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10 Nov 2017

10 Astonishing Facts About Gum Disease That Can Change Your Life

Over 80% of U.S. adults suffer from some degree of gum disease, making it one of the most common diseases in America. Yet, most of us don’t know much about gum disease.  Even worse, what we think we know may not be completely true.  Here are some useful (and actual) facts about this often ignored part of our body.

 

  1. Gum disease is silent. The odds are you have gum disease but don’t know it. Less than 60% of people with gum disease even know they have it because early symptoms are easy to miss. That’s why is called a “silent” disease.  Only when the disease reaches advanced levels do you notice a change to the mouth and gums. If you wait until you see or feel symptoms, you are increasing your risk of serious oral health problems.

 

  1. Gum disease isn’t just a disease for older people. A common misconception is that gum disease is something that only afflicts the senior population. The truth is anyone — even children — can get gum disease. Even pets get gum disease. That’s why it’s so important for people of all ages to get regular dental checkups every six months to make sure your oral health is on the up and up. If you are concerned that you may have gum disease, ask your dentist if he has probed your gums recently and what the pocket depths were.

 

  1. Gum disease is contagious. “Cooties” are real — and in the case of gum disease, you can unwittingly pass the disease on to your loved ones through the simple acts of sharing food and drinks or kissing. Even the act of double dipping in a shared bowl is a major offender in spreading gum disease. Be aware of you and your family’s habits and those around you! .

 

  1. “Pink in the sink” is not normal. You may think that spitting out a few spots of blood after brushing and flossing is a run-of-the-mill occurrence, but it isn’t. Your gums should not be bleeding — period. If you’ve noticed that “pink in the sink” is a routine part of your brushing, you need to address it with your dentist.

 

  1. Chronic bad breath is a sign of gum disease. Most of us have experienced waking up to a case of “morning breath” on occasion. But if you notice that your breath seems less-than-fresh on a recurring basis even though you are brushing like normal, it can indicate that you have gum disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection, which puts off an unpleasant odor. Don’t just stock up on mints — make sure you’re getting to the root of problem.

 

  1. Gum disease is linked to other serious conditions, including heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and more. Learning about the links between gum disease and these other “scarier” diseases, as well as the overall importance of oral health, is key to ensuring people change their lifestyle habits to improve their gums and general health. Learn more about the illnesses with links to gum disease.

 

  1. Gum disease can be hereditary. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, research has indicated that genetics can influence a person’s susceptibility to gum disease. That means that even if you have impeccable oral health habits, you could still be at risk! If gum disease seems like it runs in your family, talk to your dentist about your next steps. Most people, our parents included, don’t say much about gum disease. Gum disease may run in your family and you might not even know it.

 

  1. You can regenerate parts of your body! Yes, it is possible to regrow bone destroyed by gum disease. A big part of the reason so many people shy away from treating their gum disease is fear of the surgical options. While cut-and-sew methods and placement of dental implants are frequently thought of as the only ways to deal with problem teeth, there is an alternative that can help you save and even regrow lost bone. The LANAP laser treatment doesn’t require any cutting or sewing and is the only treatment method that has been FDA cleared to regenerate (aka regrow) bone and tissues lost to gum disease.

 

  1. Dental implants can get gum disease too. Experts estimate between 3-20% of implants fail due to infection, or peri-implant disease. Implants themselves can’t become diseased but the tissue around implants can become infected. Infection can set in when bacteria is present during oral surgery or any time post-surgery without proper oral hygiene. It can also be caused when dental cement escapes from under the crown during cementation and gets caught in the gums. Making sure gum disease is treated before implant placement is crucial. If you think your implant may be failing, the LAPIP treatment can help.

 

  1. Losing teeth shortens your life. Research shows that the more missing natural teeth a person has, life expectancy decreases. The study showed that those with 20 or more natural teeth at the age of 70 had a considerably higher life expectancy than those who didn’t. Just another reason to keep your natural teeth as long as possible!
01 Nov 2017

Gum Disease Treatment May Be the Key to Fighting Off Alzheimer’s Disease

Gum disease is so common that it could accurately be described as an epidemic — as many as 85% of U.S. adults have some form of the disease. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize they have the condition, and those who do often brush it off as not a big deal.

Conversely, Alzheimer’s affects roughly 5 million Americans, with that number projected to reach 16 million by 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It’s also the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., causing more than breast and prostate cancer combined.[1] Rightfully so, it is a leading concern to many, especially those who are older or who are caring for older relatives.

