Posts for: October, 2012
There are varying levels of gum disease, according to the National Institutes of Health, ranging from gingivitis to chronic periodontitis. And they can affect more than just your mouth. The American Academy of Periodontology states that the inflammation from gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Other studies have found a potential connection between chronic gum disease and erectile dysfunction. And although there isn't a clear cause-and-effect relationship between the two, a nationwide study in Taiwan found that men with erectile dysfunction were more likely to have been diagnosed with chronic periodontitis than a randomly selected control group.
Here are a couple of pictures from this morning. A patient had an old amalgam with a small leak so we took it out and found this:
Look at all the decay under there!
Here is the pic after we cleaned it out:
Notice there is still a little stain and possible decay (the brown spot). It was pretty deep; instead of taking the rest of that out and having a hole into the nerve that would need a root canal, we put some medicine over it and a filling on top of it in hopes of avoiding the root canal.
Here is the finished picture:
A convenient way to floss: