Healthy Mouth, Healthy Heart

Gum Disease and Heart Disease

Continuing research has uncovered possible links between infections of the gums and other diseases that affect the body. One of the more recent potential links discovered by research indicates a connection between gum disease and heart (cardiovascular) disease. Some studies indicate that gum disease could be a more serious risk factor for heart disease than other health factors including gender, … Read More

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

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

Things You Should Definitely Do For Your Teeth This New Year

New Year's Resolution 2016

When you’re making your New Year’s resolutions, you may consider improving your physical health by joining a gym, but what about your oral health? Most people probably don’t, and that’s unwise because there’s plenty of evidence that proves that your oral health has a big impact on your overall health. Including healthy teeth and gums in your New Year’s resolutions … Read More

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Pre-Bed Tooth Brushing

Man sleeping after brushing his teeth

In today’s busy world, it’s easy to lose track of and forget important daily tasks such as brushing your teeth before bed. However, there are some very good reasons why your dentist recommends brushing your teeth before bed. You may think brushing your teeth when you wake up in the morning is enough to clean and protect your teeth and … Read More

Do You Have Bad Breath? How to Tell & What to do.

Bad Breath

Bad breath (halitosis) strikes everyone at some point, and some people don’t even know they have it because people around them are afraid to tell them. Fortunately, bad breath is easy to fix by addressing oral hygiene and other issues such as diet, medication, and food. Finding out if you have bad breath A buildup of bacteria in the mouth … Read More

What Lower Fluoride Levels Mean for Oral Health

Fluoride Toothpaste

Earlier this year the government reduced the recommended level of fluoride present in drinking water. It went down from a range of 0.7 to 1.2 ppm to .07 ppm. There hasn’t been a change in recommended fluoride levels in water in 50 years. The reason for the change is the hope to prevent staining tooth enamel through extended fluoride exposure, … Read More