October 28, 2017
Periodontal disease, more often referred to as gum disease, can lead to a number of oral health concerns, including tooth decay, gum tissue recession, and even tooth loss. Most patients are aware of this, but what many people don’t know is that gum disease adversely affects the whole body. Studies are still being conducted to help dentists and patients alike better understand the specific links between gum disease and oral health, but the results are clear in stating that poor oral health increases your risk for numerous overall health concerns. Brush and floss daily, visit the dentist regularly and seek treatment for periodontal disease right away.
March 23, 2017
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, a periodontist is “a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants.” Do you need to see a periodontist? If so, then there’s no reason why you can’t pick up the phone and schedule an appointment. You don’t need a referral from your dentist in order to see a periodontist. What you do need, however, is a list of questions to ask so you know you’re seeing a qualified professional. Dr. Stephen Grossman, periodontist in Concord, MA, offers the following advice so you can make an informed decision.