mouth completely clean. During your visit, we will remove plaque and bacteria below the gumline and between the teeth, helping you preserve your smile.
Yep. Not only can tongue and lip piercings become infected, but the jewelry itself can fracture your teeth. In fact, dentists estimate that up to 40% of people with mouth piercings experience such problems.
When it comes to fluoride, a little goes a long way. Used properly, fluoride can strengthen teeth and help prevent tooth decay. Excessive fluoride, however, can cause irregularities in tooth enamel. Young kids in particular tend to use (and subsequently swallow) too much fluoride toothpaste, which is why it is a good idea to supervise them while they’re brushing.
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you may be grinding your teeth as you sleep. Grinding (known as bruxing) can damage teeth, jaw joints, and even affect your hearing. If you suspect that you are grinding your teeth, your dentist may be able to provide an oral appliance that will prevent this habit.
Because they have high acid and sugar content, soft drinks pack a double punch. First, the acid softens your tooth enamel. This makes your teeth susceptible to decay, which the sugars in soft drinks contribute to. Eliminating soft drinks from your diet is the best course of action, but on the occasion that you do enjoy one, chew sugar-free gum afterwards to clean the acids and sugars from your teeth.
The loss of even a single tooth can cause other problems down the road. When a missing tooth creates space in your jaw, other teeth begin to shift. This can lead to difficulty with chewing and talking. Additionally, your face may change shape, resulting in a “sunken” appearance that makes you look much older than you actually are.
The best course of action for a missing tooth is a dental implant. They are a permanent and natural-looking solution that will allow you to eat and speak normally.