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Could Dementia and Tooth Loss Be Linked? a New Study Points to Yes

More and more research links systemic conditions with periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease, as with all infections, increase the inflammation within the body. The bacteria beneath the gumline are easily released into the bloodstream when eating, brushing, flossing, and from usual daily activities. These bacteria, once in the bloodstream, travel freely throughout the whole of your body. When gum disease goes untreated, bacteria can affect other systems such as the cardiovascular system and now research points to the negative impact on the brain.Patients with gum disease are at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. While still more research is required to determine the actual relationship, research reinforces repeatedly that ...

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Can You Treat Patients with a Strong Reflex?

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If you have a strong gag reflex, it can be uncomfortable to have even the most common dental procedure – like a dental cleaning. As a result, you may end up avoiding the dental care you need to stay healthy. Of course, this is not ideal because you could end up with decay, gum disease, or untreated conditions that result in tooth loss and pain.Don’t Let Your Gag Reflex Keep You From Having Dental CareIf you suffer from gagging, we can help.Here are some tips to keep you from feeling like gagging or vomiting while you have your dentistry:Concentrate on breathing through your mouth.We can use hand scaling instead of ...

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Should I Opt for a Dental Crown or an Extraction?

Dental Crowns | Dentist in Encinitas
With the work that our teeth do every day, it is no surprise that sometimes they sustain damage in the form of wear, a fracture, or even a crack. In cases where your tooth structure is compromised, we usually recommend a durable and esthetic ceramic crown here in our Encinitas dental office.Why Saving Your Teeth Is ImportantOf course, a dental crown is an investment, as all dentistry and healthcare expenses are. Scott M. Jordan, DDS recommends that you save your natural teeth with restorative dentistry for a number of important reasons.MoneyTimeHealthWhile any dental restoration costs money, opting for a dental crown is likely the least expensive way to treat ...

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How Periodontal Disease May Be Affecting Your Quality of Life

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Oral conditions, such as periodontal disease negatively impact your overall health through the oral-systemic link, including diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory illnesses, but the impact of gum disease does not stop there.Another factor, rarely considered, is the impact that periodontal disease can have on your day-to-day experiences, dramatically reducing your quality of life.Here Are 3 Ways that Gum Disease Can Negatively Affect Your Quality of LifeGum Pain and Teeth SensitivityGum disease, often accompanied by inflammation, can make gums quite painful when brushing, flossing, and eating. Patients may feel tempted to avoid daily brushing and flossing due to discomfort, which leads to advanced stages of infection.Anytime your gums appear red, ...

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3 Inexpensive Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

Cosmetic Dentistry | Encinitas CA Dentist
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, you have probably had fleeting thoughts of cosmetic dentistry. Perhaps you have had some cosmetic work or maybe you have put it off because there are so many other demands on family budgets these days.If you think of cosmetic dentistry and expensive and out of reach, you have submitted to the mythology that beautiful dentistry is only for those people with money to burn, when quite the opposite is true.Your Smile Is an InvestmentIf you enjoy an active social life, dating, an active professional career, or simply smiling on social media, having a smile that makes you fee self-conscious may ...

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What Is a Periodontal Exam?

Periodontal Treatment | Dentist Encinitas CA
Did you know that most dental exams also include a periodontal exam? If you have ever heard our hygienist counting, “one, two three,” as they move around the inside and outside of your gumline along your teeth, you have had a periodontal exam!Why Periodontal Exams Are ImportantThe purpose of this exam is to identify any areas of pocketing in your gums that may collect bacteria and cause an infection. Your gums should cling tightly to your teeth and when they are healthy, they will not bleed. Pocketing and bleeding points indicate an infection.One of the symptoms of gum disease is inflammation. Swollen, red, or tender gums require attention and ...

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What Are the Different Types of Dental Crowns?

Dental Crowns | Dentist in Encinitas CA
If you have a cracked, decayed, or damaged tooth, chances are you are thinking about a dental crown as a potential solution. Dental crowns come in a wide variety of materials and quality, depending on where you seek treatment. Sometimes, the choices can feel overwhelming and making a decision that works best for you can seem difficult. We are here to help!In general, there are three main different types of dental crowns that we may recommend to repair your damaged tooth.Ceramic or All-Porcelain Dental CrownsWe offer porcelain or ceramic dental crowns in our Encinitas dental office and they are a popular choice among out patients because of their beauty ...

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