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3 Reasons People Miss Dental Appointments and Why You Shouldn’t

Cypress TX dentalThe standard protocol for seeing the dentist is to visit every six months (or as recommended) for a dental cleaning and exam. On average, each appointment is about an hour. Two hours out of an entire year is a small commitment to help ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy. However, unless experiencing a dental problem, many patients will put off that twice yearly appointment because:

1. I’m Too Busy

Work, school, taking care of family … the demands in life can feel overwhelming at times. Putting off what you perceive as inconsequential can lead to problems that may have been avoided if you found the time to keep twice yearly dental visits.

2. I’m Afraid of the Dentist

Fear and apprehension affect many people; for some the anxiety of a dental visit is so severe they just can’t make themselves keep an appointment for even a cleaning. However, there are aids your dentist can offer to help with that fear and anxiety. Nitrous oxide can give you a feeling of mild euphoria that takes the edge off your nervousness. More severe cases may be treated with oral sedation.

3. I Brush and Floss Every Day

Some people believe that a great daily oral hygiene regimen is sufficient. However, plaque that is allowed to form and grow on teeth leads to the potential for dental decay or the onset of gum disease. Plaque forms when bacteria already present on teeth attract more germs from the food and beverages we consume. Once plaque hardens on teeth, only your dentist can remove it.

Missed dental appointments can result in problems that consume more time and money than keeping regularly scheduled dental visits.

Patients suffering from anxiety or that may be faced with the inability to sit or recline for extended periods may benefit from oral sedation. Oral sedation involves taking a mild sedative at home about an hour before your appointment. Transportation to and from your dental visit is required. Your dentist will administer additional sedation, if needed, upon arrival for your appointment. The patient is monitored for their safety and comfort; once treatment is completed the patient is advised to return home to rest for the remainder of the day.

Maintaining great oral health supports overall health; brush and floss daily, don’t smoke, and visit the office of Dr. Lori Logan for teeth cleaning and exam as recommended.

 

 

 

The Onset and Progression of Periodontal Disease

Cypress TX DDSPeriodontal disease does not occur overnight … there are clues that you may be progressing from gingivitis (the early stage) to the more serious condition, periodontitis. Patients who visit their dentist regularly have the advantage of their dental professional spotting a problem before it escalates.

Early Symptoms of Gum Disease

Changes in gum tissue provide a sign that trouble may be brewing. Red, swollen gums are abnormal – healthy gum tissue is pink and firm.

If gums bleed when you brush or floss, you may be using the wrong tools or technique. Your dentist or hygienist flosses your teeth correctly every time you get your teeth cleaned. Note the way floss is used to reach all areas between teeth. Massage gums with floss to obtain the maximum benefit.

Use a soft bristle toothbrush and minimal pressure when brushing. Teeth do not need to be scrubbed if you brush the recommended two minutes twice a day. Rinse thoroughly after you brush. Unprovoked bleeding gums are symptomatic of the onset of gum disease; see your dentist right away.

Chronic bad breath is another indicator. Foods and beverages consumed can result in halitosis; but if the condition is pervasive, you may have gum disease.

Disease Progression

Left untreated, gum disease can continue to worsen. Gum tissue pulling away from teeth or teeth feeling loose are signs that you require immediate treatment.

If you are experiencing pain, an abscess, or have reached the stage of teeth movement, the disease is in the advanced stage. Periodontitis impacts more than gum tissue. The bones that hold teeth in place are being affected.

Gum Disease Treatment Treatment

Each stage of gum disease demands different measures to treat. If caught early, regular brushing and flossing coupled with using an antiseptic oral rinse may be sufficient to reverse gingivitis.

A more advanced periodontal condition may require root planing and scaling … a deep cleaning that involves going beneath the gum line to remove plaque to help prevent a recurrence.

As the periodontal condition worsens, the treatment needed is more extensive such as surgery where the infected area is cleaned out and the damaged tooth supporting tissues are reshaped or replaced in an effort to save dentition.

Gum disease is preventable … do not smoke, brush and floss daily, and visit the office of Lori Logan, DDS, as recommended for cleaning and exam.

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