We'd like to share a few reviews this month that our patients shared with Angie's List about their recent visit to Artistic Dentistry:
It was my regular 4 month check-up. The visit ran smoothly. No time delays. Dr. Roussell and his staff are always pleasant. - Graig L.
From the shot to the extraction, everything went smooth. Great Dr and great staff. I recommend everyone to go to Artistic Dentistry. - Darryl J.
Very comfortable and easy. - Brian A.
Awesome. They were all super friendly - Dr. R met with me first to chat which was really nice. Then everything was very professional. When I needed an appointment quickly, they totally fit me in. They are the best - I've never liked a dentist so much! - Liam L.
We love getting feedback from our patients about their experience at our dental office and strive to ensure that all are completely comfortable and 100% satisfied with their services.
Give us a call today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Roussel, (225) 923-3060.
We always enjoy feedback from our patients about their experience at our dental office and strive to ensure that they are completely comfortable and 100% satisfied with their services. We'd like to share a few recent reviews that these patients kindly took the time to send to us.
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What your smile says about your heart
originally published by Brian Haldane
Tue, Aug 20, 2013
Studies show a link between gum disease and heart disease.
Taking care of your teeth has taken on a new level of importance in recent years as researchers are finding possible links between periodontal infections and other diseases throughout the body. Current studies suggest that there may be a link between periodontal disease, heart disease and other health conditions.
Dr. S. Michael Roussel from Artistic Dentistry in Baton Rouge agreed with that research. "The link is, they're finding the same bacteria in blockages in the heart and carotid artery that they find in periodontal disease" he explained. "Your mouth is actually outside of your body, and when your gums bleed and such, it allows the bacteria in your mouth to go into your circulation and cause systemic problems."
The American Dental Association has been working with the American Heart Association to solidify the findings. The recent research does have its skeptics, as a handful of heart doctors claim that while the same bacteria may be present, there's nothing to show that the bacteria is the cause.
But, Dr. Roussel said the research that has been around for roughly a decade is enough to convince him that a healthy mouth is more important now than it ever has been. In fact, he said he expects the findings to grow. "I think things are getting more interesting" he said, commenting on a new study that shows links between periodontal disease and colon cancer.
Click here to listen to the broadcast on Talk 107.3 featuring Dr. Roussel with Brian Haldane on the subject of the link between heart and dental health.
Dr. Roussel says...
"I've always thought that eating an apple a day is like a great all around workout for your teeth and much, much easier on 'em than push-ups."
Why You Should Eat an Apple (or Two) a Day
by Bonnie Taub-Dix, October 18, 2012
Have you ever wondered where the saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," originated? Likely when an 1866 edition of Notes and Queries magazine published the saying: "Eat an apple on going to bed, and you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread."
Eating apples may not cause your doctor to go out of business, but regular consumption of this fruit might prevent you from needing to visit as often. Apples could help boost your immune system, since they contain vitamin C and other antioxidants like quercetin, which may also protect brain cells against Alzheimer's disease.
Apples are heart-healthy, too, as they contain soluble fibers and phenols, which help reduce cholesterol levels. Nicknamed "nature's toothbrush," this fruit shields teeth from decay-causing bacteria when chewed. And if you're experiencing diarrhea, the pectin in apples, especially in the form of applesauce, can curtail that uncomfortable gastrointestinal disturbance. Aside from their health benefits, apples are crunchy and delicious, thereby providing a satisfying snack that can halt hunger.
For some people, "apple" may conjure images of mobile phones and computers, but around my home, when the leaves hit the ground, we know that apples will make regular appearances on our menu.
Dr. Roussel says...
"Don't take ANY chances... just sayin'!"
Severe Gum Disease May Be Linked to Impotence
Small study found men with periodontitis were about 3 times as likely to experience erectile problems. by Barbara Bronson Gray, HealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Dec. 4 (HealthDay News)
-- If you're a man, new research suggests that brushing and flossing regularly could have an impact on your sex life.
A small Turkish study found that men in their 30s who had severe periodontal disease were more than three times as likely to suffer from erection problems than were those with healthy gums.
The study showed that 53 percent of those with erectile dysfunction -- problems getting or maintaining an erection -- had inflamed gums, as compared with 23 percent of those without signs of gum disease.
The potential link between dental problems and sexual performance is vascular health. Erections are created when the brain senses sexual stimulation, causing the muscles in the penis to relax and increasing blood flow into the organ's spongy tissue. The veins are then shut off to keep blood from flowing out of the area.
The study was based on the premise that because gum disease can reduce the elasticity of the endothelial lining of blood
vessels, it may also be linked to erectile dysfunction.
"We know that periodontal diseases cause systemic endothelial dysfunction, which leads to vascular pathology," said lead study author Dr. Fatih Oguz, an assistant professor in the department of urology in the School of Medicine at Inonu University in Malatya, Turkey. "And vascular pathologies are the most common cause of erectile dysfunction."
Previous studies have shown a correlation between chronic periodontitis -- gum disease -- and systemic vascular diseases such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke and premature births, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the CDC, advanced gum disease affects 4 percent to 12 percent of adults in the United States.
"Erectile dysfunction and chronic periodontitis in humans are caused by similar risk factors, such as aging, smoking, diabetes mellitus and coronary artery disease," Oguz explained. His study was published Dec. 4 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
The researchers compared 80 men with erectile dysfunction to 82 men without the problem. All were between 30 and 40 years old and were patients of Oguz's urology department.
People were excluded from the study if they had a systemic disease such as diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure, if they had been undergoing therapy for gum disease within the last year, if they were taking oral antibiotics within the last six months and if they smoked. The results of the study were also adjusted for body mass index (a measure of body fat), household income and education level.
All of the patients underwent a periodontal exam by a periodontist who had no knowledge of whether any patient had an erectile dysfunction problem. The researchers found that chronic periodontitis is present more often in patients with erectile dysfunction than in those without the problem.
Some experts questioned the study results.
"Periodontal disease might be associated with other underlying disease, but erectile dysfunction? I would strongly disagree; it's not a causative condition," said Dr. Bruce Gilbert, a professor of urology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of
Medicine, in Lake Success, N.Y. "But I would say that the study results implore us to consider that diseases of the mouth are something to consider when we assess the overall health of the body."
Gilbert was concerned that researchers did not find out enough about the men who reported erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction, he explained, is typically a problem for much older men. "The problem can be neurological, hormonal, psychogenic, especially in men of this age," he noted. "The participants just filled out a form about sexual dysfunction? That was not enough."
Dr. Nancy Newhouse, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, agreed. But she added that the study makes an important contribution because it shows how diseases of the mouth can affect the rest of the body. "Our medical colleagues don't spend much time dealing with the oral cavity," she said. "The mouth is connected."
Newhouse said people with evidence of periodontal disease -- a treatable chronic condition -- should be wondering about their general health. "If your gums bleed, you're really not healthy."
While the study found an association between severe gum disease and sexual problems for men in their 30s, it did not
prove a cause-and-effect relationship.