When people first visit the periodontist, some of their initial questions include: “Is there a difference between a dental cleaning and a periodontal maintenance cleaning?” and “Do I really need to keep consistent periodontal maintenance appointments?” The answers are: “Yes” and “Yes!”
These days most people are aware of the negative effects of smoking upon their health. And you’ve probably heard it said at least once–smoking is bad for your mouth. It’s true. Smoking is especially detrimental to individuals’ oral health. It causes a number of periodontal problems and exacerbates numerous pre-existing conditions. But why and how, exactly, does smoking increase people’s risk for gum disease? Continue reading “Smoking and Periodontal Disease”
Flossing daily is a gentle and effective way to protect one’s oral health, and it should not cause the gums to bleed. However, when people do not floss regularly, their gums will tend to bleed when they do floss. This bleeding often deters people from continuing to floss later on. Unfortunately, this usually leads to gingivitis and often to periodontal disease. This seemingly vicious cycle prompts a number of questions (and, fortunately, answers!):
Have you ever found yourself checking out at a healthcare office, receiving your bill, and starting to panic because insurance didn’t cover as much as you thought it would? Or maybe you don’t have insurance at all, and your bill is much higher than you assumed it would be in the first place. That’s where CareCredit comes in to help. Continue reading “CareCredit Helps You Pay for Out-of-Pocket Expenses”
Over 75 % of Americans suffer from gum disease. And while most people understand the importance of maintaining healthy gums and teeth, many do not know that gum disease is a potentially life-threatening condition that can affect not only the mouth, but also the entire body. Did you know that periodontal (gum) health and systemic (whole body) health are interrelated? Conversely, periodontal disease is linked to a number of systemic diseases. Periodontal disease has even been associated with such conditions as an increased risk of pregnancy complications, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Why is this? Continue reading “Gum Disease Can Affect the Whole Body”
Many patients choose traditional scaling and root planing treatments (SRP) as a safe, non-surgical method to deep-clean the bacteria from their teeth and gums. However, a small number of periodontists are opting to use new laser technology to treat patients instead. Which method is best for you?
On an autumn day several years ago, we lost one of our daughters. Her name was Laura Anne. She was a precious little five-month-old girl, and she had Down Syndrome. Unfortunately, she had a heart defect and didn’t pull through heart surgery. Predictably, losing her was one of the toughest times of our lives. We miss her tremendously and always will; yet we take comfort knowing we’ll see her again in heaven. Continue reading “North Raleigh Perio to Participate in Triangle Down Syndrome Network’s Buddy Walk”
Emdogain (EMD) is a purified extract of developing embryonal enamel derived from 6-month old piglets that we use in our surgical procedures to enhance regeneration. In short, EMD helps stimulate regeneration of the bone defects that occur from periodontal inflammation.
In the May 2017 Journal of Periodontology, there was an article about a study that showed that EMD alone could stimulate bone growth and regeneration as well as EMD with bone graft. The study also reveals a regeneration potential that allows bone healing by blocking epithelial down growth between the graft and root and stimulating regeneration.
EMD alone has been shown to aid in healing of soft tissue graft procedures allowing more potential for root coverage where deemed necessary. Here at North Raleigh Perio, we have seen success in incorporating this regenerative technology.