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Could You Have Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease, (aka gum disease) is painless in its early stages. So how can you tell if it's in your future? Take a good look at your gums. Then call us. Do your gums bleed—at all—when you brush? Are your gums swollen, red or tender? Have any permanent teeth loosened? Are you distressed by persistent bad breath? Are your gums pulling away from your teeth? Do your teeth or partial dentures fit together differently when you bite down?

By |2022-01-10T22:53:09+00:00April 19th, 2022|Periodontal Dentistry|Comments Off on Could You Have Gum Disease?

Heart Healthy News

Do you have sore, bleeding gums? Are you worried about your heart's health, and how much time may still be available to enjoy your life and family? A visit to our office just might help solve all these worries simultaneously! Fighting periodontal (gum) disease through outstanding daily hygiene and regular dental appointments is a three-for-the-price-of-one proposition. Protect your gums! Protect your teeth! And protect your heart in the bargain! Recent research has shown that the levels of two inflammatory proteins known to raise the risk of heart disease can be substantially reduced by regularly treating inflamed gums. Furthermore, individuals with higher blood levels of certain disease-causing bacteria in the mouth were more likely to have high levels of plaque (atherosclerosis) [...]

By |2022-01-04T20:39:41+00:00February 15th, 2022|Periodontal Dentistry|Comments Off on Heart Healthy News

Stroke Prevention: Routine Dental Hygiene Appointments

You may wonder what a tooth cleaning has to do with a stroke—that sudden, devastating paralysis in which blood supply to the brain is blocked. Simply put, it's the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries. Yes, their is a direct correlation between the plaque in arteries and the plaque that builds up on teeth and causes inflammation and gum disease if not professionally cleaned from time to time. A hygiene appointment is probably the easiest and most painless way of eliminating at least one of the risk factors leading to stroke. Warning Signs—and Responses Act in time and call 911 if you, or someone you love, experiences: Sudden weakness in hand, arm, leg Loss of feeling on [...]

By |2021-10-20T19:22:14+00:00November 16th, 2021|Periodontal Dentistry|Comments Off on Stroke Prevention: Routine Dental Hygiene Appointments

What to Know About Gum Disease

It afflicts as many as nine in 10 adults at some point in their lives, as well as teenagers and children as young as five or six years of age. Yet, many suffer from it without even suspecting anything is wrong. "It" is periodontal, or gum, disease—in the minds of most dentists, Public Enemy Number one for teeth. Only for the last 30 years have researchers understood that gum disease is an infectious disorder, caused by many different species of bacteria. But even today, there is no cure. Fortunately, we have learned a good deal about what periodontal disease is and what can be done about it. Behind the Scenes The culprits in periodontal disease are the bacteria that thrive [...]

By |2021-07-03T18:49:33+00:00October 12th, 2021|Periodontal Dentistry|Comments Off on What to Know About Gum Disease

Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation That Could Be Deadly Illness or injury to your body should trigger your immune system to heat up at that location and essentially smoke out the enemy. If your immune system is healthy when the mission is accomplished, the inflammation subsides and healing begins. But sometimes an immune system doesn't know when to stop. It smolders beneath the surface, destroying the very tissue it's supposed to heal. This potential volcano at the core of your body is called Chronic Inflammation. CI is thought to trigger such diseases as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and gum disease. A simple blood test for chronic inflammation focuses on C-reactive protein (CRP), which the liver produces when inflammation is present. Individuals with [...]

By |2021-02-20T17:29:43+00:00May 25th, 2021|Periodontal Dentistry|Comments Off on Chronic Inflammation

Soothe Your Joints…

Love Your Gums! Treating gum disease can actually reduce the severity of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Arthritis sufferers may soon be jumping for joy. Yes—in case you needed another reason to nip gum disease in the bud, researchers are demonstrating a link between periodontitis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The good news is, treating gum disease can go beyond creating a healthy foundation for your teeth and actually reduce the severity of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. It makes sense. In both diseases, unchecked inflammation eats away at hard and soft tissues. So scientists studied whether the condition of arthritis patients who also had periodontal disease might be improved using nonsurgical treatment of gum disease—just standard scaling and root planing. They discovered that removing [...]

By |2020-12-29T17:16:01+00:00February 16th, 2021|Periodontal Dentistry|Comments Off on Soothe Your Joints…

Healthy Gums, Healthy You!

Fighting periodontal (gum) disease through meticulous daily hygiene and regular dental appointments is brilliant. You preserve your beautiful smile and sweet breath, maintain the health of your teeth and gums, and protect your overall health in the bargain! Periodontal disease—a chronic inflammatory disease that can destroy gum tissue, ligaments, even the bone supporting the teeth—is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults. Gum disease has been associated with such chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. People with higher blood levels of certain disease-causing bacteria in the mouth are more likely to have high levels of plaque (atherosclerosis) in the carotid artery in the neck. Clogging of the carotid arteries can lead to stroke. [...]

By |2020-07-27T19:01:21+00:00November 17th, 2020|Periodontal Dentistry|Comments Off on Healthy Gums, Healthy You!

Scaling and Root Planing

What is Scaling and Root Planing? When You Need A Deep Cleaning... If you have periodontal (gum) problems, you'll probably become familiar with one of the primary therapies to treat gum disease: scaling and root planing. We also may recommend the procedure if it's been a while since your last appointment, and your mouth exhibits an extra buildup of plaque. The treatment is tried and true, with a simple goal—get the "junk" out of there! It's a certainty. Plaque, calculus, and bacteria, left to accumulate, will form pockets around teeth beneath the gum line. As pockets deepen and bacteria go to work, the tissue becomes infected. Without care, tissue, ligaments, and eventually bone is destroyed; then you're facing tooth loss. [...]

By |2020-06-27T20:32:15+00:00August 11th, 2020|Periodontal Dentistry|Comments Off on Scaling and Root Planing

Periodontal Disease: It’s More Than Just Sore Gums

And periodontal health is more than a dazzling smile. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums has become more important than ever. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammation of the gums that not only can lead to tooth loss but can even interfere with other systems of the body. Periodontitis, aka gum disease, has been associated with such other chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. You can assess your risk for the condition at perio.org. Good news! The condition is treatable. Daily tooth brushing and flossing are crucial, but they are not an acceptable substitute for the important annual periodontal evaluation. Yes, your appointment is important. It could save your life.

By |2020-06-27T20:31:35+00:00July 14th, 2020|Periodontal Dentistry|Comments Off on Periodontal Disease: It’s More Than Just Sore Gums

Laser Treatment Saves Teeth

Laser Periodontal Treatment in Sacramento, CA Fighting Infections with the Latest Technology Hearing the word 'laser' might make you feel a bit apprehensive, but have no fear! Laser treatment is one of the most effective and least intensive options for cases of gum disease. You've probably heard of gingivitis, the condition characterized by red, swollen, or bleeding gums. Mild cases improve with better brushing, regular dental checkups, and antibacterial mouth rinses. However, in advanced cases where the disease threatens tooth loss (periodontitis), more professional treatment may be necessary. A dental laser uses a tiny, flexible fiber-optic cable which is only the thickness of about three human hairs. We slip the probe between your tooth and gum and ZAP, just like [...]

By |2020-03-28T16:50:28+00:00June 18th, 2019|Periodontal Dentistry|Comments Off on Laser Treatment Saves Teeth