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Aging Is Inevitable. Poor Oral Health Is Not

Oral Health as You Age | Azalea Dental

Wouldn't it be great if scientists would someday develop an easy way to minimize the effects of aging on the body? For now, however, we are stuck with the inevitable physical changes and symptoms that come along with the aging process.

Oral health is one area in particular that seniors need to pay more attention to. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that nearly 40% of older adults haven’t stepped foot in a dental office for over a year!

Protect Your Oral Health As You Age

It's a fact that decay and gum disease are more common as you age. Oral cancer also tends to peak after age 60. The good news ...

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6 Things a Dental Cleaning Can Do For You

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Dental Cleanings:

  1. Prevent cavities
    The whitish film that builds up on your teeth is called plaque and is the leading cause of tooth decay. This acidic substance eats away at the tooth enamel and, if left unattended, can lead to cavities. Plaque can be removed by brushing, flossing and dental cleanings.
  2. Stop tooth loss
    Gum disease, which starts with built-up plaque, is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. As gum disease advances, plaque moves further down the tooth where it can destroy the supporting bone in your jaw, causing teeth to loosen and fall out. Luckily, the chance of this happening to you can be greatly reduced through regular ...

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3 Signs That Mean It Might Be Time for a Root Canal

Summerville SC Root Canals

Nobody likes to talk about root canals because they have the unfortunate reputation of being challenging and uncomfortable. However, with updated techniques and technology, your Summerville dentist can perform root canals that are no more complicated than having a tooth filled.

And while lots of people associate root canals with pain, but the truth is that root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain, it relieves it.

Timely Treatment is Essential

While we understand that you would rather not think about a root canal, it’s important for you to know the signs of root canal infection. By the time you notice any of these signs, the disease has already damaged your tooth. If we don’t ...

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Drinks to Avoid for a Healthier Smile

Drinks to Avoid for a Healthier Smile | Azalea Dental

If you believe you are doing everything right with your oral health but still get diagnosed with cavities, the soft drinks you consume may be the culprit.

Colas and other soft drinks are by far the worst drinks because they are loaded with sugar. For instance, a 21 oz. bottle of cola contains 44 grams of sugar. Just to put this in perspective, adults need only 32 grams of sugar per day to maintain good health.

If you regularly consume energy drinks, it’s time to rethink your choices. Many energy drinks contain unhealthy levels of caffeine, but they are also filled with acid and sugar. There is not much good to be ...

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The Health of Your Kidneys and Your Gums May Be Linked

Kidney and Gum Health Blog | Azalea Dental

As your Summerville, SC dentist, Dr. Thomas Riley makes it a point to stay current with the latest research in dentistry that affects your overall health and wellness. In recent years, one area that’s getting a lot of attention is the link between your oral health and the health of your body.

Gum Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease

There is enough research to connect chronic inflammation from gum disease to an increased risk for heart disease, respiratory illness, cancer, stroke, pregnancy complications, and diabetes.

However, a study published recently in the Journal of Periodontology set out to observe the long-term effects of gum disease and chronic kidney disease (CKD). This study, conducted by ...

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5 Ideas to Help You Find a Great Dentist in Summerville, SC

Great Dentist in Summerville, SC | Azalea Dental

Are you looking for a new dentist in the Summerville, SC area? Maybe your former dentist retired or just doesn’t serve your family’s needs any longer.

Before you begin your search, here are a few tips to help you find a dentist who’s the perfect fit for your family.

  1. Get word-of-mouth referrals: Talk to friends and relatives about their dentists to find out about their experience with a particular dentist. Would they feel confident referring you to this dentist? If you can’t get a referral from a friend, pay attention to online reviews and testimonials that let you see how the dentist is doing according to actual patients.
  2. Do your research: Go online ...

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Replacing Missing Teeth

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If you're missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your looks and overall health. Your teeth are designed to work together to help you chew, speak and smile. When teeth are missing it can be difficult to do these things. Even the loss of a back tooth may cause your teeth to shift and your face to look older. Fortunately, missing teeth can be replaced. 

Inside are three options for replacement. Not all options are right for everyone but we will help you decide which option is best for you. 

Implants

You may choose implants to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or to support a full denture. An implant is a "post" that is surgically placed in the ...

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