Category Archives: Periodontics
What’s the Purpose of Periodontal Charting?
Have you ever wondered why your dentist calls out numbers to the assistant while checking your teeth? This is periodontal charting, also called probing or periodontal screening, and it is a critical part of your annual dental exam. What is Periodontal Charting? Periodontal charting is the process of measuring pockets – the space between a […]
Should You See a Periodontist Before Getting Braces?
Most people assume dental braces only serve a cosmetic purpose. Other than aligning your teeth, they have several practical benefits. They make it easier to chew food, improve speech patterns, and reduce grinding or chipping. Also, straighter teeth allow you to brush and floss better because you can reach all the areas where food can […]
How Lasers Assist in Periodontal Care
Healthy gums are the foundation of a beautiful smile, but many Americans experience symptoms of gum disease at some point in their lives. Traditional methods of treating gum disease can be intimidating, and not many people look forward to visiting a dentist for cleanings. With Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (or LANAP), harmful bacteria are removed […]
How Periodontal Disease Affects the Body
Gum disease can have far-reaching effects on your oral health and appearance. However, many individuals develop the condition without knowing it and the initial warning signs such as gum-tissue inflammation and occasional bleeding are ignored. Even if you have these symptoms, don’t give up! When caught early, gum disease can be prevented, and the damage […]
5 Signs of Gum Disease
We often don’t think about oral health beyond our teeth, yet nearly half of all adults suffer from some form of gum disease. What most fail to realize is that if gum disease is left untreated, it can negatively impact your oral health resulting in infections, gum recession, and even tooth loss. Your gums are […]
Restoring Gum Health
Gum disease is a common problem that can occur very gradually. Aging, brushing too hard, genetics, and any lapse in hygiene habits can get the ball rolling in the wrong direction. It starts with oral bacteria that feed on particles of carbohydrate-rich foods left behind after a meal. The bacteria metabolize carbohydrates and produce plaque […]
The Systemic Oral Health Connection
There is mounting evidence of links between your oral health and overall health. Research is still ongoing, but studies have shown for a long time that there is a connection between the mouth and systemic illnesses, a term used to describe conditions that affect the whole body. If you have a systemic disease, it lowers […]