It goes without saying that your smile’s health is of the utmost importance, and additional steps are often needed to maintain a decent level of health. Indeed, whether you are aware of it or not, your teeth and other oral structures are constantly facing a barrage of oral health threats and concerns on a daily basis, and unfortunately, the only true natural defense you have is your protective layer of enamel. As such, your at-home preventive routine is essential. In today’s blog, your North Hollywood, CA dentist explains why it is important to look at your periodontal health, as well as what steps you can take for a healthier overall grin.
By now, you are likely aware that taking care of your smile is a lifelong process. After all, oral bacteria, germs, infections, and more attempt to affect your smile’s health from the moment your first tooth arrives and well through adulthood, so why should oral care cease at any age? Indeed, a well-rounded preventive dental routine is the only process that can help pave the way for a lifelong bill of health, but failing to consider certain practices may be more detrimental than you might initially expect. In today’s blog, your North Hollywood, CA dentist explains why it is important to floss after meals, as well as how the practice aids your periodontal health.
Taking care of your smile is an involved process that often requires much more effort than most patients are willing to put into it. Indeed, it is important to remember that nearly everything can negatively influence your oral health, and this extends to the foods you eat, the level of your preventive care, and more. As a matter of fact, your preventive routine should consist of different practices that attend to the various structures contained in the mouth. In today’s blog, your North Hollywood, CA dentist takes a look at what it means to care for your gums, and how flossing and periodontal cleanings prioritize your gum health.
Typically, the biggest concern for a number of people includes the effects of decay. As a matter of fact, millions of people are affected every year by varying forms of decay that threatens the integrity of their oral health and smile. Similarly, oral bacteria can cause problems with your gums as well, leading to infection, a number of side effects, and ultimately tooth loss. In today’s blog, your North Hollywood, CA dentist will take a look at the common phenomenon known as Periodontal disease, as well as important factors to keep in mind.
Preventive dental care is the name of the game when it comes to ensuring a healthy smile for life, including taking necessary steps to attend regular examinations, brushing and flossing at home, and even being conscious of the effects of many foods and beverages on your teeth. Indeed, the most common dental concern out there – periodontal disease – consists of harmful bacteria wreaking havoc on your grin and causing infection. While it can be prevented with excellent oral care, a number of Americans still suffer every year because they are uncertain of the symptoms or do not have a proper care regimen. In today’s blog, your North Hollywood, CA dentist will take a look at the dangers of gum disease as well as steps you can take to prevent it.
When it comes to ensuring a healthy smile for life, it is going to take more than just preventive brushing at home. In fact, your grin’s health is largely dependent on a combination of brushing and flossing, paying mind to the potential harm that certain foods and beverages you consume can have on your teeth, and attending routinely scheduled dental appointments. But how important can the latter step be? In today’s blog, your North Hollywood, CA dentist will take a look at what occurs during your routine preventive visit and why it is such an integral portion of your routine.
Problems with your periodontal health can be more consequential than you realize. Over time, an infection can worsen to the point of becoming difficult to treat. People who struggle with advanced gum disease can be vulnerable to other health issues, and their risk for losing teeth will rise! Fortunately, the symptoms of gingivitis can be identified without your dentist’s help. That means you can recognize that something might be wrong and take care of it before the problem grows harder to manage. Our North Hollywood, CA dentist’s office is also here to help those with periodontal issues. In addition to regular preventive dental care provide during your routine oral health exams, we can offer scaling and root planing to directly address bacteria that have built up under your gum line. (more…)
Though there are several different potential causes of adult tooth loss, severe gum disease (or periodontal disease) is the most frequent one. Unlike conditions that directly threaten your tooth’s healthy, natural structure, such as a fracture, break, or decay forming in it, gum disease progresses by eroding the tissues and bone structures that support your teeth roots. Because of this, many patients who don’t seek treatment promptly for their gum disease can experience tooth loss or a need for tooth extraction by the time they do. This also means that, if you have gum disease, then seeking treatment for it as soon as possible can go a long way in controlling your risks of tooth loss.
How gum disease leads to tooth loss
As a progressive issue, gum disease goes through different stages before it causes you to lose one or more teeth. It begins as an infection in your gums, called gingivitis, that’s caused by an excessive buildup of oral bacteria underneath them. This buildup and the irritation it causes can make your gum tissues recede from your teeth, allowing more bacteria to accumulate underneath them and exacerbate the infection. As it progresses, gum disease causes rampant inflammation in the gum tissues, which leads to increasingly worse tissue damage and, in severe cases, an erosion of the bone structure underneath them.
