Facts About Gum Disease

What is gum disease? Gum disease is swelling or soreness of the soft tissue around your teeth. Gum disease is also more formally refer to as periodontal disease. Later stages of periodontal disease also affect the bones supporting the teeth. What causes gum disease? bacteria medication hormonal changes What are the symptoms? bleeding gums red,…

What a Dental Cleaning Involves

When life gets busy or money gets tight, it is easy to put off dental hygiene appointments. Many patients view these appointments as “just a cleaning.”  Conversely, your dental hygiene appointment is much more than that! Dental cleaning appointments involve more than just cleaning teeth. Your cleaning appointment is really an oral health appointment. The…

It’s Not “Just a Cleaning”

When life gets busy or money gets tight, it is easy to put off dental hygiene appointments. Many patients view these appointments as “just a cleaning.”  Conversely, your dental hygiene appointment is much more than that! Dental cleaning appointments involve more than just cleaning teeth. Your cleaning appointment is really an oral health appointment. The…

Smoking and Your Oral Health

Smoking and Your Oral Health There are many oral consequences of tobacco use. Smoking alone causes mouth sores, ulcers, gum disease, and oral cancer. Additionally, smoking affects both those who smoke as well as those exposed to second hand smoke. Periodontal Disease Fifty percent of smokers have periodontal disease. Smoking causes people to be more susceptible…

Heart Disease and Oral Health

The jury is still out on whether or not oral health directly affects cardiovascular health. However, it is difficult to ignore the similarities between gum disease and heart disease. Additionally, the similarities in the disease-causing bacteria are also apparent. Conditions Atherosclerosis Oral bacteria that cause periodontal disease (gum disease) have been found in hearts affected…

Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal Treatment

Do you need Periodontal Treatment? Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the soft and hard structures supporting the teeth.  If left untreated, it can lead to serious dental issues, even the loss of your teeth.  If you find yourself diagnosed with periodontal disease, you will need periodontal treatment.  Remember, every patient is different. …