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Diabetics & Gum Disease in Colorado Springs

October 10, 2014

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People with diabetes are at a higher risk for gum disease and other dental problems. Diabetes weakens your mouth and body’s germ-fighting powers, and high blood glucose levels can make gum disease worse. As if that wasn’t enough, gum disease may make blood glucose levels harder to control.

The Diabetes Stops Here website put together some FAQs that cover everything people with diabetes need to know when it comes to caring for those pearly whites.

In addition to gum disease, what other oral health problems can develop for people with diabetes?

While gum disease is the most common problem, having diabetes also makes you prone to other mouth problems such as oral infections, thrush (a fungal infection), poor healing and dry mouth.

Will poorly controlled blood glucose levels have any effect on developing gum disease?

Yes. High blood glucose levels make gum disease get worse. Like all infections, gum disease can be a factor in causing blood glucose to rise and make diabetes harder to control.

Should I tell my dentist and hygienist that I have diabetes?

Absolutely! People with diabetes have special needs. Keep your dentist and dental hygienist informed of any changes in your diabetes management and any medication(s) you might be taking. Postpone any non-emergency dental procedures if your blood glucose is not in good control.

How do I know if I have serious gum disease?

Often there are no signs of serious gum disease. You may not know you have it until you have serious damage. Regular dental visits are your best weapon. (Call Aesthetic Dentistry by Design for your appointment 719-599-0700.)

What are the signs of gingivitis and/or serious gum disease?

Some of the possible signs of gingivitis and/or serious gum disease include the following. See your dentist if you experience:

  • Bleeding and red, swollen or tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Pus between the teeth and gums (when you press on the gums)
  • Bad breath
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or moving away from each other
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit when you bite
  • Changes in the fit of partial dentures or bridges

How can I help prevent dental problems associated with diabetes?

  • First and foremost, control your blood glucose levels. Good blood glucose control can also help prevent or relieve dry mouth caused by diabetes.
  • Take good care of your teeth and gums! Develop or continue healthy oral care habits, like brushing and flossing. Research shows that brushing twice a day can help improve gum health in as little as four weeks.
  • Visit your dentist for regular checkups every six months. (Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs 719-599-0700)
  • Keep your dentist and hygienist informed of any changes in your diabetes management and any medication you might be taking. Postpone any non-emergency dental procedures if your blood glucose is not in good control.
  • To control thrush, maintain good control of your diabetes, avoid smoking and, if you wear them, remove and clean dentures daily.

Your Southern Colorado dental care with Diabetes is Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs 719-599-0700.

4 Common Myths of Gum Disease

January 14, 2014

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Gum disease, an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth, is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. Plaque that is not removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth can eventually harden into calculus or tartar.

The American Dental Association shares these common myths about Gum Disease

  1. Gum Disease is not that common – On the contrary, gum disease is extremely common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of adults age 30 and older suffer from some form of gum disease.
  2. I don’t have cavities so I can’t have gum disease – Being cavity-free doesn’t ensure you are in the clear where Gum Disease is concerned. Gums that bleed easily or are red, swollen or tender is a sign of gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease and the only stage that is reversible.
  3. Having gum disease means I will lose my teeth – Not so! You don’t have to lose any of your teeth to Gum Disease if you practice good oral hygiene. That means brushing your teeth twice a day, cleaning between your teeth daily, eating a healthy diet, and scheduling regular dental visits. Even if you are diagnosed with gum disease, Dr. Gasper can design a treatment plan to help you keep it under control. Learn more.
  4. Bad breath can be an indicator of Gum Disease – Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth can be an indicator of Gum Disease and other oral diseases so it is important that you uncover what’s causing the problem. If you constantly have bad breath, make an appointment to see Dr. Gasper at 719-599-0700.

Please call our office at 719-599-0700 for your hygiene appointment.

Gum Disease is Preventable

July 9, 2013

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Next to the common cold, periodontal (gum) disease is the most common malady affecting humans.

Nearly 70% of all tooth loss is attributable to this and the sad part is that it is highly preventable through regular home care and frequent professional visits.

Don’t ignore those reminders from us and get your next visit on the calendar to preserve your pearlies!

Call 719-599-0700

Additionally, for patients who want a non-surgical treatment for gum disease, we offer Perio Protect. a customized, non-invasive gum therapy.

Learn more.

