Do I really need X-rays every year?

Annual x-ray imaging (radiographs) can be an intimidating topic in the dental office, with many people not familiar of the importance of updated imaging. The answer in some cases may be, no you may not need x-rays each year, maybe you need them every 18-24 months. This varies from person to person. The need for … Read more

Autoimmune Series Part 3: Oral Health Effects of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), are a group of autoimmune diseases that result in chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The two main diseases identified in this group are Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. The resulting symptoms are painful due to chronic inflammation, eventually damaging the GI tract. Both diseases must be diagnosed by a … Read more

Autoimmune Series Part 1: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Oral Health

This month we’re kicking off a new blog series here at Innovative Dentistry in SLU! Every other month through 2019 we will be highlighting a different autoimmune disease and the impacts it has on oral health, and vice versa. Autoimmune diseases are diseases that spread throughout the body and affect many different systems. These diseases … Read more

Real Talk: Oral Health and Methamphetamines

It’s hard to avoid the constant news about the rising rates of drug addiction in our country. It can be worse hearing the heartbreaking story of a loved one struggling with addiction. The effects of drug addiction stretch to families, communities and individuals. We have an important job as dental professionals as we are trained … Read more

The Heart of Oral Health

You’ve heard us say time and again that good oral health is linked to good overall health. Most individuals tend to treat their mouth as a separate entity from the rest of their body. When you ignore the fact that what goes on there has a large correlation to many other health issues, you are … Read more