Every smile could use an improvement, and every smile deserves the chance to find the right cosmetic improvement. How can you know which is the best option for you without doing a little bit of research? We have made that process a little bit easier for you by making a collection of some of our past blogs.

By reading through these old blogs, you will get an idea of what you can expect from some of our most popular cosmetic procedures!

We will begin with Invisalign, which is a fantastic orthodontic procedure! You can get a more beautiful smile without anyone around you suspecting that you are wearing braces!

We love the way veneers can transform a smile into something absolutely breathtaking, but have you don’t any looking into the latest veneers option? Lumineers can transform your smile in a single appointment!

We have spent a lot of time in recent blogs talking about the benefits of a dental implant. Check out this past blogto find out more about how an implant transform the LOOK of your smile!

You might not spend a lot of time thinking about a filling being a cosmetic improvement, but it absolutely can be! This blog takes a look at how to get rid of the amalgam in your smile and move towards something that blends much better!

Cosmetic dental bonding is one of our most popular cosmetic solutions. The process itself is simple, and patients love the fact that their smile can be transformed with so little discomfort!

We hope you can spend some time going through these old blogs. The information is just as relevant now as it was when we wrote them! When you are finished, contact us to set up an appointment or consultation where we can discuss those options in more detail.

Sometimes all we need is to hear about your smile goals, take a look at your teeth, and then start making recommendations! We can’t wait to see you soon at Grand Dental!

Dentures and Dental Services

Have you seen the movie How to Train Your Dragon? In the movie, a young viking shoots down his first dragon only to discover that there’s a lot about dragons that his society doesn’t know! He names his dragon Toothless because of its ability to hide or show his teeth at will.

If only it were that easy for us! If only we could be without teeth in one moment but be able to spring a full set of teeth in the next moment! We can’t make it that fast, but we can make it that easy with our Teeth in a Day procedure.

Making the Decision to Lose Your Natural Teeth

It’s a difficult decision to finally let go of your natural teeth and make a move toward a full restoration. You probably didn’t want to live with dentures for the rest of your life, and we don’t blame you! Luckily you don’t have to with the Teeth in a Day option.

People think that dentures are inevitable, but that’s not the case. In fact, we would be happy if our society could move beyond dentures completely! The real question though, is when is it time to make the decision to move beyond your natural teeth?

When is it Time to Let Go?

This will be different for everyone, but let us give you some scenarios that might help you make a decision for your own smile. The first is simple. If you have more teeth missing than teeth that are still healthy, it’s time to move on.

If you have never bothered to repair the teeth you have, it might be time to make a move toward a more permanent solution.

If you have been trying to keep up with your teeth, but they are falling out faster than you can have them repaired, it might be time to throw in the towel.

Move on to Something Better

The good news is that you can move on to something better. When your teeth are in such disarray that they no longer function in a beneficial way, there is no reason to hang on to them! You can get a better solution and get back your smile!

There are a bunch of reasons to want a healthy, functioning smile. You want to be able to eat nutritious foods and feel confident when you smile. You want to be able to enjoy your teeth and not feel like you are in a constant battle with them. We have just the solution for you.

Teeth in a Day

Teeth in a Day allow you to walk into our office with the remainder of your natural teeth and leave with a full set of permanent teeth! That’s right! We can remove any remaining teeth, place implants, and attach your new teeth in a matter of one single appointment!

The secret is in the planning. We spend a lot of time up front preparing for your procedure. We will take lots of images so that we know exactly where to place the implants. We will have your teeth already prepared by the lab so we can go ahead and put them in. You will know your sedation options so that you can simply come in, sit back, and relax while we do the work!

Can you imagine walking in with your troublesome smile and walking out with the smile of your dreams? The option is here!

Contact us today to learn more about the Teeth in a Day procedure! We can’t wait to show you what’s available to you!

What do Tom Cruise, Katy Perry, Demi Moore, Chris Rock, and Katie Holmes have in common?

No, it’s not that they’re all household names or have multimillion-dollar salaries.

Hint: Take a look at some pictures of these celebrities online from their early days, and (aside from the hair evolutions), you might notice something else about their appearance that’s changed over the years.

Look closer—notice anything different about their smiles?

These celebrities don’t just have whiter, brighter teeth now because they had their teeth whitened; they have veneers.

Veneers aren’t just for the rich and famous. You can also get a dramatic smile makeover at Grand Dental with this “instant” procedure.

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are thin “shells” that go on the front of your teeth. They are made of a durable material, usually porcelain, that looks like natural teeth in both color and substance.

Veneers are great for people with healthy gums who have chipped teeth, discolored or stained teeth, and cracked teeth. Veneers don’t have to replace all of your teeth, either; they can just be applied to problem teeth.

Veneers can also help you if you have one or more crooked teeth. Instead of waiting a couple of years for braces to straighten your teeth or consistently using whitening treatments, we can give you the Hollywood smile you deserve with these incredible tooth coverings—in only two appointments!

Two appointments to beautiful white teeth? Tell me more!

How Do They Work?

First, veneers must be made in a lab to precisely fit your teeth based on an examination, X-rays, or impressions that we take of your teeth.

After they are made, Dr. Benefield will carefully remove just enough of the enamel (the thin protective layer) on the front surface of your teeth so that the veneers can fit on top.

Next, he’ll make sure the veneers fit properly and as naturally as possible, and he’ll also check to make sure the color matches your other teeth. Then he’ll clean your teeth, roughen the surfaces a bit to help the dental bonding stick, and then carefully cement the veneers on top of your teeth, so that your smile looks healthy and new!

How Long Do They Last?

Veneers can last up to 10 years. That’s much longer than whitening treatments! If you take good care of them like your regular teeth and are careful not to put unneeded pressure on them, like biting your nails or chewing on ice can do, then your veneers can last a decade.

Be sure to come in to see us for regular dental exams, where we’ll professionally clean and then check your veneers to make sure they’re in top condition!

What Should I Do to Make Sure My Veneers Look Great?

Dr. Benefield and the staff here at Grand Dental take great pride in the quality of our work, and we care about every single patient that comes through our doors. You can be confident that we always do our best to provide excellent dental care so that you can get the most out of your results.

One of the things we emphasize here is educating our patients and providing you with the information you need so that you not only know how to take care of your natural teeth but also any dental elements in your mouth that haven’t always been there, like veneers.

To keep your veneers looking great, you should simply take care of them like you would your natural teeth. Make sure you brush at least twice a day and floss once a day, as well as come in for regular dental checkups.

If you have veneers on just one or a few of your teeth, we can also provide you with helpful tips to keep the rest of your teeth bright so that all of your teeth sparkle and shine like your veneers. You might want to even have us whiten your other teeth before you get your veneers.

Your veneers are made of stain-resistant porcelain, but limiting dark beverages like coffee and red wine or brushing right after you drink them will keep the veneers looking clean and bright!

Be Proud that Others Notice Your Smile!

Studies show that one of the first things people notice about someone else’s appearance is their smile. Let Grand Dental help people notice your beautiful celebrity smile with veneers!

Contact us today for a free consultation to start you on your way to a noticeable, white smile! And while you’re here, feel free to ask us any questions you have about veneers or about your mouth in general—we are always happy to answer your questions!

When we talk about restorations for your teeth, we mean a lot of different things. For example, a filling for a cavity is considered a restoration, as is a crown for a tooth that is broken or cracked. Today we would like to talk about the difference between bridges and implants so that should you lose an adult tooth, you’ll know where to begin!

Many people get confused by this conversation. After all, does it really matter which restoration you choose? The answer is YES! It matters greatly. Let’s take a look in more specific detail so you have a better idea of what to expect should you ever have to make this decision yourself.

Replacing a Missing Tooth is Important

First of all, we hope you realize that replacing a tooth is extremely important. A missing tooth will impact your chewing ability, your confidence when you smile, as well as the way you speak. You will be surprised at the important role each of your teeth places when you are trying to pronounce words and sounds!

So how do you ever begin the conversation of which restoration is best? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of bridges and implants below.

Choosing a Bridge

If you are like most, your first inclination will be to choose a dental bridge. There are some benefits to this, but there are also cons that you might not be aware of.


At first glance, a bridge seems like the obvious choice because it is less expensive. This is great for patients who are in a financial bind or those who don’t have dental insurance and cannot qualify for our financing options. A bridge is stable and will be made to fit your natural teeth.

A bridge is also not permanent. It might last 15-20 years at most, which seems like a long time, but it will need to be replaced after that time and many bridges need to be repaired before the bridge has lost its function.

