Losing a Tooth as an Adult: What Happens?

Loosing a Tooth as an Adult:

Losing a tooth as an adult is one of those scenarios that’ll probably never cross your mind until it happens to you. That realization, whether it occurs abruptly—you unknowingly bite down on a nutshell and crack a molar—or gradually—your periodontal disease progresses to the point that a tooth or two loosens—will come as a rude […]

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Are You Too Young for Gum Disease?

Are You Too Young for Gum Disease

Do you think you are too young for gum disease? Think again. A study back in 2005 kind of rocked the foundation of the dental world. Gum disease, researchers said, can start much earlier than we thought. And that wasn’t all. It can also begin without any obvious symptoms. Up to that point, gum disease […]

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Treating Periodontal Disease (It’s Not as Bad as You’re Thinking)

Treating Periodontal Disease

Let’s delve into treating periodontal disease. We’ve been looking at periodontal disease from a few different angles this summer. Some favor crime dramas for their beach reading. We’re into wellbeing. In our last post, we discussed a few factors that may be putting you at greater risk of developing periodontal disease, like stress and smoking. […]

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How You May Be At Greater Risk of Developing Periodontal Disease

Risk of Developing Periodontal Disease

A few posts back, we referenced a disturbing statistic: Nearly half of American adults have some form of periodontal disease. In adults 65 and older, it jumps to 70 percent. The more we thought about that, the less we could explain why it was happening. Oral health care has never been more accessible, yet periodontal […]

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Periodontal Disease Affects More Than Your Mouth

Periodontal Disease Affects More Than Your Mouth

Periodontal disease is so easy to prevent: Brush, floss, rinse, repeat a couple times a day, and visit your dentist every few months. Yet half of American adults have it, and 70 percent of adults 65 and older. So, in a modest attempt to put a meaningful dent in this epidemic, we launched a four-part […]

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How to Tell if You May Have Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, Gum disease, Periodontitis

Periodontal disease, which also goes by gum disease, is a leading cause of tooth loss. Increasingly, research is also strengthening the link between it and other chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. You’d think that’s enough to warrant a spot on our radars, maybe not among the most urgent threats, but at least among […]

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New Generation of Dental Implants Look and Feel Like Natural Teeth

New Generation of Dental Implants

Do you remember the first time you spotted your grandmother’s dentures soaking in a glass of Efferdent? Or the last time you spotted her discreetly slipping them out of her purse before dinner? Say “dentures” and our minds dart to one of those two memories—even if we didn’t have a grandmother who wore dentures. Unfortunately, […]

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What is a Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation?

Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation

The Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation. You’re going to see it come up a lot. If you’re a new patient, I’ll be conducting one during your first appointment. So, what is it? A few years back, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) established the evaluation and recommended that all adults undergo one on an annual basis. A […]

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Parent Tips for Preventing Periodontal Disease

Parent Tips for Preventing Periodontal Disease

Let’s look at some parent’s tips for preventing periodontal disease. It’s easy anymore to settle into a permanent state of anxiety as a parent, where everything can start to feel like a threat to your child’s wellbeing. It’s not enough to ensure they’re eating veggies, for example; they need to be organic. In fact, just […]

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A Princeton, NJ, Periodontist’s Cardinal Rule: Never Forget the Patient

The most valuable lesson I’ve learned from the nearly three decades I’ve been a Princeton, NJ, periodontist is: Cultivating a gentle, compassionate environment needs to be a daily, conscious objective. I don’t know anyone who isn’t at least a little anxious sitting in a dentist’s chair. The lights feel a little brighter, a little hotter. […]

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