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Heart Disease, Gum Disease and CoQ10

November 30, 2013

Heart disease is a major health problem. But as with so many other major health issues, some degree of prevention is possible, whether through regular medical exams, a healthy diet and exercise, or through nutritional supplements.

Today we’d like to take a moment to look at one such supplement—CoQ10. This enzyme is found naturally in the body, in some foods, and can be safely made in a laboratory and used to treat certain medical problems

One of those ways it can be used is in the prevention and treatment of heart disease. In research, it was found that patients with a cardiovascular disease often have a CoQ10 deficiency. By adding CoQ10 to your diet with a supplement, it may help you prevent or reverse a range of different problems, some related to heart health and some not. Those problems may include:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Angina
  • Diabetes
  • Immune deficiency

Another condition that CoQ10 may help with is periodontal disease, which is also known as gum disease. In some studies, it has been found that CoQ10 may help patients treat this common oral health problem when it’s taken my mouth or applied directly to the patient’s gum tissue. Advanced gum disease has also been linked to heart disease in some studies.

Do you have questions about CoQ10 and its benefits? Do you struggle with the symptoms of gum disease? Call Randolph Dental Care to schedule an appointment with Dr. Goldstein. Our office serves patients from Randolph, Rockaway, Mendham, Chester, Morristown, Denville, Morris County, and beyond.

What You Need to Know About Diabetes and Gum Disease

August 12, 2013

We’ve said it on the blog before—gum disease doesn’t just affect your oral health. It’s also been linked to a variety of health conditions in the rest of the body, including diabetes.

But what exactly is the relationship between gum disease and diabetes? That’s what we’d like to spend some time talking about today.

The true nature of that relationship isn’t fully understood yet, but researchers do know that it runs two ways. On the one hand, the infection caused by caused gum disease raises the body’s blood sugar levels, increasing a diabetic’s chance of experiencing complications. On the other hand, a patient with diabetes is more susceptible to developing an infection because of the differences in his blood sugar. So regardless of whether one causes the other, or vice versa, a link definitely exists between them.

That means regular checkups are essential for monitoring gum health. Even if you’re not diabetic, you may still have a mild form of gum disease.

Dr. Goldstein provides effective periodontal therapy with scaling, root planing, laser and Arestin, a topical antibiotic that can help you fight infection. Are you concerned about your gums?

Call Randolph Dental Care today to schedule an appointment with us. Dr. Goldstein provides excellent periodontal therapy to patients from Randolph, Rockaway, Mendham, Chester, Morristown, Denville, Morris County, and beyond.


The Connection between Hormones and Oral Health

June 4, 2013

When you think about your oral health, do you ever think about what connection it might have to your body’s hormones? In most cases, probably not, but a very real connection does exist.

When the body’s hormones fluctuate, a patient can become more vulnerable to gum disease, one of the most common oral health conditions a patient can face. Women are especially vulnerable because of the hormonal changes they experience throughout life. Puberty, pregnancy, and menopause are all examples of when vulnerability is high, but it doesn’t stop there—women who are taking birth control should also be careful. There’s even an increased risk a day or two before the start of a woman’s next period.

So, what does this mean for patients of Dr. Goldstein?

It means sticking to a good brushing and flossing routine and coming to our Randolph dental office twice a year for checkups and a professional cleaning. What’s more, if you’re taking birth control or are pregnant, it’s important to let your doctor know. Dr. Goldstein can also offer nutrition tips during your next appointment. Foods that are high in sugar or starch can contribute to potential issues with the teeth and gums.

Do you need to schedule your next visit with Dr. Goldstein? Call Randolph Dental Care today to reserve your appointment. Our office serves patients from Randolph, Rockaway, Mendham, Chester, Morristown, Denville, Morris County, and beyond.

Gum Disease – More Prevalent than You Might Have Imagined

November 14, 2012

Gum disease is a prevalent oral health condition. So prevalent, in fact, that it’s one of the primary conditions Dr. Goldstein looks for at his Randolph dental office. Not only is gum disease the primary cause of adult tooth loss, it’s also been connected to a range of health problems in the rest of the body.

A recent survey regarding gum disease completed by the CDC has revealed that this already prevalent condition may be an even bigger problem than was initially believed.

The findings of the CDC’s study reveal that one out of every two US adults over 30 has some form of gum disease. That translates to 47.2% of the adult population—close to half.

Gum disease can vary from individual to individual, with some patients experiencing more developed symptoms and others experiencing mild symptoms or even no symptoms at all. That’s why regular visits with Dr. Goldstein at Randolph Dental Care are so important.

During a regular checkup with Dr. Goldstein, our Randolph team can thoroughly assess how your smile is doing. That way, we can know for sure if gum disease is something you need help with. If it is, we’re happy to offer comprehensive treatment. In certain cases, treatment may only mean spending more time brushing and flossing every day. For others, though, more advanced care may be needed.

In our next post, we’ll explain Dr. Goldstein’s treatment options and how they can help. In the meantime, if you know gum disease is something you’re struggling with, don’t hesitate to call Randolph Dental Care for an appointment.

We’re happy to help patients from Randolph, Rockaway, Mendham, Chester, Morristown, Denville, Morris County, and beyond.

Periodontal Therapy from Dr. Goldstein

June 26, 2012

In our last blog past, we discussed the relationship between your oral health and your overall health, noting that inflammation in your mouth can lead to other health conditions. Specifically, the inflammation we were talking about was a common condition known as periodontal disease, or gum disease.

When gums become inflamed, it’s because of bacteria and plaque. When this inflammation isn’t treated, pockets can develop between the soft tissue of the gums and your teeth. That’s what gives bacteria and plaque access to the bloodstream and, from there, other parts of the body.

But the good news is that, at our Randolph dental office, Dr. Goldstein has three great periodontal therapies for patients to take advantage of:

  • Scaling
  • Root planning
  • Arestin

Scaling and root planning are procedures that let Dr. Goldstein clean below the gumline to rid teeth and gums of harmful plaque and bacteria. Arestein, meanwhile, is a topical antibiotic that provides patients with long-lasting protection against bacteria. It’s applied below the gumline in our office and goes to work immediately, releasing powerful medication over time to deliver painless treatment.

Have you noticed a change in how your gums are doing? Don’t put off your next visit any longer. Call Dr. Goldstein’s Randolph dental office today to schedule your next visit. We recommend that you see Dr. Goldstein every six months for a regular cleaning and exam. That way we can help you stay on top of your oral health. Schedule your visit with us today if you live in Randolph, Rockaway, Mendham, Chester, Morristown, Denville, Morris County, and surrounding areas.