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Is Gum Disease Hereditary? A Periodontist in Concord, MA Explains

October 4, 2018

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Close-up of gums.Did you know that around 80% of Americans are affected by some form of periodontal (gum) disease at some point in their life? There are a lot of factors that can cause gum disease, but the leading cause is improper oral healthcare. Some patients talk about their family members having issues with their gums as well. Does this mean gum disease is hereditary? Keep reading to learn the answer from your highly-trained periodontist in Concord, MA.

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How Dental Implants in Concord Increase Your Confidence

September 4, 2018

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Woman smiling confidently.If you’re missing any teeth, you know how it can feel to have an incomplete smile. Besides their appearance, missing teeth can lower self-esteem and cause a lack of confidence. Dental implants have become one of the most popular replacement options because they look and feel just like natural teeth. Besides improving your oral health, did you know dental implants in Concord can boost your confidence too? Read on to learn how from an expert periodontist.

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Why You Should Pick a Periodontist for Dental Implants in Westford

August 7, 2018

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A diagram of dental implants.General dentists are most ideal for those pursuing preventive treatments, basic restorations and many other forms of dental care. However, that doesn’t mean they’re capable of performing every treatment in dentistry out there with full confidence. For example, dental implants are a specialized treatment that not all dentists can perform properly. In the hands of someone inexperienced, you put your chances of the most successful implantation at risk.

For this reason, you’ll want to see a periodontist before getting dental implants in Westford.

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How Does Periodontal Disease Affect My Smile’s Appearance?

July 30, 2018

Woman with healthy smile in dental chair giving thumbs upPeriodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common oral health conditions, and it leads to a number of dental health concerns. What many patients don’t realize is how untreated gum disease can dramatically change the appearance of your smile. In this post, we’ll review some of the many ways that gum disease can change your smile unless it’s treated properly by a skilled dentist or periodontist.
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Traditional VS Laser Periodontal Gum Surgeries

June 11, 2018

Patient receiving laser gum treatmentPatients may need periodontal surgery to repair damage caused by gum disease, to graft soft tissue, or to reshape their gum line by removing excess tissue. There are a number of different methods used to perform these soft tissue surgeries, but in recent years, many dentists have started to offer conservative treatment using soft tissue lasers. Before beginning your gum surgery, read this post to learn more about your surgical treatment options. When you visit a periodontist for your gum treatments, you will likely have more options, so you should consider scheduling a consultation with a local periodontal specialist.
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Can I Get Dental Implants in Westford with Periodontal Disease?

May 28, 2018

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three dental implantsIt is estimated that 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Among the leading cause for tooth loss is due to periodontal disease, which affects roughly 50% of Americans. If you are among those who have lost teeth due to the infection, you now need an effective tooth replacement option to complete your smile. You have heard about the benefits of dental implants in Westford; however, you are not sure if they are right for you because you have a history of gum disease. In some cases, you are still a candidate for the procedure.
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3 Things You Need to Know About LANAP

March 3, 2018

If you suffer from gum disease and have experienced significant gum tissue recession or diminishment in the level of supportive tooth structure, you may need to consider innovative LANAP treatment. This procedure allows your skilled dental team to safely and comfortably remove damaged structures and jump start the soft tissue healing and reattachment process. We most often recommend this treatment as part of a periodontal therapy plan to improve oral health following advanced gum disease. In this post, we’ll discuss these innovative treatments and the many oral health benefits.
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5 Steps from Your Periodontist to Prevent Gum Disease

February 12, 2018

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gum diseaseThe health of your mouth is important to you, which is why you take the time to brush your teeth twice a day to prevent cavities. Although tooth decay is a leading cause of oral health complications, it is not the only threat to your smile. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, can wreak havoc on your dental and general health. Although it is easily preventable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at least half of adults have it. At the first sign of the infection, it is vital that you seek immediate care from your periodontist.
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Your Periodontist Talks About Scaling and Root Planing

January 6, 2018

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gum disease treatmentToo many people take their gums for granted. Maintaining the health of the soft pink tissue that supports your teeth can help to keep your entire body in good shape. Unfortunately, gum disease is all too common; in fact, according to one estimate, almost half of all adults in the United States have some form of this condition. Without help from a skilled periodontist (a dentist who specializes in gum treatment), they are at risk for several oral and systemic health problems. If your gums are suffering, one procedure that might get them back in good shape is scaling and root planing. Let’s talk about this treatment.

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Periodontist Explains the Connection Between Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s

December 19, 2017

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Hand writing Alzheimer’s DiseaseAlzheimer’s Disease is a devastating condition that affects an estimated 5.5 million Americans according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The neurodegenerative condition is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. While the exact cause of it has yet to be discovered, there are certain genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that are believed to increase the risk for it. Now, research shows that those with prolonged untreated periodontal disease (gum disease) could develop the condition. With the bacteria responsible for the infection often found in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s, it is more important than ever to visit your periodontist for gum disease therapy at the first sign of inflammation.
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