May is Arthritis Awareness Month – Tips for gum disease and oral health care

May 10, 2012

According to Arthritis Today, one of the best weapons against the swollen, painful joints that characterize rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may just be the dentist’s chair.

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, split 40 people with severe RA into two groups: One was given a “deep” nonsurgical dental cleaning, in which bacteria are scraped from the root surface and from under the gum line and tartar is removed from the teeth. The other group got instructions from a dentist about how to keep their teeth clean at home.

Within six weeks, the group that had the professional cleaning had significantly less pain and morning stiffness and fewer swollen and painful joints than the group that cleaned their teeth at home. Even more impressive, researchers found that the deep cleaning actually decreased levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha, an inflammatory protein in the blood that triggers inflammation. 

Regular visits to a periodontist , such as Dr. James Orban at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design, can provide advanced periodontal treatment can help keep periodontal disease under control, and perhaps minimize some of the symptoms of arthritis as well. 

Additionally, arthritis patients who have difficulty taking care of their oral health, power toothbrushes and an AirFloss have proven to be extremely helpful for arthritis sufferers with limited manual dexterity. 

Aesthetic Dentistry by Design provides the

Additionally, Sonicare AirFloss cleans the entire mouth in just 60 seconds and is far easier to use than regular floss.

Aesthetic Dentistry by Design is located in Colorado Springs.

Please call 719-599-0700 for your periodontal appointment.

Today’s Trendy Oral Piercings May Lead To Tomorrow’s Periodontal Disease

August 9, 2011

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Many people looking to express themselves artistically turn to piercings instead of tattoos because they feel as though the jewelry can be taken out later, whereas tattoos are permanent.  Unfortunately, piercings can leave lasting effects long after the jewelry is removed.

Oral piercings, including lip rings, can cause gum recession, which can lead to decay and periodontal disease, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that destroys the tissue that supports the bone that holds the teeth in place, according to the AAP.

Additional oral health risks include:

  • Chipped teeth from piercings in the tongue, lips and cheeks.
  • Many people wind up chipping their teeth as a result of playing with the jewelry in their mouth or accidentally biting the jewelry while eating.
  • Lip rings also run the risk of wearing a groove in teeth where the ring rests.
  • Infection is also a possibility with oral piercings.
  • There is so much bacteria in our mouths, that there is a good chance of getting an infection at the piercing site.

If you suspect damage from oral piercings, Aesthetic Dentistry by Design can help. 719-599-0700

Gum Disease Linked to Many Diseases – Dentists Now Offer New Non-invasive Treatment

March 14, 2011

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We found a great article that thoroughly explains the benefits of Perio Protect.

From the article:

Bleeding gums may indicate more than a dental well being dilemma: current study links gum illness to heart attacks, strokes, low birth weight babies, pancreatic cancer, kind II diabetes, respiratory illness, and systemic inflammations.

The link between gum illness and potential well being troubles is highlighted by the reality that 85 percent of adults in the US have some form of gum issues, ranging from gingivitis with poor breath and red, puffy, or bleeding gums to severe periodontal illness leading to tooth loss. In reality, gum illness is the leading trigger of tooth loss.

Treating gum illness has been historically difficult with homecare remedies due to the reality that the bacteria that trigger this illness are hidden and protected beneath the gum line and produce pockets that are challenging to penetrate. Getting medications to the source of the infection is nearly impossible without professional assist. Now, even so, antimicrobial agents can be delivered to the source of the gum infection with a straightforward, affordable and comfortable system, known as the PMethod™. This method delivers antimicrobial agents to the gum tissue and holds it there long enough to eradicate the bacteria causing the illness.

Dr. Ken Gasper has the tools to protect and restore your gum health at his Colorado Springs practice. For patients who want a non-surgical treatment for gum disease, he offers Perio Protect. a customized, non-invasive gum therapy. The Perio Protect system consists of a custom-fabricated tray designed to deliver a medicinal solution deep into your gums. Available after a consultation with your dentist, Perio Protect offers convenient at-home use. If Dr. Gasper determines that you would benefit from this periodontal treatment, he will provide the appropriate instructions and medicine to use with your Perio Trays®.

Learn more about Perio Protect.

8 Tips To Prevent Gum Disease

November 12, 2010

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8 Tips To Prevent Gum Disease

Do you like having teeth? When it comes to serious dental problems, periodontitis – especially in its advanced forms – easily ranks among the worst of the worst. Left untreated, this all too common condition is a guaranteed prescription for guaranteed tooth loss.

