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Think a little gum disease is nothing to worry about? Think again. Gum disease doesn't just affect your oral health; it can affect your overall health as well, and many patients of Long Beach dentist Joseph DuRoss, D.D.S. have no idea.
Health Conditions Associated With Gum Disease
While you may or may not develop another serious illness as the direct result of your gum disease, researchers have found that gum disease is associated with a wide number of health conditions, many of which are quite serious. Gum disease has been associated with bone loss, receding gums, and tooth loss. It has been associated with lung infections, coronary artery disease, stroke, diabetes, asthma, osteoporosis, Rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. Furthermore, pregnant women with gum disease may be putting their unborn children at risk for premature labor or a low birth weight.
How Does Gum Disease Lead to These Conditions?
While the connection between gum disease and conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer is unknown, many scientists speculate that the conditions may be caused in part by the bacteria from the gums entering the bloodstream, where it is able to travel to the various parts of the body. One thing is for certain, however; people who do not take good care of their gums are more likely to have additional medical issues to deal with as well.
How Can Gum Disease Be Prevented?
The good news is, gum disease can often be prevented or even cured when treated properly. There are two excellent ways to do this. First of all, get in the habit of practicing excellent oral hygiene at home. This includes brushing twice a day and rinsing and flossing once every day. Secondly, visit your trusted Long Beach dentist, Dr. DuRoss, for routine dental examinations. The sooner Dr. DuRoss is able to spot and treat the early signs of gum disease, the better your health outcomes are likely to be.
If it has been a while since you last visited your Long Beach dentist, make it a priority to schedule a checkup as soon as possible. Call Dr. DuRoss today. We love to help our patients maintain excellent oral and overall health.
Find the Dental Treatment that Works for You with Free Consultations
You’ve probably heard the popular phrase, “The best things in life are free”. It is hard to find something free anymore, but when we do it can often feel like we’ve hit the jackpot. We also don’t typically hear the word free when it comes to medical care—in fact, it’s typically the opposite; however, Dr. Joseph DuRoss, a cosmetic dentist located in Long Beach, CA, offers his patients free consultations on all dental treatments.
The Importance of Consultations
It is extremely important that patients take the time to find out more about a specific treatment, especially if they are interested in it. They also should be weighing the pros and cons of a procedure prior to fully committing. It’s hard to do all these things, however, when you have to pay for every visit to the dentist.
Dr. DuRoss wanted to make things a bit easier on his patients by providing free consultations. Now patients of Dr. DuRoss can setup an appointment simply to discuss whether a treatment will work for them. Being a cosmetic dentist, Dr. DuRoss offers a variety of aesthetic dental services including teeth whitening, dental implants, cosmetic bonding, and veneers.
Brighter Smiles with Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening has become one of our most popular services. Who doesn’t want a brighter smile? Smoking and diet can have some profound effects on your smile, making your enamel duller and less vibrant. But in as little as an hour, patients can leave the office with a smile that’s up to ten shades whiter. Before committing to teeth whitening, find out whether this is the cosmetic treatment for you by sitting down and talking to Dr. DuRoss free of charge. Then you can truly find out whether this cosmetic procedure fits your needs, lifestyle and budget.
Improved Smiles with Veneers
Interested in fixing minor overcrowding but not interested in the years of braces that comes with it? That’s why Dr. DuRoss offers dental veneers. These wafer-like, porcelain shells are affixed to the front of your tooth to provide a brighter, straighter smile.
Dental veneers have also been very popular with our patients because it’s a great way to refresh your smile without all the invasive or extensive treatments that typically go into straightening or fixing cracks, chips or overcrowding. Minimal preparation is needed before you can go home with a new and improved smile, which is an appealing option.
Are you curious to find out whether your smile is the ideal candidate for dental veneers? There’s no better time to setup a complimentary consultation with Dr. DuRoss to discuss the pros and cons of this treatment.
Whether you’re interested in a major makeover or a minor tweak, Dr. DuRoss wants to ensure that his patients know their treatment plans and feel confident in their dental choices. Take advantage of this free offer and find out how you could get the smile you want.
If you’re interested in setting up your free consultation, contact Dr. Joseph DuRoss at (562) 424-8537, or explore our website for more information.
PARENTS BE WARNED! If you can tell if your newborn is having trouble with their breathing when they are sleeping you need to check it out very carefully. It could sound like snoring or just effortful breathing.
In the general population, 2% to 3% of children have apnea. And that is growing because of the increase in childhood obesity. The prevalence of snoring in children ranges from 10% to 21% from 6 to 81 months and habitual snoring has been reported in 9% of infants aged 0 to 3 months. Habitually snoring children are at higher risk for social problems, poor academic performance, decreased attention, hyperactivity, and anxiety/depression issues. Children who snore are not likely to "grow out of it" without experiencing cognitive impairment.
The damage from children snoring appears to be related to the fact that their brains are developing at this time and the brain is not getting the oxygen that it needs for this development. The critical time for this development is at or before 3 years of age. By 4 years old, children who had a history of sleep disordered breathing were 20% to 60% more likely to exhibit behavioral difficulties; by 7 years, they were 40% to 100% more likely.
Bruxism(teeth grinding) occurs in up to 30% of children, often around 5 and 6 years during adenoid and tonsillar enlargement. The cause is not from stress, neurochemical or occlusion. Bruxism occurs during microarousals from regular sleep patterns. And the most common cause for these microarousals appears to be respiratory efforts. The bruxing appears to dialate the upper airway, raises respiratory flow and reduces airway resistance so they can breathe better.
The most common cause of sleep disordered breathing in children are enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Have the pediatrician look at this carefully and if they are enlarged have them removed. It can save you and your child a lifetime of problems.
This is very different from deep sedation or general anesthesia. Conscious sedation is a moderate sedation. It is a minimally depressed level of consciousness whereby the patient maintains their own airway and reflexes, and responds to physical and verbal stimuli.
An even lighter form of sedation is available where the individual is awake but has decreased anxiety to facilitate coping skills, retaining interaction abilities.
Research tells us that almost 30% of our population avoids going to the dentist due to fear. And many more come to the dentist but they are very anxious and it is not a pleasant experience. Sometimes this fear and or anxiety comes from past dental experiences and other times it was created nondentally from experiences when you were a child or infant. The fear is very real and is often uncontrolable. In the past one way to treat this kind of patient was to have it done in the hospital under general anesthesia. This takes alot of time and is very expensive.
Today in our office we have a very safe solution called conscious sedation. This is done by swallowing a pill the night before treatment and then when in the dental office a crushed up pill is placed under your tongue where it is absorbed.
Our goal is not to put the patient asleep. It is to create the most relaxed comfortable appointment possible while the patient remains awake and conscious. However, many sedated patients feel like they slept through the entire appointment since they have little or no memory of the appointment.
If you are interested in this type of dentistry it is important to meet the dentist and his staff to find out what your needs are before any work is done. This is important because if you need alot of dental work it can be arranged to get much of that done with only one or two sedation appointments. This will save you alot of time and money.
Contact us and come in to meet our very nice staff where we will treat you with the utmost courtesy and respect. We can be reached at (562) 424-8537. Today is a good time to get that long needed dentistry done and get on the road to good health.
Schedule your free consultation today!