Nine ways to combat dry mouth

Severe dry mouth is more than just uncomfortable. Xerostomia is a condition that can put patients at risk of developing oral health problems including tooth decay and periodontal disease. Saliva in the mouth is essential for washing away food partials, controlling the level of bacteria in the oral cavity, and for neutralizing acids that can …

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What Is the Dental Hygienist’s Role When Treating Gum Disease?

Patients who visit their dentist regularly know how important these appointments can be. Twice a year, McLean, VA area patients will visit their dental staff at Galleria Dental Aesthetics to have an evaluation and cleaning performed. This is often done by a dental hygienist. Our team of dentists work with our dental hygienists to ensure …

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Am I Still at Risk For Gum Disease with Implants?

Dental implants are today’s preferred treatment for missing teeth. Nothing matches dental implants for comfort, convenience, and durability. But as with all tooth restoration options, you still need to take care of your teeth. Dental implants are the most natural-looking replacements for missing teeth. A titanium insert is surgically place into the patient’s jawbone, allowed …

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New Research Linking Gum Disease to Kidney Failure

A new study conducted by the American Society of Nephrology has found that African Americans who suffer from periodontal disease experienced kidney disease at four-times the rate of those who do not. The study included 699 African American adults and took place over a five year period. Gun disease has long been linked to systemic …

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Probiotics for Periodontal Health

Probiotics have long been known to aid in digestion and help keep the GI tract healthy. Some probiotics, particularly lactobacillus reuteri, have also been shown to help prevent cavities by neutralizing damaging bacteria in the mouth. It is no surprise then, that a recent study found lactobacillus reuteri to improve the efficacy of periodontal treatment …

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How to stop Gum Recession

There are several possible causes of gum recession, a condition in which your gum tissue recedes and pulls away from your teeth. These possible causes include: Gum disease Poor dental hygiene and teeth cleaning Smoking and tobacco use Teeth grinding Hormonal fluctuations Brushing your teeth with too much force If there are certain lifestyle factors …

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Signs of Gum Disease

Gum disease is a common oral health problem. Poor dental hygiene habits are often the culprit behind gum disease, and you can do your part to prevent it by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting the dentist for your routine cleaning. The symptoms of gum disease vary and may not be …

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