Periodontal Disease Is Linked To Systemic Diseases

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What do your gums do?

The soft tissue in your mouth, like skin, has an important job. It safeguards the roots of your teeth. It also provides a barrier for the connective tissues and ligaments that hold your teeth in their sockets. Plus the alveolar bone in which your teeth are anchored.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease starts with inflammation. Gums become swollen and tender. In its early stages, gum disease is called gingivitis. As the disease advances, the gums pull away from the teeth, developing pockets. This is called periodontitis or periodontal disease.

What causes gum disease?

Bacteria are always present in the oral cavity. When it is left on the teeth and gums, it turns into plaque. Plaque is a thick coating of bacteria on your gums and teeth. Plaque accumulates if it is not removed by rinsing, brushing, and flossing. If plaque accumulates in the gumline pockets, the gums can start receding. When plaque hardens, it is called tartar or calculus. You can’t brush away tartar with your toothbrush. You need to have a professional dental cleaning.

What are signs of gum disease?

  • Tender gums
  • Bad breath
  • Loose gums
  • A change in the color of gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Pus between teeth and gums
  • Teeth that appear longer
  • Growing spaces between teeth
  • Changes in your bite

How does gingivitis threaten your health?

Gum disease increases your risk of:

  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attacks
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Asthma
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Low infant birth weight

Can periodontal disease be prevented?

Yes. Proper dental hygiene, professional dental cleanings, and a wholesome diet can keep gums healthy.

For information on treatment for periodontitis, schedule a gum disease exam and consultation by calling 702-852-2244.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

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Signs Of Oral Cancer: What Not To Ignore

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Today’s message focuses on a very serious topic—oral (oropharyngeal) cancers. The medical community distinguishes oral cancers as a subset of head and neck cancers.

Oral cancers can develop in the following locations:

  • The tongue
  • The roof of the mouth and under the tongue
  • The inside of the cheeks
  • The oropharynx (the part behind the soft palate)
  • The salivary glands
  • The lips

Oral Cancers Are Particularly Deadly

Over 50,000 men and women annually are diagnosed with a type of oral cancer. They are more than twice as prevalent in men. There is no disparity when it comes to blacks or whites. Oral cancers claim over 10,000 victims per year.

The statistics reveal that only 57 percent of those diagnosed this year will be alive in five years. Talk about a grim outlook.

Let’s discuss the common—and the not-so-common—warning signs of oral cancer.

Any sore or lump in the mouth or throat should be taken seriously. Any white or red patch could also be a symptom.

Receiving an oral cancer screening is another reason to visit Providence Dental twice a year for an exam. Healthcare providers who don’t have the specific training for early onset oral cancer may confuse or overlook early signs.

Here, at Providence Dental, dentist Do can tell you if you should be worried or not.

The Cold Sore Connection

Firstly, we know cold sores are not dinner-talk for most men and women. However, did you know that if you have a history of cold sores, you are at an incresed risk for receiving oropharyngeal (oral) cancer?

Don’t Ignore These Signs!

You will want to get checked out if you:

  1. Have a lump or thickening in your throat
  2. Have white or red patches on your tongue, tonsils, or lining of your cheeks and gums
  3. Notice numbness of any oral feature
  4. Have any type of lesion, cut, or canker-type sore that doesn’t heal within 14 days

Less-common symptoms include tongue pain and loose teeth. A hoarse voice that doesn’t go away should be a concern. Unexplained tooth discoloration is rare but not unheard of.

It’s a misconception to think any of these signs can’t lead to problems.

Early Diagnosis Can Save Your Life

Getting checked for oral (or any) cancer regularly is vital for multiple reasons, but it is ultimately necessary because you want to catch it early. So you have the highest chance of survival. While it typically does not start to show symptoms until around age 40, it occurs in younger patients as well.

Smokeless Tobacco

It is also more prevalent for those who use smokeless, (chewing or spit) tobacco to get oral cancer. Many men and women argue that these are safer than smoking standard cigarettes. This may be true when it comes to lung cancer. But you need to consider the of contracting other conditions like oral cancer(s), pancreatic cancer, and/or chronic infections that can result in heart issues later on.

Also, don’t assume vaping is less harmful. Though there is less research on the health risks of vaping, it certainly hasn’t been proven to be risk-free.

