Your Safety is Our Focus

Your Safety is Our Focus

We are learning more about this virus every day, and our office is staying updated to be on the forefront. Some questions have been brought up recently, and Dr. Adam Ozment has provided the answers below in an interview. Are your offices open? Yes, our offices have never actually closed. We have been seeing emergencies and urgent care as described by our national and state dental societies. What is considered to be an emergency, or urgent care situation? We are seeing patients for toothaches,...

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Plaque, Mouth Health, and Heart Disease

Plaque, Mouth Health, and Heart Disease

Research has proven that there are many links between poor oral health and diseases that affect the body. Although having poor oral health hasn’t been proven to cause heart disease, the bacteria that is present in gum disease is believed to increase the risk of developing heart disease. Additionally, having poor dental health can increase the risk of bacterial infection in the blood stream, which can then affect the heart valves. Taking all of these studies into consideration, there is a...

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Sleep Apnea and Surgical Treatment

Sleep Apnea and Surgical Treatment

People with OSA, or Obstructive Sleep Apnea, find that using a CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure) helps with moderate to severe conditions. However, many are unable to stick with this treatment. They quit for a variety of reasons, mostly because the device is cumbersome and uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are treatments that can be performed that result in improved breathing, daytime wakefulness, quality of life, and a lower cardiovascular risk. The Division of Sleep Medicine...

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What You Should Know About Dry Socket

What You Should Know About Dry Socket

Dry socket is a condition professionally referred to as "alveolar osteitis”, and it is one of the possible complications that can occur after a tooth is extracted. It is actually a fairly rare condition, with only 20% of wisdom tooth removal patients experiencing this condition. Despite it being uncommon, there are often questions about dry socket. What is dry socket? After a tooth has been removed, a blot blood forms in the space. This is the first step in healing, and it protects the jawbone...

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Researchers Determine Link Between Gum Disease and Alzheimers

Researchers Determine Link Between Gum Disease and Alzheimers

There has been a lot of research in the past few years regarding gum disease and its relationship to many illnesses, including heart disease and cancer. Brushing your teeth and maintaining health gums has been linked to overall body health, and goes well beyond simply having that bright, white smile. New research coming from the University of Bergen in Norway has collected data so strong that they are announcing DNA-based proof that bacteria causing gingivitis (gum disease) can actually move...

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