The Hazardous Link Between Diabetes and Gum Disease

The Hazardous Link Between Diabetes and Gum Disease

Your oral health is directly connected to the health of your overall health. With this being said if you have poor oral health then this can eventually lead to other systemic diseases developing such as diabetes. In addition, the bacteria that develops in your mouth in relation to gum disease can then spread to the rest of your body through your bloodstream which causes you to develop diabetes.

Preventative Measures To Take Against Developing Gum Disease
It’s always better to be proactive about taking preventative measures when it comes to ensuring that you don’t develop gum disease. In the fight against gum disease preventative measures range from brushing and flossing regularly. However, while it’s important to take these preventative measures there are some patients who will be more susceptible to developing gum disease depending on their genetic history. Also, as mentioned earlier gum disease can affect your overall health leading to other systemic diseases such as diabetes. Statistic show that gum disease can make it difficult to control blood sugar
and this has a major impact on a patient who is diabetic and needs to be able to check their blood sugar on a regular basis. Overall gum disease is not an easy battle to fight which is why preventative measures are essential to not developing gum disease. Also, it can help with early detection which is reversible.

How Gum Disease Starts
The initial early stages of gum disease is not painful and this can make it difficult to detect whether or not you are experiencing it. When plaque begins to collect on the teeth and bacteria starts to grow out of control overtime the gums will develop pockets of infection and pull away from your teeth. The worst gum disease danger is the loss of your teeth. This teeth loss is permanent and will eventually affect your jaw. This is because tooth loss causes the bone to deteriorate causing a change in your facial structure.

Risk Factors for Gum Disease
Even if you floss and brush vigilantly it is still possible for you to develop gum disease. As mentioned above gum disease puts you at risk for diabetes and the following additional risk factors listed below:

  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Hormonal changes, particularly in girls or women
  • Certain medications, over the counter and prescription
  • Heredity or genetics

If you fall into one of the above mentioned categories then it’s highly important that you keep up on brushing and flossing, and see a dentist regularly for cleanings that remove plaque from your teeth.

Schedule A Consultation
If you feel you are experiencing symptoms or signs of gum disease then it would be beneficial if you reached out to your local dentist. This would allow you to get an examination and a treatment plan. 

What Is Laser Dentistry and How Does It Work?

What Is Laser Dentistry and How Does It Work?

Advancements in laser dentistry have opened the door for new and improved dental treatments that are designed to treat periodontal disease. Introducing lasers into the dental industry has had such a major impact because of the fact that it allows the dentist to be more thorough and precise with their treatment and during the procedure. Also, because utilizing lasers in a dental procedure is minimally invasive this means there will be less time needed for a patient to heal after the surgery is performed.

Is Laser Dentistry Safe?
One of the top concerns that patients have when it comes to laser dentistry is whether or not the laser dentistry procedure is safe.  The answer to this question is that laser dentistry is just as safe as any other dental procedure. In addition, safety precautions are taken during the laser procedure as well. One of these precautions includes having the patient and the doctor wear protective eyewear because a laser is being used during the procedure. Also, in addition to being safe laser treatment is minimally invasive.

Understanding the LANAP® Laser Treatment
The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure also known as LANAP is a popular type of laser treatment that is offered at our practice. This type of dental treatment is minimally invasive, and it is also used to help treat gum disease. This procedure includes a small laser being used to remove the diseased parts of gum tissue. Also, because the laser is so precise it allows the doctor to provide the patient precise care
and treatment. Review the specific benefits of utilizing the LANAP laser treatment that are listed below:

  • The mouth will heal in an efficient manner after this procedure is performed 
  • The use of a laser results in the procedure minimizing any pain substantially 
  • You may resume all of your normal daily activities following this procedure  
  • It often allows bone to regenerate in the area affected by the gum disease 

Schedule A Consultation
Schedule a consultation if you are in need of LANAP® laser treatment. Your oral health can have an impact on your overall health so, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your dentist today. 

Get Rid of Your Gummy Smile

Get Rid of Your Gummy Smile

Do you have a gummy smile that you’re insecure about? The thing that is important to know about teeth is that everyone’s are different. Everyone is unique, and that is the same for your teeth as well. If you’re feeling insecure about your smile, a little help from a periodontist can help improving your smile. No matter the cosmetic procedure you need, your doctor will be able to help you through the proper treatment.

What Is a Gummy Smile?

A gummy smile is as it seems. This is the type of smile, when the gum line covers a good portion of your natural tooth. This makes the gum line appear longer and the teeth smaller than they actually are. There is nothing wrong with a gummier smile, but if it affects your confidence, there are solutions available.

The process to get rid of your gummy smile is with esthetic crown lengthening. This procedure involves adjusting the gum line to make the teeth appear longer. In the case you undergo this procedure, your dentist will adjust the gums to reveal more of the natural tooth that is hidden underneath. However, crown lengthening can also be done in the case of damaged teeth that are unable to be restored through crowns or bridges.

There are more benefits to crown lengthening than just for aesthetics. The benefits to an esthetic crown lengthening procedure include a restored smile appearance and a boost in confidence. Instead of hiding your smile, gum lengthening allows you to show off your smiling without worrying about the look of smaller teeth. It should be known that a gummy smile does not affect the function of the teeth.

Correcting this is completely personal but can make the world of difference in how you feel.

If you have noticed a lack of self-confidence, crown lengthening may be a good solution for you.

Contact your dentist today to arrange a consultation. Your dentist and their team will do everything possible to figure out the best solution for you. If you are interested in crown lengthening, your dentist will be able to provide you with more information about the procedure.


What You Get with All-on-4

What You Get with All-on-4

How many teeth can you replace with dental implants? It is a common question because people are often confused as to what procedure they should get when they are missing teeth. Patients are now becoming educated about the benefits that come with dental implants as a replacement for bridge work. In the early days of implant development, single tooth replacement was rare, and full arch replacements were still on the horizon. Now, they are such regular procedures done by dentists, there are solutions for any problem you could possibly need. And, with the customization of size and color, you will never have to worry about anyone noticing you have an implant with the perfect the doctors will achieve for you. Whether you need one dental implant or a full arch, you can gain back your smile.

Full Mouth Implants

The full arch replacement has becoming popular and all-on-4 dental implants have been quickly budding as a popular choice. When your doctor places full mouth implants using this technique, a complete denture set can be anchored with just four implant anchors. This provides benefits including permanency and strength over other implant options. Full arch dental implants allow for a secure smile, that will never fade because of the durability and non-slippage.

Eat All Your Favorite Foods

When people get dentures, one of the biggest complaints is the slippage while eating. With dental implants, dietary restrictions are a thing of the past, as they are fully secure and permanent. Not being able to eat your favorite foods with missing teeth or even basic dentures becomes a major annoyance and can be an embarrassing thing to live with. With the all-on-4 dental implants, your new teeth will be strong and fully functional, allowing jaw tissue stimulation that the roots of the teeth provide. This procedure preserves the jawbone, which helps provide the strength needed to eat tough foods.

Permanent Replacements

When you come to see your dentist for full mouth implants, you can count on the solution being permanent. For a consultation appointment, contact your doctor or the staff. The faster you set up your teeth replacement solution, the sooner you can be back to your regular routine with a brilliant smile.