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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

Mouthwash FAQs

Whether it's to mask bad breath, fight cavities or prevent the buildup of plaque, the sticky material that contains germs and can lead to oral diseases, mouthwash serves a variety of purposes. Or so we think. Though they may leave your mouth with a clean, fresh taste, some washes can be harmful, concealing bad breath and an unpleasant taste that are signs of periodontal diseases which cause inflammation and degeneration of the supporting structures of the teeth and tooth decay. Your dentist will tell you, most mouth rinses just don't wash. What are the differences? Mouthwash is generally classified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as either cosmetic or therapeutic, or a combination of the two. Cosmetic rinses [...]

By |2020-03-28T17:14:50+00:00May 12th, 2020|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Mouthwash FAQs

Pregnancy and Dental Care

FAQs about Dental Care During Pregnancy How does pregnancy affect my oral health? It's a myth that a mother's teeth lose calcium during pregnancy, but you may experience some changes in your oral health. A surge in the hormones estrogen and progesterone correlates to an increase in plaque on your teeth. How does a build-up of plaque affect me? Plaque that's left on teeth can cause gingivitis (red, swollen, tender gums that are more likely to bleed). So-called "pregnancy gingivitis" affects most pregnant women to some degree, and generally begins in the second trimester. If you already have gingivitis, the condition is likely to worsen during pregnancy. Pregnant women are also at risk for developing pregnancy tumors (inflammatory, benign growths [...]

By |2019-09-29T21:27:00+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Patient Education|Comments Off on Pregnancy and Dental Care

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