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Your Teeth May Be Able to Signal Oncoming Osteoporosis
Posted on 8/15/2019 by Bisson Dentistry
Sometimes, as dentists, we are the ones to diagnose a patient with osteoporosis and send them to their physician. This is because there are many signs given by your mouth that you're losing bone density. Oral Signs of Osteoporosis When we review your medical history and look at your teeth and any x-rays we may have taken we can possibly be the first to diagnose you with this disease. Your medical records are important here because they tell us how much of a risk you are for this disease based on things like your genetics, if you've gone through menopause yet, if you smoke or drink, and if you lead a sedentary lifestyle. Of course, there are some other things that we also look for. When we conduct an oral exam, we can tell if you're losing bone in your jaw or around your teeth. This is something we can keep an eye on each year for you. Taking x-rays helps us notice any decrease in density in any of these areas. Tooth Loss Even Becomes a Problem Once you've been diagnosed with osteoporosis and it's grown a bit more advanced, you run the risk of losing some of your teeth. This is because you'll have low bone density, which could grow so severe that you'll need dentures. Unfortunately, there may come a time when the bone loss is so severe that it's impossible to create functional dentures for you. This isn't good because when you wear dentures that don't fit your mouth properly, you'll develop sores and struggle to speak. Maintaining good overall health is one of the many things we can help you with. It's a great reason why you shouldn't forego your routine checkups and cleanings by our office. If you don't already have such an appointment scheduled with us, make sure you give us a call today and set one up....
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Complications from a Dental Abscess to Be Aware Of
Posted on 7/23/2019 by Bisson Dentistry
When a person experiences pain in a tooth or their gums, they may hope that it goes away on its own. If they have a redness or swelling, they may turn to an over the counter product to help treat it. In some cases, everything may work out the way they want. If these are symptoms of an abscess, not getting treatment could lead to more serious problems. There are a variety of complications that can occur for someone who does not take care of the abscess. Infection Can Spread A dental abscess is an infection. The fluid of the abscess contains harmful bacteria. If that bacteria is able to escape the area of the abscess, it can spread to other parts of the body. The way the bacteria will spread is through the bloodstream. If the bacteria from the abscess get into the bloodstream, they can reach any part of the body. That can lead to problems with osteomyelitis. This infection of the bone can cause pain and can lead to loss of the bone tissue. Complications that Kill When an infection starts to spread to the body, it can affect many different parts. This can lead to a condition known as sepsis. Sepsis is an infection of the whole body. It can affect bone, tissue and organs in the body. If left untreated, it can lead to death. Another potentially deadly complication is Ludwig's Angina. If the infection of the abscess spreads to the floor of the mouth, it can cause the tongue and the neck to swell. The swelling can obstruct the airway and make it difficult or impossible to breathe. A dental abscess is a serious condition. It is also a treatable condition. While no one likes the idea of coming to our office for oral surgery to help with an abscess, the alternatives are much worse. No one should have to deal with the possible complications from an abscess. For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment....
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Common Reasons People Give for Not Seeing Us Every Six Months
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Bisson Dentistry
We tend to follow recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA) because they update their recommendations as new studies are released. For example, it used to recommend that patients visit us annually, but as technology advanced, we were able to find problems at an earlier stage than we could with the older technology. For that reason, the ADA now recommends semi-annual visits. In the long run, this saves you money because we can correct problems less expensively since we could detect them earlier. Until further research was done, we also recommended brushing three times per day, not having to use a soft-bristled brush and other practices that research demonstrated the need for a policy change. That is why we recommend that our patients come every six months for their checkups. Many of our patients still come once per year for a variety of reasons. Why Don't Patients Come When They Should? The top reason that our patients give for not coming to see us every six months is that they do not have the time. Between work, after school activities, homework and simply caring for a home there is little time left for the dentist. When we hear this, we remind our patients that we are a family dentist office and the whole family comes here. We offer to block off some time so that each member of the family can come on the same day. That helps our patients because they only have one day to take off from work and they can do it when all the children have a day off from school. Another reason our patients give is the cost of the appointment. They can afford to come once a year, but not twice. The answer to this reason is that coming twice per year gives us the ability to detect problems earlier. This, in turn, means that we can correct the problem less expensively. It is most certainly cheaper than the cost of a routine exam....
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All Posts:
Your Teeth May Be Able to Signal Oncoming Osteoporosis
8/15/2019
Complications from a Dental Abscess to Be Aware Of
7/23/2019
Common Reasons People Give for Not Seeing Us Every Six Months
7/13/2019
Is Pumpkin the Best Food for Oral Health?
6/25/2019
How to Rid Your Mouth of Tobacco Stains
6/15/2019
Why We Look for Signs of Oral Cancer During Each Full Exam
5/25/2019
You Still Need to Brush and Floss with Dental Implants to Avoid Gum Disease
5/15/2019
Have You Ever Heard of a Dental Cap?
4/25/2019
Do You Have Good Oral Health Goals?
4/15/2019
Symptoms That Your Tooth Fractured
3/25/2019
How Coconut Water Helps Your Body More Than Sports Drinks Can
3/15/2019
Chewing Should Not Be a Painful Process
2/25/2019
Can Light Colored Beverages Help You Avoid Dental Stains?
2/15/2019
Uncommon Health Problems That Damage Your Oral Health
1/25/2019
Top 5 Questions to Ask a New Dentist During Your First Appointment
1/15/2019
Why You Can't Just Deal With A Slightly Broken Tooth
12/25/2018
Which Types Of Over the Counter Mouth Guards Work Best?
12/15/2018
You Need to Tell the Truth about Your Flossing When You Come to See Us
11/30/2018
What to Do When You Notice Loose Teeth
11/20/2018
How Your Oral Health Affects the Overall Health of Your Body
10/20/2018
Can a Frenectomy Make Speaking Easier?
9/30/2018
Breath Mints Help to Freshen Your Breath, But Do They Harm Your Teeth?
9/20/2018
Setting Dental Goals to Accomplish Over the Next Year
8/30/2018
Root Canals Are Safer Than Extractions in Nearly All Cases
8/20/2018
Strep Throat and Your Toothbrush - What To Know
7/20/2018
How Diabetes Can Cause Tooth Loss
7/10/2018
Protecting Your Teeth When You Travel is Very Important
6/23/2018
Could a Frenectomy Help You Speak More Clearly?
6/13/2018
Announcing Our First Annual Free Event
6/11/2018
Are Veneers Good Solutions for All Dental Imperfections?
5/23/2018
A Healthy Mouth Saves You Money
5/13/2018
How Teeth Change as we Age
4/23/2018
How Often do you Need to Replace Your Toothbrush Head
4/13/2018
Medications Known for Causing Tooth Stains
10/30/2010
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