Heart Health and Overall Health

February 14, 2014

heart healthYou may not realize it, but there is a very real connection between your oral health and the health of your heart. As some recent data has shown, advanced gum disease can contribute to clotting and heart disease, the number one cause of death for men and women in the U.S.

How is this possible?

It has to do with the way advanced gum disease affects your smile. Gum disease is caused by an accumulation of bacteria and plaque around the gum line. Over time, gum disease can cause tissue loss, resulting in pockets (or small gaps) between the teeth and gums. Bacteria and plaque can get into these pockets and, from there, into the body’s blood stream, which can carry them to the heart.

Other health problems have been linked to gum disease as well, including:

  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Diabetes
  • Pneumonia
  • Pre-term birth

The best way to defend yourself against health problems caused by gum disease is to be vigilant about your oral health.

One way you can do that is with a good brushing and flossing routine. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once, and using an antibacterial mouthwash will help you control the presence of bacteria and plaque in your mouth.

But brushing and flossing alone aren’t all you need. With regular checkups and dental cleanings at Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry, our Fayetteville dental team can help you remove bacteria and plaque that would be hard to reach on your own. We can also watch for signs of gum disease and offer treatment if necessary.

Are you curious about the connection between gum disease and your overall health? Call Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Ruff offers exceptional care to patients from Fayetteville, Spring Lake, and all of Cumberland County.

Porcelain Veneers for Fayetteville Smiles

February 13, 2014

cosmetic dentistryHow can you quickly and easily transform a chipped, gapped, misshapen, or discolored smile? You can do it with a popular cosmetic dentistry service called porcelain veneers. Using thin pieces of tooth-shaped porcelain, Dr. Ruff and the team at Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry can help you hide flaws and enjoy a new, natural-looking smile. That’s because porcelain looks almost identical to natural enamel. What’s more, the size, shape, and color of your porcelain veneers can be customized, leading to remarkable results.

Here’s what you can expect from the treatment process.

First, Dr. Ruff will look at your teeth and talk to you about the goals you have for your smile. Then, when she’s completed an oral exam and talked with you, she can begin designing your veneers. Our lab will carefully fabricate your veneers from thin pieces of high-quality porcelain. In between appointments you’ll wear a set of temporary veneers. When your finished veneers are ready, you’ll come back to our Fayetteville dental office to have your temporary veneers removed and new permanent ones put in place.

Are porcelain veneers right for you? Dr. Ruff would be happy to answer that question during a consultation at Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry. Call us today to schedule an appointment. We happily offer cosmetic care to patients from Spring Lake and all of Cumberland County.