What Increases the Risk for Developing Periodontal Disease?

In the US close to 50% of adults over the age of 30 are impacted by periodontal disease. That percentage jumps to 70% in adults 65 and older. With these numbers in mind,  it’s obvious that periodontal disease, ranging from slight to severe, is very prevalent in our society. So, what are some of the … Read more

How can Menopause affect Oral Health

Menopause, a phase of life all women must go through, yet many of the symptoms are not frequently discussed. As your dental professionals, we’re here to speak specifically about the oral health impacts of menopause on women. Not only does our oral health change as we age, but for women, menopause brings additional concerns.

What are Sealants?

In addition to brushing and flossing sealants act as another line of defense against cavities. Our molar teeth have tiny grooves and pits on the chewing surface, that are so small they can’t even be cleaned with a toothbrush bristle. Bacteria gather easily in these small groves and make it easy for cavities to form.   … Read more

Is there a link between Diabetes & Periodontal Disease?

For decades multiple studies have been done showing the link between these two diseases, time and again a strong correlation has been found. The severity of periodontal disease increases with poor glycemic control and blood sugar levels are more difficult to regulate in individuals with periodontal disease. Oftentimes described as a complication of diabetes. So … Read more

How do Cavities Start?

Over 90% of Americans over the age of 20 have had cavities at some point in their life.  In addition to this staggering statistic, nearly 30% of Americans over 20 have untreated cavities. These numbers are incredible given the fact that with preventive care most cavities can be avoided. So how exactly does a cavity … Read more

Understanding the Stages of Periodontal Disease

As we wrapped up National Dental Hygiene Month in October, it’s a great time to revisit the different stages of gum disease. During your wellness visit  your hygienist has probably discussed with you the need to take measurements of the gums, these help determine what stage of health your gums and bone are at. This … Read more

 Gum Recession: Why Does it Start & How to Prevent it

Even with regular dental visits and pristine home care, you may still acquire some level of gum recession.  To some degree the majority of the population will eventually develop gum recession.  “Gum recession is when the margin of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth wears away, or pulls back, exposing more of the tooth, or … Read more

Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)

“Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are disorders of the jaw muscles, temporomandibular joints, and the nerves associated with chronic facial pain. Any problem that prevents the complex system of muscles, bones, and joints from working together in harmony may result in temporomandibular disorder.” (Johns Hopkins) TMD’s are typically caused by injuries to the joint, head or neck, … Read more