Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes And Connections

With more than 3 million cases reported each year, Periodontal (Gum) Disease ranges from mild inflammation of the gum tissues to a serious infection that spreads to the jawbone. Because the effects of gum disease on oral health can be devastating, resulting in tooth loss, ongoing research suggests that there’s a strong connection between gum disease and overall health. To better understand, continue reading below.

Beginning as a buildup of plaque along the gum line, Periodontal (Gum) Disease progresses quickly as bacteria interact with acids from foods and beverages. This is why dentists emphasize the importance of daily oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits. For plaque that is not removed effectively, it can harden into tartar, which accelerates tooth decay and is difficult to remove. Without question, good oral care, as well as a commitment to regular dental examinations is the greatest defense against the effects of gum disease. Even so, dentists urge patients to consider the important connections between oral health and overall health. Researchers believe that the following health concerns are connected to Periodontal (Gum) Disease:

Heart Disease: When it comes to linking periodontal (gum) disease to heart disease, there’s one culprit in mind—Inflammation. Increased inflammation from infection in the mouth extends beyond the gum line, increasing the risk of clogged arteries in the heart.

Premature Birth: While the link between periodontal disease and premature birth involves a series of complex interactions within the body, inflamed tissues and bacteria in the mouth that reach the bloodstream are believed to target the fetus of pregnant women. The result is preterm labor or low birth weight.

Diabetes: Going both ways, periodontal disease makes it difficult for those with diabetes to control blood sugar levels. This is because periodontal disease causes blood sugar to increase. In a similar way, for those with uncontrolled glucose levels, they are more at risk for developing periodontal disease.

Respiratory Disease: When harmful bacteria from the diseased tissues of the mouth reach the bloodstream, infection can ensue within the lungs. This creates a concern for the development of pneumonia.

Comprehensive Dentistry For Better Oral and Overall Health

Providing comprehensive dentistry for better oral and overall health, Smile Avenue Family Dentistry welcomes you to our practice today. We believe that oral health will directly impact your overall health. That’s why we encourage you to call us today if you’ve missed your last dental appointment. Your mouth provides invaluable insight about your health, and we want you to enjoy a healthy and happy life, for years to come.

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Restorative Dentistry: Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment

Designed to take place every six months, dental checkups are important to provide patients with comprehensive cleanings, x-rays, and other educational information regarding their teeth. Yet, this is also an important visit to determine if additional dental work is needed. As an umbrella term that involves the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of oral infections and diseases, restorative dentistry incorporates a variety of procedures and materials to restore function and beauty to teeth.

Even the most consistent and disciplined patient may need additional treatment to correct or strengthen teeth during their lifetime. Whether it’s a filling, veneers, a crown or bridge, a partial, inlays or onlays, or dental bonding, both dental professionals and patients benefit from a growing number of materials and methods for restoring teeth.

Using porcelain, dental amalgam, composite resin, or even gold, fillings are designed to restore the surface of teeth. Generally placed on teeth in the back of the mouth, dental amalgam remains a popular filling material. Yet, many dentists and patients prefer using composite, or tooth-colored resins because they restore teeth with an aesthetic appeal.

Similar to composite fillings, dental veneers are comprised of porcelain or composite resin, and are bonded to upper or lower front teeth. When patients suffer a broken or chipped tooth, veneers are an excellent way of reshaping teeth. In turn, they are beautiful and natural looking.

Also widely used to restore the look, feel, and function of teeth are crowns and bridges. When teeth have been severely damaged, a crown is designed to encase the entire tooth. Crowns are versatile, and can be made of gold, porcelain, or ceramic material. Bridges, on the other hand, are a prosthetic used to replace one or more teeth. Crowns are commonly placed on either side of the bridge to serve as an anchor for adjacent teeth to attach to.

While Restorative Dentistry brings strength and function back to teeth, individuals must remember that gum disease and tooth decay are always a threat. Thus, consistent oral care must continue.

The team at Smile Avenue Family Dentistry welcomes your family to our practice today. You’ll enjoy a unique experience where more efficient and quieter dental instruments are used, as well as a variety of relaxing amenities for families and children. When it comes to your oral health, we are committed to helping you understand the best and most appropriate restorative dental treatments for you. You deserve to feel confident about your smile! Call today.

