November is Diabetes Awareness month so this blog post is about diabetes and your oral health. Diabetes affects over 25 million Americans. This disease can cause problems with your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other parts of your body. Diabetes can also affect your teeth and gums. Oral health problems related to diabetes are gum disease, thrush and slower healing after oral surgery.
Gum (periodontal) disease is when the tissues that hold your teeth in place become infected. If the infection progresses to the severe state, the bone is destroyed and the infected teeth have to be removed. In young adults, if someone has diabetes, they are about twice as likely to have active gum disease. In older adults who have diabetes, active gum disease and infection is very common. Diabetics with poor sugar control are more likely to lose teeth due to gum disease than diabetics who have their sugar under control. Some studies suggest that treating active gum disease may help improve blood sugar control, thus improving the overall health of the diabetic patient.
The dentists and hygienists at Clearwater Dental Associates routinely check for signs of active gum disease and we recommend dental treatment to treat the infected areas so the overall health of our diabetic patients can improve.
Another oral health problem related to diabetes is thrush. Thrush is a fungal infection that occurs more often in people with diabetes. In the mouth, thrush looks like white and red patches that may be sore or look like small ulcers. Thrush may make your tongue feel like it is burning thus making chewing and swallowing uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are medicines that can cure thrush within a relatively short period of time.
If you are diabetic it may take your body longer to heal after having any type of oral surgery. This would include having a tooth pulled. It is important to discuss your diabetes with your dentist before doing any type of oral surgery.
Patients with diabetes should be very pro-active with their dental care. They should have regular dental cleanings and exams which would include evaluation of their periodontal (gum) health. If you are diabetic and you have been told that you have active areas of gum disease or infection it is very important to treat these areas and get them to healthier, non infection state.
Are you looking for a Belleair area dentist? Do you need an appointment TODAY? Give us a call!! Clearwater Dental Associates is conveniently located just 5 miles from the Belleair area. At Clearwater Dental Associates you can have comprehensive dental treatment all in one location. We have four general dentists in our office and we offer the specialities of endodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery and periodontics.
We do all types of restorative and cosmetic dentistry including teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, veneers, crowns, dental implants, dental bridges etc... . It is important to take good care of your teeth. Whether you just need a teeth cleaning or something more serious, our experienced staff works to provide you with the healthiest, most beautiful smile that modern dentistry can provide for you. Through our vast experience in the dental care industry, we try to keep your procedures anxiety-free, and even offer emergency appointments just in case a problem arises.
We offer " No Charge Consultations" if you are seeking a second opinion or if you just want to meet the dentist and get an idea of what dental treatment you may need. We offer "Same Day Appointments " if you are in pain and need to be seen right away.
After fixing any physical ailments to your teeth that you might be experiencing, the staff at Clearwater Dental Associates can also help you achieve the smile of your dreams with the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques. We offer a wide range of aesthetic, natural looking and completely safe solutions to discolored, misshapen, or missing teeth in order to help you create a new smile that will last you a lifetime.
So if you are looking for a Belleair Area Dentist that you can trust, look no further than Clearwater Dental. Call us today to schedule an appointment and get on your way to having the best smile you can possibly have.
Even though our name is Clearwater Dental Associates, our office is very conveniently located to the Largo area. We are just off Belcher Road just a couple of miles north of East Bay Dr.
If you live in Largo and you are looking for a new dentist, we offer comprehensive family dentistry. We have general dentists that do everything from routine fillings to total smile restoration using the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques. We also have specialists for endodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics and periodontics in our office and who are available to see our patients.
We offer same day appointments if you are having a dental emergency and need to see a dentist in the Largo area right away.
So if you are looking for dental care in the Largo area contact us online, www.cdadental.com or call our office at 727-797-8800 to make an appointment. We would be happy to see you today!
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A tooth that is cracked can be painful. Sometimes, it can be hard to tell which tooth is the source of the discomfort and often the crack cannot be seen on an x ray. Patients often ask what caused their tooth to crack. The most common reasons a tooth may develop a crack are:
One of the most common things adults say they would like to change about their smile, is to have straighter teeth. When people think of wearing braces, they often envision a smile full of metal brackets, which for kids is not so bad, but most adults are not interested in having the "railroad track" look. Fortunately, there are some really great alternatives to metal brackets which are available for both teens and adults.
Invisalign is a type of orthodontic correction that involves wearing clear custom fit "aligners" (trays). The process is quite simple and painless. First you need to have a consultation with an orthodontist who is an Invisalign provider to make a determination if you are a candidate for Invisalign braces. Once this has been determined, the orthodontist will take a series of impressions (molds) of you teeth and photographs of you. All of this information is sent to a special lab where your custom "aligners" are made, this process takes several weeks. Once your aligners are delivered to you, they are worn for 22 hours a day. The only time they are removed is when you eat something, and of course when you brush and floss. Every two weeks you put in a new set of trays, and about every 6 weeks you see your orthodontist for a progress check and to get your next 2-3 sets of trays. The total treatment time can range anywhere from 12-24 months.
The aligners are clear, so most people don't even realize you have anything in your mouth. There are no sharp edges that can irritate your gum tissue, or cause injury if you are accidentally hit in the mouth. This is great for people who play sports or musical instruments that require using a mouthpiece!
Another new alternative to traditional brackets is called Incognito Braces. As with Invisalign, first you need to have a consultation with an orthodontist who is an Incognito Braces provider. Once the determination has been made that you are a good candidate for Incognito Braces, your orthodontist will take impressions (molds) of your teeth and send them to a specialized lab that uses 3D technology to create custom fit brackets and wires that get cemented on the inside of your teeth. The brackets cannot be seen when you smile, since all of the brackets and wires are placed only on the inside surfaces of your teeth. Since the brackets are on the inside of your teeth, your lips and gums won't get irritated because the brackets and wires won't be rubbing on your tissues. With Incognito, there are no trays to remove or clean. You still have to see your orthodontist every 6 weeks or so for a progress check.
Our orthodontist offers consultations at no charge, so if you are interested in determining if you are a candidate for Invisalign or Incognito, give our office a call!
We are very excited to welcome Dr. Todd Britten to CDA. Dr. Britten is a Tampa native and graduated from Jesuit High School. He earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from the University of Florida in 2009 and then completed a three year post residency in periodontics at the University of Florida where he served as Chief Resident.
Dr. Britten has been trained in the latest techniques to treat periodontal disease such as;
* Implant Dentistry and Advanced Bone Grafting Procedures
* Pre-prosthetic Surgery
* Tooth Exposures
* Traditional Periodontal Therapy
Dr. Britten is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Periodontology and the Florida Association of Periodontists.
Last Friday and Saturday Dr. Burton and his staff attended a fantastic seminar about how to improve the experience each patient has at our office. All of us at CDA strive for each of our patients to have an outstanding dental experience every time they visit our office. If we fall short of that mark, please let us know!<view entire article>
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