Picture it: You’re settling into your dentist’s chair for an appointment. It’s probably been too long since your last visit. After the hygienist and doctor work on you, you get the news: you have advanced gum disease. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill gingivitis; it’s been slowly destroying the bone around your teeth and you’re going to have to have surgery to correct it before it wreaks havoc on your mouth and the rest of your health, as well.
Oral cancer accounts for just 2-4% of all cancers, but that number is on the rise. Because of the lack of pain associated with oral cancer, early detection and treatment plans are unfortunately rare. Gum disease is also often undertreated due to a lack of noticeable symptoms. Gum disease, if left untreated, can have a whole host of effects on your mouth and body — including the loss of your teeth. New research suggests that gum disease and oral cancer may be more related than we thought.
Despite epidemic levels of gum disease in the United States – the majority of adults having some level of gum disease – most of us are unaware of the signs, symptoms or even why it is important to be treated. We’ve brought together a panel of experts to answer your gum disease questions. February is Gum Disease Awareness Month – it’s time to be more informed on this all too common disease.
Tonya had been battling with gum disease all of her adult life. Instead of getting expensive dental implants, she chose to have it treated with the LANAP protocol after hearing about it from her friend. We chatted with her about her experiences with gum disease, why she chose to get treatment and what life is like after the procedure.
As you’ve probably gathered from our website, gum disease awareness is something we are concerned with 24/7, 365 days a year. That doesn’t mean it isn’t important to observe that February is Gum Disease Awareness (GDA) Month, now going into its sixth year. GDA is now recognized in all 50 U.S. states, as well as the territories of Guam and the Virgin Islands. Here are the top three reasons why it’s so important that you and everyone else know why this distinction came to be in the first place — and what you can do to keep the momentum going.
It’s that time of year where everyone plans for how they’re going to improve their lives in the new year. Maybe you wanted to drop those pesky 10lbs, or maybe you’re looking to quit smoking. Maybe your resolution is to start reading more or pick up gardening. Whatever the case may be, we all know the dreadful success rates associated with New Year’s Resolutions.
Good news — if you want to prove to yourself you can stick with a resolution and improve your health at the same time, look no further than your bathroom sink. Making a commitment to your oral health is a simple step you can take to ensure you keep your smile in good shape for the new year and beyond. Here are five reasons why improving your oral health should be a priority for the new year.
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.
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. 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. READ MORE
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.
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.