The Importance of Flossing to Help Prevent Gum Disease

Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. There are numerous disease entities requiring different treatment approaches. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Daily brushing and flossing will prevent most periodontal conditions.

Do More Than Brush
Brushing your teeth regularly is a good way to prevent cavities and help fight gum disease, but brushing alone is just not enough. Even if you brush thoroughly and multiple times a day, the bristles of your toothbrush will not necessarily be able to reach the spaces between your teeth or the nooks behind your molars. The only way to clean these parts of your smile is to floss. Continue reading “The Importance of Flossing to Help Prevent Gum Disease”

Tips for Maintaining Healthy Gums

When most people think about dental health, they may focus mostly on preventing decay and cavities in their teeth, but having healthy gums is just as important as having healthy teeth. Healthy gums are vital for your overall well-being and dental health and quite often give early indications of a problem in your mouth. Bleeding and swollen gums are often a sign of gum disease, but other issues that require attention and treatment can also cause such irritation.

Brushing
Brushing your teeth too vigorously can damage the delicate tissue of your gums, so it is important that you brush properly. Always choose a soft toothbrush with blunt end nylon bristles because the medium or hard bristled toothbrushes can damage enamel and lead to swollen, red gums. Continue reading “Tips for Maintaining Healthy Gums”

Benefits of Investing in Dental Implants

Dental implants represent the most advanced tooth replacement and dental reconstruction procedures currently available. An artificial substitute for your natural tooth roots, the implant fuses seamlessly to the bone, providing strong support for replacement teeth. Dental implants restore your comfort and confidence in a way that dentures and bridge work cannot. When you choose dental implants, you are investing in the future of your smile. They not only look and feel better, but over the long-term, they also prove a better investment.

What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?
Making the decision to invest in dental implants may feel challenging. Consider their benefits to help you decide whether they are the best choice for your life:
• Dental implants help maintain the integrity of your jawbone so that it does not lose density over time. Because your jawbone supports your face and surrounding structures, a healthy, sturdy jawbone reduces premature sagging and wrinkling Continue reading “Benefits of Investing in Dental Implants”

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Gum disease is a chronic infection which affects the supporting tissues surrounding the teeth and results in the progressive loss of the ligament and bone that hold the teeth in place. There are many common types of periodontal disease including aggressive, chronic, necrotizing periodontitis, and periodontitis associated with systemic diseases. Each of these types of periodontal disease has its own distinct characteristics and symptoms, and all require prompt treatment to halt subsequent bone and tissue loss.

Signs Of Gum Disease:
• Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth
• Red, swollen, or tender gums
• Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
• Bad breath that does not go away Continue reading “Symptoms of Gum Disease”

Deciding if Bone Regeneration Treatment is Right for You

Bone regeneration is a periodontal surgical procedure that regenerates jaw bone and tissue in order to correct the damage caused by periodontal disease. Bone regeneration is often performed to protect your existing teeth and the soft tissues that keep them in place so that you can experience an enhanced quality of life as a direct result of improved health, function, and appearance.

What Causes Bone Loss?
Bone loss is a common consequence of loss of teeth and chronic periodontitis. In the case of periodontitis, the bacteria gradually eats away at the underlying jawbone and at the periodontal ligaments that connect the tooth to the bone. The most common cause of bone loss is tooth loss, especially multiple teeth. Jawbone is preserved through the pressure and stimulus of chewing. When that is removed through tooth loss, the bone resorbs into the body. In the first year after tooth extraction 25 percent of bone is lost, and this bone loss continues on. Continue reading “Deciding if Bone Regeneration Treatment is Right for You”