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Recovering from Receding Gums
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Karl Olson
Receding gums happen for many reasons including poor oral hygiene, lack of dental care, genetics, hormonal changes, brushing too hard, smoking, and periodontal disease. Gum recession causes the gum tissue to pull back, exposing delicate areas of the tooth, including the root, which would generally be protected by soft tissue. This can make teeth more vulnerable to decay because of plaque, that residue that sticks to your teeth. If you suffer from receding gums, you probably have tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, and this is the first sign there's a problem. Treatments for Receding GumsThe good news is that we have treatments available to correct receding gums. Depending on the size of the area affected, we can do an open flap scaling and root planing, where our doctor folds back the gum tissue, cleans the area from bacteria pockets and closes the area extending the gum tissue over the root of the tooth. We can also treat receding gums with regeneration if the disease destroyed the bone that supports your tooth. Here we use a regenerative material that, encourages the body to regenerate tissue and bone in that area. Another option is a soft tissue graft, in which the dentist takes tissue from another part of the mouth and covers areas with exposed teeth. We can also use a technique in which gum tissue from an adjacent area is shared with the affected gum to protect the tooth. Recovery from Receding GumsRecovery from receding gum surgery should last one to two weeks. Following the surgery, you will have to eat a soft diet. You will also be limited in physical activity and will have to take medications to control the pain. In addition, you will have to avoid brushing and flossing the gum tissue that was repaired until it heals, as well. Plan on having a soft diet of pudding, yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream, soup, soft vegetables, and drinks for the first couple of weeks. When you feel up to it, you can slowly start adding other foods and resume your normal activities. Let us know if you have any questions about receding gums....

Do Some People Tend to Get More Cavities?
Posted on 9/30/2018 by Karl Olson
Even though we are always telling you that brushing, and flossing will prevent cavities, the truth is that these are not the only factors that influence your oral health. ometimes people who practice good oral hygiene at home, by brushing and flossing, and come to see us regularly get cavities. So why do some people tend to get more cavities than others? Why Do Some People Get More Cavities?If you are one of those people that keeps dental appointments for cleanups and follows good oral hygiene habits like brushing twice for at least two minutes and flossing daily, but still get cavities, it can be frustrating. You must understand that these are not the only factors that will keep your mouth healthy, although they are the basis for that purpose. Cavities come from eating sugars, which produce acids that erode the enamel of the tooth. You could also be predisposed to getting cavities because of genetics. But it all begins with eating sugars. If you cut your sugar intake, chances are you will see a reduction of cavities. The shape in some people's teeth also contributes to increased cavities. If this is the case for you, we can discuss using sealants. We usually recommend this easy treatment for kids because, in general, they don't tend to brush their teeth long enough and can miss those back molars. Sealants prevent food particles from getting caught back there, and this could reduce the development of cavities. It is still essential to get to the back of teeth, though, and one excellent tool to invest in is a Waterpik. Even though your genetic composition and diet may be conspiring against your oral health, there are things you can do to reduce cavities. If you can cut back on the number of sugary foods you eat, that can be a significant first step. When you brush, floss, and keep your regular dental appointments at our office, you are doing yourself a favor....

Can Your Bite Get Adjusted?
Posted on 9/20/2018 by Karl Olson
The top and bottom teeth are meant to work together to bite and chew your food. When they don't fit together ideally, long-term consequences could result. If you have an overbite, underbite, or crossbite, your dentist may recommend a bite adjustment to help. Reasons Your Bite May Not Line Up ProperlyNo two mouths are exactly the same, and there are many reasons that your teeth simply don't fit together the way that they should: In addition to a smile that doesn't line up correctly, symptoms of an improper bite include pain in the jaws and facial muscles, and portions of your teeth may start to wear down. What a Bite Adjustment DoesA bite adjustment is similar to a night guard, and it works to give you a bite that reduces force. A bite adjustment will reduce force on the teeth by positioning the bottom jaw properly when biting. This is similar to a night guard, but a bite adjustment appliance won't be removed. It involves a series of small adjustments to create an ideal bite. There are many benefits to this type of treatment. A proper bite protects the teeth and reduces force on the joints and muscles. With time, you may feel less pain, fewer headaches, and improved movement in the jaw. Plus, of course, your teeth will be better protected. If you have issues with your bite, it is important to have a thorough evaluation before you choose any type of treatment. We are here to help, so give us a call to set up your evaluation. We can determine the source of the problem and whether a bite adjustment might be right for you....

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