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Gum Disease: Get the Facts [Infographic]

March 1, 2019

Filed under: Dental Tips — Tags: , , , , , — lobodds @ 7:35 am

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis or periodontal disease, is a very common illness among adults. You may wonder, “What is it? What are its causes? And is it preventable?”

When plaque isn’t removed by brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits, it can become a problem. Bacteria in plaque produce toxins that can infect gum tissue, causing redness, irritation, and bleeding.

As gum disease progresses, gums pull away from teeth, creating pockets. Over time, these pockets can become deeper, and as they fill with bacteria and toxins, gum tissue and bone are destroyed. This could ultimately result in tooth loss.

Initial stages of gum disease can be painless, so it’s important to see your dentist regularly so you can spot the signs and symptoms early!


Do Genetics Influence Oral Health?

February 1, 2019

We’ve all heard about growing scientific evidence of the effects our genetic makeup may have on a predisposition for certain diseases such as diabetes or heart disease. But what about dental diseases? Have you inherited a genetic inclination for cavities, periodontal disease, crooked teeth, or oral cancer?

You might be surprised to learn what the latest studies have to say about the connection between your genes and your oral health. What part of your oral health is actually in your control?

Genes and cavities

Are genetics a significant factor when it comes to developing cavities? Yes and no. Cavities are caused by bacteria. Sugar in the foods we eat feed the different types of bacteria that live on our teeth. The acid these bacteria produce is what erodes enamel and causes cavities.


What Causes Receding Gums?

December 3, 2018

Filed under: Dental Tips — Tags: , , , , , , — lobodds @ 7:24 am

Receding gums refers to gum tissue that has begun to pull away from the tooth structure, thus exposing more of the tooth and tooth root. What causes gum recession? Should you be alarmed if it happens to you? And can receding gums be fixed?

Left untreated, gum recession could make the tooth root or even bone tissue completely vulnerable—risking damage to the tooth nerve, losing the tooth, or a more severe infection! In this article, we’ll discuss the causes, symptoms, and real solutions for the condition known as receding gums.


Better Whole Body Health in 2018 Starts With Your Mouth

February 5, 2018

Filed under: Dental — Tags: , , , , , — lobodds @ 8:00 am

If your resolution for 2018 is to get healthy, first, take a look at your mouth. What does the health of your mouth have to do with the health of the rest of your body? Plenty!

You might be surprised to learn the significant impact your oral health has on your whole-body health, including your energy levels, digestion, weight loss, and mental health.

The key to a healthier you in in the new year is understanding the mouth/body connection.

The impact of poor oral health

When someone isn’t brushing and flossing properly, it allows a sticky residue called plaque to build up along the gumline. This provides the perfect environment for damaging bacteria to thrive, leading to infection or gum disease. This bacteria can enter the bloodstream and be carried to other areas of the body, where it can do serious damage.