Routing Root Decay

Gum disease and receding gums can mean loose teeth, bad breath and a host of other health issues. One of the dangers of receding gums is that of root decay. Tooth decay starts when the plaque on your teeth react with the sugar in your food to create acids that attack the enamel on your teeth. The enamel on your... read more »

Periodontal Disease Can Worsen Without Professional Treatment

Periodontal disease is estimated to afflict nearly half of the American population over the age of 30. More commonly known as gum disease, this inflammation of the sensitive gum tissues typically results from poor daily oral hygiene practices compounded with the failure to attend a routine dental exam twice each year. Early symptoms of a periodontal infection typically include red... read more »

Gingivitis Needs to Be Treated Before it Escalates into Periodontitis

Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. It is commonly caused by poor oral hygiene practices that fail to remove food residue and plaque buildup from your teeth as well as along the gumline. These bacterial-rich substances can gradually harden into tartar at the gumline. Increased risk factors, like chronic dry mouth, tobacco use, and alcohol consumption, can also... read more »

Scaling and Root Planing 101

Typically, when you visit the dentist for a professional teeth cleaning, your teeth and gumline will be cleaned to ward off gum disease. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum tissue surrounding your teeth, and it can develop when bacterial plaque and tartar builds up. Scaling essentially removes this plaque and tartar. Gum disease: scaling and root planning is done to... read more »