Diabetes and Oral Health

Diabetes is a condition in which a person’s pancreas does not produce adequate insulin to keep blood sugar levels within a normal range.  There are two types of diabetes, Type 1 (formerly called juvenile diabetes) and Type 2 (adult-onset diabetes). Type 2 is the more common form of the condition.  Ideally, Type 2 diabetes is… Read more »


You may not realize what preparations are made before your dental visit. Our dental office adheres to CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) guidelines to ensure proper infection control for you and our team. Some examples of the precautions taken to ensure your health and safety are the use… Read more »


More and more evidence demonstrates that there is a link between gum disease and atherosclerosis, or narrowing of the arteries. This narrowing of the arteries is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Studies have shown that an improvement in gum health reflected slower rate of plaque accumulation in the arteries. One study… Read more »

Are you Clenching and Grinding?

Do you experience cold sensitivity, pain in your jaw muscles or popping in your jaw joint? You might be grinding your teeth. Grinding one’s teeth is also known as bruxism which is defined as a destructive and parafunctional (not normal) activity. This, often unconscious, behavior can create several oral and overall health issues. In addition… Read more »

Pain Management of Mouth Ulcers

If you’ve had them, you hate them….mouth ulcers. Ulcers in the mouth, also known as apthous ulcers, are sores in the mouth that are red on the edges and yellow or grayish white in the center. A common condition, one in five adults suffer from recurrent mouth ulcers  and they can be tremendously painful.  The… Read more »

Another Reason to see your dentist twice a year: Oral Cancer Screening

You may not be aware that in addition to leaving you with a clean mouth and fresh breath at your semi-annual dental visit, Dr. Jekel is also evaluating your mouth for any signs of oral cancer.  While this part of the visit may not leave you feeling any differently, it is a very important part… Read more »

Gum Disease and Heart Disease

Your fight against gum disease may be helpful in fighting heart disease and other conditions. It’s common knowledge that we should be flossing on a daily basis. But how many of us actually do? There’s more incentive to floss than just a healthy smile and fresh breath. New research has found an association between the… Read more »

Anxiety and the Dentist

It is not uncommon for an individual to avoid visiting the dentist because he or she has anxiety related to the dentist. Unfortunately, dentists are comically referred to as sadists in television and popular culture. This claim is quite untrue. The dentist’s goal is to help a patient achieve or maintain good oral health while… Read more »

Ignoring the first signs of oral pain and disease?

So you have a cavity. Do you think, “no big deal”? What about a cracked tooth? Still, “no big deal”? Many of us don’t relate that what goes awry with our teeth has anything to do with what is going on in our bodies. The good news is that when you have a cavity or… Read more »

Osteoporosis and Oral Health

During your visit to our office, you will be asked if you are taking any medications for osteoporosis, commonly referred to as bone density medications.. This is important for Dr. Jekel and his team to know. While these medications known as antiresorptive agents (Boniva, Fosamax, Actonel, Atelvia, Didronel among others) are prescribed to help strengthen… Read more »