(937) 310-2555
Nimisha Somaiya, DDS
4451 W. Franklin St.
Bellbrook, OH 45305

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their initial visit to the dentist when their first tooth appears or by their first birthday. During this first visit, your attitude is extremely important because it will help shape your child’s perception of not only our office, but also dental visits in general. If you are not sure what to do, please allow us to do the talking. We take special care to make your child’s first visit with us a pleasant one:

    • We use kid-friendly vocabulary that explains everything we do in a fun and non-threatening manner.
    • We allow our patients to touch many of the items that we will be using so that they have some control and feel empowered during their visit.
    • Dr. Somaiya is trained and certified in oral sedation for children so they can get the dental care they need. This is especially helpful for children with intense fears of the dentist or special needs.
    • We have televisions in all of our treatment rooms to keep our young patients relaxed and entertained throughout their visits. Watching their favorite TV show or cartoon is a great way to ease them into regular dental cleanings, and it helps us build a trusting relationship.
  • Your oral health is an important part of your overall health, and proper oral healthcare and oral habits not only help prevent oral problems while you are pregnant, they also affect the health of the child you are carrying! Here are some guidelines for your dental health during your pregnancy:

    • You should continue to attend your regularly scheduled dental appointments throughout your pregnancy.
    • To prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease, brush your teeth twice daily to remove plaque, and floss daily.
    • If you experience a toothache or other oral pain, you should see your dentist immediately.
    • You can be safely treated throughout your pregnancy. You can also safely have dental x-rays, as needed. We utilize digital x-rays, which according to some studies have been found to emit up to 90% less radiation than conventional x-rays.
  • If you feel constantly worried about bad breath, you are not alone. Bad breath (halitosis) is an all too common problem, not to mention embarrassing and distracting for you and others around you. Deducing what is most likely causing your bad breath will help determine what you can do to prevent it.

    What causes bad breath?

    • Greatly reduced saliva flow during sleep (the cause of morning breath)
    • Certain foods (such as garlic, onions and peppers)
    • Poor oral hygiene
    • Periodontal (gum) disease
    • Dental cavities and ill-fitting dental appliances
    • Dry mouth (Xerostomia) and certain medications which cause drymouth
    • Tobacco products
    • Dieting
    • Dehydration, hunger and missed meals
    • Certain medical conditions (including Diabetes, liver and kidney problems, chronic sinus infections and pneumonia)

    Keeping track of what you eat may help identify the cause of bad breath. Also, make sure you review your current medications, recent surgeries and illnesses with Dr. Somaiya.

    How do I prevent bad breath?

    • Brushing your teeth at least twice a day (in the morning and at night) is the first thing to start doing. Brushing after every meal is even better, if you can. Additionally, clean between your teeth daily with floss or interdental cleaners, and remember to brush your tongue. Brushing your tongue, especially the back areas, can make a big difference in how clean your mouth feels and smells. If you wear dentures, be sure to remove them at night and clean them thoroughly before replacing them the next morning. Toothbrushes should be replaced every couple months.
    • Biannual dental cleanings and checkups at our office will not only keep your teeth and gums in good shape, but seeing you regularly will also allow us to better detect any problems, such as gum disease, dry mouth (Xerostomia), or other dental conditions (like decay), that may be the cause of persistent bad breath. If you have gum disease, more frequent visits to our office might be recommended for your oral and overall health.
    • Breaking a tobacco habit (smoking or chewing tobacco) can significantly improve your oral health and the way your breath smells. Ask us about ways we suggest to help break a tobacco habit.
    • Drinking plenty of water and eating healthy also keeps your mouth moist and more free of bad bacteria. Mouth rinses can help, too, but ask us which rinses actually kill the germs that cause bad breath, because some only mask odor as a temporary solution. In most cases, Dr. Somaiya can treat bad breath. If it is determined that your mouth is healthy but bad breath is persistent, she may refer you to your physician for further consultation and more comprehensive treatment.
  • Brushing and flossing help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.

