How To Know You Have Gum Disease?

Gum DiseaseThe mouth is an incredible microcosm of oral bacteria that live in tissue. The bacteria operate most often in perfect harmony with the mouth tissues, but the sour note, which is periodontal infection, often disturbs harmony.

Periodontal disease is a term that encompasses several different conditions that affect the areas around the teeth. The term comes from the Latin word “peri”, meaning around and the Greek word “odont”, meaning tooth. The term used to describe the study of the teeth and the supporting structures around them are called Periodontology. The dental specialty dedicated to the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease is called Periodontics.

The group of diseases that fall under periodontal disease all have the same end results, inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), destruction of the periodontal ligament, loss of bone support, and finally tooth loss. Of the people who develop gingivitis, 10-15% will develop more advanced periodontal disease. About 70% of the people who develop more advanced forms of periodontal disease will develop the chronic form of the disease that worsens as the patient ages. The other 30% will develop different forms and patterns of disease. Continue reading How To Know You Have Gum Disease?

Do I Need To Go To The Dentist To Whiten My Teeth?

Perfect White TeethTeeth whitening: are you doing it on your own or seeing the dentist? This question is now being posed on the internet by millions of people. In the counter whitening, there are so many products to choose from. Many of the whitening kits claim to be as good as a dentist’s procedure. That’s the case? Not according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

A research on the risks of using DIY teeth whitening kits was published by the ADA in 2009. The ADA states that you can damage the surface of your teeth and the nerve endings without proper supervision. You can also injure your gum tissue, get upset with poorly fitted mouth guards, and experience uneven whitening and pitting.

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How Will You Know You Have A Gum Disease?

dentist holding dental modelThe mouth is an amazing microcosm of bacteria living in the oral tissue. The bacteria mostly function in perfect harmony with the tissues of the mouth, but sometimes the sour note, which is parodontal disease, interferes with the harmony.

Periodontal disease is a term that includes various conditions affecting the areas around the teeth. The phrase comes from the Latin word “peri,” which means around and the Greek word “odont,” which means teeth. The term used to describe the study of the teeth is called periodontology and the supporting structures around them. Periodontics is the dental specialty dedicated to the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease.

The group of diseases that fall under periodontal disease all have the same end results, inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), destruction of the periodontal ligament, loss of bone support, and finally tooth loss. Of the people who develop gingivitis, 10-15% will develop more advanced periodontal disease. About 70% of the people who develop more advanced forms of periodontal disease will develop the chronic form of the disease that worsens as the patient ages. The other 30% will develop different forms and patterns of disease. Continue reading How Will You Know You Have A Gum Disease?

Avoiding Dry Socket after Wisdom Teeth Removal

A man after removing a wisdom tooth. The operation to remove the eighth teethAfter removing wisdom teeth, dry socket can occur and can be an extremely painful, unpleasant condition, although only temporary. If lower wisdom teeth have been lost, it is more likely to occur rather than the higher ones. Fortunately, it affects fewer than 5 percent of patients, but steps can be taken to avoid it.

socket is just hole in the bone that extracted the tooth. It will fill with blood that will then clot and protect the underlying bone and nerves until healing occurs. For healing, the blood clot is essential. This can lead to dry socket if the blood clot is dislodged.

What occurs then is the exposure of the bone and nerves to dust and food particles, bacteria and saliva that can be in the place where the blood clot is meant to be.

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How To Make A Dental Visit Successful?

Dental VisitYou should visit and check for a dental cleaning at least twice a year. These dental appointments allow your dentist to assess your oral health, address any concerns you may have, and look for signs of any dental problems. It’s a relationship between you and your dentist to preserve your teeth and gums. We’ve mentioned a few helpful tips below for the best results.

Choose The Right Dentist

It is important to find the right dental practice that will fit your needs. Selecting a provider and dental office that fits your personality will make you more likely to keep your dental appointments.

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Keeping Your Gums Healthy

Happy smileThere are variety of different ways to maintain safe gums and daily oral hygiene. Here are few simple and practical approaches that doctors prescribe.

