Posts for: June, 2017
Can you have healthy teeth and still have gum disease? Absolutely! And if you don’t believe us, just ask actor David Ramsey. The cast member of TV hits such as Dexter and Arrow said in a recent interview that up to the present day, he has never had a single cavity. Yet at a routine dental visit during his college years, Ramsey’s dentist pointed out how easily his gums bled during the exam. This was an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease, the dentist told him.
“I learned that just because you don’t have cavities, doesn’t mean you don’t have periodontal disease,” Ramsey said.
Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them.
“This isn’t just some strange phenomenon that exists just in my house — a lot of people who brush don’t really floss,” he noted.
Unfortunately, that’s true — and we’d certainly like to change it. So why is flossing so important?
Oral diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal disease often start when dental plaque, a bacteria-laden film that collects on teeth, is allowed to build up. These sticky deposits can harden into a substance called tartar or calculus, which is irritating to the gums and must be removed during a professional teeth cleaning.
Brushing teeth is one way to remove soft plaque, but it is not effective at reaching bacteria or food debris between teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Floss can fit into spaces that your toothbrush never reaches. In fact, if you don’t floss, you’re leaving about a thirdÂ to half of your tooth surfaces unclean — and, as David Ramsey found out, that’s a path to periodontal disease.
Since then, however, Ramsey has become a meticulous flosser, and he proudly notes that the long-ago dental appointment “was the last we heard of any type of gum disease.”
Let that be the same for you! Just remember to brush and floss, eat a good diet low in sugar, and come in to the dental office for regular professional cleanings.
If you would like more information on flossing or periodontal disease, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”
How dental implants from Chicago can improve your smile
You deserve a whole, beautiful smile. You deserve to look great and enjoy the foods you love. If your smile and biting function is suffering due to lost teeth, there is a solution, dental implants! Dental implants are the revolutionary way to replace lost teeth, restore biting function and give you back your smile. Dr. Mark Gamalinda at Today’s Dentistry in Chicago, IL, wants to share how you can restore your whole smile, thanks to dental implants.
There are many reasons why people choose dental implants instead of conventional tooth replacement methods like bridges, partials or dentures. These are just some of the benefits you will enjoy:
- Stability; implants are firmly embedded in bone and won’t move
- Natural beauty; implants look just like natural teeth
- Health; implants can be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth
- Convenience; you never have to take them out
Dental implants will make you proud of your smile again! When you are proud of your smile, your self-confidence and self-esteem will increase. No more hiding! Dental implants can also help you look younger by preserving your firm jawline and the natural, youthful contours of your face.
Your dental implant treatment begins with a simple in-office procedure to place the implant in your jaw. Over time, your body will produce more bone to fuse with the implant. Eventually, the entire implant will be completely surrounded by bone. After the implant is secure, a beautiful, new implant crown is placed on top of the implant.
With dental implants, you can replace a single missing tooth, or multiple missing teeth. You can also add a supportive framework to hold your denture firmly in place.
Dental implants can restore your whole smile, and restore the way you look and feel. You deserve a procedure that does more than just replace missing teeth. To find out more about what dental implants can do for you, call Dr. Gamalinda at Today’s Dentistry in Chicago, IL. Get the smile you deserve by calling today!
During your lifetime you’ll eat thousands of meals — and generate a lot of force from chewing over the years. But thanks to a support system of gum tissues and bone, your teeth can normally handle it.
What your teeth can’t handle, though, are higher than normal chewing forces on a continual basis. This can happen if you grind your teeth, which can produce 20-30 times the normal force. The habit often arises in adults because of high stress and often occurs during sleep.
These abnormal forces can stretch the periodontal ligaments that hold teeth in place, cause the teeth to become loose and at increased risk for loss. The best treatment strategy is to reduce clenching with, for example, muscle relaxants or anti-inflammatory drugs or lower the effects with a mouth guard that won’t allow the teeth to make solid contact during clenching.
Your teeth can also become loose even with normal chewing forces if you have advanced periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease arises from dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles left on teeth due to poor oral hygiene. As it builds up, it causes inflammation of the gum tissues resulting in bone loss and causing the gums to detach from the teeth, increasing pocket depth.
Our first step in this case is to treat the gum disease by removing plaque and calculus (tartar) from all tooth and gum surfaces. This includes infected areas below the gum line and around the roots, a circumstance that could require surgical access.
As treatment progresses in either of these scenarios the gum tissues heal and often regain their attachment to the teeth. But that can take time, so we may need to stabilize any loose teeth in the short term. The most common way is to splint them to other secure teeth. This is done by using a clear acrylic bonding material to join the loose teeth together with a strip of metal or other rigid material (like joining pickets in a fence).
When symptoms arise, quick action is the key to preventing lost teeth. If you notice swollen, painful or bleeding gums or especially loose teeth, don’t delay — contact us so we can begin treatment as soon as possible.
If you would like more information on the causes and treatments for loose teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Loose Teeth.”