    Toothbrushing - Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste. Brushing after every meal is even better if you can.

    • Brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums, gently using a small, circular motion, making sure that the bristles are always in contact with your gums.
    • Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.
    • Use the tip of the brush head to clean the inside front teeth.
    • Brush your tongue especially the back areas to remove bacteria and freshen your breath. It can make a big difference in how clean your mouth feels and smells.
    • Remember to clean any removable appliances like partials or dentures as well.
    • Replace your tooth brush every 2-3 months.

    Flossing - Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gum line. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.

    • Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands.
    • Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
    • Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gum line. Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth.
    • Floss holders or other interdental cleaners are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.

    Rinsing - It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to brush. If you are using an over-the-counter product for rinsing, it is a good idea to consult with Dr. Somaiya on its appropriateness for you.

  • Silver (amalgam) has been something of the "gold standard" of dental fillings for years, but recently, composite fillings have become a popular method. Dentists and patients have plenty of reasons to prefer composite fillings, but before you surrender your silver, consider some facts about fillings.

    Silver fillings are durable, lasting on average at least 10 to 20 years, and they are very strong, making them ideal for use in the large back molars. They also tend to be less expensive than composite fillings, but usually require more invasive preparations. The biggest drawback to silver fillings is aesthetic, as they can cast a gray hue over the surface of a tooth. Silver fillings have gotten a bad reputation because of their mercury content, but the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the ADA (American Dental Association) agree that there is no proof that the compound has any adverse side effects. In fact, the mercury in amalgam fillings is only one component of a chemically stable alloy. Silver fillings have been used in dentistry for hundreds of years, and allergic reactions are rare.

    Composite fillings, made out of a mixture of glass and quartz materials, provide a tooth-colored restoration that looks more like your natural tooth. Composite materials are also versatile and can be bonded (held adhesively) to teeth, which calls for less invasive preparation and leaves more healthy tooth structure beneath the filling. Compared to amalgam, composite fillings are slightly less durable and are better suited for teeth with light or moderate bite pressure, and they can take longer to place. Depending on your dentist and your insurance options, composite fillings can cost a bit more than amalgam.

    Unless your dentist notices cracks or damages in your current fillings or expresses other concerns regarding your dental health, replacing silver fillings is a matter of personal preference.

  • You should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year. However, if you have gum disease, your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend more frequent visits. Regular dental exams and cleaning visits are important in maintaining the health of your teeth and gums and preventing dental problems. At these visits, your teeth are cleaned and checked for cavities. There are many other things that are checked and monitored to help detect, prevent and maintain your dental health. These include:

    • Medical history review: It is very important for us to know the status of any current medical conditions, new medications, and illnesses, as it gives us insight to your overall health, including your dental health.
    • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): X-rays are essential in the detection of decay, tumors, cysts and bone loss. They also help determine tooth and root positions.
    • Oral cancer screening: We check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
    • Gum disease evaluation: The gums and bone around the teeth are checked for any signs of bleeding or periodontal disease.
    • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
    • Examination of existing restorations: The existing fillings, crowns and other restorations are checked for any kind of leakage or cracks.
    • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for sometime and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line, and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
    • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
    • Teeth polishing: Removes stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing.
    • Oral hygiene recommendations: Review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed.
    • Review dietary habits: Your eating habits play a very important role in your dental health. Reviewing them can help us determine if improvements can be made for the benefit of your overall health and your dental health.
  • According to MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, about 80 percent of U.S. adults currently have some form of gum disease, ranging from gingivitis to serious periodontal disease. The prevalence of gum disease increases with age, because as we age, our teeth wear down, our gums naturally recede, teeth can become more sensitive, and medications can affect some oral changes. If your gums feel tender or sore, or if they look red and swollen, you may be at risk for gum disease. Other signs include bleeding and/or receding gums, pain or sensitivity in your teeth, loose teeth, (caused by weakening gum fibers and/or bone loss), and persistent bad breath. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss as well as various other health problems. More and more life-threatening illnesses are being linked to the presence of dental diseases.

