Is There a Link Between Periodontal Disease & Heart Health?

February 13, 2018

Doctor holding a small red heart toySimply put – yes there is. Actually, periodontal (gum) disease has been linked to numerous chronic and systemic illnesses, including diabetes, Alzheimer’s, pre-term childbirth, and yes, heart disease. It’s important to understand that, in the early stages called gingivitis, gum disease is difficult to detect, but it’s always best to receive treatment at this point when your periodontal disease is most treatable. As gum disease advances to the periodontitis stage, it becomes more difficult to treat, and can lead to serious health complications. How can you make sure to keep your gums healthy? It’s simple. Find a San Marcos dentist you trust and feel comfortable with, and make sure you visit them at least twice a year for dental checkups and teeth cleanings. In this post, we’ll talk a little more about the link between gum disease and heart health and tell you more about how visiting a San Marcos dentist regularly can help you avoid oral and whole body health concerns. February is heart health month, and your San Marcos dentist wants to help you keep your smile and heart healthy this month – and the rest of the year.

Dentist in San Marcos Tells What to Do in an Emergency

December 26, 2016

Toothache, a broken tooth or lost crown--they’re dental emergencies. What should you do? Find out from J. Robert Donnelly DDS, dentist in San Marcos.A old crown fell out of your mouth. Your tooth hurts, and you are self-conscious.  Call your dentist in San Marcos, Dr. J. Robert Donnelly, to find out what to do. As a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry and a Texas Monthly Super Dentist with years of experience, he has the skill and compassion you can trust.


Don’t fear root canal therapy from your San Marcos dentist

April 25, 2016

Suffering with an abscess? Don’t worry. Dr. J. Robert Donnelly of San Marcos Gentle Dental performs painless root canals, saving teeth for years of service.

A super-sensitive tooth or pain and swelling at the gumline could mean dental abscess or dying tooth pulp. A great alternative to tooth extraction is root canal therapy. Also called endodontic therapy or simply, “ a root canal,” this restorative dental service removes diseased inner pulp and preserves hard tooth structure. Dr. J. Robert Connelly DDS, root canal dentist, expertly performs endodontic therapy to restore health and appearance to smiles in the San Marcos area. (more…)

Common Oral Health Problems That Affect Your Smile

July 27, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-164144314Keeping your mouth happy and healthy shouldn’t have to feel like a chore. It should be second nature. Think about it: from the time you were a tyke, you should have been taught how to properly brush and floss your teeth. Some patients have the process down pat, others find themselves struggling with keeping up with their dental regimen. A rare collection of patients doesn’t properly care for their teeth at all. You don’t want to become one of “those” patients. Not caring for your teeth is just plain dumb. Putting your smile at risk of contracting a disease will increase the likelihood of more problems arising, including losing your teeth altogether. You like your teeth, right? We like teeth, too. We like them so much that offering advice on how best to care for them is what we enjoy doing. An educated patient is an informed patient. When you visit our office in San Marcos, TX, you’ll receive the best dental care from San Marcos dentist Dr. Robert Donnelly and Dr. Gregory Wang.

Common Dental Problems and How to Prevent Them

Dental issues can creep up at a moment’s notice, and sometimes symptoms are too difficult to notice. The most common oral health problems are three-fold:

  • Cavities
  • Gum disease (periodontitis)
  • Clenched jaw

Cavities: Did you know tooth decay is the second most prevalent disease after the common cold? Regular brushing and flossing can help keep cavities at bay, in addition to dental sealants and fluoride treatments. If you’re a fan of sugary treats and drinks, we have bad news: you might want to curb your sugar addition. Sugar is enamel’s worst enemy, and can contain enamel-harming acid.

Gum disease: When your gums are on the decline, the rest of your smile suffers. Preventing gum disease is quite simple, but the power is your hands. Floss once a day and brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. If you use an electric toothbrush, just make sure the bristles are soft. We also recommend getting a professional cleaning twice a year. It’s better to be safe than sorry, right?

Clenched jaw (TMJ): Grinding your teeth or clenching the jaw is the most common cause of TMJ. It isn’t just a sore jaw you have to deal with, either; gum disease, tooth erosion and cracked teeth can be caused by excessive grinding. Our mouthguards reduce the pressure on your teeth and jaw so you can enjoy living in comfort.

See Us To Receive Proper Treatment

Dr. Donnelly and Dr. Wang are the dentists New Braunfels and other residents can trust to treat common dental health issues. Our office in San Marcos, TX is pleased to staff dentists Wimberley, Redwood, Hunter, Martindale, and other residents can appreciate for their experience and professionalism. We can’t wait to see you!