You may ask why these two conditions are being brought up in the same conversation. According to new research, having advanced gum disease may increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.[2][3] READ MORE

22 Oct 2017

These 5 Halloween Candies are the Worst for Your Teeth

Ghosts, goblins, ghouls and gum disease — all things you should be on the look out for this Halloween.

Your kids are most likely thrilled to hit the town this Halloween in their best costume and gather up as many sweets as possible. We also know you’re probably a little excited too — don’t worry, we won’t mention those treats you snagged from your kids’ bags when they weren’t looking.

While Halloween candy is often referenced as something that wreaks havoc on teeth, do you know the types in particular that are especially bad for your oral health? Check out the list below and make sure to keep an eye out for them in your trick or treaters’ bags.

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15 Sep 2017

Double Dipping is Gross — And Can Be Bad For Your Overall Health

We’ve all been there before. You’re in the midst of a fun party — the music sounds great, the conversation is flowing, and you’re having a fantastic time. Then, out of the corner of your eye, you see it. Wait, did Paul just double dip in the salsa?

Once your mild disgust passes, you continue on with the party — carefully avoiding the bowls Paul eats out of. But did you know that double dipping could actually have a profound effect on the rest of your body? You read right: double dipping can be bad for your overall health.

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14 Aug 2017
The Flossing Debate and Why There Shouldn't Be One

The Flossing Debate and Why There Shouldn’t Be One

The debate about the merits of flossing all started last August with The New York Times. The prestigious paper ran a story that implied that it might not be necessary to floss to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bone loss. The dental community responded with a unified and resounding, “Yes, it is.”

The NY Times article referred to the latest dietary guidelines published by the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services that excluded flossing in their recommendations. The Associated Press reported that the government agency dropped flossing because officials had never researched whether flossing truly helped in upholding dental health.

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16 Jun 2017

Men’s Overall Health: The Best Gift Dad Can Get for Father’s Day

Don’t forget: Father’s Day is this Sunday! Have you already gotten your gift, or are you one of us who’s scrambling to think of a last minute present for dad? Whether or not you have that perfect jacket or set of golf clubs picked out, there’s something else you can do to show dad you care: ensure he’s taking care of his dental health. With June also being Men’s Health Month, now is the perfect time to get dad (grandpa, brother, etc.) thinking about men’s overall health.

As men age, monitoring their health becomes even more important. With illnesses like heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and dementia looming, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Did we mention erectile dysfunction? Yeah, there’s some scary ones to watch out for.

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26 May 2017

The Foods That are Good and Bad for Your Teeth at Your Summer Barbecue

With summer in full swing, barbecue season is upon us. While there are many reasons to watch what you eat at the barbecue (hello, heartburn), it’s also important to take your teeth and gums into consideration, especially if you know you already have gingivitis or a more severe form of gum disease. Below are a handful of foods that will either help or hinder your oral health. Be aware and happy eating!

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18 Apr 2017

Gum Disease No Big Deal? These Connections to Other Serious Illnesses May Change Your Mind

Gum disease is a condition that as many as 85% of American adults suffer with, signifying an undeniable epidemic of the disease. And yet, many peoples’ reaction to learning they have gum disease is underwhelming.

What most don’t realize is the connection between gum disease and countless other serious conditions. Learning about the links between gum disease and these other “scarier” diseases, as well as the overall importance of oral health, is key to ensuring people change their lifestyle habits to improve their gums and general health.

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20 Mar 2017

It’s Time for Spring Cleaning—And Don’t Forget Your Teeth!

Spring is just around the corner, and with it, spring cleaning. From decluttering a countertop to taking a hard look at organization, it’s time to celebrate the end of winter.

However, another important cleaning this spring is also likely due: your dental hygiene appointment. And it’s a crucial one not to miss, especially if you want to prevent gum disease.

You have probably heard all your life that you should get your teeth cleaned every six months. You have heard it because it’s true. Getting the tartar and plaque buildup removed from your teeth is essential to your oral health. Failure to take care of your hygiene appointment can lead to more serious conditions with your gums, conditions that can affect your overall health.

Before you scoff at the notion, consider this: Nearly half of the adults over age 30 in the U.S. have gum disease (47%) according to the CDC. Not only that, but gum disease also affects over 70% of adults over the age of 65.

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24 Feb 2017

How are Hearth Health Month, Black History Month and Gum Disease Awareness Month All Related?

February is an important month for your gums. Why? February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, Heart Health Month, Black History Month and National Children’s Dental Health Month. And guess what? They’re all related to your gums.

This February is the fifth anniversary of Gum Disease Awareness Month. Started by the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD), the mission was to raise awareness about the disease that affects 85% of U.S. adults.

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