Is Periodontal Disease Really That Bad?

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If you aren’t practicing proper oral hygiene, harmful bacteria will grow in your mouth. This harmful bacteria can lead to periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, which is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth.

While periodontal disease has been well documented and publicized over the past couple years, people still don’t seem to take it quite seriously.  Not only can periodontal disease cause bleeding and inflamed gums, but it can also lead to tooth loss. On top of that, there have also been recent studies that have linked gum disease to major health problems.

There are many possibilities why gum disease could be harmful to your overall health, one of those possibilities being a bacterial infection. Bacteria can actually travel anywhere throughout the body. With that being said, below are a few ways gum disease can affect your overall health:

  • It can be harmful to your heart. There are many studies that have shown gum disease to be linked to heart disease. Though the cause-and-effect link hasn’t been completely identified, research still indicates that gum disease is a risk factor for heart disease. Periodontal disease can also worsen existing heart problems.
  • It can possibly affect your respiratory system. It’s been known that inhaling harmful bacteria can cause respiratory infections,which means inhaling the bacteria that grows due to gum disease can also lead to respiratory infections, such as pneumonia.
  • Your memory may suffer. There is some research that suggests that people with gum disease may be at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s. Additional research also suggests that gum disease is linked to mild cognitive impairment, like memory problems that make daily tasks a bit more difficult.
  • It can make blood pressure difficult to control. Research has shown that people who suffer from diabetes are at higher risk for gum disease. This may be because people with diabetes are more vulnerable to infection, which includes gum disease. Research also indicates that gum disease can lead to increased blood sugar and diabetic complications.
  • It may cause premature birth. While there are conflicting results, there have been studies that have shown links between gum disease and premature birth. Some research has shown that women with gum disease are more likely to deliver before full term, which sets the baby up for health risks. However, other studies don’t show a link. The research is still ongoing.

Don’t jeopardize your smile or put yourself at risk for major health complications. Be sure to practice proper oral hygiene to prevent gum disease, which involves brushing twice a day, flossing at least once and using an antimicrobial mouthwash. Also, don’t forget to visit your dentist for regular checkups and professional teeth cleanings.

If you think you may be suffering from periodontal disease, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada, DSS at 310-546-2595 to schedule a consultation today or visit www.anthonyyamadadds.com for additional information regarding gum disease.

Am I an Ideal Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

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There are several people that avoid smiling in public and even in general due to having a less than perfect smile. For some people with less than perfect smiles, smiling can be a downright painful experience, both emotionally and physically.

However, thanks to the advances in cosmetic dentistry, there are treatments that can enhance your smile. One of the many options cosmetic dentistry offers are porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are placed over your natural teeth to conceal imperfections. This dental procedure is considered quite popular when it comes to improving your smile, as the results are extremely natural looking.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

  • Porcelain veneers don’t discolor overtime
  • Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant to classic stains
  • Porcelain veneers color, shape and size are customizable
  • Porcelain veneers are quite durable
  • Porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years or a lifetime
  • Porcelain veneers produce a natural-looking appearance
  • Porcelain veneers produce dramatic and fast results

Disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers

  • Porcelain veneer color cannot be changed once placed
  • Porcelain veneers require the natural tooth to be slightly altered
  • If porcelain veneers break, the whole veneer must be replaced
  • Porcelain veneers are pricey, ranging around $1,000 per tooth

Am I an Ideal Candidate?

Porcelain veneers can correct a myriad of cosmetic dentistry problems. If you have dental problems such as chipped, decayed, discolored or poorly shaped teeth, you may be an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers can also be beneficial in situations where you have a slight gap, as well as minor crowding or a mild misalignment. Unfortunately, if you have gum disease, severe tooth decay or cracked teeth, it would make you an unlikely candidate for porcelain veneers. You should have any dental problems treated beforehand to increase your chances of being an ideal candidate.

If you end up being a good candidate for porcelain veneers, be sure to involve yourself in the smile design process. Let your cosmetic dentist know what your likes and dislikes are about your smile, and what you’d like to see in your new smile.

If you’d like to see if you’d be an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada, DDS at 310-546-2595 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.anthonyyamadadds.com for additional information regarding porcelain veneers.