Periodontal Disease


Periodontal Disease May Spark Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Says

Periodontal Disease May Spark Alzheimer’s Disease

Periodontal disease may help initiate Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago found that untreated periodontal disease caused inflammation and the degeneration of brain neurons in mice that’s similar to the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in humans. “Other studies have demonstrated a close association between periodontitis and […]

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Why It’s So Important to Prevent Plaque Build-up

Prevent Plaque Build-up

More than 80 percent of American adults suffer from periodontal disease caused by plaque build-up, according to one count. Are you one of them? Plaque hardens within just a few hours of forming on your teeth, and turns into tartar in less than a couple of weeks. That build-up can lead to periodontal disease and […]

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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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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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