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Can Bad Oral Health Lead to Heart Disease?

Your dazzling, brilliant smile is the first thing people notice about you. As cosmetic dentists, it’s our job to provide you with a beautiful smile that lasts. Here at Top Down Dental, we care about your smile for its aesthetics as well as its function. However, another reason to improve your smile [...]

What is Ozone Therapy and Should I Get it?

At Top Down Dental, Dr. Nancy Nehawandian opts to provide her patients with as many treatments as possible to benefit oral health as a whole. One of these treatments is Ozone therapy. Ozone therapy is a holistic treatment that utilizes your body’s natural healing mechanisms to fight off disease, preserve natural structures and [...]

Bleeding or swollen gums? Here’s what you need to know

You brush your teeth and your gums bleed a little. You blame the toothbrush, or brushing too hard. The fact is, gums shouldn’t bleed from brushing. If yours are, you could have gum disease. Gum disease is common, but it’s serious. If left untreated, it can lead to receding gums and eventual tooth loss. [...]

How Brushing Can Lower Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Later in Life

Every day, researchers are finding ways in which your oral health relates to your overall health. A recent study out of the University of Bergen in Norway has connected gingivitis bacteria to Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers found that the bacteria that causes gingivitis can progress to the brain. That bacteria creates an enzyme that can destroy [...]

Oral Health Is Partly in Your Head

When we talk about holistic dentistry, we often look at the ways that your oral health and your overall health overlap. However, we have a tendency to focus on physical links between the two. We talk, for example, about how gum disease can impact your heart, or how your [...]

A New Tooth-Mounted Sensor Could Help You Achieve Holistic Oral Health

If you’ve ever tried to watch what you eat, you’ve probably tried more than one diet-curbing method. From food diaries to calorie counters, apps that remind you to drink water and watches that monitors your fitness levels, there are plenty of tools. While any healthy habit requires patience and discipline, most dietary tools are unreliable [...]

The Good and Bad of Red Wine for Teeth

In San Jose, we know that it was the Santa Clara Valley that was the real foundation of the California wine industry, and it remains the home of some of the best wineries in the world. So we perk up our ears whenever we hear that there’s new research about the benefits of wine. This [...]

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Seeing Your Dentist Regularly

We’ve all been told that we should see our dentist regularly. But there are many people who ignore this advice and think they should see their dentist only when they have a problem. But there are many important reasons why you shouldn’t wait until there’s a problem to see your dentist. Here are three benefits [...]

Gum Disease Treatment Lowers Blood Pressure Better Than Drugs

As a holistic dentist, Dr. Nancy Nehawandian understands how closely oral health is linked to overall health. Now a new study reaffirms the most important of these links: the link between oral health and heart health. This new study shows that gum disease treatment can be a significant contributor to lowering blood [...]

It May Be Oral Bacteria, Not Fatty Food, Clogging Your Arteries

A heart attack or stroke may seem like a sudden event, but it’s actually not. It the culmination of a slow-developing disease that includes several degenerative processes, such as clogging your arteries. Because fat makes up much of the material in arterial clogs, it was thought that having a high fat diet was the cause [...]

Gum Disease around Dental Implants Should Be Treated as Usual

Dental implants are the tooth replacement that is most like your natural teeth. They’re so much like your natural teeth that they are threatened by the same disease that most often leads to tooth loss: gum disease. Although there is some dispute about whether gum disease is the same when it affects [...]

Gum Disease Misconceptions

Gum disease is a very common condition. At least half of American adults have some degree of gum disease. Unfortunately, the frequency of the condition doesn’t mean that understanding the disease is common knowledge. Instead, many people have misconceptions about the disease, misconceptions that can lead to very serious consequences. Here are some of [...]

Early Death for Those with Gum Disease, Lost Teeth

There are many great things in life, and we all want to have time to enjoy them. Well, it turns out that one of the smartest things you can do to try to give yourself that time is to take care of your teeth. That’s because a new study highlights the link between gum disease, [...]

Tooth Loss Linked to Higher Dementia Risk

As a holistic dentistry practice, we at Top Down Dental understand that your oral health can have an important and sometimes surprising influence on the rest of your your health. One of the most dramatic examples of this is the connection between tooth loss and dementia. We have long been seeing evidence of [...]

Considering Dental Implants? Don’t Forget These Alternatives

Dental implants are a great technology. They give us the ability to replace your lost tooth or teeth with artificial versions that look, function, and last just like the real thing. It’s like having a second chance at saving your smile. But one concern about dental implants that comes up often is that [...]

