A Patient’s Guide to Dental Implants From the American Academy of Periodontology A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, and with proper care, they can be a long-term solution to tooth replacement. Advantages of Dental Implants Appearance: The replacement teeth that dental implants are built to hold will appear identical to your surrounding teeth. No one will know you [...]
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An Annual Snapshot of Your Oral Health: The Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation From the American Academy of Periodontology A regular visit to your periodontist should be part of your overall health and wellness plan. And while a bi-annual dental checkup and cleaning are necessary, these visits may not include a detailed look at the health of your gums. The American Academy of Periodontology recommends that all adults undergo a comprehensive periodontal evaluation (CPE) once a year. What is [...]
Periodontal health for men is extremely important as it may impact a variety of other health factors. Research has found that periodontal disease is higher in men (56.4 percent) than in women (38.4 percent). This may be because men are less likely to go to the dentist or because men have worse indicators of periodontal health than women, including higher incidence of dental plaque, tartar, and bleeding on probing. However, periodontal health for men is extremely important [...]
Most people know that maintaining healthy teeth and gums is a necessary step in achieving overall wellbeing. In fact, now not only dentists encourage brushing and flossing, but many physicians also promote oral hygiene as a way to help keep the rest of the body healthy. Several research studies have suggested that gum disease may be associated with other health issues, including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. And with more and more research reinforcing the connection [...]
Updating your dental professional on changes in your medical history at every dental visit may help to ensure medications you are taking such as bisphosphonates don’t interfere with your treatment results, or cause post-treatment complications. Bisphosphonates, also known as bone-sparing drugs, are commonly used in tablet form to prevent and treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Tablet form bisphosphonates are often called “oral bisphosphonates.” Other forms administered intravenously (IV) are commonly used in the management of advanced [...]
Congratulations! You are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant! Whether or not you want it, everyone you know will be giving you advice about how to eat, sleep, exercise, and take care of your body during this exciting time. However, what some might forget to add to that list is the importance of taking care of your oral health. Good oral health is always important. However, it may be especially important for expecting mothers as recent [...]
Cancer therapy can cause oral complications that compromise periodontal health, so a visit to your periodontist is important to help keep your gums healthy during this difficult time. Oral Complications Common side effects of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation to the head and neck, and bone marrow transplantation can negatively impact your overall health and quality of life. Radiation and chemotherapy kill cancer cells, but they can also hurt normal cells. Complications vary for every [...]
Swollen joints and missing teeth often go hand in hand The American Academy of Periodontology encourages rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients not to brush off daily oral hygiene because you may have a greater risk of losing your teeth to periodontal disease, a bacterial infection of the gums. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology found that people with RA were twice as likely to have periodontal disease with moderate to severe jawbone loss. In fact, [...]
Diabetes and Periodontal Diseases: A Two-Way Street If you have diabetes, you know that it’s important to regulate your blood sugar levels for the well-being of your body from head to toe. But, you may not know that what happens to you from head to toe can affect your diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is not a single disease; it occurs in several forms and has complications that affect virtually every system of [...]
The pill that might be making your mouth ill Your medicine cabinet may hold the answer to some of your oral health problems. Drugs that improve the health of one part of your body may have a detrimental affect on your mouth. For example, over 400 medications produce dry mouth or xerostomia, which can be damaging to the gum tissue. Other drugs may cause gingival enlargement, which means the gums become swollen and “grow over” the [...]