Possible Connection Between Periodontal Disease and RA

Gum Disease and RA

Maintaining proper oral hygiene at home can be challenging for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA causes joint pain and manual dexterity difficulty, which makes daily tasks such as brushing and flossing difficult. Periodontal disease is more prevalent in those with RA, and the limitations of the health issue may be one reason. RA and inadequate oral hygiene Periodontal disease … Read More

Sinus Pain vs Toothache Pain

Sinus Pain Tooth Pain

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between a sinus infection and a toothache because the teeth and sinus cavities are so interconnected. Sinus cavities are hallowed chambers that air pass through before reaching the lungs, and when bacteria develop there, it can lead to a sinus infection. A sinus infection may resemble the pain of a toothache and a … Read More

Why Patients Shouldn’t Lie About Flossing

Don't lie about flossing

The average person goes to the dentist regularly for their exams and cleaning and most likely dreads the inevitable question about how often they’ve been flossing. Many people don’t like flossing and don’t do it as often as they should, and it’s tempting to stretch the truth, but in the long run, the only person they’re lying to is themselves. … Read More

Expected Longevity of Dental Fillings

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When a patient receives a filling to repair a tooth, they often want to know the expected longevity of the filling. How long a filling lasts depends on many factors including the size of the filling, oral hygiene, and the filling material. Small filling longevity A small filling typically lasts from 20-40 years without issue, but if the area of … Read More

Finding the Right Tooth Replacement Option

man with missing tooth who would benefit from a dental implant

Patients who need a tooth or teeth replaced should know all of their options before making a final selection. There are many excellent tooth replacement methods in today’s dentistry, and they each come with their advantages and disadvantages. Ultimately, the best tooth replacement option for a patient is the one that fulfills their needs and lifestyle while improving their oral … Read More

Diabetes and Oral Health

Diabetes and Oral Health

According to the National Diabetes Statistics Report released in 2014, 9.3% of the American population or 29.1 million people had diabetes in 2012 and of that 29.1 million, 8.1 million were undiagnosed. Diabetes continues to be a problem among adults and children as 1.4 million Americans receive a diagnosis every year. For someone with diabetes, taking care of their oral … Read More