The most concerning thing we find about a bridge is that the bridge relies on your healthy, natural teeth for support, which puts your teeth at risk. A bridge is made up of two crowns on either side of the false tooth. Those crowns must fit on your healthy teeth, which makes them 30% more likely to develop damage of their own.

Choosing an Implant

An implant will not be your first choice because you will see the price compared to a bridge, and you will want to turn away. We understand that response, but you should realize that when you invest in an implant, you are investing in a smile solution for the rest of your life.

A dental implant is the only permanent restoration on the market. Once we place the implant, it will not come out for the remainder of your days because it will be fused to your jawbone. The implant itself doesn’t need your healthy teeth for support, which means that your entire smile will benefit.

On top of that, an implant looks just like your natural teeth, so no one will ever know you’ve had work done. There are no unqiue requirements for care, and the restoration itself will feel like it has always been a part of your smile.

The greatest con for an implant is that price tag. It is more expensive than other restorations, which makes it daunting. Some patients are also afraid of the procedure to place the implant. Oral surgery seems like a scary thing, even though sedation will keep you comfortable throughout the entire process.

The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that you need to choose a restoration that will replace your missing tooth. Whether that is a bridge or an implant, your smile needs to have the space filled. If you are torn between the two options, give us a call! We would be happy to help you determine which restoration would be better for your smile.

Contact us today to set up an appointment or consultation in Grand Junction. We can’t wait to hear from you so that we can get you started on your way to a happier, healthier smile right now!

With this terrible flu season still raging around us, it is easy to get caught up in all of the preventive measures and protective decisions to keep your family safe and healthy. We don’t blame you at all, but we wonder if you are also protecting your family from the infection that affects 80% of the population in the United States.

Are you protecting your family from gum disease? Do you know what your family needs to stay safe from this smile-killing infection? Gum disease is the number one cause of lost adult teeth, and it is known to be connected with other problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and multiple kinds of cancer.

Where the Problem Begins

Like all infections, gum disease has a beginning that doesn’t seem so bad. In fact, you probably won’t even notice this infection at first. It takes a dental professional to know the initial signs, and that means being seen regularly for checkups and cleanings.

The Bacteria Infection
Gum disease begins with a few harmful bacteria amongst the billions of bacteria that are already in your mouth. Those harmful bacteria begin attacking your gums just under the gumline.

You probably won’t notice a thing, but when you are sitting in our chair, we will see the beginning of damage. We will let you know that an infection has begun and take immediate action to remove the infection before it progresses.

Treating the Problem
Treating an initial infection is EASY compared to what comes next. A simple professional cleaning will get rid of the infection. We will use our dental cleaning tools to remove the infection and send you on your way with more information about how to keep your gums healthy.

When the Infection is Ignored

If every case of gum disease was as easy as the initial infection, we would never have to worry! Unfortunately, most a huge number of us are not seeing a dentist as often as we should. The result is a lot of untreated infections.

Bacteria Digs In
As we said above, gum disease begins with a simple infection that you probably won’t even notice. If you don’t see a dentist regularly, that infection will advance into advanced gum disease, or periodontitis.

You will notice your gums swelling and turning red. You might notice your gums bleeding while your brush your teeth. None of these things are normal. If you notice them, you will know that seeing a dentist is an immediate need.

Removal Becomes More Serious
We can still remove this infection, but it requires much more work! We will use lasers to remove bacteria from below your gum line. We use a process called scaling and root planing. This allows us to remove the bacteria from along your tooth root. We then smooth the tooth root so that bacteria cannot cling to your tooth as it was.

We might also recommend an antibiotic or high-grade mouth rinse to help you kick the infection completely. The important thing is that you get the infection cleared up before it becomes something much more serious.

The End of the Road

We call this last stage the end of the road because if you don’t take care of the infection here, you will end up losing your tooth. There’s no way around it. At this stage, the bacteria causing the infection has formed pockets along your tooth roots. These pockets are full of harmful bacteria that are attacking the bone structure, which will put your teeth at risk.

Teeth Are at Risk
At this stage, you should be very concerned about the possibility of losing one or more of your adult teeth. You will probably experience bleeding gums much of the time, and your teeth will begin to feel loose.

You are probably experience a very advanced infection, which means that more than just one tooth are affected. Removing this type of infection takes a lot more work than just a simple procedure like a cleaning.

Treatment is Limited
We offer pocket reduction surgery, which will help us remove the infection and put your gums back where they should be, but the process isn’t a walk in the park. We have to remove all of the infection that is reaching deep into your jawbone. We must also repair your gums so that they can go back to their function of protecting your sensitive tooth roots from damage.

