Periodontics

Celebrating Gum Care Month: Dental Tips For Achieving and Maintaining Gum Health

man suffering acute toothache jaw pain Gum Care Month is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of gum health. The campaign runs throughout September and encourages people to take care of their gums by brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist for regular check-ups.

In honor of Gum Care Month, please pay attention to your gum health and take steps to improve it. Whether you’re just starting to take care of your gums or you’ve been paying attention to your gum health for years, this holiday is the perfect time to renew your commitment to taking care of your gums.

So what are you waiting for? This September, take action for your gum health and start taking steps to improve your gum health today.

What’s Gum Disease?

Periodontitis, also known as gum disease, damages the soft tissue around your teeth and, when left untreated, can destroy the bone that holds them in place. Tooth loss or loosening can occur as a result of periodontitis. Most cases of periodontitis are preventable.

What’s Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay remains a relatively unknown problem, despite its prevalence. Eventually, tooth decay can lead to cavities and other problems caused by acidic damage to the enamel.

There are many causes of tooth decay, including sugary drinks, acidic foods, and poor oral hygiene. However, the best way to prevent tooth decay is to brush your teeth regularly and visit the dentist for regular check-ups.

Often, tooth decay occurs between the teeth, and dental floss is the only thing that will reach those areas to prevent decay.

If you think you may have tooth decay, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible. The sooner you catch the problem, the easier it will be to treat.

Prevention is the Key

Spending those dollars on health care is the best investment you can make. When it comes to dental care, the more you do at home and come in for your maintenance, the better off you will be in terms of prevention and keeping your mouth and body healthy.

Request a Consultation

Do you need a family dentist in Boulder, Colorado? Count on us for the best dental treatments to prevent tooth decay and other dental problems for you and your family. Please get in touch with Adler Cosmetic & Family Dentistry if you have any questions. If you would like to schedule a consultation, you can reach us at 303-500-8637. 

Supplements for Dental Health

FullSizeRender (9) Supplements are a great tool when trying to detoxify and enhance our immune systems. Our immune system plays a huge roll in the health of our mouths. It’s often said that the mouth is a window into our overall health. If we can keep our mouths healthy, we can positively affect our overall health.  In order to keep our mouths healthy, we need to support our immune system.

This week we spent over 24 hours of continued education at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies learning about advanced hygiene techniques such as using light, sound, and supplements to enhance our patients oral health. We have been using ligh (laser) in our office for quite some time to eradicate bacteria during cleanings. Stay tuned for another blog post to learn more about this holistic approach and how the laser works to increase your overall health!

Having your teeth cleaned in our office is a great start, but if you ever have bleeding in your tissues, we know that this is a sign of infection and you may want to consider bumping up your immune system as a tool to help. Using our tissue therapy and your customized home care routine we are creating an environment in your mouth for your immune system to heal. That being said, we need to support your immune function so you can heal as quickly and efficiently as possible. Below is a short list of supplements to ensure you have in your daily arsenal to support your immune system and keep your mouth healthy!

Coenzyme Q10

COQ10 is a compound that occurs naturally in the cells within the human body. It serves as a power generator in all the cells. Studies show that as little as 100 MG of COQ10 daily decreases the amount of bacteria under the gum tissue. Studies also show that diseased (bleeding) gum tissue contains NO COQ10. The goal is for the COQ10 to strengthen the body so it can fight off bacteria more successfully. This supplement is even more necessary if you take a Statin- as this depletes COQ10 from the body. The COQ10 will also counteract some of the muscle weakness and pain that commonly happens when taking a cholesterol lowering medication.

We recommend a form of COQ10 called Ubiquinol at 150 mg per day.

*This supplement is not recommended if you are taking Wafrarin/Cumadin

Vitamin C

30% of the population is deficient in Vitamin C. Vitamin C is one of the safest, most effective supplements you can take. Vitamin C is necessary for collagen production and connective tissue formation. It is also used to manufacture glutathione, the most powerful antioxidant in the body. Vitamin C supports immune function and will help your mouth heal from any bleeding tissues. We recommend 500 mg per day of ascorbic acid. An increased dosage can be used if you are healing from an injury or fighting an illness.