    The first thing to do is get a thorough dental evaluation. If you have any degree of periodontal disease, Dr. Somaiya can help. She strongly believes in, and focuses on, the importance of healthy gums for a healthy mouth and body. Gum disease used to require surgery more often than not. While surgery is still an option and sometimes needed, many cases are now treated with less invasive techniques first, such as deep cleanings, local antibiotics, and special rinses. Please come in and let Dr. Somaiya help you achieve and maintain healthier gums for a healthier you.

  • According to the American Dental Association, floss removes food trapped between the teeth and removes the film of bacteria that forms there before it has a chance to harden into plaque. Teeth brushing alone cannot effectively clean the small spaces between your teeth. A build up of plaque between teeth can lead to bleeding and swollen gums, which can lead to gingivitis. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease.

    • Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gum line. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.
    • Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands.
    • Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
    • Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gum line. Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth.
    • Floss holders or other interdental cleaners are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.
    • Cleaning between your teeth is an essential part of good oral health and a beautiful smile.
  • Our aim is to have all concerns and issues known – to us and to you – and hopefully resolved before an emergency. We want everyone to have healthy, attractive, and stable teeth and smiles. (Nobody likes a toothache or broken tooth, especially since they never happen at convenient times.) This means that we see patients for many reasons with many different needs. Our services range from routine preventive care to life changing restorative and cosmetic treatment, so we have something to offer everyone to address their personal chief concerns and needs.

    The second half of this equation is the development and fulfillment of ongoing maintenance plans. This minimizes the chance of original problems reoccurring. We will do everything we can to customize your maintenance plan based on your individual situation.
     
     Maintaining good oral hygiene at home is important, but man cannot live by toothbrush alone. In-office exams are critical to keeping your smile clean and healthy. Your dental team has the ability to remove plaque your toothbrush cannot, which reduces your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. They can also use panoramic x-rays and intraoral cameras to monitor structures that are not so obvious to the naked eye.

    Although preventive dentistry is fairly predictable, our goal is to have all issues and concerns known – to us and to you – in order to reduce your risk of dental emergencies. We want you to have a healthy and stable smile, but we also know that accidents happen. In a way, "comprehensive" care really refers to our commitment to the present and the future of your smile and dental health. Not only do we want to keep your smile healthy, we want to make it beautiful, and make it last.

    What Does Comprehensive Dental Care Mean?

    To us, comprehensive dental care means complete care. During our complete new patient exam, we will:

    • Review your health history with you
    • Evaluate your jaw joint and jaw muscles
    • Screen for early detection of oral cancer
    • Check for gingivitis or gum disease
    • Assess your bite and orthodontic classification
    • Examine all of your teeth
    • Listen to your concerns about your smile
    • Discuss proper home care and nutrition factors

    Our philosophy is that complete care spans from our service offerings and the way we provide treatment, to how well we inform you about your diagnosis and options. It also includes accommodating you in any way we can to help you achieve the healthy and attractive smile that you deserve.

  • People of all ages can experience anxiety about visiting the dentist. Intravenous conscious sedation, or IV Sedation, provides a deep state of relaxation—deeper than most other forms of sedation dentistry—without requiring you to be completely asleep. Though you will feel significantly calm and relaxed, you will still be aware of your surroundings and able to communicate with our team. Additionally, most patients report having little or no memory of treatment while under IV sedation. Most treatments you need can be completed with IV sedation, from crowns and fillings to deep cleanings, extractions and wisdom teeth removal. Recovery usually takes about 30 minutes, but you will continue to feel drowsy. For this reason, you are required to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.

  • Smoking is not just bad for your teeth—it affects the health of your entire mouth, especially your gums. Lighting up stains your teeth, causes bad breath, and promotes the buildup of plaque and tartar. Cigarette smoking is also one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Worst of all, smoking has been linked to the development of periodontal disease and may lead to the loss of taste and smell. Smokers also tend to require more dental treatment, due to the damage done by smoking. Certain procedures, such as dental implants and oral surgeries, can be less successful in smokers due to damaged gum tissue. This results in a higher cost of dental healthcare and often more frequent (and complicated) treatment.

