Why You Should See the Dentist Before Having Surgery

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It’s important to be as healthy as possible before any surgery to ensure optimal results and healing. For some operations, like heart surgery or joint replacement , you will usually be required to have clearance from your dentist.

Surgeons know that the bacteria in your mouth get into the blood stream easily.  While these bacteria can impact your health in many ways, your heart and artificial joints are especially vulnerable to them.  In order to increase the odds of a successful surgery and recovery your surgeon will want your mouth to be as healthy as possible.

It’s important to be proactive and not wait to the last minute to see your dentist.  One of the most common bacterial oral infections is periodontal, or gum disease.  Your dentist may need time to treat this condition if you have it and return your teeth and gums to a healthy state so that you can proceed with surgery.

Now that you know how your oral health can impact your overall health and medical outcomes, you may want to start seeing the dentist on a regular basis to prevent other issues related to the bacteria in your mouth. And then, you will always be able to feel confident in the health of your mouth if urgent surgery is ever needed.

If you are in the Knoxville area and looking for a new dentist, we would love to meet you. Call (865) 922-1613 to schedule an appointment.

We promise to take great care of you and your smile. 

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Dry Mouth: Uncomfortable & Dangerous for Your Teeth

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You may think it is just about feeling thirsty or dry, but there are potentially serious consequences for having a chronically dry mouth.

Saliva neutralizes acids in your mouth and limits bacterial growth.  It also helps keep your teeth clean by rinsing away food debris.  When you have a shortage of saliva, your oral health can suffer.  The most common challenges are:

Increase in Cavities: Cavities thrive in a dry mouth.  The situation can be even worse if you are using sugary throat lozenges, gum, or hard candies to feel more comfortable.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease: When bacteria is not rinsed away by saliva it gathers into colonies and creates infections like gum disease.  Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss and has been linked to many life threatening conditions like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.

Halitosis: Bad breath is a common side effect of having a dry mouth that can limit your social and relationship confidence.

There are things you can do to protect your teeth and gums.  Be sure to:

  • Talk to your dentist and hygienist about your dry mouth.  They may have recommendations and suggest you come in more often.
  • Sip water regularly
  • Try sugar free options for throat lozenges or candies
  • Chew sugarless gum to help keep your teeth clean
  • Eat plenty of crunchy fruits and vegetables

And, if you are in the Knoxville area, we would love to help.

Call (865) 922-1613

The Link Between Gum Disease & Dangerous Medical Conditions

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You can have periodontal gum disease and not even know it.  Not everyone has symptoms like bleeding gums, tooth loss, or bad breath.

While you may be aware that gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss and dentists treat it to protect your teeth, there is a lot more you need to know.

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection and one of the primary sources of chronic inflammation in your body. Not only can this inflammation deplete your immune system, but it has been linked to many major medical diseases, as well. Conditions like:

Allergies, Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, Cancer, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive disorders, Fibromyalgia, Heart disease, Heart valve problems, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Pancreatitis, Parkinson’s, Psoriasis, Stroke, and more….

It just got serious. Real serious.

Taking care of your dental health is not just about teeth. Preventing and treating bacteria related conditions in your mouth can protect your health too.

The best way to do this is to brush and floss every day and see your dentist and hygienist at recommended intervals. Some people, especially those with a history of gum disease, need to see their dentist more often.

If you are due or past due for a dental visit, we encourage you to come in. We will do our best to support you in staying healthy and keeping a smile on your face.

If you are considering a new dentist in the Knoxville area, we would love to hear from you. Just call:  (865) 922-1613

How Often Should You Get Your Teeth Cleaned?

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Every person’s oral health is unique and it is very important that you follow the recommendations of your dentist and hygienist. If your mouth is healthy and you brush and floss daily, having your teeth cleaned every 6 months should work well for you.

Your dentist may recommend you come in more often if you have an unusual situation or any of the following conditions:

  1. You smoke – Smoking puts you at risk for tooth loss, oral cancer, and periodontal gum disease.
  2. You have diabetes or heart disease – an unhealthy mouth can contribute to the advancement of these conditions and on the flip side they make you more prone to periodontal disease and it’s complications.
  3. You already have a history of periodontal disease – this chronic infection can impact your overall health putting you at a higher risk for life threatening diseases as well as tooth loss.
  4. You have an impaired ability to take care of your own teeth – Some people lack the dexterity or have disabilities that prevent them from brushing and flossing effectively.
  5. You are not brushing and flossing regularly – If you don’t take care of your oral health it is important to let your dentist and hygienist do it for you.

