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David B. Heering, DMD
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Considering all the complications that diabetes causes, it’s no surprise that it can also damage your oral health. In fact, people with diabetes are three to four times more likely to develop periodontal disease and have an increased rate of tissue damage and bone loss.
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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 65 million Americans over the age of 30 have periodontitis, the more advanced form of periodontal disease. That’s nearly half the adult population!
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According to a new study, smoking dramatically changes the balance of bacteria in the mouth and may weaken the body’s defenses against disease.
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Nearly 40 million adults in the US have some degree of dentin hypersensitivity. Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot and cold temperatures may be caused by gum recession, over aggressive tooth brushing or tooth grinding, or a diet that’s high in acidic foods or beverages.
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Dental implants aren’t affected by tooth decay; but without proper oral hygiene and periodontal care you can still develop inflammation and damage the surrounding soft tissues and bone.
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Ancient toothpaste used in China and India included ingredients such as soot, honey, crushed egg shells and ground ox’s hooves. It wasn’t until 1873 that the first commercially prepared toothpaste became widely available.
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If you have inadequate bone structure in your jaw from previous extractions, gum disease or injury, you may need a ridge augmentation (also called bone grafting or regeneration) to allow the successful placement of a dental implant.
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Did you know that tooth enamel is your body's strongest tissue? It has the highest percentage of minerals at 96%, and is even tougher than your bones.
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If your gums are inflamed and bleed when you brush and floss it probably means you have gingivitis, the initial stage of gum disease. Gingivitis can be successfully reversed with professional periodontal care and better oral hygiene.
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Good oral hygiene and regular dental care are extra important when you’re wearing braces. By keeping your teeth, gums, and orthodontic appliances clean you’re more likely to have a successful outcome and be able to enjoy a healthy, well-aligned smile.
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