Tuesday, December 17, 2019

December Newsletter Updates!

December's Newsletter has been sent to all of our patients. If your email has changed, please let our office know. We have some very exciting changes in our office this month. 

Best Wishes to each of our wonderful patients.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dr. Clark & Team

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

October is National Hygiene Month

Here is our latest eNewsletter. If you did not receive this via your email, please contact us to update that information. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Alarming Link Between Untreated Gum Disease and Oral Cancer

As you can see from our logo, laser dentistry is very important to Dr. Clark. He has invested time, money, and education into bringing this state-of-the-art technology to our office.  He has seen many lives transformed because of this technology. 

Fight Gum Disease.com featured this article about the link between gum disease and oral cancer: 

The Alarming Link Between Untreated Gum Disease and Oral Cancer

Oral cancer accounts for just 2-4% of all cancers, but that number is on the rise. Because of the lack of pain associated with oral cancer, early detection and treatment plans are unfortunately rare. Gum disease is also often undertreated due to a lack of noticeable symptoms. Gum disease, if left untreated, can have a whole host of effects on your mouth and body — including the loss of your teeth. New research suggests that gum disease and oral cancer may be more related than we thought.

What is Porphyromonas gingivalis?

Now, porphyromonas gingivalis — bacteria found in chronic gum disease — is being blamed partially for the development of oral cancer. P. gingivalis is the bacteria “most highly associated with the chronic form of periodontitis, and can be detected in up to 85% of the disease sites,” according to a study in the Journal of Periodontology.
According to nutritional periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg, “the aggressive behavior in dental plaque may be a direct result of chronic systemic inflammation and a compromised host response. Once P. gingivalis becomes pathogenic, the immune system has a difficult time killing it.
As a chronic condition, P. gingivalis is capable of not only causing damage to the periodontal region, but also spreading to other parts of the body, causing other diseases. A study found that oral cancer cells and cancer stem cells became more aggressive after repeated infection by P. gingivalis.

Treating gum disease to prevent oral cancer

Treatment of P. gingivalis, then, is critical in the prevention of oral cancer. The LANAP protocol is a treatment method that can get into the spaces underneath the gum tissues around the teeth that are infected with P. gingivalis. It’s also the only treatment method FDA cleared as scientifically proven to regenerate bone and tissue lost to gum disease.
Making sure you are regularly seeing your dentist and asking them to scan for gum disease is the first step to making sure your oral health stays in tip top shape. Don’t let something that seems mild snowball into a life-changing event.

  • Both gum disease and oral cancer are undertreated due to lack of symptoms
  • New research suggests a link between the bacteria that causes gum disease, P. gingivalis, and oral cancer
  • The spread of P. gingivalis from your mouth to the rest of your body can also cause other illnesses, including other types of cancer
  • Regular dental checkups and effective treatment of gum disease are necessary to ensure both your oral and overall health

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Getting More Mileage from Your Mouth

The American Dental Association has a fun analogy comparing our oral health care health to a car's health. 

Getting oil changes, stopping for gas and going through the car wash are the things you do without a second thought to keep your car in tip-top shape. So what are you doing for your teeth? Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to taking care of the things you depend on most. Get the most mileage out of your mouth by using these strategies in your dental care routine.

Watch What Gets In Your Grill
A grill on a car keeps harmful things from getting under the hood. Think of your own grill as a filter system for your entire body. Everybody’s mouth is full of germs—some good, some bad. The bad ones can cause cavities and gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss. Severe gum disease is also associated with other medical problems, like diabetesheart disease and stroke.

Keep Your Fuel Tank Full
You wouldn’t put just anything in your fuel tank, so be aware of what you're putting in your mouth. Keep your engine running with a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables. 

Practice Preventative Maintenance
Your car won’t get very far without fresh oil and proper tire pressure. Your teeth also need regular care. Daily brushing and flossing are the best ways to keep your mouth healthy. 

Get a Tune Up
Taking your car in for a tune up can extend the life of your vehicle and catch small repairs before they turn into big fixes. Regular visits to your dentist and good dental habits can prevent many dental diseases and will keep you smiling for years to come.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

August's eNewsletter is here!

Summer is winding down. Make sure to enjoy these final few weeks. 

Call to schedule your semi-annual cleanings before your dental benefits run out!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Root Canal Basics

The American Dental Association describes root canal treatment that can save a severely damaged decaying tooth or a serious tooth infection. Root canals are used to repair and save your tooth instead of removing it. 

What’s Involved in Root Canal Repair?
The pulp is soft tissue inside your tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels and provides nourishment for your tooth. It can become infected if you have:
  • A deep cavity
  • Repeated dental procedures that disturb this tissue
  • A cracked or fractured tooth
  • Injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)
If untreated, the tissues around the root of your tooth can become infected. When this happens, you will often feel pain and swelling and an abscess may form inside the tooth and/or in the bone around the end of the root of the tooth. An infection can also put you at risk of losing your tooth completely because bacteria can damage the bone that keeps your tooth connected to your jaw.

What Should I Expect?

A root canal treatment usually takes 1 or 2 office visits to complete. There is little to no pain because your dentist will use local anesthesia so you don’t feel the procedure. Once the procedure is complete, you should no longer feel the pain you felt before having it done.
Before treatment begins, your dentist will:
  • Take X-rays to get a clear view of your tooth and the surrounding bone.
  • Numb the area around and including your tooth so you are comfortable during the treatment.
  • Put a thin sheet of latex rubber over your tooth to keep it dry, clean and protected from viruses, bacteria and fungus that are normally in the mouth.
During treatment, your dentist will:
  • Create an opening in the top of your tooth.
  • Remove the tooth’s nerve from inside the tooth and in the areas in the root, known the root canal.
  • Clean inside the tooth and each root canal. Your dentist may treat the tooth with germ-killing medicine.
  • Fill the root canals with a rubber-like material to seal them against future infection.
  • Place a temporary filling on the tooth to protect it until a definitive restoration like a permanent filling or crown can be placed at the earliest opportunity.
After root canal treatment:
  • Your tooth and the area around it may feel sensitive for a few days. You can talk with your dentist about how to relieve any discomfort you may have.
  • Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics if the infection spread. Use as directed, and follow up with your dentist if you have any problems taking it.
You will need a follow-up visit after the root canal treatment. At this visit, your dentist will remove the temporary filling on the tooth and replace it with a regular filling or a crown to protect your tooth from further damage. A metal or plastic post may also be placed in the root canal to help make sure the filling materials remain in place. This helps support a crown if you need one.

How Long Will a Root Canal Filling Last?

With proper care, your restored tooth can last a lifetime. Make it a point to brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste, clean between your teeth once a day and see your dentist regularly to make sure your teeth are strong and healthy.