Image of the GI tract

  Do you or someone you know suffer from Crohn’s Disease? Maybe ulcerative colitis? These two diseases fall under the umbrella of  Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). IBD are autoimmune diseases that result in chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The chronic inflammation ultimately leads to damage of the GI tract which results in painful symptoms.  Often mistaken for one another in a self diagnosis, both diseases must be diagnosed by your physician or gastroenterologist. Crohn’s disease can take place anywhere along the GI tract, from the mouth to the anus. The most common area targeted is in the small … Read More


Nitrous Oxide helps calm nerves before a procedure.

At Hadlock Dental Center, we are well aware that very few people enjoy coming to the dentist. Many people suffer from general dental anxiety, while others have deep seated fears regarding dentistry. These anxieties often stem from one or several bad experiences that occurred in a patient’s past. We absolutely understand how these experiences can alter your feelings towards dentistry as a whole. For anyone that is ready to take on their dental anxiety, we are here to support you. If you suffer from dental anxiety, or “hate going to the dentist” we do not take it personally! We work … Read More


Psoriasis lesions covering the hands.

This month we’re looking at psoriasis for our autoimmune series. Psoriasis affects 8 million Americans and more than 125 million people around the world, making it a fairly well known disease. The disease process is a result of skin cells reproducing too rapidly and the body is not able to shed these cells quickly enough. The immune response becomes triggered and initiates this process. The result is scaly patchy lesions ranging from slight to severe. Many factors are implicated in this disease. Stress, alcohol and illness can all exacerbate psoriasis, but it is classified as a genetic autoimmune disease so … Read More


Tips for Tooth Whitening

June 14, 2019
Tooth whitening strips applied to teeth.

It’s almost summer and many of you may be considering tooth whitening. Although there are certain things to think about almost anyone can whiten their teeth. We’ll discuss the different options for tooth whitening as well as answering some of the common questions we receive about whitening. Is it safe to whiten my teeth? This is one of the most frequently asked questions we hear about whitening. In office procedures and over the counter whitening products are safe when used as directed. If you overuse these products or neglect to follow directions you may damage your enamel. If you have … Read More


Xray of pain in hand caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

This month on the Hadlock Dental Center blog we’re kicking off a new series. Every other month through 2019 we will be highlighting a different autoimmune disease and the impact it has on oral health, and vice versa. The Autoimmune label encompasses many different diseases that affect multiple systems of the body. The factor they share, is that the body begins attacking its own cells wreaking havoc and causing painful and sometimes debilitating symptoms. Over 23.5 million people in the United States alone suffer from at least one autoimmune disease. You likely know one or more people with any given … Read More


Dental Implant compared to natural teeth in jaw.

There are usually two reasons a tooth would need to be extracted. This may be due to bone loss caused by periodontal disease or a result of extensive decay. Considering nearly half of our adult population struggles with periodontal disease, it is unsurprising that nearly 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Combine this with the fact that about 40 million have no natural teeth at all and that is a significant amount of tooth loss. It used to be that if you were missing teeth your only option for replacement was a full or partial denture or … Read More


  The rising rates of drug addiction have reached epidemic proportions in our country. What’s worse is hearing the heartbreaking stories of a loved one struggling with addiction and the crippling effects on families, communities and individuals. As dental professionals we are trained to look for the oral signs of drug abuse. It is a difficult but necessary conversation to have. We have our patients best interest and overall health always top of mind. If you know someone who is struggling with addiction, please share the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline with them. Specific oral … Read More


It is well known in the medical/dental community that oral health is linked to overall health. However, most individuals treat their mouths as a separate entity from the rest of their body and ignore the fact that what goes on here has a large correlation to many other health issues. This February we are focusing on the oral link to heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US. It’s estimated that 1 in every 4 deaths is due to heart disease. Periodontal disease affects nearly 50% of individuals with over … Read More


New Year resolutions are a common tradition where we resolve to change some behavior to improve our lives. Many of us make a New Year’s resolution with the hope we will be more successful than we were the year before. “Health” resolutions are at the top of almost everyone’s list for improvement. These typically include, exercising more, losing weight, eating better and taking a more active approach to health. It’s great that so many people have health at the top of their mind, but statistics tell us less than 10% of New Year Resolutions are ever met. We’re sharing some … Read More


  Have you ever experienced dry mouth (xerostomia)? Or do you experience it on a regular basis? Well if you do suffer from dry mouth, you are certainly not alone. As many as 400 medications list xerostomia as a side effect. You can check this list, to see if your medication is one of them. Xerostomia can have unwanted consequences on our teeth. The lack of saliva disrupts the pH balance in the oral cavity, often making it more acidic. Cavity causing bacteria thrive in this environment so your risk for decay greatly increases. When someone is experiencing dry mouth … Read More