Autoimmune Series: The Oral Health Impact of Sjogren’s Syndrome

Sjogren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder affecting the moisture producing glands. The body’s immune response is to attack these cells which causes them to stop working. This can be saliva glands, tear ducts and other organs. The issue for oral health occurs when the saliva glands are affected and flow of saliva is reduced. Sjogrens … Read more

Autoimmune Series: Inflammatory Bowel Disease Effects on Oral Health

A group of Autoimmune diseases called Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) result in chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The two main diseases identified in this group are Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. The symptoms of chronic inflammation over time damage the GI tract. This can cause discomfort and painful symptoms for those affected. The … Read more

Autoimmune Series: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Oral Health

We’re kicking off a new blog series here at Dental Care of Vashon! For the rest of 2019, we will be highlighting different autoimmune diseases bimonthly and discussing their impacts on oral health, and vice versa. Autoimmune diseases are wide ranging diseases that affect many systems of the body but commonly, the diseases cause the … Read more

The Truth about Methamphetamines and Oral Health

This month we’re focusing on a difficult subject; drug addiction. It’s heartbreaking to hear the rising rates of drug addiction in our country and even worse to hear a loved one struggling with addiction. As dental professionals, we are trained to look for oral signs of drug abuse. While it may be a tough conversation, … Read more

The Mouth to Heart Relationship

Many people think of hearts and Valentine’s Day when you mention February. In the medical/dental world, we think about American Heart awareness month. You’ve heard us say time and again that oral health is linked to overall health. Most individuals treat their mouth separately from the rest of their body without realizing that what goes … Read more