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Archive for the month “May, 2016”

Dental Implants: Costs Vs. Price!

The guide to get “low cost” dental implants

Dental implant is the state of the art solution in tooth replacement, much better and more reliable than a bridge or denture. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, almost 70 percent of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost “at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay“. People with one or several missing teeth need to consider dental implants as a viable solution to preserve healthy jaw bones or to prevent further damage to their oral bone structure. Implants are designed to perform like a natural tooth and as such are permanent solutions.

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A Closer Look at Tobacco Use and Its Risks

Man refusing cigarettes concept for quitting smoking and healthy

Health care providers especially your periodontist and even the cigarette pack warnings will tell you that smoking is dangerous to your health. Tobacco use -whether in the form of cigarettes, pipes or smokeless (spit) tobacco- has been linked to many serious diseases including cancers, heart disease, lung disease and gum disease. The study conducted by the Center for Disease Control indicates that 70% of Americans who are 65 years old and above, have periodontitis and tobacco users suffer the most significant risk of them all. Another study performed at the Temple University and published in the Journal of Periodontology last 2000 also showed that 18% of those who smoked cigars or pipe tobacco had moderate to severe gum disease.


How is Smoking Linked to Gum Disease?

How Biphosphates Affect Your Dental Care

Cancer Treatment Teeth

The patient’s medical history is quite important and needs to be critically reviewed before any dental treatment is performed. More often than not, their standard “no” answer is met with indifference so as we can continue onto the next step. However, it is necessary to know our patient’s medical history as the medications or treatments they received before any dental procedures could affect their gum health and treatment.

One of the medications that has devastating effect on the jaw bone, especially if taken intravenously (IV) are the biphosphates. Biphosphates are often taken by people who are experiencing osteopenia, osteoporosis and also by cancer patients. Although effective for such conditions, biphosphates come with some risks. The dental risk mentioned here is called Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) or more commonly known as the “death of the jawbone.”

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Link between Periodontal Disease and Stroke

Swollen, red, tender or bleeding gums are the early sign that bacteria have infected your gums. This also includes foul odor or taste in your mouth and gums that recede making the teeth appear longer. All of these affect the tissues supporting the teeth. Still, many people believe it’s normal if their gums bleed when they brush or floss.


Although, periodontal disease can sometimes be painless it is advisable to act as fast as you can and visit yourOrange County periodontist.  Early treatment is recommended before infection starts to spread. If periodontal disease is not treated properly, it can destroy the structures that support your teeth in your jawbone making your teeth loose and may eventually fall out. It can also spread throughout your mouth and to other parts of your body and compromise your overall health.


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