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Pregnancy and Periodontal Health

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periodontal disease | pregnancyThe American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and The European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) are urging pregnant women to maintain their periodontal health

Periodontal disease is a chronic, bacteria-induced, inflammatory condition that attacks the gum tissue and if left untreated can attack the bone.  Gum disease (periodontal disease) can not only lead to tooth loss, but also systemic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  Research suggests that women with periodontal disease may be more likely to deliver babies prematurely or with low-birth weight.  Babies with a low birth weight (less than 5.5 pounds) may be at risk of long-term health problems and/or learning disabilities.  Babies born pre-term may be at risk of developing respiratory problems, vision and hearing loss, or feeding and digestive problems.

The President of the AAP, warns that “Tenderness, redness, or swollen gums are a few indications of periodontal disease.  Other symptoms include gums that bleed with toothbrushing or eating, gums that are pulling away from the teeth, bad breath, and loose teeth.  These signs, especially during pregnancy, should not be ignored and may require treatment from a dental professional.”

If a pregnant women has periodontal disease, the AAP and EFP released clinical recommendations stating that non-surgical periodontal therapy is safe for pregnant women and can result in improved periodontal health.  In addition, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently released a statement encouraging pregnant women to sustain their oral health and recommended regular dental cleanings during pregnancy.

“Routine brushing and flossing, and seeing a periodontist, dentist, or dental hygienist for a comprehensive periodontal evaluation during pregnancy may decrease the chance of adverse pregnancy complications.  It is important for expectant mothers to monitor their periodontal health and to have a conversation with their periodontist or dentist about the most appropriate care.  By maintaining your periodontal health, you are not only supporting your overall health, but also helping to ensure a safe pregnancy and a healthy baby.” said The President of the AAP.




Family Dentistry | James McElveen DDS

Dental Floss

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How Your Dentist Knows You Are Not Flossing

Family Dentistry | James McElveen DDSA recent survey by the American Dental Association found that just under half of all Americans floss their teeth daily.

What about the other half?

My guess is that they’re the ones who floss twice a year — right before their dental checkups. They think they can pull a fast one on us, but here’s a little secret: dentists can tell when you’ve been flossing and when you haven’t.

How Dentists Can Tell When You’re Not Flossing
The way we can tell if you’re not flossing is if your gums are bleeding. Although there are other, less common conditions that can make your gums bleed, gingivitis is the main cause. Gingivitis is when the gums are inflamed due to all of the bacteria in your mouth collecting right between the gums and the teeth.

The problem is that it takes about a week of daily flossing for gingivitis to go away and make it so your gums don’t bleed when they are cleaned.

The most authoritative book on the gums — that’s 1,328 pages dedicated to your gums! — states the following:

The presence of plaque for only 2 days can initiate gingival bleeding on probing, whereas once established, it may take 7 days or more after continued plaque control and treatment to eliminate gingival bleeding.

So, if you end up brushing and flossing really well right before your dental cleaning and exam, your teeth will be clean, but your gums will still show the main sign of inflammation: bleeding.

If you really want to trick your dentist into thinking you’re brushing and flossing regularly, you’ll have to do it for at least seven days before your visit. And if you’re gonna do that, why not simply brush and floss every day?

Dentists | Hailey Dentist

Dental Office Comedy

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Dentists | Hailey DentistA husband and wife entered a dental office. The husband said, “I want a tooth pulled. I don’t want gas or Novocain because I’m in a terrible hurry. Just pull the tooth as quickly as possible.” “You’re a brave man,” said the dentist. “Now, show me which tooth it is.” The husband turns to his wife and says, “Open your mouth and show the dentist which tooth it is, dear.”