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Aug
1

Regular Perio Therapy Helps Combat Gum Disease

Posted in Periodontics

Gum disease isn’t a one-time fight. It’s an ongoing battle that requires attention to detail. What some dental patients fall into is going through with initial gum disease treatments, but neglecting the ongoing care program. While this can remove the initial cause of the infection, it won’t keep gum disease from progressing or reversing itself. A dedicated, therapeutic program with your dentist and hygienist can change that.

A high quality periodontal therapy routine consists of periodontal maintenance cleanings every 3 to 4 months following your initial gum treatment. Some patients have these appointments completed at their regular dental office, while others alternate them with a periodontist between their regular cleaning appointments. The important step is that hard-to-reach bacteria is removed more frequently than normal.

Deep gum pockets around the teeth are difficult if not impossible to clean on your own. That means even a small amount of plaque biofilm can cause infection to return. Your hygienist is equipped with the skills and instruments needed to gently remove these bacteria so that no more attachment loss or bone destruction can take place. If necessary, medications may be placed directly into your gum pockets for areas of more severe infection.

Successful periodontal disease treatment will eliminate all signs of bleeding and swelling, and will also allow gum tissues to re-attach to the surface of your teeth!

The right periodontal therapy program can help you reverse your gum infection and keep it from returning. Investing in initial periodontal therapies, like scaling and root planing, but neglecting the follow up treatments will only allow gum disease to progress. Don’t lose your teeth to gum disease. See your dentist every 3 to 4 months to keep your mouth disease free!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center

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Feb
10

So Your Gums Bleed When You Floss

Posted in Gum Disease

Did you know that bleeding gums is one of the number one reasons people don’t ever floss their teeth? In fact, the less often you floss, the more your gums will bleed. However, daily flossing is important for the prevention of tooth decay and periodontal disease.  If you’ve just picked the habit back up again, you’ll probably notice at least a little bleeding during the process. Instead of not flossing at all, this is the time when it’s most important to be more zealous than ever about your flossing routine.

Flossing does something that brushing does not: it cleans the areas between the teeth, and under the margin of the gumlines. When those areas are not cleaned regularly, plaque bacteria begin to accumulate and cause the immune system to target the area of infection. This increases blood flow and causes inflammation. If cleaning is intermittent, then bleeding occurs.

However, once cleaning with floss begins to occur on a daily basis, the plaque levels and infection go away. This means reduced bleeding and then no bleeding at all. It can take flossing correctly every day for up to 2 weeks before any evidence of bleeding goes away. The key is to be persistent, and tough it out the first several times even if it’s uncomfortable. Compare it to an open wound on your skin that has become infected because it was not cleaned properly. The first few times you begin to clean it, it will hurt. After a few days of taking care of it, the tenderness decreases, and most sores will heal within 10-14 days. The same goes for your gums.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center

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Jan
17

Gingivitis 101

Posted in Gum Disease

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an irritation in the gums. It is actually the first stage of periodontal disease (gum disease). Most of the time, it is pretty simple to take care of because of when it was caught – the beginning of the disease. The cause of this disease is from plaque being left on the gums. The gums become inflamed because of a poison that is released from plaque siting on the gums and teeth. The irritation then leads to inflammation in the gums. It is preventable – but it will take some effort.

What are the symptoms of Gingivitis?

  • Red and swollen gums
  • Tender or painful gums
  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing
  • It’s possible to see some receding between your teeth and the gums
  • Bad breath or even a funny taste in your mouth

What are the ways of prevention of Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a preventable disease. It does take some effort. You will need to have excellent oral care through your oral hygiene.

Excellent oral hygiene would mean:

  • Brushing correctly and flossing at a minimum of twice per day. This will remove the any plaque on your teeth right away.
  • Keeping a healthy diet. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats are important. It’s also imperative to drink lots of water!
  • Not smoking or using any tobacco. If you are smoking, you should try to quit before your start having any issues.
  • Seeing a dental professional and hygienist on a regular basis. These check-ups will allow your dental professional to have a baseline for your mouth as well as keep an eye on any problem areas. The hygienist will keep your teeth clean by getting off any build-up of plaque that you couldn’t reach.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center

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