Link Between Middle-Aged Men and Gum Disease

There are a lot of risk-factors when it comes to getting gum disease.  Some can be genetic and some can be situational (smoking, bad oral health, etc).  When considering some of the causes, according to a new study, age and gender are a part of the list of influences.

More specifically, it could be possible that middle-aged men could be at a higher risk to have gum disease.  They found a higher rate of gum disease with men 45 to 65, who were not active and mostly worked sitting throughout the day, than their younger, more active counterparts.  To be exact, “lazy” middle-aged men are 40% more likely to develop problems with their gum health.

If you think you might have gum disease, check out these 7 signs.  If you have any of the above symptoms, call Dr. Versman, Dr. Heller, and Dr. Beckman as soon as possible at 303-755-4500 to schedule an appointment or use our easy online contact form.

Remember, the earlier you treat periodontal disease, the easier it is to control.

Have you seen Dr. Doug Heller on TV?

Here’s Dr. Heller on The Wellness Hour talking about replacing missing teeth with dental implants. In this clip he speaks on how Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team is on the the cutting edge of dental implants and overall periodontal health treatment. He also shares how drastically his patients’ lives have changed after getting dental implants.

Dr. Heller has been practicing periodontics in Aurora, Colorado for over 20 years at Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team. If you have questions about dental implants call 303-755-4500 or request an appointment


Did you know this about dental implants?

  • Dental implants have the same look, feel, and function of natural teeth.
  • Dental implants can provide you with comfort, convenience and confidence. Dr. Heller says, “dental implants are the 8th wonder of the world” because dental implants are matched exactly to your own teeth, and restore your smile to its optimal state. Dental implants can renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.
  • Drs. Ken Versman, Doug Heller, and Eric Beckman are uniquely qualified to provide a full range of implant dentistry procedures.They have been performing a full range of implant dentistry for more than 20 years in the Denver/Aurora, Colorado area.
  • Drs. Versman and Heller were one of the first U.S. dentists to study directly with the inventors of today’s implants. They have educated dentists, periodontists, and dental students about dental implants and implant procedures for many years, and have lectured on the subject in the Denver/Aurora, Colorado area, nationally and internationally!

    At Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team,  we are the market leader and we are driving the development of new dental implant standards and protocols. Give us a call at 303-755-4500 or request an appointment today!

Meet Amy, Assistant at Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team

What made you want to become an assistant?
I always enjoyed going to the dentist growing up. My oldest sister talked with me about dentistry, and I looked into it and what it entailed. I shadowed my family dental office and thought it would be an exciting atmosphere to work in.

When did you start working at Periodontal Associates? What’s your favorite part about working here?
I started working at Periodontal Associates March of 2016. My favorite part is the relationships I build with patients and co-workers. Additionally, I really enjoy learning more about periodontics and the surgical procedures involved.

What’s your favorite part of being an assistant?
Helping the patients feel comfortable. I also love being part of a team. I really enjoy working with the doctors here by making sure they have the tools they need, which in turn assists in achieving a great outcome for our patients.

What doctor do you usually work with? What is your favorite part about working with them?
I mainly work with Dr. Beckman and I am starting to work more with Dr. Heller. I enjoy learning from them and listening to them explain the treatment to the patient. Dr. Beckman is serious but comforting to patients. On the other hand Dr Heller uses his great sense of humor to calm the patient.

What do you think makes Periodontal Associates stand out from other Periodontal offices?
I think there are a multitude of things that make Periodontal Associates stand out. To name a few: the patient care, communication internally as well as with the patients and their referring doctors, and the continuing education that the Drs. participate in as well as teach.

 

Meet Michelle, Hygienist at Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team

What made you want to become a Hygienist?
I knew that I wanted to be a part of the healthcare industry. I come from a family of dentists and was encouraged by them to go with dentistry or hygiene.

When did you start working at Periodontal Associates? What’s your favorite part about working here?
I started working here in October of 2007. My favorite part about working here is my patients, they are all such wonderful people.

What’s your favorite part of being a Hygienist?
My favorite part of being a hygienist is working with people. I love meeting and becoming friends with my patients. I also love keeping mouths healthy. I love cleaning teeth and continuing education.

Are you originally from Colorado and what’s your favorite part about living here?
I am from Dillon, Colorado. I love doing anything outside, especially in the mountains. I love exploring all the mountains of Colorado on skis, by foot, or by bike. I also love living in Colorado because my whole family lives here.

What do you think makes Periodontal Associates stand out from other Periodontal offices?
I really believe that we try care for our patients. I think we give great customer service – we go above and beyond to help patients navigate through treatment options and insurance questions.

