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Your Gums Send Signals: Would You Notice Them?

Gum diseasePeriodontics Houston & Sugar Land TX is an interesting problem that affects men and women all around the world. What is so interesting about it is that approximately 80% of humans develop the inflammation and infection caused by oral bacteria, and yet, gum disease is one of the least noticed conditions to occur in the mouth. This goes to show how subtle the signs are, and it could explain why the number of people affected continues to be high. When a cavity or other infection occurs in the mouth, we know because it hurts. Gum disease? Not so much, at least not at first.

The Warning Signs are Subtle

Gum disease begins as mild inflammation. It is during this early stage in which treatment is most effective. The problem is, many people miss the opportunity to stop inflammation and prevent infection because they do not notice or take seriously

  • Chronic bad breath
  • A little blood from brushing or flossing
  • Mild tooth sensitivity
  • Redness or puffiness around a tooth or teeth
  • Space expansion between teeth
  • Elongation of teeth

Early Recognition Matters

We discuss gum disease quite a bit because this is a potentially serious condition that can be prevented or halted with appropriate care. When inflammation is noticed and treated, it is possible to stop the progression of full-blown infection, which could cause teeth to become loose or, in serious cases, fail (requiring extraction). Gum disease is also a risk factor for numerous medical conditions, ranging from diabetes to Alzheimer’s. The treatment of this seemingly minor oral condition holds a lot of value for long-term health.

Treatment for Gum Disease

In many cases, gum disease can be treated with a deep cleaning. This involves removing bacteria from spaces that have formed between teeth and gums (periodontal pockets). The roots that have been affected by the disease may also need to be smoothed. This is referred to as root planing. Restoring a smooth surface to exposed roots encourages gum tissue to adhere to the tooth as intended.

Rest assured, your dentist and hygienist are concerned about your comfort during periodontal treatments. To learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, contact one of our Houston area offices.

An Aging Smile Can Still be Beautiful

Cosmetic Dentistry Houston, TXIf we have learned anything by watching history unfold, it is that humans enjoy the beauty. We like to observe art and nature, and we especially like the idea of maintaining personal beauty for as long as we can. The very process of aging has changed significantly over the years precisely because of this desire to look and feel our best. While a lot of the marketing these days is targeting the Millennial generation and even the Gen X’ers, there remains a great deal of interest among Baby Boomers to look good. We think we know why.

What’s in a Number?

Have you looked at Jane Fonda lately? The nearly 80-year-old looks as young as many 50-year-olds, and doesn’t seem to be caught up by the number of candles on her birthday cake. Celebrity status aside, Ms. Fonda is a shining example of what is possible past “retirement age.” She is not alone, either; not by a long shot.

Retirement, for the Baby Boomer generation, is a concept that has become rather blurred. Relatively few men and women hang up their hats for good before the age of 70. In fact, part of the reason that cosmetic procedures are performed in high numbers is that the older generation wants to stay competitive with younger workers alongside whom they are applying and interviewing for jobs.

Another aspect of aging that has changed, or at least is getting more attention, is socialization. More specifically, romantic interaction. There is no “end-date” on when an older adult may stop dating or may lose interest in wanting to feel attractive, for that matter.

It is important to remember that a healthy, radiant smile is what makes a great first impression, regardless of the circumstances in which we meet. Treatments such as porcelain veneers or crowns, dentures, dental implants, and teeth whitening are all beneficial for maintaining an attractive smile. Royal Dental provides friendly, professional care to patients at every stage of life. Our offices span the Houston area and serve individuals and families from Pearland, Sugar Land, Humble, and surrounding areas.

Contact an office near you to see how we can help you keep your smile in tip-top shape.

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