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Repairing Damaged Teeth

While teeth are remarkably strong, there are many ways that they can become damaged. For instance, biting down on something hard, including chewing ice can cause teeth to chip. Trauma from a car accident or sports injury can certainly cause damage. In turn, cavities can weaken teeth, causing them to fracture or break. Whatever the case, advancements in dentistry provide many options for repairing damaged teeth.

Contrary to what many assume, pain from a broken or cracked tooth may be mild. In fact, it may come and go. Even so, it’s important to let your dentist know right away if you notice that your tooth is damaged. It may save you from an emergency trip later. Here are some dental treatments used to repair damaged teeth:

Dental Composite Bonding

To repair chipped, cracked, or broken teeth, Dental Composite Bonding involves placing putty on the tooth (after it is roughened and conditioned). An ultraviolet light is used to harden the putty. Next, it is shaped and polished to match the shape and color of the patient’s natural teeth. Bonding can last up to 10 years.


Veneers are a realistic and cosmetically pleasing option for covering one or more teeth. Patients can choose how their veneer(s) will look, and with good oral care, they can last up to 30 years.


Many people experience pain while chewing after their teeth have been damaged. This is usually due to severe chipping or fracture. Thus, a Crown, or “cap,” is a widely used restorative treatment that covers and protects teeth. For a more natural look, crowns can be tooth-colored or porcelain.

Root Canals

Sometimes, a crack in a patient’s tooth extends to the root, or pulp. In this case, the best treatment is often a Root Canal. Though this procedure has a bad reputation for being painful, patients should feel no pain or discomfort when they visit a skilled dentist.

During the Root Canal treatment, the decayed portion of the tooth is removed, as well as the nerve. It is then sealed to prevent further infection.

Dental Implants

When damage to teeth is severe, reaching below the gum-line, the tooth will most likely need to be removed. While this may be concerning, patients should know that Dental Implants are a wonderful option for replacing missing teeth. Essentially, the implant will become the tooth’s new root, resting securely in the jawbone.

Compassionate Care

At Smile Avenue Family Dentistry, your oral health is important to us. If you are concerned about your teeth, or if you suspect that they are broken or chipped, please call us today. You’ll feel at ease with the compassionate care at Smile Avenue Family Dentistry.

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Invisalign: The Clear Alternative

While traditional metal braces remain a popular choice for achieving a straighter smile, this conventional method is less than attractive, especially for teens and adults that are seeking a less noticeable way to undergo orthodontic treatment. That’s why many are going with the clear alternative—Invisalign. Using clear aligner trays, Invisalign straightens teeth by gently shifting them into place over time. Yet, their greatest appeal is that they do so in a comfortable, hassle-free way. While Invisalign may not be suitable for every patient, the following are five reasons why patients, if given the choice, will choose Invisalign every time.


Invisalign clear braces are virtually unnoticeable. In fact, those wearing the clear aligner trays can essentially keep their orthodontic treatment a secret. This is particularly important for teens that have less than consistent oral care, are athletes, or for adult professionals that do not want the unsightly look of metal in their mouth. Invisalign makes it easy to keep teeth clean, and never interferes with daily activities or lifestyle. When it comes to appearance, they are decidedly more attractive than traditional braces.


Patients wearing Invisalign aligner trays enjoy the benefit of being able to remove them when necessary. For instance, they can be removed while eating or drinking, helping patients avoid the embarrassment of having food stuck between wires and metal brackets. Thus, Invisalign affords patients a comfortable alternative that makes treatment easy.

Oral Care Is Easy

For those wearing metal braces, the importance of oral care and hygiene are paramount. Yet, for those wearing removable, clear aligner trays, oral health is easy to maintain. The aligner trays are simply removed while brushing and flossing. In turn, patients do not have to worry about the sharp edges and wires that may puncture their gums and cheeks. Invisalign trays are soft, flexible, and smooth.

Length Of Treatment

Generally, patients may expect a treatment time of up to 5 years with traditional metal braces, sometimes including two phases. Yet, treatment with Invisalign usually takes 1-2 years, which is a distinct advantage.


Treatment using Invisalign requires a treatment-planning phase, where the end results are computerized. Thus, patients know how long treatment will take, as well as what to expect. Many are comforted by the “lack of surprises” when receiving treatment with Invisalign.

While only a dental professional can determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign, the advantages are quite clear. That’s why Smile Avenue Family Dentistry invites you to call us today to learn more about the appealing alternative of Invisalign. A customized treatment begins here, where our skilled team will assess your smile and determine the best option for you. No matter what stage of life you’re in—we’re sure to help you put your best smile forward.

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