Category: Oral Health

Avoid Strokes and Other Serious Health Problems by Protecting Yourself from Gum Disease

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.

I want to help you maintain healthy teeth for life.

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.

Enjoy Healthy Teeth for Life without Leaving Bedford!

Tooth decay, often seen as cavities and dental caries, and gum disease are caused by colonies of bacteria that constantly coat your teeth with a sticky film called plaque. If this plaque is not removed, these bacteria break down the sugars and starches in the foods you eat to produce acids that wear away your tooth enamel, leaving your teeth unprotected and vulnerable.

In addition to brushing, flossing, and having regular dental exams and cleanings, having a healthy diet can help to protect teeth against these oral health problems. A well-balanced diet provides the nutrients needed for healthy teeth and gums.

A Safe, Conservative Approach to a Root Canal

Many dental procedures come with a preconceived stigma. Root canals are one of these procedures. Most people think of severe pain and drilling when they think of a root canal, but I’m happy to tell you that modern root canal therapy is extremely different than it was in years past.

I’m Dr. Robert Kennedy, a general dentist in Bedford, Massachusetts, and I perform root canals on my patients in the most conservative way possible.

A root canal is an endodontic procedure. This means that it has to do with the internal structure of your tooth. You have a canal in each of your teeth. Your nerve, also known as pulp, is located in this canal and sustains the life of your tooth.

Sticking to the Six Month Rule

Our moms have always told us how important it is to go to the dentist every six months, and here at Kennedy Family Dentistry, I tend to agree. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are essential to the long-term health of your mouth, and therefore, your body.

Your mouth endures extreme pressure, intense temperature fluctuations, and about 600 different types of bacteria every day. Combine those extremes with the sugars, starches, and acidic beverages that are consumed daily and you have a recipe for dental disaster.