New Year’s resolutions may actually go all the way back to
the time of Julius Caesar. It makes sense that, at the beginning of a new year,
we would want to start fresh with a clean slate, and while many people in the
US focus resolutions on improving their health, few consider making changes to
keep their smiles healthy. If you’re looking for a new year’s resolution you
can keep, consider one of the following oral health related resolutions that
you can start on right away.
If you’re working with a physician to get your diabetes
under control, you have probably already heard about the whole body health
issues that can occur due to uncontrolled blood sugar levels, including organ
failure and severe infection. What many doctors neglect to tell their patients
is that diabetes can also lead to numerous oral health concerns that
dramatically increase risk for tooth loss. In this blog, we walk through some
of the basics, but if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you should talk to
your dentist about how best to care for your smile.
When you visit the dentist and receive an oral exam, your dental hygienist and dentist will evaluate the health of your gums and teeth. If there are signs of gum disease, most commonly gingivitis or periodontitis, you will need a complete periodontal exam which includes evaluation of plaque, marginal bleeding, gum attachment loss or dental pockets and number of teeth present. Periodontitis is an infection caused by bacteria in the dental biofilm which leads to chronic inflammation and causes destruction of both connective tissues surrounding your teeth and resulting bone loss.
Periodontitis and other common chronic inflammatory diseases, including arthritis, share many modifiable risk factors. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease, also characterized by chronic inflammation, that is also associated with deterioration of joint connective tissue and bone.
In this blog, we explore the connection between periodontal (gum)
disease or periodontitis and arthritis. Many of the lifestyle changes that
improve oral health and hygiene can also improve your rheumatoid arthritis
For decades, the link between poor oral health and heart
disease has been a subject of extensive research. While even the most recent
research is still inconclusive, there are some indications that maintaining
your oral health could decrease risk of heart disease. In this blog, we take a
closer look at how poor oral health may indicate risk for heart disease and discuss
some of the warning signs your dentist may see when they look at your smile.
When we decide to incorporate a new dentistry technique or
technology into our dental office, we look for tools that make dentistry
easier, faster, more comfortable, and more affordable for our dental patients.
The Glidewell Fastmill.io same-day dental crown system offers all of these
benefits and more. Keep reading to learn about the many advantages of one-visit
dental restorations in our blog.
Dentists field questions regularly about pacifier use, thumb
sucking, and other self-soothing toddler habits that can negatively impact a
child’s oral health. It’s important for parents to remember that most thumb
sucking and other self-soothing behaviors are not damaging, and they may be
helping your child to feel safe and secure. The individual development of the
child needs to be the determining factor when it comes to decisions about
intervening with self-soothing habits, so when it comes to your child’s
pacifier use or thumb sucking, there’s no such thing as “normal” or an exact
age when it’s time to stop. Your child’s best interest is always our top
priority when you visit us for children’s
dentistry services. You can watch our video about toddler habits to hear
directly from Dr. Jay McCarl about how pacifier usage and thumb sucking can
impact kids. Keep reading our blog below for a little more detail.
Cracked or broken teeth are more than uncomfortable, they can also be unsightly and detrimental to oral health. Yet, many patients choose to live with cracked or broken teeth rather than seeking immediate treatment. If you have a cracked or broken tooth, don’t postpone your dental care. Without seeking emergency dental services as soon as possible, your tooth and surrounding teeth may be severely damaged or lost.
There’s no better way to celebrate Dental Hygiene
Month each October than to share a healthy, happy smile! If you’re
struggling to maintain the optimal level of oral hygiene, your dentist can
recommend steps you to improve your daily at-home routine for effective dental
hygiene in Greenbelt. Don’t forget to schedule your biannual dental checkups
and professional teeth cleanings to ensure your smile stays healthy for life.
If you’ve ever dealt with stress for more than the few a
days or hours before a big job interview or other event, you know that it can negatively
impact your body. People under stress experience head and body aches, struggle
to maintain a typical sleep schedule, and are often at greater risk for health
issues as the immune system is overtaxed in bodies with an elevated level of
stress. Unfortunately, your smile isn’t immune to stress either. For many
people, oral health issues related to stress are found during regular preventive
dentistry visits, and for some, this is a wakeup call that encourages them
to make some changes in their daily life and reduce stress levels. Some stress
can’t be avoided, but the long term impact on oral and overall health can be
detrimental. If you’re experiencing high levels of stress at home, work, or
school, finding different ways to manage your stresses may be an important part
of protecting your smile and overall health. In this blog, we review some of
the common oral health conditions diagnosed in people who are under stress.
If you’ve cracked or broken a dental crown or
other restoration, your Greenbelt dentist may be able to help. In some cases,
we can replace the dislodged dental crown, but no matter what the situation, we
can create a personalized plan to repair your damaged smile as quickly as
possible. In this blog, we walk through the process to restore your smile after
a dental crown has been damaged.