As you can see, gum disease can become a very serious problem in a very limited amount of time. The best way to prevent gum disease altogether is to be sure you are brushing, flossing, and possibly using a great mouth rinse to remove bacteria.

You should also come in for a cleaning and exam once every six months. This will give us an opportunity to remove any infection we see and help you improve your hygiene habits to prevent further infection. Contact us today to set up your next visit!

Improve Your Dental Health

We are all trying to become healthier people. Sometimes the least likely decisions can have a great impact on your overall or systemic health. Systemic means that we are looking at all of the systems in your body and not just the system in question. So how do you make healthy choices?

We know that the oral health system actually impacts almost all of the other systems of your body! Poor oral health has been linked with heart disease, several forms of cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and preterm delivery of babies.

We have some great news! You can make decisions for your dental health that will also benefit the other systems of your body! That’s right, the dental health decisions you make in the dentist’s office can positively impact the rest of your health! Let’s take a look at some examples.

1. Removing Amalgam Fillings

If you’ve been around the block a time or two, you are probably the not-so-proud owner of an amalgam filling. That silvery gray filling tucked away in your molars somewhere seems harmless, and some research will agree with you. However, there is a growing number of people who believe that amalgam fillings could very well have a negative impact on your health, especially your nervous system.

The Threat of Mercury

Amalgam fillings are made up of several forms of metal and use mercury as a binding agent to hold the filling together. The filling itself is very strong, but the use of mercury is considered quite dangerous by some.

Just think, you have knowingly added a neurotoxin inches below your brain. If a filling were to leak, it is obvious where the damage would go!

Replacing With Composite Filling

We believe in safely removing and replacing amalgam fillings with a much safer option: composite fillings. Composite fillings are made of resin, which can be a mixture of glass, plastic, etc. The materials themselves are very safe for your body, and the filling remains strong! It is a win-win situation for you to remove the threat of mercury and receive a quality filling.

2. Implants Over Dentures

When you are looking to restore your missing teeth, you have a choice: dentures or implants. You might think that the only thing affected is your wallet, but that is far from the truth. Implants are much safer for your systemic health because they allow you to get the nutrition you need to keep a healthy body!

Prioritize Nutrition

Making the choice for implants over dentures is a great decision for your systemic health. You will be able to get all of the natural fiber, vitamins, and nutrients needed to maintain a healthy digestive system. It will also benefit your heart and brain health!

You will stay healthier, and you will feel more confident for the remainder of your days because dental implants are a permanent solution! That’s right, your implants will never need to be replaced!

Live Longer

Obviously nutrition is important for your current health, but your future health is impacted as well. In fact, the Mayo clinic believes that patients who are able to avoid dentures will live up to 10 years longer than denture-wearers! That’s a LOT of time spent with your family and loved ones.

3. Drinking Water

We have heard this until we are blue in the face, but drinking water is one of the best health decisions you could ever make! You body needs hydration to run all of your major bodily systems! If you aren’t getting enough water, you are letting yourself down in more ways than one!

Cut Sugar Intake

The primary reason why we are encouraging you to drop your other beverage habits is to cut back on your sugar intake. All of the bathing your teeth do in sugar is not good for your enamel! Sugar feeds the bacteria in your mouth and leads to more decay.

Not only will your teeth benefit, but the rest of your body systems are getting bogged down by the sugar overload as well!

Improve All Body Systems

It’s a well-known fact that your entire body needs water to function at a great level. Every part of your body benefits when you make drinking water a priority. Just think about losing weight, having better brain function, improving your digestion, and having muscles that are more capable of working well!

These are just three examples of how making the best decision for your teeth will also benefit the rest of your systemic health! Contact us today to learn more about this process. Grand Dental would love to help you make these better decisions for your dental health!

When you first received your dentures, you probably didn’t think of them as an enemy, but it probably didn’t take long for you to change your mind. Dentures are meant to help you improve your ability to chew and enjoy life, but they aren’t always successful.

In fact, many denture wearers absolutely hate their appliances because they get so frustrated with the fact that the dentures are unable to function anything like natural teeth. Let’s take a look at the actual problem and what we can do help you have a great denture experience.

What’s the Problem?

