The Oral Systemic Health Connection

Oral Systemic Center

One of the many subdivisions of the Kurpis Center for Advanced Dentistry is the Oral Systemic Evaluation Center. In response to growing scientific evidence linking periodontal disease with other diseases and conditions in the body, we founded the Oral Systemic Evaluation Center as a way to address this very important connection between the health of the mouth and the health of the body. Our dental facility is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of chronic oral inflammation and dental pathology in order to improve oral health and general health. One of our main areas of focus is to eliminate oral infections and inflammation associated with periodontal disease, thereby reducing the overall inflammatory burden on the body. We believe that through proper dental treatment, potential progression and complications associated with many medical conditions may be minimized.

Dry Mouth Treatment

Do you suffer from a dry mouth? Do you often wake up at night with a dry mouth or throat? Are you continually licking your lips or drinking fluids in an effort to moisten your mouth? If so, you may be suffering from xerostomia. Xerostomia, more commonly known as dry mouth, is a significant condition resulting from poorly functioning salivary glands. When there is not enough saliva in your mouth, it can be difficult to eat and speak properly. Saliva lubricates and protects your mouth and teeth, and a reduction in saliva can lead to an array of oral health problems. While xerostomia affects nearly 25 percent of adults 65 years of age and older, rates can reach as high as 50 percent in some elderly populations. Xerostomia, however, is not simply a result of the normal aging process. Certain medical conditions and prescription medications lead to salivary gland hypofunction, causing a reduction in saliva output. Xerostomia should never be ignored because lack of adequate saliva can be detrimental to your oral health and overall wellbeing. If you believe you may be suffering from dry mouth, it is time to seek treatment at the Kurpis Center for Advanced Dentistry. We recognize the warning signs of xerostomia and know how to treat patients suffering from this condition. We offer a treatment regimen to address the problems associated with dry mouth and work to protect your mouth from the side effects of reduced saliva. Come in for an evaluation and learn what our doctors can do to help manage your dry mouth.

TMJ & Facial Pain

If you suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain or dysfunction, you are not alone! It is estimated that more than 35 million Americans suffer from TMJ disorders, and as many as 75% of Americans have experienced the signs and symptoms of TMJ problems at one time. Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD), commonly referred to as "TMJ," is a complex set of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the surrounding muscles that control jaw movement. While both men and women experience these disorders, the majority of those seeking treatment are women in their childbearing years. Women also tend to have more severe symptoms than men. At the Kurpis Center for Advanced Dentistry, we can help alleviate the pain and dysfunction associated with TMJ disorders. You do not have to suffer any longer! Call us today to schedule a TMJ evaluation and to begin treatment.