A: According to the American Dental Association, brushing your teeth two times a day, and flossing at least once, will greatly decrease your chances of gum disease. With a soft bristle toothbrush, brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle to the gums in small, circular motions. Use 12-16 inches of dental floss in a curved “C” motion around each tooth, and under its gum line.
A: Periodontal disease has an array of signs and symptoms. Red, puffy or bleeding gums are all warning signs. Persistent bad breath, new spacing between teeth, loose teeth, pus around the teeth and gums, receding gums and tenderness or discomfort are also all symptoms of periodontal disease. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Reyes if you are concerned about periodontal disease.
A: Poor oral hygiene, genetics, smoking or chewing tobacco, systemic diseases, a variety of medications, pregnancy, oral contraceptives, puberty, and certain tooth or appliance conditions are all factors. Because early stages of periodontal disease can go unnoticed, it is imperative to attend your regular dental check-ups.
A: At least twice a year. Under the recommendation of your dental hygienist, you may be prompted to schedule more frequent visits to monitor your oral health.
A: At our practice, it is important to review your medical history. Knowing your current medical condition can give us insight as to what your overall health is like. We also do an examination of your diagnostic x-rays, oral cancer screenings, gum disease evaluations, examinations of tooth decay, examinations of existing restorations, removal of tartar, removal of plaque, teeth polishing, oral hygiene recommendations and a dietary habits review.
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