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Getting to the Root of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a pretty serious condition in and of itself, but did you know that it can sometimes be a symptom of a greater problem? Most of the time, gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is caused by lack of good oral hygiene. Bacteria congregates around and under the gum line, causing the tissue to swell and decay. However, it’s possible that gum disease are related to a larger problem like diabetes or heart disease. Heart Disease and Stroke The American Academy of Periodontology cites that some studies have show a link between periodontal disease and heart disease. Scientists have not proven the correlation yet. However, the evidence does suggest there is a link. Your gums house blood vessels that flow to your teeth providing the teeth with nutrients. When the gums are faced with periodontal disease, the bacteria infects these blood vessels and subsequently travels through the bloodstream to the…

. Posted in Periodontal Disease CategoryTagged . Feb 24, 2017

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Fluoride Treatments and Cleanings Protect Teeth

When is the last time you went to the dentist? If you can’t remember, it’s time to go! A regular checkup for dental cleanings at the dentist is not a scary experience. Even when your dentist finds something, early detection means easier treatment. The American Dental Association recommends seeing your Houston dentist twice per year. Furthermore, you should also get x-rays once per year. The main component of a dental checkup is a cleaning and sometimes a fluoride treatment. Dental Cleanings If you’re afraid of seeing the dentist, this is the best procedure you could do. It’s painless and helps keep your teeth healthy so you don’t need to come back for extensive work. Dental cleanings seek to remove plaque from your teeth. Plaque is bacterial waste material. If it builds up, it protects the bacteria, allowing them to feed on your teeth or get under your gums. When plaque…

. Posted in Dental Cleanings . Feb 17, 2017