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March 15, 2017

How Does Gum Disease Affect The Entire Body?

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Ryan Busk @ 10:01 pm

The human body is an amazing system of connections, nerves and muscles and tissue. What affects one part of the body often affects the rest of the body, too. It’s easy to dismiss small warnings about your dental health, but not forever. At Busk Family Dental in Wenatchee we’re dedicated to supporting a healthy smile to benefit your whole-body health.

Are You At Risk For Gum Disease?

Recent research indicates that the main factor linking gum disease to other diseases in the body is inflammation. Gum disease, which often reveals itself as gums that bleed when brushing, is a buildup of bacteria in the mouth that causes inflammation in the gums. Once symptoms of gum disease begin to show, the care of your local dentist is highly encouraged.

Systemic Health Risks of Gum Disease

Cardiovascular Health

Did you know, people with gum disease are twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease? Researchers theorize that the bacteria in your mouth enters your bloodstream, attaching to the fatty plaques in your heart’s blood vessels. This increases your risk of clots that may trigger heart attacks. It can also exacerbate existing heart conditions.

Pregnancy Health

If you are pregnant, we recommend visiting the dentist for a checkup. Not only are women who are pregnant more at risk for periodontal disease as the hormones in the body change, but pregnancy with gum disease can increase risks of low birth weight or premature births.

Risks of Cancer

According to The American Academy of Periodontology, men with gum disease were 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers.

Diabetes & Blood Sugar

Gum disease can increase your risk of respiratory infections such as pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It has also been researched to have a high correlation between diabetes and periodontal disease, as gum disease increases the difficulty of controlling your blood sugar.

Did You Forget to Brush Today?

The sticky plaque that accumulates in the pockets between teeth and gums, and under the gum line, can contain hundreds of species of bacteria. Skipping brushing and flossing or neglecting your dental visit allows bacteria in the mouth to sit and develop, which may irritate the gums and trigger an inflammatory response throughout the body: a recipe for gum disease.

Good Health Is Closer Than You Think

At Busk Family Dentistry, we believe that patient education is a crucial element of our treatment process. We believe that with gentle dental care and preventive dentistry, healthy gums and teeth equal a happy and healthy body.

Periodontal Care In Wenatchee

Treating gum disease may be easier than you think, but you’ll want to schedule a visit with your dentist, who has access to the tools and methods necessary to help. Using advanced methods in thorough dental cleanings or a gum care process of scaling and root planing, we’re able to treat gum disease at the source to help you recover sooner.

Remember, the small steps you take at home can make the biggest difference! A diligent brushing and flossing routine can prevent and treat gum disease, keep your health in optimal condition, and reduce the risk of future health issues.

Curious about dental health or gum disease symptoms? Call us at (509) 662-8156 for more information. We’re dedicated to providing gentle dentistry in our Wenatchee community and nearby.

August 3, 2015

Watching The Wolverine Fire

Filed under: Wenatchee News — Dr. Ryan Busk @ 10:28 pm

Fire In WenatcheeWe’re praying for our patients, friends, and neighbors here in Chelan County as the Wolverine wildfire continues to grow. We’re hoping we won’t have to evacuate here in Wenatchee, but we’re definitely staying prepared.

Holden Village and Lucerne have already been asked to evacuate. Both are about an hour away from us. (more…)

February 12, 2015

We want to help you get lucky this Valentines Day!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Ryan Busk @ 10:39 pm

Valentines Kiss Photobooth Smile

WE ARE CONSTANTLY SEARCHING FOR FUN WAYS TO IMPROVE OUR PATIENTS LIVES THROUGH ORAL HEALTH!  Have you been doing your Sonicare Squats?  I am happy to report that I have!  Just this morning, I rocked out 44 during my two minutes of brushing!  At Busk Family Dentistry, we are firm believers that consistent small habits over time add up to big results.  We are passionate about preventive dentistry and try to equip each of our patients with the tools to eliminate cavities and keep their teeth and gums as healthy as possible. (more…)

January 1, 2015

Great Legs with: Your Toothbrush!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Ryan Busk @ 7:26 am

Great Legs with your Toothbrush


















IS 2015 THE YEAR YOU HAVE RESOLVED TO GET IN BETTER SHAPE?  Let Busk Family Dentistry help.  If you are following our advice from the resolution post, then you are already brushing with a sonicare.  Now its time to leverage the 2 minutes you spend brushing and add in a quick lower body workout! (more…)

December 29, 2014

How your dentist can help you keep your 2015 resolution!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Ryan Busk @ 10:24 pm

Busk Family Dentistry post about how a healthy mouth can lead to a healthier body and help patients reach their health related 2015 New Years Resolutions.


















HAVE YOU DECIDED WHAT YOUR RESOLUTIONS WILL BE FOR 2015?  Many people choose something that will make them healthier;  losing weight, exercising more or eating less.  If you are resolving to take better care of your general health, a great first step is to start taking better care of your oral health!

In recent years, a mounting body of research supporting the oral-systemic connection is being published.  Recognizing this important connection, Dr. Janie and Dr. Ryan work closely with their patients to maintain their healthiest mouths and, in doing so, help safeguard their total body health. (more…)

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