Cosmetic Dentistry

Unhappy with your teeth? There are a number of different procedures and products we can use to enhance your smile. Options such as Invisalign, teeth whitening, and the use of restorative crowns, bridges or veneers can completely transform your smile.

Results achieved through orthodontics and direct composite veneers.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

It’s never too early to start developing healthy habits. Brushing should begin as soon as teeth appear, with a child-sized toothbrush and an amount of toothpaste similar to a grain of rice. For children 3 and older, a pea sized amount of toothpaste is perfect for brushing.  Brush twice daily, and always assist children until you’re confident they’re doing a good job. A dental visit can be scheduled as soon as teeth appear or any concerns arise, but we recommend scheduling closer to age 3.

We love seeing little smiles like Lincoln’s here at the office!

We’d love to meet all of your little ones, and always do our best to ensure they have a great experience at the dentist.

More Adults Electing Orthodontic Treatment

According to a study by the British Orthodontic Society, more adults are electing to receive orthodontic treatment than ever before. In the study, nearly 75% of doctors surveyed reported an increase in the adult patients they see. In addition, the American Association of Orthodontics have reported a 16% increase in adult orthodontics cases between 2012 and 2014.  They also estimate that approximately 27% of orthodontic cases are adults.

More and more adults are receiving orthodontic treatment because of the increased affordability and willingness to invest in their smile.

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Study Finds Ties Between Pancreatic Cancer Risk and Oral Bacteria

A recent article on Dentristy Today reported that a link has been discovered between risk for pancreatic cancer and certain types of oral bacteria. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly types of cancer, killing more than 41,000 people each year (Dentistry Today). The survival rate is also startlingly low, likely because it is easier to miss symptoms until it is in the later stages.

A recent study performed by researches at New York University determined that bacterial changes in the mouth represent a likely risk factor for developing the disease. People who’s oral microbiome, or microbial mix, contained Porphyromonas gingivalis have a 59% greater risk of developing pancreatic cancer than those who do not have the bacteria, and those who’s contained Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans are at least 50% more likely to develop the disease (Dentistry Today).

Researchers hope this finding could help in identifying people who are most at risk for developing pancreatic cancer in order to catch it in earlier stages.

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Researchers Discover More Links between Alzheimer’s and Periodontitis

There have been many studies linking oral health issues to health issues in other parts of the body. For example, a number of studies have shown a direct link between oral health and cardiovascular disease. A recent study at the University of Southampton and King’s College London examined a possible link between periodontitis and rates of decline in Alzheimer’s patients.

Though the sample group was relatively small, there was a clear connection between the presence of periodontitis and a greater progression in cognitive decline amongst people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

In the study, researchers took blood samples from 59 patients. Unbeknownst to their cognitive condition, a hygienist assessed each patient.  In 6 months, the patients were reassessed and researchers discovered a 6-fold increase in the rate of cognitive decline for those patients with periodontitis.

Because the results were so startling, researchers said that the study should be conducted on a larger scale for further analysis.

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A Possible Connection- Oral Bacteria and Stroke Risk

According to a recent article published by Dentistry Today, researchers at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center in Osaka, Japan, may have uncovered a link between oral bacteria and the risk of stroke.  According to the study, 26% of patients with intracerebral hemorrhage had cnm-positive Streptococcus mutans in their saliva (Dentistry Today).  In addition, MRIs determined that patients with the bacteria were subject to a much higher number of cerebral micro bleeds.  These micro bleeds can lead to problems like dementia and can underlie cerebral hemorrhages.

In short, research continues to support the idea that oral health plays a strong role in overall health.  The study shows a correlation between oral health and brain health specifically.

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