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Wisdom Teeth- To remove or not?

So many of us around our senior year are told by our dentists we need to 
get our wisdom teeth extracted.  Why do so many of us then wait?  Many 
people don’t totally understand the risks of opting to keep their wisdom 
teeth. When is the best time to extract?
When we choose to keep our wisdom teeth- assuming they are impacted 
or not erupting properly (or won’t erupt properly).  We are putting ourselves 
at risk for dental infections in the future.
What type of dental infections?  When a tooth only partially erupts or not at all it is causing the most issue with the tooth it is touching (your 2nd molar).  It is pretty much impossible to clean that area- so this leads to decay, gum disease, bone loss between those teeth and potentially the loss of not only the wisdom tooth but also the molar it is leaning against.  There are also issues of cysts developing around the wisdom tooth.
The longer you wait to get your wisdom teeth extracted the more complications can develop post operatively.  Why?  Simply because the tooth is growing- they start growing in our early teens- and extracting then is simple- they are little tiny teeth then with barely developed roots- the longer you wait- the longer the roots get, thus creating more complications.  Also the older we are, our bodies heal slower so that creates other issues.  This can create more issues after surgery with the bone healing and the gum tissue totally healing.  Also people that opt to keep their wisdom teeth- even if they “seem” fine- they have silent periodontal infections going on.  All dental infections directly affect our bodies- we know so much now that dental infections (both decay and gum) lead to heart disease, pregnancy complications, stroke and diabetes complications and other health issues.  (not to mention bad breath and dental pain, difficulty chewing and enjoying the foods we love!).
So- the best time to get your wisdom teeth removed?  Before your senior year of high school!  You heal very quickly, don’t have to miss work, have your parents insurance (and their income for any extra costs) and the complications after surgery are almost 0.0% or non existent (and what better time when you live with your mom to baby you after your surgery- great time to milk it for pity!!!).  If you did decide to wait- don’t wait any longer.  Time is of the essence!  You are not too old ever to get those wisdom teeth out if they need to (some of us are lucky and get to keep those bad boys..every once in awhile people do have room for them and they erupt properly…). 
In the mean time….We wish you the best for your dental and physical and emotional health! Any questions please call our office for a consult about your wisdom teeth today!

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February is National Heart Heath Month

We all know that our heart is the most important organ in our body. It pumps our blood via arteries and veins to all our other organs. Quite frankly, without it, we’d die.  So, we need to take extra special care of it to make sure that it functions as well as it possibly can, because a heart that is suffering from disease and doesn’t work properly can lead to other illnesses which can be equally as fatal as a heart that just stops pumping.

There are many things we can all do to help keep our hearts healthy and one of the best things we can do on a regular basis, is visit our dentist for our 6 monthly check-ups. For the laziest of us, this is probably the easiest as it requires little effort. In fact, you even get to sit or lay down for an hour or so and put your feet up while the dentist and hygienist go about their work.

Why are dental check-ups one of the easiest things we can do? Well, many of us may in fact see our dentist more often than we do our doctor.  And, since oral health can show signs of other things going on in our bodies, our dentist may well see something of importance before we even realize there is something wrong. For example, people who have some form of Periodontal (gum) disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease. One study has shown that gum disease, cavities and missing teeth are as good at predicting heart disease as cholesterol levels.

So, never mind those facts that our oral health can also be linked to respiratory diseases, arthritis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disease and pre-term, low weight babies; we need to keep up to date with our oral check-ups not only to keep our teeth and gums healthy, but to allow for those all important early warnings of possible heart disease or strokes.