With April 2017 officially marking another round of Defeat Diabetes Month, it’s time to start thinking about the relationship between diabetes and oral health. Many people are aware that diabetes ranks as a leading cause of death in America, but untreated diabetes can also lead to other health conditions that, while not necessarily leading to higher mortality numbers, remain a serious concern to those affected. Among these are gum disease, tooth decay, and other dental problems amplified by the diabetic’s increased susceptibility to infection. Fortunately many dentists have a secret weapon in their arsenal that’s well suited to this problem: the dental laser.
It’s time to love your dentist. Every year on March 6 we celebrate National Dentist's Day, marking the contributions of the dentists who serve our communities.
Dental visits are necessary to keep teeth in tip-top condition, but a trip to the dentist can be scary for a kid. The unfamiliar environment can deplete him of all his hit points in a matter of seconds. About 9% of children are afraid of the dentist. Fortunately, there are ways to get your little darling past the fear factor and to the nice friend who just so happens to fix teeth.
Childhood tooth decay is largely preventable, but it remains one of the most common diseases of kid-hood—five times as common as asthma, and seven times as common as hay fever, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tooth decay is a serious problem and can result in severe pain, infection, and tooth loss. As your honor roll student returns to school, send them off with good habits for healthy teeth and a safe mouth.
Dental implants are an excellent choice for replacing missing teeth, and laser dentists are a smart choice for placing implants. Laser treatment has many clinical advantages when compared to scalpels and blades—including giving more precise control to the clinician and more comfort to the patient.