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What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a periodontal disease caused by the inflammation of the gums. There are two types of gingivitis: dental plaque-induced gingival disease and non-plaque induced gingival disease. When left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, a more serious infection that can lead to tooth loss.

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Medications & Your Teeth

Many people don’t realize that medications, whether they are over-the-counter drugs or prescription treatments, can take a toll on their teeth. A lot of medications include symptoms that are damaging to your oral health such as dry mouth, oral thrush, burning mouth syndrome, and various gum issues. What is even more threatening is if you are taking more than one type of medication, it can be much harder to pinpoint the exact source of the problem.

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Keeping Your Checkups up to Date

We get it. Going to the periodontist isn’t your favorite thing to do. Between balancing work, family, school and so on, making a periodontist appointment may be the last thing on your mind. You have to sit back in a chair with all of these foreign tools prodding your mouth, wait for the assistant to take her hands out of your mouth to answer a question and by the way, what does that tooth numbering system on the assistant’s computer even mean? At San Antonio Periodontics and Implants, we can promise that the benefits of our routine checkups far outweigh any concerns or hesitations for going in for a checkup. Your oral health is important to us, and we want to help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.

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What is the Connection Between Periodontitis and Diabetes?

Did you know that nearly 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes? Diabetes decreases the body’s ability to control the blood sugar level and, similarly to other illnesses, can increase susceptibility to other infections and complications. The most commonly known complications from diabetes are heart disease, stroke, and kidney damage - but, more recent studies have shown a connection between diabetes and periodontal (gum) disease.

With increased susceptibility, the rate at which the infection worsens can also be affected. For example, periodontal disease is broken up into various stages; from gingivitis (the beginning of infection) to periodontitis (the most advanced cases). If your body is having a difficult time fighting the infection, it could quickly progress.

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Periodontitis: Know the Risk Factors

Most of us are sufficiently aware that plaque is a leading cause of gum disease. However, there are a multitude of other risk factors to consider, that can all contribute to periodontitis, or advanced gum disease. We’ve listed seven of these risk factors below to help you stay on top of your oral health and wellbeing!

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Is Gum Disease More Common In Women

Did you know that half of Americans have some form of periodontal disease? According to a CDC report from 2012, half of Americans (47.2%) aged 30 and older are afflicted with mild to severe cases. Although more common in men than women (56.4% vs. 38.4%), other factors related to a woman’s health and hormone levels may make women more susceptible at certain times in their life.

What is gum disease?

Periodontal diseases are infections or inflammation that affect the gums or bone surrounding and supporting your teeth. Gums can become red and swollen and bleed easily, and in the worst cases a tooth may loosen and fall out. This can be avoided by ensuring that plaque and related bacteria are removed through regular at home dental care, such as brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to the dentist for semiannual cleanings.

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New Website

San Antonio Periodontics & Implants has a new website to better serve the needs of our patients. The responsive website will allow new and existing patients to view the website from all devices – smart phones, tablets and computer desktops with ease.

In addition, Dr. Steven C. Maller, DDS, MS and William H. Stalker will use the news blog section of the website to keep patients informed of periodontics news and happenings at our Olmos Park location. Downloadable Patient Forms are also available to help office visits go smoothly. Feel free to contact us today!

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