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Dental Health Facts at Glance

Did you know that oral hygiene greatly affects overall long-term health? Did you also know that good hygiene and a nice smile are linked with self-confidence? Below are some interesting facts about oral hygiene and dental health. Nearly 70% of adult Americans have some form of periodontal (gum) disease Periodontal disease is the leading cause…

Children Get Gum Disease Too!

Surprisingly, chronic gingivitis (selling and bleeding of the gums) is common in children, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. It is both preventable and treatable with a regular routine of brushing, flossing, and professional care. Localized aggressive gum disease is found in teenagers and young adults and mostly affects the first molar and incisor…

Regular Cleaning, Root Planing, & Perio Maintenace- The Difference Explained

A “regular” cleaning, a root planning procedure, and periodontal maintenance are not the same. This can be confusing for many dental patients. In this article we’ll look at the three procedures and explain what make them different from each other and why each procedure is recommended for certain groups of patients. A “regular” cleaning is…

Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Treatment

Who is a candidate for laser gum treatment? Almost everyone who has periodontal disease, swollen gingiva, or soft tissue lesions that require biopsies. The laser treatment is especially good for treating very advanced cases that are almost beyond conventional surgical treatment because the laser treatment can often regenerate bone and soft tissue. It’s estimated that…

Presenting a Breakthrough in Periodontal Therapy: LANAP

LANAP: Laser Periodontal Therapy The newest technology available for periodontal are is the Nd:YAG Millennium PerioLase. This is the latest generation of the Nd:YAG laser, and it’s designed specifically to treat periodontal disease using LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure). Like LASIK surgery for the eyes, this therapy using the new laser is a breakthrough…

How to Safely Dispose of Unused Medications

The State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) reports that low levels of pharmaceuticals are present nearly everywhere in our environment. Unused medications are known to enter our environment through excretion from animals and humans, disposal of unused drugs in toilets or landfills, and wastewater treatment systems. Further, the DEQ says that most wastewater…

The Dangers of Uncontrolled Gum Disease

Uncontrolled gum disease has been associated with many serious systemic diseases including diabetes, stroke, heart disease, respiratory disease, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, some cancers, and more. Now new studies show an association between uncontrolled gum disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), peripheral arterial disease, and even obstructive sleep apnea. And more associations are sure…

Detroit Periodontist Recontours Uneven Gums

Sometimes orthodontic appliances interfere with proper brushing and flossing, and the resulting accumulation of bacteria stimulates gum overgrowth. This often makes the teeth appear short and stubby. Note the picture below. Cosmetic crown lengthening recontours the gums and bone, resulting in a better balance between teeth and gums and an improved smile. The photo below…

Gum Disease Linked to Anemia

A study published in the Journal of Periodontology suggests that severe gum disease (periodontitis) may cause a reduction in red blood cells and hemoglobin, leading to the blood disorder anemia. Researchers found that over a third of people suffering from severe gum disease had hemoglobin levels below normal concentrations. Following a six-month course of treatment…

Do You Know the Worst Foods for Teeth?

The importance of brushing after eating can’t be stressed enough with certain foods. According to the American Dental Association, the following seven foods are the worst villains for teeth: dried fruit, sugary drinks, hard candies, alcohol, citrus/acidic foods, starchy foods, and coffee. Dried fruit- Although dried fruits are better than processed fruit snacks, they are…

Gum Disease Detroit- Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

The mouth is an interesting thing. Many people consider it the gateway to our overall health. When you think about it…what’s in your mouth may travel down to other parts of the body, causing health complications or problems. An example of this is the link between periodontal disease and heart disease. Much scientific evidence supports the…

Make Flossing a Habbit- Tips From Birmingham MI Periodontist

Flossing teeth properly is helpful for maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile. It helps to remove plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach. Because excessive plaque build-up and bacteria in the mouth can lead to gum disease, it is important to floss your teeth every day! The proper flossing technique involves…