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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 @ 03:02 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Tooth loss is a common problem that unfortunately affects many American adults today. This problem persists despite advances in dental technology and oral hygiene education.

Certainly, tooth loss greatly affects a person’s dental health. However, tooth loss is not just a dental health problem. It also affects a person’s overall and psychological health.

Tooth loss negatively affects a person’s physical or overall health in a number of ways. Failure to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth can leave a space in your mouth for bacteria to build up, causing periodontal disease. It can also make it difficult for you to properly chew and/or digest certain foods that are rich in fiber and important nutrients. In many cases, people with missing teeth will adjust their diets to eliminate these types of foods and will incorporate more of the softer, heavily-processed foods in their place. This can lead to nutritional imbalances and weight-gain. Weight-gain can in turn lead to a myriad of serious health problems including Diabetes and heart disease.

And then there is the negative affect of tooth loss on a person’s self-esteem, confidence and overall psychological health. Many individuals with tooth loss report that they are embarrassed to speak, laugh, smile or eat in the presence of others. This can lead to feelings of loneliness, isolation and depression.

Fortunately, dental implants provide a long-term solution to missing teeth that provides for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. Many individuals all over the world have regained their dental, overall and psychological health thanks to this revolutionary tooth replacement system.

You do not have to live with the hassle and embarrassment caused by missing teeth. If you are missing one or more of your teeth, talk to a dental implants specialists or oral surgeon today to find out if dental implants are right for you

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Monday, February 3, 2014 @ 02:02 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Gingivitis and Periodontitis are both forms of periodontal disease. So what is the difference? The answer is that periodontal (gum) disease is progressive in nature and can range from mild inflammation of the gums to serious infection that can damage the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth.

Gingivitis refers to a mild form of gum disease that is characterized by an inflammation of the gums. It is caused by the buildup of harmful bacteria on the surface of teeth. With Gingivitis, the gums become red and swollen and may bleed easily. In most cases, Gingivitis can be treated easily by flossing and brushing your teeth daily and visiting your dentist for regularly scheduled professional dental cleanings. This mild form of gum disease does not result in the destruction of bone and soft tissue supporting the teeth, however, if it is not treated properly in a timely manner, it can lead to Periodontitis.

Periodontitis is a more serious form of gum disease that can lead to destruction of the bone and soft tissue supporting your teeth and ultimately, tooth loss. With Periodontitis, the gums start to pull away from the teeth leaving spaces below the gum line called “pockets” that become infected. As the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line, the body’s immune system fights this harmful bacteria. The body’s natural response to the infection will start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth into place. If Periodontitis is not properly treated in a timely manner, the teeth may become loose and have to be removed. Treatments for Periodontitis may include deep cleaning (scaling and root planing), medications or even surgery.

The best way to avoid periodontal disease is to practice good daily oral hygiene, visit the dentist regularly and refrain from smoking or using other tobacco products. However, there are other factors including hormonal changes that can make you more susceptible to this disease. If you suspect that you may have some form of periodontal disease, please schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to avoid serious dental health issues and even tooth loss

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