Updating your Health History May Help Save Your Teeth

Although you might think of your general health and your dental health as two separate categories, they are much more connected than the average St. Augustine resident would suspect. Just like the information you provide to your doctor helps him/her keep your health in good shape, Dr. Jeremy Gordon depends on your input for optimum dental health. We at Gordon Dental Associates like to go above and beyond for our St. Augustine patients, but we need your help to make sure you get the quality dental care you deserve. Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health, Patient Care

Relief from Dry, Chapped, & Cracked Lips

We’re no strangers to extreme temperatures and dry weather in St. Augustine, and our lips are proof. Most of us experience chapped lips at some point during the year and it’s not uncommon to see lips that suffer from annoying, painful cracks. Here at Gordon Dental Associates we are very much attuned the oral health needs of St. Augustine, so here are a few tips from Dr. Jeremy Gordon about how to keep your lips healthy, kissable, and free to eat and drink whatever you crave!

Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health, Patient Care

4 Facts about Dental Implants

Most St. Augustine residents will lose a tooth at some point in their lives, but that doesn’t mean your smile has to suffer for the long-term. There are numerous ways to replace a lost tooth, but today, Dr. Gordon would like to educate you about the best option for a healthy smile that will last a lifetime: dental implants.

Here are some facts about dental implants. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, don’t hesitate to give us at Gordon Dental Associates a call.

Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health, Dental Services, Dental Technology, Patient Care

Veneers – Not Just for the Silver Screen

There’s a lot of hair and makeup that goes into making your favorite stars sparkle on the screen. And while we can’t all hire a professional artist to make us look perfect every day, there is a lasting solution to giving you that perfect Hollywood smile.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are a very strong, paper-thin cover over your teeth. They look just like real teeth, but even better. Veneers are often used to improve the look of teeth with spacing and alignment issues or staining problems. They can be applied wherever needed, on one tooth or a whole set.

Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health, Dental Services, Dental Technology, Patient Care

Bacteria: The Good, the Bad & the Neutral

Living in a land of antibacterial gels, soaps, plastics and even fabrics, it might surprise you to hear that tons of bacteria live in your mouth every day, and they aren’t all bad! In fact, some play an important role in keeping up your overall health. Some oral bacteria, however, can cause serious problems and must be fought with good oral hygiene.

Dr. Gordon from Gordon Dental Associates in St. Augustine helps you understand the role bacteria play in your health and wellness.

What are Bacteria?
Bacteria are very small organisms made of just one single cell. That’s compared to over 37 trillion cells in the human body! Bacteria have their own DNA and they need sources of energy (food) just like you do. Nearly 700 different kinds of bacteria can live in your mouth! But most people only have 34-72 kinds at any given time.

What Do Bacteria Do?

Of all the bacteria in your mouth, some are good, some are bad, and some are simply neutral. The good bacteria, called probiotics, help aid digestion, which begins in the mouth. Thank you, little bacteria!

The bad bacteria, however, can cause tooth decay and severe gum disease. The following three kinds of bacteria are on the Most Wanted list for being known to harm your oral health:

  • Streptococcus mutans are the bacteria most often blamed for tooth decay. These bacteria feed off any sugar left in your mouth after eating. As they feed, the bacteria produce acid that breaks down your tooth layer by layer.
  • denticola and P. gingivalis are the biggest offenders for causing gum disease or periodontal disease. These bacteria produce toxins that harm your gum tissue. Your body’s natural response is to create an inflammation to fight the toxins. But long-term, chronic inflammation is bad for your mouth and body and can even cause tooth loss.

The Oral-systemic Link

“The foot bone’s connected to the … leg bone!”

Remember the simple lesson we learned when we were kids, that every part of your body is connected to another part? If you’re unhealthy in any area of your life, another area will become unhealthy too. This is especially true when it comes to your mouth. The health of your teeth, gums, and jaw are a good indication of the health everywhere else in your body.

Your mouth is a major entry point into your body through both digestion and your blood stream. Harmful bacteria can infect other parts of your body by traveling through your gut or entering the blood vessels in your gums.

Heart health and diabetes are the most well known connections between oral health and overall health, but research is growing and expanding every day. All of these connections, or links, form the oral-systemic link. Dentist, doctors, and researchers work together to understand the oral-systemic link and how we can use it to promote better health all areas of your life.