Intake of Vitamin C: foods rich in vitamin C can help in avoiding any gum diseases or infections. Fruits like strawberries, papayas, oranges, grapes, and lemons are rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants that are not only healthy for your body but are also beneficial for your gums. They help with the growth of body tissues and with the regeneration of bones. Rubbing lemon juice and a little bit of salt on irritated gums can also temporarily relieve pain.

Rinse with Hydrogen Peroxide: you may have heard about the benefits of using hydrogen peroxide when it comes to clean ear wax! Well, it is also useful for keeping gum infections and inflammations at bay. Mix ½ teaspoon of peroxide powder into about half a cup of water and rinse your mouth regularly with it. This method is also used in case of toothache to ease the pain. Continue reading Keeping Your Gums Healthy

Cosmetic Dentistry Is More Than Just Esthetics

Young woman choosing color of teeth at dentist, closeupPatients are opting for cosmetic dentistry for variety of reasons. Some would like to appear younger, others just want to smile without feeling self-conscious. Whatever the reason you’re searching for these facilities, the advantages of cosmetic dentistry in physical and mental health are numerous.

Confidence
If you opt for teeth whitening, straightening, or veneers, it could give you a noticeable confidence boost. Walking into a room with a straight, white smile will make you feel way more confident than the alternative. Getting your teeth professionally taken care of will make you feel better all around. Continue reading Cosmetic Dentistry Is More Than Just Esthetics

What Are The Cause Of Losing Teeth?

Teeth cureFairfield, CT – Many consequences of losing teeth are noticeable, like the changes in the way you look and speak. Those results often cause low self-esteem and a lack of confidence that can make it difficult to develop new relationships or find jobs that require interacting with the public. You may suffer from embarrassment and insecurity because you look older than your true age and feel that people seem to notice your teeth more than they notice your attractive features.

However, some consequences of tooth loss are not so apparent, and those are even more serious due to the impact they have on your health. Bones must have a certain amount of stimulation to retain their solidity and shape, and supplying that stimulation to your jawbone is one of the important functions performed by your teeth. The brief contacts your teeth have with each other every day produce a continuous regeneration of bone. Therefore, loss of a tooth or teeth usually results in some loss of jawbone, eventual partial collapse of your lower face, sagging lips and risk of jaw fracture. You may also develop joint pain in your jaws as well as bite problems because your remaining teeth may partially move into spaces formerly occupied by your missing teeth. Continue reading What Are The Cause Of Losing Teeth?

What is Periodontal Disease and Pocket Depth?

GumsPeriodontal disease is highly prevalent in adults across the United States. It is important to regularly see your dentist so you can catch this condition early on and undergo proper treatment. We help patients prevent and treat gum disease, as well as educate them regarding the ways they can keep their gums healthy.

Measuring Pocket Depths
A periodontal probe is gently used to measure the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and the gums. The depth of a healthy sulcus measures three millimeters or less and does not bleed. The periodontal probe helps indicate if pockets are deeper than three millimeters. As periodontal disease progresses, the pockets usually get deeper.
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How To Beat Dental Anxiety And Fear?

Patient afraid of dentist during doctor visitHow to Manage Fear and Anxiety at the Dentist

Unfortunately, there is no getting past proper dental care by a specialist. However, what is not noticed by many is that a lot of individuals suffer from anxiety and fear when visiting the dentist. What is usually a simple procedure for most people is regarded as a nightmare to others. Luckily, there are strategies that both the patient and the dentist can undertake to create a more relaxing environment to ease the patient’s fear and anxiety.

Environment

The environment that one finds themselves in influences feelings and expectations. When walking into a dental office for the first time, assess whether or not you feel comfortable, because if you aren’t comfortable in your environment, there is no chance you will feel comfortable during a dental procedure. Therefore, the first step in reducing your anxiety is to ensure that you like the environment you are in. Continue reading How To Beat Dental Anxiety And Fear?