Gum Disease: Not Only An Oral Health Problem

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are a litany of health ailments that are associated with gum disease. Many of these are strictly linked to one’s oral health. However, there are almost an equal number of health issues connected to gum disease that are not strictly oral health problems. In fact, the majority of health issues that are linked to gum disease are not what most would consider to be an oral health issue at all. What Is Gum Disease? Gum disease is actually a catch all name for basically any disease that affects the gums. This can range from a simple inflammation or swelling of the gums to much more serious maladies, such as gum cancer. Gingivitis is the most common form of gum disease. It is usually caused by smoking and a lack of care for your teeth and gums. It is a relatively mild form of gum disease, and can be treated by taking better care of one’s teeth and gums. Gingivitis, however, can coalesce into a more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis. Periodontitis is a swelling of the gums around the teeth. This can cause some serious problems, including a destruction of the gum line and tooth decay. If the problem persists, often times a medical professional will recommend tooth removal. What Other Health Problems Are Linked To Gum Disease? Despite common belief that problems with gums stay in the mouth, this is strictly not the case. There are a series of other complications that can arise if you do not take adequate care of your gums. Heart disease and high blood pressure have been shown to be more likely to exist in patients with gum disease. This in itself can lead to a host of other issues, including diabetes or heart failure. There is also evidence that poor oral health is an increased risk factor when it comes to experiencing a stroke. In addition, some pregnant women are not able to carry a child to term due to gum disease. Although the gum issues alone should cause you to be more careful about how you treat your gums, these factors also should raise awareness about your oral health and hygiene. How Are These Issues Linked? Essentially, there is no one way in which these issues are causally linked. Some physicians and medical experts even claim there is no way to successfully isolate how these issues are specifically linked, only that they can say that people with gum disease are more likely to contract other diseases and come into contact with other issues. There is conjecture that gum disease leads to cardiovascular illness due to bacteria being introduced into the bloodstream, which then travels through the body and...

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5 Things You Need To Know About Crowns

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Crowns are caps that fit over the tops of your teeth, and they can be used for many reasons. Crowns are an easy way for dentists to fix teeth that are broken, chipped, or cracked, or to strengthen teeth that have been weakened by large cavities or root canal procedures. They can even be used to hide misshapen or stained teeth. Here’s what you need to know about them.  Are there different types of crowns? Crowns can be made from a wide variety of materials: ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, gold alloys, and base metals. All of these materials have their own set of pros and cons that you will have to discuss with your dentist. How do you choose which type to get? Ceramic or porcelain fused to metal crowns can be matched to the color of your teeth, which makes the crown look more natural. These materials look good, but they’re brittle, and can be broken or chipped by your bite force. If you need a crown on one of your front teeth, you should consider these materials. Gold alloys and base metals can’t be matched to the color of your teeth, so it will be obvious to anyone who looks closely enough that you have a crown. However, these materials are very strong, and can’t be worn down or broken as easily as the tooth-colored materials can be. If you need a crown on one of your molars, choose one of these materials so that your crown can withstand the force of your chewing. How do dentists put on crowns? First, your dentist will prepare your tooth for the crown. Your tooth needs to be filed down to make room for the crown, otherwise, the crown will make your tooth too big, which will be uncomfortable. If your tooth is weak due to decay or a root canal, the dentist may need to create a foundation (in the form of a post) to support the tooth. Once the tooth has been prepared, the dentist will take a mold of your tooth, and then use that mold to build you a custom crown. While you’re waiting for your custom crown, you’ll have to wear a temporary crown to protect your tooth. Finally, it will be time to place the crown. The dentist will apply dental cement to your tooth, and then attach the crown. He or she will make any final adjustments that are necessary, and then you’ll be sent home with your brand new crown. Does getting a crown hurt? Your dentist will give you local anesthesia during the procedure, so you won’t feel your tooth being filed away. You may have some sensitivity in the area afterwards,...

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