Gum Disease Therapy Can Help Control Blood Sugar Levels

It has been well understood that diabetes can increase your complications related to gum disease. It puts you at a higher risk for receding gums, bone loss, and tooth loss. That’s part of the reason why your dental visit can help you spot diabetes. Gum disease, in turn, can make it harder for [...]

5 Reasons to Tell Your Spouse About Their Unattractive Smile

If you could change one thing about your spouse, would it be their smile? If it is, then it might be time to talk to them about it. We understand that this may be a difficult issue to bring up, and you may not want them to think you’re unhappy being married to them, but [...]

People With Most Risk Least Likely to Make Dental Implant Appointments

Dental implants are the healthiest tooth replacement option, they look and function like natural teeth, and they only require the same maintenance as your natural teeth. Just brush, floss, and make your regular dental visits. If you do that, your dental implants can last a lifetime. Unfortunately, even though people invest [...]

Health Impacts of Long-Term Marijuana Use

In California, the partial legalization of medical marijuana has been seen as a victory for holistic medicine, allowing people more access to what is seen by many as a natural remedy and an alternative to pharmaceutical drugs. However, others are concerned about the long-term health effects, and as holistic dentists we are concerned about the [...]

If You Want to Get Fit, Treat Gum Disease First

Have you been trying to get fit this year, but aren’t seeing the rewards you expected? Exercise can help improve your health, but if you have gum disease, you might find it harder to get healthy than people with good oral health. Because of the complex interaction between your oral health and your [...]

Why a Mouthwash Ad in the UK Is Causing Controversy

Corsodyl is a medicated mouthwash available in the UK, and it’s no stranger to controversy. The producer of the mouthwash was in front of the country’s Advertising Standards Agency in 2013 for ads related to the product. But their new ad campaign has stirred up even more concern because it’s horrifyingly effective. [...]

Gum Disease May Increase Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

We all know that gum disease is a serious condition that destroys our bones and tissue, but it can also be related to serious health conditions such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and even breast cancer. And now a new study shows that gum disease may be linked to one [...]

How Probiotics Can Help Your Oral Health

Your oral health is impacted by the presence of parasitic bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria are responsible for tooth decay and gum disease. But not all bacteria are parasitic and damaging. Some can actually be helpful, and if you can encourage the growth of helpful bacteria, known as probiotics, you [...]

Alzheimer’s Patients with Gum Disease May Decline Faster

We have talked before about the significant impacts that gum disease can have on your cardiovascular health. Now it turns out that gum disease can also be very damaging to your brain health, especially if you have Alzheimer’s disease. A new study shows that gum disease may accelerate cognitive decline in [...]

Battling Secondary Decay with Bioactive Glass

Cavities are areas of decayed tooth enamel (or, if they’re especially deep, dentin), and we typically treat the cavities with a filling. We remove the decayed and softened tooth material and replace it with synthetic material that is immune to decay. But the problem with fillings is that they can be vulnerable to [...]

The Way to Your Heart Is Through Your Teeth

The connection between gum disease and heart disease is well established, but now a new large study shows just how strong the connection is. A new review of more than 15,000 coronary heart disease patients shows that the number of teeth you have is directly related to your risk of serious heart problems, [...]

Does Gum Disease Increase Breast Cancer Risk?

We know that oral health is inextricably linked with your overall health, and that gum disease has serious ramifications on other health conditions. It’s been linked strongly to heart disease and to diabetes. Now a new study suggests that it might also have strong ties to breast cancer, and [...]

Three worst habits for oral health

Your oral health is important. Not only will strong, healthy teeth help you to get good nutrition and eat the foods you enjoy, a beautiful smile boosts your confidence. Just as importantly, your dental health is linked to your overall health. To maintain lifelong health you'll want to keep those teeth in your head [...]

The Mouth Body Connection

What's the worst thing that could happen if you don't take care of your mouth? You could get a cavity, but that is not the worst case scenario. Oral problems can wreak havoc on your overall health and have been linked to a number of life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and [...]

Is Gum Disease Contagious?

Almost half of Americans today may be living with some level of gingivitis or periodontal disease. Many may not even realize they are brewing serious inflammation and/or gum infection within their own mouths. However, once gum disease is diagnosed, a common question is "Is gum disease contagious?" The answer is slightly more complicated than you [...]

Healthy Gums = Healthy Heart

Gum disease is of concern in the United States. Recent studies report 3 out of 4 Americans show {{{{link id='9513' text='signs of mild periodontal (gum) disease'}}}}, an inflammation of the gums also known as gingivitis, and almost 30% of American adults have a more severe type of gum disease, called periodontitis. These statistics are [...]

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