Implant and Periodontics Blog

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

What is a water pick and do I need one?

Jina Alcobia

Boy SmilingWater picks, sometimes called “oral irrigators,” make an excellent addition to your regular home care regimen of brushing and flossing. Especially helpful to those who suffer from periodontal disease and those patients of ours undergoing orthodontic treatment with full-bracketed braces, water picks use powerful tiny bursts of water to dislodge food scraps, bacteria, and other debris nestled in the crevices of your mouth. Children undergoing orthodontic treatment may find using a water pick is beneficial if their toothbrush bristles tend to get caught on their wires or brackets.


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Are you at risk for oral cancer?

Jina Alcobia

Guy SmilingNearly 40,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer annually in the United States, with more than 8,000 dying every year from the disease. Oral cancer has a higher death rate than many other common cancers, including cervical cancer, testicular cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and thyroid or skin cancers. The high death rate results from the fact that most oral cancers go undiagnosed until the disease is well advanced and has spread to another part of the body, most often, the lymph nodes in the neck.


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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. 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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