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Experts in oral health say prevention is the best strategy for combating gum disease, an increasing risk for aging Americans. 

Skipping those regular dental visits during the pandemic may lead to far more trouble than a toothache.

Lots of people missed dental exams and teeth cleanings over the past year because of Covid-19. Now that many dental offices have reopened—and are considered safe by experts—it’s crucial that people catch up on their gum health. Gum disease, oral-health experts warn, has been linked to dangerous health problems in other parts of the body, including heart attacks and strokes.

“The risk of getting Covid at the dentist is negligible, but the risk of putting off going to the dentist is very high,” says Dr. Anita Aminoshariae, a professor of endodontics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland whose specialty focuses on diagnosing tooth pain and performing root canals.... Click To Continue Reading

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A Few Words From Dr. Gay

Dental implants have been around for hundreds of years. But today's implants aren't your grandma's implants, which is why millions of people are choosing them now and why more general dentists are being trained to insert implants. Dental implants, the artificial roots that dentists use to replace missing teeth, traditionally are made from titanium or an alloy of titanium... Click To Continue Reading

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Saliva is a part of our physical experience that we tend not to think much about, although we are constantly aware of it. Medically speak- ing, despite our indi!erence to it, saliva is a very important part of our physiology and plays a critical role in oral health. Saliva is produced in the mouth, by three major salivary glands: the parotid, submandibular, and sublingual. In addition, there are several smaller glands that also produce about 10% of the total saliva in the mouth. Click To Continue Reading

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I consider myself privileged to not only do what I love but also to improve the health of my patients.

If you have any concerns about your oral health please do not hesitate to contact my office. Treating periodontal disease starts with you.

Thanks very much for visiting our website.

- Dr. Denise Gay

P. gingivalis is one of many bacteria in the mouth, but when it comes to gum disease it is the prime suspect. It is known as one of the keystone bacterium which leads to periodontal disease. It has several qualities and tools which aid in destroying the supporting structures of teeth. One of those tools is an enzyme called collagenase that injures the !bers that attach the teeth to the bone. P. gingivalis is also very stubborn to antibiotics, due to several features of the bacterium. Specialized enzymes called gingipains help create a food supply engine for the bacteria, and cleverly impair the immune system’s attempts to eradicate it.  Click To Continue Reading

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Researchers have found a bacterium that is known to cause gum disease in the brains of patients who were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This reinforces a well known oral health-systemic health connection, and also that maintaining oral hygiene may play a direct role in preventing serious diseases. Although the exact cause and e!ect mechanism is unknown, what was shown in the study is that this bacterium, Porphyromonas gingi- valis, was present only in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, and was not present in the brains of those who did not have the disease.  Click To Continue Reading

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Dental implants are commonly used as an effective treatment to replace missing or diseased teeth. The placement of dental implants by an experienced, board-certified periodontist or oral surgeon can provide patients many years of satisfaction, as implants look, feel, and function much like natural teeth. What is perhaps not commonly known among patients is that dental implants are subject to the same disease processes and risk factors as natural teeth. For example, people that have a predisposition for periodontal disease are also more likely to experience dental implant complications.  Click To Continue Reading

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