Preventing Periodontal Disease

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“Everybody knows that it’s important to keep their teeth healthy.  We only get one adult set of them in our lives, so most people understand that it’s important to keep their mouth’s well-being a priority. Something many take for granted, though, is the fleshy pink membrane their molars are embedded in – the gums are one of America’s most overlooked organs in terms of hygiene and maintenance, which is ironic considering how much preventative measures can protect them in the long run.

 

The number one way to keep your gums healthy? Brushing thoroughly twice a day, same as you do for your teeth. Use a soft-bristled brush and take care to massage all along the gumlines, where many types of gum disease lurk, at a forty-five degree angle.  Two other areas to take extra care with when brushing: the surface of the tongue and the roof of your mouth. Both places serve as petri dishes for bacteria when neglected. You certainly don’t want to skip either.

 

Flossing is another habit that many people assume only benefit your enamel, but this is far from the case. Not only does it clear out physical debris and plaque trapped in the gums, it also stimulates them and improves blood flow and circulation, enabling them to maintain themselves even more efficiently.  Removing the plaque found in those hidden spaces prevents build-up and inflammation, which can loosen the gum around the teeth and create opportune pockets of space for germs to hide and fester in.

 

Lifestyle also has a huge impact on one’s periodontics – tobacco is absolutely the number one thing to avoid as a whole, as the carcinogenic effects of the smoke can cause the delicate tissue of the gums to deteriorate and decay.  Age is another factor – the older you are, the more attention your mouth is going to need to stay in good condition. Genetics are also something to keep in mind, as certain types of people are more susceptible to some problems than others. And, of course, the things you eat also matter a great deal; avoiding as much sugar as possible and eating one raw, fibrous fruit or vegetable a day is what most dentists will recommend.”

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Keeping Up with Your Periodontal Health

Group of friendsPeriodontal disease affects the majority of Americans over 35, but it is not inevitable. Keeping up with your periodontal health can help you keep your gums healthy and avoid this common dental problem. Our North Hollywood dentist can help you design a preventive periodontal strategy to protect your gums and your smile.

1. Use the right tools.
Many people use a toothbrush that is too rough. A soft-bristled toothbrush is ideal because bristles that are hard or stiff can injure your gums and leave them vulnerable to infection.

2. Brush properly each time you brush.
Technique matters as much as frequency. Clean your teeth using small tooth-length strokes with your brush at a 45-degree angle towards your gums, and spend about two minutes at a time brushing.

3. Clean between your teeth.
The toothbrush cannot reach between each set of teeth, so you do need to use a special tool to clean in this area. Floss is perhaps the most common tool of choice, but you can also use floss picks, dental flossers or interdental cleaners to clean between your teeth. Whatever you choose, just remember to clean between your teeth at least once a day.

4. Eat a healthy diet.
What you eat matters, too. Brushing and flossing perfectly is not going to help your teeth very much if you eat a starchy, processed diet low in nutrients. You have to feed your teeth and gums plenty of healthy foods to keep them strong.

5. Visit us.
Regular dental cleanings and checkups on a recommended schedule will always be important because they help us monitor your teeth and gums for early signs of problems and give you important advice on how to improve your dental routine.

Call our periodontist in North Hollywood to schedule your next appointment.

Prosthodontists and What They Do

Dental assistant smiling at cameraProsthodontists are often the chief architects of dental makeovers. Their training includes four years of dental school as usual, plus three graduate years during which they study extensively in the restoration and replacement of teeth. Prosthodontics is one of nine dental specialties spelled out by the American Dental Association (ADA).

Practices of our prosthodontist in LA include:

• Crowning or “capping” teeth that have structural insufficiency

• Placing veneers to camouflage chips, stains, or other surface flaws in teeth

• Dental implants, bonding, and placement of full and partial dentures

• Advanced maxillofacial prosthetics, like oral cancer reconstruction

An important role for the prosthodontist is supervisory. Patients requesting full mouth reconstructions often need the input and expertise of several practitioners across a range of dentistry. It’s the prosthodontist who reviews proposals, makes referrals, and organizes care management.

If you entertain the idea of the dental mastermind, you could do worse than choose a prosthodontist. The expanse of their training, plus their certification by the American Board of Prosthodontists, make them imminently more qualified than a general dentist who just took a weekend course. Prosthodontists are also the preferred dentist of third parties, who may be overseeing the dental care of an older parent or of a child with special needs.

