The Importance of Good Oral Health
The benefits of periodontal health include the absence of infection, improved chewing ability and better overall health.
Medical research has begun to show that people with periodontal disease may be at significant risk for other diseases.
Heart Disease - Scientists have discovered that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as compared to people without periodontal disease.
Respiratory Disease - Several of the respiratory diseases such as emphysema, pneumonia and bronchitis can be affected by bacterial contamination from the gums.
Pregnancy Problems - Pregnant women with periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a premature and underweight baby.
Diabetes - People with diabetes have a greater risk of contracting periodontal disease. Also, new research suggests that a gum infection makes it more difficult to control the blood sugar.
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Research has shown that bacteria that causes periodontal disease can pass through saliva; therefore, children and couples may be at risk of contracting periodontal disease from another family member.
Online Dental Education Library
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.
Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
There are several types of fixed dental bridges (cannot be removed), including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Some bridges are removable and can be cleaned by the wearer; others need to be removed by a dentist.
Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make bridge appliances.
Appliances called implant bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue, or the bone.