Are You Putting Your Unborn Child At Risk?

Facts ALL Expectant Mothers’ Need To Know About Periodontal Health That Are Vital To The Health of Your Baby When a woman becomes pregnant, she knows it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure both the health of herself and the health of her baby. New clinical recommendations from the American Academy of […]

Four Ways Quality of Life Is Impacted When Living with Gum Disease

Many people are aware that gum disease can lead to tooth loss and has been associated with other chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and various cancers. A new study published in the American Academy of Periodontology’s Journal of Periodontology found another reason to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Researchers found that gum disease […]

Gum Disease Could Lead To Other Health Problems

If you know someone who lives by the philosophy, “Caveman didn’t brush his teeth, so why should I?” they might just want to rethink their approach to oral hygiene in light of some recent research. A study supported by the National Institutes of Health in the journal “Circulation” reported that adults who have higher proportions […]

Immune Responses and the Brain

The greatest connection between gum disease and brain health has been found in the body’s immune response. As the body attempts to fight off the bacteria that weaken gum tissues, the immune response that causes gums to swell can sometimes cause brain tissues to swell as well. Barriers are formed between the brain and body […]

Inflammation Links Obesity and Gum Disease

Bleeding gums can be a warning sign of gum disease. And, if your patient is overweight, it can indicate other serious health issues too, including: Diabetes Heart disease High blood pressure After reviewing previous research on gum disease and obesity, Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry found an association between both health problems – […]

Amazing Alternative to Gum Surgery

If any of your patients have been putting off any periodontal treatment, October is a good time of year to discuss with them plans to schedule treatment. Patients may have unused flexible spending funds for 2013 they need to use before the end of the year as well as open enrollment planning for 2014 expenditures. […]

New Research: Rethinking Visits to the Dentist

For decades, dentists have urged all adults to schedule preventive visits every six months. Is twice a year too much or too little? Well, new research says… it depends. A new study finds that annual cleanings may be adequate for adults without certain risk factors for periodontal disease while people at high risk may need […]

Key Steps for Success When an Inferior Alveolar Nerve Block Fails

Depending on the design of the study, the reported failure rate for inferior alveolar nerve block ranges between 5 to 30 percent. So if you numb three to five patients with inferior alveolar nerve blocks on any given day, the statistical probability of running into this problem happens almost every other day. I think you’ll […]

Growing Problem of Peri-Implant Disease and What To Do About It

As dental practitioners, we constantly receive updates about the latest dental implants, new techniques and expanded indications. However, the complications that may arise with implant rehabilitation are less commonly advertised and understood. Peri-implant disease is arguably one of the most significant risks associated with implants. It is a multifactorial disease, which if not diagnosed at […]

Are Your Patients Receiving Out-Dated Information About Periodontal Disease?

Despite the fact that 80% of Americans have some form of periodontal disease, data suggests that less than 4% of patients with the disease receive treatment. The abysmal rate of treatment is especially disturbing because we are learning more about the importance of oral health in relation to a patient’s overall health. Donna Shalala, former […]