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The Story of Diabetes & Dentistry

The Problem: With more than 24 million diabetics and 57 million pre-diabetics in the United States1, nearly a quarter of the nation’s population, the connections between dental health and diabetes have never been more critical. As an indicator of our general health, the rapidly rising rate of diabetes should be ringing alarm bells everywhere. In […]

Understanding Gum Disease… Is It Affecting YOU?

Periodontal disease affects over 90% of Americans each year and the reality is that you will experience some form of it over the course of your life. The only question is to what degree. The main culprit of the disease is dental bacterial plaque, the biofilm that results when bacteria concentrate at the gum line […]

The Warning Signs of Periodontal (Gum) Disease

As any dentist or medical professional will tell you, Benjamin Franklin gave great advice that is still true today when he said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The first tell tale sign of periodontal disease is bleeding gums when brushing your teeth or flossing. Unfortunately, most people ignore this sign […]

Treating Ongoing Periodontal (Gum) Problems

If you have been informed that you have periodontal disease, it is helpful to understand some of the aspects of treatment. One of the first and possibly the most important is behavior change. Simply put, you must make changes in your oral hygiene routine to prevent or limit future disease. The next aspect of treatment […]

The Effects of Pregnancy and Birth Control on Gum Disease

The effects of dental bacterial plaque biofilm are especially apparent in some pregnant women during their first trimester. This condition known as pregnancy gingivitis even occurs in women who are not pregnant but take certain birth control medications. The reason these women experience this issue is typically the same for both categories. The increased elevation […]

Understanding the Relationship between Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

Because diabetes negatively impacts the immune system’s normal response to inflammation and wound healing, it can also wreak havoc in your mouth through periodontal (gum) disease. In fact, if left untreated, periodontal disease can cause bone loss and eventually the loss of teeth—regardless of whether or not you are diabetic. These reasons make it critical, […]