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Your Medicine Cabinet May Be Damaging Your Smile

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Connecting The Dots of Gum Disease

We all know the knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone, and the thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone – but the chain of command for your oral health can be a little less clear.

Well, plaque is connected to your teeth and daily brushing is key to plaque removal. What’s connected to plaque that isn’t removed? That would be tartar. Plaque hardens and becomes tartar, which makes a permanent home out of your teeth and gums. Only a professional can remove tartar – brushing alone cannot. Untreated tartar can wreck havoc on your oral health, and it isn’t always plain to see. This is what we call gum disease, or periodontitis. Signs you can look for include: swelling and/or redness of the gums (healthy gums should be tight and pink), as well as easy bleeding while brushing or flossing. Left untreated, the problem will worsen as your gums recede, creating pockets for more build-up to nest inside. The chain continues: the build-up’s connected to the infection of gums, and the infection of the gums is connected to the destruction of the bone structure and then removal of your teeth.

Yikes, the periodontitis song isn’t half as fun as the original.

As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – but what if you’re still seeing signs of periodontitis and you take excellent preventative care of your teeth? The answer may be in your medicine cabinet.

Dental Dangers in your Medicine Cabinet

Yes indeed. Some medications are known to reduce natural saliva production, and saliva prevents plaque from accumulating. A few medicines can even cause abnormal gum tissue growth.

Saliva Reduction: Over 400 medications are known to affect saliva production. This list includes common medications like asthma inhalers and anti-anxiety medications. Nobody but your doctor or pharmacist can tell you which medications may have certain side effects, so always ask questions when receiving a new prescription.

Abnormal gum tissue growth: This type of gum disease is sometimes called “drug induced gingival enlargement” (DIGO), and can be contributed to by medications intended to help other conditions, like seizures. While these prescriptions may be incredibly important, work with your doctor to find one that agrees with your personal medical needs without causing gum disease.

You don’t have to live with painful, unhealthy teeth

If you take excellent care of your teeth and any of these symptoms or other dental discomfort applies to you: talk to your dentist, talk to your doctor, but don’t let your oral discomfort spiral out of control.

The jawbone should only be connected to a healthy smile.

 

Dr. Thomas Hoover, Dr. Neil Covin, and Dr. Satya Molleti
3401 Wooddale Avenue South
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Phone: (952) 920-920

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Dr. Hoover received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 1998. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota in 2002. Upon graduation he served it the United States Navy as a dental officer. His time in the military included an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency and two years as the solo dental officer on board USS Oak Hill (LSD-51). In 2005, he returned to the University of Minnesota to complete a three year Advanced Education in Periodontology. He graduated with honors in 2008 and earned a Certificate in Periodontology. Dr. Hoover is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Voted a Top Dentist for 2007 in the Minneapolis, St. Paul Magazine, Dr. Covin has enjoyed practicing periodontology in St. Louis Park since 1973. He began placing dental implants in 1986, one of the first in the area. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Dental School, Dr. Covin went on to receive his advanced degree and masters in periodontology at the University of Iowa in 1971. Dr. Covin highly values continuing education and has advanced his dental knowledge with specialized courses in dental implant placement, bone grafting procedures, cosmetic periodontal surgery and piezosurgery. He is the Director of the West Suburban Study Club, a respected group of dental professionals that meet to discuss current treatment and technology. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Periodontology and the Minnesota Dental Association. Dr. Molleti received her Certificate of Periodontics and Masters Degree in Dentistry from the University of Minnesota in 2002. She is an Adjunct Faculty at the Advance Education Program in Graduate Periodontology, University of Minnesota. She is a board certified periodontist from the American Board of Periodontology. She has been practicing periodontics and implant dentistry in the Minneapolis, St. Paul area for the past eleven years. Dr. Molleti is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and is an active member in the organization and the American Academy of Periodontology.

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