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Is there a correlation between my dental and cardiovascular health?

August 5th, 2020

YES!  Studies have shown a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, underscoring the importance of good oral health care. Cardiovascular disease remains American’s leading killer, claiming more lives than the rest of major causes of death, according to our friends at the American Heart Association. In fact, an estimated 80 percent of American adults currently have some form of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.

Studies suggest that people with gum disease are believed to have an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke. Since most patients are not regularly visiting a heart specialist, their regular visits to our Albuquerque office can help detect early warning signs of heart issues, prevent gum disease, or at the very least catch it at its early stage. We’d also like you to know your numbers: blood pressure (less than 120/80), cholesterol (less than 200) and BMI (less than 25).

There are many benefits to visiting Twohig Dentistry in addition to maintaining your dental health. If it has been a while since your last visit, please give us a call!

Thanks to Invisalign®, you can have a perfect smile without metal wires or brackets!

July 29th, 2020

When it comes to straightening your smile, our team at Twohig Dentistry knows that having a mouth full of metal braces may not be your idea of fun. Luckily for you, Drs. James and Mary Rose Twohig can offer a cosmetic alternative: Invisalign!

Using a series of clear, comfortable, and completely customized aligners, you can get the smile you’ve always wanted without traditional braces.

Since Invisalign aligners are discreet, they’re hardly noticeable when you speak and smile, and because they’re removable, you can eat and drink whatever you want. Just remember to brush and floss before putting your aligners back in! Treatment with Invisalign is just as effective as with metal braces, and the results are just as amazing!

If you want to know more about Invisalign, contact our Albuquerque office to schedule an appointment.

July Greetings From Twohig Dentistry

July 27th, 2020

Happy July from Twohig Dentistry! The team of Twohig Dentistry is excited to get out and enjoy summer to the fullest, all while social distancing of course. There are still so many fun summertime activities to do outside and away from crowds in our beautiful city of Albuquerque.

In Albuquerque, we are lucky to be surrounded by a lot of natural beauty for us to explore. Our team hopes to get out in the mountains and hike in the days ahead. One of our personal favorites is Tent Rocks! It’s a great hike in the morning before it gets too hot. When the team is out and about during the summer they always make sure to have five essential items on them: toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, phone to use google maps, and family members.

You might not be aware but living a healthy lifestyle goes hand in hand with maintaining your dental health. The team of Twohig Dentistry strives to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, and exercise often. Diet also plays a crucial role in health. During the summer months, so many delicious fruits are in season like plums, nectarines, and peaches. If you and your family do decide to indulge in some ice cream remember to brush and floss afterward.

We hope everyone is having a safe summer!

Hypersensitive Teeth

July 22nd, 2020

It is common to experience dentine hypersensitivity, with symptoms ranging from moderate to severe. Why does it happen and how do you know if this sensitivity is something to be concerned about? The first step is to determine the cause.

The most common cause of the sensitivity is exposure of the dentin. Dentin is the layer immediately surrounding the nerve of the tooth. It is alive and usually covered by the gum tissue. When gum recession is present hypersensitivity is common. Other contributors to temporary tooth hypersensitivity include teeth whitening and dental procedures such as fillings, periodontal treatment, and braces placement or adjustment. These are temporary and should be of no concern.

Permanent hypersensitivity, however, may require treatment. To understand the cause of sustained hypersensitivity, let us explain the structure of dentin and why it serves as a ‘hot spot’.

The dentin contains a large numbers of pores or tubes that run from the outside of the tooth to the nerve in the center. When dentin tubes are exposed, there is a direct connection between the mouth and dental pulp, which houses the nerve and blood supply of the tooth. External stimuli, such as mechanical pressure (tooth grinding or clenching - bruising the ligaments holding the teeth in place), temperature changes, as well as chemical stimuli (sweet–sour) are transmitted to the pain-sensitive dental pulp and activate nerve endings. A short and sharp pain is the result. These external stimuli cause fluid movement in the open tube that is transmitted as pain sensations. Something needs to be placed into the dentin tube to plug it and stop this fluid movement.

The first step in doing something about dental hypersensitivity is to determine the cause; our professional team at Twohig Dentistry can help you with this. Whether the sensitivity is due to exposed dentin or an underlying cause such as abscess or decay, corrective measures are needed. Contact us sooner rather than later so Drs. James and Mary Rose Twohig can reduce the sensitivity, and provide you with some relief!

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