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Ask a Dentist: How Does Gum Disease Develop?

August 27, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — laplatadental @ 10:45 pm
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a whopping 50% of Americans have gum disease. Plus, it is one of the most common reasons patients visit their dentist and it is recognized by the CDC as one of the top three oral health problems U.S. adults face today. While many patients are aware of the negative consequences, like an increased risk of a stroke and heart disease, few are aware of how it develops. Therefore, a dentist is sharing the three stages as well as five prevention tactics every patient should know.


Wondering If Your Dentures Should Be Repaired? Read This!

August 13, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — laplatadental @ 10:31 pm
Mature female patient smiling into a mirror

Did you know that 36 million Americans don’t have any teeth? Plus, a staggering 120 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth! Years prior, dental issues like these would lead to low self-esteem, a weak bite force, and an inability to speak properly. However, thanks to restorative treatment options like dentures, patients today can restore their smile, bite, and speech. But, when dentures become loose or do not fit properly, they can irritate your gums. If this happens to you, then it is important to speak with your dentist about having them repaired. Read on for six signs your dentures need to be fixed and how dental implants can help!


How Oral Health Impacts Your Immune System

July 17, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — laplatadental @ 2:23 pm
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As Maryland and the country continue to grapple with the Coronavirus pandemic, it has never been more important to protect one’s health. Scientists and public health experts warn that senior citizens and people with underlying health issues are at greater risk of being affected by COVID-19. What can you do to stay healthy and maintain a robust immune system? While it may not seem obvious, practicing excellent oral hygiene and looking after your oral health can actually contribute to a healthy body as well. Curious to know more? Keep reading to learn how oral health impacts the body and immune system and why regularly visiting your dentist for a preventive checkup is so important.


How Advanced Technology Is Revolutionizing Dental Implants

July 3, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — laplatadental @ 8:06 am
Dentist examining X-ray on tablet

From pagers to palm pilots to smartphones, digital technology has advanced by leaps and bounds over the past few decades. While this progress may be obvious in our personal lives, it is also true in the field of dentistry. For example, many dentists are utilizing new Cone Beam CT scanning technology to help successfully replace missing teeth with dental implants. Does your dentist have access to the latest state-of-the-art X-ray equipment? Keep reading to learn how Cone Beam CT scanners are revolutionizing dental implant treatment – and how your smile can benefit.


Can Gum Disease Be Cured?

June 23, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — laplatadental @ 11:56 pm
Man hand on cheek visits La Plata dentist for periodontal therapy

Well over half of the American population has some form of gum disease. This common oral health issue is cited as the leading cause of tooth loss in the US and has been connected to increasing a person’s risk of respiratory infection, memory loss, and heart disease. Thankfully, gum disease can be treated and reversed if caught early enough. Read on as your La Plata dentist explains if and how this oral health concern can be “cured” in its various stages.

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