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What do you know about your gums and gum disease?
The number of Americans who have periodontitis is a whopping 64.7 percent. Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease. 1 That’s half of all adults (over age 30) who have gum disease!
Do you think you might have gum disease? Look for swollen or red gums, tender gums, gums that pull away from teeth, or your teeth feeling loose. Of course, a visit to your Crown Council dentist can tell you the state of your gum health—and what you can do about—right away.
The percent of the country that flosses every day is just 13.5 percent. 2 Brushing and flossing daily is vital to keeping your gums healthy and avoiding the painful consequences of periodontitis.
It was 4,500 years ago that the very first periodontal disease was noted in humans. 3 Scientists recently discovered a mummy over 4,500 years old that showed clear signs of gum disease. So even though dentists haven’t been diagnosing it that long, periodontal disease is as old as the pyramids!
The number of grams you should eat of lactic acid-containing foods every day is 55 grams. 4 A study in the Journal of Periodontology revealed that people who at this much (which is a little less than four tablespoons) per day of foods with lactic acid (think dairy products like yogurt and cheese) had less gum disease than those who skipped their dairy.
A study was released in 2007 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that more Americans than ever are keeping their natural teeth these days. 4 That means that gum disease is being taken care of and people are seeking dental treatment to avoid losing teeth or having them extracted. Good news for teeth around the country!
Crown Council dentists offer the full gamut of periodontal services. We screen our patients for gum disease, help them avoid it in the first place, and have a multitude of strategies for treating gum disease when we do encounter it. Use our search tool to find a periodontal specialist near you and set up an appointment to discuss your unique situation and concerns.
As a sampling, many Crown Council dentists offer periodontal maintenance, scaling and root planning, crown lengthening, and osseous surgery. Wonder what we’re talking about? Give your Crown Council periodontal specialist a call today!
Information used from the following website, accessed 05/20/2015: 1. http://www.perio.org/newsroom/periodontal-disease-fact-sheet
When something isn’t quite right, your body has a way of alerting you by giving you pain. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong!
And if you’ve ever felt the sharp pain or the dull throbbing of a toothache, you know that tooth pain can be hard to ignore–and it isn’t normal. But if you search the country and get 100 toothache sufferers together, you might get 100 different stories about how, where, and even when the pain starts.
Some toothaches get worse at night. Some can be exacerbated by traveling on an airplane. Some are aggravated by eating certain types of foods or just by chewing. A lot of toothaches are made worse by extreme temperatures or hard foods. (Ever made the mistake of chewing on ice with a toothache? Ouch!)
Because toothaches can be caused by so many factors, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all treatment for this common problem.
Your Crown Council dentist can find the right treatment for your ache. Whether it’s a constant soreness or an occasional pang, a slight discomfort or a cause of serious misery, we have the solution for you.
Some toothaches respond to over-the-counter pain medication. Others are a sign of a more serious issue, like a cavity or even a cracked tooth. Your Crown Council dentist will be able to get to the root of the problem and develop a treatment plan.
So, are your teeth trying to tell you something? Why don’t you call your Crown Council dentist and open those lines of communication?
When your teeth talk, listen!
By bringing your entire family to the dentist, you can give your children the great start to a healthy smile they need. However, don’t forget about yourself and your spouse. Losing teeth to decay or periodontitis (gum disease) is not normal if you are taking care of your teeth properly. This means tooth loss can be prevented, but it takes a life time of proper oral hygiene habits and dental visits. So you may be asking yourself why is it so important to visit your family dentist frequently. Here is a list to explain why:
X-rays: Your dentist will take periodic x-rays of your teeth to ensure that there isn’t any decay happening in the unseen areas, such as between the teeth. This will also allow your doctor to detect anything unusual.
Cancer Screenings: Although it is unlikely to have oral cancer (especially if you don’t drink or smoke), it can still happen and can be very deadly if not caught early. Your doctor knows what to look for and can alert you to potential malignancies.
Sealants and Flouride: Did you know that there have been many studies on dental sealants for children proving that sealants greatly decrease childhood decay? Sealants are a thin layer or resin that is placed in the pits of your child’s molars to prevent bacteria from settling there and creating cavities. Flouride is another substance that has been studied greatly and has also greatly decreased cavity occurrence substantially. A twice-yearly fluoride varnish is a great way to prevent cavities and expensive fillings for your child.
Prevention: Your dentist has a lot of knowledge about what can cause dental issues down the road. By visiting frequently they can help you prevent problems or fix them early before they become more expensive and painful to manage. So don’t put off your dental appointment and make sure you’ve seen your dentist at least once in the past 8 months.
Why are your routine dental check-ups so important? Your dentist will tell you that by getting frequent exams, you can avoid many costly procedures in the long run. Not only will it save you money but it can also increase your quality of life by preventing rampant dental disease that can eventually lead to tooth loss – aka denture needs. Here are some problems that routine check-ups with your dentist can prevent:
Root Canals – cavities are caused by bacteria in the mouth. Often, patients have cavities that they don’t know about. Many people believe that if they have a dental issue, they will feel pain. This is true if you want to wait until you need more aggressive and expensive treatment options (i.e. a root canal). However, your dentist can detect early stages of decay and prevent the need for root canals with simple fillings. Sometimes, no dental work is needed at all, just simple fluoride treatments.
