Oral Health & Your Heart

Researchers are finding possible links between periodontal infections and other diseases throughout the body. Current studies suggest that there may be a link between periodontal (gum) disease, heart disease, and other health conditions.

In fact, research suggests that gum disease may be a more serious risk factor for heart disease than hypertension, smoking, cholesterol, gender, and age. Although gum disease can often show few or no symptoms, watch for gums that are red and irritated or gums that bleed easily.

Dr. Powell treats gum disease and will be happy to discuss ways to help you control this disease process.

Dry Mouth

Not only does saliva help digest food and make it possible for you to chew and swallow, it is the natural mouth cleanser. Without saliva, tooth decay and gum disease are more likely to occur.

If you have a dry mouth, in order to combat tooth decay and gum disease, you need to be extra careful about following good hygiene habits which include:

Increasing the Flow of Saliva With Dry Mouth

If you have dry mouth, your dentist may recommend the use of artificial saliva products. These products are available over-the-counter in a rinse or spray. Toothpastes, mouthwashes, and moisturizing gels that are specially formulated for individuals with dry mouth are also available. Ask your dentist about these products.

Treating Chronic Halitosis (Bad Breath)

Halitosis affects approximately 25% of the U.S. population. Thankfully, science and research have caught up with the disturbing problem of bad breath.

We can help by diagnosing and treating your halitosis and we will be happy to help you regain the confidence of a healthy mouth and leave behind the embarassing problem of bad breath.

Porcelain Veneers at Any Age

In our society, people live longer and keep their teeth longer than ever before. As people age, their teeth tend to get darker and more yellow. Cosmetic dentistry can help people at any age look and feel their best. Let us show you how we can help your smile regardless of your age.