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The First Signs of Gingivitis

Cypress DDSGingivitis refers to inflammation of the gingiva, the gum tissue covering the jawbones and supporting teeth. Gingivitis is not necessarily periodontitis, but if left untreated can progress to more serious stages of gum disease. Gingivitis is typically an early sign of periodontitis, and something the dentist checks for during a routine dental examination and professional cleaning appointment. If treated early and efficiently, the gum tissue health can be restored and the patient can continue to benefit from good overall oral and dental health.

A primary cause of gingivitis is bacteria, usually from a build-up of plaque along the gumline near the base of teeth. When brushing and flossing habits are insufficient, plaque builds up along the gums and promotes the growth of bacteria. The bacteria causes inflammation in the gums which can progress to full periodontitis and eventually damage teeth, gum tissue, bone, and overall health. The build-up of bacteria and inflammation creates a gap between the gums and the teeth, and this gap can grow over time if left untreated. [pullquote]A primary cause of gingivitis is bacteria, usually from a build-up of plaque along the gumline near the base of teeth. [/pullquote]

There are other causes of gingivitis in addition to just plaque and bacteria. Some women experience an increase in susceptibility to gingivitis and other dental health problems as hormonal changes occur associated with puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and/or menopause. During the hormonal changes the gum tissue may become more sensitive or the symptoms may be undetectable until noticed during a dental examination. Certain health conditions and prescription medications can also affect the body’s ability to maintain good oral health and trigger an increase in gingivitis in some patients.

It’s important to discuss health and medication concerns with the dentist to counter negative effects when possible. Smokers also tend to develop gingivitis frequently, due to the smoking habits increasing bacteria in the mouth, especially along the front teeth. Regardless of the causes or possible causes of gingivitis, the best defense is establishing efficient brushing and flossing habits. Brushing at least twice daily and flossing daily can greatly improve oral health, especially when combined with regular professional cleanings and checkups with a dentist.

For more information on preventing and treating gingivitis, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan and our caring dental specialists today!

What Causes Dulling and Discoloration of Teeth?

smile makeover CypressThere are many possible reasons teeth dull or become discolored. Genetic factors or as symptoms of a medical condition are sometimes seen in older patients, as well as discoloration caused by certain medications. In these cases, the dulling or discoloration is often permanent, but that doesn’t mean the teeth cannot be improved. Most discoloration seen in teeth is a result of surface stains caused by food and beverages with deep pigments that stain. Smile makeover treatment options can improve nearly any discoloration.

For surface stains, professional teeth whitening, combined with professional dental cleanings, can remove a significant degree of staining in the enamel of teeth. White teeth whitening may improve the appearance of teeth, most patients do not experience Hollywood-style white teeth from whitening alone. Natural teeth come in a range of colors that can include white but generally does not include bright white seen in Hollywood and mainstream media. Discussing desired results with the cosmetic dentist could help create a treatment plan that improves patient satisfaction.

Teeth that have permanent discoloration or dulling that cannot improve from professional teeth whitening treatments may opt for porcelain veneers. With porcelain veneers, the cosmetic dentist has customized porcelain pieces made for the individual patient, ensuring a perfect fit to that patient’s teeth. The veneer pieces are carefully bonded to the fronts of teeth, usually only to the teeth visible in a wide smile. Most veneers have a lip-edge at the bottom, to protect the porcelain and reduce risk of an impact loosening the bond. The results are fast and aesthetically pleasing, leaving patients instantly satisfied with their new smile.

Porcelain veneers can also be used to improve other dental conditions for a Smile makeover. The cosmetic dentist may use porcelain veneers to repair a broken tooth or the reshape a tooth for better appearance and functioning. With conscientious at-home oral health habits, combined with regular dental checkups and professional cleanings, the results of cosmetic dentistry treatments such as professional whitening or porcelain veneers will provide lasting results.

For more information on improving smile, contact our skilled cosmetic dentistry team at 281-256-6866 today!