Archive: December 28, 2011

What You Need to Know About Gum Disease

Periodontal Disease Periodontal disease, often just called “gum disease,” can be the source of a person’s breath problems, but it can also be much more serious. Periodontal diseases are bacterial infections that affect the gums, bone and ligaments that attach teeth to bone. Gum disease has been described by the US Surgeon General as a silent epidemic, affecting approximately 85 percent of American adults thirty-five and over. The disease starts with an inflammatory response to a bacterial infection in the gum tissue. Gum disease is not only the leading cause of adult tooth loss but has also been linked to heart disease, diabetes, upper respiratory disease and other inflammatory infections. Periodontal disease may be BOTH a symptom and a contributing factor in Type 2 diabetes. While many people think plaque and tartar are simply an aesthetic liability, plaque bacteria threatens your teeth, gums, restorative and cosmetic work; possibly even your life.

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The Pros and Cons of Laser Teeth Whitening

If you are getting teeth whitening, you will come up with many different results and methods. Many of today's top-notch dentists perform whitening through systems that involve a bleaching agent, along with a laser that makes the bleach work better and penetrates into tooth enamel. Home bleaching is not as difficult to do anymore, since many whitening products can be purchased over the counter. You might be expecting dramatic results from your over the counter whitening product, but the truth is, they take weeks, even months to work, and they still can't match expectations!

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How Missing Teeth Affect Your Health

How Missing Teeth Affect Your Health You might think that a missing tooth is unsightly, and you are right. But do you know that missing teeth can affect not only your dental health, but also your overall health? Dr. Bart Kreiner runs his own dental practice, Dr. Kreiner Family Dentistry, in Bel Air, Maryland. Here, he talks about how missing teeth not only affect the aesthetics of your smile, but your dental and overall health as well. Effect on overall health. As is known to all, because your ability to chew decreases with missing teeth, it directly affects your overall medical health. Chewing food is the beginning of the digestive process. If you lose a tooth, then you can’t chew the food properly before swallowing, the stomach and intestines will work harder to absorb nutrients. That means you absorb fewer nutrients and are less healthy. It shows that your missing teeth affect your overall health.

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The Importance of Dental Care to Your General Health

The Importance of Dental Care to Your General Health Relation of Dental Care and General Health Sunrise Family Dentistry in Roseville, CA offers a dental plan so everyone can afford to get quality dental care. With the cost of dental treatment rising all the time, visits to the dentist often get pushed to the bottom of the budget list. Unfortunately, that can not only lead to teeth and gum problems but it can literally affect your general health including the immune system. People tend to separate taking care of their body and taking care of their teeth and that can be a big mistake. You can exercise and try to eat a balanced diet, but if your mouth has become a breeding ground for bacteria then you stand a good chance of becoming sick in some way.

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