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.

Are You At Risk for Gum Disease?

A 30-year old man recently visited us for a personal consultation here at our Houston dental practice complaining of chronic bleeding gums. Upon examination, swelling is also apparent along the gum line.  An individualized treatment plan was formulated right away to correct the problem. So what exactly puts you at risk for gum disease?

The following factors can increase your risk of gum disease:

  • Age – The older you are, the greater chances of acquiring gum disease.
  • Tobacco use, particularly smoking
  • Genetics – It looks like gum disease runs in families thus the need for you see us if gum disease is a recurring problem amongst family members and relatives
  • Pregnancy, menopause, or use of contraceptives can result to hormonal shifts which in turn could result to signs of gum disease
  • Use of certain medications such as antidepressants, calcium-channel blockers, and cancer therapy drugs
  • Chronic exposure to stress
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Presence of underlying diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and cardiovascular problems

The sooner you treat gum disease, the greater your chances of having it treated with non-surgical options rather than the ones that involve extensive surgery. So don’t wait for the symptoms of advanced gum disease to materialize. Call us at (713) 330-7700 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment. We look forward to your visit!

Tooth Care After Tooth Scaling

Tooth scaling in Houston can remove tartar and plaque that has plagued your teeth, specifically located below the gum line, for so long. However, these pesky deposits can still accumulate to your teeth gradually if proper dental care is not maintained. One does not have to seek professional care in taking care of his or her teeth as it can also be done well at home.

Alleviate pain

Discomfort and pain caused by the treatment should slowly diminish in a couple of days. The pain experience immediately after treatment could be described as throbbing or aching, but this will subside after four hours or so. Medications could be taken to alleviate this pain.

Soft diet

During the first few days, the teeth and gums should still be sensitive and prone to bleeding. Because of this, the patient is advised not to chew hard foods and to eat only foods with soft consistency during this time. A normal diet could be resumed if chewing becomes more bearable to the patient.

Oral hygiene

Since the gum tissues during this time are still tender, the patient is advised to be gentle but still thorough when brushing the teeth. After three to four days, normal techniques for oral hygiene can be resumed. Furthermore, rinsing the mouth is recommended to ensure proper hygiene. When doing so, it is advisable to use either an antimicrobial or a warm saline rinse. These substances can only be used for duration of one to two weeks.

Teeth sensitivity

As the teeth may be more sensitive to the changes in temperature, the patient is advised to apply a desensitizing fluoride to the teeth to aid the problem. However, these symptoms will quickly diminish after several days.

If you are interested in getting a tooth scaling, consult Royal Dental and contact us at (713) 330-7700. Our team of experts will gladly answer your queries regarding this procedure and our other dental services.

 

At What Age Should My Child Visit the Dental Office?

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How can I give my child the best dental care possible?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends bringing your child to the dentist before his or her first birthday.

At Royal Dental, your child’s first dental visit will include checking the teeth for decay and an examination to look for early developmental challenges, an explanation on how to care for your child’s teeth and of course to answer any questions or early concerns you might have. With adult supervision, we believe a child should be brushing his or her own teeth by the time your child turns three-years-old.

Teach children the importance of regular professional dental visits and explain to your children that the dentist will help keep their teeth strong and healthy so they can eat.

How often should I bring my child for a visit to the dentist?

“It is very important to get your child to visit a dentist early on in life,” says Dr. Ayeez Lalji, who has more than 17-years of experience and practices in dentistry in the Greater Houston Area. “This will allow your child to feel more comfortable with regular dental visits as he or she grows older.”
One of the great ways to explain the first dental visit for your child is to tell him or her Royal Dental is going to check their smile and count their teeth. By keeping it simple and by bringing your child in for regular 6-month check-ups, your child will enjoy dental visits and will be able to maintain good oral hygiene for years to come.

Schedule a Consultation

Please visit Royal Dental for your next check-up. Royal Dental, where you and your family will always get the Royal Treatment!

Call today at (713) 330-7700 to schedule your next appointment!

Royal Dental is a state-of-the-art, dental practice that combines family dentistry with specialty dental care such as: orthodontics, oral surgery, periodontics, and pediatric dental services with practices located in the Greater Houston Area.

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