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Alford L Craig DDS
8730 North Park Blvd
North Charleston, SC 29406
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Artificial Sweeteners Could Help You Reduce the Risk of Dental Disease
...And for good reason: it’s linked to many physical ills including obesity, diabetes and heart disease...

Get Relief from Cracked Corners of the Mouth
... Initially, perleche may arise from a variety of sources, most of them locally from either inside or around the mouth, although it can be triggered by a general body infection or disease like diabetes or cancer, or vitamin or iron deficiencies...

Managing Gum Disease Could Benefit Other Conditions You May Have
... Inflammation is also a major feature of diabetes, a condition in which the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin...

With Proper Management, Dental Implants can be a Reality for Diabetics
Many people with diabetes are hesitant about getting dental implants because they’re under the impression their chances of failure are greater than for non-diabetics...

Too Much Sugar Can Wreck More Than Your Teeth
...Just like the evidence of sugar's relationship to tooth decay, current scientific studies are now showing there are strong links between sugar and diseases like diabetes, heart disease and liver disease...

Oral Systemic Connection
...But recent scientific evidence suggests that it may have an even greater benefit to your overall health: Specifically, it could potentially reduce your risk for a number of systemic (whole-body) diseases, including cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis — even premature birth...

Periodontal (Gum) Disease
... Periodontal Disease & Your Overall Health Periodontal disease starts in your mouth but has actually been linked to more serious conditions, such as cardio-vascular disease (CVD), diabetes and preterm births...

Oral Diagnosis and Biopsies
... In addition, some systemic diseases (such as diabetes, Crohn's disease, and heart disease) may produce effects that can be observed in the mouth...

Aging & Dental Health
...It's possible that medications prescribed for other diseases can adversely affect a person's oral health; it's also possible that a decline in oral health can worsen existing maladies (such as diabetes), or even cause systemic (whole-body) inflammation...

Antibiotic Premedicationfor Dental Treatments
... Guidelines for Antibiotic Premedication Prophylactic antibiotics might be recommended before dental procedures if you have one or more of the following heart conditions: A heart transplant Artificial heart valves A history of infective endocarditis Some types of congenital heart problems - particularly if they haven't been completely repaired, or if their treatment involves prosthetic material If you have undergone a joint replacement procedure, prophylactic antibiotics might be recommended if you also have one or more of the following risk factors: A systemic inflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus erythematosis A weakened immune system resulting from HIV, cancer, radiation or chemotherapy, or another cause Insulin-dependent (type I) diabetes or hemophilia A history of previous infection in a prosthetic joint Undernourishment or malnourishment There are other circumstances where taking prophylactic antibiotics would be a prudent step; there are also a number of situations where these medications might have been recommended in the past, but aren't currently required in all cases...

Bad Breath
...Halitosis may occur in people who have a sinus or bronchial infection, an oral yeast infection (which can be caused by antibiotic use), or even a systemic (general body) disease such as diabetes, kidney failure or a liver malfunction...

Diabetes & Oral Health
Diabetes is a group of chronic inflammatory diseases that affect the body's ability to process sugar...

Dry Mouth
...Other diseases known to cause dry mouth include diabetes, Parkinson's disease, cystic fibrosis and AIDS...

Pregnancy, Hormones & Oral Health
...Some research has even indicated a link between periodontal (gum) diseases and other serious health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes...