Among American adults, the threat of gum disease, medically known as periodontal disease, is a very real and potentially dangerous condition. Between 70 and 80 percent of the national population over the age of 40 is affected by the disease to some extent.
Although genetics may play a small role in its development, doctors agree that gum disease is most often directly related to how well people care for their teeth and gums.
If you wear dentures, you probably hate when they slip or wobble. You might even be embarrassed to eat dinner with friends. Dentures have come a long way in the past decade. Today, they look more natural than ever – and they can feel like natural teeth, as well. Implant-retained dentures snap onto small posts… Read more »
To ensure the best preventive dental care for your child, take a moment to consider dental sealants.
If you have a chipped tooth or several chipped teeth, you know how uncomfortable and visually unappealing they can be. Additionally, chipped teeth can continue to break and wear down more from everyday activities like biting and chewing, increasing your risk of tooth decay and further tooth damage.
I tell my patients constantly that their oral health has a huge impact on their overall health, but many of them don’t believe me until they experience it for themselves. My warning: Don’t let oral health problems escalate.
The best example of this is gum disease. Approximately 80 percent of American adults suffer from gum disease, and many don’t even know that they have it.
In addition to attacking your gum tissue and putting your oral health in danger, gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of developing diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart problems, certain cancers, and strokes.
As a family dentist, it’s my job to create healthy smiles for all of my patients, from toddlers to great grandparents. My team and I look forward to seeing you in my Bedford, Massachusetts, dental office every 6 months, but there are things you should be doing in between appointments to keep your smile in… Read more »
I believe in conservative dentistry, and I believe in doing everything I can to help you keep your natural teeth for as long as possible.
That’s why it’s a last resort when I recommend tooth extraction to my patients.
Sometimes, when a root canal won’t suffice, a damaged, dead, or infected tooth must be removed to ensure continued health for your entire mouth. In other cases, too many teeth in a small mouth can cause crowding, so a few teeth will be removed before orthodontic braces are applied. For patients needing dentures, removing a few teeth may be necessary for your new set of teeth to function and fit properly.