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Highland Park, MN General Dentist Describes the Connection between Oral and General Health

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In recent years many studies have been conducted. It has been found that there is a strong correlation between problems and diseases of the mouth and those of the body. Your risk of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, respiratory and other chronic diseases increases with the presence of chronic dental infections and periodontal disease.

Heart Disease – Bacteria in the mouth resulting from periodontal disease attach themselves to coronary arteries as they enter the bloodstream. This can contribute to the formation of blood clots, potentially leading to narrowing of coronary arteries.

Respiratory Disease - Research also suggests that the same oral bacteria can pose a risk to people who suffer from pneumonia, emphysema, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Bacteria from the mouth are drawn into the lower respiratory tract during normal inhalation, creating bacterial infections.

Diabetes
–If you have pre-existing diabetic conditions, you are at greater risk of developing periodontal disease. The presence of periodontal disease increases blood sugar levels, and controlling glucose levels a challenge. This factor alone can increase the risk of serious diabetic complications.

There is clearly a significant relationship between the presence of periodontal disease and many serious diseases of the body. But there is a simple way to avoid these complications because periodontal disease is a highly preventable and treatable disease if it is caught quickly and not allowed to progress. Protect your oral and overall general health by contacting the Highland Park, MN General Dentist office to schedule your regular dental examinations and cleanings.

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Laser Dentistry Highland Park St. Paul

We’re using innovative laser dentistry to provide you with fast, effective, and comfortable treatment!

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Laser Dentistry Machine Used by Dr. Malterud

With laser dentistry more patients than ever before are getting the treatment they need comfortably and quickly. Our office uses the revolutionary Lightwalker Laser to treat a number of common dental problems.

With the Lightwalker Laser we:

  • Treat periodontal disease (also known as gum disease)
  • Eliminate cavities and prepare teeth for fillings
  • Perform root canals
  • Treat cold sores and canker sores
  • Improve the appearance of the smile with cosmetic dentistry
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Laser dentistry has a number of important advantages over traditional treatment methods. Laser dentistry is appropriate for a wide number of patients, including children and patients with dental phobias.

Here are some of the benefits of using the Lightwalker Laser:

  • Laser treatment is very comfortable, in fact many patients don't require any anesthesia during laser treatment.
  • The laser is quiet—no drilling sounds!
  • There is minimal bleeding with laser treatment.
  • No cutting or stitches.
  • Using a laser, Dr. Malterud can be more precise than with traditional instruments. This means that we can preserve more of your healthy tooth structure when placing fillings or performing root canals—keeping your teeth stronger for years to come.

Using the Lightwalker Laser we're able to offer our patients effective, efficient treatment for a wide number of dental problems. If you have questions about whether laser dentistry may benefit you, feel free to contact us by phone at (651) 925-2644 or schedule an appointment online.

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Get the Relaxing, Comfortable Dental Treatment You Need With All-Natural NuCalm®!

NuCalm®, what’s that?

NuCalm® a completely natural relaxation protocol that helps dental patients remain comfortable during dental treatment. After using NuCalm® patients leave our office feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

How does it work?

NuCalm® treatment combines a few different techniques to relax the patient. The purpose of NuCalm® is to coax the patient into the first stage of sleep. NuCalm® is designed to shift brain waves from high frequency beta brain waves (wakefulness) to lower frequency alpha/theta waves (deep relaxation).

What exactly happens during treatment?

There are four consecutive steps to NuCalm®:

  • First you’ll take a dietary supplement. This supplement helps to counteract the effects of adrenaline in your body.
  • Next, our dental team will attach small microcurrent stimulation patches behind your ears. Low-level electrical currents facilitate your body’s relaxation response.
  • Then, you’ll put on a pair of noise-dampening headphones. These headphones play soothing music that has been optimized calming neuroacoustic tones. As you listen to these sounds, you’ll fall deeper into a stage of pre-sleep.
  • The final step is for you to put on light blocking glasses. These glasses are so important—they help you block out distractions and potentially stressful stimuli!

It takes only moments for the effects of NuCalm® to kick in—you’ll notice the difference right away!

Why choose NuCalm®?

Dental patients of all ages choose NuCalm® because it:

  • Is effective
  • Is completely natural
  • Starts working in minutes
  • Doesn’t include any medications or narcotics
  • Does not require the patient to receive injections
  • Does not incapacitate you physically or mentally (you’re never unconscious)
  • Is free from side effects—you won’t have to wait for the effects to wear off post-treatment
  • Is relaxing and rejuvenating

NuCalm® is suitable for all kinds of dental patients, and it is great for those people who avoid dental treatment due to fear and anxiety.

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