    Pipes and cigars are not any safer, causing similar rates of tooth and bone loss even if the smoke is not inhaled. Smokeless tobacco products like snuff and chewing tobacco also pose great health risks to your gums, increasing your risk for both oral cancer and cancers of the throat, esophagus and lips. Additionally, they contain a significant amount of sugar, which when pressed against your teeth for long periods of time can lead to tooth decay.

    So what is the verdict on tobacco? Seek help on how to quit using, or just do not start.

  • Let us face the facts: accidents happen, and especially when it comes to our teeth and mouths, they can be pretty frightening. Being careful is good prevention, but being prepared promises reassurance in any oral health emergency. It is important to know when home care will suffice and when a trip to the dentist is necessary, so here are some guidelines to help you through common situations:

    • Toothache/Sore Gums: Rinse with warm water to remove any food or debris; if you notice anything lodged between teeth, floss to remove it. Take an over the counter pain medication (but never apply the medication directly to tooth or gums), and see your dentist if the pain persists.
    • Chipped Tooth: Save the pieces, if you can, and rinse them thoroughly. Apply an ice pack or a cold compress to the swollen lip or gum tissue near the chipped tooth to prevent swelling. If the area is bleeding, apply gauze for ten minutes, or until the bleeding has stopped. See your dentist as soon as possible.
    • Broken Tooth: With recent advancements in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, you might not lose your tooth. If there is enough remaining healthy tooth structure, a dentist can create a crown that will “grab onto” your natural tooth, eliminating the need for root removal. While the success of this process, known as “crown lengthening,” depends on the severity of the break, it is worth asking about options other than complete removal.
    • Knocked Out Tooth: Depending on the situation, find the tooth and, holding it by the crown only, rinse it briefly with warm water. If possible, gently reinsert the tooth into the socket and bite down on gauze or cloth to keep it in place. If you cannot reinsert it, place it in a container of milk or salt-water. See your dentist as soon as possible—if treated within 2 hours, the tooth may be salvaged.
    • Soft Tissue Injuries: Soft tissues such as gums, cheeks, lips, and the tongue tend to bleed heavily, only because the tissue contains a great deal of blood flow. To control the bleeding, first rinse with a warm, mild salt water solution. Apply pressure with gauze or a moistened towel for 15 to 20 minutes. Afterwards, to reduce swelling and help stop residual bleeding, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth. In the event of a serious soft tissue injury, in which the bleeding is profuse or the damage is visibly traumatic, it is best to stay calm, keep applying pressure, and go to the emergency room.
  • When your husband snores, you both miss out on the restful sleep you need. If his snoring is not related to allergies or sinus problems, and if you notice gasping, choking, or long periods of time during which his breathing seems to have stopped, your husband could be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition that causes a person to stop breathing for short periods of time during sleep and usually results in sudden, repeated awakenings and poor quality of sleep.

    Before deciding on a treatment plan, he should discern the specific cause of his sleep apnea. Occasionally, sleep apnea originates in the central nervous system, but it is more likely that your husband is suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. In cases like these, it is a mouth matter—either a physical obstruction in the throat, nose, or mouth, or a poorly positioned jaw during sleep. If sleeping on his side, changing up his sleeping patterns, and avoiding alcohol and sleeping pill usage at night does not help his apnea, his obstruction could require surgical attention. A dentist can create a custom mouthguard to reposition the jaw, the tongue, or both, while an oral surgeon might recommend removal of excess tissue (such as the tonsils) to open up the airway. Ask your dental health professional about your husband's options, because everyone deserves a good night’s sleep!

  • Dry mouth or xerostomia occurs when there is insufficient saliva produced by the salivary glands. Dry mouth is particularly common in the elderly and the very young, but it can affect anyone at any given time.

