Informed patients make wise decisions about their present and future dental health. At Dr. Scott A. Gradwell’s Allentown office, we gladly explain treatment options, offer thorough explanations, and always give you details of what to expect. Dr. Gradwell has even invested in technology that facilitates better patient education, such as the intraoral camera. Take a moment to browse these articles and keep these resources on hand for the latest periodontal and implant-related news.
Gum Disease & Heart Health
If you are experiencing issues with your gums, it cannot only impact your oral health, but your cardiovascular health too. Experts are not certain what the precise connection between the heart and oral hygiene is, but studies consistently demonstrate a link. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, individuals with periodontal issues are twice as likely to have heart disease.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Every tooth is comprised of two parts: the crown and the root. When you lose a tooth, the part of the jaw which supported the tooth does not have a purpose, so it withers away and weakens your jaw. This can cause shifting of your remaining teeth, tooth decay, and tooth impaction. Without a replacement tooth, in about four to eight years, the remaining teeth will begin to fall out as well. A missing tooth can cause up to 19% of adjacent teeth to fall out, which results in five more lost teeth!
A Brief History of Implants
In their current form, dental implants are a modern marvel, but in reality the idea of dental implants has been around for centuries. The very first implant is attributed to the Mayans and dates back to 600 AD. It only took us 1,400 years to develop a similar kind of tooth replacement.
Gum Disease and Your Systemic Health
In order to maintain great dental health, it is important for everyone over the age of four or five to visit the dentist for a professional cleaning twice a year. This is recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA). During this appointment, your dental hygienist will inspect your mouth and gums for any sign of oral cancer and gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults. Our hygienists are trained to detect, deter, and treat gum disease. This helps you maintain your best oral health and also reduces your risk of ever developing gum disease.