Keeping up good oral health can reduce medical costs for life-threatening illnesses, a study shows. The study looked at almost 350,000 patients with gum disease and discovered after treatment ongoing costs for those with type 2 diabetes, strokes, heart problems and pregnancy decreased by 40.2%, 40.9%, 10.7%, and 73.7%. Hospital admissions for those with diabetes […]
In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, our practice will be offering free oral cancer screenings during the month of April. Oral cancer is not a rare disease. Approximately 43,250 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year in the US. It kills one person every hour of every day, and over 115 new […]
In 2013, more than 440,000 of our fellow citizens lost their lives due to cigarette smoking. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in our country. Every year smoking kills more people than guns, illegal drugs, alcohol use, motor vehicle accidents, and HIV, combined [CDC]. These people are our students, family and our friends and their […]
A satisfied patient discusses his gum surgery and describes the quality of care that people can expect when they become a patient at our practice. He started off as a gum surgery patient in 1982 and now comes to the office for cleanings and other continuing care. “It’s just good to be connected to a […]
It’s Throwback Tooth Day! The American Dental Association is posting a series of public service announcements from the 1960s through the 1980s. Here’s an appropriate one to get you in the mood for Halloween. There’s no secret potion to prevent periodontal disease. Just brush twice a day and floss once a day to keep the plaque away!
Many of us are much more diligent about flossing than brushing, but flossing everyday is just as important as brushing everyday. Brushing only cleans the service areas of the teeth. Tooth brush bristles alone are not able to clean between these tight spaces. Floss removes the food that gets trapped between the teeth and gets rid […]
No one likes a dry mouth. But dry mouth is more than just an annoyance, it’s also bad for your teeth. Saliva plays a crucial role in oral health. It washes away bacteria and neutralizes the harmful acids that we discussed in yesterday’s post. Saliva protects against diseases in the mouth and provides the first […]
My patients often ask me what they can do to keep their mouths in tip top shape. The following is a routine I recommend to all my patients both for improving as well as maintaining a healthy oral environment. While the list may seem long, each time you practice it the routine will become a […]