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The Numbers on Gum Disease


preventative dentistryThink you know all there is to know about your gums? Here are some interesting facts about periodontal disease, more commonly referred to as “gum disease.”

64.7. The number of Americans who have periodontitis, which is an advanced form of gum disease. 1 That’s half of all adults over age 30! Think you might have gum disease? Look for swollen or red gums, tender gums, gums that pull away from teeth, or your teeth feeling loose. Of course, a visit to your Crown Council dentist can tell you the state of your gum health—and what you can do about—right away.

13.5. The percent of the country that flosses every day. 2 Yikes! Brushing and flossing daily is vital to keeping your gums healthy and avoiding the painful consequences of periodontitis.

4,500. The age of the oldest periodontal disease patient we know about. 3 Scientists recently discovered a mummy over 4,500 years old that showed clear signs of gum disease. So even though dentists haven’t been diagnosing it that long, periodontal disease is as old as the pyramids!

55. The number of grams you should eat of lactic acid-containing foods every day. 4 A study in the Journal of Periodontology revealed that people who at this much (which is a little less than four tablespoons) per day of foods with lactic acid (think dairy products like yogurt and cheese) had less gum disease than those who skipped their dairy.

2007. The year things turned around for teeth! A study was released in 2007 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that more Americans than ever are keeping their natural teeth these days. 4 That means that gum disease is being taken care of and people are seeking dental treatment to avoid losing teeth or having them extracted. Good news for teeth around the country!

Crown Council dentists offer the full gamut of periodontal services. We screen our patients for gum disease, help them avoid it in the first place, and have a multitude of strategies for treating gum disease when we do encounter it. Use our search tool to find a periodontal specialist near you and set up an appointment to discuss your unique situation and concerns.

As a sampling, many Crown Council dentists offer periodontal maintenance, scaling and root planning, crown lengthening, and osseous surgery. Wonder what we’re talking about? Give your Crown Council periodontal specialist a call today!

Information used from the following website, accessed 05/20/2015: 1. http://www.perio.org/newsroom/periodontal-disease-fact-sheet
2. http://www.perio.org/consumer/gum-disease-myths
3. http://www.therabreath.com/articles/blog/fresh-breath-happenings/the-long-gross-history-of-periodontal-disease-5638.asp
4. http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/22,DD110


The Domino Effect of Tooth Loss


choosing a dentistSo you’ve lost a tooth. Those wonderful, enamel-strong little pearly friends who are supposed to serve you for the rest of your life—you’ve lost one! What now?

You may be tempted to leave the gap in your mouth alone, especially if the tooth was in the back of your mouth and can’t be seen as easily as a front tooth. You wouldn’t be the only one; many folks have chosen to ignore tooth loss. Some leave it be, others get a bridge, and still others who have lost many teeth may opt for a denture.

The problem is that losing a tooth comes with a myriad of implications that you might not think (or even know) about right now.

  • Proper dental hygiene. It can be hard to keep the space between teeth clean, especially if the spot is tender. Food can easily get trapped, flossing becomes harder, and brushing may not completely clean the area. This can lead to bad breath (halitosis), gum disease, and a host of oral health issues.
  • Discomfort. There’s a reason that babies don’t chew their food until they have teeth. Chewing on raw gums is downright uncomfortable. Because of this, many dental patients end up only eating on one side of their mouth or avoiding certain foods. Not only is this inconvenient, but it can even cause nutritional deficits.
  • Bone loss and altered face shape. When a tooth is lost, the jaw can atrophy over time. Eventually and especially with multiple tooth loss, the face can actually take on a sagging appearance, even with a bridge or denture.
  • Further tooth loss. This can happen for several reasons. Because maintaining oral hygiene is more difficult with gaps in your mouth, gum disease can result and eventually end up in tooth loss. Teeth can also be harmed by receiving a bridge. When a bridge is placed, the adjacent teeth have to be prepped by having some enamel removed and being reshaped to allow room for the bridge appliance. This damage can sometimes lead to tooth loss as well.

The truth is, with modern technology such as dental implants and implant-anchored dentures, the domino effect of tooth loss can be curbed. Implants are easy to clean and just as strong and comfortable as natural teeth. They help you keep your jaw bone nice and strong, and help you avoid losing any more teeth.

Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option out there, and many of our Crown Council dentists specialize in placing and restoring dental implants. Use our Crown Council dentist finder tool to find a dental implant specialist near you. Scheduling a consultation is the first step to learning about the implant options available to you and getting on your way to a healthy and beautiful smile!


Dental Health and Overall Health: What You Should Know


dental hygieneHow are you feeling these days? Are you exercising regularly, eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, and getting enough sleep? The research just keeps flooding in about how a healthy lifestyle can add years to your life, keep you out of the hospital, help you feel more energetic, and even relieve depression and anxiety. Did you know that another important part of your overall health is your oral health?

It’s easy to think that tooth troubles stay in your mouth. The truth is, though, that oral disease can lead to sickness in other parts of the body, too. The latest studies have been showing a strong link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease. That means someone who doesn’t take care of their gums is at a higher risk of heart attacks, heart failure, and chest pain.

WHY is gum disease linked to heart disease? We’re not sure, but research suggests that the bacteria in your mouth can get into your blood stream when you have gum disease and cause your body to respond defensively, increasing inflammation. The bacteria can travel from the mouth to the heart or to other vital organs in the body, causing inflammation where they land.

Don’t worry, though. Gum disease is easy to prevent. Here are a few tips:

1. Brush your teeth every day, twice a day, with a soft toothbrush. Try to brush for at least two minutes. Not sure how long you brush? Set a timer—you might find you brush for less time than you think.