If you are due or over due for a visit to the dentist, please give us a call. We would love to help you enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile. 

Call (865) 922-1613  Knoxville, TN

7 Consequences of Tooth Loss that Might Surprise You

There are times when teeth can’t be saved and it can feel easier and cheaper in the moment to not do additional dentistry to replace them. But, the investment in your smile is well worth it when you consider these consequences.

Looking Older – When your cheeks lose the support of the teeth behind them, they will sink in making you look more gaunt and deepening facial lines and wrinkles.

Damage to Your Remaining Teeth – The teeth that remain have to work harder to make up for the ones that were lost. When you bite down the opposing teeth may not line up properly, causing them to hit harder or off center and creating additional stress that puts them at risk.

Losing More Teeth – When a tooth is removed the other teeth in the area will drift into the open space looking for the tooth they used to lean against. To do this they often tip over or grow out of the jaw bone, putting them in danger of being lost as well.

TMJ, Joint and Jaw Problems – Losing a tooth throws off the delicate balance of how your teeth work together and can result in bite challenges that lead to painful joint problems.

Loss of Confidence – It is harder to feel confident when you feel people are staring at your incomplete smile. This drop in confidence can impact all areas of your life including career, romance, and even your self-esteem.

Difficulty in Chewing and Digesting Food – Chewing is the first stage in healthy digestion. The inability to process food fully can result in digestive issues and difficulty in absorbing nutrients from your food.

Your Health Can Be Compromised – As your remaining teeth shift into new spaces they are more at risk for periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. This condition is a bacterial infection in your mouth that can get into your blood stream easily. Scientific studies have linked it to major health conditions like diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart disease

Saving your teeth or replacing ones that have had to be removed can not only improve the quality of your life, but help you live longer by preventing serious health problems.

We can help you get the healthy and happy smile you deserve. If you have postponed replacing teeth or other dental work because of dental anxiety, we also offer oral sedation dentistry to make it easier for you.

Give us a call at (865) 922-1613  Knoxville

Can Not Seeing the Dentist Make You Sick?

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It used to be that dentists just fixed teeth and made dentures so people could eat and smile, but things are different now.

Scientific research has shown that poor oral health can contribute to major conditions like diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and more.  These are all serious conditions that can shorten your life and impact the quality of the time you have left.

The biggest culprit is periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, which is an infection in your gums.  The inflammation caused by this infection, even when it is low grade, is what scientists believe to be the link to these major medical conditions.

Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that can be maintained, but not cured. We see it most often in smokers, diabetics, and people who have not seen the dentist in a year or more. But don’t be fooled, you may have it too. The CDC did a study in 2010 that showed about 65% of the adult population has it. We wouldn’t be surprised if those numbers have gone up since then.

The best way to prevent or treat gum disease and protect your health is to brush and floss daily and see your dentist and hygienist at recommended intervals. 

So, when you feel like skipping your dental appointment or if fear or money are keeping you away, think again.  It is not just about your teeth.  Not seeing the dentist could negatively impact your overall health.

If you are looking for a new dentist or are concerned about your oral health, give us a call.  (865) 922-1613

Diabetes & Gum Disease – A Dangerous Mix

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Recent research has shown that poor oral health, especially periodontal gum disease, can contribute to the onset and severity of diabetes. 

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can affect blood glucose levels and your ability to control them.  It is a chronic condition that may not have any obvious symptoms, so it is important to see your dentist regularly, especially if you are diabetic.

On the flip side, diabetes can make you more susceptible to infections like gum disease, creating a vicious cycle of declining health and lost teeth.

As the primary cause of tooth loss, gum disease is scary enough, but when you combine it with diabetes, the consequences are even more profound.

Periodontal disease is also linked to other illnesses you will want to avoid, like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. It is believed that the chronic inflammation it causes can increase your risk of more serious health issues.

If you are diabetic:

  • Be sure to let your dentist know
  • Inform your medical doctor if you have periodontal gum disease
  • Stay current with your dental appointments
  • Get your teeth cleaned more frequently
  • Eat healthy and exercise
  • Brush and floss daily
  • Do what you can to keep your blood sugar at optimal levels
  • Eat and stabilize your blood sugar before dental appointments

We will partner with you and your medical doctor to ensure that you are well cared for and stay as healthy as possible. If you are looking for a dentist familiar with diabetes, please give us a call. We would love to help you experience the health you deserve.

(865) 922-1613 Knoxville