Dentures are so common that most of us assume that there won’t be any problems. After all, you probably know many people who have worn dentures for years. It has been so long that even they may not realize how poor their dentures function! From the fit of dentures to the lack of nutrition, dentures can cause lots of problems for our patients.

Loose, Ill-fitting
Even with quality dentures, patients will often experience a loose feeling. This will affect your ability to chew as well as the comfort of your gums. Dentures that are constantly rubbing against your gums will create sores and swelling over time.

You will also be unable to eat chew comfortably making eating your favorite foods and healthy meals next to impossible.

Nutrition is Lacking
Eating a balanced nutrition is extremely important for your overall health. If you are unable to eat the most nutritious fruits and vegetables because of your dentures, your health will suffer. You won’t be getting the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to remain strong.

We often see denture patients with struggling health because they are unable to eat a balanced diet. They end up eating foods that are high in starch and carbohydrates because those foods are soft and easy to eat. The problem is that those foods are also really bad for your heart and blood sugar levels.

Where’s the Solution?

So what kind of solution can there be? Dentures are popular because of the small price tag that accompanies them, and patients are rarely aware that there are other, better options involving the use of dental implants.

Dental Implants
Dental implants are small titanium posts that fit directly into your jawbone to secure individual crowns or full dentures. We can even complete the entire procedure in one appointment using our Teeth in a Day process.

Mini Dental Implants
You may have tried to get implants before but were told that you didn’t have enough bone mass for implants. There is now a solution for that problem, and it doesn’t involve gum graft surgery!

Mini dental implants can give you all of the benefits of implants despite your thinning jawbone. Mini implants work in the exact same way as regular implants, but they are much thinner which allows them to heal in even the thinnest bone!

How to Begin?

Are you tired of your dentures? It could be time to make a change for the better. It’s time for you to consider dental implants! All you need to do is call today to set up a consultation appointment where we can review your options and give you the best solution possible!

Grand Dental can’t wait to see you and your smile very soon!

Have you heard people talking about sedation, one of the latest trends in dentistry? It’s possible that you have, though we meet with patients all the time who have no idea what is available to them!

Going to the dentist is not a favorite thing to do for anyone, but with the help of sedation, it can cease to be an enemy. Sedation does a lot of things for patients that you might not be aware of. We have picked a few to share with you, and we have those written below.

1. Your Gag Reflex is Eased
One problem we see rather commonly in our office is a heightened gag reflex. Patients with this issue struggle to have a good dental visit because it is something that they are unable to control. When we are working towards the back of the mouth, this patient will gag, repeatedly sometimes.

Not only is it uncomfortable for the patient, but we also struggle to complete the work needed. This leaves the patient with a less than satisfactory appointment. Sedation can ease this problem because sedation relaxes those sensitive muscles that cause the gagging in the first place.

2. We Can Work Efficiently
This might seem like a strange benefit to mention to you, but believe us when we say that our ability to work well can only benefit YOU! After all, you walked into our office expecting great care, and we want to be able to give that to you.

When a patient is frightened or upset during work, it makes it difficult for us to get your work done efficiently. We would possibly sacrifice the best care because we wouldn’t want to cause you more anxiety. Sedation allows you to be relaxed during your appointment so that you get the best care possible.

3. Big Procedures Become Small Inconveniences
How is your schedule? Do you have time to come into the office three or four times to complete one procedure? Most of our patients are unable to do that with major inconveniences. It sometimes takes a lot to schedule simple cleanings and exams, let alone several appointments for a major corrective procedure.

Sedation takes all of that stress and worry away by allowing us to complete complex procedures in a single appointment. That’s right, you can schedule a big procedure for one day and not have to worry about changing the rest of your life around to accommodate several appointments.

4. A Patient With Disabilities Can Get Help
We often meet with parents and families of patients who have disabilities. Patients who are unable to relax in a dental chair due to significant mental handicaps can often benefit from sedation.

The sedation allows them to relax through their appointment. The fear of masked hygienists and dentists is no longer an issue when the patient is under sedation! This solution will only work for some disabled patients, so it is important that you speak with us about this option ahead of time.

5. The Cycle of Fear is Broken
The most important benefit of sedation dentistry is that the cycle of fear is broken. If you’ve been avoiding the dentist because of years of fear, sedation could be the answer to help you FINALLY have a great dental experience.

Once you’ve had a great dental experience, it is much easier for you to come back for more and more great experiences! The cycle of fear is broken, and you are free to move forward to a healthier smile!

Contact us today to get started. Grand Dental can’t wait to show you all of your options and help you finally have a great experience.

Maybe you caught our blog over the holidays about the signs that a full mouth reconstruction could be in your near future.

We believe very strongly that full mouth reconstruction can save lives. This is about more than just how your smile looks. After all, the health of your smile has a big impact on the rest of your health. Before we are ready to look into that, let’s begin with the first question running through your mind:

How Did I End Up Like This?

When you reach this point, you might be wondering how things got this bad. When did this happen? It seems like your smile was fine yesterday, but today it is unacceptable. This is a common problem that people experience. If you haven’t been paying attention to your smile, it can seem like the damage happened overnight, but that’s rarely the case.

Unhealthy Habits
Often damaged teeth begin with unhealthy habits early and throughout your life. Not following great oral hygiene will eventually lead to teeth that are worn down, broken, and damaged from years of infection and decay.

Often patients will know that they haven’t taken great care of their teeth and might be embarrassed to come see us. If that’s you, you should know that there’s not reason to worry. We have a judgment free zone where you can simply get the care you need without a lecture.

While unhealthy habits are often a problem, sometimes nature works against our patients leading to the ultimate need for full mouth reconstruction. While good oral hygiene can protect your teeth and gums from damage, sometimes things like heredity make keeping a healthy smile difficult.

Your genetics are a very important aspect of your oral health. If your tooth enamel and saliva are not strong enough to fight bacteria, you will experience a lot of decay and infection which can lead to the need for a full mouth reconstruction at some point, especially if you don’t take care of your teeth along the way.

It’s About More Than Looks

Needing a full mouth reconstruction is about much more than the way your smile looks. Improving your looks is a benefit, but we are concerned with the health of your smile above all else. If you choose to go down this path, you will notice us focusing on the health of your smile before we make any moves to improve the look of your smile.

Improving Oral Health
Our major concern for a full mouth reconstruction is improving your oral health. If your mouth has been in a state of infection and decay for years, you are definitely due for an improvement! You’ll be surprised by how much of a difference a healthy smile can make!

We begin the reconstruction process by addressing any and all oral health concerns we see. We need to remove infection and decay from your mouth before we can apply and cosmetic improvements. It is our first priority, and it will be the aspect that makes you feel better!

Implications of Poor Oral Health
Oral health concerns, particularly gum disease, have a bigger impact than just messing with your smile. Your entire body can be impacted. We call these systemic health connections, which means that your oral health affects all of the other systems in your body.

For example, gum disease has been linked with various forms of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes. Without taking the proper precautions for your smile, you might end up with other very serious health concerns.

Where Do We Begin?

Does this sound like a process you need to begin? We think so! If you are struggling with your smile, you need a dental office that understands and is able to help. That’s us!

A Conversation
It all begins with a conversation. Simply give us a call and set up a consultation where we can take a look at your smile and give you some options for improvements. This conversation is a great time for you to let us know of your concerns while we give you the information you need to make a great decision for your smile.

Contact us today to set up a consultation or appointment. We would love to see you soon and help you get started with this process!

Roman Oral Care

It is in our nature to want to know what came before us and what will come after us. Science has taken great strides to learn about our human history and what it teaches us about today. The discovery of Roman skulls has given us some great insight into the way oral health has changed. Let’s take a look at what we learned from these ancient skulls and how it should affect our daily habits.

They Didn’t Know Much About Oral Health, But…
Romans didn’t know nearly as much as we now know about oral health, and yet the skulls showed a surprising find. Romans didn’t have nearly as much gum disease as we have now. They showed signs of decay and abscesses, but not gum disease. Even though they didn’t see dentists like we do today, and they certainly didn’t follow the strict hygiene habits that we have. How is this possible?

Our Habits Harm Our Oral Health
Researchers believe the shift in gum disease has to do with our poor habits of smoking and not eating well. Gum disease numbers stayed down until society began smoking tobacco. As tobacco use and diabetes numbers have gone up, so has the spread of gum disease. If that is true, we should see a decrease in gum disease as tobacco use and diabetes numbers go down. We just have to make that happen, first!

Take a good look at your health habits, and see if you might be putting yourself at risk for gum disease! If you are, there’s no better time than the present to change those habits and build a healthier you. Contact us today to find out more about the link between your health habits and gum disease. Grand Dental would love to see you soon!