May 2014

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  • Gum disease: 5 risk factors

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    According to the American Academy of Periodontology; Centers for Disease Control the risk factors for gum disease include: Age. Some studies show that older adults have the highest rates of periodontal disease. More than 70 percent of people in the U.S. who are 65 and older have periodontitis. Tobacco use and/or smoking. In addition to […]

  • How Dirty Are Your Dog’s Kisses?

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    We found this interesting article on CBS Miami, via Perio.org. We’ve all gotten licks of love from our dogs. However, would you let your dog kiss you on the mouth?  Urban legend has it that dog’s mouths are very clean. “That’s not true,” said Nova Southeastern University Microbiologist Dr. Julie Torruellas-Garcia.   Saliva samples from dogs […]

  • Why replace missing teeth?

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    What happens when teeth are removed?  Often tooth removal results in drifting of adjacent teeth or eruption of opposing teeth.  Teeth tend to move until something prevents them from moving. As they move, they bring the attached bone and gum tissue with them, altering bone and tissue levels. Normally, every tooth should have an opposing […]

  • What is the difference between plaque and calculus?

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    Plaque is the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. Bacteria live in plaque and secrete acids that cause tooth decay and irritate gum tissue. This irritation causes an inflammatory reaction by your body that can eventually lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease. If plaque is not removed regularly by tooth brushing and […]