October, as you may already know, is Breast Cancer Awareness month. There have been recent studies that link Periodontal Disease to Breast Cancer. Your oral hygiene and your overall health are very closely related to each other. In a study published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, a survey of 3,273 subjects found that women with chronic periodontal disease – which was indicated by missing molars – had a higher incidence of breast cancer. Inflammation in the mouth creates byproducts that enter the bloodstream which can allow the development of cancer. Whether or not you have Periodontal Disease, it is important to have dental cleanings every 6 months (unless directed otherwise by your dentist, periodontist, or hygienist) to maintain overall health.
As an office, we are concerned about our patients’ overall health and well-being. This year, we will be participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The race will be in Phoenix, Arizona on October 14. If you would like to donate to our team, you may click on the link below. Help us raise money for a cure!
Last week we talked about some of the new ways our office is incorporating new technology to our practice. On Monday, Dr. Trujillo and one of his assistants, Hannah, had the opportunity to learn a new type of Cone Beam: The Galileos by Serona. This top of the line machine is only one of a few in the Valley, so it was a real treat to get to try it out. We even got to take a scan on a patient that day to plan comprehensive implant placement which would not be possible without such advanced scanning.
Having access to the Galileos will make even the most difficult cases much easier. Up until now, X-rays have been two dimensional images of a three dimensional environment which can sometimes lead to unexpected setbacks. With the new 3D Cone Beam, we can eliminate any guessing by having exact knowledge right before our eyes without having to physically look in the patient’s mouth. In the past, many patients were denied the opportunity to have implants because of the lack of good quality bone, or its relation to opposing teeth. With the advancement of these scans, we can view the mouth in a completely new way and literally see what the implants would look like before even placing them in the mouth. Being able to accurately study, plan, and place implants with the Galileos will give more people the opportunity to enjoy dental implants and use them as an alternative to bridges or dentures (or no teeth at all!)
Dentistry is advancing… fast! It can be overwhelming to stay on top of the breakthroughs in this industry, but at Arizona Periodontal Group, Dr. Trujillo is actively pursuing new procedures and techniques to make your experiences here exciting.
Last week, Dr. Trujillo and a colleague visited a dental lab to learn new ways to make dentistry easier and more comfortable for the patient. He toured the lab and got a “behind the scenes” look at a side of dentistry to which we aren’t commonly exposed. Dr. Trujillo is researching the best methods to improve periodontal treatment at our office, including dental implants.
Stay tuned to our blog to learn about some of these new techniques and how they can benefit you!
***For nearly 30 years, Van Hook Dental Studio has been a leader in the fine art of dental restoration.
Arizona Periodontal Group is the best periodontal office in Phoenix, Arizona. We are dedicated to providing you with the top dental care for your gums. Dr. Trujillo specializes in the treatment of periodontal disease (gum disease), as well as the placement of dental implants.
It is amazing how a small office such as ours can be so busy that we hardly have time to spend with each other. Last week, we all decided to close the office and grab some lunch together. Supporting local business is important to us, so we went down the street to enjoy some Mexican food at Tacos Atoyac. This “hole in the wall” has been ranked one of the best taco shops in the country. We all ordered some of their famous grub and took it back to the office where we had a wonderful time enjoying each other’s company.