Gum disease alone is a fairly destructive disease. If left unchecked, it can destroy your gum tissue and jawbone, eventually resulting in the loss of one or more teeth. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in America. These effects have long been known by dental professionals across the world and have driven efforts to raise awareness about gum disease prevention and treatment. Research over the last few decades, however, has shown that the effects of gum disease extend beyond the integrity of your gums and teeth, and can negatively impact your overall wellbeing. As Southlake dentist, Dr. Gregory Wright, explains, experts have linked untreated gum disease to a host of other systemic illnesses, including Alzheimer’s disease.
The Development of Gum Disease
For all of its pomp and circumstance, gum disease has rather humble beginnings. It all starts with the accumulation of bacterial plaque along your gum line. These bacteria release toxins that irritate gums and cause them to pull away from a patient’s teeth, forming pockets for plaque and bacteria to gather and continue their destruction. The irritation also causes inflammation in your gums, which is the reason behind gum disease’s continuing destructive prowess. As it progresses, gum disease destroys the connective tissue between your gums and teeth, then works its way down continuing its destruction throughout your gum tissue. Eventually, it will reach your supporting jawbone structure, which gum disease will destroy, as well.
From Your Mouth to Your Mind
Among the many theories that highlight the oral-systemic connection, many of them involve the formation of dementia. For the first time, however, researchers from the NYU College of Dentistry have provided long-term evidence that gum disease significantly increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The study examined 20 years of medical, dental, and social data on 152 subjects. The results? Subjects that exhibited signs of periodontal disease were up to nine times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease in their later years. To further their understanding of the connection, the researchers plan to conduct numerous follow-up studies involving larger and more ethnically diverse groups of people. This study, like many before it, highlights the resounding importance of maintaining a clean and healthy mouth.
About Gregory Wright, DDS:
As a native Texan, Dr. Gregory Wright opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He is happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.
By its definition, an accident isn’t always possible to prevent. When it comes to your dental health, accidents typically mean an emergency, and prompt action may be necessary to save your smile, depending on the extent of accidental damage. Though strong and meant to withstand a great deal of pressure, teeth are peculiar in the fact that they cannot regenerate damaged tissue. For instance, if a bone breaks, it will heal itself, provided you set the broken bone correctly. Broken teeth, however, will remain broken unless treated, and in extreme cases, fast action can mean the difference between restoring and replacing the compromised tooth. Southlake dentist, Dr. Gregory Wright, is proud to provide emergency dental services to all of our patients and their families, and happy to provide tips for successfully weathering a dental emergency. (more…)
Snoring is an odd, often annoying, phenomenon that many people consider normal and nothing to worry about, aside from alienating a sleeping partner. A chronic snoring problem can pose serious risks to a patient’s health by inhibiting proper airflow and forcing the lungs and heart to work harder. Snoring typically occurs when the airway is obstructed by over-relaxed mouth and throat tissues, which vibrate violently as air is forced through the smaller space. In extreme cases, snoring may indicate the presence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)—a sleep disorder that causes the patient to repeatedly stop breathing while asleep as oral tissues completely block the airway. Southlake dentist, Dr. Gregory Wright, has helped many patients that have been diagnosed with sleep apnea through the use of special appliances designed to keep the airway open. If you haven’t been diagnosed with sleep apnea, but would like to learn how you can stop snoring, then try these tips before seeking a professional diagnosis for OSA. (more…)
If you’ve ever had to restore a tooth, either from infectious disease or from a traumatic injury, then you are probably aware that you have a wide range of choices for dental restoration, each designed for a specific need. Among the most common dental restorations available today, dental fillings and crowns have come a long way over the last few decades. Aside from restoring teeth from damage, the modern dental restorations also focus on discretion, allowing patients to enjoy healthier, stronger teeth without announcing their dental treatment to the world. With extensive experience and a professional joy in seeing patients enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles, Southlake cosmetic dentist, Dr. Gregory Wright, can custom-design tooth-colored dental fillings and crowns to restore the beauty and function to our patients’ smiles. (more…)
Do you feel self-conscious about your smile’s appearance? According to a recent study conducted by Wakefield Research, over a third of American adults feel embarrassed of their smile. Teeth stains, misalignment, and other common issues dull the beauty of a person’s smile. Fortunately, your Southlake dentists, Dr. Gregory Wright and Dr. Victoria Heron, offer a solution for complete smile transformation in as little as two visits.
Tooth decay affects millions of Americans. Over 92% of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have dental caries in at least one tooth. Over half of all American children between the ages of 12 and 15 suffer from cavities. In order to return the tooth to full function and health, your Southlake dentists, Dr. Gregory Wright and Dr. Victoria Heron, offer strong and esthetically pleasing dental fillings.
Let Porcelain Veneers Transform Your Smile
Maintaining your smile’s health and beauty doesn’t typically involve difficult procedures; brush and floss your teeth twice a day, watch your eating habits, and visit your Southlake dentist at least once every six months for a comprehensive dental exam and cleaning. However, should a blemish mar your smile in spite of your best efforts, your prompt action may be necessary to restore your smile’s glory. Porcelain veneers are among the most versatile and effective cosmetic dentistry tools, and when placed by an expert, they can completely revamp most patients’ smiles even in the midst of multiple imperfections. Using porcelain veneers, Dr. Gregory Wright, your dedicated Southlake cosmetic dentist, combines impressive knowledge and skill with a carefully cultivated artistic eye to substantially transform patients’ unsightly smiles. (more…)
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