Smoking + Alcohol = A Dangerous Combination

While we are referring to tobacco and vaping, we also need to mention alcohol. For many men and women, they go together. Those who both smoke and drink have a 15 times greater likelihood of developing oral cancer than those who do neither.

Exposure to UV Rays Boosts Risk of Lip Cancer

Lip cancer can be considered both an oral cancer and a skin cancer. Most of us have been warned that unprotected sun exposure is detrimental. But many of us forget about the lips when applying sunscreen. Pick up some SPF balm when you sunscreen. Don’t forget that eating, drinking and licking your lips can wipe it away. Reapply often. Wear wide-brim hats as protection. Be especially careful between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Sources:

https://oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/oral-cavity-and-oropharyngeal-cancer/about/key-statistics.htm

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702-852-2244

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7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
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89166

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Super Smiles For Life

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Your child should be naturally proud of his or her smile. It expresses joy, laughter, and fun! To make sure your child has a healthy and appealing smile, start early. Really early.

We recommend a child’s first dental visit when their first tooth erupts. An early check is the first step in preventing problems and setting the stage for lifelong pediatric dental health. dentist Do will keep the visit short, but perform a thorough visual examination to make sure there are no concerns.

We will counsel you on good dental procedures at home, such as correct brushing and flossing. You will also be guided regarding healthy eating choices and the impact of poor choices. It is especially important to keep your toddler from eating sticky or hard candies that lodge in molars and spaces between teeth. It is also important to monitor the amount of juice they drink and keep it in a cup instead of a bottle.

Any time sugary foods or drinks are in contact with teeth, the enamel is weakened from the acid those substances contain. Prolonged exposure begins to wear the enamel away, setting the stage for cavities. Unlike broken bones that regenerate, once enamel is gone, it’s essentially gone, though fluoride can remineralize weakened enamel to a small degree.

Promoting a healthy, low sugar diet is always optimal for your toddler’s teeth. If your baby or toddler needs a bottle to calm down and go to sleep, make sure that the bottle contains only water.

Other essential habits are to brush and floss your teeth in front of your child. (If you have never been regular flossing – it’s time to start!) Let them see that it is a priority and a comfortable habit in your life. Brush their teeth with a soft-bristled brush and a small amount of toothpaste. Let them try it, but always go over their teeth afterward, making sure each tooth is brushed. When finished, give them a cup of water to help rinse the toothpaste out.

Before coming to Providence Dental, meet with your child about the upcoming appointment and let them know that their teeth are going to be checked. Dr. Do will help your child feel proud of their effort and help them have a good visit, the first of many to come.

Remember also to call any time between scheduled visits with any questions or concerns that might arise. We are passionate about your child’s lifelong dental health.

Do serves many families in the Las Vegas area with proficiency and compassion. At Providence Dental, we love working with children and will help your child have a good experience learning to care for their teeth.

Each member of our convenient team is devoted to making our youngest patients feel safe and comfortable. Our patients enjoy a friendly atmosphere while benefitting from our state-of-the-art technology.

Adults’ and Children’s Dentistry

 

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702-852-2244

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7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 

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Children’s Cavities Are Not “Just A Part Of Growing Up”

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What are some of the preventative treatments often used to help impede the development of cavities in children?

Dental sealants are a thin coat of clear resin that is applied to the biting surfaces of teeth, usually the rear molars. The back teeth are more prone to cavities because is difficult to reach them with a toothbrush, and the surfaces contain pits and grooves that easily trap bacteria. It is hard for many adults to clean their back molars and almost impossible for our young Centennial Hills children.

Dental sealants fill in the pits and grooves on the rear molars to create a smooth surface. Las Vegas family dentists most often recommend sealants for children’s permanent back teeth, though sometimes they are used for adults, too.

Las Vegas parents may not realize how quickly a cavity can form in a young child’s mouth. Many NW Las Vegas area kids that we see develop cavities even before they start kindergarten!

Local parents should always start regular dental visits early for their young children. The American Dental Association advises that an initial dental exam should take place soon after the first tooth erupts.

Dental sealants protect teeth with no decay (primary prevention) and also prevent further decay progression in teeth that show very early signs of disease (secondary prevention).