Oral Probiotics

Oral probiotics are yet another way to support the tissues in your mouth. Just like our guts, our mouths can be overrun with bad odor causing bacteria. Dental probiotics are specific to the mouth bacteria and different from the gut probiotics that you may already be taking. Probiomax DDS is a chewable probiotic designed to activate in the oral cavity for support of healthy teeth and gums. As you chew the peppermint-flavored tablet, it releases a strain of bacteria called Streptococcus salivarius—a beneficial bacterium that normally occurs in a healthy oral cavity. This bacteria then attaches to cells in the oral cavity and colonizes, positively affecting the bacterial population therein and naturally improving the health of the teeth and gums.

Remember, it is always a good idea to speak to your doctor prior to adding any new supplements to your home care routine. We carry all of these supplements in office for your convenience, at a discounted rate for our guests.

Heather Carpenter

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New Sleep appliance for snoring and Sleep apnea

We just started using a new sleep appliance called MicroO2 with great success. This appliance seems to be much more comfortable than the Somnomed appliance. We have stopped significant snoring and improved oxygenation almost immediately, even in very severe cases. The appliance also does not constrict the tongue space- a common problem with other sleep appliances. When we call our patients after a few days of wear they are amazed with the results. We use a neuromuscular bite as the starting point for the appliance. This allows a much more comfortable jaw position. There is a greater than 70% overlap between TMD and sleep apnea so by combining neuromuscular dentistry techniques into the design of the appliance makes sense. We begin to treat both problems at the same time and find this to be integral to success. I will post some pictures and some sleep studies showing how the appliance works.

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Colorado LVI Dentist

Boulder Dentist Serving Denver, Ft. Collins & Nearby Areas in Colorado

Greetings!

Apple’s iPad is one of the most popular (and useful) electronic gadgets around. This month we call attention to one tech writer’s list of some of the top apps to consider.

 Dr. Cherie Brown is our in-office periodontist. Her brief video introduction to periodontics below offers some insight into this interesting area of dental specialization.

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Dr. Cherie Brown Periodontist at Adler Cosmetic Family Dentistry Offers Convenience of a Specialist without the Travel

Dr. Michael Adler of Adler Cosmetic & Family Dentistry is committed to providing his patients with the best care possible. To give his patients the benefit of a specialist without the hassle of going to a specialist, Dr. Adler has teamed up with periodontist Cherie Brown. Dr. Brown comes to Adler Cosmetic & Family Dentistry each month to provide the specialized services that only a periodontist can provide without the patients ever having to travel to a different office or deal with a new staff.

Some of the many procedures that Dr. Brown commonly performs at Adler Cosmetic & Family Dentistry include: bone and tissue grafts, sinus lifts, mucogingival surgery, implant placement, tissue repositioning, and regenerative therapy to name a few. Dr. Brown believes that periodontics are as much about the aesthetics as it is about the function and so uses all of her skill to insure that the patient looks the same or better when she is done. Dr. Adler has said that Dr. Brown is the best periodontist that he has ever seen and her work is second to none. Dr. Brown is known for her attention to detail and her fun and gentle manner with patients.

Cherie Brown, DDS, MS is the owner and practicing periodontist of Front Range Periodontics in Lakewood, Colorado since 2002. In addition to traveling to Dr. Adler’s office in Boulder, she also works with Dr. Ronald Gilligan of Frisco, Colorado. She conveniently comes to each doctor’s office to allow their patients to see a periodontal specialist without having to travel to the specialist. Dr. Brown attended Angelo State University, Baylor College of Dentistry, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center – College of Dentistry.

Dr. Cherie Brown moved to Colorado in 2002 and considers Colorado “the world’s largest playground.” She started jogging in February 2010 and completed 3½ marathons last year. Dr. Brown loves to ski, hike and snowshoe and has recently started training for the STP – Seattle to Portland 200 mile road bite race!

Dr. Brown enjoys spending time with her fiancé Dr. Tony Kardelis and her two wonderful dogs, Dallas – a red-tricolored Australian Shepherd and Houston – an Alaskan Malamute. She also loves good food and drinks, especially Rio’s Margaritas after a hard day.

Dr. Brown is the director of the Mile High Dental Study Club an affiliate of the prestigious Seattle Study Club. She is kicking off the Mile High Hygiene Study Club this fall to give back to the hygiene community.

Boulder Denver Colorado Periodontist | Cherie Brown DDS, MS

Boulder Dentist Serving Denver, Ft. Collins & Nearby Areas in Colorado

Boulder Denver Colorado periodontist Dr. Cherie Brown provides an introduction to periodontics in this February 2011 video interview.

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