Deadly Oral Cancer – Did you know that oral cancer is one of the more deadly forms of cancer? Statistically, only 50% of victims survive for more than five years after diagnosis. Oral cancer is an important malignancy to catch early on. Visiting your dentist regularly will ensure that any unusual growths are detected. If you smoke and consume alcohol, you are at greater risk, so be sure to get checked at least once a year. If you notice any firm growths that lack sensation, be sure to get an oral cancer screening right away.
Gum Disease – By getting a dental cleaning every 6 months to a year, patients can avoid gum disease which can cause the loss of many teeth. This is also a great time to review your oral hygiene habits and determine which areas of your mouth may need more attention.
This is only a short list of the issues and complications that you can prevent by not being a stranger to your dentist. If you have extreme dental anxiety but know visiting your dentist is important, perhaps sedation dentistry is just the thing for you. Whatever your dental condition is, there is one certainty: you should be visiting your dentist at least once a year. So be sure to contact them today!
If you asked several practicing dentists about their patients that are missing many or all of their teeth, most of them would probably say that these individuals got to a bad start early in life. We now have enough knowledge about what causes decay and what protects our teeth (such as fluoride and dental sealants) that individuals should be able to live most if not all of their lives with the majority of their natural teeth.
Unfortunately, some individuals get a bad start to their oral health by developing bad oral hygiene habits and skipping visits to the dentist from a very young age. When we procrastinate dental work and neglect good dental health habits, the cosmetic and general dentistry procedures that we need become exponentially more expensive. Did we mention that you are also paying with quality of life (think full dentures)?
So what are some of the things you should do for your family to help prevent these expenses?
Choose a dentist early on in your child’s life and stay with them if possible. If you switch between multiple dentists, each new set of eyes will only be seeing your family’s mouth for the first time. By staying with the same dentist, you have a professional who knows your mouth very well, which results in better care. That is why it is important to pick the right dentist from the start.
Get a professional dental cleaning 1-2 times a year. If you have dental insurance, your insurance company will usually cover close to 100% of the cost. If you don’t have dental insurance, you don’t get the benefit of free cleanings but you can learn from this insurance policy. The insurance companies have done research and have found that getting a routine cleaning will prevent expensive dental work down the road, so don’t be nervous to pay that cleaning fee – it will save you money in the long run.
Make sure that you understand the most current oral hygiene procedures – not only how often you should brush or floss but also the proper techniques. When you go to your cleaning, ask your dental hygienist or family dentist for instructions for the best home care of your teeth.
Diet! Be aware of what foods can cause cavities, cracks and even chemical erosion. Many of the foods we eat are the culprits for the dental problems we face. Have you ever chomped down hard on a popcorn kernel? This can cause cracks. Discuss this subject with your dentist as well for the most current information.
Remember, your dentist is on your side. If you follow your dentist’s advice to take care of your teeth, you can expect healthy and beautiful teeth throughout your life.
If you’ve had to pay for a crown or implant, you most likely dread going to the dentist because you fear the cost could be hefty, but in reality if you go more often much of the dental costs can be avoided. Your family dentist can help diagnose problems early on before they progress to far and they need costly repairs. Unfortunately many patients put off going to the dentist until there is pain. Even though the dentist can normally alleviate the pain, it can sometimes be too late and will already require expensive procedures or even worse the tooth may need to be extracted. Here are some habits that will help you avoid these expenses:
- Find A Dental Home: Make sure that you find a family dentist that will be convenient and able to serve your entire family. Many times individuals choose not to go to the dentist simply because they don’t have one. Once you have found a dentist, make sure to stay with the same one for many visits. As your dentist becomes familiar with your mouth you will get the best possible care. Go to this link to help you “Choose A Dentist”
- Get A Professional Cleaning At Least Once A Year: This is a wonderful habit to start for the whole family. The dentist you choose can provide this service for you. Even if you clean your teeth twice daily hard calculus deposit can still form that can not be removed by a tooth brush. This also gives the dentist an opportunity to diagnose any problems you may have early on. Although a cleaning is a minimum for cleanings, twice a year is even better
- Follow The Oral Hygiene Advice: We’ve all received a lecture about how we aren’t cleaning well enough. Although this can sometimes seem repetitive, it is very helpful and if followed will help prevent cavities and gum disease. As your mouth is cleaned it is very easy to see where you may not be cleaning as well.
Many people today are becoming increasingly aware of their body and their health. People are eating organic foods, taking yoga classes and making physical fitness more of a priority. But what about the health of your teeth?
Way back in 2008, Whoopi Goldberg had to have emergency gum surgery because she had neglected her own dental care. She was one of the hosts of The Vue on ABC. On this segment that was aired on October 23, 2008, she also discusses the link between oral health and your overall health and how visiting the dentist regularly is critical.
Laser dentistry is a leading-edge technology that cosmetic and general dentists are using to improve efficiency, comfort, and precision during a variety of dental treatments. Lasers allow a general dentist to treat a highly focused area in the mouth with minimal trauma to surrounding tissue. This new technology is opening up new treatment possibilities, and improving general and restorative procedures including tooth whitening, cavity detection, periodontal treatment, mouth surgery, and tooth restorations. Many patients find that dental laser treatments are less painful and heal more quickly.
If you are like most people, you want to take the very best care of your heart, right? Of course you do! Did you know that your little, lowly toothbrush may rank right up there with your gym membership in keeping your heart healthy? There are a number of recent studies that suggest gum disease—and other oral health issues—are DIRECTLY related to heart problems.