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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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Why Oral Health Symptoms Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Cypress DDSThere are many oral conditions that require professional help for resolution. If you choose to ignore a symptom, the result can be costly and time consuming dental care. Patients that opt for regularly scheduled visits with their dentist are aware of the importance of taking care of their teeth, but even the most diligent individual can develop symptoms that should not be ignored.

Swollen, red or bleeding gums – Healthy gum tissue is firm and pink. If gums bleed without provocation, you may be dealing with gingivitis, the onset of gum disease. If your gums are bleeding due to a heavy hand when brushing or using a hard bristle toothbrush, you might invest in an electronic toothbrush that allows for more even pressure.

Chronic bad breath – Strong foods or beverages can lead to bad breath; but if a breath mint or mouthwash does not provide a solution, you may have a more serious problem in the making. Infection can lead to a sour smell – you may require an antibiotic or further treatment may be needed.

Discomfort – Gum disease can affect one tooth or many. But a toothache may also mean you have dental decay, a crack in a tooth, or infection. If discomfort persists, don’t let it go untreated allowing a small problem to become a bigger issue.

Sensitivity – Many suffer from sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet, or sour foods.This can occur due to gum recession or worn dental enamel. One solution is to use a toothpaste designed to help control the problem. But sensitivity can also be a symptom of a more serious condition … a cracked tooth or deep decay. A root canal may be required.

Mouth or lip sores – There can be many reasons why you may be dealing with a lesion, but if you use tobacco or the sore does not go away, see your dentist for a diagnosis. This dental visit could actually be life saving.

Healthy teeth and gums can impact your quality of your life. If teeth are broken or missing, or you are in pain, day to day living is difficult. Food choices become limited or you may be embarrassed to open your mouth in public. A visit to the dentist can correct existing problems; daily oral maintenance coupled with regular dental visits going forward are good preventive steps for healthy teeth and gums.

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Is your mouth stressed out?

Cypress TX DDSStress is all around us. Kids and teens are under pressure from peers, studies, sports, fashion, and the latest gadget must-have’s. Adults must deal with those kids and their problems along with jobs, finances, relatives, spouses. Even the daily commute can leave you stressed to the max. And when you arrive home, more stress-inducing issues can be waiting. And very often, these stressors are manifested through oral problems like jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Thankfully, your dentist can help.

When we experience stress, we might subconsciously start grinding teeth during periods of sleep. This can become a habit leading to daytime grinding and clenching. And what is happening to your mouth while this is going on? Dental enamel wears down. Teeth are weakening leading to the potential for breaks. And while jaw clenching is not singularly responsible for the development of TMJ, is might be a factor.

So what can be done? Obviously getting rid of the stress would be helpful. But while that would be ideal, there might be a more immediate, practical solution. Stress relief during sleep is often achievable with a custom-fitted mouth guard. Your dentist will be able to fit you with a night guard that will relieve nighttime grinding, also known as bruxism.

The night guard works by preventing teeth from grinding against each other. Your dentist might recommend a night guard to be worn on both upper and lower teeth, but very often only one arch may be needed.

There are many different materials suitable for your night guard. Your dentist is ideally suited to make recommendations depending on your specific needs.

Great importance must be placed on customization. The one size fits all night guard that can be purchased at the drug store, grocery store, or online may be so ill-fitting it will not work or can make matters worse.

After a consultation with our dentist, you will get dental impressions made, a night guard fabricated to your specific needs and you will be advised on how to care for it.

Wearing a night guard may take a little adjusting. Helpful hints include eliminating caffeine and alcohol for several hours before bed so you will retire without any additional stimulants. Relaxation is important so turn off the TV and computer and focus on getting a good nights sleep.

To discuss your personal options to care for your mouth, contact the office of Lori Logan today!

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Harmful Effects of Soda on Teeth

Cypress DDSSoda, pop, soft drink … no matter what term you use to describe the flavored fizzy beverage many of us drink, the results can be hazardous to teeth. The occasional indulgence is safe for most, but millions of people drink soda more often. Your dentist can explain how much damage you could be doing to your teeth such as:

Decay – A cavity occurs when the protective surface of a tooth, the dental enamel, has been breached. Many people believe the sugar content of soda is the primary contributor to decay mistakenly believing that they can drink as much diet soda as they want without concern. However, while sugar can be a negative factor, the bigger offender is the acidic content in soda.

Regular soda consumption allows this highly acidic beverage to wear away dental enamel providing opportunity for dental decay. Always follow soda consumption with a water rinse; if that is not practical, chewing sugar free gum will induce saliva production. Saliva is considered nature’s mouthwash so acids will be flushed away; but always chew sugar free gum.

Stain – Soda consumption can result in dental stain. Many people know that coffee, tea, and red wine can stain teeth, but soda can stain as well.

If you are going to imbibe in a soft drink, there are a couple of tips that you should consider that might help to limit the amount of acid that will impact teeth:

Use a straw – Sipping with a straw allows most of the beverage to bypass teeth limiting exposure to dental enamel.

Don’t swish – Holding the beverage in your mouth is not a good idea; swallow right away.

Brush and floss – Just not right away. The acidic content in soda softens dental enamel so brushing right away can actually do more harm. Wait at least one hour before brushing teeth following soda consumption.

Daily oral maintenance – Brush with a fluoridated tooth paste to help keep dental enamel strong.

Make sure you make and keep those dental appointments every six months. Your dentist or hygienist will remove plaque that has built up on teeth since your previous appointment; polish your teeth so they will look their best; and perform a dental exam so any problems can be treated before they have a chance to escalate.

If it’s time to schedule your next dental exam and professional cleaning, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-256-6866.

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Toothache: When is it time to visit the dentist?

Cypress DDSSometimes you may think you have a toothache when in reality you may have experienced an abrasion of gum tissue or jaw discomfort. Or you may have something trapped between your teeth like a seed or something small – flossing may dislodge it providing relief. If your tooth pain is not relieved with flossing or rinsing; you know it is not your jaw or an abrasion; and a pain reliever only brings temporary respite, it is time to see the dentist.

A toothache can stem from a variety of issues including:

Decay – Our teeth have a very strong, protective coating of enamel. However, if the enamel is breached bacteria can penetrate the tooth often resulting in a cavity. A cavity will not go away; it will only get worse if left untreated. Your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and restore it with a dental filling. Many patients are opting to use a tooth-colored composite resin. It is much more aesthetically pleasing and does not require as much of the natural tooth to be removed for repair.

Cracked or Broken Tooth – This exposes the nerve of the tooth. Very often the solution is a dental crown in which the cracked or broken tooth is prepared, an impression is taken, and a temporary is placed to protect the tooth until the crown is fabricated (dental labs usually require two weeks to make a crown). Once complete, your crown will be permanently cemented in place protecting the remaining tooth structure; and with materials in use today, your crown will look as natural as surrounding teeth.

Infection – If infection has settled into the tooth, sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet may send a zinging sensation upon exposure. In this case, a root canal is often required to salvage the tooth. A tiny access point is created in the tooth, and the contents of the canal (pulp, blood, nerve) are removed. The access point is sealed, the tooth is saved, and the pain disappears. The alternative to a root canal is to have the tooth extracted.

Your dentist is most always able to provide immediate relief. Delaying this appointment will only prolong discomfort and can exacerbate the problem. To schedule your visit, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-256-6866.

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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!

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