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Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation That Could Be Deadly Illness or injury to your body should trigger your immune system to heat up at that location and essentially smoke out the enemy. If your immune system is healthy when the mission is accomplished, the inflammation subsides and healing begins. But sometimes an immune system doesn't know when to stop. It smolders beneath the surface, destroying the very tissue it's supposed to heal. This potential volcano at the core of your body is called Chronic Inflammation. CI is thought to trigger such diseases as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and gum disease. A simple blood test for chronic inflammation focuses on C-reactive protein (CRP), which the liver produces when inflammation is present. Individuals with [...]

By |2021-02-20T17:29:43+00:00May 25th, 2021|Periodontal Dentistry|Comments Off on Chronic Inflammation

How Valuable are Dental X-Rays, Really?

There's no substitute for a dental X-ray in seeing everything we need to know about your teeth, jaw, and sinuses. We can diagnose decay under old fillings, abscesses, bone loss due to periodontal (gum) disease, cancer, and tumors, extra and impacted teeth. We couldn't see these conditions with the naked eye no matter how closely we looked! Most people are aware that X-rays involve radiation, and we know some folks are concerned. But the exposure you receive from a dental X-ray is so tiny it doesn't even compare to the natural radiation you get from, say, a day in the park. We further minimize the radiation through lead aprons, super high-speed film, and filters. X-rays are a very important diagnostic [...]

By |2020-07-27T18:50:09+00:00October 6th, 2020|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on How Valuable are Dental X-Rays, Really?

Dentistry: Early Warning for Disease

Your mouth is an early warning system. Changes in tissue color, persistent sores, chipped and eroded teeth, and excessive tartar buildup are certainly unattractive. But, more important, these variations from the norm can also be vital evidence of serious ill-health. What you don't see can hurt you You may miss early warning signals on your own; they often cause little or no distress. That's why it's so important to schedule dental checkups regularly. We may be the first to notice symptoms of diseases. Reading the signals Some symptoms indicate simple vitamin or mineral deficiency. Others betray signs of serious concern—cancer of the mouth, leukemia, diabetes, and, more recently, AIDS. The link between gum disease, heart problems, and stroke is clear. [...]

By |2020-07-22T19:03:35+00:00September 8th, 2020|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Dentistry: Early Warning for Disease

What Your Mouth “Tells” Us…

About Your Overall Health Recent studies, including the Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health, confirm what our team has known for a long time: There are so many connections between oral health and overall health that your next dental visit can be the next best thing to a physical examination! Your mouth is both an early warning system and a window to the health of your heart, your circulation, and your healthy well-being. A dental exam gives us the chance to recognize potentially serious conditions (certain cancers—especially oral cancer, diabetes, and more recently, AIDS)—even before they become apparent to your family physician. There's an increasingly strong link between gum disease and the risk of heart problems and stroke. That's why [...]

By |2020-03-28T17:25:49+00:00June 16th, 2020|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on What Your Mouth “Tells” Us…

Facing Chemotherapy?

Tell Your Dentist Anyone facing cancer therapy already knows—chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer is a serious response to a serious condition. What they may not know is that a dental appointment scheduled at least two weeks before treatment begins can reduce the risk of complications and help preserve salivary glands. The reason is this: with radiation treatment and chemotherapy, changes in saliva occur that can encourage decay and dry mouth, diminish taste, and thicken soft tissues—to name a few. All these side effects may be overcome if gums are healthy, restorations are intact, and oral hygiene habits are impeccable. So, if someone you know is scheduled for cancer therapy, share this information with them. A pre-treatment dental appointment made [...]

By |2020-03-28T17:19:38+00:00May 26th, 2020|Patient Education|Comments Off on Facing Chemotherapy?

Oral Exams: Open Your Mouth and Say Ahhh

Oral Exams & Diagnosis Checkups are an essential tool for your health! There's a lot we can learn from looking into your mouth during routine oral exams. Not only is the oral cavity a window into your overall health, but it's also a sort of early warning system for other conditions. Your mouth helps diagnose everything from malnutrition to more severe diseases such as diabetes and cancer. It used to be part of every visit to the family doctor to "Open your mouth and say, ahhh." Today, while physicians have highly sophisticated ways of testing for disease, the mouth remains one of your body's most sensitive indicators. Oral Exams & Malnutrition If you're not getting enough Vitamin C or Vitamin [...]

By |2019-11-16T19:35:46+00:00February 11th, 2020|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Oral Exams: Open Your Mouth and Say Ahhh