How Much Do You Know About the Process of Dental Implant Treatment? Part 2

Welcome back!  For those of you who have been following this blog for any length of time. You know that this blog is long-standing in its devotion to the education of Dr. Scharf’s patients as well as his readers, regardless of how long you’ve been with us.  Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who understands the importance of keeping his followers up-to-date on new technology and any more modern research into the deep dark world of gum disease and how it can influence the lives of those afflicted with it.  Last week, we began a new article series on the process of dental implant treatment in which we hope to familiarize you with incredible more modern technology for the permanent replacement of missing teeth. So, without further ado, let’s get started on this journey down the road leading to the process of dental implant treatment.

More About Dental Implants

Last week, we concluded our blog post with a promise to talk about how dental implants work in our next post.  Today, we are making good on the statement and will be discussing how dental implants are designed to work. Last time, we talked about what dental implants are, explaining that they are the best replacement option for replacing missing teeth, whether the need is to replace single missing teeth or multiple ones.  But, in the explanation, we did not tell you exactly what a dental implant is because we felt that information would fit better into the scope of today’s blog post.

What Dental Implants Are

What dental implants are and what they do is pretty nifty when you think about it.  Dental implants are surgically positioned titanium screws into the jawbone in a space where the tooth or teeth are missing.  The titanium screw bonds or fuses with the surrounding jawbone, creating a robust and permanent anchor for the mounting of the artificial tooth or teeth.  The fused strength of the titanium screw with the jawbone creates a “root” which is strong enough to hold the replacement tooth and allow the chewing mechanism to work as designed by the Creator.

How Dental Implants Work

Solidly placed and fused tightly with the surrounding bony tissue, the dental implant can be, depending upon your oral health, stronger than your natural ones.  This permanent attachment eliminates the normal shifting to which natural teeth are prone, keeping the environment in your mouth more stable. These dental implants do not cause the sore spots, gagging and poor ridges which are common to dentures, nor do they fall prey to the problems that infections in the anchor teeth for bridges, whether fixed or removable, can cause.  Under these circumstances, the bridge anchor teeth can fail, requiring them to be removed and either redesigning of the bridge which was dependent upon them or another option to fill the gap thus created.

Next time, we will discuss the types of dental implants and how they work.  In the meantime, we urge you to get established with a dental professional for an appropriate evaluation of your oral health and that of each of your family members.  Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island, and in the role, he can identify and treat gum disease in any stage of development in any member of your family.  Call him at (631) 661-6633 or visit him online at https://drscharf.com and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser instead of a scalpel.

 

How Much Do You Know About the Process of Dental Implant Treatment? Part 1

Welcome to all of our regular readers and those readers who are new to us today.  This blog is a long-standing one in which Dr. Scharf educates his patients and his readers, whether new or old in either category.  Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who enjoys keeping his followers up-to-date on new technology and further research into the deep dark world of gum disease and how it can influence the lives of those afflicted with it.  Today, we begin a new article series on the process of dental implant treatment in which we hope to familiarize you with incredible more modern technology for the permanent replacement of missing teeth. So, without further ado, let’s get started on this journey down the road leading to the process of dental implant treatment.

What Are Dental Implants?

Before we can delve very deeply into this topic, we must first get some basic information out front.  You may wonder what exactly a dental implant IS? A dental implant is a newer and preferred way to replace missing teeth that is available to us today.  As people live their lives, sometimes situations occur, i.e., accidents, decayed teeth, weakened or loosened teeth, which result in some the loss of teeth, either singly or in multiples.  

The Options

When teeth are missing, two things are essential to understanding:

First, the mouth was designed to have a specific number of teeth, all of which have a particular function and which are placed in the appropriate sequence on the upper and lower plates to perform those functions efficiently.  When you lose teeth, spaces occur in the plate structure which results in areas not only allow the trapping of food but also the openness changes the way the chewing mechanism takes place.

The second thing essential to understand is that, as mentioned above, each tooth has an assigned function in the chewing process which also relates to the digestive processing of food.  Some teeth are for biting, some for cutting and some for mashing and chewing, and when the structure of both the lower as well as the upper plates are intact, every tooth does its job to efficiently break up food in preparation for its journey through the digestive tract.

