Over 90% of adults develop cold sores, or “fever blisters,” but for some, the effects of this virus are more pronounced than for others. Cold sores are small blisters that typically develop around the mouth or on the lips and that flare up periodically. Although not life-threatening, these sores are the often the source of great discomfort and annoyance. Flare-ups typically occur in the same place and are sometimes accompanied by physical symptoms like headaches, achy muscles, dehydration, and swollen lips. The virus is extremely contagious and can be passed through close oral contact. Canker sores also affect the mouth area and can be as painful as cold sores.
Providing the best patient experience possible is very important to all of us at North Raleigh Perio. To add to our patient experience we have recently renovated our waiting area. Welcoming you is comfortable seating, reading materials, free WiFi, a television and coffee station.
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Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection that affects the tissues and bone supporting the teeth. It is caused by the proliferation of bacteria in the mouth, causing your gums to pull away from your teeth and, over time, causing damage to the bones and tissues that support and surround the teeth. Seeking professional periodontal treatment is a crucial step in treating gum disease, but that is only part of the equation. An important factor in maintaining healthy gums and teeth is consistent at-home care, which often presents problems to individuals who are not sure how to effectively maintain an at-home perio care routine.
Fortunately, establishing an effective oral cleaning regimen at home is not difficult with a few simple steps:
Look out for the January and February issues of Raleigh’s Midtown Magazine, where “Ask the Expert” will be featuring Dr. Singletary as the expert!
A diplomate of the Board of Periodontology, Dr. Singletary has completed research and training above and beyond the requisite PhD degree necessary to practice as a periodontist. His diplomate status makes him one of the few specialists “universally recognized by the public, the dental profession, the medical community, and third-party payers as the preferred providers of periodontal and dental implant surgical care,” according to the American Board of Periodontology. Continue reading “Dr. Singletary featured in Midtown Magazine”
Our incorporation of Waterlase Laser technology is improving the already-superb patient comfort, care, and treatment that we provide our patients at North Raleigh Periodontics. While Waterlase can be used for a variety of treatments, from deep cleaning to the prevention of gum recession, Waterlase is especially effective when utilized to treat peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis. Continue reading “Laser Treatment of Peri-implantitis”
North Raleigh Periodontics is ecstatic to have incorporated laser therapy into our patient treatment! We utilize a type of laser called a Waterlase to precisely, quietly, and painlessly treat a variety of periodontal issues. The laser is especially beneficial in treating periodontal disease through minimally invasive protocols to remove plaque and calculus under and around the gum line.
Laurie is the talented in-house graphic designer here at North Raleigh Periodontics. When asked what she enjoys about graphic design, she explains that it is “a creative outlet— I get to meld my interests in design and computers to create visually interesting projects.”
Originally from Woodbridge, Virginia, Laurie attended East Carolina University’s School of Art and Design. She then moved to the City of Oaks in 1992, where she has lived ever since with her husband and two sons. When she is not at North Raleigh Periodontics, you’ll find her spending time with her family, at church, or taking part in fitness classes. Watch her interview here!
Check out Laurie’s interview here!
Merry Christmas and season’s greetings from North Raleigh Periodontics! We will be closed December 24-25 and New Year’s day. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday!
Stephanie grew up right here in Raleigh, North Carolina before heading off to Winston-Salem to attend high school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. At UNC School of the Arts, Stephanie studied ballet, dancing lead roles in ballet performances like the Nutcracker. Her favorite role to dance in the Nutcracker? “The Sugar Plum Fairy of course!” Continue reading “Meet our New Dental Assistant Stephanie!”
Oxidative Stress in the Oral Tissue
When there are too many free radicals, or oxidants, in the body, the imbalance is called oxidative stress. In the oral cavity, oxidative stress is associated with infection or inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and other soft tissues (periodontitis). Factors including alcohol consumption, exposure to nicotine, dental procedures, dental cements and composite fillings also lead to oxidative stress. And oxidative stress in the oral cavity can be a major contributor to systemic oxidative stress–which leads to chronic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis or vascular disease including heart attack or stroke.