Maintaining oral health begins with caring for your gums. When gum tissue is not healthy and strong, your whole smile will suffer as a result. Today, our Dallas dentists are talking about how gum disease develops, how you can recognize it, and why it is so harmful. Let’s get started!

Why does gum disease develop?

Just like cavities, gum disease develops due to harmful oral bacteria. We all have bacteria in our mouths all the time. The more sugars and refined carbohydrates we consume, the strong oral bacteria become (they use these substances as fuel). When we fail to clean our mouths of plaque and tartar, we also make it more likely that we’ll develop oral infections.

How do I spot gum disease?

Gum disease can be asymptomatic when it first develops. However, as the infection gets more severe you may notice unwanted symptoms including:

  • Swollen gum tissue
  • Bleeding gums
  • Hard-to-treat bad breath
  • Periodontal pockets (this occurs when gum tissue pulls away from the teeth)
  • Unstable teeth

The key is to pay attention to any changes that you notice with your oral health. If your gums look redder than usual, or if you know you are experiencing increased gum sensitivity, you should reach out to your dental team for an oral health assessment. If left untreated, gum disease will become more severe periodontal disease. The infection may even spread to your jawbone and the connective tissues that hold your teeth in place.

How can I treat gum disease?

The primary goal of gum disease treatment is to minimize bacterial growth, while promoting your immune system’s ability to heal your tissues. Treatment modalities vary depending on the severity of the infection. Our team may recommend that you super-charge your at-home oral hygiene routine by using specific tools, toothpastes, or mouth rinses. Many people with periodontal disease also benefit from frequent professional cleanings.

If your gum tissue has deteriorated due to infection, you may require gum grafts to repair and build up lost tissue.

Our Dallas gum disease dentists are happy to answer any questions you may have, and to get you started on your way to optimal oral health. We look forward to speaking with you! 

When your smile is negatively affected by trauma or infection, our Dallas restorative dentists are here to help you reclaim an attractive and structurally sound smile. We know that it is easy to feel overwhelmed with all of the treatment options out there, which is why we have put together this short overview of commonly used restorative options. Let’s get started!

Custom Crowns

A crown is designed to rebuild missing portions of damaged teeth. Our team creates custom restorations that are shaped, sized, and shaded to look natural. When a restoration is not customized, it can affect the balance of your smile, and contribute to additional dental problems.

Dentures

These dental prosthetics replace many consecutive missing teeth all at once. Dentures are designed to sit on top of your gum tissue; the base of the denture is molded to fit snugly over the patient’s jaw and gum tissue. One of the great things about a denture is that it can completely transform the state of your smile quickly.

Dental Implants

Dental implant technology allows our team to place permanent replacement teeth that remain stable for years to come. Every individual dental implant crown is held in place with a titanium root. This titanium post extends down in the patient’s jaw tissue, essentially fulfilling the role of a natural tooth root. Once your dental implant is complete, you will benefit from a replacement tooth that blends in seamlessly with your existing smile and is simple to care for.

Our Dallas dentists truly believe that no smile is beyond help. We offer treatments that repair damage, and even to completely rebuild missing teeth if necessary. In order to learn more about restorative dentistry, and to schedule a personal consultation with our team, just give our office a call! You can also use the Contact Us page on our site to submit a question. We look forward to speaking with you! 

We all know that we should be brushing our teeth morning and night, and flossing once a day. But do you know how to consume sweet treats in a way that minimizes dental damage? Do you know how and why small cracks develop in dental enamel? Our Dallas dentists are here with the answers. Keep reading to learn more about how daily habits that may be doing more harm than good.

Using the wrong dental tools

Take a good look at the oral hygiene tools that you are using, and make sure that they are not too harsh or abrasive for your teeth. For example, wooden and metal toothpicks may cause inadvertent oral tissue damage. Additionally, toothbrushes with very firm bristles can cause dental enamel to wear away prematurely. Talk to your dentist about whether a soft bristled brush is a better fit for you.

Eating and drinking all day

Sipping or snacking on sugary or acidic substances throughout the day will allow oral bacteria to stay active—feeding and growing—all day long. It is healthier for your smile for you to eat and drink at specific, time limited periods of the day. And remember, drinking water, and rinsing with water is always good for your oral health!

Ignoring bruxism indicators

Bruxism is defined as chronic teeth grinding and clenching. If you notice that you are clenching your jaw throughout the day, try to take a few deep breaths and relax your temporomandibular joints. Frequent headaches and neck pain can also be signs of bruxism. Reach out to your dental team if you are waking up with discomfort—you may be grinding your teeth at night.

Our Dallas dentists are here to give you any additional information or support that you may need. Give our team a call to get started! 

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