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September 23, 2010
What Your Gums Are Telling You
You might not have trouble thinking of healthy gums as the foundation for healthy teeth. But did you know that diseased gums are emerging as one of the leading early warning indicators for heart disease and other illnesses?
The American Academy of Periodontology recently found that people with periodontal disease are 2.7 times as likely to suffer a heart attack than those with healthy gums. "Allowing for factors such as age, sex, weight, cholesterol, and high blood pressure, as well as diabetes and insulin use," explained the researcher, "we found that among the sample population under age 60 gum disease was an even more important risk factor for cardiovascular than was high blood pressure." It appears that the bacteria associated with gum disease can actually enter your bloodstream and affect your health.
That's why it's important to know what healthy gums should look like. Gums in prime condition are light pink in color (darker for people with darker complections), are stippled like the surface of an orange, are not tender or swollen, and don't bleed when brushing or flossing.
And the best preventive maintenance? The advice you've heard most of your life: brush daily, floss frequently and don't neglect those regular dental visits. You can help with supplements like Vitamins A,C and E, and calcium.
LASER CAVITY DETECTION
More and more patients place value on healthy and attractive teeth. In order to maintain them, the earliest possible care is essential.
At Dr. Bone's Dental Office we specialize in minimally invasive dentistry by focusing on early diagnosis using laser cavity detection. Our laser light measures decay by the amount of reflected laser light energy. It only takes minutes and is virtually pain free.
Even very small lesions are detected at the earliest stage, enabling us to protect and preserve the tooth substance. It also makes the use of anesthetic unnecessary. That means NO SHOTS!
We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best dental health.
As always, feel free to contact us with any dental questions or concerns.
Dr. Bone and his staff want to thank all our patient's and Saginaw residents for once again voting us #1 Dentist. This makes us Best of Best seven years in a row. We appreciate your trust in our practice and will endeavor to always exceed your expectations!