Identifying gum disease in its early stages
Because gum disease is a progressive problem, the best way to deal with it is to prevent it from forming in the first place. However, good dental hygiene and preventive dental care aren’t always a guarantee, which is why it’s just as important to know how to spot gingivitis in its early stages and to seek treatment for it as soon as possible if you do. For instance, when gingivitis first develops, you may notice extreme redness in one or more areas of your gum tissues. These or other areas might also become inflamed, or swollen, and you may notice them bleeding when you brush and floss your teeth. These may all be signs of the damage that gum disease has begun to cause, and should be a warning for you to seek appropriate treatment for it as soon as possible.
Learn how to manage your gum disease
Severe gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, but you can lower your chances of losing teeth to it by successfully managing gum disease in its early stages. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.
If you never develop a gummy smile, then you may never need cosmetic gum contouring. However, for patients who do exhibit an uneven gum line, the asymmetrical outline of their gum tissues can affect more than just their smiles’ appearance. In some cases, it can also negatively impact the state of their periodontal health, and have a complicated influence on the long-term state of their oral health. Today, we examine three ways in which contouring an uneven gum line can improve your smile and oral health, including creating a more attractive frame around your smile.
1. The overall appearance of your smile
A smile that has an uneven gum line is often called a gummy smile because its appearance is often the most noticeable feature of the condition. Whether your gums are severely uneven or only slight out of alignment, the impact to your smile’s appearance can be a highly motivating factor in choosing to address your gummy smile. With gum contouring, your dentist can carefully trim the areas of your gums that cover more of your tooth structure than other areas, creating a more symmetrical and cosmetically appealing outline for your smile.
2. Your chances of preventing gum disease
The development of gum disease can result from numerous factors depending on the unique state of your oral health. Yet, when your gums are uneven, the risks of it occurring are even greater. Gum disease forms when oral bacteria work their way underneath your gums, which allows them to form plaque on the surfaces of your teeth roots rather than on their visible crowns. From here, it’s impossible to remove the bacteria by brushing and flossing it away, and before long, they can lead to the beginning of gum disease. When your gum line is straighter and more even, it’s easier to keep them consistently clean of bacteria and control your risks of developing gum disease.
3. The long-term health of your smile
The formation of gum disease can occur easier when your gums are uneven, but straightening them with gum contouring can improve other aspects of your oral health as well. For example, if your gums cover more of your tooth structure in some areas, it can make it more difficult to keep the tooth structure itself consistently clean and healthy. Your risks of developing issues such as tooth decay or missing signs of other trouble may be higher until you straighten your gum line with gum contouring.
Learn what gum contouring can improve for you
By carefully contouring your gum line, you can improve several different aspects of your smile and oral health. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.
For people who don’t have gum disease, terms like gingivitis can seem like vague concerns that don’t really concern them. However, not everyone who has gum disease knows it, or realizes that gingivitis is the first stage of it, and ignoring it will allow the disease to become a much bigger threat to their smiles before long. Today, we explore what having gingivitis really means for your smile, and why its seemingly minor early symptoms should be considered significant warnings.
The symptoms that seem minor
Gingivitis, or early gum disease, develops over time as certain types of harmful oral bacteria accumulate along your gum line. This can lead to many of the bacteria shifting underneath the tissues, where you can’t brush and floss them away, leading to an infection in your gums. This infection is referred to as gingivitis, and as it develops, you may notice early signs such as redness, swelling, and bleeding in your gum tissues. However, in its early stages, the visible impacts of gingivitis are relatively minor, and for many patients, they’re easy to overlook until they become more serious.
The progression of a serious problem
If you don’t heed the warning of early gingivitis signs, or if you don’t notice them at first, then gingivitis will progress and begin to affect much more of your periodontal health. The infection progresses and the damage to your gum tissues becomes more significant, potentially leading to permanent erosion of some of the tissues. In severe cases, gum disease can affect the jawbone structure underneath your gum tissues, as well, creating a domino effect that weakens your dental ridge and can lead to the loss of one or more teeth.
The potentially severe consequences
Because of the sometimes discreet nature of gum disease’s progression, many people experience its severe stages before they seek treatment for it. This may also contribute to severe gum disease being the most common cause for adults to lose one or more teeth. However, the presence of severe gum disease can also have potentially severe consequences well beyond your oral health. In some cases, the chronic inflammation that accompanies the condition can also lead to heightened risks of developing other chronic inflammatory conditions, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Learn what gingivitis could mean for your smile
If you develop gingivitis, the condition can be a sign of a greater threat to your smile than you might realize at first. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.