Your oral health means more than staying cavity free. Gums need good home hygiene, check-ups and cleanings to avoid the consequences of gum disease in Wall Township. Also known as periodontitis, gum disease robs patients of their teeth and jaw bone structure, and it impacts systemic health, too. Dr. Edward Dooley screens his patients for gum disease and controls it with state of the art therapies.
November 7, 2016
January 18, 2016
It’s easy to spot the signs of gum disease, or periodontitis, but only if you know what you’re looking for. As your trusted dentist in Spring Lake, Dr. Edward Dooley wants to share some common warning signs of the condition that affects some 75 percent of Americans. Keep reading for more on gum disease from the team at Dooley Dental!
November 3, 2015
The American Dental Association recognizes 9 dental specialties. According to the recognition requirements, the ADA recognizes specialty fields only if, “Advanced knowledge and skills are essential to maintain and restore oral health,” and the association asserts, “The needs of the public are best served if the profession is oriented primarily to general practice.” Dr. Ed Dooley is a general practice dentist, but has advanced training and experience in many of the recognized dental fields. In order for patients to determine the ideal course of treatment in situations where they may need advanced care, it’s important to understand the role of specialists in the dental profession.
September 14, 2015
At Dooley Dental, we love sports. And not just our professional teams, I actually think high school football provides some of the best entertainment I’ve ever seen. That could because my son Brendan was a committed Warrior football player during high school — who knows. I still believe that at the high school level, you can see pure passion, and a love of the game that you don’t find anywhere else. But we want you to remember that while they’re learning and growing on the field, young athletes are also at risk of injuring something they need for now and the rest of their lives — their teeth. That’s why this season, like every season, Dooley Dental is offering free athletic mouthguards in Spring Lake!
February 11, 2014
According to existing data, gum disease increases your risk for heart disease, which claims many lives every year.
Gum disease begins with the accumulation of bacteria and plaque around the gum line. Over time, if it’s not treated, it can cause pockets to develop between the teeth and gums. That gives bacteria and plaque a way into the bloodstream. Once in your blood, they can travel through your body to your heart, contributing to blood clots and possibly even heart attacks.
Other health problems can also be tied to gum disease, including:
- Pre-term Birth
So what can you do to decrease your risk of developing health problems related to gum disease? First, remember to brush and floss on a regular basis. We recommend brushing twice a day (or after every meal, if possible) and flossing at least once. You can also add an antibacterial mouthwash to your daily routine.
Second, make sure you’re visiting Dr. Dooley’s Spring Lake dental office twice a year for checkups and cleanings. Checkups will help us watch for signs of gum disease while cleanings let us remove bacteria and plaque from your gum line before they have a chance to cause an infection.
Call us today if you want to know more about the connection between your smile and your heart, or if you simply want to make an appointment. We offer general dental care to patients from Spring Lake, Avon, Brille, Manasquan, Wall Township, Belmar, and other New Jersey cities.