the body to release chemicals that can induce labor. This data also suggests that if a pregnant woman’s periodontal condition worsens during pregnancy it will create an even greater chance of premature birth.
      From our perspective, this is easy to understand. Pregnancy increases the stress on the body and takes nutrients from the mother to provide for the fetus. So if the mother’s nutritional needs are not being met during this period, the mother’s systemic health suffers. Any infection is a concern for pregnant women because it poses an increased health risk for the fetus. It is equally stressful to the mother's health.
      Ideally we prefer to treat our patients who are intending to become pregnant prior to conception to lessen the overall risk factors, and consistent checkups and cleanings throughout a pregnancy are also a must! 

While snoring is a major indicator of this condition, not all of the symptoms are as obvious. We as dentists are able to detect less evident symptoms through an exam, and conversation about the patient’s recent issues. We might find that the patient has sleep apnea if he or she suffers from morning headaches, dry mouth, or extreme lethargy.
      Our sleep apnea treatments vary depending on the severity of the disorder. In some mild cases, we have found that simple behavioral changes such as altering sleep position, losing weight, or quitting smoking, in conjunction with a custom fitted mouthguard to improve airflow, are enough to relieve symptoms. In more serious cases, a CPAP machine is the industry standard of care.
      Our dentists have undergone special training for the treatment of sleep apnea. We are highly skilled in managing the dental appliances and behavioral modification, but a confirmed diagnosis from a sleep medicine specialist is required before we can begin to administer treatment. 

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      Many diseases and conditions have an effect on oral health. For example, a person with a weakened immune system is at a higher risk for infection in the mouth. Medicine for other conditions can also affect the health of the mouth. Many drugs cause dry mouth which increases the risk of dental decay and yeast infections.
      Oral health can also have an affect on pre-existing medical conditions. Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease are just a few examples of conditions that are worsened by poor oral health. It should be a top level priority for patients with one or more of these conditions to see one of our dentists regularly for checkups and cleanings. Oral health is the gateway to systemic health, and we are here to help our patients maintain just that. 

A proper night’s sleep is essential to overall systemic health.  For many people, their sleep is disturbed and their health is compromised due to sleep apnea. It is a serious, life-threatening disorder that is characterized as a series of episodes throughout the sleep cycle in which a person stops breathing for 10 seconds or longer.

health is a great signifier of systemic health.
      At a more serious level, research has shown that gum disease can actually contribute to heart disease, because the bacteria from infected gums can dislodge, enter the bloodstream, and increase clot formation. Some scientists also believe that gum disease may trigger clot formation, which in turn elevates blood pressure, increasing the risk of a heart attack.  
      Systemic diseases like heart disease have oral symptoms. Our dentists can help patients who have a history of heart disease by examining them for infection, inflammation, and oral pain. For those who do not have heart disease, regular dental exams and cleanings are the best way to prevent gum disease and further complications. 


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Visiting one of our premier dentists is a lot more than just having a checkup. A dental visit is not just about cleaning teeth, or filling a cavity; it’s about your systemic health. What goes on in the body, is reflected in, and affects, the mouth. Since most people see their dentist more often than their general practitioner, we are often times 


For those who suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis, joint pain, stiffness, and swelling is the daily reality of the condition. Lesser known, is that due to Rheumatic Arthritis being a chronic inflammatory condition, its sufferers have a significantly higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease. 

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As part of our comprehensive examination, we screen for head
​and neck cancer. In many cases, a dentist is the first frontier for spotting cancers that would otherwise go unnoticed without regular screening. 


Patients with diabetes are at a higher risk for gum problems due to poor blood glucose control, and a decreased ability to fight bacteria. If left untreated, gum disease can take on a more severe form: Periodontitis. At this stage, gums begin to pull away from teeth, and pockets form in the space between. These pockets fill will germs 

Oral health and heart health are much more closely linked than one might think. Studies show that a person with moderate to advanced gum disease is more likely to have heart disease than a person with healthy gums; and smoking, poor nutrition and diabetes play a roll in both gum disease and heart disease. At DGNY, we know that oral 

Rheumatoid Arthritis can also cause a patient to have poor oral health due to an inability to properly care for teeth at home. Pain and stiffness in the hands and jaw makes daily flossing and brushing difficult. Without thorough oral hygiene, plaque can form around the teeth and gums, which primes the mouth for oral inflammation.
      We offer assistive aids like prescription fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash to help lessen plaque and decay. Being proactive about routine dental care will ensure that any issues that arise are taken care of in a timely fashion before becoming detrimental to our patient’s systemic health. Scheduling frequent cleanings and checkups to maintain the health of teeth and gums is essential

and become deeper. Oftentimes we need to perform gum surgery to save the teeth before the infection destroys the surrounding bone.
      New research shows that the link between gum disease and diabetes is a two way street. Not only is a diabetic more susceptible to serious gum disease, but gum disease may have a significant effect on blood glucose control, contributing to the further progression of the patient’s diabetes.
      Other oral problems associated with diabetes include: thrush, an infection caused by fungus that grows in the mouth, and dry mouth which can cause soreness, ulcers, infections and cavities.
      We work closely with our diabetic patients to maintain their oral health and check for symptoms of more serious issues. It is important the we have a close and honest relationship with our diabetic patients so that we stay up to date with the medications they are on, and do not perform invasive procedures if their blood sugar is not well controlled. 

It is a known fact that risk factors such as alcohol, smoking, and drug abuse increase the risk of low birth weight babies. In addition to this, recent studies have provided new information that periodontal disease in pregnant women is a significant risk factor for preterm low birth weight. It has been proven that periodontal disease stimulates