Long recognized as a leading cause of missing teeth, periodontitis is now linked to a host of unpleasant health conditions ranging from heart disease and strokes to diabetes and low birth-weight babies.

The only good thing about periodontitis is that there is a lot you can do to prevent it.

Here are eight low-cost, commonsense tips, you can do a lot to prevent the conditions that lead to periodontitis:
1. Brush your teeth twice a day.
2. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush. Make sure you replace it every 3-4 months.
3. Switch to a Sonic toothbrush. It’s for more effective at removing plaque and tartar.
4. Use a tartar-control toothpaste..
5. Floss every day.
6. Use a fluoride mouthwash to fight plaque buildup.
7. Rinse out your mouth with fluoridated tap water 2-3 times a day.
8. See your dental hygienist for an exam and a professional dental cleaning twice a year.
Call 719-599-0700 to reserve your hygiene appointment.

Perio Protect, LLC: Perio Protect® Recognized Again for Top Product in Dental Industry – Get It At Aesthetic Dentistry By Design!

November 9, 2010

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The Perio Tray® has been named one of the Top 100 Products of 2010 by Dentistry Today, the nation’s leading clinical news journal for dentists.

is available at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs.

This is the second consecutive year that the Perio Tray® has been named a Dentistry Today Top 100 Product.

The Perio Tray® was cleared by the FDA in 2004 as a prescription medical device, with which to administer doctor-prescribed medication below the gum line. The unique, patented design of the Perio Tray® allows medication to be held below the gum line long enough for the medication to work effectively.

Patients describe Perio Trays® as comfortable and convenient. They especially appreciate the non-invasive nature of the Trays, while dentists and hygienists appreciate the success their patients are enjoying.

Dentists, in order to prescribe Perio Trays, receive training from Perio Protect.

The treatment of gum disease is a concern for many Americans, affecting approximately 85 percent of American adults thirty-five and over. Gum disease is not only the leading cause of adult tooth loss but has also been linked to heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, upper respiratory disease and other inflammatory infections.

Once an individual is diagnosed with gum disease (periodontitis or gingivitis), several treatment options are available, including regular intensive cleaning of the teeth above and below the gum, as well as surgery, during which diseased gum tissue is cut away and replaced with grafts from the roof of the mouth. Newer laser surgical treatments are also available. A non-invasive tool like the prescription Perio Tray that can be used between office visits appeals to patients, many of whom have refused previous treatment recommendations and left their condition untreated.

The Perio Tray® was initially developed by Dr. Duane Keller, a dentist practicing in St. Louis, MO, for his own patients who wanted to avoid invasive procedures. With this relatively simple and affordable tool, patients now have the opportunity to place medications below the gum line in the comfort of their own home.

Learn more about the Perio Tray® at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design.


Treat Your Gum Disease

August 27, 2010

Filed under: Gum Disease,Perio Protect — admin @ 10:14 am

If you have bleeding, puffy, or agitated gums, you may be one of 85% of adults who have gum disease. Periodontal disease can lead to receding gums, loss of teeth, chronic bad breath, and has recently been linked with heart disease.

This condition is not to be taken lightly; Treating gum disease can reverse the process and help both teeth and gums to become healthy again.

Proactive measures must be taken to remove the bacteria from your gums and prevent it from developing again. The Perio Protect treatment system does just that.

For patients who want a non-surgical treatment for gum disease, Dr. Gasper offers Perio Protect, a  system that consists of a custom-fabricated tray designed to deliver a medicinal solution deep into your gums. Available after a consultation with Dr. Gasper, Perio Protect offers convenient at-home use.

Candidates for the Perio Protect system often:

  • Are embarrassed about gums already beginning to bleed
  • Avoid dental hygiene visits because they haven’t flossed regularly
  • Are apprehensive that cleanings at a dentist’s office will be painful
  • Suffer from especially bad breath
  • Have sore gums or sensitive teeth
  • Fear surgery to correct these problems
  • Are afraid of losing teeth
  • Can’t afford expensive treatments

Once gum disease develops, brushing and flossing alone are not enough. Treating periodontal disease requires a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums, followed by continual treatment of the area with a FDA approved, doctor prescribed solution. The Perio Protect system works to restore periodontal tissues through one convenient process.

Learn more about Perio Protect here.

Call us at 719-599-0700 —Let’s work together to restore and protect your smile.