Meet Dr. Kenneth Versman, Periodontist at Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team

What made you want to become a dentist?
I have wanted to be a dentist since 5th grade. As time progressed during my high school and college years I felt it would be a great profession where I would have the chance to interact with people and help them with their oral health.

What made you want to specialize in periodontics?
I had a periodontal professor who gave me great encouragement to become a periodontist. It was my favorite course in dental school.

What’s your favorite part of being a Periodontist?
Helping people achieve oral health through complete evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment planning.

Are you originally from Colorado and what’s your favorite part about living here?
I grew up in Illinois. I love just about everything in Colorado… the people, weather, recreation, sports and culture offered in our community.

What do you think makes Periodontal Associates stand out from other Periodontal offices?
We have always been dedicated to taking care of people just as we would want to be healed. Our open communications allow us to not only help our patients, but to get to know them on a special level.

Meet Lettie, patient coordinator at Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team

What made you want to work in the dental field?
When I was in junior high I got braces. I was fascinated by the whole process. Ever since then I knew I wanted to be in the dental field.

Are you originally from Colorado? If not when did you move here, from where? What is your favorite part about living here?
I am originally from Nebraska. My husband and I moved here in the winter of 1988. My favorite part of Colorado is the weather. We get all 4 seasons and lots of sun.

When did you start working at Periodontal Associates? What’s your favorite part about working here?
I started working here in April. My fellow employees are all so nice and make the work day fun and fly by.

What do you think makes Periodontal Associates stand out from other Periodontal offices?
The friendly staff and the longevity of how long the employees have been here that makes a big different to our patients. They like seeing the same faces every time they come to our office.

Meet Melissa, Assistant at Periodontal Associates

What made you want to become a dental assistant?
I originally didn’t intend to be a dental assistant. Initially it was a job while I was finishing up my degree in journalism. I ended up falling in love with assisting and chose to stay in that field. I have now been a dental assistant for 13 years.

When did you start working at Periodontal Associates? What’s your favorite part about working here?
I started at Periodontal Associates in September of 2015. My favorite part about working here is assisting with surgeries.

What’s your favorite part of being an assistant?
My favorite part of being an assistant is helping with surgeries. We have three amazing periodontists here, and I love watching them perform surgeries. I truly admire their abilities. Additionally, I love meeting and helping people. Everyone has a story and I enjoy getting to know all of our patients. They are always so grateful.

What doctor do you usually work with? What is your favorite part about working with them?
I work with Dr. Beckman the most. I enjoy working with Dr. Beckman because he is very good at what he does. Not only is he an amazing surgeon, he is an impressive health care provider. Dr. Beckman genuinely cares about his patients, and in turn his patients trust and respect him.

What do you think makes Periodontal Associates stand out from other periodontal offices?
Periodontal Associates stands out from other periodontal offices because of two reasons: this office has a very friendly and caring staff who works together as a team and this office boasts three experienced, highly skilled periodontists who take great pride in their work. All our doctors honestly care about all their patients

 

Meet Shaela, Hygiene Coordinator for Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team

What made you want to work in the dental field?
I stumbled upon an administrative assistant position in 2008 not knowing it was in a dental office. I got the job and I have been in dental ever since. I love seeing patients get their smiles and confidence back.

Are you originally from Colorado? If not when did you move here, from where? What is your favorite part about living here?
I was born in Alaska and lived there for two years, my family moved to Arizona for 2 years and then moved to Colorado in 1989, and I have lived here ever since. My favorite part about living in Colorado is the beautiful scenery and the multitude of activities this great state offers.

When did you start working at Periodontal Associates? What’s your favorite part about working with the hygienists?
I started working here in March. I love seeing how much the hygienists care about our patients.

What do you think makes Periodontal Associates stand out from other Periodontal offices?
Our office works as a team with a patient oriented focus. We strive to treat everyone with kindness from the phone to when they’re here for their appointments.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you are suffering missing teeth you could be an excellent candidate for dental implants.  At Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team we believe in providing each patient with the best possible care. To determine if you are a candidate for dental implants, Dr. Ken Versman, Dr. Doug Heller, or Dr. Eric Beckman will give you a comprehensive evaluation to determine if this method of treatment is your best option.

Most patients who are missing teeth, and who are healthy enough to undergo oral surgery, can be considered candidates for dental implant treatment.  Patients will need to have healthy gums and bone to support getting a dental implant. If you do not meet these requirements our treatment coordinators and doctors will be happy tailor your treatment goals to include restoring your gum and bone health.

For over 40 years Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team serves the Denver metro area including Aurora. Call 303-755-4500 to schedule your consultation today. Click here for easy online scheduling.