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    Decoding Dental Implants

    Last updated 3 years ago

    If you’re missing teeth, did you know that you have options beyond dentures and bridges? Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth, and unlike other tooth replacement methods, they don’t require any special care. Dental implants consist of artificial roots that are placed directly into the jaw and fuse with the bone through a process called osseointegration. Artificial teeth are then attached to the roots. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or an entire mouth’s worth of lost teeth. This infographic, brought to you by the skilled dentists and clinicians at The Smile Design Center of Baltimore, breaks down the facts about dental implants. Please pass on this useful information to family and friends.


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    Understanding the Connection between Periodontal Disease and Respiratory Disease

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Do you ever notice that your gums seem red, inflamed, or tender? If so, you may be suffering from periodontal disease. While this condition may seem like it causes nothing more than minor discomfort, it can lead to serious problems that extend beyond your mouth. In fact, evidence suggests that there is a connection between periodontal disease and respiratory disease. Continue reading to find out more about this connection.


    Immune Weakness
    An individual who suffers from low immunity may be more susceptible to both periodontal disease and respiratory infections. This is because bacteria are able to attack tissues of the body with little resistance. What is particularly concerning about this fact is that developing periodontal disease can make a person with low immunity even more susceptible to respiratory problems.

    Spread of Bacteria
    What comes as a surprise to many individuals is that the bacteria which are naturally present in the mouth can spread to other areas of the body and lead to infections in those areas. If the bacteria which cause periodontal disease are able to spread to the lungs, they can infect the tissues there and cause pneumonia to develop. Additionally, oral bacteria that spread to the lungs may make respiratory conditions that are already present even worse.

    If you have periodontal disease, one of the first symptoms to develop will likely be inflammation. This swelling occurs as an immune response to the infection in your gums. If the bacteria causing your periodontal disease are able to spread to your lungs, they may also cause inflammation there. While gum inflammation may not seem too troublesome, inflammation of the lung lining can lead to serious problems, as it inhibits your ability to breathe freely.

    One of the best lines of defense against periodontal disease is regular visits to your general dentist. During your dental cleanings, your dentist will remove any plaque and tartar that have accumulated around your gum line to help prevent periodontal disease and its associated complications. To schedule an appointment with a comprehensive dentistry practice, call The Smile Design Center of Baltimore at (443) 275-9821.

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    Last updated 3 years ago

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    The Danger of Leaving Cavities Untreated

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Cavities form when bacterial acids attack tooth enamel. Without consistent prevention and early detection, tooth decay can lead to widespread oral health problems.

    This video discusses what you can do to prevent tooth decay. When cavities develop, they will continually destroy the tooth surface until a dentist stops them with treatment. Without professional care, tooth decay can then spread to the interior of the tooth, which may necessitate root canal therapy. In some cases, extreme decay may require tooth extraction. However, cavity prevention can be easy with the right oral hygiene habits. By brushing and flossing every day and seeing a dentist twice a year, you can lower your chances of tooth decay.

    The Smile Design Center of Baltimore can help you maintain beautiful and cavity-free teeth for a lifetime. To schedule a checkup at our Lutherville office, call (443) 275-9821. 

    How Zoom! Whitening Can Help You Look Great in Holiday Photos

    Last updated 3 years ago

    With the holiday season comes multiple photo opportunities with friends and family. If the idea of taking pictures with loved ones leaves you more anxious than merry, consider Zoom! tooth whitening.

    Zoom! whitening is an in-office procedure that can enhance the look of your teeth in less than an hour. During Zoom! treatment, a cosmetic dentist applies a solution to your teeth that contains a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide. This solution can remove stains that develop from age-related discoloration, coffee consumption, and cigarette use. Because a professional cosmetic dentist administers Zoom! whitening treatment, you are sure to get uniformly white teeth. So to get your smile ready for the holiday season, consult your dentist today about Zoom! tooth whitening services.

    The Smile Design Center of Baltimore can help you have the bright smile you want during the holidays. To set up an initial consultation for Zoom! whitening, call us at (443) 275-9821. You can also visit our website to learn more about the Zoom! tooth whitening process.  

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