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Dental Check-Ups Are Good for Your Heart, Too!

Did you know that if you have gum disease, you are more likely to have heart disease? This is just one of the reasons why it is so important to have regular check-ups with your dentist and get your teeth cleaned regularly. What Is Gum Disease? Gum disease is an inflammatory condition of the tissues …

Gum Disease: A Warning for Your Health

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is inflammation around the tooth caused by an infection of the tissues that surround the tooth. Some of the symptoms are red, swollen gums that bleed easily, and gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease can also be a warning sign that a …

Let’s Stop the Great Floss Debate

It is the kind of headline that makes those of us in the field of health and dental care cringe: Medical benefits of dental floss unproven. Wait, what?! First, let me tell you, flossing works. As a dentist I know this. And time and again, the media comes out with stories about whether it is …

Top Health Reasons to Prevent Gum Disease

On March 20, 2016, we celebrate World Oral Health Day, an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene for old and young. This year’s theme is: It all starts here. Healthy mouth. Healthy body. Why …

Why Gums Recede and How Your Winston-Salem Dentist Can Help

Have you noticed increased tooth sensitivity to hot and cold? Or when you look in the mirror, does one tooth look longer than the others? These are signs of gum recession, a very common dental problem that often occurs gradually with few or no symptoms. It is more common as people age, affecting up to …

Don’t Lose Your Teeth! Treating Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Periodontal disease — also known as gum disease — is an inflammatory condition that affects both the soft and hard structures that support the teeth. The disease is caused by the plaque on your teeth, which contains bacteria that product harmful toxins that can irritate and inflame the gums. Inflamed gum tissue can pull away …