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Maintaining Gum Health

Maintaining Gum Health

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Gums, which are also called the gingiva, are the soft, pink tissues that surround your teeth. Maintaining gum health is important to the health of your teeth as well as your overall oral health. Keeping up with dental hygiene at home and visiting the dentist every six months or more frequently can help you avoid serious gum problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis.

Brushing and Flossing

Brushing and flossing can help you protect your gums. If you do have early-stage gum disease, which is called gingivitis, brushing and flossing may even help turn it around.

You might not know that you have early-stage gum disease. When you brush and floss your teeth, check for symptoms such as redness, bleeding, and swelling. Bad breath is also a sign of gum disease.

Diagnosing Gum Disease

During checkups with your dentist, your soft mouth tissues will be examined for signs of swelling and bleeding. The dentist will check to see if your teeth have shifted position. X-rays are also used to detect bone loss and movement of your teeth.

Professional Gum Disease Treatments

The goal of treating gum disease is to maintain good gum health. Your dentist will begin with conservative, non-surgical treatments such as deep pocket cleaning around the roots of your teeth. You may also need to visit your dentist more frequently to get your teeth cleaned. If you have an infection, antibiotics can help to eliminate the bacteria that cause poor gum health. If your gum disease has advanced, your dentist might recommend surgical care such as bone or tissue grafting to replace lost gum tissue.

Contact the office of Burke Jardine, DMD today to schedule an oral exam and find out if you have signs of gum disease

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

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Cosmetic dentistry involves improving the look of your smile. Once your teeth are healthy, you can consider some of the different cosmetic dentistry services that are available to brighten and even your teeth. Some dental procedures, such as orthodontic care and composite fillings, can be considered as a type of cosmetic dental service. These services also play a role in achieving healthy and functional teeth.

Teeth Whitening

If you wish for a brighter smile, there are cosmetic dentistry services that can help you. You can use an over-the-counter whitening toothpaste or white strips, which may be able to lighten your teeth by up to three shades. In-office teeth whitening is more effective than using over-the-counter products. You can arrange to have laser teeth whitening or use one of the peroxide gels. In some cases, you may be able to get the gel and tray kits to do the teeth whitening at home when it is convenient for you. Professional teeth whitening may whiten your teeth by up to six shades.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are thin, porcelain or composite resin shells that are made just for you. They fit over the outer surface of your teeth. You may qualify for dental veneers if you have a chipped or unusually shaped tooth. People with badly stained teeth or teeth that have been discolored as a result of a root canal might also benefit from veneers. If you have a gap between two teeth or one of your teeth is slightly out of place, the veneer can close the gap or correct the look of your teeth when you smile.

Contact the office of Burke Jardine, DMD today to learn more about how cosmetic dentistry services can improve the look of your teeth.

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