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Warning Signs of Peri-implantitis
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Joseph Everett, DDS
Peri-implantitis can occur when the soft and hard tissue surrounding an implant becomes infected and you will need to give us a call if you suspect that is the case. But what are the warning signs of peri-implantitis? As with any other infection, your body will display some signs that there is a problem, but sometimes there are no symptoms that can be immediately recognized. This is what you should watch out for: Risk Factors for Peri-implantitisIn addition to the warning signs mentioned, there are other habits and conditions that can contribute to peri-implantitis. How is Peri-implantitis Diagnosed?One of our periodontists will gently probe around the affected to determine if an infection is present. X-rays will be needed to see exactly what is going on in that area and a treatment will be determined depending on your individual case. While there are several risk factors and reasons for peri-implantitis, there can also be mistakes that happened during the procedure if it was done by an inexperienced person. For example, if cement was left behind, this can cause an irritation or inflammation of the gums, which can also be determined during the diagnosis. If you have any warning signs of peri-implantitis please don't hesitate to call immediately....
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Does Your Toothbrush Need to Be Held in a Specific Manner for Healthy Gums?
Posted on 9/30/2018 by Joseph Everett, DDS
It is common knowledge that one of the keys to good oral health is brushing of the teeth. It is not enough to go through the motions of brushing the teeth. If you want all the benefits of tooth brushing, you need to make sure you do it right. That means using a good toothbrush with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day. It also means holding the brush the right way and actually brushing the teeth properly. Without knowing how to do this, your teeth and gums may suffer. The Common Grip The most common way that people hold their toothbrush is by picking it up and holding it between their thumb and fingers. Most people prefer to hold on tight thinking that will keep the toothbrush form moving around too much. While this is a common way to hold the brush, it is not the right way. How to Do It? The right way to hold the toothbrush is similar to how you hold a pencil. When you hold it between your fingers like a pencil, you have better control of the angle and force you use with the toothbrush. It is also important to think about how you hold the brush to reach different areas. It might seem like a lot of work to think about the angle of the brush and how you hold it. When done right, the toothbrush can remove more of the food particles and bacteria that are on the teeth and stuck in the teeth. How you hold and use the toothbrush is as important as using it every day. If you want to learn more about the right techniques for brushing and how to get the best oral care, contact our offices to talk to one of our health professionals....
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Does Tooth Loss Increase the Risk of Gum Disease?
Posted on 9/20/2018 by Joseph Everett, DDS
Children look forward to losing their baby teeth. Adults are not as happy when it happens to them. Unfortunately, the loss of teeth is a common thing. Most adults will lose at least some of their teeth at some point. When it happens, people worry about the impact on their appearance, but should they worry about something else. Is the loss of the teeth putting you at greater risk for gum disease? The answer can make you think about how well you take care of your teeth. The Impact of Tooth LossThe loss of a tooth does more than just change your appearance. The first thing to consider is why you lost your tooth. If it is due to poor oral hygiene habits that caused tooth decay, then the chances of developing gum disease are much higher. The loss of the tooth is one of the signs that gum disease is already present. There are other reasons for tooth loss. If the loss is due to trauma, that does not mean there is already some gum disease present. There is still a higher risk of gum disease because of that tooth loss. The loss of teeth causes the structure of the gums and teeth to change. These changes can create spaces where bacteria can grow. If the bacteria are not removed, gum disease will begin. Stopping Gum Disease from Tooth LossThe good news is that it is possible to take steps to lower the risk of gum disease even with tooth loss. Dental implants can replace the lost tooth and help prevent bacteria from growing. Improving oral hygiene habits will also lower the risk. The key is not to just accept the tooth loss, but do something about it. For more information about how to care for your teeth and how you can prevent gum disease, contact the dental professionals at our office....
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