Why the Danger of Tobacco Outweighs the Pleasure

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Smoking cigarettes provides smokers with a pleasing experience. Smoking is also addictive and can have harsh consequences on one’s oral health.

This post is not meant to make those who smoke feel judged for their habits. However, it is important that if you or a loved one smokes, you understand the risks associated.

As stated in our older post, Tobacco & Your Teeth, the CDC has found that a smoker is twice as likely to develop gum disease than someone who does not smoke. This infection of the gums can lead to tooth loss and bone damage. 

If you are a smoker, here is what you can do to protect your teeth:

  • Maintain good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice daily and flossing once daily, as well as visiting your dentist every 6 months.
  • Stop smoking. This is likely the hardest advice to take, but your mouth – and the rest of your body – will be all the healthier if you stop smoking. If you are having trouble quitting or don’t know where to start, smokefree.gov has resources that can help.
  • Be on the lookout for the signs and symptoms of gum disease. Early signs of gum disease are red, swollen gums that bleed.
  • If you suspect that you may have gum disease, talk to your dentist. You may need to be referred to a periodontist for treatment.

No matter how old you are, it is never too early or too late to quit smoking.

Take care of your smile!

 

Removing the Stigma Surrounding Gum Disease

Everyone needs to be informed about periodontal (gum) disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 47.2% of American adults are believed to have the disease. That’s 64.7 million people! Despite these surprising statistics, many people are relunctant to discuss  the subject – and that needs to change.

Concerns About Gum Disease

So, if so many people are affected by gum disease, why don’t people talk about it more? While there are several answers to this question, here are a few common concerns involving gum disease:

  • People don’t like to floss. Flossing is one of the main ways you can prevent gum disease. Yet, many people do not floss because they do not enjoy it. If you struggle with flossing, read our post Making Flossing a Priority.
  • Embarrassment. Admitting that you have swollen, bleeding gums and tooth loss might make you feel embarrassed. However, the truth is that there are millions of other people who are facing the same problem. If you believe that you have gum disease, don’t feel ashamed – talk to your dentist or periodontist at your next visit.
  • Fear of painful treatments. While receiving gum treatments may sound painful, dental technology has improved the way that gum disease is treated. One treatment, the LANAP Procedure, limits post-procedure discomfort and has  a faster rate of healing and gum re-growth.

The “Love the Gums You’re With” Campaign

The American Academy of Periodontology is making the discussion about gum disease more engaging. A few weeks ago, they received a Public Relations Society of America Skyline Award of Excellence for their campaign titled Love the Gums You’re With. The campaign uses clever sayings such as “To have and to hold – your teeth in your mouth-,” “Get to know your perio. And get closer to your gums,” and “Floss like your smile depends on it. Because it does” to talk about the importance of gum care. All joking aside, the campaign makes a valid point. Neglecting your gums can cause serious problems. In fact, gum disease has been linked to tooth loss, heart disease, and diabetes.

To learn more, visit the American Academy of Periodontolgy’s website or the campaign’s blog.

Even if you don’t have gum disease, please share this information with your family and friends. It just might save their smile.

If you have any questions, or are looking for a periodontist, please contact our office.

Take care of your smile!

Effects of E-cigarettes on Oral Health are a Topic of Interest for Researchers

It has been said repeatedly that smoking cigarettes can cause a decline in your oral health. However, when people say this, they are usually talking a traditional tobacco cigarettes. There is a new cigarette that must be considered now, the e-cigarette.

E-cigarettes are “electronic nicotine delivery systems.” The devices emit a vapor containing nicotine that the user then inhales. E-cigarettes have risen in popularity, especially with young people and those who wish to quit smoking. Researchers are not entirely sure yet what health risks e-cigarettes cause, but they are working to find out more.

Several groups that are researching the effects of e-cigarettes were awarded over $2 million by The National Institute of Craniofacial Research  in March.

While the effects of these devices are not yet certain, Registered Dental Hygienist Anastasia Turchetta believes that dental professionals need to be aware of wheter or not their patients smoke e-cigarettes and should look for any complications that may arise from use. To hear more of what Turchetta has to say about e-cigarettes, watch the video below.

Whether you are a smoker, e-cigarette user, or non-smoker, take care of your smile!

 

 

5 Reasons Why You Should Become a Patient at Kazmer Periodontics

There are plenty of periodontal practices for you to choose from. So, why should you come to Kazmer Periodontics? Keep reading to find out what makes our office the perfect fit for you.

1. We have experience.

Dr. Kazmer is a periodontist with more than 15 years of experience. In 2014, Dr. Kazmer was recognized for placing 3,500 implants!

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2. We strive to provide our patients with the best treatment possible every time they step foot in our office.