2. Floss every day. It’s okay to only do this once a day. Use an interdental cleaner like floss, a water flosser, or an inter-dental toothbrush.

3. Don’t forget to pick toothpaste with fluoride in it. Many kinds of toothpaste are specifically formulated with anti-inflammatory properties, and these are great for fighting gum disease.

4. Visit your Crown Council dentist every six months for a regular cleaning and checkup. This is crucial to get a thorough cleaning that you can’t do at home, to review oral hygiene and tips, to discuss worries or potential issues that have arisen, and to get your dentist’s mark of approval. It’s the only sure-fire way to know that you are free of gum disease and have a healthy mouth.

If you think you might have gum disease, it’s important to make an appointment with your Crown Council dentist right away to get treatment and avoid serious oral and systemic health complications. Common symptoms of gum disease include the following:

• Chronic bad breath
• Gum tenderness
• Bleeding gums
• Gums that seem to pull away from teeth
• Teeth feeling loose

To learn more about oral health and what you can do to fight gum disease, visit the Crown Council website at http://crowncouncil.com/why-visit-a-family-or-general-dentist-regularly/periodontal-disease.

Information was accessed on the following website on 06/02/2015: http://www.colgateprofessional.com/Professional/v1/en/us/locale-assets/docs/OSH-CardiovascularHealth-Healthy-Mouth-Healthy-Body.pdf


Laugh Away with Cosmetic Dentistry


cosmetic dentistryBenjamin Franklin once quipped the following:

“She laughs at everything you say. Why? Because she has fine teeth.”

It’s true that people who are confident in their smiles are more likely to smile, laugh, and even talk—because they aren’t afraid that others will notice their teeth.

We at Crown Council find that our patients feel self-conscious about several different dental issues. The most common ones tend to be yellow or grey teeth, crooked teeth, missing teeth, and misshapen teeth. It is incredibly gratifying when our patients walk out of their Crown Council dentist’s office with the smiles they have wished for for years!

If you deal with discolored teeth, most Crown Council dentists offer teeth whitening right their comfortable offices. Some tooth stains are too aggressive for teeth whitening to completely remove, and in these cases porcelain veneers can be the answer. No matter the stain, we have the solution.

Nobody has to live with missing teeth. With bridges, crowns, and dental implants, you can have full chewing ability restored and avoid the embarrassment of that gap in your smile.

Crooked teeth can be fixed in a variety of ways. If teeth are only superficially misaligned, porcelain veneers can give you the perfect, white, straight smile you’ve longed for. If teeth need further straightening, your Crown Council cosmetic or general dentist can refer you to an excellent orthodontist for treatment.

Sometimes the shape of teeth makes our patients self-conscious. If your teeth are too small, too large, or have been broken or chipped, you can still have the smile you desire! Crowns, veneers, and other cosmetic dentistry procedures can remedy any of these maladies.

We hope this article gives you an idea of the vast capabilities cosmetic dentistry offers to restore and revitalize your smile. If you feel that your smile needs some rejuvenation, contact your local Crown Council dentist to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation. We can analyze your smile and help create an all-encompassing plan to restore your smile’s va va voom!


Who Is A Candidate For Dental Implants?


dental implant dentistMany savvy dental patients who are missing a tooth would like to learn more about how dental implants can help restore their smile. While implant dentistry is a great solution in many cases, there are some factors that may disqualify you from being able to receive an implant.

Age: If you are a child or teenager, your bones (including your jawbone) are still growing, so placing a permanent post in your jawbone is not advisable until you are older.

Pregnancy: If you are currently pregnant, your Crown Council dental implants dentist will most likely recommend waiting to receive a dental implant until after the baby is born.

Smoking: The rate of success for a dental implant is considerably lower for smokers than for non-smokers.

Disease: Chronic diseases like hemophilia, uncontrolled diabetes, and significant immune deficiencies could put you at risk if you undergo dental implant placement. You may still be a candidate if you have one of these conditions. Your Crown Council dentist can assess your individual case and let you know.

The most effective way to learn whether or not you would be a good dental implant candidate is to contact a dental implants specialist near you (use our handy tool to find a Crown Council dentist), and schedule a consultation. Our dentists have the knowledge and experience to assess your oral health needs and help you find the best solution for restoring your beautiful smile.


Where’s Your Happy Place?


IV sedationCrown Council dentists make it our business not only to provide patients with the expert restorative, cosmetic, and general dental care they need, but to help them feel comfortable in the process. Most patients are pleasantly surprised at how little pain they experience (if any) getting dental treatments done by their Crown Council dentists.

Many times, the nerves pick up before treatment has even started. If you find yourself anxious about upcoming treatment, try this strategy: Go to your happy place.

It may be a hammock on the beach at sunset. It may be lying in your comfortable bed with a good book. Maybe your happy place is up on a tall mountain, looking out at a beautiful view after a great hike. Try closing your eyes and picturing yourself there.

This mental strategy can help dental patients remain calm and remember that the treatment they are receiving—whether it’s dental implants to restore a missing tooth, teeth whitening to brighten up your smile, or a thorough cleaning to keep up on oral hygiene—will lead to better oral health and a happier you.

Of course, you don’t have to do it alone. If you struggle with dental anxiety, many Crown Council dentists have several options for sedation to help ease those nerves and diminish pain. Ask your Crown Council dentist about oral analgesics, nitrous oxide, conscious sedation, or IV sedation.

You don’t need to be nervous or afraid. We want all of our Crown Council dentists’ patients to have a positive experience, so please ask your dentist about sedation options, relaxation techniques, and strategies to help you remain calm and enjoy your time with us.

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