The Advantages of Perio Protect

While periodontal disease (aka, gum disease) is highly preventable, it remains one of the more common chronic dental health issues among adults in the U.S. For patients who experience forms of the disease, it’s also the leading cause of adult tooth loss and a significant factor in several other chronic inflammatory conditions. The good news is that periodontal disease is also highly treatable, and your periodontist offers a wide range of customized options for addressing it. Perio Protect is just one of those options, and today, we explore the advantages it can give you in your fight against one of the most destructive dental health issues you might face. (more…)

Why You Should Know What P. Gingivalis Is

At any given moment, a healthy human mouth hosts over 600 identifiable kinds of oral bacteria, most of which band together to form plaque on your teeth and gums. Of these, many are benign, and some are vital to your mouth’s healthy ecosystem. Others, however, are infamously problematic for your oral health, and Porphyromonas gingivalis is one of the most notorious. Known as the gum disease bacteria, P. gingivalis exhibits the unique ability to fool your immune system, leading to rampant inflammation in your periodontal tissues and the onset and progression of periodontal disease.   (more…)

Is Good Hygiene Different with Dental Implants?

Tooth loss comes with several concerns, the most immediate of which is addressing the reason behind your tooth loss (such as periodontal disease) and replacing the tooth with the right prosthesis. As the only prosthetic option for replacing lost teeth roots, dental implants are often the preferable option. Besides offering unmatched support for your prosthetic crown, bridge, or denture, implants also help you preserve a maximum amount of your healthy teeth and oral structures. Because they closely mimic your natural teeth, implants also offer the benefit of easy, effective maintenance without having to change your daily hygiene routine. (more…)

A Few Benefits of Laser Periodontal Care

One of modern technology’s greatest feats is making the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of chronic oral health diseases much simpler and more comfortable. In the case of periodontal disease, for instance, we can often utilize a specially calibrated laser to eliminate harmful oral bacteria and promote the healing and reattachment of healthy periodontal tissues. Known as the Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), the laser treatment protocol offers patients a number of significant advantages in the treatment of maintenance of their periodontal disease. (more…)

What Holistic Periodontal Care Means

One of the reasons why periodontal disease is so prominent is because the bacteria that cause it naturally inhabit the healthy human mouth. In many cases, these microbes can accumulate and irritate gum tissues before it becomes noticeable, leading to the development of gingivitis (the first stage of periodontal disease). Because the condition is progressive, the only effective way to address it is to remove the harmful bacteria while boosting your periodontal tissues’ ability to fight them off in the future. To achieve both goals, many patients can benefit from holistic periodontal care in the forms of ozone (or oxygen) and platelet-rich therapies. (more…)

Gum Disease’s Role in Your Dental Implant Candidacy

As one of the more complex chronic oral health issues, gum disease (or periodontal disease) affects virtually every aspect of your oral health. For instance, severe gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, as well as a leading risk factor for other chronic inflammatory conditions. If you’ve lost teeth to gum disease, then the state of your periodontal health can also influence your immediate candidacy for replacing them with dental implants. (more…)

Preventing Tooth Loss Means Preventing Gum Disease

In its most severe forms, periodontal disease can cause significant damage to the gums and jawbone structure that support your teeth. If not treated in time, this can lead to the loss of one or more of your teeth and the need to replace them after getting your periodontal health under control. Because periodontal disease is one of the most common chronic oral health conditions (next to cavities), the destruction it often causes makes it the leading cause of adult tooth loss. It also makes the disease a prime target for focusing your efforts in your quest to prevent tooth loss. (more…)

A Quick Guide to Periodontal Disease

Even though periodontal disease (or gum disease) is the second most common dental health issue, not many people realize that it’s also highly preventable with the right dental health care and maintenance. If fact, there is much about periodontal disease that many patients don’t know, even those who have to deal with its presence. Today, we take a quick crash course in the most important details of periodontal disease, including how best to protect your smile if it develops. (more…)

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Have Questions About Dental Implants? We Have Answers!

When you’ve lost a tooth, your first concern may be how the loss makes your smile look. After consulting with your dentist, however, you’ll realize that there’s more to tooth loss than meets the eye. For instance, after losing a tooth, the rest of your teeth can shift from their original positions, your jawbone can grow weaker due to lost teeth roots, and your risks of further tooth loss are heightened. The good news is that, with an appropriate number of dental implants, you can not only rebuild your smile, but also address the many long-term consequences of tooth loss. (more…)