A recent study showed “significant associations” between the antibodies of certain oral bacteria with pancreatic cancer! Antibodies are your body’s way of fending off harmful substances. If your mouth has a lot of antibodies for a certain kind of bacteria, it could mean your body is fighting illness—both in your mouth and in other parts of your body. This is amazing news because pancreatic cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect and fight. By harnessing the power of the oral-systemic link, you can get far ahead of severe health problems before they even start.

In 1880, W.D. Miller said, “Oral bacteria can explain most, if not all, of the illnesses of mankind.” Ahead of your time, much, Mr. Miller?

Good oral hygiene—brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist regularly—is important for keeping the bad bacteria at bay. If you’d like to learn more about how a healthy mouth promotes a healthy, happy life, make an appointment with us today!

https://www.perio.org/consumer/pocket-reduction-procedures.htm

http://jamiethedentist.com/oral-health-and-general-health/the-importance-of-oral-health

http://periolinks.com/2015/09/30/how-does-periodontal-disease-affect-systemic-health-a-simple-answer-to-a-complex-question/

http://www.colgateprofessional.com/patient-education/articles/dental-caries

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/threats-to-dental-health/article/types-of-bacteria-in-the-mouth-0316

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/cancer/article/ada-10-oral-bacteria-may-signal-risk-for-pancreatic-cancer?thumbparam=cancer/178095593

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/mouth-and-teeth-anatomy/article/oral-bacteria-what-lives-in-your-mouth-0513

Posted in Dental Health

Choosing the Right Dentist

It’s no secret that St. Augustine residents are careful about how they choose medical professionals for their family, but sometimes it’s not easy to find everything you want in a dentist. We at Gordon Dental Associates understand that choosing a dentist is no small feat, so we’ve put together this guide to picking a dentist for individuals and families. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us! Even if you decide on a different dentist, Dr. Gordon is always happy to help!

How to Choose the Right Dentist

There are a lot of factors to consider when looking at dentists in your area. For some St. Augustine folks the most important thing is proximity, so it’s easy to narrow their search by location. For others, the key ingredient is affordable prices. Still others may be looking for just the right service mix and supreme comfort. Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health

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 is actually toxic if ingested in large enough quantities. So which is it? Do the health benefits outweigh the negatives of fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water?

We at Gordon Dental Associates know that St. Augustine folks care a great deal about their health, so we’ve put this article together to examine the facts and help you come to your own decision. As always, we are happy to answer any questions you might have, so feel free to give us a call!

Why Use Fluoride in the First Place?

Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health

How Dental Sealants Keep Cavities at Bay!

How Dental Sealants Keep Cavities at Bay!

If you are a parent, you probably know how difficult it is to get St. Augustine children to brush and floss regularly. On top of that, young children often lack the necessary motor skills to properly care for their teeth. At Gordon Dental Associates, we want your whole family to have excellent dental health, so here’s some information on how Dr. Gordon can help protect your kids from tooth decay. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please give us a call.

Read more ›

Posted in Dental News

Diet Soda & Oral Health: What You Need to Know

In today’s calorie-obsessed culture, it can be hard to find the truth among all of the health-conscious noise. Often times, St. Augustine residents are misinformed and mislead about the health benefits of trends like cleanses, sugar alternatives, diets, organic vs. nonorganic, and a myriad of other common topics. Today Dr. Jeremy Gordon would like to clear up any misconceptions about dental health and diet soda. If you have any questions please call us at Gordon Dental Associates.

Are Diet Sodas Healthy?

The short answer is no. Originally conceived as low-calorie alternatives to one of America’s first commercial legacies, diet sodas have become extremely popular amidst our country’s battle to lose weight. There’s only one little problem – diet sodas are only marginally better than regular soda. Compared to water, diet soda has zero nutritional value and contains many ingredients that are harmful outside of moderation.

Diet Soda & Dental Health

Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health

Fight Gingivitis at Home! 3 Reasons to Floss Every Day

FlossingEverybody knows that they should floss every day. But it just doesn’t always happen that way, does it?

We know that flossing is harder than brushing for a number of reasons, but we also know how important it is to your oral health. Dr. Jeremy Gordon wants all of our patients to floss every day, and we think one of the best ways to encourage you to floss is to give you some great reasons why you should.

Flossing is easier than ever

Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health, Dental News, Patient Care