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Mask Mouth

“Mask Mouth” is real! Increased carbon dioxide and decreased oxygen promotes anaerobic bacteria which is the most destructive type of pathogen for periodontal disease and cavities. When the oral pH is low, from GERD, for example, it’s twice as bad. Since hindsight is 2020 let’s revisit some basics heading into 2021. The buildup of bacteria…

Nupro Freedom Prophy System

Safety is our top priority! We want all of our grateful patients to know about our safety measures. We are proud to have the Nupro Freedom Prophy System, the safest method to polish teeth in our industry!   The CDC guidelines state that “dental handpieces and associated attachments should always be heat sterilized between patients.”…

Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy Options

Grateful Dental treats gum disease using many non-surgical treatments, including but not limited to deep cleanings, diode lasers, antibacterial mouth rinses and Arestin.  We also recommend an all-natural gel called AO ProVantage Gel by Periosciences. This aqueous gel can be applied after your proper oral hygiene routine.  It is best used following the use of…

What is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) has become the hot topic of concern for public health. A study by the Institute of Medicine reports that 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from disorders of sleep and wakefulness. The effects of sleep loss have been associated with increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack, and stroke….

Bone Loss and Facial Changes After Tooth Loss

You’ve been told that your tooth cannot be saved and now needs to be removed. Next, you have to make a decision regarding what the best course of treatment is for you. With all of the advancements in modern dentistry, the options for replacing teeth can seem endless. Well, before you decide, let’s talk about…

Healthy Gums Contribute to a Healthier Heart

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women?  With over 600,000 Americans dying from heart disease on a yearly basis, changes in diet and lifestyles are important. There are many changes recommended by years of research, but did you know that seeing your…

“Bioactive” Restorative Materials in Dentistry

Bioactive Materials have been used in dentistry for over one-hundred years. Calcium Hydroxide, also known by its most popular trade name, Dycal, is the most common. When placed in a tooth with a deep carious lesion, it causes the pulpal tissue to withdraw from the area where bacteria was removed. It actually stimulates the tooth…

Why You Need More Than Two Cleanings Per Year

  What is “Periodontal Maintenance” and why do I need it? You just had a deep cleaning and/or have been told that you need to have an “extra cleaning”, known in the dental world as “periodontal maintenance”. To better understand why the periodontal maintenance visit is important, let’s discuss why you needed a deep cleaning…

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, is a symptom in which there is an inadequate flow of saliva. Saliva is the buffering system that keeps the mouth at a healthy pH, maintains the healthy flora of the mouth, lubricates oral tissues, cleanses the mouth, and begins the digestive process as foods are chewed. For some people,…