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Posts for: June, 2016

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
June 22, 2016
Category: Oral Health

What you need to know about periodontal disease

Periodontal disease can sneak up on you with little or no warning signs. You may not feel any pain; you just notice a little bleeding periodontal diseaseoccasionally when you brush. That’s one reason why it’s so important to see your periodontist on a regular basis.

Only your periodontist can tell through examining your gums and taking x-rays whether you have periodontal disease. Your periodontists at Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics, LLC in Lawrenceville, New Jersey can help treat your periodontal disease and get you back to health.

Periodontal disease typically starts as mild to moderate gum disease, called gingivitis. When you don’t adequately remove the plaque on your teeth, the bacteria in the plaque form toxins which attack your gums. Your gums will become swollen and inflamed.

Your periodontists at Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics, LLC want you to know and be able to recognize when you have gum disease, because if it is treated, your gum disease can be reversed. You need to look for:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Painful, bleeding gums
  • Pain when you chew food
  • Receding gums
  • Frequent bad breath

Gum disease turns into periodontal disease if it is left untreated. When you have periodontal disease, the toxins which attacked your gums now begin to attack the bone supporting your teeth. The bone can weaken due to the disease. Your teeth can become loose, and you can lose your teeth!

Your periodontists at Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics, LLC want you to recognize the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease and seek treatment early before you lose too much bone. You need to look for the same signs as gum disease, plus a few more including:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Loose teeth
  • Teeth which are moving or shifting out of proper position

To prevent gum and periodontal disease, make sure you are thoroughly removing the bacteria-laden plaque on your teeth several times daily by brushing and flossing. If you think you might have gum or periodontal disease, it’s time to visit the experts at Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics, LLC in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. They offer a full range of periodontal therapies to help you regain your healthy smile. Call today to find out more about periodontal therapy or to schedule an appointment, because a simple phone call could save your teeth!

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
June 16, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Exchanging passionate kisses with big-screen star Jennifer Lawrence might sound like a dream come true. But according to Liam Hemsworth, her Hunger Games co-star, it could also be a nightmare… because J.Law’s breath wasn’t always fresh. “Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable,” Hemsworth said on The Tonight Show.

Lawrence said the problem resulted from her inadvertently consuming tuna or garlic before the lip-locking scenes; fortunately, the two stars were able to share a laugh about it later. But for many people, bad breath is no joke. It can lead to embarrassment and social difficulties — and it occasionally signifies a more serious problem. So what causes bad breath, and what can you do about it?

In 9 out of 10 cases, bad breath originates in the mouth. (In rare situations, it results from a medical issue in another part of the body, such as liver disease or a lung infection.) The foul odors associated with bad breath can be temporarily masked with mouthwash or breath mints — but in order to really control it, we need to find out exactly what’s causing the problem, and address its source.

As Lawrence and Hemsworth found out, some foods and beverages can indeed cause a malodorous mouth. Onions, garlic, alcohol and coffee are deservedly blamed for this. Tobacco products are also big contributors to bad breath — which is one more reason to quit. But fasting isn’t the answer either: stop eating for long enough and another set of foul-smelling substances will be released. Your best bet is to stay well hydrated and snack on crisp, fresh foods like celery, apples or parsley.

And speaking of hydration (or the lack of it): Mouth dryness and reduced salivary flow during the nighttime hours is what causes “morning breath.” Certain health issues and some medications can also cause “dry mouth,” or xerostomia. Drinking plenty of water can encourage the production of healthy saliva — but if that’s not enough, tell us about it: We may recommend switching medications (if possible), chewing xylitol gum or using a saliva substitute.

Finally, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is a great way to avoid bad breath. The goal of oral hygiene is to control the harmful bacteria that live in your mouth. These microorganisms can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath — so keeping them in check is good for your overall oral health. Remember to brush twice and floss once daily, stay away from sugary foods and beverages, and visit the dental office regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.

So did J.Law apologize for the malodorous makeout session? Not exactly. “[For] Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, yeah, I’ll brush my teeth,” she laughed.

Hemsworth jokingly agreed: “If I was kissing Christian Bale I probably would have brushed my teeth too. With you, it’s like, ‘Eh. Whatever.’”

If you would like more information about bad breath and oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bad Breath: More than Just Embarrassing.”

By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
June 01, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   flossing  

Great oral hygiene is built on two principal tasks — daily brushing and flossing. Brushing removes plaque — a thin film of bacteria and food particles — from broad tooth surfaces. Flossing removes plaque between your teeth you can’t reach effectively with brushing. It takes both tasks to get the most disease prevention benefit from your daily cleaning.

Many people, though, have a hard time incorporating the latter of the two into their daily routine. This may be because manual flossing with string seems to require a bit more manual dexterity, although it can be mastered with proper training and practice. Some, though, may not possess the physical ability to adequately floss. It’s also difficult for individuals wearing orthodontic braces or other appliances that cover teeth.

Fortunately, there’s an alternative to string floss: oral irrigation. This method removes plaque from between teeth with pulsating water pressurized by either a handheld or countertop device known as an oral irrigator or water flosser, and emitted through a special nozzle directed at the teeth. Studies have shown it to be an effective means for controlling plaque.

As to you switching to a home water flosser, we’ll be happy to discuss if it’s a good option for you. We can also train you on effective techniques for string flossing if you don’t feel you’re doing it properly.

Whichever method you use, it’s important for you to floss daily to keep plaque under control between your teeth. Along with brushing and regular dental visits, it’s one of the best things you can do to ensure your teeth stay healthy and free of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease.

If you would like more information on flossing, 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 “Cleaning Between Your Teeth.”

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