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8Apr, 2016

Periodontal Disease and Pregnancy

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Dental health is often the last thing on a pregnant woman’s mind. She is focused primarily on the health and safety of her baby, rather than her own health. The last week of April is National Infertility Week, which means there is no better time to become educated on the effects poor oral hygiene can have on a newborn baby. A recent study done by the Journal of Periodontology found that pregnant women with periodontal disease are at a higher risk of delivering a low birth weight baby. The study concluded that “Mothers with periodontitis were […]
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4Apr, 2016

The Link Between Stress and Periodontal Disease

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April is also National Stress Awareness Month. With the hustle and bustle of our every day lives, it is not always easy to avoid stressful situations. However, recent studies show that managing your stress is an important part of your oral health. Research has found that people who are in high pressure situations and experience increased levels of stress tend to practice habits that can make them more susceptible to periodontal disease. According to the American Dental Association, factors related to these habits include: Tobacco smoking or chewing Systemic diseases such as diabetes Some types of medication such as steroids, some types […]
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17Mar, 2016

Oral Systemic Health: Rate Your Health

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It is important to note that the research is revealing that periodontal diseases do not cause other health problems.  It is simply that the same pathogens that cause periodontal disease to occur also contribute to the other health issues. This is the reason why people who have poor oral health are also likely to have poor overall health or other systemic diseases. Barbara L. McClatchie, DDS has received professional training through the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health. She uses Oral DNA saliva testing to find and reduce the risk of […]
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10Mar, 2016

The Rise of Kidney Stones

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Did you know that March is National Kidney Month too? Kidneys are an important part of maintaining whole-body health, and therefore dental health. According to a study researched by Robert Shmerling, M.D., Faculty Editor with Harvard Health Publications, kidney stones are on the rise and are even being seen more commonly in people who were once considered low-risk. As a complete health dentist, I encourage you to take the best possible care of your body. There are numerous factors that cause the formation of kidney stones. These include diet, diabetes, some medications and family genetics. […]
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4Mar, 2016

Sleep Apnea and Your Dental Health

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March is National Sleep Apnea Month. Sleep apnea is a disorder where you experience pauses in breathing and shallow breaths while you sleep. This can last anywhere between a few seconds to a few minutes. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, “a major symptom is extremely loud snoring, sometimes so loud that bed partners find it intolerable. Other indications that sleep apnea may be present are obesity, persistent daytime sleepiness, bouts of awakening out of breath during the night, and frequently waking in the morning with a dry mouth or a headache.” Sleep […]
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17Feb, 2016

What is Complete Health Dentistry?

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Complete health dentistry involves caring for a patient’s overall health by making the connection between oral health and total body health. Complete health dentists use clues from a patient’s mouth to find signs of other illnesses they may have or be at risk for having. We strive to form partnerships between dental and medical professionals to work toward the common goal of improving a patient’s overall health and wellness. What does this involve? One step is moving from reactive care to preventive care. One way we do this in our office […]
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10Feb, 2016

Connection Between Your Mouth And Your Heart

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Did you know that February is both National Dental Health Month and National Heart Health Month? At our office, we understand how important the relationship between dental health and total body health is. There is a significant connection between your dental health and your heart health. Heart Disease: According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer in the United States.  Knowing the risk factors and possible systemic links between your oral health and heart disease is the first step in prevention. It is important for you to talk […]
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3Feb, 2016

Relationship Between Heart Health and Dental Health

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Since February is both National Heart Health Month and National Dental Health Month, we want to highlight the connection between heart health and dental health. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. Interestingly, current research shows that periodontal bacteria invade the cardiovascular system to incite inflammation and atherosclerosis. “While the American Heart Association does not yet call the relationship between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease causal, the impact these pathogens exert on systemic inflammation and atherosclerosis is undeniable. Just last week, a study found both […]
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20Jan, 2016

The Importance of Dental Care During Pregnancy

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If you are expecting a baby, you must care for all parts of your body, including your mouth. Dental care is a crucial part of a healthy pregnancy. Hormonal changes may place you at an increased risk for dental infections and other problems. During this exciting time, it is essential to follow a proper oral care routine. Morning Sickness. It is common for a pregnant woman to experience morning sickness. Unfortunately, it can strike at any time. Vomiting brings up acid from your stomach, which can harm your tooth enamel.  After […]
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13Jan, 2016

Oral Health Is Systemic

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Even decades ago, many dentists noted that their older patients who had extremely healthy and younger look gums were also in great physical health for their age. Now we know, based on research and not just anecdotal evidence, that oral health is systemic. This means that a person’s oral health is reflective of their overall health. The research shows there is a strong correlation between periodontal disease and other health issues, such as diabetes, pre-term births, low birth weights, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease. Periodontal disease is generally […]
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