Usually, when you hear the phrase “there’s something in the water”, you’re either listening to a conspiracy nut or a bunch of your friends are having kids at the same time. There actually is something in your tap water though. The government has been putting fluoride in public water supplies for over seventy years now, which has helped lower the risk of tooth decay and strengthen tooth enamel for everyone in communities across the country. Still, some people are hesitant to embrace fluoridated water. Here is why you should love fluoridated tap water! (more…)
Whether it’s cavities, gum disease, or an accident, you could be the victim of major tooth loss. Losing all of your teeth can have a huge impact on your oral health as well as your confidence. Usually, it can take multiple procedures or dentures to restore your smile’s form and function. Thanks to recent advancements in dentistry however, you can fully restore a dental ridge with only four to six dental implants. Talk to your dentist and see how All-On-4 implant bridges can save your smile. (more…)
If you are suffering from crooked, misaligned teeth, you may also be struggling with confidence in your smile. Crooked teeth can wreck your self-confidence, making you think twice before smiling in a photo or at a joke you just heard. Your misaligned smile can also cause you to have an unhealthy bite, leaving your teeth vulnerable to further damage. Thankfully, your dentist may be able to resolve this issue by uncovering your impacted canine and your smile. (more…)
Has your dentist told you that you have receding gums? Are those teeth that he or she pointed out particularly sensitive? Receding gums affect just under 15 percent of adults and can be due to a number of issues. The process of gum grafting, also called periodontal plastic surgery, can help eliminate symptoms associated with gum recession.
Your gum tissue should be firm and tight around your teeth. However, when periodontal disease infects your gums, it destroys this connection. When your gum tissue becomes unhealthy it begins to pull away from your teeth forming “pockets” between the tissue and your teeth or jawbone. These pockets then catch more bacteria which can begin to deteriorate your underlying jawbone. In severe cases pocket reduction surgery reduces the size of the pockets to protect the bone and prevent further destruction.
Periodontal disease develops in stages. Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease, and is typically reversible, meaning if you discover and treat it in a timely manner you can eliminate it completely. However, once it progresses into the next stage, periodontitis, it can no longer be reversed. Treatment for gingivitis does not require surgery. Putting on a “full-court press” of proper oral hygiene will likely eliminate it. There is no cure for periodontitis, however, but it can be controlled.
When you visit your dentist for an exam and cleaning, he or she likely performs a periodontal charting, at least at your initial examination. A periodontal charting tells a great deal about your periodontal health which is very important to maintaining your teeth for a lifetime. If you are wondering what periodontal charting does our questions and answers about periodontal charting may help.