Do you experience bleeding when brushing, flossing, or eating hard foods?
Do your gums look red and swollen?
If you've answered "yes" to either of these questions, you may be experiencing the early signs of gum disease.
Gum disease is characterized by inflammation of the gum tissue caused by the bacteria found in dental plaque. Gum disease progresses in stages:
-Gingivitis: the early stage of gum disease characterized by bleeding, red and swollen gum tissue. This stage is reversible.
-Periodontitis: stage in which gum inflammation has effected the underlying bone support for your teeth. This stage is irreversible.
-Advanced Periodontitis: stage in which gum inflammation and bone loss can cause teeth to shift, loosen, or need to be removed.
Routine dental visits in conjunction with an adequate home care regimen are key in preventing gum disease. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day help to remove the dental plaque that forms on your teeth each and every day. Incorporating a daily mouth rinse will also help decrease the bacteria count in your mouth. Routine dental visits allows your health care professionals to monitor any slight changes in your teeth and gums to maintain the integrity of your oral health. These healthy habits can help ensure the health and longevity of your smile!
Remember: you only need to brush and floss the teeth you want to keep!
-Jennifer Corley, RDH
Looking for an alternative to metal braces?
ClearCorrect is the clear and simple choice. No wires. No brackets. Just clear, convenient comfort—every reason to smile.
With ClearCorrect, your dentist at Dublin Woods Family Dentistry can straighten your teeth using a series of clear, custom, removable aligners. Each aligner moves your teeth just a little bit at a time until you eventually get a straighter, healthier smile.
How does it work?
You and your doctor will evaluate your teeth and talk about any problems or goals you have for your smile. Once you and your doctor establish ClearCorrect is the right treatment option for you, your doctor will take impressions, photos, and x-rays of your teeth that ClearCorrect uses in manufacturing your custom aligners. Then your doctor writes a prescription for your custom aligners and sends it to ClearCorrect.
What can it do?
ClearCorrect can treat a wide variety of issues that keep people from achieving their ideal smiles. Straighter teeth don’t just look better; they work better too. Poorly-aligned teeth can interfere with bite function, wear out quicker, and are more prone to cavities. Ask your doctor how ClearCorrect can help you.
Robert Brett DDS FAGD