Implant and Periodontics Blog

Get tips and tricks to maintaining your optimal health and educate yourself on the latest implant and periodontal trends.

My gums are shrinking!

Jina Alcobia

Shrinking GumsHave you ever looked in the mirror and noticed that your teeth looked longer? Does it seem like your gums are shrinking? This condition is called recession—many adults have it. Let’s look at some of the causes and what you can do about it.


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Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Jina Alcobia

Woman SmilingSnoring may not be something you take seriously. You might even laugh or joke about it. But the fact is, anytime you or your partner snore to the point of waking, it could be a sign of serious health problems.


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The Connection Between Your Mouth and Your Heart

Jina Alcobia

Couple SmilingAt Implant and Periodontic Specialists of Bellevue, we know your dental health is closely connected to your overall health. We also know that the mouth can oftentimes be the first place to show signs of other bodily health issues.


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Are you at risk for tooth erosion?

Jina Alcobia

Guy SmilingMany people consume carbonated or sugary drinks and acidic foods every day but have no idea those beverages may be harming their teeth, making them vulnerable to tooth erosion. The acid in the foods we eat and drink can cause tooth enamel to wear away, making your teeth sensitive and discolored. Dr. Neal Raval will tell you that in many cases, what’s important is not what you eat and drink, but rather how you consume it.


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What is Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease?

Jina Alcobia

Woman Eating Fruit Hand-foot-and-mouth disease, or HFMD, is a type of contagious viral illness that causes a rash in the mouth and on the hands and feet of infants and young children, and, while rare, adults. Characterized by sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet, hand-foot-and-mouth disease is most commonly caused by a coxsackievirus, a bacterium that lives in the human digestive tract. HFMD can spread from person to person, typically via unwashed hands.


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Understanding Cavities

Jina Alcobia

Avoid CavitiesGetting a cavity seems like delayed punishment for eating that special dessert every weekend or for the few days you forgot to floss. When you are doing everything right with minimal exception and a cavity is diagnosed, it is discouraging. Knowing how cavities form and what causes them is valuable in knowing how to prevent them. In this blog post, Dr. Neal Raval will help you understand cavities!


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Women's Hormones and Oral Health

Jina Alcobia

Woman - Oral HealthAt Implant and Periodontic Specialists of Bellevue, we know that hormones affect a woman's mood, but did you know they can also impact the health of a woman’s mouth? Women are susceptible to gum disease at different times in their lives, and research shows that hormonal highs and lows are part of the problem. According to studies, there are five situations in women’s lives during which hormone fluctuations make them more susceptible to oral health problems: puberty, their menstrual cycles, pregnancy, menopause, and birth control pill usage. So just what happens and how can you help protect your oral health? Dr. Neal Raval and our team have outlined the five hormonal situations and provided a few tips and tricks to fending off potential issues.


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Women's Medications and Dry Mouth

Jina Alcobia

Dry MouthWomen using medication to treat a variety of medical conditions are often unaware of the potential side effects. One common side effect of medications such as blood pressure medication, birth control pills, antidepressants, and cancer treatments is dry mouth. The technical term for dry mouth is xerostomia.


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