New Dentistry Updates

Friday, June 10, 2011:  Exciting Major Upgrades to Our Practice!
We are almost finished with the planning process of remaining on the cutting-edge of technology by implementing many new and innovative facets to our practice!  Not only are we updating our entire computer hardware and software network, but we will also be converting our current digital x-ray system to one of the newest available advanced systems!  Other additions are an intraoral camera that captures tremendously clear closeup photos of your teeth which can help detect problems so that we can fix them while they're small, which translates to much more conservative and inexpensive dentistry!  It's important to us that we offer the absolute best care to our patients---stay tuned to hear about more exciting integrations that we have scheduled:  iPad patient information, here we come!
Friday, October 1, 2010:  Unhealthy Gums Spread Harmful Bacteria Throughout Your Body
My staff and I attended an excellent all-day continuing education course at Baylor College of Dentistry.  This course was all about the most recent advancements in treating gingivitis and periodontitis (gum disease).  We learned how to actually identify the specific bacteria(s) that causes all stages of gum disease in any person's mouth by a simple and quick saliva test!  What is exciting about this knowledge is that we can treat gum disease better than ever before by targeting those specific harmful bacteria with a customized protocol that will eliminate the bacteria that is causing gum disease.  Studies have proven that the harmful bacteria in your mouth causes an inflammatory reaction throughout your entire body!  What is now known is that there is a direct link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease!  Patients at higher risk are:  smokers, diabetics, those with a history of heart disease or family history of gum disease.  Because gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection, the infection is contagious!  You can spread these harmful bacteria by kissing or sharing utensils.

Signs of gum disease:
      --ANY type of bleeding of the gums (your gums should NEVER bleed when you brush or floss)
      --Receeding gums
      --gum inflammation / redness

Our office has the ability to painlessly:
     --test you for harmful oral bacteria and provide specific treatment to reduce/eliminate it
     --test you for the genetic predisposition for gum disease
     --test you for oral Human Papilloma Virus, which is known to cause many cases of cancer of the mouth/throat

We are very excited to be on the leading edge of offering our patients the latest in personalized periodontal medicine for total health!
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