Tag Archives: Periodontal disease

Dental Dilemmas: Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

Does your mouth feel drier than the Arizona desert? There are different things that may be contributing to this problem: Medications, such as those used to treat anxiety or depression, pain medications, antihistamines, decongestants, and those used to treat incontinence … Continue reading

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Periodontal Basics (or Why Brushing and Flossing are so important!)

So your dentist tells you that you have gingivitis, or worse yet, that you have bleeding pockets.  What does that mean and what can you do about it? Bleeding or inflammation in any part of your body is not good. … Continue reading

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Why Diabetics Need Good Oral Health: Desert Ridge Smiles

Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which insulin is not regulating glucose properly.  It is one of the most common chronic illnesses, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), and as of January 2011, 26 million Americans have diabetes and … Continue reading

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Are Dental X-rays Safe?

You may have read the report linking dental x-rays to brain tumors, and may be concerned about your exposure to x-rays in the dental office.  We understand your concerns at Desert Ridge Smiles, and want to decipher this study for you. … Continue reading

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What is a Dental Emergency?

What would prompt you to call a dental office for an emergency visit?  There are a number of indications where a call to the dentist would be recommended: Fracture of a tooth or crown Crown loose or off completely Pain … Continue reading

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Your Comprehensive Dental Exam at the New Family Dentist: What should you expect?

With the ever increasing links between dental health and over-all health, your oral examinations may be more extensive than they were in the past. Be sure to bring a list of the prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications that you take … Continue reading

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It’s the Inflammation, baby!

My instructor for aerobics class in the 80’s used to always say, “Exercise! It’s your life insurance policy!”  I have made exercise a part of my life because it makes me feel good, look good, and makes my body function … Continue reading

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