By understanding these two principles, it follows that if the initially designed tooth configuration and chewing mechanism are changed or interrupted, the food, inadequately prepared,  travels through the gastric system in a form not intended, a situation which could cause issues as we age.

The Negatives

When teeth are missing, and this chewing mechanism changed, there are several options available to fill in the gaps (pun intended).  Those options include bridges (both removable as well as fixed), dentures and dental implants. Here are the negatives of the alternatives:

The bridges can erode adjacent teeth to which they have been affixed, causing loosening and additional eventual loss.

Dentures can be challenging to adjust to, interfere with eating and enjoying some foods and may need adjustments or replacement periodically.  

Dental implants are the closest permanent fix for missing teeth which our current technology can provide.  Recent advancements make this option even more attractive in that completion occurs within hours instead of weeks or months.

Next time, we’ll talk about how dental implants work.  In the meantime, we’d like to encourage you not to ignore those missing teeth.  Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island, and in the role, he can identify and treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel, as well as guide you toward your best options for replacement of missing teeth.  Call Dr. Scharf at (631)661-6633 or visit him on the web at https://drscharf.com and let him explain the many ways he can help you.

 

Marijuana Use, Gum Disease and Erectile Dysfunction: Are They Related? Part 6

Welcome back to all of our returning readers and those new readers who are joining us for the first time.  Welcome to all to the last segment of this article series on marijuana, gum disease, and erectile dysfunction. Recently, we have been discussing various conditions linked to some degree to gum disease and marijuana use.  For you readers who are new to this blog, allow me to introduce Dr. Scharf to you. He is a Periodontist in Long Island who delights in educating his readers and his patients, in an attempt to keep them up-to-date regarding all things dental, especially as they may apply to their overall general health.  Today, we will conclude our discussion on the very sensitive of ED; you will see that we will point out the last two of the ten ways we found to protect against and possibly prevent the ED risks that increase with regular and frequent cannabis imbibement. So, come along with us to part 6 of this series covering the effects of marijuana use and gum disease as these pertain to erectile dysfunction (ED).

Unfaithfulness

If you are either in a relationship or are committed in a marital one, this may or may not be new information.  When you are unfaithful to those with whom you are relationally involved, guilt generally follows the unfaithfulness.  This guilt, though for a time may be ignored, will eventually grow to create anxiety issues and those associated anxiety issues can cause chemical changes in the brain which can and do have some influence on the ability of a male to get and maintain an erection.  These high levels of anxiousness tend to put your sympathetic nervous in overdrive, keeping your body in a “fight or flight” mode. Continually remaining in this mode doesn’t allow your body to relax and calm down enough to even enable arousal to occur. Additionally, this anxiety stops the release of neurotransmitters which facilitate the erection.

How do you position your laptop?

For some of us who utilize laptop computers for gaming or work issues, the position in which we use the laptop can play a role in your sex life.  The “laptop” computer was designed to be more conveniently used than a desktop PC, having the battery power, lighter weight and smaller size that lends it to portability.  Laptops are designed for use on a tabletop or from your lap; it is this latter position which has the potential to influence the male erection. Did you know that the temperature in your testicles is a few degrees lower than your body temp?  The cells in the testes that produce the sperm and even the testosterone are quite heat-sensitive. Thus the reason the testicles are located outside the body. Placing the laptop in your lap allows the heat from the unit to build up in your lap and it is that heat that influences the heat-sensitive cells that comprise the whole erection process.  A simple solution is to reduce or eliminate the time spent with the laptop resting in your lap, choosing instead to place it on a table or lap tray.

Now that you have learned many new things and new ways to protect your penis and its function in your life let’s encourage you, again, to also protect it from the damaging effects of gum disease in general. Allow me to remind you that Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island, a role that will assist him in helping you protect your parts.  A step in that direction is to call Dr. Scharf at (631)661-6633 and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.

