The Mouth and Gut Connection

Mouth Gut ConnectionIf you’ve been reading our prior Perio posts, you’ve learned that periodontal disease affects not only the mouth but also the whole body. For example, there is an established link between untreated gum disease and heart disease. However, recent studies have demonstrated a correlation between periodontal disease and gut health too. Because of this connection, it is important to know how taking care of your oral health may improve the balance of microorganisms in your digestive tract. Continue reading “The Mouth and Gut Connection”

Alzheimer’s and Periodontal Disease: Is There a Connection?

Alzheimers and Periodontal DiseaseMaintaining one’s periodontal health is critical in keeping the teeth and surrounding oral structures stable, preventing recession and gum disease, and avoiding tooth loss. Moreover, a recent study confirms what health care professionals have increasingly suspected: there is a critical link between gum disease and Alzheimers. Continue reading “Alzheimer’s and Periodontal Disease: Is There a Connection?”

Why do My Teeth Need to be “Remineralized?”

CandyImportant minerals like calcium and phosphate help to keep teeth strong and healthy. Yet as we age, we lose these minerals. Moreover, consumption of candy or other sugary foods, soft drinks, alcohol, and acidic foods speeds up this loss of crucial minerals. In fact, this de-mineralization could cause tooth loss entirely. That is why at North Raleigh Periodontics we recommend remineralization therapy to condition, protect, and rebuild the tooth surface, safeguarding your pearly whites for many years to come. Continue reading “Why do My Teeth Need to be “Remineralized?””

Finally, a New Year’s Resolution You CAN Keep

You Can Do ItAlthough it is hard to believe, 2020 is upon us. With the advent of the New Year comes the exciting (or dreaded) prospect of making resolutions that hopefully, will make us healthier, wealthier, and wiser. It would be nice to make a resolution that we wouldn’t break within the first few weeks or days. From us at North Raleigh Periodontics to you, we’d like to suggest a New Year’s Resolution that is simple to make, simpler to keep, and results in long term health benefits.

Here it is, folks: brush and floss your teeth when you get up, after you eat, and before bed. Continue reading “Finally, a New Year’s Resolution You CAN Keep”

Happy Holidays 2019

Merry Christmas 2019Dr. Singletary and Staff at North Raleigh Periodontics wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We will be closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Thank you all for a wonderful year and we look forward to working with you again next year.

Treating Gum Disease in Children

When people hear the term “periodontal disease,” many think of the process of gum recession that is associated with age. However, periodontal disease, a serious bacterial infection that destroys the teeth and the structures surrounding the teeth like gingival tissue and bone, is certainly not limited to adults, as some may believe. In fact, periodontal breakdown can occur in children too, since juveniles are susceptible to periodontal breakdown as well as adults. It may come as a surprise to learn that around 50% of children suffer from a form of periodontal disease! Therefore, it is important to understand both the causes and treatment of juvenile periodontitis.

gum disease in children

Primarily, periodontitis results from poor oral hygiene in young children. Juvenile periodontitis is a kind of periodontitis that invades the tissue particularly at the time of the eruption of permanent teeth, and localized juvenile periodontitis occurs frequently around the molars and incisors. “Periodontal” literally means “around the teeth,” and younger kids often struggle to thoroughly clean the areas around and between their teeth without assistance. Lacking proper teaching and without regular oral checkups, a child may develop gingivitis that goes unnoticed for a significant period of time. Unchecked, the disease will progress into periodontitis, and ultimately the underlying bone surrounding the teeth will be destroyed and will not effectively hold the teeth in place. Continue reading “Treating Gum Disease in Children”

Oral Myofascial Pain: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Oral Myofascial PainDo the muscles in your cheeks and jaw often feel sore and tender, seemingly for no reason? Are your teeth sensitive when you bite down or consume hot or cold food and drink? Does your jaw pop regularly? Do you have difficulty opening your mouth as wide as you used to? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you are probably suffering from oral myofascial pain syndrome, typically the result of “bruxism,” which is the clenching and grinding of the teeth. Continue reading “Oral Myofascial Pain: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment”

Introducing the Florida Probe to North Raleigh Periodontics

Florida ProbeAlways eager to bring the best technology and innovation to our practice to better serve our patients, North Raleigh Periodontics is excited to incorporate the Florida Probe System into appointments in our office! You may wonder, “just what is the Florida Probe,” and “how will it benefit me?” Keep reading to find out . . . Continue reading “Introducing the Florida Probe to North Raleigh Periodontics”

Introducing Cone Beam 3-Dimensional Imaging

At North Raleigh Periodontics, we believe that the most beneficial investments we can make are those that help us bring the best treatment available to our patients, including the most cutting-edge technology. With this goal in mind, we are excited to utilize cone beam three-dimensional imaging to help better diagnose and treat our patients.

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