At Providence Dental, we take special care of our young Las Vegas dental patients. We want each child’s dental visits to be pleasant and painless so they will never develop a fear of the dentist. We advise parents on the specific dental issues associated with each stage of childhood. Ask us about fluoride, sports mouthguards, and orthodontic treatment.

I am Steven Do of Providence Dental. I don’t believe that childhood cavities are unavoidable. Call my office at 702-852-2244 to schedule a Las Vegas dental exam.

I provide comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry for Las Vegas people of all ages. My office is located at 7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105 in Las Vegas. You can learn more about my practice at https://www.providencedental.com/

 

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Beautiful Teeth For Your Every Emotion

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Unfortunately, not everyone smiles all the time. And not everyone is smiled at all the time. But even frowns need to be clean if you want to maintain a high level of dental health. We’ll take good care of you at Providence Dental in Las Vegas.

At every checkup, we examine you for any signs of gum disease. In its mildest form, gum disease is known as gingivitis and is easily treated. In its more severe form, gum disease is called periodontal disease, and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. It can be still be brought under control, but it takes more aggressive treatment.

What Else?
Good dental health means you probably don’t have much of a problem with bad breath. Of course, most of us have yukky breath when we first wake up in the morning. But brush your teeth after breakfast and you should be good to go. In most cases of chronic bad breath – about eighty-five percent of them – poor dental hygiene is to blame.

When it comes to dental health, your toothbrush and dental floss are your best friends. Brush and floss at least twice a day. When you brush, you remove the plaque that builds up on your teeth and causes cavities. Flossing gets out the gunk that builds up between teeth.

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas our comprehensive services include family dentistry and orthodontics. Schedule an appointment with us today!

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702-852-2244

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7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 

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These Snacks Are Just As Bad As Candy For Kids’ Teeth

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This message  from Providence Dental in Las Vegas is about harmful snacks that may fly under your radar.

Most parents know that candy is bad for teeth. Most of it is made primarily of sugar. Sugar creates acid that drills into enamel. A small hole can become a cavity. At that point, the tooth is compromised and may need dental work.

Because sugar is bad for teeth, many parents choose what they believe are healthier snacks. Unfortunately, many are nearly as damaging for oral health.

Let’s look at the most common kids’ snacks that are just as bad as candy.

Dried fruit

Nutrition-wise, a dried apricot is a far better selection than a candy bar. The trouble is that dried fruits stick tightly to teeth. This poses the same oral health risk as candy.

Sports and Energy Drinks

Few moms and dads let their young children guzzle energy drinks. But many parents buy electrolyte-containing sports drinks for older children. Be sure to scrutinize the labels. Some sports drinks have as much sugar as soda.

Soy, Almond, or Rice Milk

Parents whose son or daughter can’t tolerate lactose turn to non-dairy milk substitutes. Most come in  sweetened and un-sweetened versions. Sweetened types contain a significant amount of sugar.

Granola Bars

Traditional sugary granola bars should be considered candy. (Ditto for fruit snacks.)

Yogurt

Kids need calcium, and yogurt is a good source. Many kinds of flavored yogurt, however, have a high sugar content. Some parents keep the fridge stocked with hand-held yogurt packets. Kids who eat these throughout the day are subjecting their teeth to a continual stream of sugar.

Sweetened Applesauce

Some manufacturers pack this healthy snack with loads of sugar. If you can get your youngsters used to fruit without added sugar, they will be better off.

Instant Oatmeal

We all know that most cold cereal marketed for children is sugar-filled. Instant oatmeal is a convenient alternative that is healthier in many respects. Be aware that some have as much sugar as Froot Loops or Frosted Flakes.

It would be all but impossible to eliminate all of these items from your child’s diet. We want you to be aware of the sugar content so they can make informed choices.

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, we want all our patients to enjoy healthy teeth and gums! Services include family dentistry and orthodontics. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 

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Beating Horrible Halitosis

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Mouthwash has its benefits: it can leave your breath minty fresh with just a few quick swishes. But it isn’t a cure for chronic bad breath. At best, it is a temporary mask. If you cope with ongoing bad breath, ask us about it next time you’re at Providence Dental in Las Vegas.

Ordinary bad breath is caused by the things we eat and drink. Food debris builds up in the mouth and forms plaque on the teeth, which is a bacterial buildup. The best defense is to brush your teeth thoroughly after every meal.

