• Fall Symposium

    On October 9th we hosted an educational Fall Symposium at the Doubletree Hotel in Bentonville. Over 150 dental professionals from area dental offices attended the event, each receiving continuing education credits. The opening presentation for the symposium was Kevin Thomas, Regional Sales Director for Nobel Biocare, who spoke on “New Trends in Implant Dentistry”. He was followed […]

  • How important to your gums is calcium?

    The human body stores reserves of calcium in bones and teeth, which rely on the mineral for structural support. Calcium also helps muscles and blood vessels function normally, helps regulate hormones and enzymes, and helps transmit nerve impulses. However, many of us don’t get the daily recommended levels of calcium from our diets. A calcium-deficient diet poses […]

  • Does your dentist know the truth?

    As most of us know, along with brushing twice a day and seeing a dentist regularly, daily flossing plays a critical role in the prevention of periodontal disease. But according to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), over a quarter of U.S. adults are dishonest with their dentists about how often they floss their teeth. The AAP released a national survey […]

  • Treating diseased dental implants. A new frontier in dental care.

    Dental implants, like teeth, develop problems that must be resolved to allow long-term retention.  Dr. Blansett  recently co-authored an article in The Open Dentistry Journal entitled “Detoxification of Implant Surfaces Affected by Peri-Implant Disease: An Overview of Non-surgical Methods”.  This article reviews the literature and demonstrates the complexity of attempting to treat unhealthy dental implants, […]

  • Continuing Education workshop draws crowd

    Dentsply Implants recently co-sponsored a continuing education workshop with White & Blansett Periodontics, Northwest Arkansas Endodontic Specialists, and Dorsey Dental Lab. The program, Predictable Outcomes in Implant Therapy Based on Biologic Principles, drew a crowd of over 90 participants from area dental offices. The program focused on the implant-prosthesis-tissue interface, the influence of implant design on the stability […]

  • Do you have a gummy smile?

    A beautiful smile is the result of well aligned teeth that are fully exposed. You may instead have a “gummy” smile because your teeth appear short. Excess gum tissue can cover part of the anatomy of teeth and result in teeth that appear too short, or a smile that exhibits too much gum tissue. Your teeth […]

  • New study finds alcohol can contribute to periodontal disease

    In a study recently published in the Journal of Periodontology, researchers found that consuming alcohol can have a negative effect on a person’s periodontal health. The study went on to show that alcohol can both aggravate existing cases of periodontitis, and also increase the risk factors for developing the gum disease. The study revealed that […]

  • Congratulations, Dr. Blansett!

    Dr. Blansett recently passed his board exam and is now a Board Certified Diplomate.  Congratulations to Dr. Blansett! A Diplomate is a periodontist who has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty and who is certified by the American Board of Periodontology. To be educationally qualified for Board certification requires: Certification […]

  • Periodontal health and pregnancy

    Research has indicated that women with periodontal disease may be at risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as giving birth to a pre-term or low-birth weight baby. New clinical recommendations from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) urge pregnant women to maintain periodontal health, in addition to maintaining a […]

  • How gum disease treatment can lower the risk of heart attack

    A new study is helping to shed more light on the important connection between the mouth and heart. According to research, scientists have demonstrated that using an oral topical remedy to reduce inflammation associated with periodontitis, more commonly known as gum disease, also results in the prevention of vascular inflammation and can lower the risk […]