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Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Better Dental Hygiene Means a Healthier Heart
...These include smoking, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and physical inactivity...

Diabetics, Watch Out for a Hidden Enemy: Gum Disease
...Symptoms of diabetes include abnormally high levels of glucose (a form of sugar) in the blood, leading to frequent urination, excessive thirst, blurred vision, unexplained weight loss, and loss of energy...

Are You at Advanced Risk for Gum Disease?
... You have ongoing health conditions such as heart disease, respiratory disease, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, high stress, or diabetes...

Bad Breath — Suffer No More
...Although some forms of bad breath can be caused by medical conditions like diabetes, lung infections, even kidney failure and cancer, between 85% and 90% of cases originate in the mouth...

Gum Disease and You: A True-False Test
... Other risk factors for developing the disease include diabetes and pregnancy (due to hormonal changes)...

Taking a Coordinated Approach to Treating Diabetes and Periodontal Disease
Diabetes and periodontal (gum) disease are two types of inflammatory conditions that have more in common than was once thought...

Dry Mouth FAQs
...Other diseases that can be the culprit include: diabetes, Parkinson's disease, cystic fibrosis, and AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)...

Know the Causes and Treatments for Chronic Dry Mouth
...Diseases like Diabetes, Parkinson's disease, or AIDS can also cause dry mouth...

The Sweet and Lowdown on Sugar Substitutes
...So these days, lots of us are trying to cut down on our consumption of sugar — not only to lose weight, but also to help prevent maladies like diabetes and heart disease...

A "Silent" Disease Gets Recognition
Today, many people are taking positive steps to reduce the risks posed by major health problems like cancer, cardiopulmonary diseases, hypertension, and diabetes...

Keeping Gum Disease at Bay Could Help Your Overall Health
...We’re now finding that conditions as varied as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis (which all share a common thread with inflammation) may be affected by gum disease — and vice-versa...

Your Health Could Affect the Longevity of a Dental Implant
...Slower healing conditions caused by diseases like diabetes, osteoporosis or compromised immune systems can also impact implant success...

Oral Systemic Connection
...But recent scientific evidence suggests that it may have an even greater benefit to your overall health: Specifically, it could potentially reduce your risk for a number of systemic (whole-body) diseases, including cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis — even premature birth...

Periodontal (Gum) Disease
... Periodontal Disease & Your Overall Health Periodontal disease starts in your mouth but has actually been linked to more serious conditions, such as cardio-vascular disease (CVD), diabetes and preterm births...

Oral Diagnosis and Biopsies
... In addition, some systemic diseases (such as diabetes, Crohn's disease, and heart disease) may produce effects that can be observed in the mouth...

Aging & Dental Health
...It's possible that medications prescribed for other diseases can adversely affect a person's oral health; it's also possible that a decline in oral health can worsen existing maladies (such as diabetes), or even cause systemic (whole-body) inflammation...

Antibiotic Premedicationfor Dental Treatments
... Guidelines for Antibiotic Premedication Prophylactic antibiotics might be recommended before dental procedures if you have one or more of the following heart conditions: A heart transplant Artificial heart valves A history of infective endocarditis Some types of congenital heart problems - particularly if they haven't been completely repaired, or if their treatment involves prosthetic material If you have undergone a joint replacement procedure, prophylactic antibiotics might be recommended if you also have one or more of the following risk factors: A systemic inflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus erythematosis A weakened immune system resulting from HIV, cancer, radiation or chemotherapy, or another cause Insulin-dependent (type I) diabetes or hemophilia A history of previous infection in a prosthetic joint Undernourishment or malnourishment There are other circumstances where taking prophylactic antibiotics would be a prudent step; there are also a number of situations where these medications might have been recommended in the past, but aren't currently required in all cases...

Bad Breath
...Halitosis may occur in people who have a sinus or bronchial infection, an oral yeast infection (which can be caused by antibiotic use), or even a systemic (general body) disease such as diabetes, kidney failure or a liver malfunction...

Diabetes & Oral Health
Diabetes is a group of chronic inflammatory diseases that affect the body's ability to process sugar...

Dry Mouth
...Other diseases known to cause dry mouth include diabetes, Parkinson's disease, cystic fibrosis and AIDS...

Pregnancy, Hormones & Oral Health
...Some research has even indicated a link between periodontal (gum) diseases and other serious health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes...