Category: Prevention

How to Remove the Oral Bacteria that Cause Gum Disease

Because everyone’s oral health is unique, your specific risks for things like periodontal (gum) disease may be different than others. However, the main cause of the disease itself is the excessive buildup of harmful oral bacteria underneath your gums. Therefore, preventing or treating gum disease at our Encinitas/San Diego periodontal office typically involves eliminating the… Read 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… Read more »

Your Periodontist’s Tips for Better Hygiene

The fact that good hygiene is the cornerstone of good dental health is no secret. However, sticking to every tenet of good hygiene on a consistent basis can sometimes prove more than most people can manage. Because of this, many patients in Encinitas/San Diego experience conditions such as periodontal disease that are typically highly preventable…. Read more »

Is Periodontal Disease Really Preventable?

Maintaining a healthy smile is typically simple with a good dental hygiene and preventive dental care routine. Yet, sometimes, that maintenance requires addressing specific concerns, such as periodontal (gum) disease, before they’re allowed to cause significant damage to your teeth and oral tissues. Such issues occur commonly – periodontal disease alone affects over 80% of… Read more »

Diagnosing Your Periodontal Disease

One of the reasons why periodontal (gum) disease affects so many people before they notice it is because the disease occurs in stages. The first, known as gingivitis, doesn’t always produce obvious symptoms, and patients who skip a checkup and cleaning miss the chance for their dentists to more thoroughly check for it. In its… Read more »

When Do I Need A Deep Cleaning?

The American Dental Association recommends a routine dental cleaning for patients of all ages every six months. We agree that routine maintenance can help safeguard your smile against inflammation or even periodontal disease. However, in some cases you may benefit from a deep cleaning with your periodontist. When do you need a deep cleaning?

How Does Brushing And Flossing Help Your Gums?

Your entire life you’ve heard again and again that you need to brush your teeth and floss regularly. You understand how this impacts your teeth, but how does brushing and flossing help your gums? Patients are often surprised to learn that routine maintenance can help you maintain a healthy smile and reduce the risk of… Read more »

Do You Have Gum Disease?

Millions of people experience varying stages of this disease. Without treatment, gum disease poses a risk to the health and stability of your smile. Do you have gum disease? How do you recognize the warning signs? By understanding the warning signs of the issue you can seek treatment before more uncomfortable warning signs develop.

Why Do We Need Diagnostic Imaging?

Why do we need diagnostic imaging? Before you can receive treatment for your oral health issues, you need an accurate diagnosis. Our team will need to look at your jaw and gums for signs of possible problems, including periodontal disease. To ensure an accurate diagnosis, the doctor will employ diagnostic imaging.

Dental Cleanings Vs. Periodontal Deep Cleaning

Over time, our teeth accumulate plaque buildup, which can eventually harden into tartar if steps aren’t taken to remove it. Removal often involves a dental cleaning. However, some patients may require a more in depth preventive option. What’s the difference between a routine cleaning and a periodontal deep cleaning?