September 2012

September 26, 2012

Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

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Periodontal disease in diabetics makes controlling their diabetes more difficult.  Uncontrolled diabetes leads to worsening of the periodontal disease, creating a cycle that spirals out of control quickly.  Here is some more information about periodontal disease and diabetes from the American Academy of Periodontology.

September 25, 2012

The body’s role in periodontal disease

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Bacteria are considered to be the cause of periodontal disease, but bacteria do not directly destroy the bone and connective tissue surrounding the teeth – the body does!  It seems strange to think a person’s own defense system causes the breakdown associated with periodontal disease, but that really is what happens.  In an attempt to Read the full article…

September 24, 2012

Why do teeth get cavities?

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Bacteria in your mouth eat the sugars that you put into your mouth.  The bacteria turn these sugars into acid, which then start to de-mineralize the tooth.  These de-mineralized areas are called tooth decay, or cavities.  When the cavities get to be a certain size, your body can no longer heal, or re-mineralize, the area Read the full article…

September 20, 2012

Dental Calculus

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Tartar and calculus are both terms to describe calcified bacterial plaque.  Your saliva contains calcium and phosphate that combine with the bacteria in your mouth to make a hard substance that sticks to your teeth and contributes to gum disease.  This tartar or calculus can be white, yellow, brown, black, or sometimes other colors, depending Read the full article…

September 18, 2012

Oral Health Fact: Periondontal Disease and Life-Threatening Illnesses

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Good oral health is desirable not only for the teeth and gums, but also for general health and longevity.  In numerous studies over the years, periodontal disease has been associated with life-threatening health issues including heart disease, lung disease, stroke, diabetes, anemia, peptic ulcers, oral cancer, kidney disease, low-birthweight infants and premature births.

September 4, 2012

Dental X-Rays

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Certain x-rays are required in order to properly diagnose problems in the mouth.  These x-rays provide valuable information about developing problems that we cannot see under the gums, under fillings, and in between your teeth simply by looking with our eyes.  Without x-rays, dentists are handcuffed by receiving only a portion of the information needed Read the full article…