Diabetic? Periodontal Treatment Can Save You Time & Money
Posted on Nov 26, 2012 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS
If you are a diabetic, you may have heard of the connection of periodontal (gum) disease and diabetes. This has to do with the bacteria of gum disease that tends to trigger an inflammatory response. This inflammation sets off a series of different reactions and has been linked to arthritis, coronary artery disease, preterm babies, and more.
Research on periodontal disease bacteria and its effect on the heart, lungs, endocrine system (for diabetes), unborn babies, etc. has been conducted for years across the globe. The latest findings pertaining to diabetes were revealed through a study conducted by United Concordia, the nation’s sixth largest insurer. This study of 1.7 million patients showed a reduction in pharmacy costs by nearly $1,500 per year, on average, after diabetics received a round of treatments for gum disease.
This study follows one previously conducted that revealed how periodontal treatment for diabetics significantly decreased the number of doctor’s office visits and hospitalizations. A savings of fewer medical visits culminated into an annual average of over $1,800 per patient. This most recent study shows how gum therapy tends to lower costs required for hospitalization, medical office visits, and medications,for an annual heath care savings of over $3,200.
The oral health study by United Concordia is the largest of its kind. As a Periodontist, I’m pleased that it represents how thorough periodontal treatment can greatly enhance the overall well-being of diabetic patients. While the decrease in medical costs for diabetics is an appealing bonus, it further emphasizes how periodontal therapy gives significant, whole-health benefits.
Show Your Thankfulness With A Smile
Posted on Nov 21, 2012 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS
At Thanksgiving time, we are reminded of all the things for which we have to be thankful. As American citizens, we’ve learned to never take for granted our many blessings. While you calculate all the things on YOUR “thankful list,” remember to include your smile!
Your smile is a major part of your facial appearance. We live in a country that offers exceptional techniques and materials so a smile can be recreated to give a more attractive appearance.
Your smile also reflects the “best of you” by showing your warmth, friendliness and kindness to others.
Your smile is the beginning of the pleasure of this country’s abundance of food. It is the first stage of your digestive process. Through biting, chewing and saliva’s role in the initial processing of food, your body can reap all the benefits of vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber.
Your smile allows you to speak, giving you the ability to pronunciate clearly.
Your smile is precious. Whether you are two or a hundred and two, it deserves the very best you can give it.
Your smile is as important to us as it is to you. Because you allow us to be a part of your smile’s well-being, we are especially thankful!
‘Tis The Season — To Eat & Smile With Confidence!
Posted on Nov 19, 2012 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS
As a Periodontist, I see a wide variety of mouths. Some folks have poor oral health and missing teeth because of dental fears. Some grew up not having access to good dental care or understanding its importance. Because of genetics, some were born with an oral health that would always pose challenges.
When a patient’s oral health suffers, regardless of the reason, the result, far too often, is tooth loss. No one can predict the frustration and discomfort that dentures can cause until they’ve been a long-time denture wearer. Denture problems include sore spots on tender gums, difficultly biting and chewing, embarrassment from slips, speech problems, and being self-conscious in social settings.
This is why I recommend Dental Implants. Because Dental Implants are held in the jaw bone, just as natural tooth roots, they restore stability. This means you can eat and laugh without fear of slips, chew comfortably, and feel confident in close settings with others. Plus, Dental Implants are designed to last your lifetime, making them an excellent investment.
For those who are missing natural teeth, Dental Implants provide a dependable, lasting way to have teeth that are “part of you” again. Arrange a consultation by calling (828) 274-9440. During this time, I’ll explain the types that are appropriate for your needs and answer your questions. You just may find yourself enjoying a confident new smile by Christmas!
Dentists Help You Avoid More Than You Realize!
Posted on Nov 15, 2012 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS
If you learned that spending less than 5 minutes twice a day could save you hundreds of dollars, hours of time, and even prevent major diseases, it’d be foolish to NOT commit to that time. Yet, as a Periodontal Specialist, I’m privy to the vast number of adults who fail to brush and floss each day. It’s no longer just a matter of avoiding cavities. As research continues, there is more and more proof that your oral well-being affects your overall health.
Periodontal (gum) disease is now considered a medical disease. As an inflammatory disease, periodontal disease increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease, sleep apnea, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, pneumonia, preterm births, and birth defects, to name a few.
Fifty percent of heart attacks and strokes occur in people with normal cholesterol levels. Inflammation is the key contributor to heart disease and cardiac events. Although many see a Dentist to reduce pain and restore teeth, the fact is they are also “soldiers” in protecting your overall health.
Rather than perceive a dental office as a mere ‘cleaning station’ for the mouth, think of it, also, as a heart attack, stroke, and diabetes prevention center. Rethink your relationship with dental professionals as “disease prevention specialists” and be as committed to your oral care as your dental professional is to you. Their involvement in your health care regimen – as well as the advice of brush, floss, swish, etc. – could save your life.