Month: <span>December 2013</span> - Southfield Periodontist - Joseph R. Nemeth, DDS & Associates

Month: December 2013

Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Treatment

Who is a candidate for laser gum treatment? Almost everyone who has periodontal disease, swollen gingiva, or soft tissue lesions that require biopsies. The laser treatment is especially good for treating very advanced cases that are almost beyond conventional surgical treatment because the laser treatment can often regenerate bone and soft tissue. It’s estimated that…

Presenting a Breakthrough in Periodontal Therapy: LANAP

LANAP: Laser Periodontal Therapy The newest technology available for periodontal are is the Nd:YAG Millennium PerioLase. This is the latest generation of the Nd:YAG laser, and it’s designed specifically to treat periodontal disease using LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure). Like LASIK surgery for the eyes, this therapy using the new laser is a breakthrough…

How to Safely Dispose of Unused Medications

The State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) reports that low levels of pharmaceuticals are present nearly everywhere in our environment. Unused medications are known to enter our environment through excretion from animals and humans, disposal of unused drugs in toilets or landfills, and wastewater treatment systems. Further, the DEQ says that most wastewater…

About Half of U.S. Adults Have Gum Disease

About one out of every two American adults age 30 and over has periodontal (gum) disease according to recent findings from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “This is the most accurate picture of periodontal disease in the U.S. adult population we have ever had,” said Dr. Pamela McClain, President of the…

The Advantages of Digital X-Rays

There are many advantages to using digital x-rays. Besides requiring less radiation, they are often much faster and more efficient than film x-rays because there is no film to be processed. If you are a patient at Joseph R. Nemeth DDS & Associates, you may have notices that we have been using digital x-rays for…

The Dangers of Uncontrolled Gum Disease

Uncontrolled gum disease has been associated with many serious systemic diseases including diabetes, stroke, heart disease, respiratory disease, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, some cancers, and more. Now new studies show an association between uncontrolled gum disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), peripheral arterial disease, and even obstructive sleep apnea. And more associations are sure…

Detroit Periodontist Recontours Uneven Gums

Sometimes orthodontic appliances interfere with proper brushing and flossing, and the resulting accumulation of bacteria stimulates gum overgrowth. This often makes the teeth appear short and stubby. Note the picture below. Cosmetic crown lengthening recontours the gums and bone, resulting in a better balance between teeth and gums and an improved smile. The photo below…

Gum Disease Linked to Anemia

A study published in the Journal of Periodontology suggests that severe gum disease (periodontitis) may cause a reduction in red blood cells and hemoglobin, leading to the blood disorder anemia. Researchers found that over a third of people suffering from severe gum disease had hemoglobin levels below normal concentrations. Following a six-month course of treatment…

Do You Know the Worst Foods for Teeth?

The importance of brushing after eating can’t be stressed enough with certain foods. According to the American Dental Association, the following seven foods are the worst villains for teeth: dried fruit, sugary drinks, hard candies, alcohol, citrus/acidic foods, starchy foods, and coffee. Dried fruit- Although dried fruits are better than processed fruit snacks, they are…