Connection Between Alzheimer’s Disease & Chronic Gum Disease

September 3, 2017

Senior woman and care giver sitting outdoorsYou may have heard a dentist or physician mention the “mouth body connection” or “oral systemic link.” There are lots of terms floating around to describe a variety of recent discoveries in medical and dental research. The bottom line, researchers are finding that patients with poor oral health are much more likely to suffer from chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. Researchers at Taiwan’s Chung Shan Medical Research University have further linked advanced gum disease, periodontitis, to an increase in Alzheimer’s disease cases.

Brushing Fun? Your Family Dentist in Fayetteville, NC Knows How

July 25, 2017

Filed under: General Dentistry — Tags: , , — Dr. Angela Ruff @ 8:34 pm

Make brushing fun with ideas from the family dentist in Fayetteville, NC. As adults, we can understand that there are things we have to do not because they are fun or enjoyable, but just because they have to get done. Children—not so much. They want everything to be fun from getting dressed in the morning to bedtime at night! Of course, this includes brushing their teeth. But how in the world can a parent make teeth brushing fun? Your family dentist in Fayetteville, NC, Dr. Angela Ruff, has a few tried and true ideas. Read on to learn how your can make daily oral hygiene a pleasant and dare we say fun activity for the whole family!


Dentist in Fayetteville is a Great Choice

March 18, 2017

Dr. Angela C. Ruff, dentist in Fayetteville, provides a wide range of oral health services. Learn why she is a great choice for all your dental needs. Would you like to enjoy kind, precise dental care in a relaxing atmosphere? Your dentist in Fayetteville, Dr. Angela C. Ruff, provides all that and more at Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry. It’s a wonderful choice for patients of all ages in the Fayetteville area.


Choosing a Dentist Near Me in Fayetteville, NC

February 13, 2017

You wonder, “Who is the right dentist near me in Fayetteville, NC?” Follow these tips to pick the one perfect for you. It could be Angela C. Ruff DDS.Your oral health is important to your overall well-being. You want an answer to the question, “Is there a dentist near me I can trust?”  At Ascot Aesthetics Implants & Dentistry , we want you to choose a highly qualified dentist to care for your oral health. Here’s how you can search for that all-important dental care provider. You may find that it’s our own Dr. Angela C Ruff.


To cure TMJ, Fayetteville, NC turns to Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry

March 2, 2016

Filed under: General Dentistry,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Dr. Angela Ruff @ 6:49 pm

TMJ FayettevilleImagine you’re sitting in a meeting. A colleague asks you a question and when you open your mouth to speak you feel a shooting pain in your jaw. Or perhaps you’re about to take a bite of your favorite sandwich and once again your jaw radiates pain. For some people these are not simply imaginary situations, but reality. TMJ is a disorder of the joints that hinge your lower jaw to your temporal bone. Properly called your temporomandibular joints, they are located on either side of your face just in front of your ears. These joints are meant to operate smoothly. However, when they don’t, the consequences can be painful. To treat TMJ, Fayetteville family dentist Dr. Ruff can prescribe a custom fitted nightguard to relieve all the symptoms of TMJ.

What You Should Know About Oral Cancer

October 17, 2014

78188806Oral cancer can develop in any part of the mouth, including the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, roof of the mouth, sinuses, and throat. Risk factors for developing oral cancer include excessive use of tobacco products or alcohol and the contraction of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Treatment is available, but oral cancer can be deadly if not detected and treated early.  Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer with 42,000 new cases reported each year. The earlier oral cancer is detected and treated, the better the survival rate. During a routine checkup, about 10% of patients may have an abnormality discovered that should be tested for oral cancer. The dentist may take tissue for testing or send you to a specialist. Dr. Ruff performs oral cancer screenings as part the regular checkup for Fayetteville, NC patients. Oral cancer screenings are just one of the many reasons you should visit Dr. Ruff at Ascot Aesthetics regularly.

What Are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

During an oral cancer screening, the dentist examines the inside of your mouth as well as your head and neck for any unusual lumps, bumps, swelling, growths or discoloration. Common symptoms include white or red patches in your mouth or on your lips, repeated bleeding from the mouth or throat, and difficulty swallowing or persistent hoarseness. Growths or sores in the mouth that last longer than two weeks and won’t go away should be examined immediately. The leading cause of oral cancer is the HPV virus. HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancers typically develop in the throat at the base of the tongue and near or on the tonsils, making them difficult to detect without regular examinations. Although HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancers are often diagnosed at a later stage, people with HPV-positive cancers have a lower risk of dying or having recurrence than those with HPV-negative cancers.

Oral Cancer Detection in Fayetteville, NC

If oral cancer is detected, treatment options include a combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy depending on the stage of development of the cancer. Patients treated in early stages may have little in the way of post-treatment disfigurement. However, for those whose cancer is caught at a later stage, the results of surgical removal of the disease may require reconstruction of portions of the oral cavity or facial features, adjunctive therapy required to assist in speech and chewing foods, problems associated with the lack of salivary function, as well as the fabrication of dental or facial prostheses. For all these reasons and more it’s vitally important to schedule regular dentist visits. Contact Dr. Ruff at Ascot Aesthetics today for your next appointment. Dr. Ruff proudly serves patients in Fayetteville, NC Spring Lake, and all of Cumberland County.

Tackle your Halitosis Today with Dr. Ruff

August 15, 2014

shutterstock_137989865One of the most embarrassing things a person can have is bad breath. There are many people that consider a smile a first impression, and when you are met with bad breath, it can make a lasting impression, but not a positive one. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, has the potential to negatively affect the way you feel about yourself as well as your interaction with the people around you. Thankfully, Dr. Angela Ruff is able to help you with your halitosis at her Fayetteville, NC dental office.

One of the main causes of halitosis is not practicing proper oral hygiene. Though brushing and flossing every day may seem simple enough, it can really have an impact on your entire mouth as well as your body, not just your teeth. When the bacteria in your mouth are left to sit and fester, it has the potential to allow the bacteria to grow and affect the scent of your breath. Brushing and flossing every day is crucial in eliminating the harmful bacterium in your mouth that causes bad breath. If you are unsure as to whether or not you may be suffering from halitosis, a couple of symptoms including a constant bad taste in your mouth and continuous dry mouth.

A couple of ways that you can be sure to keep your halitosis in check aside from brushing and flossing every day is by having a dental checkup every six months with Dr. Ruff. During the appointment, she will be able to look at your mouth as a whole, and look for any signs of decay and deterioration. Also, investing in an antibacterial mouthwash is sure to help with your bad breath. The mouthwash will be able to kill more of the leftover bacteria in your mouth that brushing and flossing did not get rid of. If you feel as though you are suffering from halitosis and would like Dr. Ruff’s help, contact our office today, and we would love to help!

Call Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry to schedule a visit with Dr. Angela Ruff. We are happy to take care of all of your general, cosmetic, and restorative dental needs! Our Fayetteville office also serves patients from Spring Lake and all of Cumberland County.

Dental Myths Uncovered!

June 13, 2014

shutterstock_152294933Do you ever feel as though someone is pulling your leg regarding a certain issue, and all you want is the truth? Well, unfortunately, not knowing and being in the dark about answers to something can be frustrating, no matter what the topic is. Although many may not know this, but there are a lot of common dental myths that people are misinformed about. Let us clear some of those misconceptions up, that way you can be rightfully informed concerning you and your smile.

One common dental myth is that bleaching your teeth makes them weaker. When you want to whiten your smile, you should not have to worry about the structure of your teeth, and luckily, this myth is false. Whitening agents only affect the color of your teeth, not their health or their strength. Granted, the side effects to bleaching your teeth may include sensitivity and irritated gums, but the internal structure of your smile has not been compromised.

Another dental myth is that brushing your teeth is a bad idea if your gums are bleeding. Sure, it seems like a good idea not to brush your teeth if your gums are bleeding, but it is actually the opposite of what you would want to do. When your gums are bleeding, it means that plaque and other things, like food particles, are irritating them, and they need to be removed to stop the bleeding. Your gums may also bleed if your floss too violently, so be sure to take excellent care of them as to prevent the bleeding from starting.

There are many other dental myths that need straightening out, so be sure to keep yourself as well informed as possible. That way, you are not only able to take better care of your smile, but your body as well!

Call Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry to schedule a visit with Dr. Angela Ruff. We are happy to take care of all of your general, cosmetic, and restorative dental needs! Our Fayetteville office also serves patients from Spring Lake and all of Cumberland County.

Dental Checkups Can Save Your Smile!

May 13, 2014

shutterstock_149625803With certain things in life, there is maintenance involved. Plants need to be watered, clothes need to be washed, etcetera. The same goes for your teeth, and at Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry, we stress the importance of taking care of your teeth, which is why routine checkups are so important. When you take care of your teeth, there is no doubt you are on the road to excellent dental health.

We recommend having a dental checkup every six months. During the checkup, Dr. Angela Ruff and our experienced team will be able to fully assess your smile, and look for potential problems. Routine checkups allow us to see if you have any early signs of cavities, gum disease, and other issues. We will be able to remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth, leaving your mouth clean and fresh.  Though brushing and flossing your teeth are excellent ways of maintaining a beautiful smile, we will be able to tackle the areas that a toothbrush can’t reach. If during your checkup we detect signs of gum disease, we may request you come in every three months so we can take care of the issue before it gets worse.

Children’s teeth are just as important, if not more, than an adult’s, so we are sure to take excellent care of them when they come in for their checkup. We provide our youngest patients with dental sealants, fluoride treatments, making sure their smile has the change to stay beautiful and healthy!

If you’re due for a dental checkup, make an appointment, and we will be glad to help you achieve excellent oral health!

Call Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry to schedule a visit with Dr. Angela Ruff. Our Fayetteville office also serves patients from Spring Lake and all of Cumberland County.

Your Smile Needs Vitamins and Minerals

April 17, 2014

vitamins and mineralsYou know vitamins and minerals are essential for good health and wellbeing, but do you know how they can specifically help your smile? We’d like to spend today’s blog post looking at that question.

Some of the most essential vitamins and minerals for your smile include:

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin B2, B3, and B12
  • Vitamin D

To enjoy good oral health, make sure that you’re eating foods that will expose you to each of these.

Dairy items like milk, cheese, and yogurt are high in calcium. A patient who doesn’t get enough calcium may be more susceptible to oral health issues like gum disease and tooth decay. These same foods are also high in vitamin B12, which can prevent mouth sores. Meanwhile, a vitamin C deficiency can eventually lead to bleeding gums and loose teeth. You can find vitamin C in foods like sweet potatoes, raw red peppers, and oranges.

To make sure you get the vitamins and minerals necessary for good oral and overall health, we recommend eating a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, dairy, and foods high in protein. We also recommend brushing with toothpaste that contains fluoride. This active ingredient helps strengthen teeth by attracting vitamins and minerals essential for strong enamel.

Do you have questions about how vitamins and minerals can help your smile? Call Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry to schedule a visit with Dr. Angela Ruff. Our Fayetteville office also serves patients from Spring Lake and all of Cumberland County.

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