Marijuana Use, Gum Disease and Erectile Dysfunction: Are They Related? Part 5

We’re so happy to welcome back all of our returning readers as well as those new followers who are joining us for the next segment in this article series.  Previously, as you may recall, we have been discussing various conditions linked to some degree to gum disease and marijuana use. If you are new to this blog, allow me to explain that Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who delights in educating his readers and his patients, in an attempt to keep them up-to-date regarding all things dental, especially as they may apply to their overall general health.  Today, we will continue our discussion on the very sensitive of ED, you will see that we will point out more ways to protect against and possibly prevent the ED risks that increase with regular and frequent cannabis imbibement. You’re encouraged to come along with us to part 5 of this series covering the effects of marijuana use, and gum disease as these pertain to erectile dysfunction (ED).

Alcohol Use

While it is true that many prefer to include alcohol consumption to help get into the foreplay frame of mind, it can be more of a hindrance than a help. The result of some studies reveals that too much alcohol makes erections more challenging to achieve softer results.  They have also shown that when reformed alcoholics were studied, they found that they were at a higher risk of ED problems than those men who remained sober. They explained that alcohol works as a depressant and, accordingly works against getting it up and having the energy to perform if you can.  Keep it to two drinks or less and enjoy it more naturally.

Increase Exercise Intensity

We all know that exercise activities benefit many symptoms and parts of the body, and including your sex organ. However, some forms of exercise, such as easy jogging, aren’t intense enough to provide the erectile benefits which are available.  Studies show that stepping up your intensity will help, especially for those men with high blood pressure issues. They recommend interval training programs as great ways to increase that intensity and the quality of those erections.

We’ve still got two more ways to discuss, and we’ll cover those next time.  Until then, we encourage you to get established with a dental professional and have that vital evaluation as soon as possible.  Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island, and in that role, he can evaluate and treat gum disease in any stage in any member of your family.  Call him at (631)661-6633 and allow him to explain how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.

Marijuana Use, Gum Disease and Erectile Dysfunction: Are They Related? Part 4

Welcome back! We’re so glad you have returned to continue for the next segment in this article series.  As you may recall, we have been discussing various conditions linked to some degree to gum disease and marijuana use.  Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who delights in educating his readers and his patients, in an attempt to keep them up-to-date regarding all things dental, especially as they may apply to their overall general health.  Today, continuing in our discussion on the very sensitive of ED, you will see that we will point out more ways to protect against and possibly prevent the ED risks that increase with regular and frequent cannabis imbibement. You’re encouraged to come along with us to part 4 of this series covering the effects of marijuana use, and gum disease as these pertain to erectile dysfunction (ED).

How well do you sleep?

Do you get your 7 to 8 hours of good sleep every night?  If you’re like many people, the answer to that question is probably ‘no.’  The University of Chicago did a study that looked at the sleeping habits of young, healthy men as related to their testosterone levels.  What did they find? You guessed it! They found a correlation between men who slept less than 5 hours a night and their levels of testosterone.   They found that those men had levels of testosterone that decreased by ten percent — and those levels plunged after only a few days of poor sleep. Additionally, other brain hormones like dopamine and serotonin change according to your slumber pattern.  All three of these hormones are involved in your exercising your erection. They recommend a minimum of 6 hours with an ultimate goal of 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night.

Gum Disease three times more likely

A Turkish research study looked at the prevalence of gum disease and any correlation to erectile dysfunction.  Those Turkish researchers found that men with ED were about three times more likely to also have gum disease in one stage or another, than those men who did not have erection issues. The research also supports the link by revealing that the higher the degree of impotence suffered increases the risk of gum disease to a ratio of 4 out of 5.  There are many studies which support the fact that many physical and health maladies are seen in the mouth first.

Next time, we will talk about more of these ways to protect your penis, but in the meantime, we encourage you to call Dr. Scharf at (631) 661-6633 or visit him on the web at https://drscharf.com and let him evaluate each member of your family.  Ask him to be your Periodontist in Long Island; he’ll be happy to tell you how about treating gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.

 

Marijuana Use, Gum Disease and Erectile Dysfunction: Are They Related? Part 3

Welcome back! It is so great to have our faithful followers, as well as any new readers, join us today.  Over the past few months, we have been discussing a variety of conditions which have been linked to some degree to gum disease and marijuana use.  Just in case you aren’t already aware, Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who delights in the education of his readers as well as his patients, keeping them up-to-date regarding all things dental, especially as they may apply to their overall general health.  Today, as promised last time, we will continue a discussion on the very sensitive topic of ED, pointing out some ways to protect and possibly prevent the ED risks which increase with marijuana/cannabis use. You are invited to follow along as we continue to part 3 of a new article series on the effects of marijuana use and gum disease as these pertain to erectile dysfunction (ED).

