Implant and Periodontics Blog

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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. Thomas Sweeney and 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. Thomas Sweeney and 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. Thomas Sweeney and 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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Mouthguard Q&A

Jina Alcobia

White TeethToday, Dr. Thomas Sweeney and Dr. Neal Raval and our team at Implant and Periodontic Specialists of Bellevue thought we would talk about mouthguards, what they are, where to get them, and when to use them.


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Fewer Adults are Visiting the Dentist

Jina Alcobia

Dental VisitOur team at Implant and Periodontic Specialists of Bellevue recently learned that in the decade between 2000 and 2010, the amount of adults who regularly visited their dentist declined, according to research released by the American Dental Association's Health Policy Resources Center (HPRC). In fact, the HPRC found that the percentage of adults who had regular checkups every six months declined from 41 percent in 2003 to 37 percent in 2010. The largest decline in dental care occurred in the 35- to 49-year-old age group. That’s down from from 43 percent in 2003 to just 38 percent in 2010.


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June is National Smile Month: Show off your smile!

Jina Alcobia

Girl SmilingThe community health awareness group Oral Health America has reported that 82 percent of adults are unaware of the role that infectious bacteria can play in tooth decay or cavities, and almost three out of five children aged 12 to 19 have tooth decay. Since June is National Smile Month, Dr. Thomas Sweeney and Dr. Neal Raval and our team at Implant and Periodontic Specialists of Bellevue thought we’d remind our patients about the importance of good oral hygiene visits between office visits.


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