Periodontist - Cedar Rapids
1909 51st St NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
319-294-4800

Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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No "Glee" in Tooth Grinding
...It may also result from bite problems, the overuse of stimulating substances (caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs), and as a side effect of certain medications...

Lamar Odom Rebounds From Dental Anxiety
...With anxiety-relieving medications that can be delivered orally (in pill form or by gas) or intravenously (into the bloodstream), the techniques of sedation dentistry can help even the most fearful patients get the dental care they need...

Oral Health Can Prove Challenging in Your Senior Years
...And medications called bisphosphonates, often prescribed to treat osteoporosis, may interfere in rare cases with bone healing after tooth extraction or similar procedures...

Even Celebrities Like Jennifer Lawrence Aren't Immune From Bad Breath!
...” Certain health issues and some medications can also cause “dry mouth,” or xerostomia...

Your Next Dental Visit Might Save Your Life - Here's How
... Abnormal blood pressure and some of the medications used to treat it are often a factor in some dental procedures, particularly if anesthesia is involved...

Ariana Grande Breaks Free - of Her Wisdom Teeth
...Anti-anxiety medications may also be given, especially for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures...

Some Blood Pressure Medications May Affect Your Oral Health
... Because of possible effects on your dental health from a number of drugs, it’s always important to let us know the medications you’re regularly taking...

Inform Your Dentist if You're Taking Blood Thinners
...This is especially true if you’re taking certain medications like blood thinners...

Your Case of Gingivitis Could Develop into Something More Harmful
...Inadequate hygiene and high stress still contribute to its occurrence today, along with smoking, medications that dry the mouth and reduced disease resistance — all of which create a perfect environment for bacterial growth...

Don't Let Summer Heat Increase Your Risk of Dental Disease
... By the way, summer heat isn't the only cause for reduced saliva: Certain prescription medications may also interfere with its production...

4 Simple Things You Can Do to Stop Bad Breath
...An inadequate flow of saliva, often a side effect of certain medications, can leave your mouth dry and susceptible to bacterial growth and subsequent bad breath...

Easing the Pain and Discomfort of Canker Sores
...Many over-the-counter medications are available for mild cases that numb the area temporarily and provide a protective covering while the sore heals...

Your Regular Dental Visits Might Change if You've had Gum Disease
...Other treatments and medications...

Managing Diabetes and Gum Disease Together will Lessen the Effect of Both
...Type 1 patients require daily insulin injections to survive, while most Type 2 patients manage their condition with medications, dietary improvements, exercise and often insulin supplements...

Glossary
... Anesthesia - Medications used to relieve pain...

Medication and Heart Disease
Certain kinds of medications can have an adverse effect on your teeth...

Prevention Tips for Children
...If such medications don't help, contact your dentist immediately...

Bad Breath (halitosis)
... Here are characteristic bad breath odors associated with some of these illnesses: Diabetes - acetone, fruity Liver failure - sweetish, musty Acute rheumatic fever - acid, sweet Lung abscess - foul, putrefactive Blood dyscrasias - resembling decomposed blood Liver cirrhosis - resembling decayed blood Uremia - ammonia or urine Hand-Schuller-Christian disease - fetid breath and unpleasant taste Scurvy - foul breath from stomach inflammation Wegner`s granulomatosis - Necrotic, putrefactive Kidney failure - ammonia or urine Diphtheria, dysentery, measles, pneumonia, scarlet fever, tuberculosis - extremely foul, fetid odor Syphilis - fetid Bad breath may also be caused by medications you are taking, including central nervous system agents, anti-Parkinson drugs, antihistamines/decongestants, anti-psychotics, anti-cholinergics, narcotics, anti-hypertensives, and anti-depressants...

Teeth Whitening
... One type of stain—caused by traumatic injuries, medications and fluorosis—actually begins inside the tooth; brushing and flossing don’t help...