The Link Between Periodontal Health & Overall Health

If you’ve been told that you suffer from periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, you aren’t alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 70 percent of Americans aged 65 and older suffer from gum disease, an infection of the tissue that surrounds your teeth. Age isn’t the only reason… Read More »

The True Face of Toothpaste

Do you know the abrasiveness of your toothpaste? Have you ever considered that you can damage your teeth by brushing them? Tooth damage due to toothpaste abrasiveness can strip away at the enamel of your teeth. Enamel never grows back, and when it wears away teeth may become sensitive to hot, cold or sweets. The… Read More »

Radiation Hesitation

You arrive at your dental appointment and your hygienist suggests taking x-rays. For some, thoughts of radiation exposure cross their mind. If you are one of the worriers, research may put your mind at ease. Radiation exposure associated with dentistry is nominal in comparison to total exposure from all sources. In today’s world, we are… Read More »

Why am I Dry? A Look at Xerostomia

Having trouble wetting your whistle? You’re not alone. Dry mouth, or xerostomia, commonly affects older adults. It results from the inadequate flow of saliva, and is a symptom of various medical conditions and a side effect of more than 400 medications. Normal salivary flow is important for digestion, cleansing and moistening of the oral tissues,… Read More »