The Long-Term Effects of Tooth Loss

There are several concerns that come with losing one or more teeth, and the visual impact to your smile is only one of them. While you may notice that gap in your teeth more than you would the other consequences of tooth loss, those other consequences can have a much greater impact on the long-term state of your oral health. At our Encinitas/San Diego periodontal office, preventing and dealing with tooth loss is an important part of the comprehensive care that we provide. If you experience tooth loss, then we can help you regain your good oral health and avoid many of the most destructive consequences of losing teeth. (more…)

What Makes Perio Cleaning Different than Dental Cleaning?

Routine cleaning is an important part of oral health care. In many cases, that simply involves brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once, as well as attending regular dental cleanings at least once every six months. Sometimes, however, you might need more involved periodontal cleaning – also known as scaling and root planing – to address a more aggressive buildup of oral bacteria. At our Encinitas/San Diego periodontal office, we can perform specialized scaling and root planing, as well as ongoing periodontal maintenance, if necessary, to help you address an increased risk of gum disease, or control it if it’s already developed. (more…)

Does Controlling Plaque Really Prevent Gum Disease?

When it comes to preventing gum disease (as well as several other common oral health issues), preventing plaque buildup on your teeth and gums is essential. That’s because the bacteria that produce and hide within dental plaque are the main causes behind such oral health issues, especially when they’re allowed to accumulate excessively. While you have several options for addressing gum disease at our Encinitas/San Diego periodontal office, preventing gum disease from forming is a much better option for your long-term oral health. To be successful, your preventive routine should focus strongly on preventing excessive bacteria and plaque buildup every day. (more…)

3 Things to Know Before Getting Dental Implants

Even if you grow accustomed to how your smile looks with one or more missing teeth, your other teeth and oral structures never will. In addition to appearance, the effects of tooth loss can include the shifting of other teeth, the erosion of your jawbone, and much more that can have an increasingly negative impact on your oral health. At our Encinitas/San Diego periodontal office, we can help you effectively address those consequences and minimize their effect on your oral health by replacing your lost teeth with one or more dental implants. (more…)

The Role of Lasers in Treating Periodontal Disease

Patients who need periodontal treatment can exhibit many different stages of periodontal disease. In minor cases (gingivitis), treatment may simply involve periodontal cleaning, or scaling and root planing, to remove harmful oral bacteria. In more advanced cases, perio cleaning may be followed by a regular routine of periodontal maintenance. In some severe cases, the best way to protect your smile from gum disease may be to surgically trim away areas of gum tissue that have become severely affected by the disease. At our Encinitas/San Diego periodontal office, we can perform laser periodontal treatment (or LANAP) to remove diseased tissue more comfortably, and with a higher level of precision, than traditional surgery. (more…)

Facts About Dealing with Gum Disease

Some people never think about, while others may fear that they might get it. Some people have it and don’t know it, others known it, but ignore it, and still others are actively taking steps to control it. Dealing with gum disease means something different to everyone, but as one of the most chronic oral health conditions today, most people will have to deal with it eventually. At our Encinitas/San Diego periodontal office, we offer precise diagnoses and customizable treatment options to help you successfully pinpoint and deal with your gum disease so you can once again enjoy a healthy, vibrant smile. (more…)

What Can Happen if You Ignore Tooth Loss?

After you lose a tooth, the appearance of your smile can seem like the biggest consequence. In many respects, it is a serious one; besides your confidence in your smile, the gap in it can also affect everything from your bite’s immediate function to your long-term oral health, and more. At our Encinitas/San Diego periodontal office, we can help you understand what tooth loss can mean for your smile, and avoid the potentially serious consequences of it by custom-designing a lifelike prosthesis. For example, with one or more dental implants, we can even help you avoid the effects of missing teeth roots. (more…)

Things that Should Motivate You to Stop Smoking

It’s no secret that smoking tobacco products is one of the most dangerous things you could expose your body to. It can contribute to a wide variety of cancers, and can lead to destructive periodontal disease that destroys your periodontal and oral structures. Despite that knowledge, many people still find it extremely difficult to quit, and many still don’t believe they should. At our Encinitas/San Diego periodontal office, our goal is to help you preserve your oral, periodontal, and overall health. That’s why we offer personalized smoking cessation assistance as well as specialized periodontal treatment and care. (more…)

Does Bad Breath Really Mean Gum Disease?

Most people experience bad breath when they first wake up in the morning, or after eating a meal with garlic and/or onions in it. Yet, for some people, bad breath is the product of more than just an abundance of oral bacteria or the presence of pungent foods – sometimes, it can also indicate gum disease. At our Encinitas/San Diego periodontal office, we advise seeking treatment as soon as possible if you notice that your bad breath doesn’t go away. If your bad breath does indicate gum disease, then early treatment could be your best bet at saving your smile. (more…)

Is Gingivitis Really Reversible?

One of the biggest reasons why gum disease is so prevalent is because, for most people, it’s incurable. Once it develops and progresses, it will always remain present, and the only way to protect your smile is to successfully manage it. However, for many people, there is still a small window of opportunity to reverse the earliest stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis. At our Encinitas/San Diego, CA, periodontal office, we can detect gingivitis in its earliest stage of development and perform personalized treatment that may be able to reverse it before it can progress. (more…)