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Periodontics

Preserve the look and condition of your gums

Meaning “around the tooth,” the word periodontal refers to the supportive bone and gum tissue that surround your smile. Periodontal disease weakens this structure, having a considerable impact in its advanced forms. This is why periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is considered the number one reason for tooth loss. Patients may be unaware they have periodontal disease as it progresses gradually and is not initially painful. To detect and reduce the risks associated with gum disease, we recommend patients incorporate proper home-care, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits into their routines.

When should I consider professional help for chronic bad breath?

If your chronic bad breath persists despite maintaining good oral hygiene and making dietary changes, it's essential to consult a dentist. They can assess the situation, identify underlying causes, and provide appropriate treatments or referrals to resolve the issue.   To learn more, read our blog, Say Goodbye to Bad Breath: Effective Strategies for Fresh Breath.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants can last for many years, often for a lifetime, with proper care.  However, they may need periodic adjustments. All patients, including those with dental implants,  should have regular dental checkups.

What are the signs of gum disease, and how can it be treated?

Signs of gum disease include red, swollen gums, bad breath, and bleeding when you brush or floss. Early-stage gum disease (gingivitis) can often be reversed with proper dental care. More advanced cases may require specialized treatments like scaling and root planing, or even surgical procedures.

What can I do about bad breath (halitosis)?

Bad breath can often be improved by proper oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing. If the problem persists, consult your dentist as it could be a symptom of other issues like gum disease or digestive problems.

How often should I visit the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings?

Most people should see the dentist for a check-up and cleaning every six months. However, your dentist may recommend a different frequency based on your individual dental health needs.

Can you explain the process of getting dental implants?

Dental implants involve surgically inserting a dental implant into the edentulous space, which serves as an artificial tooth root. After a healing period, a crown is attached to the implant. The process may take several months and usually involves multiple visits.

What are the different options for replacing missing teeth?

Options for replacing missing teeth include dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures. The best option for you will depend on various factors such as the number of missing teeth and the condition of your remaining teeth and gums.

How can I improve my overall oral hygiene routine?

In addition to regular brushing and flossing, consider incorporating an antiseptic mouthwash and tongue cleaning into your routine. Regular dental check-ups are also crucial.

How does charcoal toothpaste work?

Charcoal toothpaste claims to whiten teeth by absorbing surface stains. However, it is abrasive and may wear down enamel over time. It's important to consult your dentist before using any tooth-whitening products.

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