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    The Consequences of Untreated Gum Disease

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Has your dentist diagnosed you with gum disease? Even if your symptoms aren’t severe right now, you should never take gum disease lightly. Without treatment, not only could your oral health deteriorate so much that you eventually lose your teeth, but you could also experience serious repercussions with your overall health. Here are just a few of the issues you could face if you don’t stick to your dentist’s treatment plan for gum disease. 

    Heart Disease

    Research has shown a strong link between untreated gum disease and heart disease. Although dentists aren’t yet sure exactly how gum disease triggers heart issues, they suspect that the inflammation caused by periodontal disease can cause inflammation in the cardiovascular system. Likewise, bacteria from the mouth can enter the blood stream and cause infections. If you already have heart disease, gum disease can worsen your condition.

    Diabetes

    Gum disease and diabetes contribute to each other in a dangerous cycle. People with diabetes are more prone to gum disease, especially when their blood glucose levels aren’t well managed. Extra glucose in the saliva plus dry mouth symptoms associated with high blood glucose both contribute to gum disease. Any infection, including gum disease, makes it more difficult to control blood glucose. Therefore, gum disease exacerbates diabetes, which in turn makes gum disease harder to treat. Your dentist and your endocrinologist can work together to break this cycle with gum disease treatment and improved diabetes management.

    Other Conditions

    Dentists suspect that gum disease is linked to a long list of other medical conditions, thanks to the systemic inflammation it causes. Osteoporosis and respiratory diseases may be tied to gum disease, as are certain cancers. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, men with gum disease were 54 percent more likely to get pancreatic cancer, 49 percent more likely to get kidney cancer, and 30 percent more vulnerable to blood cancers.

    If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease, make an appointment with Dental Care of Stamford so treatment can begin. Regular check-ups with our Stamford dentists can help catch gum disease early, when it is easier to treat. Schedule an appointment today by calling (203) 324-6171. 

    Meet Dr. Jerry M. Simon

    Last updated 3 months ago

    At Dental Care of Stamford, Dr. Jerry M. Simon is an integral part of our tradition of excellent patient care and comfort. He has been named one of the top dentists in Connecticut, thanks to his dedication to continuing education and commitment to bringing his patients the very latest in cutting-edge dental care.

    Dr. Simon is a graduate of the New York University College of Dentistry. In addition to delivering compassionate care to his patients, Dr. Simon has taught cosmetic dentistry at NYU and the University of Kentucky and has authored over 100 articles in professional journals. You may have seen Dr. Simon working as a guest dental commentator for Fox, ABC, NBC, and Discovery. Dr. Simon is also the author of the best-selling book Stop Headaches Now, and more than 10,000 dentists worldwide have adopted his Best-Bite Discluder invention.

    To make an appointment with Dr. Simon or any member of our Dental Care of Stamford team, call our office at (203) 324-6171. Our dentists provide general and cosmetic dentistry care for your entire family, with convenient appointment times available six days a week. 

    Your Guide to Mouth-Healthy Eating

    Last updated 3 months ago

    If your dentist were designing your daily menu, what would he or she put on your plate? Everything you eat and drink has an impact on your oral health—for better or for worse. Here is a look at some of the things your dentist would want you to keep in mind when making foods choices. 

    Choose Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables

    For your dental health, it is a good idea to limit snacking. Every time you eat, you introduce new foods into your mouth that can get stuck on your teeth and encourage bacteria to grow. However, when you do reach for something between meals, grab crunchy fruits and vegetables, like apples and carrots. As you chew these foods, they scrub the surfaces of your teeth, helping to remove bacteria that cause plaque. These foods also help boost saliva production, which helps clear out lingering bacteria.

    Reach for Tap Water

    Water is the best beverage for your dental health. Sugary juices and sodas feed plaque-causing bacteria, which leads to tooth decay. What diet soda lacks in sugar it makes up for in acids. These acids strip away your tooth enamel, leaving you vulnerable to sensitivity and decay. Although bottled water is a better choice than those beverages, be sure to also get some tap water each day. Tap water contains fluoride, which helps to strengthen your teeth.

    Dish Up Dairy Foods

    Dairy foods, like low-fat cheese, milk, and yogurt, are great choices for your oral health because of their calcium content. Calcium helps to strengthen your tooth enamel and is an important ingredient in remineralization, a process in which minerals are restored to your teeth after being stripped away. Boost the power of your dairy foods by adding lean protein and nuts to your diet as well.

    Talk to your dentist at Dental Care of Stamford to learn more about mouth-healthy eating. In addition to our general dentistry care, we also offer cosmetic dentistry, TMJ treatment, care for fearful patients, and much more. Get answers to your questions about our services by calling our Stamford dental office at (203) 324-6171. 

    The Importance of Visiting the Dentist

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Seeing a dentist is an important part of maintaining good oral health. Don’t wait until your teeth start bothering you to make an appointment with your dentist. Instead, schedule preventative visits twice a year to keep your teeth in top condition. This video explains more.

    Regular visits to your dentist serve two purposes. First, they allow you to get necessary preventative care to cut any dental health problems off at the pass. Second, they give your dentist the chance to catch issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and even oral cancer in their earliest stages, when treatment is easier.

    Don’t put off crucial dental care. Make an appointment with Dental Care of Stamford today by calling (203) 324-6171. We’re open six days a week for your convenience and offer general and cosmetic dentistry care for patients of all ages. 

    Improving Your Smile with Six Month Smiles

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Traditional orthodontic treatment is a commitment that many adults would rather avoid. Especially for individuals with minor misalignment issues, having to undergo orthodontic care for a year or more may seem excessive. If you want an appealing smile without a long-term orthodontic obligation, you might be the ideal candidate for Six Month Smiles. This innovative treatment system provides excellent cosmetic outcomes for patients who want better smiles.

    Subtle Appearance

    Are you discouraged at the thought of having orthodontic devices that everyone can see? Six Month Smiles allows you to receive the cosmetic care you need without obvious treatment. This orthodontic system uses enamel-colored appliances that blend in with your natural teeth. So when you undergo Six Month Smiles treatment, your friends, family, and coworkers will likely never notice it unless you tell them.

    Comfortable Care

    Orthodontic treatment can at times produce uncomfortable side effects for people with extensive misalignment issues. The greater the complexity of a patient’s malocclusion problems, the longer and stronger treatment may have to be to remedy them. Because Six Month Smiles are meant for individuals with mild misalignment imperfections, those who receive this form of treatment often report little to no discomfort while getting the corrective help they need. You can proceed through treatment without experiencing the typical side effects of orthodontic care, including days of having sore and sensitive teeth.

    Fast Results

    Best of all, Six Month Smiles can offer patients beautiful treatment results in just a few months. Especially for individuals with upcoming events, including weddings and anniversary parties, Six Month Smiles can give them an enhanced appearance in time for their celebrations. So if you want the smile you deserve without having to wait a year or more for it, consult your dentist to see if you quality for Six Month Smiles.

    Would you like to learn more about Six Month Smiles? Dental Care of Stamford is happy to offer this exceptional orthodontic service to qualified candidates in the greater Stamford area. To schedule a consultation with an orthodontist, call us at (203) 324-6171.

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