Dr. Tomas de Bruin DDS and the team at de Bruin Dental Center are pleased to provide professional and caring dental services to their patients in Reno NV and the surrounding communities. Our dental services include: children's, cosmetic, family, general, implant, laser, orthodontic, preventive, restorative and sedation dentistry.
Dr. de Bruin works with the cutting edge in X-ray technology. Digital images of your mouth are captured by inserting a special sensor. The results are then downloaded straight into our computer. We can also see your complete mouth as one image, including the upper and lower jaws, using our panoramic digital X-ray machine. This way Dr. de Bruin can immediately begin gauging the current state of your oral health, starting with the bone structure. Plus, all the data can be conveniently stored and later overlaid with more current X-rays to make your treatment advances more apparent, along with overall changes to your dental health. Not only do these techniques permit us more options than conventional X-rays, but they do it all while subjecting you to 75% less radiation than traditional captures and using no harmful developing chemicals. de Bruin Dental Center Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS 631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A Reno, NV 89511 (775) 826-1838 deBruinSmiles.com
Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even Stroke
Medical research has disclosed a startling truth: gum disease, stroke, and heart disease are connected. Since heart disease is typically fatal, clearly gum disease warrants serious concern. The American Dental Association has stated that 80 percent of all Americans have periodontal (gum) disease. If this were any other illness, such as AIDS or tuberculosis, it would be proclaimed as an epidemic! Most dentists believe this should be the case, but they also realize that gum disease has never be labeled as an epidemic because "no one ever dies from it." The worst is that you lose your teeth. Not ideal – but certainly not life threatening. But that mind-set is changing.
The American Academy of Periodontology released the following statement: "Studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases." Periodontal disease is attributed to a bacterial infection of the gums. These bacteria inhabit your soft tissue and slide right into your bloodstream – straight to your heart.
Below is an excerpt from an article found on MouthHealthy.org Your mouth, teeth, and gums are more than just tools for eating. They’re essential for chewing and swallowing-the first steps in the digestion process. Your mouth is your body’s initial point of contact with the nutrients you consume. So what you put in your mouth impacts not only your general health but also that of your teeth and gums. In fact, if your nutrition is poor, the first signs often show up in your mouth. Here are a few helpful things to know about how what you eat can impact your dental health. Diet and Tooth Decay The foods you eat and the beverages you drink can have a direct influence on the incidence and progression of tooth decay, depending upon:
The form of the food-whether it’s liquid, solid, sticky or slow to dissolve makes a difference.
How often you eat sugary foods and beverages and how often you eat or drink acidic foods and beverages.
The nutritional makeup of the food.
The combination of the foods you eat and the order in which you eat them.
Medical conditions you may have, such as gastrointestinal reflux and eating disorders, which can increase risk of cavities and weaken teeth.
How Snacking Affects Your Dental Health For dental health, it’s recommended that people limit eating and drinking between meals. Of course, sometimes eating between meals must happen. Unfortunately, most people choose foods like sweets and chips for snacks; foods that harm teeth by promoting tooth decay. If you do snack, make it a nutritious choice-such as cheese, yogurt, fruits, vegetables or nuts-for your overall health and the health of your teeth. Did you know that certain foods can put you at risk for cavities and other dental health problems? Here are some MouthHealthy tips. To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org. The remainder of the article details the following: