(or periodontology) is a dental discipline that looks at the body parts that support your teeth: your gums, your bones, and some sciencey-sounding bits called the periodontal ligament and the cementum. In general, we like to use "perio" because it's much simpler.
are school-loving dentists who spend an additional 3 years studying after dental school. This qualifies them as experts in all things periodontal, plus provides them with the skills necessary for providing dental implants. Dr. Pino is, among other things, a periodontist.
NERDY ETYMOLOGY BOX
Periodontics comes from the Greek for "around the tooth." Makes sense, right?
Annual visits keep you nice andhealthy. Plus, we love seeing you!
WHAT ARE MY MAJOR ORAL HEALTH RISK FACTORS?
70% of those 65 or older strugglewith their periodontic health.
Undermines your immune system, a key in fighting periodontal disease.
Saps your body's ability to fight all disease, including in your mouth.
Pose one of the most significant & preventable risks for oral disease.
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Weakens the physical structures that help support your teeth.
HOW CAN PINO PERIO HELP ME WITH MY DENTAL ANXIETY?
Maybe it's the gleaming metal tools straight from a mad scientist's torture chest. Maybe it's the freaky whirring and buzzing that echoes throughout the office. Or maybe it's just because mouths are kind of private!
Whatever the case may be, we totally get that coming to the dentist can be an anxiety-inducing experience. We want to go out of our way to ensure you have as pleasant a visit as possible - and we really do think it's possible to have fun while you're here!
We're a friendly crew. We love to smile. And we're going to do whatever it takes to make you feel at home.
As in any relationship, communication is key. We're ready to chat with you about your concerns. Or even just to chat. Getting to know you will be our pleasure.
For those times when smiles and chats just aren't enough, there's always sedation. Take a look at our offerings.
WHAT THE HECK IS THE ORAL-SYSTEMIC LINK?
We have a tendency to draw a distinct line between "oral (dental) issues" and "bodily (medical) issues." This won't come as a surprise to most of you, but the mouth is actually part of your body. And it follows that dental issues can be considered within the broader spectrum of physical issues.
Many illnesses that seem unrelated can have detrimental effects on your oral well-being. For instance, "systemic" diseases that attack your inflammatory system are strongly associated with periodontal ill-health.
We welcome and encourage creating a community of care between your general dentist, your physician, and us. After all, we're all here for the same thing - making sure you're as healthy as possible!
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A BIGGER BOX ABOUT DIABETES
Periodontal disease and diabetes are closely associated - so much so that some consider periodontal disease to be a complication of diabetes. Research suggests that this relationship is two-way, however, with both diabetic and periodontal symptoms affecting one another.
If you have diabetes, periodontal disease can increase the challenges of regulating your blood sugar. Make sure to chat with us if you have any concerns about possible complications.