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We don’t want to scare you…okay, perhaps we do. However, we’re scaring you for a good reason…to get you to take your oral health more seriously!

We found a recent online article by Dr. Peter Galgut at Express.co.uk that once again reveals the scientific studies that connect poor oral health and hygiene to many of today’s most harmful diseases, such as: heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and more.

Gum disease is an infection caused by dental plaque bacteria that creep in underneath the gums. This infection slowly erodes away the foundations of the teeth. Then the gums start to shrink, the teeth get loose and wobbly and, if left untreated, we finally end up with abscesses and the loss of our teeth. But that’s not all.

Research has shown that gum infections have very harmful effects throughout our bodies. Did you know there is a major connection between gum disease and heart disease?

It is now known that the bacteria from gum disease can settle on the heart valves and cause permanent damage to them. Once this happens the heart will be unable to work efficiently and it becomes more susceptible to other infections.

Also, women who have active gum disease during their pregnancy are more likely to have pre-term and low birth weight babies as the body cannot concentrate all its resources on the baby while it has to continuously fight off an ongoing infection in the mouth.

We also know that those with uncontrolled diabetes are more susceptible to infections. If these people also have gum disease either it gets worse or the diabetes becomes more difficult to control, or both. So if the immune system has to struggle to control two problems at the same time to try to maintain health, it often fails to manage either.

Worryingly, rheumatoid arthritis has been linked with gum disease and more recently bowel cancer, asthma and even erectile dysfunction.

As more and more medical conditions are associated with this ongoing silent infection, it is clear that although gum disease does not cause pain, swelling or any other alarming symptoms in its early stages, the effects of the infection from the highly toxic bacteria lodged underneath the gums echo throughout our bodies and can cause or contribute significantly to other illnesses.

Read the entire article here…

Again, we want you to take your oral health seriously. At Shine Dental Associates we have an excellent team of dentists, hygienists, and a board certified periodontist to provide the very best dental care on Long Island. Give us a call today for a free consultation at (516) 348-8500.

A pregnant womanA recent article reported at Foxnews.com by Julie Relevant discusses the connection between pregnancy and oral health. The data is pretty revealing and conclusive that, if you’re pregnant, you are more likely to develop conditions, such as gingivitis and periodontal disease.

As explained in the article…

Pregnancy gingivitis occurs because the increase in the hormone progesterone during pregnancy causes an exaggerated response to the plaque that’s already in your mouth. “The reaction to those toxins and those poisons from the plaque build-up is increased,” according to Dr. Amanda Seay, Orbit for Kids gum spokesperson.

And even if you’re diligent about brushing and flossing, pregnancy gingivitis can still be a problem. If left untreated, it can lead to periodontal disease, which studies show increases your risk for having a preterm and low birth weight baby.

Read the entire article here…

If you’re pregnant call Shine Dental Associates today to schedule a periodontal exam with our board certified periodontist who will assess the state of your oral health and make sure that you do not develop gum disease or other oral health problems during your pregnancy.

Do electronic cigarettes cause oral cancer?Are E-Cigarettes Safer Than Regular Cigarettes?

We have noticed that many of our patients have switched from cigarettes to the electronic cigarettes.  E-cigarettes don’t burn tobacco. Instead, they contain cartridges that are filed with nicotine and other chemicals. Once the e-cigarette  is used the liquid chemicals turn into vapor.

There is limited research on e-cigarettes with respect to oral cancer.  However, there are chemicals such as nitrosamine in the e-cigarettes that are known to cause cancer.

In our opinion, there needs to be more research on this product to determine the risks vs. benefits compared to regular cigarette smoking.

Screening for oral cancer is very important whether you use e-cigarettes or whether you smoke regular cigarettes, cigars, or a pipe.  Shine Dental Associates of the North Shore does a thorough intra-oral examination for our patients to make sure no lesions are missed.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 516-348-8500.


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