Our philosophy is simple. We offer high-quality, state-of-the-art dentistry, a professional, experienced and caring staff and doctor, and dental care custom tailored to our patients’ needs. Our entire dental team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve.

Here are just a few reviews from satisfied patients:

“Excellent and no pain for my implant surgery very direct and explainef what will be done and what to expect ..i highly recommend Dr Kazmer” – Michael Senter

“It is more than just teeth to Dr. Kazmer. He cares for his patients! Highly recommend.” – Stephanie Johnson Moore

3. Our convenient location.

Our office is located in the Preston area of Cary, NC – not far from Raleigh, Durham, and Apex.

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4. We want you to be able to view your dental care as an investment, not a burden.

By choosing to invest in your oral health, you are investing in your total health overall.

5. We take our job seriously, but we also know how to have fun.

All work and no play makes our office a dull place.

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To learn mote about our office, please feel free to visit our website. When you are ready to schedule your first appointment, just give us a call at 919-468-6410. We look forward to meeting you!

As always, take care of your smile!

Don’t Fear the Dentist

Everyone thinks of something different when they hear the word dentist. The dentist’s chair. A toothbrush. A surgeon’s mask. For many, the word evokes a feeling of fear. While there may be a widespread dislike of paying a visit to a dental office, there is no need to be afraid.

Where Does the Fear Come From?

Adults and children alike often have a fear of the dentist. The reason for this is usually attributed to patients feeling a lack of control over the situation or worrying that they will be harmed by intimidating-looking tools. The portrayal of dentists in the media sometimes adds to the negative stigma surrounding dentists. Take this scene from Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo, for example:

In the scene, viewers see a patient screaming as a dentist works on his mouth with loud electric tools. This makes a trip to the dentist’s office seem less than inviting. Audiences are most likely able to identify with this scene because of the common fear of the dentist, but modern dentist’s offices aren’t as scary as they may seem.

The Truth About the Dentist

While going to the dentist may have been uncomfortable in the past, advancements in technology have allowed dental professionals to make the experience as comfortable as possible. Ways that we work to make the experience the best it can be here at Kazmer Periodontics include:

  • Using the Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) to treat gum disease
  • Offering local anesthesia for certain procedures
  • Offering sedation dentistry

If you have any questions about the treatments and procedures of our office or what we can do to best accommodate you during your visit, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Take care of your smile!

Periodontal Disease

When people think of oral health, the most common problem that comes to mind is often cavities. However, your gums deserve just as much attention as your teeth. Periodontal (Gum) disease can begin in quite a short amount of time when gums are not properly cared for.

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Floss once a day to keep your gums healthy. (Photo source: https://goo.gl/fAujl4)

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Gum disease can cause inflammation, tooth loss and bone damage. The infection starts when the gums become inflamed due to the bacteria in plaque, a sticky, colorless film that forms on your teeth.

There are three types of Gum disease: Gingivitis, Aggressive periodontitis, and Chronic periodontitis.

  • Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease, causing the gums to become red, swollen and bleed easily. There is no or very little discomfort associated with this stage of the disease. With a good oral hygiene regimen, the results of gingivitis can be reversed.
  • Aggressive periodontitis displays rapid bone destruction and attachment loss in clinically healthy patients.
  • Chronic periodontitis is one of the most common forms of gum disease and is frequently seen in adults. The stages progress slowly and can be recognized by gum recession and pocket formation.

How is Gum Disease Treated?

While gum disease may sound scary, the good news is that it can be treated. As a Periodontist, Dr. Kazmer specializes in treating gum disease. Non-surgical options such as professional cleanings are available, as well as surgical options for when non-surgical treatments are not enough.

Surgical treatments for periodontal disease offered by Dr. Kazmer include:

  • Pocket reduction
  • Soft tissue grafts
  • Bone regeneration

Dental implants may also be suggested to replace teeth that have been lost to gum disease.

The next time you go to brush your teeth and consider skipping flossing, consider this: “half of American adults suffer from gum disease.” The best way to protect yourself from gum disease is to brush and floss everyday and visit the dentist regularly.

Please feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Take care of your smile!

Common Procedures & Treatments – a Series

In the last blog post, just a few of the treatments that Kazmer Periodontics offers were mentioned. However, Dr. Kazmer evaluates patients for several different dental situations. Follow our blog over the coming weeks, as we will be explaining the most common procedures and treatments offered at the practice in more detail.

The topics that will be explained are:Kazmer Periodontics logo

The topics listed above are those that Dr. Kazmer mainly deals with as a Periodontist. We hope to give you a better understanding of these topics through our blog posts. Please feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Check back next Thursday for the first post in this series discussing Periodontal Disease. To have all of our articles delivered straight to your email inbox, click the blue “Follow” button in the bottom right corner of the screen to subscribe!

Take care of your smile!