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

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

Top Dental Tips for Seniors

As many of you know, due to advancements in medical technology we’re living longer than we ever. By the year 2030, the last of the Baby Boomers will turn 65 and older individuals will account for 20% of our population. While this is wonderful news for all of us, it also presents other issues to … Read more

Autoimmune Series Part 3: How Inflammatory Bowel Diseases can affect Your Oral Health

Inflammatory bowel diseases also known as IBD, are a group of autoimmune diseases that result in chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The 2 main diseases identified with this group are Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Due to the chronic inflammation eventually damaging the GI tract, the resulting symptoms are often painful. Although symptoms … Read more

Tips for Tooth Whitening

Summer is upon us and many people are starting to think about whitening their teeth. Although there are certain considerations to be made, almost anyone can whiten their teeth. We have several different options here at Dental Care of Sumner. This month we’ll focus on those options and the safety of tooth whitening. Is it … Read more

Autoimmune Series: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Oral Health

We’re kicking off a new blog series here at Dental Care of Sumner! For the rest of 2019, we will be highlighting different autoimmune diseases bimonthly and discussing their impacts on oral health, and vice versa. Autoimmune diseases are wide ranging diseases that affect many systems of the body but commonly, the diseases cause the … Read more