Ever Considered “Butt” Kicking?

Here is a question for you guys, and even maybe for you gals who are reading this for yourself and your guy.  Are you aware that smoking isn’t healthy for you? I mean, really, not to beat a dead horse, but something you may not necessarily be completely aware of is that a direct link has been established between smoking and erectile dysfunction.   The “how” of this pertains to the changes that smoking causes to the lining of the blood vessels and, guess what, blood vessels are the source of the “power” behind your penis. The damage caused by smoking to the lining of the blood vessels in your penis can decrease the flow of blood into it, thereby creating a meek and mushy member.  In a study conducted in China, they found that about 51% of men who smoke suffer from ED. Additionally, a study done in Iran reported that one year after cessation of smoking about 25% of study participants reported improvements in the ED condition while, during the same time frame, none of the men who continued to smoke, whether using full strength or “light” cigarettes had no changes in their ED.

Is Work Stress Affecting Your Libido?

It is a well-known fact that high levels of stress aren’t necessarily a good thing for our bodies.  Many maladies are being linked to poor management of stress levels and more become evident every year.  There is an exorbitant amount of pressure being placed on men to be successful each and every day, making it extremely difficult to leave the “work at the office,” resulting from many men in their 40’s and 50’s having erectile dysfunction problems.  Couple this with the fact that men in this position aren’t likely to get adequate sleep and probably even less exercise, another two elements of our lives which pay homage to ED.

Next time, we’ll continue to talk about the ten ways to protect your penis.  Until then, we recommend that you and every member of your family get established with a dental professional who can identify and treat any gum disease which may be present.  Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island, and in that role, he can detect and treat gum disease in any stage in any member of your family.  Call him at (631) 661-6633 or visit him on the web at https://drscharf.com and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.

 

Marijuana Use, Gum Disease and Erectile Dysfunction: Are They Related? Part 2

Hello, again, to our faithful followers as well as any new readers who are joining us today.  Recently, we have been discussing a variety of conditions which have linked to gum disease and marijuana use.  Just so you know, Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who delights in the education of his readers as well as his patients, keeping them up-to-date regarding all things dental, especially as they may apply to their overall general health.  Today, as promised last week, we will continue a discussion on the very sensitive topic of ED, pointing out some ways to protect and possibly prevent the ED risks which increase with marijuana/cannabis use. You are invited to follow along as we continue to part 2 of a new article series on the effects of marijuana use, and gum disease as these pertain to erectile dysfunction (ED).

Guys, you have control

As we mentioned last week, our lifestyles can affect our bodies and any of the various systems of it.  Marijuana/cannabis use is one of those lifestyles which can affect our bodies, whether you’re male or female, whether you imbibe regularly or only once in a while.  We specifically refer to sexual function and how it can be affected by cannabis use, and this is especially so if you are male in the form of erectile dysfunction (ED).  There are some things that you can do to prevent these problems or reverse them. I found ten ways that you can control, let’s begin to discuss them.

Some medications

There are some types of medications which are known to affect penile erection function.  Those medication types are:

  • Antihistamines
  • Antidepressants
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Narcotic types of pain management
  • Allergy and cold medications, whether prescription or over the counter

The chemical mechanism that is said to be responsible is medications like Sudafed, for example, behaves like epinephrine, which is an adrenaline hormone; i.e., an adrenaline rush.  Since an erection is an action which is opposite of an adrenaline rush, Sudafed kills any opportunity for erection. We recommend that you read those medication labels very carefully and try to avoid medications containing Sudafed. If you have other medications which you think may be conflicting with each other, consult your doctor for clarification, management, and possible substitutions.

Belly Fat

Is your waist larger than 35 inches?  If so, then you are twice as prone to have erection issues.  The larger waist size refers to those visceral fat layers which are dangerous for all of us but, for males, it can decrease testosterone levels and increase inflammation.  Both of these results can wreak havoc on erectile function.

