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Tooth loss: Most Common Causes and Consequences

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Good oral hygiene and regular visit to your Orange County periodontist are always recommended to achieve optimum oral health. These good practices, in turn, will benefit you with strong, healthy, disease-free teeth. However, tooth loss cannot be prevented no matter how much you practice good dental hygiene.

What are the common causes of tooth loss?

There are various reasons for the common causes of tooth loss. Poor oral hygiene, smoking, and poor nutrition are on the top of the list.



Dispel Dental Myths: Achieve Optimum Dental Healt

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It is time to dispel dental health fictions. Although sometimes it is hard to tell its difference from dental facts, your Orange County periodontist will help us debunk these common myths. People tend to believe these dental myths in the hope of reducing or relieving their dental woes and cancel their dental consultations to rely solely on mythical practices. The results? Dental cavities, raging toothache, bleeding gums, tooth loss, etc. disallowing us from getting what we deserve- a proper dental care. Here are a few myths known to many:


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

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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

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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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Bone Graft to Support Dental Implants

A survey conducted by Harris Interactive, Inc.  found that out of a 1000 people over the age of 35, 60% don’t have any idea about gum disease (i.e. the symptoms, treatments and consequences) and 39% of them don’t visit a dentist regularly. Another report last May 2000 by the Surgeon General stated that the Americans’ bad oral health is the “silent epidemic” affecting over 75% of people over the age of 35. Thus, it is important to take care of your gums or have a periodontist treat your gum disease at its earliest stage to avoid progression to a much more severe and costly scenario.


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Pregnancy Risk Factors for Women with Gum Disease

The study conducted and published in the Journal of Periodontology revealed that periodontal treatment significantly reduced pre-term or low birth weight risks among infants by 68% especially in women with pregnancy-associated gingivitis.


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Why are Pregnant Women in Greater Risk?

Because of the elevated levels of estrogen and progesterone among pregnant women (and those taking oral contraceptive pills), the bacteria found in plaque react differently to the gums and vise versa. This is called pregnancy gingivitis and the sad thing is, it affects 65 to 70% of pregnant women who are in their second month of pregnancy until the ninth month or even before then when the woman gives birth.

Gums that are infected with periodontal disease serves as reservoir of disease-causing bacteria. These bacteria releases toxins that are detrimental to the gums, ligaments and bone surrrounding the teeth. It then produces infected pockets that has access to travel all throughout the pregnant women’s body via the bloodstream.

Prostalandins are then produced to combat the inflammation or infection from the pregnant women’s gums. However, aside from controlling inflammation, prostaglandins are also responsible for smooth muscle contraction. Thus, if a pregnant woman has gum disease, her body produces extra prostaglandins which causes her to go into labor prematurely or deliver a baby which is low in birth weight. That it why it is recommended to have pregnant women receive proper dental care from a periodontist during pregnancy to avoid this scenarios.

Would Gum Health Assure Heart Health? Your Periodontist Answers!

There’s a saying that every bone is connected to the next one in line that is why it is no wonder that there are studies and research connecting gum disease with heart disease and for health-conscious individuals here in Orange County, going to a periodontist and a cardiologist are enough assurance to keep both healthy!


Cardiologists and Periodontists are still debating on the link between dental health and heart health and the issue is still not resolved until now according to Dr. Robert Bonow, the past president of the American Heart Association and also the chief cardiologist at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University.

According to him, “There are threads of evidence, but they’re not yet tied together. If it’s true that people with poor oral health have more heart attacks, it doesn’t mean the poor oral health leads to them. People with good oral hygiene may just be taking better care of themselves.” In saying this, he means that we need to take good care of our oral health and exercise healthy habits to protect our heart too.

Why were the two diseases linked in the first place? There are two factors which gum disease and heart disease share in common according to Sam Low, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology and associate dean in the College of Dentistry at the University of Florida. These are:

  • The several types of bacteria found in gum disease is similar to what are found in heart disease. Dr. Low stated that, “The bacteria we find in gum disease we also find in blood vessels that are going through atherosclerosis.”
  • Inflammation is also common between both illness. The level of C-reactive protein (CRP) increases with moderate to severe gum disease and its levels are also assessed in persons suffering from heart attacks.

So it is safe to say that we need to take care of both our oral health and heart health to prevent any risk factors. The joint report of Dr. Bonow and Dr. Low recommends that:

  • Periodontists should inform patients with moderate to severe gum disease that they have risk factors in developing heart disease too.
  • The patient’s periodontist and cardiologist should work together to reduce the patient’s risk of developing heart disease through proper periodontal care.
  • Patients with heart disease or a high CRP level should go to a periodontist for an evaluation especially if they also show symptoms of gum disease.

The bottomline? Listen to what your periodontist here in Orange County has to say. Keep your gums healthy by brushing and flossing regularly and seek treatment immediately especially if you have a history of heart disease.




Healthy Teeth, Healthy Heart?, WebMD

Treating Gum Disease May Lessen the Burden of Heart Disease, Harvard Health Publications

Facts about Wisdom Teeth Removal

If your dentist has recommended that you visit an oral surgeon for wisdom teeth removal, you are not alone. This is among the most common types of oral surgeries performed in the United States, but the prospect of having any surgery performed can strike you with fear and concern. By learning more about what to expect from this type of procedure, you can ease your concerns and comfortably move forward with it. Read more…

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