Periodontal Disease


Brushing and Flossing: It Hurts So Good—But Should It?

Brushing and Flossing Hurts

When brushing and flossing hurts it may be something else. Know that slightly-sore-but-oh-so-satisfying feeling that can follow a good, thorough cleaning at the dentist? Too many of us look to replicate it at home on a daily basis. It’s a practice called over-brushing, and it could lead to some serious problems. About seven out of […]

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Why You Should Avoid Home Whitening Kits

Avoid Home Whitening Kits

Let’s look at home whitening kits and why you should avoid them. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that we, as a society, value a good-looking smile. In a recent survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7 percent agreed that a smile is an important social asset. The flipside of that is that […]

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Meeting the Dental Needs of Transgender and Transitioning People

Meeting the Dental Needs of Transgender and Transitioning People

For the first time, the standard bearers of the dental field are asking themselves if we’re adequately prepared to meet the needs of transgender and transitioning people. The honest answer in most cases is we are not. In fact, as the transgender population blooms—one recent estimate put it at 1.4 million people in the United […]

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How to Spot Gum Disease in Kids and Teens

Gum Disease in Kids

While it’s true that periodontal disease is largely a threat to adults, gingivitis, a mild form of periodontal disease, is often found in kids and teens. In fact, more than half of teens have some form of gum disease, according to a recent estimate. Which is why it’s important as a parent to be aware […]

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How Can a Periodontist Help with My Sleep Apnea?

Can a Periodontist Help with My Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea affects more than 18 million American adults, and at least 200,000 more are being diagnosed with it every year, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. Concerning as those numbers are, they’re probably on the conservative side because it’s suspected that the vast majority of sleep apnea cases go undiagnosed and, therefore, untreated. […]

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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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