• "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

  • "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

  • "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

  • "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

  • "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

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OSA - What It Is and Why We Screen

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep-related breathing disorder that affects as many as 52 million Americans. Men are more likely than women to get sleep apnea, and the likelihood of OSA increases with age.The Problem with OSAPeople with obstructive sleep apnea experience restricted air flow during sleep. This results in symptoms like loud snoring, gasping for breath, and long pauses between breaths. Many OSA patients suffer from fatigue, difficulty concentrating, or irritability. And since sleep apnea can deprive your body of much-needed oxygen, it may increase the risk for high blood pressure, abnormal heartbeats, and stroke.Treatment for Sleep ApneaSleep apnea often goes untreated because patients are not aware that symptoms ...

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Don't Let Your Child Sip on Sugar!

One of the best things you can do for your child is to make sure they have a positive start with their dental care.This includes supporting them in their oral health habits by taking them to the dentist regularly and helping them brush and floss their teeth.Of course, another critical part of helping your child enjoy good oral health is monitoring their diet and their eating habits. Much of the good that’s done in the dentist’s office can quickly be undone by poor food choices at home.Limit Sugar in Your Child’s DietYou probably already know that too much of the wrong kind of sugar is bad for your child’s teeth. ...

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The Organisms That Contribute to Childhood Cavities

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Tooth decay is the number one chronic childhood disease and affects more than a third of toddlers in the US. The relationship between sugar and cavities in your kids’ diets is well established. Bacteria that sit on teeth consume sugar, creating acid as a byproduct. While sugar starts the process, it is the acid that causes cavities.One particular strain of bacteria called Streptococcus mutans is to blame for most tooth decay. But recently a study was published that shows a type of yeast called Candida albicans may also be responsible for the prevalence of childhood caries. The authors of the study are hopeful that these findings will lead to ...

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What Everyone Should Know about Dental Implants

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Dental implants may seem like a recent innovation, but dentists have actually used them for over 40 years with a 95% success rate. In that time, over three million people have had their lives transformed by dental implants, and that number is expected to grow by 500,000 per year!What You Need to Know about Dental ImplantsThere are still lots of misconceptions about what implants are and how they are used. Since they are the gold standard for tooth replacement, it’s safe to say that at some point you might consider implants for yourself. If you do, there are some things you should know:An implant is a small titanium post that ...

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Link Found between High BMI and Gum Disease

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It seems that nearly every day we see new research that points to the connection between oral health and your general health and well-being. This makes sense if you think about it – your mouth is the gateway to your body, and whatever is happening with your oral health is bound to impact other bodily systems as well.A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology sought to understand the connection between gum disease and insulin resistance in patients with a high BMI. It was found that periodontitis, the most serious form of periodontal disease, was more prevalent in obese patients, who are at six times the risk ...

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Sleep Apnea Treatment…From Your Dentist!

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Until recently, the first-line treatment for obstructive sleep apnea was a CPAP mask. Short for continuous positive airway pressure, CPAP has helped millions of patients avoid the risks of sleep apnea.CPAP and ComplianceHowever, this potentially life-saving treatment comes with a price; patients complain that the mask is uncomfortable, which makes compliance a problem. Many people simply do not use the CPAP mask, putting their overall health at risk.Untreated sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, palpitations, heart attack, and stroke.Updated Sleep Apnea TreatmentRecently the FDA approved a simple customized oral appliance for mild to moderate sleep apnea therapy that is available right here at our Metairie dental office.During sleep, ...

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The Connection between Bacteria and Cavities

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It’s important for you to be educated about your oral health. Recently, many dental health organizations like the American Dental Society and the American Academy of Periodontology have found a definite connection between the health of your mouth and virtually every system of your body.As a top dentist in Metairie, Dr. Margaret Patterson wants you to be informed about all aspects of your dental health. Knowing what these findings mean for you can help motivate you to understand the importance of proper oral health care.How Bacteria Leads to Dental DiseaseEvery single tooth in your mouth harbors thousands of bacteria, and that’s with good oral hygiene! These bacteria love to feed ...

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