Gingivitis – Are Your Gums Trying to Tell You Something?
Gingivitis – very simply – is an inflammation of your gums. (Any time a medical term ends with “itis” it means inflammation.) Gingivitis varies in severity and can look a few different ways. Very bad gingivitis leads to periodontal (gum) disease. Gingivitis is common and affects many, rather, most adults. But with good oral hygiene […]Continue Reading »
Professional Dental Cleanings Make a Big Difference
You’ve been hearing it for years – “make sure to visit Dr. Patel twice a year for your regular cleanings.” Just in case you’ve ever wondered why regular dental cleanings are so important, we at Hamburg Family Dental would like to take this opportunity to let Lexington residents in on some information you don’t often […]Continue Reading »
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Heart
We all know that it’s important to take care of our health, but that’s often easier said than done. Health and hygiene routines are an investment of your time every day. So, wouldn’t it be great if you could accomplish more by actually doing less? As it turns out, when it comes to oral health […]Continue Reading »
Fluoride: Good or Bad?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the fluoridation of drinking water is ranked among the ten greatest public health achievements of 20th century America. However, a quick search of the internet tells us that fluoride can actually be toxic if ingested in large enough quantities. So which is true? Do the health […]Continue Reading »
Dentists Are Doctors, Too!
There are many kinds of doctors – Doctors of English, Doctors of Philosophy, Doctors of Medicine, Dr. Pepper… (wink). Of course, when we use the term doctor, we most often mean a physician or doctor of medicine. But did you know that dentists are doctors, too? Every doctor has a specialty, and a dentist’s specialty […]Continue Reading »
HPV & Oral Cancer: What You Need to Know
We love to talk about the fun and interesting sides of oral health, but today, there is something much more serious on our minds. We care about the health of everyone in Lexington, and as dental care professionals, we feel it our duty to educate you on how to be as safe and healthy as […]Continue Reading »
Have You Been Avoiding the Dentist?
We’ve all got our reasons. Money. Time. The fear of pain. Juggling insurance. Facing one more reminder that we really should be flossing more. Any of these might cause us to avoid and put off regular visits to the dentist. Has it been so long since your last dental appointment that you’re not even sure […]Continue Reading »
Oral Health & Alzheimer’s – Don’t Forget to Floss!
Did you know that unhealthy gums might put your brain at risk? Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia, which harms your memory, ability to think, and can cause changes in your personality. It’s very common and usually affects people aged 60 and over. And, Alzheimer’s might be significantly more likely to happen if your mouth […]Continue Reading »
Don’t Have a Stroke – Your Dentist Can Help
You might be surprised to hear that the state of your oral health has a lot to do with preventing a stroke. There’s a certain kind of bad oral bacteria that cause gum disease, and can travel to other parts of your body and cause harm. A stroke is a common but dangerous medical condition […]Continue Reading »
DDS vs. DMD: A Dental Degree Breakdown
If you are looking for a dentist in Hamburg, you may have picked up on the fact that there are two types of dental degrees – DDS and DMD. Perhaps you’ve noticed that there are far more of one than the other, or maybe they are split 50/50. Either way, you’re probably wondering what the […]Continue Reading »