Next time, we’ll talk about more of the ten ways to protect your penis.  In the meantime, we want to emphasize how important it is for you and every member of your family to establish with a dental professional who can identify and treat any gum disease which may be present.  Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island, and in that role, he can detect and treat gum disease in any stage in any member of your family.  Call him at (631) 661-6633 or visit him on the web at https://drscharf.com and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.

Marijuana Use, Gum Disease and Erectile Dysfunction: Are They Related? Part 1

Welcome back!  We are again, with our faithful followers and any new readers to our blog, here today to discuss marijuana and gum disease. Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who delights in the education of his readers as well as his patients,  keeping them up-to-date in regard to all things dental, especially as they may apply to their overall general health. For those of you who have been following this blog, you may recall that we have been discussing various health topics as they apply to marijuana / cannabis use, gum disease and how the two might be connected.   Last week, we discussed how marijuana/cannabis use can have effect on various systems in your body, specifically focusing on men’s health and issues with erectile dysfunction (ED). Today, as promised last week, we will continue discussion on this very sensitive topic, pointing out some ways to protect and possibly prevent the ED risks which are increased with marijuana / cannabis use.  But instead of adding another installment to our previous article series, we’re starting a new one focusing on men’s health as it is affected by cannabis use because this is an important medical and psychological issue. You are invited to follow along as we continue to part 1 of a new article series on the effects of marijuana use and gum disease as these pertain to erectile dysfunction (ED).

You have some control

For many men, the risks of some of the less beneficial habits in their lifestyle are not really a high priority to them … that is until they begin to experience the effects of some of those habits in areas of their lives which they consider most important.  For most men, one of those more important areas of their lives is buried in their pants … specifically, their penis and the associated sexual implications which accompany erectile dysfunction. If you are, or if you know someone who is, a marijuana/cannabis user, it is important to know the risks and potential outcomes of those risks to the various body systems and parts.  While all this is true, let me point out that, like many other health conditions, there are some things that you can do to protect yourself and your important parts. I found 10 simple ways to protect one of your most basic urges and needs from the dreaded condition called erectile dysfunction or ED. We will be discussing each of them in the coming weeks.

A sensitive issue for sure

While some of our readers may feel this topic is inappropriate, allow me to point out that this blog has covered some pretty sensitive areas for the feminine gender and these sensitive areas have been equally important from a medical standpoint.  Our male readers, just like our female readers, need to know what they need to know about what is happening to their bodies from within in regard to some of their habits, whether the habit is poor oral hygiene, alcohol imbibement, overeating or cannabis use or anything else which is considered damaging to their health.

Next time, we will begin a discussion on each of the 10 ways I found to help protect guys from ED.  In the meantime, we cannot stress enough the importance of getting established with a dental professional and maintaining a routine of follow up care and oversight for your oral health — and that includes every member of your family.  Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist on Long Island and, in the role, he can identify and treat gum disease in any of its various stages of development in any member of your family.  Call him at (631) 661-6633 or pay him a visit online at https://drscharf.com and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser instead of a scalpel.

Marijuana Use and Gum Disease: Are They Related? Part 13

Well, here we are again … our faithful followers and any new readers to our blog … and we thank you for joining us again today for another segment in our article series on marijuana and gum disease. As you may already know, Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who delights in the education of his readers as well as his patients, as he loves to keep them informed about all things dental, especially as they may apply to their overall general health. For those of you who have been following this blog, you may recall that we have been discussing various health topics as they apply to marijuana / cannabis use, gum disease and how the two might be connected.   Last week, we continued this article series about marijuana and gum disease, discussing how marijuana/cannabis use can have a long term effect on your brain, discussing the last two of the six major health issues which dentists can see very early in their development as the routine cleaning and evaluations are done. Today, as promised last week, we will discuss a very sensitive topic, the risks of which are increased with marijuana / cannabis use …men’s health, specifically erectile dysfunction. We invite you to come along as we continue to part 13 of this article series as we continue this discussion about men’s health issues as they apply to marijuana use and gum disease.

Gum disease and ED are related… really?

Are you reading this blog post and are finding yourself thinking … “yeah…right!  If this is the case, you could be in for a quite a surprise when, perhaps at the worst possible moment, you experience a “deflated” tool that can’t be revived.  While this situation is certainly inconvenient as well as embarrassing, it can also be a warning sign to bigger, more serious health problems.

