Periodontal Disease Can Change Your Smile

Periodontal Disease Can Change Your SmilePeriodontal disease (gum disease) can negatively affect your oral health and it can increase your chances of diseases that negatively affect your overall health. Periodontal disease can also change the appearance of your smile. While your health is ultimately more important, changes in your appearance can impact your confidence and self-esteem. Negative effects on your appearance can be altered with  with specialized treatment along with treatments to protect your health. You and your periodontist can work together to get your smile back to feeling healthy and looking a way that makes you feel confident. (more…)

Why Do I Need Routine Periodontal Therapy?

Why Do I Need Routine Periodontal Therapy?If you have been told that you need routine periodontal therapy or maintenance, it is likely because you have some form of periodontal disease. Advanced periodontal disease and periodontitis can reoccur after successful therapy, which makes a regular schedule of peridontal therapy necessary to keep the severe side effects at bay. Just like your car requires proper maintenance like timely oil changes, your mouth is no different. While a regular cleaning at your dentist may be enough for a healthy mouth, a deep cleaning known as a scaling and root planing may be routinely required for a mouth afflicted by gum disease.  (more…)

Speeding Up Orthodontics With PAOO™

Speeding Up Orthodontics With PAOO™ Straightening a misaligned smile with orthodontic treatment not only means improving your smile’s appearance, but it can also improve your smile’s health. Traditional metal braces are typically worn for at least two years to effectively shift teeth into the proper alignment. PAOO™ can drastically cut down orthodontic treatment time, so that your smile gets straightened in a much shorter amount of time. PAOO™ is an acronymn that stands for Peridontally Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics. Working with your orthodontist, your periodontist can help create an efficient treatment for your smile.  (more…)

I Want To Replace A Tooth I Never Had

I Want To Replace A Tooth I Never HadTypically, people have teeth erupt throughout their childhood and teen years. The teeth emerge through the gums in a particular order. However, some people may have teeth that do not emerge or develop. Congenitally missing tooth is dental terminology that describes the condition in which a person does not develop a tooth or a tooth does not erupt from the gums. The non-development of teeth can occur as a single missing tooth or multiple. The cause of non-development of teeth is often unknown.  However, there are some conditions or situations that can result in missing teeth, such as viral infection or high fevers as an infant, metabolic disorders, trauma, medications at a very early age, and genetic defects. Replacing a non-developed tooth is often possible.  (more…)

Should I Be Worried About My Bleeding Gums?

Should I Be Worried About My Bleeding Gums?Many oral health issues can develop right under your nose without you noticing them. Many of them can continue to worsen and cause problems for your smile without causing any pain or giving any indication of their appearance. This is why regular check-ups with a dentist are so important, but it is also why it is important for you not to ignore any early warning signs. There are some things in your smile that could be an indicator of a potential problem. For instance, bleeding gums may be an indication of one of the most serious (and most common) oral health issues: gum disease. (more…)

What Can Be Done About My Receding Gums?

What Can Be Done About My Receding Gums?If you have noticed a change in the appearance of your teeth, especially if they look a bit longer, it could be because of your gums. Receding gums can be caused by a number of reasons ranging from brushing your teeth with too much pressure to grinding your teeth to gum disease. Once the gum tissue has pulled away your teeth, it leaves the roots of your teeth exposed to decay and loss. While receding gums cannot grow back on their own, there are a the number of treatment options available to help correct the issue and prevent it from getting worse.  (more…)

What Is Veillonella? Can It Cause Gum Disease?

What Is Veillonella? Can It Cause Gum Disease?The word “veillonella” may make you think of a beautiful type of flower or a quaint, little city in Italy. But Veillonella is part of your normal bodily flora, and it naturally occurs in your mouth. Oral flora is bacteria and germs that can be responsible for the periodontal disease and tooth decay. There are around 200 types of bacteria that flourish in your mouth (some of them are healthy and good), the germ Veillonella works together with Streptococcus bacteria in the early formation of plaque that continually forms on your teeth and along your gums.  (more…)