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Is there a link between gum diseases and other health problems?

Recent research suggests there may be a link between gum disease and other health problems. Studies by the American Heart Association show evidence that bacteria in the mouth, which is associated with gum disease, may be linked to heart disease, artery blockages, diabetes, and stroke. Studies have shown the incidence of heart disease is about twice as high in people with periodontal ( gum) disease.   Additional research suggests that the bacteria that cause gum disease can be a contributing factor in weakening the immune system. This can make a person more susceptible to bacterial pneumonia, slow wound healing, and diminish a person’s response to hepatitis B and flu vaccines.Studies also indicate that pregnant women who have gum disease may be at increased risk for delivering prematurely, as well as having an increased risk of low birth weight babies. People with diabetes often have gum disease and a higher incidence of infection so it is important to visit their dentist regularly. If periodontal disease is treated in diabetics, their sugar control improve.

What is the Dental Amalgam Controversy?

The dental amalgam controversy is a debate over the use of mercury containing amalgam as a dental filling. Based on the the Dental Material Fact Sheet of the California Dental Association, amalgam contains 34-54% mercury. Studies have proven that mercury vapor almost constantly leaks from the amalgam fillings (silver colored) intensifying after eating, drinking hot liquid, chewing gum, teeth grinding and even tooth brushing.
A review published in 2005 by the Freiburg University Institute for Environmental Medicine found that mercury from dental amalgam may lead to kidney toxicity, neurobehavioral changes, autoimmune diseases, oxidative stress, autism, skin and mucosa alterations and possibly Alzheimer’s disease or multiple sclerosis. The debate continues. A good source to read is Dr. Hal A. Higgins: It’s All In Your Head, The Link Between Mercury Amalgams and Illness.

 What is Laser Bacterial Reduction?

Periodontal disease affects approximately 80% of adults and is a growing epidemic in our society. We know that it is caused by bacteria infecting the gums and bone around the teeth.The laser kills the unhealthy bacteria deep under your gums. So now we can treat gum disease by removing plaque and hard deposits around your teeth as well as killing the bacteria that cause the gum disease. Laser decontamination is done with minimal discomfort and usually take about 5 minutes.

implantsDental Implants

Dental Implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.