Symptoms of Gum Disease

Gum disease is a serious condition that can wreak havoc on your oral health. It often approaches silently, meaning symptoms may not appear until the condition is advanced. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that half of all Americans over the age of thirty suffer from periodontal disease. A periodontist can accurately diagnose…

Periodontal Pathogens: What Are They and How Do They Affect My Overall Health?

Periodontitis, commonly known as gum disease, begins with
bacteria. There are over 700 species of bacteria in the human mouth, with about 300 of them contributing in some way to the biofilm, or plaque, that forms in gum pockets during the course of periodontal disease. However, there are a few of these bacteria that contribute in significant ways to gum disease. These bacteria are referred to as periodontal pathogens. A few examples of these pathogens include:

What Leads to Needing a Bone Grafting Procedure?

Many people begin to lose their teeth as they age for various reasons. When this happens, the bone that held the tooth in place no longer has a “job” therefore it begins to deteriorate. When a person loses their teeth, the jawbone that originally supported the teeth will begin to atrophy due to lack of use. If the tooth is not replaced within a few months, the bone could deteriorate to the point that a bone graft would be needed in order to replace the tooth and keep the jaw framework in place.

Dangers of Untreated Gum Disease

Research from the American Academy of Periodontology suggests that as much as 75 percent of Americans are suffering from a form of gum disease.  This could range from mind gingivitis, or gum bleeding, to serious periodontitis.  Any form of gum disease can have a serious impact on the health of the rest of your body.  It has been linked to such diseases as heart disease, diabetes, and even certain forms of cancer.

Effects of Metallic Implants

 

Silver fillings have been a regular practice in conventional dentistry for the past 150 years.  These amalgam fillings contain various amounts of zinc, tin, copper and mercury.  Mercury is a dangerously potent neurotoxin that makes up about 50 percent of this dental replacement material.  The health of your entire body can be affected by the way that you treat your dental and oral health and amalgam fillings can put the health of your whole body at risk.

What Can You Do if You Have Sensitive Teeth?

 

If you experience discomfort or pain when eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing, you may be suffering from sensitive teeth.  Tooth sensitivity could be the result of exposed tooth roots, worn enamel, cavities, cracked or chipped teeth, or a dental procedure.  You may experience pain triggered by foods or beverages that are