Vascular issues run deeply

There is some recent preliminary research which has been done in Taiwan which reveals that poor dental hygiene can lead to erection difficulties over time.  In this study, it showed that men with erectile dysfunction (ED) were 79 percent more likely to have chronic periodontal disease (CPD) than men without ED. Chronic periodontal disease (CPD) is basically an infection of the gum tissues which causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, which creates pockets in which more bacteria and germs can live and breed, wreaking further havoc on the bone that surrounds your teeth.

Chronic inflammation

Chronic inflammation causes changes in the epithelial lining of all of your blood vessels, interfering with normal blood flow, and it is blood flow to vessels in your penis that results in its erection.  Medical professionals are concerned when erectile dysfunction is present because the blood vessels in the penis are only about a quarter of the size of blood vessels in other parts of the body. If these vessels are experiencing impeded blood flow, the chances are that other parts of your body will soon or perhaps already are suffering damage, increasing your risks of heart disease and other vascular diseases.  

What all of this means to those of you who are currently suffering from ED is this: while it is important to have your medical doctor get involved, ascertaining if other parts are also experiencing dysfunction, it is also important for your oral health to be regularly evaluated and treated as needed to identify and control the gum disease which is likely at the root of the problem.  Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island and, in that role, he can identify and treat gum disease in any member of your family.  Call him at (631)661-6633 or visit him on the web at https://drscharf.com and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.  And, stayed tuned and come back next week as we will continue our discussion of this topic and provide some important information to you guys out there that will help to protect your member.

Marijuana Use and Gum Disease: Are They Related? Part 12

Hello to all of  our faithful readers and to you who are new readers of this blog who are joining us today!  If you know anything at all about this blog, then you are already acquainted with the fact that Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who delights in the education of his readers as well as his patients, keeping them informed about all things dental, especially as they may apply to their overall general health. Over the past few weeks, we have been in the midst of an article series in which we are talking about marijuana / cannabis use and gum disease and how the two might be connected.   Last week, we continued this article series about marijuana and gum disease, discussing how marijuana/cannabis use can have a long term effect on your brain, discussing two more of the six major health issues which can be seen very early in their development by your dental professional as the routine cleaning and evaluations are done. Today, we will discuss the last two of those six major health issues … specifically cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, the risks of which are increased with marijuana / cannabis use. You’re invited to come along as we continue to part 12 of this article series as we continue this discussion about those major health issues as they apply to marijuana use and gum disease.

Cancer

So what is it that your dentist sees in your mouth that would lead him to think about cancer?  Basically the gum tissue is discolored … either redder or whiter that normal … and it can be seen even in the back of your mouth, far back in your throat.  This sign often represents a cancer that is the result of human papillomavirus (HPV), a condition which is increasing in young men. Many dentists are looking more carefully at those tissues in males aged 14 years and older — and, yes, that means it is also a concern in older men as well.  As with many cancers, early detection can mean much better results with treatments.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) is a sign that could signal the presence of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), especially if it is noted in young people.  This type of arthritis is different from osteoarthritis which generally develops as we age, rheumatoid arthritis is actually an autoimmune disease which is known to sometimes affect younger people.  Research shows that half of those people with early onset RA have exhibited symptoms of TMJ. So, if you have jaw swelling or achiness in your jaw, be sure to get in to see your dental professional as soon as possible for an evaluation.  Early detection and treatment can help ease and slow down the development of this debilitating disease.

Now we have discussed all of the six major health issues which can be seen by your dentist in their earliest stages and, in our next segment, we’ll talk about a very sensitive topic related to health conditions, the risks of which are increased with marijuana / cannabis use …men’s health, specifically erectile dysfunction  . Because frequent marijuana users continue to be shown, statistically, to be twice as likely to develop periodontal disease, it is vital that you get established with a qualified dental professional who can identify and treat gum disease in its earliest stages in any member of your family. Dr. Scharf wants to be that dental professional.  As your Periodontist in Long Island, he can fill that role expertly.  Call him at (631)661-6633 or visit him on the web at https://drscharf.com and let him tell your how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.