What causes bad breath and what can be done about it?

Bad breath, or halitosis, results due to improper oral hygiene, but can also be due to residual food particles, gum problems, a draining sinus or systemic problems like respiratory or gastrointestinal problems. Correct brushing which comprise brushing of tongue, cheeks, and the palatal area will eliminate bacteria and residual food particles. Flossing kicks off the [...]

2016-04-26T17:59:09-08:00April 26th, 2016|

How frequently should I visit my dentist?

You should see your dentist at least once in every six months or more often to keep your teeth clean. Getting your routine dental check-up every 6 months helps your dentist to detect any new cavities or decay in its initial stage. This way you can be treated for any dental problem at its initial [...]

2016-04-26T17:58:51-08:00April 26th, 2016|

My gums bleed when I brush, what does it mean?

Bleeding gums is one of the earliest signs of gingivitis, or swollen and inflamed gums, typically triggered by plaque and/or calculus deposited below the gum level. If gingivitis is not treated, it will progress other serious conditions like loss of supporting bone and finally tooth loss. The best treatment of gingivitis is to maintain proper [...]

2017-12-27T01:14:51-08:00April 26th, 2016|

What is root planing and why is it done?

Root planing is a procedure done in a dental office to inhibit the occurrence of ill effects of periodontal disease. This method is aimed at cleaning the area below the gum level and making the root surface smooth. Once the roots become smooth, the surface becomes available for the reattachment of gums thereby preventing the [...]

2017-12-27T01:14:51-08:00April 26th, 2016|

Do water irrigation systems replace the need for flossing?

Water irrigation systems cannot replace brushing and flossing. These appliances are active in eliminating retained food from difficult-to-access areas, but do not eliminate the plaque layer. Dentists often suggest the use of these appliances along with antibacterial solutions to preserve the oral health of patients with periodontal diseases.

2016-04-26T17:57:44-08:00April 26th, 2016|

What causes gum disease?

Gum (periodontal) disease is the result of the action of bacteria. These bacteria initiate an inflammatory response by causing irritation to the gums when they inhabit the gumline. This leads to swelling and bleeding of gums which worsens the situation because the bacteria make their way easily into the deeper layers of gums. If the [...]

2017-12-27T01:14:51-08:00April 26th, 2016|