Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is a progressive disease that can be treated fairly easily if caught early. Gingivitis is the first and most mild stage of gum disease. Caused by plaque and tartar built-up along the gums, the gums can become red and swollen. Bleeding gums is another symptom of gingivitis. A professional cleaning can often reverse gingivitis. When left untreated, gingivitis will progress into a more serious form of gum disease, periodontitis. At this stage, the gums begin to recede and pull away from the teeth. With this disease, pockets are often created between the teeth and gums. Pocket reduction surgery can help to close these pockets. (more…)
Have you ever heard of a scaling and root planing? Also known as periodontal therapy or a deep cleaning, this procedure is used to address gingivitis or the early stages of gum disease, protecting smiles from a disease linked to tooth loss. How do you know if you need a deep cleaning? What does the procedure involve?
Gum disease can be a difficult issue to deal with. It can occur when plaque and other bacteria are missed during brushing and allowed to eat away at your gum tissue. This causes your gums to recede and grants that same plaque and bacteria access to under your gums and into your teeth’s root structure. This can lead to tooth decay and even tooth loss. Thankfully, there’s a way to restore your oral health sans surgery. (more…)
Your teeth do a ton for you and your body. They chew your food so you can digest it and stay energized, they help maintain your face’s structure, and they let you express yourself with a nice smile. You owe it to you and your teeth to give them the best care you can. Doing that starts with the daily act of brushing your teeth. Are you doing the best job at brushing that you possibly can? There may be room to get better. Here are some steps you can take to ensure you’re brushing your teeth right. (more…)
Do you feel self-conscious about your breath? Are you tired of people slowly backing away from you during conversations? Are you tired of being too afraid to make a move on that cute barista at the coffee shop because you know how bad your breath is? You’re not alone. In fact, about 1 in 4 people suffer from halitosis (bad breath). You don’t have to live with it any longer. Here are some ways you can fix your bad breath. (more…)
Gum disease is a nasty oral health issue. It can cause your gums to recede, infect your teeth’s root structure, and even eat away at your jaw bone. Symptoms of gum disease include inflamed gum tissue that bleeds easily when you floss or brush, a receding gum line, and increased sensitivity of your teeth. It’s urgent to treat gum disease as soon as possible. Your dentist can provide you the treatment you need to repair and restore your smile. Here’s how you can save your teeth from gum disease. (more…)
Do you find yourself dreading your next visit to the dentist because you don’t floss? People tend to skip flossing because they think their toothbrush does the job well enough or they find flossing to be too complicated to perform. Neither of these is true. While your toothbrush does a fine job cleaning the outside of your teeth, flossing is the only way to remove the plaque and bacteria that lies between them. It is absolutely necessary to keep your teeth healthy. Here are 3 tips to improve your flossing. (more…)