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Can Gum Disease Spread to Other Parts of the Body?

80% of Americans have some form of gum disease. Bacteria forms on the teeth and grows down into the space between the teeth and gums (a periodontal pocket).  These pockets become breeding grounds for bacteria and cause inflammation, tenderness, bleeding and infection. If not addressed properly, this bacteria will spread to other parts of the […]

Change your Smile

Like it or not, we live in beauty-conscious society.  This is particularly true in the entertainment industry.  Not all “beautiful people” were born that way. Many have taken advantage of Cosmetic Dentistry.  Remember Cher’s early smile?  Fortunately, self-improvement is not exclusive to the Rich and Famous. Visit Before and After photos.  

What’s New in Dental Implantology?

“Immediate implants” and “teeth” are the latest buzz words in dentistry.  Do they work?  Yes, but it depends on the unique situation a patient presents with.  It’s great to be able to remove bad teeth and place implants the same day when it is indicated.  After the implants (the foundation)  are placed, a second decision […]

New Windsor Dentist Sedates Anxious Patients

Many patients tell me they had a traumatic dental experience as a child, the dentist had trouble getting them numb or they easily gag. You are not alone.  Dr. Carpenter’s office has been offering conscious sedation for the past 15 years to help you. Conscious sedation utilizes oral medications and nitrous oxide.  It is completely […]

Sedation Dentistry, a Bad Case of Gum Disease and a Happy Family

A 42 year old male patient, let’s call him “Bob”, presented to the office last month.  Bob’s main complaint was he was afraid to kiss his wife because of his bad breath.  “Our sex life is suffering because of it and my kids have been avoiding me.” After spending time getting to know Bob, he […]

Difference Between Cold Sores and Canker Sores, Part III

Cold sores need to be treated at the prodromal stage.  This stage is just before blisters are noted and when tingling, itching, and burning around the lips is felt. OTC Treatment Cold compress and lubrication are older remedies and can be effective.  Abreva is the only FDA-approved over the counter remedy. In Office Treatment Low-level […]

The Difference Between Cold Sores and Canker Sores, Part II

Laser Treatment of Canker Sore How do we treat canker sores (Apthous Ulcer)? Treatment is pallative,  for comfort only.  These lesions will disappear completely in 7 – 10 days with or without treatment.  The problem is these ulcerated lesions can be quite painful! For a Small Lesion OTC topical anesthetic,  (contains benzocaine, e.g. Orabase with […]

The Difference Between Cold Sores and Canker Sores

Cold Sore (fever blister) Canker Sore (aphthous ulcer) I find patients are frequently confused by these lesions and often use these terms interchangeably.  Canker Sores (recurrent aphthous ulcers) and Cold Sores (recurrent herpes labialis) are two different ailments and require different treatments.  While these conditions are usually not serious, they are very common and painful. […]

Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

What is Xerostomia?  Xerostomia is a condition related to the salivary glands which keep the mouth moist.  When the glands do not work properly, the amount of saliva in the mouth decreases, causing dry mouth.  Saliva prevents tooth decay, helps us taste and swallow our food and aids in digestion.  Xerostomia affects approximately 25% of […]

Root Canal vs Implant Treatment

Infected Tooth Root Canal Treatment 3 Components of a Dental Implant               Of course no one looks forward to a Root Canal, but should a tooth be extracted and an implant placed?  This all depends on the restorability of the existing tooth.  If the tooth is not extremely broken […]