Periodontal Disease and your Health

Gum (Periodontal) Disease Is Linked to…

 More and more the public is becoming aware of the connection between gum disease (periodontal disease) and heart disease, diabetes and strokes. However, those aren’t the only health conditions that are related to periodontal disease. It has been shown that having gum disease can put you at risk for conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease and also certain cancers.

Dentist Pasadena Texas | Dental Materials in the News


You may have seen reports in the newspaper or on TV about dental sealants having toxic chemicals. Well that is sensationalism reporting. I am going to use dental sealant material on my two girls when they are older.

A recent published study in the Journal of Pediatrics assesses Bisphenol A (BPA) exposures from dental materials.  BPA is a synthetic chemical resin used in plastics. In dentistry, its derivatives—bisphenol A-glycidyl methacrylate and bisphenol A dimethacrylate—can be found in resin-based dental sealants and composites.

The food industry uses BPA when manufacturing the epoxy resins that coat cans and polycarbonate bottles intended to hold foods and beverages. Bisphenol A also is found in some children’s toys, plastic tableware and infant bottles. The release of industrial and household wastes into the environment also exposes humans to BPA. There is also evidence that some dental sealants may contribute to very low-level BPA exposure.

The exposure to BPA from sealants is about 200 times lower than the level EPA considers safe. The EPA level is based on daily exposure. The measurable exposure to BPA from sealants occurs one time—at the time of placement.

Teeth Whitening and Teeth Bleaching

Pasadena Texas Teeth Bleaching   Why do teeth get discolored? Tooth discoloration and staining causes embarrassment and self-consciousness.  Though many causes of tooth discoloration are under your control, some are not.  The following is a brief list of causes and cures: 1. Drinks: Coffee and tea tend to stain teeth, especially when sipped over a prolonged […]

Brushing your gums and teeth

Can brushing too hard damage my gums?

The health of your gums is intricately related to the health of your teeth. We use the phrase, “brush your teeth,” but that really means “brush your teeth and gums.”

One of the misconceptions that a lot of people have about dental care is that you need to brush really hard. This is not true. In fact, it’s often better for your teeth and gums if you use a softer touch. The plaque and bacteria that build up on your teeth can be more effectively removed with a softer, gentler scrub – if you brush too hard, not only are you risking injury to your gums, but you’re also not cleaning your teeth as efficiently as you could be.

So if you’re one of those “gum scrubbers” who tends to brush too hard, here are a few tips:

Toothpaste and Kids

Parents know that taking care of small children is a full-time job – and along with diaper changes, bath time, and medical checkups, parents also need to take care of their children’s teeth. Primary teeth, baby teeth, are very important part of your childs overall health.

From Birth to 18 months: no toothpaste is required.

Start cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as the teeth begin to come in – but you don’t need toothpaste at first.  For babies younger than 18 months, the best way to clean your child’s teeth is with a wet cloth or gauze – without toothpaste.  Gently rub your child’s teeth and gums with a cloth over your fingertip – this, along with nursing and/or drinking water, is all the oral hygiene that your child needs at the infant stage. Once your child has more of a “full set” of teeth, you can use a small, soft toothbrush to brush your child’s teeth with water.

When to start toothpaste?

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Dr. Nugent sees children in his office and loves working with children. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears or no later than his/her first birthday.  Having the child in the operatory watching Mom, Dad, or an older sibling helps ease the apprehension of the child.

To help Parents, Dr. Nugent now offers two innovative and extraordinary services: Stem Cell collection and Child ID kits.

Considering Dental Implants?

Considering Dental Implants?

For many people who have lost their teeth a partial or a full denture are the only solution. And, while it is far better to replace missing teeth rather than to leave the gaps, there are drawbacks to wearing a denture. The disadvantages can include further bone loss, problems with chewing resulting in decreased nutrition and stress on the supporting teeth. Plus, you have to take the appliance out every night and clean it.
If you have experienced any of these problems, implant treatment for tooth replacement therapy might be the best treatment for you. A titanium dental implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone and it can support a single crown or a bridge. Also, if you are already in full dentures then implants can provide a way for your dentures to “snap” into place resulting in a much better fit.

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Here are some important facts to take into consideration:

Treating Children at Dr. Nugent’s Pasadena Texas Dental Office

Do Children need a Pediatric Dentist?

Dr. Nugent treats patients of all ages and the large majority of children do just great at our office.  Occasionally we do refer a child to a Pedodontist, a children’s dental specialist, for certain procedures or if they have a special need.

We strive to start children on the path to a lifetime of dental care without anxiety. We do this by exposing them to as many positive experiences as possible at our office. Here are some tips that can help you get your child off to a great start at the dentist:

Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer, the warning signs.

Oral cancer claims the lives of thousands of Americans each year. But early detection and treatment greatly increases the chance of complete recovery. Performing a self-examination regularly can help in early recognition of potential problems.

Pasadena Texas Dentist | Local antibiotic for gum infections

One-third of all adults have gum disease, also called periodontal disease. The symptoms of periodontal disease range from those that are nearly undetectable to the patient, to mildly bleeding gums, to chronically red, swollen and abscessing gums and loose or shifting teeth. The underlying bone support of the teeth is lost. Most often, periodontal disease is a silent destroyer of oral health because pain is usually absent.

For patients that have Periodontal Disease, scaling and root planing (also called deep cleaning) is necessary. This deep cleaning removes the plaque, calculus (tartar), and bacteria from the pockets. Additionally, local antibiotics can be placed in the pockets to help accelerate the healing process. The goal of the deep cleaning is to remove the noxious stimuli and give the tissue a chance to be healthy and reattach to the tooth eliminating deep pockets.

The local antibiotic our office uses is Arrestin (minocycline hydrochloride).  Infected pockets inside your gums require treatment before periodontal disease causes further damage. ARESTIN is indicated as an adjunct to scaling and root planing procedures for reduction of pocket depth in patients with periodontal disease. Placing Arrestin in the pocket around your tooth allows the time release antibiotic to kill bacteria over time and allows the gum tissue to have a healthier environment in order for the gum tissue to reattach to the tooth.

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