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Posted by on 10:13 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Facts To Know About Periodontal Disease

Gum disease is incredibly common, especially among older individuals even though it is a preventable disease. If your dentist has warned you that you have or may develop gum disease, check out these three facts you need to know about periodontal disease. Gingivitis Is Easily Treated Periodontal disease comes in two forms: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is easily treated with at-home changes to your oral health, such as brushing and flossing regularly. You’ll also want to have a professional cleaning to remove any irritating tartar, and your dentist may suggest scaling and root planing, which cleans your teeth below the gum line. People with periodontitis often have pockets or gaps between their teeth and gums. Bacteria and tartar thrive in this hard-to-reach area, which is why scaling and root planing is necessary. Your dentist may also prescribe an anti-bacterial rinse. Periodontitis Can Lead to Tooth Loss Periodontitis doesn’t just irritate your gums. When left untreated, it starts to affect the jawbone too. As the disease continues to run rampant, it may cause your gums to recede, revealing your tooth roots. Tooth roots aren’t protected by enamel, so when exposed, they are extremely susceptible to decay and infection. Your jaw bone can diminish when exposed to periodontitis. When this happens, it cannot support the teeth as well. They become lose and are likely to fall out. Tooth Replacement Options Are Limited The great thing about dental care is that there are so many cosmetic services to give you the smile you want. If you have missing teeth, simply get a dental implant or dental bridge. Unfortunately, if you have untreated periodontitis, you aren’t the best candidate for these tooth-replacement options. A bridge requires strong teeth to support it, and if your jawbone is diminished, your teeth aren’t as strong as they need to be. Similarly, an implant needs a strong jawbone to support the titanium implant. If you do manage to get an implant when you have periodontitis, you may develop peri-implantitis, which can expose the titanium root and increase the risk of failure.    Gingivitis may be mildly annoying, but it is a serious condition you should treat. If not, it can advance to periodontitis and increase the risk of tooth loss. Unless you get your gum disease under control, dentures are your only good option to replace missing teeth. For more information about periodontal disease, contact a dentist in your area...

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Posted by on 7:07 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do You Think A Custom Mouthpiece Costs Too Much For Your Child? Why You Can’t Afford To Not Have One

If your child is starting to play sports where they have contact with other kids and you’ve noticed that they get hit in the face now and then, it may be time to get them a custom fitting mouth guard. A custom fitting mouth guard is ideal because it will protect your child, and because you know it’s going to fit properly. If you’re worried about the costs of the mouth guard, or if you are concerned it isn’t worth the investment, here are some things to consider. Emergency Treatment Costs More Than a Mouthpiece The average cost for someone to go to the emergency room for a visit is over $1,200. If your child gets hit in the mouth and has to go to the emergency room to make sure they don’t have any broken bones, need stitches, or have oral complications, you could end up paying for a copay or out of pocket for these bills. With a mouthpiece, you can prevent several expensive emergency dental trips. Permanent Damage Can Occur If your child has their tooth go through their lips or tongue, they can end up with bad scarring or permanent damages. Biting off the tongue would require surgery, and a badly cut lip could result in your child needing cosmetic surgery to repair the damage. These surgical preparations to prevent permanent damage are for more costly and painful than a mouthpiece. Tooth loss without a mouthpiece can also be costly. Insurance Should Cover the Cost   The cost for the mouthpiece may be free, or you may only have to pay a small portion if you have medical or dental insurance. You just need to take the time to call your provider. If your medical or dental provider finds out that your child plays contact sports, they may require that your child wears a proper custom fitting mouthpiece during participation. If you fear that having a custom mouth guard made for your child is going to cost too much money, think about how much money you could lose if you don’t get the piece made. Your child can end up with broken or knocked out teeth, cuts, broken bones and other facial injuries if they don’t have any mouthpiece while they participate in sports. Help keep them healthy and avoid a financial burden by making the investment of a custom made mouth guard for your child. For more information, talk to a...

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