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Protect Your Natural Smile with Periodontal Therapy in Canton, MI

January 22, 2015

170083016 (1)Periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss; however, the damage doesn’t stop at the mouth. The link between gum health and overall health is well established.  That’s why it’s so important to address periodontal disease symptoms, like swollen or bleeding gums, as soon as possible. If your gums are red, puffy, sore, or bleeding, you should make an immediate periodontal therapy appointment with Dr. Robison today. Robison Dental Group delivers quality care daily throughout Canton, MI, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, Plymouth, and the surrounding communities.

Are You at Risk for Developing Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease stems from the accumulation of plaque and bacteria at the gum line. However, you may be at elevated risk for developing the condition because of:

  • Tobacco use
  • Hormonal changes (in women)
  • Diabetes
  • Other illnesses and their treatments that affect gum health
  • Taking certain medications that reduce saliva flow
  • Genetic susceptibility (periodontal disease can run in families)

Periodontal Disease Affects More Than Just Dental Health

Researchers have discovered that patients with periodontal disease are actually more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Pregnant women with periodontal disease are also more likely to deliver preterm or low birth weight babies. Others studies have found that the presence of periodontal disease actually raises the risk for developing dementia (Alzheimer’s disease) later in life.

Canton Periodontal Therapy Appointments

Untreated periodontal disease can cause significant damage beyond your teeth and gums. Although research has identified several links between periodontal disease and other health problems, it has yet to establish a clear cause and effect. Nevertheless, the list of associated health problems continues to grow. Don’t ignore your periodontal disease symptoms. Make an appointment with Dr. Robison today for the comprehensive periodontal therapy you need to protect your dental and overall health. Robison Dental Group proudly serves families daily throughout Canton, MI, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, Plymouth, and the neighboring areas.

What Causes Tooth Decay and How Is It Treated?

September 27, 2013

In our last post, we talked about the powerful effect stomach acid can have on teeth. Most cases of decay aren’t caused by stomach acid, though. Instead, when most patients experience tooth decay, it’s the result of bacteria and plaque. Bacteria reacts to many foods—especially foods high in sugar—by producing acid, which leads to more bacteria and more acid, resulting in an environment harmful to teeth.

What’s more, the buildup of bacteria, plaque, and acid also contributes to gum disease. As one of the most common oral health conditions a patient can face, gum disease can have a dramatic effect on one’s oral health (it’s the most common cause of tooth loss in adults)

Thankfully, Dr. John R. Robison and Dr. J.D. Robison offer care for both tooth decay and gum disease. With services like composite fillings and porcelain crowns, plus periodontal therapy, our Canton dental team can provide effective care against both.

We also recommend coming to Robison Dental Group twice a year for checkups and cleanings. Though we offer these great general and restorative services, regular checkups and cleanings are designed to prevent the most common oral health conditions from forming in the first place.

During your visit we can also offer home care tips that will help you protect your smile in between visits to our Canton dental office. We recommend brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once. You may also benefit from an antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash.

Has it been more than six months since your last checkup? Call Robison Dental Group for an appointment. We serve patients from Canton, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, Plymouth, and beyond.