    What are the symptoms of dry mouth?

    • A sticky, dry feeling in the mouth
    • Frequent thirst
    • Sores in the mouth; sores or split skin at the corners of the mouth; cracked lips
    • A dry feeling in the throat
    • A burning or tingling sensation in the mouth and especially on the tongue
    • A dry, red, raw tongue
    • Problems speaking or difficulty tasting, chewing, and swallowing
    • Hoarseness, dry nasal passages, sore throat
    • Bad breath

    What causes dry mouth?

    There are several causes of dry mouth. These include:

    • Side effects of medications: Dry mouth is a common side effect of many prescription and nonprescription drugs, including drugs used to treat depression, anxiety, pain, allergies, and colds (antihistamines and decongestants), obesity, acne, epilepsy, hypertension (diuretics), diarrhea, nausea, psychotic disorders, urinary incontinence, asthma (certain bronchodilators) and Parkinson's disease. Dry mouth can also be a side effect of muscle relaxants and sedatives.
    • Side effect of certain diseases and infections: Dry mouth can be a side effect of medical conditions, including Sjögren's syndrome, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, anemia, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, Parkinson's disease, stroke and mumps.
    • Side effect of certain medical treatments: Damage to the salivary glands, the glands that produce saliva, for example, from radiation to the head and neck and chemotherapy treatments for cancer, can reduce the amount of saliva produced.
    • Nerve damage: Dry mouth can be a result of nerve damage to the head and neck area from an injury or surgery.
    • Dehydration: Conditions that lead to dehydration, such as fever, excessive sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, blood loss, and burns can cause dry mouth.
    • Surgical removal of the salivary glands.
    • Lifestyle: Smoking or chewing tobacco can affect saliva production and aggravate dry mouth. Continuously breathing with your mouth open can also contribute to the problem.

    Dry mouth can be uncomfortable, and is one of the leading causes of chronic bad breath, but it can also make teeth more prone to decay and soft tissue more susceptible to infection. Because insufficient saliva endangers the health of your entire mouth, it’s important to ask Dr. Somaiya about oral sprays, prescription drugs, or simple lifestyle changes that can provide relief.

  • You could be suffering from temporomandibular disorder, or TMJ, which affects the flexibility and function of the temporal jaw joint and surrounding muscles. Because this area controls bite, speech, chewing, and all other jaw movements, the pain can be severe.

    TMJ has been associated with a number of different causes, but the most common factor is the bite itself. A misaligned bite can place pressure on the jaw joint, forcing the muscles to work overtime in effort to correctly align the upper and lower jaws. This not only compromises the function of your jaw, but it can cause a good deal of fatigue and pain in the facial muscles. Headaches, toothaches, and jaw clenching, popping, or locking are all common symptoms of TMJ. TMJ can also occur after a jolting face injury which causes a normally aligned jaw joint to become damaged or repositioned.

    Professional treatment of TMJ ranges from minor fixes to surgical options. If your dentist determines that the main cause of your TMJ pain is an irregular bite, he or she may recommend a retainer-style mouthguard, or even a reshaping of the biting surfaces of your teeth, to subtly change the way your upper and lower jaws meet. If it is a structural issue occurring in your jaw bone (especially if your TMJ is a result of injury), you may benefit from surgery. When it comes to TMJ treatment, it is important to choose the most conservative plan for your individual needs.

    In the meantime, alleviating the pain through treating the symptoms can give you some relief. Heating pads or cold compresses can reduce swelling, and limiting your jaw movement (for example, cutting especially chewy foods out of your diet) can stop the clicking or popping. Massages can temporarily relieve muscle tension, and painkillers (medicated or over the counter) can reduce inflammation and make you more comfortable.

