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The first clue to diabetes may be in your mouth! In many cases it's the dentist–and not the physician–who has the first opportunity in the early detection of diabetes, because diabetics are especially prone to dental problems. Swollen, tender, bleeding and receding gums, loose teeth, and a sore tongue may not just be signs of poor dental health. They may be danger signals for diabetes, too. If you have any of these symptoms, you may be one of the millions of Americans who has diabetes. Diabetes occurs when a gland called the pancreas fails to produce sufficient amounts of the hormone, insulin, to regulate blood sugar levels. In other words: Diabetics have too little insulin and too much sugar in [...]

By |2022-01-27T19:28:42+00:00July 5th, 2022|Patient Education|Comments Off on Diabetes

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

Pssst – Secret Sugars

Lurks in Every Pantry Your sugar bowl sits on the table, and you lift its lid only to sweeten your morning coffee. You deserve a medal for exemplary nutritional behavior! Are you sure? Most folks eat more of it than they realize—150 pounds per year on average. That's 6 ounces—3/4 of a cup—every day. Two-thirds of Americans are overweight, many of them children. Doctors predict that an epidemic of diabetes will follow the obesity epidemic. Lose that sugar bowl and you still consume it in cakes, pies, and cookies. Ditch the desserts and your intake remains high. What's going on? Here's what—sugar is added to canned fruits, vegetables, soups, breakfast cereals, gravies, sauces, meats, salad dressings, rice and pasta mixes, [...]

By |2021-02-20T17:28:17+00:00May 18th, 2021|Nutrition|Comments Off on Pssst – Secret Sugars

Information on Oral Lesions

During the course of a day, you're likely to have a look inside your mouth and briefly survey the landscape. We hope so, anyway. Aside from the stray loose filling or that crown that will need repair soon, fuss over the soft tissues in your mouth—the mucous membrane, the skin. Are there any red or white spots you haven't noticed before? Maybe you have taken a wait-and-see approach to a small sore you found last week. Any unexplained swelling? Discoloration that doesn't hurt a lick? Come on in; we need to see what you see. Most oral lesions, as we call them, are harmless. A piece of crusty French bread with dinner can scratch delicate tissues. But if you use [...]

By |2020-12-29T16:50:00+00:00January 5th, 2021|Patient Education|Comments Off on Information on Oral Lesions

Healthy Gums, Healthy You!

Fighting periodontal (gum) disease through meticulous daily hygiene and regular dental appointments is brilliant. You preserve your beautiful smile and sweet breath, maintain the health of your teeth and gums, and protect your overall health in the bargain! Periodontal disease—a chronic inflammatory disease that can destroy gum tissue, ligaments, even the bone supporting the teeth—is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults. Gum disease has been associated with such chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. People with higher blood levels of certain disease-causing bacteria in the mouth are more likely to have high levels of plaque (atherosclerosis) in the carotid artery in the neck. Clogging of the carotid arteries can lead to stroke. [...]

By |2020-07-27T19:01:21+00:00November 17th, 2020|Periodontal Dentistry|Comments Off on Healthy Gums, Healthy You!

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

Periodontal Disease: It’s More Than Just Sore Gums

And periodontal health is more than a dazzling smile. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums has become more important than ever. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammation of the gums that not only can lead to tooth loss but can even interfere with other systems of the body. Periodontitis, aka gum disease, has been associated with such other chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. You can assess your risk for the condition at perio.org. Good news! The condition is treatable. Daily tooth brushing and flossing are crucial, but they are not an acceptable substitute for the important annual periodontal evaluation. Yes, your appointment is important. It could save your life.

By |2020-06-27T20:31:35+00:00July 14th, 2020|Periodontal Dentistry|Comments Off on Periodontal Disease: It’s More Than Just Sore Gums

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…

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

Diabetes and Your Mouth

Tell Your Dentist About Your Diabetes We could be first to know. Don't let us be the last. Diabetes affects the blood chemistry and metabolism of those who suffer from the condition. Without proper medication, people with diabetes run the risk of multiple severe disorders. However, early detection can ward off the dangers, and we dentists are often the first to notice clues. So be sure to keep your regular dental appointments and cleaning Diabetes Implications for Oral Health People with the condition are more likely than others to develop tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, fungal infections, dry mouth, impaired taste, and inflammatory skin disease. They also may suffer from delayed healing and an increased risk of infections. For many [...]

By |2019-11-16T19:33:43+00:00February 4th, 2020|Patient Education|Comments Off on Diabetes and Your Mouth