Archive for the ‘ Periodontal Disease ’ Category

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Mouth and Heart Connection

Artery Inflammation Do you have gum disease?  Did you know gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and has also been associated with heart disease, low birth weight, diabetes and other health problems?  According to the Center for Disease Control, 50% of US adults have some form of gum disease (periodontal disease).  Major […]