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Alcohol and Your Health…

Just the Facts There's so much conflicting information regarding drinking alcohol blasting at us these days. A glass of red wine is good? Is even drinking at all a good idea? It's a matter of proportion. The facts are these. First, alcohol affects women more than men. Because men tend to be heavier in muscle mass, their bodies can process slightly more alcohol with fewer negative consequences than women's. But there's something else: the amount of an enzyme known as gastric alcohol dehydrogenase that's produced. Women naturally produce less of this than men and, thus, are less likely to break down alcohol. Because of this difference, it's important that women take extra caution with alcohol consumption. It's a fact that [...]

By |2022-07-12T16:34:33+00:00August 2nd, 2022|Patient Education|Comments Off on Alcohol and Your Health…

Heart Healthy News

Do you have sore, bleeding gums? Are you worried about your heart's health, and how much time may still be available to enjoy your life and family? A visit to our office just might help solve all these worries simultaneously! Fighting periodontal (gum) disease through outstanding daily hygiene and regular dental appointments is a three-for-the-price-of-one proposition. Protect your gums! Protect your teeth! And protect your heart in the bargain! Recent research has shown that the levels of two inflammatory proteins known to raise the risk of heart disease can be substantially reduced by regularly treating inflamed gums. Furthermore, individuals with higher blood levels of certain disease-causing bacteria in the mouth were more likely to have high levels of plaque (atherosclerosis) [...]

By |2022-01-04T20:39:41+00:00February 15th, 2022|Periodontal Dentistry|Comments Off on Heart Healthy News

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

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…

Heart Disease and Dental Care

Do Heart Disease Patients Need Antibiotics Before Dental Care? For some heart disease patients, antibiotics are essential to take before any dental care, even regular preventative cleanings. These individuals may include those who have had rheumatic fever, heart murmur, heart valve replacement, or orthopedic joint replacement. Often, these patients are at an elevated risk for developing the condition called infectious endocarditis. So, the American Dental Association recommends they take a "pre-med" before undergoing dental work. Here's why: During even the most routine dental procedures, bacteria that usually inhabit the mouth can make it into the bloodstream. When that happens (and bacteria travels to the heart) it may further aggravate the existing heart disease or underlying condition. Instead of allowing this [...]

By |2019-11-16T19:29:31+00:00January 21st, 2020|Patient Education|Comments Off on Heart Disease and Dental Care

Guard Against Gum Disease

More than half of adult Americans have gum disease. Poor nutrition causes much of it, with neglect contributing a share. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, with doctors suggesting that bacteria from gums moves into the bloodstream and then to the heart, in turn, causing increased rate of heart attack and stroke. The saliva of people with gum disease also doesn't have the antioxidant effectiveness of healthy people, inhibiting the body's ability to ward off inflammation. Other possible risks from the condition may include rheumatoid arthritis, low-birth-weight and premature births, and respiratory infections. Seniors with sore gums have a higher rate of chronic illness. You can prevent gum disease by brushing properly with a soft-bristle brush and flossing [...]

By |2020-03-28T16:50:22+00:00May 14th, 2019|Periodontal Dentistry|Comments Off on Guard Against Gum Disease

Your Mouth and Gum Disease

"A Family Affair" Think of the great things you've passed along to your kids: sense of humor, charm, style, wit—why, the list could go on and on of course! Unfortunately, some of the things that get passed from parent to child aren't that great. One is a predisposition towards periodontitis, or gum disease. Of the hundreds of strains of bacteria that inhabit your mouth we've turned up 5 or 6 particularly aggressive ones and labeled them "probable periodontal pathogens." These bacteria appear to be responsible for gum disease and also appear to be contagious—that is, they're spread by long-term intimate contact. The more we know about periodontitis, the more serious we're discovering it to be. It's not just a gum [...]

By |2020-03-28T16:50:14+00:00April 16th, 2019|Periodontal Dentistry|Comments Off on Your Mouth and Gum Disease