Certain foods like onions and garlic, of course, are worse than others. Food particles can actually get into your bloodstream, and from there to the lungs. Once it does, it’s on your breath every time you exhale. You’ll have to wait it out.

Other common culprits:

  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Diets high in sugar
  • High protein or Low Carb diets
  • Smoking

These, as noted, are causes of ordinary bad breath. Digestive issues, like acid reflux, can also affect the breath. Dry mouth (xerostomia) can also cause it, since saliva helps to keep the mouth clean by washing away food debris.

Health Conditions

Bad breath can actually be a warning sign of a more serious health condition. If you have persistent bad breath in spite of good oral hygiene, be sure to have it checked out. It may be a sign of a more serious issue, like a blood disorder, liver and kidney problems, or – much less common – even cancer.

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Call us to schedule your next cleaning and checkup today!

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 

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Best Practices For A Healthy, Beautiful Smile

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Even if you value a healthy smile, it’s easy to become remiss about smile-friendly lifestyle choices. In this post from Providence Dental in Las Vegas, our goal is for you to analyze where you stand and think about whether you could step it up a notch.

Committing to oral health best practices can prevent future problems and improve your quality of life. Here are some things to think about:

Brushing

Good: Brush teeth once a day.
Better: Brush teeth correctly after each meal.
Best: Brush after each meal and floss properly before bed.

Dental Checkups

Good: See us if you get a toothache.
Better: See us once a year even if you don’t notice any dental troubles.
Best: Twice-yearly, have a thorough dental exam and professional dental cleanings.

A White Smile

Good: Use a whitening toothpaste.
Better: Use an OTC whitening product at home.
Best: Schedule an in-office tooth whitening treatment.

Missing Tooth

Good enough for some people: Ignore it. (We don’t recommend this.)
Better: Get a quality dental bridge.
Best: Restore your smile with a beautiful, durable, and natural-functioning dental implant.

Smile-Friendly Nutrition

Good: Eat a sensible diet.
Better: Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary snacks and beverages.
Best: Eat a wholesome diet, limit between-meal snacking, eat lots of calcium-rich foods, limit sugar-filled foods, abstain from energy drinks and soda, and sip water throughout the day to keep acid at bay.

For Young Smiles

Good: Never put your baby to bed with a bottle. When your toddler starts drinking from sippy-cup, don’t let them sip juice or milk all day.
Better: Follow the previous guidance and schedule his/her first dental checkup before the first birthday.
Best: In addition, ask us about dental sealants when your child is young. When your little athlete starts participating in sports, make sure he/she wears a protective mouthguard. Set a good example of daily dental hygiene and healthy lifestyle choices.

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, we remind all our patients that good choices lead to good dental health. Our services include family and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

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7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 

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Call Them What You Will, Just Keep Them Healthy

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Chompers. Pearly Whites. Dents. Gnashers. Grill. While you can switch up what you call them, Providence Dental in Las Vegas reminds you to never switch up a well-engrained oral health routine.

Making time in your busy day to brush and floss is a habit that will pay off throughout your life. You’ll prevent tooth decay, plaque, and gum disease, not to mention bad breath.

Speaking of pearly whites, following basic dental health advice will help keep your teeth looking their best as well. If you’re interested in a smile makeover, we can tell you about procedures such as invisible braces, dental implants, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening.

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Call us to schedule your next checkup today, and keep those pearly whites clean!

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702-852-2244

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89166

 

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Regular Cleanings And Heart Health

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Visiting Providence Dental in Las Vegas for a dental checkup and cleaning every six months may  seem inconvenient sometimes, but you may benefit in ways you’d never imagine.

A recent study showed that people who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack, compared to those who skipped appointments.

Not only that, but brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes may lower your risk of heart disease. The study says that eople who brushed less than twice a day, and for less than two minutes, were three times as likely to have heart issues than those who brushed at least twice, and for at least two minutes.

A cardiologist who was not associated with the study said it’s possible that those who are attentive to their dental health may simply be more health conscious overall.

Still, researchers believe it strengthens the notion that there is a clear link between your dental health and your overall health.

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas we encourage all our patients to brush their teeth for two minutes at least twice a day, and to floss, too. It’s the best way to keep cavities at bay. Our services include family and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup today!

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702-852-2244

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7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 

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