Sweet and sticky treats may taste pleasing to taste buds, but for teeth, the lingering plaque of these indulgences carries the flavor of cavities and tooth decay. You don’t have to replace your candy bowl just yet, however. Recently featured on the website CafeMom, Periodontist in New York, Dr. Timothy Chase, shares some teeth pleasing and displeasing candies when it comes to the best sweets for your smile. Dr. Chase suggests avoiding sticky candy that can adhere to the grooves of teeth, and instead, opt for pure chocolate, sugar-free gum, & apples. Read more and learn what to avoid and what to enjoy this Halloween!
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Our Cosmetic Dentists in NYC, Dr. Chase, Dr. Roth, Dr. Jackier, Dr. Loshak, and their staff look forward to discussing any questions or concerns you may have about your dental habits this Halloween. You can contact us at our New York office at 212.752.6537, or you may request an appointment online.
Advanced stages of gingivitis is well-known for increasing the risk of heart disease. A bacterial infection, periodontal disease can spread through the blood stream and effect other organs, clog arteries, and increase your chances of developing heart disease by 50%. Recently, studies have found that periodontal disease may also increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
StJohn Crean—dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Central Lancashire in England—is the lead researcher in a dementia study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. He found an association between the bacteria found in the gums of periodontal disease patients and the bacteria found in the brains of Alzheimer’s Disease patients. Although causation cannot be determined, Porphyromonas gingivalis, the bacterium in periodontal disease, was found in 4 out of 10 brains of Alzheimer’s Disease patients. Zero out of 10 healthy brains displayed this bacterium. Crean is looking forward to further research on the subject to explore this bacteria and its connection with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Read the full Bloomberg article on Crean’s findings by clicking on the link below:
Periodontal Disease New York— Bacteria in Brains Suggest Alzheimer’s-Gum Disease Link
Although the subsequent risks involved with gum disease are serious health concerns, gum disease itself is preventable with simple brushing and flossing. SmilesNY’s onsite periodontist in New York provides both preventative advice and surgical treatment for any stage of gum disease you may experience. Dr. Chase, Dr. Roth, Dr. Jackier, Dr. Loshak, and their staff look forward to discussing any questions you may have about gum disease in New York and the many periodontic treatments we provide, including periodontal disease prevention, scaling & root planing, and gum grafting in NYC. You can contact us at our New York office at 212.752.6537, or you may request an appointment online for a personal consultation at SmilesNY.