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Carl and Walker Family Dentistry May 2014 Newsletter
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What is Preventative Dental Care?
Many people make the mistake of thinking that they only need to see the dentist when they have a toothache or a sudden injury to their mouth. Unfortunately, these people tend to end up suffering from various oral health ailments that might have been prevented by regular dental checkups.

The Risk of Heart Disease

When you think about your risk for heart disease, chances are you do not think that you should call your dentist - but you should! Studies have shown that gum disease and heart disease may be directly related. Even people that do not have any of the standard risks of heart disease including obesity, a smoking habit and high cholesterol still suffer from heart disease. The common denominator in these cases is gum disease. This risk could be eliminated with regular semi-annual appointments with the dentist.

Hormones Change Things

Everyone goes through various hormonal changes throughout their life. Aside from hormones affecting moods, the various ways your body acts, and even skin blemishes, there are the changes to your oral health. Women are the most affected by hormonal changes during times that include puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Changes in hormones can cause problems with a woman's gums including swollen gums and an increased risk of gum disease.

Lifestyle Changes

People of any gender and age could be damaging their oral health through various lifestyle habits, whether it is a soda habit, smoking or poor dental hygiene. Taking the time to see a dentist twice per year can help you get advice on how to change these habits and how best to enhance your overall dental health to ensure optimal oral and physical health for many years to come.
Are Dental Implants Really Better?
If you are missing one or more teeth, you might be weighing the pros and cons of dental implants. Could they really be that much better than partial dentures? If the look and function of your teeth are important to you, then dental implants are the answer for you. Implants are a much stronger alternative to dentures, allowing you the same ability to talk and eat without embarrassing issues or decreased abilities. In addition, dental implants help prevent bone loss in your mouth and can last a very long time with proper care. There is no other dental solution that provides these benefits for your oral health.

Do I need a Crown after a Root Canal?
After you have root canal treatment, it might be recommended that you also get a crown. Many people try to skip this step, thinking that their tooth will be just fine, but it is not a step that should be skipped. The crown is meant to give the tooth the strength that it needs to do its job. Oftentimes, a root canal can leave a natural tooth weakened or without much material left to work with, depending on the amount of decay that had to be removed. If the dentist suggests a crown, it is likely to give your tooth strength and a better appearance, allowing you to keep your natural teeth as long as possible.
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