Know the Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, ranging from slight to severe, is very prevalent in our society.  Nearly 50% of adults in the US over the age of 30 are impacted by periodontal disease. That percentage jumps to 70% in adults 65 and older.  So, what are some of the factors that increase our risk for developing periodontal disease … Read more

Replacing Missing Teeth? Read this first!

With nearly 178 million US adults missing at least one tooth and many options for replacement, it’s important to know all of your options so you can make the most well informed decision. Single Tooth Implant If you are missing a single tooth, then a single tooth implant to replace it may be your best … Read more

What are the Oral Health Effects of Menopause?

Menopause is a phase of life all women must go through, yet many of the symptoms are seldom discussed. In this post we want to address the impact menopause can have on women’s oral health. Around 3,000 women reach menopause every day, but the manifestations of menopause in oral health are far less widely discussed … Read more

What is the link between Diabetes & Periodontal Disease?

There has been a link between these two diseases that has been studied for years and time and again a strong correlation has been found. The severity of periodontal disease increases with poor glycemic control and blood sugar levels are more difficult to regulate in individuals with periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has even been described … Read more

What are the Stages of Periodontal Disease?

Your hygienist has probably discussed periodontal disease with you, they take measurements of the gums at least every 12 months to aid in determining what stage of health your gums and bone are at. This is part of the periodontal assessment which includes but is not limited to: pocket depths, recession, bleeding, mobility, and root … Read more

Why do I have Gum Recession?

 “Gum recession is when the margin of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth wears away, or pulls back, exposing more of the tooth, or the tooth’s root.” (Oral B) Sometimes this can happen if someone does take good care of their teeth, you may experience gum recession at some point in your life. It actually affects to … Read more

An Explanation of Tooth Resorption

While tooth decay and periodontal disease are the most common risk factors in oral health, there are some less common dangers to look out for. One of these being tooth resorption. Resorption is the process by which a material is reabsorbed. Resorption of teeth can be a normal physiological process (exfoliation of primary teeth) or a pathological … Read more

Understanding Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD’s)

A temporomandibular disorder is characterized by pain or tenderness in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) of the jaw. These two joints connect your lower jaw to your skull, they allow the mandible to move up and down, side to side, and forward and back. The TMJ is among the most complex joints in the body that … Read more

Autoimmune Series: Inflammatory Bowel Disease Effects on Oral Health

Psoriasis is a more well known autoimmune disease affecting 8 million Americans and more than 125 million individuals across the world. Psoriasis is the result of skin cells reproducing too quickly as a result of the immune response. The body is not able to shed these cells as they produce, which is why the resulting … Read more

Autoimmune Series: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Oral Health

This month we’re kicking off a new blog series here at Laurel Dental! Every other month through 2019 we will be highlighting a different autoimmune disease and the impacts it has on oral health, and vice versa. Autoimmune diseases are wide ranging diseases that affect many systems of the body. Their commonality though, is that … Read more