What Are the Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease?

Did you know that nearly 50% of adults in the US over the age of 30 are impacted by periodontal disease? The percentage jumps to 70% in adults over the age of 65. When we take a look at these numbers, it’s obvious that periodontal disease, ranging from slight to severe, is very prevalent in … Read more

Missing A Tooth, What Are My Options?

Did you know that nearly 178 million US adults are missing at least one tooth?  There are many options for replacement, it’s important to know all of your options so you can make the most well informed decision.  Single Tooth Implant If you are missing a single tooth, then a single tooth implant to replace … Read more

Menopause and How It Affects Your Oral Health

A phase of life all women must go through, yet many of the symptoms are not frequently discussed. This phase is called Menopause. This month we are speaking specifically about the oral health impacts of menopause on women. Not only does our oral health change as we age, but for women, menopause brings additional concerns. Did you know every day around approximately 3,000 women will reach menopausal age?

Do My Children Need Sealants?

Our molar teeth have tiny grooves and pits on the chewing surface, that are so small they can’t even be cleaned with a toothbrush bristle. These small grooves are an easy hiding place for bacteria to gather and for a cavity to begin. Dr. Crane will often recommend sealants to fill these areas. Sealants are … Read more

Is there a link between Periodontal Disease and Diabetes?

The link between these two diseases has been studied for years. Time and again there seems to show a strong correlation between them. With poor glycemic control and blood sugar levels, it seems that the severity of periodontal disease increases and is more difficult to regulate in these particular individuals. Periodontal disease has even been … Read more

Xerostomia, The Battle With Dry Mouth

Dry mouth also known as Xerostomia occurs when there is a decrease of saliva in the mouth. There are a number of reasons for this, and sometimes you may not even notice. Xerostomia (dry mouth) can range from slight to severe. Even if you don’t notice your dry mouth, your dentist or hygienist might. Some … Read more

What Causes My Cavities? 

It’s estimated that approximately 91% of Americans over 20 years of age have had cavities at some point. In addition to this staggering statistic, nearly 30% of Americans over 20 have untreated cavities. These numbers are incredible given the fact that with preventive care most cavities can be avoided. So how exactly does a cavity … Read more

Understanding the Different Stages of Periodontal Disease 

As we wrapped up National Dental Hygiene Month in October, it seemed fitting to follow up with information about the different stages of gum disease. As you read this you may hear your hygienist’s voice! We take measurements of your gums at least every 12 months to aid in determining what stage of health your … Read more

Gum Recession : Why Does it Start And How Do We Prevent it??

Even with best homecare and regular dental visits, you may experience gum recession at some point in your life. This actually affects to some degree the majority of our population. “Gum recession is when the margin of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth wears away, or pulls back, exposing more of the tooth, or the … Read more