  • The toothpaste aisle can be pretty overwhelming. Over the past few years, companies have introduced so many options for toothpastes, brushes, flosses, and mouthwashes, that even the most discerning consumer would not know where to begin. Here are a some guidelines for picking the right products for your particular needs:

    • Toothbrush: The big question here is, electric or manual? When it comes down to it, it is really all about your personal preference. Recently, electric toothbrushes have gained popularity, but not necessarily because they are “better” than manual brushes. Both brushes are effective at removing plaque, but electric brushes can make the process easier for you. If you find manual brushes difficult to use, or just do not enjoy the process, an electric one might make brushing easier and allow you to do a better job. When choosing a manual brush, opt for soft bristles with the smallest head—they are easy on gum tissue and can fit around the back molars. Regardless of your hardware of choice, though, just keep brushing, and be sure to brush long enough! Although it takes a full 2-3 minutes to brush every tooth effectively, most people only brush for an average of 30 seconds!
    • Toothpaste: First and foremost, always check for the ADA seal of approval. Despite the large variety of toothpastes available, most contain similar agents geared toward scrubbing, flavoring, or keeping your paste moist. It is a good idea to choose a paste that contains fluoride, which strengthens enamel and makes teeth less prone to decay. Tartar-control toothpastes usually contain fluoride, but they also contain chemicals to break down plaque and antibacterials to kill lingering germs. After checking those off, choose your paste based on your personal needs. Whitening varieties have added abrasive agents (not bleach), that polish the surfaces of your teeth without damaging enamel. If you have sensitive teeth, certain toothpastes provide chemical compounds that, when used on a routine basis, can reduce sensitivity over time.
    • Floss: While most people brush the recommended two times a day, flossing sometimes gets placed on the back burner. However, neglecting to floss at least once daily is doing your mouth a serious disservice, as up to 50% of plaque accumulation occurs between teeth. That’s why you should floss before you brush, to loosen up that plaque for easier removal with your toothbrush. If you find flossing too difficult or unpleasant, try using a flosser. They are reusable, use disposable heads, and with handles just like toothbrushes, they make flossing as neat and easy as brushing your teeth. You can find them at most grocery and drug stores.
    • Mouthwash: There are as many different types of mouthwashes available as there are flavors, and it is important to choose the one that is best for you. Cosmetic mouthwashes can rinse away debris, provide a pleasant taste, and mask bad breath temporarily. If you are looking for a mouthwash with a purpose, look for an FDA-approved therapeutic rinse, with either antiplaque or anticavity ingredients. Mouthwashes are particularly useful for people with canker sores, braces, and dry mouth, but they should not replace brushing or flossing.

      Combing all of these factors makes a complete and effective oral hygiene routine, but you do not need the fancy, expensive products to have your healthiest smile. Just do your part at home and stay up-to-date with professional check-ups, and you will be set to go!

    Combing all of these factors makes a complete and effective oral hygiene routine, but you don't need the fancy, expensive products to have your healthiest smile. Just do your part at home and stay up-to-date with professional check-ups, and you'll be set to go!

  • While having diabetes does not automatically put your dental health at risk, it does make a person more susceptible to certain conditions. Uncontrolled diabetes causes high glucose levels in saliva, which can promote the growth of bacteria in the mouth and increase the risk of cavities. Diabetes also reduces the body’s resistance to infection, which can make an individual more likely to develop illnesses such as gingivitis or even gum disease. Symptoms of gingivitis, which is an early form of periodontal disease, are red, sore, receding, or bleeding gums; if you notice these to any degree, be sure to make an appointment with Dr. Somaiya. Other, less serious, problems that can occur include thrush (a treatable infection in the tongue and cheeks), ulcers and dry mouth.

    Interestingly enough, this connection is a two-way street. For patients with severe gum disease, the infection in the gums can affect the blood glucose levels and the immune system, actually increasing the overall risk of developing diabetes. If you have diabetes, you know the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Smoking can be particularly damaging to diabetics, as it causes excess dryness and damage to the gum tissue. Ultimately, the most important factor is blood sugar. If you keep your diabetes under control with a healthy lifestyle and maintain good oral hygiene through regular check-ups, diabetes will not get the best of your smile.

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