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Everything Changes with Time - Including Your Oral Health

Tooth Health | Springfield Dentist | Ruggless Dental

A common saying, aging is not for the weak. It means that as we age, we face a number of health challenges that can interfere with a high quality of life. These can include conditions causing chronic pain, medical conditions, more frequent doctor visits, and even necessary treatments to help you stay healthy.

Your teeth and gums are no different than the rest of your body. Extra attention and care can help you maintain your oral health.

A Link between Gum Disease and Heart Disease

The link between heart disease and was discovered decades ago. Periodontal disease, an inflammatory condition, causes a slew of other systemic conditions such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and cancer.

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What Exactly Do We Mean by Oral Health?

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When thinking of your oral health, your mouth likely comes to mind, but if you think about eating, kissing, speaking, and smiling, it really is much more than that. After all, your teeth and smile is part of almost everything you do. You use your smile to convey emotion, friendliness, and love. Your smile means a lot to those who love you – so it’s important to recognize its role in your life.

Recently, over 200 professional organizations opted to adopt a new definition of oral health that includes some key components for your quality of life.

The ability to:

  • Talk
  • Smile
  • Smell
  • Taste
  • Touch
  • Chew
  • Swallow

The definition also states that oral health includes being able to express yourself ...

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Study Highlights Link between Obesity and Gum Disease

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Having gum disease puts your health at risk. It seems like every new study that emerges outlines a link between gum disease and another system in the body. 

These include:

Circulatory risks – heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure
Respiratory risks – COPD and chronic bronchitis
Nervous system risks – Alzheimer’s
Reproductive risks – low birth weight babies

Now a new study links obesity and periodontal disease along with an increased risk of insulin resistance, this is of particular concern. Obesity increases the risk of systemic illness and cancer. It can seem like a vicious cycle.

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Are You a Woman with Gum Disease? You Need to Know about This New Study

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Modern women have a number of complex concerns when it comes to staying healthy and enjoying increased vitality as they age. Since people are living longer and staying socially and professionally active beyond middle age, staying tuned-in to the latest information can give you the necessary knowledge to maintain optimum health.

Though more men suffer from periodontal disease than women – 38% as opposed to 70% – women seem to have more risks associated with it. Until recently, a link to breast cancer was a lone risk factor in the cancer category for women who suffer from gum disease, but a recent study broadens that risk to include gallbladder cancer, esophageal cancer, ...

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Want Healthier Teeth? Avoid These Drinks.

Drinks to Avoid | Dental Health Springfield IL

We all know that sugary foods can cause decay, but we also consume beverages that put our teeth at risk every day. Beverages can not only cause decay but also stain teeth rapidly, making your smile looker darker and more aged than it needs to be.

Dark Sodas Like Coke and Pepsi

Dark sodas like Coke and Pepsi are full of sugar – far more than you might actually realize. Not only that, but they are also highly acidic. The sugar-acid combination is the worst case scenario for teeth because it accelerates the decay process.

Bacteria feed on sugar, but it actually the acid by-product they produce that softens enamel and causes cavities. ...

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3 Ways Tobacco Use Affects Oral Health

Tobacco and Oral Health | Springfield Dentist

Everyone knows by now that smoking is bad for your health and can lead to conditions such as lung cancer and heart disease. The impact of tobacco use on oral health goes beyond just the main health problems we hear about every day. Tobacco contains a number of chemicals and carcinogens that create a perfect storm for certain oral health conditions.

Tobacco Increases Oral Cancer Risk

Oral cancer is a particularly deadly form of cancer and smoking or chewing tobacco can increase that risk, especially when combined with alcohol use. Dr. Ruggless and our team perform regular oral cancer screenings at your periodic exams to rule out any suspicious lesions. Your dentist ...

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Cosmetic Issues We Can Solve with Dental Bonding

Dental Bonding Springfield | Illinois Dentist

Dental bonding is gaining in popularity due largely to patients wanting a more conservative treatment to correct simple flaws with their teeth. Treatments such as porcelain veneers are a great way to make dramatic changes for teeth that have severe damage, discoloration, or wear. What about smaller chips and gaps?

Dental bonding adds to your existing tooth structure with minimal preparation to the surface of your teeth. What this means for patients is that they can maintain their healthy tooth structure and still alter the appearance of their teeth with highly esthetic composite material.

Composite looks natural because it is made of a combination of colored plastic and microscopic glass particles. ...

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