Category: Oral-Systemic Connection

Gum Disease: Mouth To Body

Most people have heard that gum disease exists. They’ve also heard that the disease is different for each person, which is mostly accurate. Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause for adult tooth loss in America? 70% of Americans are affected with various severity levels, and the condition can lead to different… Read more »

The Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease–also called periodontal disease–develops in stages. Because it takes time to develop it is more common in older people. The most recent statistics show that it is most prevalent in people 65 and older, yet almost half of Americans 30 and older have some level of periodontal disease.  Such statistics are disconcerting considering the… Read more »

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is on the rise. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation it has been on the increase for eight consecutive years. In the year 2007 there was an 11 percent increase in cases from the year before. It is estimated that over 43, 000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2014 including… Read more »

Menopause and Your Oral Health

Like puberty and pregnancy, menopause causes significant physical changes that affect every part of your body. While hot flashes and mood swings are the most notorious symptoms of menopause, many other health conditions can accompany the loss of your menstrual cycle. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that menopause can even have a… Read more »

A Wiser Use for Lost Baby Teeth and Wisdom Teeth

Are you a sentimental parent? After the tooth fairy deposits treasure underneath your child’s pillow, do you store the teeth away, lovingly wrapped up in tissue paper? While you might cherish your child’s lost teeth, there is a more valuable use for them. Scientists have discovered that lost baby teeth, extracted wisdom teeth, and even… Read more »

Ankeny Dentist Discusses Bacteria of the Mouth

Do you ever wonder about the bacteria living in your mouth? The presence of bacteria in the human mouth is inevitable. Some are beneficial, while others can prove harmful to your oral health. In many cases, the effects of harmful oral bacteria could be minimized with an improved oral health regimen. Your Ankeny dentist, Dr…. Read more »