Contact our expert in periodontics in LA today.

What Could be the Cause of Gum Pain?

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Gums can become swollen, inflamed, tender, or even painful for several reasons. Our periodontists in Los Angeles work to find the underlying cause of any gum discomfort. With the right treatment, your gum health and comfort can be restored.

Common causes of gum pain include:

  1. Aggressive dental hygiene

Brushing and flossing are among the most basic dental care needs, but brushing too hard and flossing too roughly can injure your gums. To protect your gum tissue, use a soft-bristled brush, and be gentle when you clean your teeth.

  1. Gum disease

About half of adults in the U.S. have some form of gum disease. Gum disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque, which infect the gum tissue and cause an inflammatory response. Treatments can range from professional deep cleaning and improved at-home cleaning regimens, to antimicrobial therapy and surgery.

  1. Ill-fitting dentures

If you wear dentures, they may need to be adjusted or relined periodically. If your dentures do not fit well, they can rub and irritate your gums, causing sores and pain.

If you are suffering from gum inflammation, tenderness, or pain, call our expert in gum pain treatment in Los Angeles to schedule your consultation with our team.

Periodontal Treatments

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Periodontists are dentists that specialize in the gums. Many patients can do an acceptable job taking care of their teeth, but completely ignore their gum health. This leads to varying levels of gum disease.

A mild level of gum disease is called gingivitis. Symptoms include excessive tenderness, redness, and bleeding. At this stage, increased dental care and oral hygiene may be enough to reverse the process. This includes improved brushing and flossing, as well as more frequent visits to our cosmetic dentist in San Francisco.

If the condition has become more progressed, our periodontist can perform a scaling and root planing, or SRP. This involves using a special tool to remove the plaque and tartar from just above and just below the gum line. If this is not successful, a gum flap surgery is typically attempted next, wherein incisions are made in the gums in order to better access and clean the tooth roots.

Other periodontal treatments include gum tissue and bone grafting. Failure to seek treatment for gum disease can lead to deep decay, abscessed teeth, and even tooth loss. If you have recognized any of the above symptoms in your gums, schedule an appointment with our dentist today.

Steps in Periodontal Surgery

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Periodontal disease is a serious chronic condition that strikes the gums and other surrounding tissues that support the teeth. Treatment can include periodontal surgery, which is used to restore lost tissue, tighten the soft tissues around the teeth, or to address similar issues. If our dentist determines that you need periodontal surgery, here is what you can expect.

1. Non-surgical scaling and root planing
This is the first treatment for most stages of gum disease and can also be called deep cleaning. During an SRP, the deep pockets between the tooth and gum tissue are cleaned, and the root surfaces are smoothed.

2. Surgery
Although patients with mild periodontal disease often show dramatic improvement with SRP, those with more serious forms of the disease will typically need surgery. During periodontal surgery, the tissues are numbed and treated to remove periodontal pockets for teeth that are easier to keep clean and healthy.

3. Periodontal maintenance
Regular maintenance can help ensure the condition does not progress further. During a maintenance procedure, your teeth will be carefully cleaned to remove any plaque or tartar while preserving the integrity of the periodontal tissues.

Call us today to schedule your appointment with our expert in periodontal surgery in Santa Clara.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is an exceptionally common problem for adults. In fact, it is estimated that approximately half of all adults over the age of 30 suffer from some level of the disease. Its earliest stage is known as gingivitis, but it can easily advance into full blown periodontitis.

Diagnosis

Our expert in periodontics in Orange County can rather easily diagnose the problem at a regular dental appointment. The symptoms are usually quite clear, including swollen and red gums, bleeding gums, bad breath, a receding gum line, pockets forming between the gums and the teeth, and more.

Treatment

If gum disease has been identified, there are a number of things our OC dentists can do to eradicate the disease. The root cause of the disease is plaque. As a result, that is the first thing that must be removed. This includes removing it underneath the gum line in a treatment called scaling. If the gum disease had been present for some time, the teeth might be damaged below the gum line, too. This damage creates small grooves and crevices that bacteria are able to hide in. To address this, our dentist will perform a procedure called planing, where the tooth is smoothed out.