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The Difference between Plaque & Tartar from the Dentist Aurora Families Trust

November 13, 2015

Woman chatting on phone and brushing teeth in a towel needs to visit the dentist aurora trustsAlmost every oral health issue starts with plaque or tartar buildup. More than 50% of US adults experience some level of gum disease which is the number one cause of tooth loss, and periodontal disease occurs due to soft tissue irritation caused by plaque and tartar build up. Tooth decay causes cavities, root canal infection, and tooth loss, and begins when acidic plaque and tartar breakdown tooth enamel. Regular preventive dental care from D’Amico & Mauck, DDS in Aurora and thorough at-home oral hygiene are the first lines of defense against these destructive bacteria.

A Fantastic Aurora Family Dentist

June 29, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-512518103If you dedicate countless hours every week driving your kids to practices, meetings, and to hang out with friends, you probably don’t have a lot of spare time. In Aurora, CO, Dr.s Nicholas D’Amico and Matt Mauck can help you save some drive time by caring for the oral health of your entire family. Except for a few extraordinary cases, children don’t need to see a pediatric dentist. Your family dentists Dr.s D’Amico and Mauck are well equipped to meet the dental care needs of your whole family. We can even schedule a block of time in advance for your whole family to receive their checkups and cleanings. Whether you’re interested in pediatric or geriatric dental care, call D’Amico & Mauck to schedule an appointment today. (more…)

How Does Your Oral Health Affect Your Overall Health?

August 17, 2012

For some, it may still come as a surprise to hear that oral health and overall wellbeing are closely connected, but it’s true. Last December, a report from The Wall Street Journal revealed that what happens to your smile can influence what happens in the rest of your body. In this post, we’d like to focus on two health problems in particular: cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

A Bridge between Your Mouth and Your Body

When we say that your oral health affects your overall health, we’re talking about a specific aspect of your oral health—periodontal disease, which you might know better as gum disease.

How does periodontal disease affect overall health? By creating pockets between the teeth and gums. It’s through these pockets that bacteria and plaque are able to gain access to the rest of the body. You might think of them acting like a bridge, a window, or better yet, a subway. From these pockets, these harmful things are carried to other parts of the body, where they can potentially cause other problems.

The heart, in particular, is vulnerable. That’s because bacteria and plaque from the mouth can irritate the arteries, resulting in the production of a protective plaque that can harden and block the flow of blood. When blood flow is restricted, the result can be a heart attack, among other problems.

The connection between oral health and diabetes is more mysterious. Researchers and medical professionals are still debating whether patients with periodontal disease are more susceptible to diabetes or if it’s the other way around. Regardless, the connection is no less real, and patients with diabetes are advised to pay close attention to the health of their gums.

How can our patients from Aurora and beyond do that? The best way is through great at-home care and with regular visits and cleanings at our dental office. During your regular visit, Dr. Nicholas D’Amico or Dr. Matt Mauck will have the chance to examine your smile for signs of periodontal disease and other serious oral health conditions. We can also offer advice on any follow-up treatment you might need, in addition to helping you improve your at-home routine.

Call us today to schedule your next appointment!