Author: Michael W. Herdon DDS

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! (Gum Disease and Diabetes)

By Dr. Michael Herndon, DDS, AF Since the Holidays are almost upon us and during that happy time we tend to consume lots of sweets (Sugar cookies and milk come to mind… Mmmm!), it is a good time to bring new research forward regarding the links between periodontal disease (gum disease) and diabetes. Recently there was a group of international specialists organized by the European Federation of Periodontology and the International Diabetes Federation that gathered to arrive at a consensus on this subject in order to develop guidelines of education for dentists, physicians, and patients. We have long known...

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THE LINK BETWEEN PERIODONTAL (GUM) DISEASE & CANCER

By Dr. Michael Herndon, DDS, AF Early symptoms of many systemic diseases manifest themselves in the oral cavity months or even years before their detection through various medical tests. Many conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, low-birth-weight complications in pregnancy and pulmonary disease have been linked to periodontal disease. Lately, a link between periodontal disease and cancer has been suggested through several studies. Chronic inflammation has been the rationale behind the association look at specific types of cancers and gum disease. Cancers that have been associated with chronic gum disease are oral cancers, upper GI and gastric cancers, pancreatic...

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CLEAN EATING FOR ORAL HEALTH: THE WORST & THE BEST FOOD AND DRINKS

By Dr. Michael Herndon, DDS, AF We all want to have a nice clean smile and the food and drinks in our diet contribute to whether we have healthy, white or yellow-colored teeth with possible tooth decay. As you have heard before, we are what we eat. As for snacks, crunchy fiber-rich vegetables such as carrots, celery, etc. are way better than starchy chips or crackers and sugary snacks are especially harmful. Indeed, it appears that emerging science recommends not worrying about fat so much or counting calories, but to cut out the sugary snacks and carbohydrates. This not...

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New Technology in Dentistry

By Dr. Michael Herndon, DDS, AF How many recall the days when dental drills were run by small string cables over pulleys? We sure have come a long way since those times! When air driven drills running at over 300 thousand rpm came along it was considered a marvel and yet today we have electric drills that go only 40 thousand rpm but have very high torque, don’t squeal like the air ones did, are easier on the ears, and they work much more efficiently. Now we have digital x-rays, computers that we can use to design crowns, and...

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Tooth Sensitivity

By Dr. Michael Herndon, DDS, AF Being the season of the holidays and lots of sweets to eat, sensitive teeth can limit the fun! Teeth get sensitive for a number of reasons such as receding gums, cavities, fractures, and leaking restorations (fillings or crowns). For example, when gums recede, and this can happen at almost age for a number of reasons, the root of the tooth gets exposed. Once this happens it is fairly easy to erode through thin layer of cementum that covers the root and expose the dentin of the root. Dentin is a live tooth structure that has small tubes in it that go from the...

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