Swollen gums can be a minor problem, or it can indicate a much more serious issue. Let’s take a look at the causes of swollen gums, why it happens, how to prevent it, and why you need to visit a dentist on a regular basis.… Read the rest
Gum disease is not only uncomfortable and worrisome — it can lead to serious issues if left untreated. Here’s how to recognize the symptoms of gum disease, how to prevent it, and what happens if it’s left to advance on its own.
Gum Disease Symptoms
There are quite a few different symptoms of gum disease. Keep in mind that you don’t have to suffer from all of these symptoms — you can have just a few and be affected.
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away
- Red gums
- Swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums
- Teeth that appear longer
Gum Disease Complications
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Now that we have a periodontist, Dr. Cecilia Perera, working right alongside our other doctors here, our patients have asked us what it is that a periodontist (or “periodontic specialist”) does. Here is your answer.
The Periodontist’s Area of Specialization
A periodontist, in the simplest terms, is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease. A periodontist also specializes in the placement of dental implants. To further understand the function of a periodontist, though, it helps if we first break down the word itself.… Read the rest
A dental crown sometimes called a “cap,” is a tooth-shaped cover that is placed over a badly damaged tooth. Fillings cover a portion of a tooth, protecting it from bacteria after the decayed portion of the tooth is removed. Crowns and fillings strengthen damaged teeth, restore bite alignment and improve the tooth’s appearance. But, over time a crown can become loose and even fall out, especially if you don’t take proper care of it.
Common ways people lose crowns and fillings
Crowns and fillings become loose for a number of reasons. A crown is placed over a damaged tooth, and if the tooth continues to decay there may not be … Read the rest
If you are missing one or more teeth, you are probably wondering what your options are and what are the benefits and disadvantages of each. Dental implants are one option, but is it the best one for you? We’d like to share the story of one of our patients to help you decide.
Bob was a successful real estate investor, a college graduate, husband, father, and grandfather. He also had severe periodontal disease and was told by several periodontists that he would need to have all of his teeth removed. The disease in his gums was severe enough that he was at serious risk of other health incidents, such as … Read the rest
A healthy smile helps to keep you looking young, energized, and happy. Tooth decay, sensitivity, and other problems can happen to even the most careful of patients due to environmental factors, medications, or habits. Preventing dental concerns before they happen is the best way to ensure your smile stays looking its best. Many preventative measures can help provide you with a healthy smile for life.
Brush Regularly; Brush Well
Everyone knows that brushing your teeth is the single most important way to keep your teeth healthy and clean. Teeth should be cleaned a minimum of twice a day, and sometimes additionally depending on your diet. This helps reduce … Read the rest
White, bright smiles are generally associated with youthfulness and beauty. As we age, our teeth can change colors and lose their brightness due to age, eating habits, smoking, and even medications. There are many ways to brighten teeth that are safe and effective. Is laser teeth whitening right for you? Let’s find out.… Read the rest
Your dentures will experience a lot of wear and tear over the years. Not just chewing, but acid in certain foods, hot and cold temperature exposure from food and drink, even your saliva works to break down your dentures over time. Dentures also experience stress from teeth grinding, frequent removal and improper care. For these reasons, it isn’t uncommon for dentures to break or become damaged after a few years of use.… Read the rest