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Dental Problems That May Arise As a Result of Diabetes
Posted on 6/23/2018 by Joseph Dautremont
If you are living with diabetes, you've got a lot on your mind in order to stay healthy. Unfortunately, your mouth needs to be one of them. There are many dental problems that can arise as a result of diabetes. Gum Disease Gum disease is the top concern when it comes to diabetes and oral health. When diabetes is present, the blood vessels that are responsible for delivering oxygen to the body thicken. This slows down the transport of nutrients and waste in and out of the tissues. The result is usually weakened gums, which are more prone to infection, and periodontal disease can set in. This isn't the only concern with gum disease when it comes to diabetes. When the blood glucose is not well-regulated, bacteria are allowed to grow freely in the mouth. Bacteria consume the excess sugar in the saliva, which allows them to multiply. Then, the bacteria will get into the gums, leading to gingivitis and possibly periodontitis. Smokers need to be especially concerned if they also have diabetes. Smoking decreases salivary flow, which makes the person more susceptible to infection in the mouth. Even without diabetes, smokers are nearly five times more likely to have gum disease than non-smokers. Other Common Oral Problems In addition to gum disease, diabetes presents other oral health problems. Dry mouth is a big one, which can lead to ulcers in the mouth, infections, or tooth decay. For many people, it is one of the first signs of diabetes. Dry mouth occurs when there isn't enough saliva in the oral cavity, and that saliva provides an important function to fight bacteria. Oral burning and thrush may also result from diabetes. Regular dental exams are important for everyone, but considering how many dental issues are connected to the disease, diabetics should be especially concerned with keeping their appointments. Call us today to set up yours!...

Dental Bonding Offers Many Benefits
Posted on 6/13/2018 by Joseph Dautremont
Everyone wants to have a great smile. Unfortunately, things can happen to the teeth that prevent that from happening. The good news is that we have a variety of techniques to help restore the smile. Dental bonding is one of those restorative techniques. It offers many benefits and is something that can help people recapture the smile they want. How it Can Help Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure. It involves the use of a composite resin that allows us to reshape and sculpt the teeth. There are many ways to damage teeth and that affect the smile. Teeth that are not aligned or teeth that have chips or cracks make it hard for someone to show off their smile. Dental bonding is a technique that restores the teeth to look like a person wants. What Makes it a Good Choice? There are many ways that a person can fix problems they have with their teeth. Braces, crowns, dental implants all are techniques that can restore the smile. Dental bonding offers several benefits that the other procedures may not. All the benefits add up to making dental bonding a great way to fix many problems with teeth. Whether the problem is the result of trauma or just something that happened, dental bonding can offer a solution. Contact our offices to make an appointment today to find out if dental bonding is something that can help....

Have You Heard of Oil Pulling Yet?
Posted on 5/23/2018 by Joseph Dautremont
There is a new practice taking dental care to a whole new level. Have you heard of oil pulling yet? If you haven't, we will give you some information on what it is and whether you should incorporate it into your oral care habits. What Is Oil Pulling? Oil pulling is the practice of swishing liquid vegetable oil - usually coconut oil or other ""healthy"" oil - in your mouth for 20-minutes, to get rid of bacteria that causes bad breath and improves your overall oral health. People who practice oil pulling swear by it. How Does Oil Pulling Work? There's an incredible number of bacteria on each of our teeth. These bacteria are covered by a fatty coating and as they meet another fatty substance, such as oil, they tend to stick to it. The belief is that swishing the liquid in your mouth, or oil pulling, can get to the bacteria that is hard to reach by brushing or flossing alone and it gets eliminated from the mouth by spitting it out. Is Oil Pulling Safe? While oil pulling is a recent practice that is gaining more and more popularity, there are very few studies that either confirm or deny whether it works or not. If you are using a vegetable oil such as coconut or olive oil, there is no harm in swishing it around your mouth for 20-minutes, if you can manage. Just make sure you don't swallow it because you will be bringing all that bacteria you want to get rid of into your body and it may also not sit well in your stomach. Whether you have heard of oil pulling yet or you are thinking about starting it, keep in mind that at this point it's just another popular oral health practice....

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