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Dr. Laura Matin, DDS

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I have a strong commitment to ongoing education for myself, my staff, and our patient community. I'll be writing articles regularly about different procedures, new technologies, and health information. If there is a topic you'd like to know more about, or a question that you'd like to have answered, please contact us!

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Posted on 6/4/2019 by Dr. Laura Matin
Nearly half of all Americans age 30 and older have some form of gum disease. Gum disease, or periodontitis starts with a slimy film of bacteria. This plaque sticks to teeth and gums, and if not brushed or flossed away, it can burrow below the gumline, causing destruction to the supporting bone around the tooth. Signs of gum disease include bleeding, red or swollen gums, areas where the gums seems separated from the teeth, bad breath,and loose teeth, which can cause changes in your bite. Left untreated periodontitis can cause tooth loss, painful chewing, and may increase the risk of various diseases. Bacteria can enter the bloodstream through everyday activities such as eating, chewing and toothbrushing. Once in the bloodstream, the bacteria can be carried to other parts of the body....


Posted on 6/1/2018 by Dr. Laura Matin
Xerostomia or dry mouth is associated with a change in the composition of your saliva and a reduction in the salivary flow. Some reasons that can cause xerostomia is medication. Certain drugs can cause reduced salivary flow. Some of the medication that can cause the mouth to feel dry: antidepressants, antihypertensive (used to lower your blood pressure), opiates, some asthma medications, antihistamines and diuretics. The aging population has an increase in xerostomia as they tend to take several medications. Certain diseases can affect the salivary flow- such as Sjogren’s syndrome, scleroderma,etc. One of the main problems associated with xerostomia is dental caries (cavities). Saliva helps to reduce the incidence of decay. Saliva acts as a buffer to prevent the demineralization...

Custom Athletic Mouth Guards

Posted on 10/31/2017 by Dr. Laura Matin
The question that is now being asked “which is the most protective mouth guard we can recommend to our athletes?” The answer is : The one that will be worn, due to precise fit and comfort, and the one that meets the athlete’s specific requirements and considerations. The following criteria must be taken into account: We cannot expect an over-the counter, one size-fits-all mouth guard to meet the above demands. The American Dental Association reported the reduction of football skull /facial injuries from 50% to less than 1% after the requirement of face guards and mouth guards. Flanders and Mchandas in 1995 reported that in basketball, where no head protection or mouth guards are worn, there was an there was an orofacial injury rate of 34%. When a properly fitted...

Gum Disease
Posted on 3/20/2017 by Dr. Laura Matin
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can affect conditions outside your mouth. In heart disease, one theory is that gum disease can cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream where they attach to the fatty deposits in the heart blood vessels. This condition can cause blood clots and may lead to heart attacks. Overall the data indicates that chronic gum disease may contribute to the development of heart disease, the nation's leading cause of death in both men and women. Researchers have found that people with periodontal (gum) disease are almost twice as likely to have heart disease. The risk may be even greater than for those with high cholesterol. Scientists suspect the link between the two diseases is due to the same bacteria that is found in infected gum tissue around the teeth...

Oral Cancer : Can It Happen To You?
Posted on 2/1/2017 by Dr. Laura Matin
Close to 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, causing over 8,000 deaths and killing about 1 PERSON AN HOUR, 24 HOURS A DAY! Only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years. This number has not improved in decades. The death rate for oral cancer is HIGHER than cervical cancer, Hodgkin's thyroid and melanoma skin cancer! The death rate is high not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development. (1) One sophisticated but easy use of screening is theVELscope- a non-invasive direct tissue fluorescence visualization technology. This device emits a particular wavelength inside the mouth and its tissues. (5). In some studies, routine incorporation of the VELscope in the exam proved useful in...

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