Posts for: May, 2015

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Periodontal (gum) disease is an aggressive bacterial infection caused by built-up plaque on tooth surfaces. Gum disease results in bone loss and causes loss of attachment from the teeth, leading to eventual tooth loss.

The goal of any gum disease treatment is to remove as much plaque and calculus (hardened deposits of plaque) from the gums and teeth as possible. Scaling with special hand instruments or ultrasonic equipment is the basic technique for plaque and calculus removal above and below the gum line. As the infection spreads below the gum line, it can widen the natural gap between teeth and gums to form voids known as periodontal pockets that fill with infection. Accessing and cleaning these pockets, which can occur as deep as the tooth roots, will require more invasive procedures.

Pockets that form at a depth greater than 5 mm below the gum line will most likely require surgical access through the gum tissue. But for pockets not quite that deep there’s an intermediary technique called root planing without surgical intervention. As the name suggests, the roots are physically “planed,” much like shaving a wooden board to remove minute layers of wood.

Using similar instruments as with scaling, root planing removes calculus, bacteria and other infected matter adhering to the root surfaces. It’s best to perform the procedure with local anesthesia to numb the gum tissues, which may be quite sensitive depending on the degree of infection. Working in a pain-free environment also helps us to be as thorough as possible in detecting and removing every bit of plaque and calculus we can find.

In advanced cases, it may be necessary to perform this procedure during multiple visits. As plaque and calculus are removed the inflammation in affected tissues will begin to subside, revealing more deposits of plaque and calculus. It’s also important to begin and maintain a daily habit of effective brushing and flossing to lessen the chances of a recurring infection.

Treating gum disease is an ongoing effort that requires constant monitoring and sustained efforts to remove plaque and calculus, including root planing. Saving your teeth, however, is well worth the effort.

If you would like more information on treating periodontal disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Planing.”


By Sood Family Dental
May 01, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   Foods  

Teeth WhiteningIf you want a brighter smile then it might be time to reexamine your diet. Here is some advice from your Shelby Township dentist office.

Who doesn’t want a whiter smile? While teeth whitening in Shelby Township is certainly a great option for many, there are also other ways to promote a whiter smile right in your very own home. Perhaps you’ve even gotten teeth whitening and are looking to maintain your results. Whatever your reasoning find out what foods to incorporate into your diet for a more vibrant smile.

Apples: It can be refreshing and oddly satisfying to hear that loud crunch as you bite into a refreshing apple, but did you know that it’s also great for your smile? These crisp fruits help promote saliva production, which fights off bacteria that causes plaque and bad breath. It even helps to promote healthy, strong gums.

Cheese: Cheese lovers rejoice because hard cheeses are actually great for your smile. Not only is cheese full of calcium, which helps to strengthen both your teeth and gums but it will also increasing the pH level within your mouth to make it less acidic and prone to tooth erosion.

Nuts and seeds: Munching on these hard little snacks in a surefire way to remove plaque and surface stains from your teeth. When that midafternoon need to snack starts to sneak up on you, opt for these crunchy alternatives rather than sugary treats to get a more radiant smile.

Carrots: Crisp, crunchy veggies like carrots or celery contain a lot of water content, which not only makes them a healthy snack option but also helps to whiten your smile by promoting the production of saliva.

Broccoli: Mix it up a bit and opt for a salad filled with raw broccoli. Unlike other vegetables, this crisp fibrous green won’t stick to your teeth so you won’t have to deal with annoying dental stains.

Dairy products: A diet of milk and yogurt can also be beneficial to your smile in much the same way that cheese can. The high calcium content is great for maintaining strong and healthy teeth and gums. Keep in mind that not all foods rich in calcium will have the same positive effect on your smile (spinach may be full of calcium but it’s also been known to stain your teeth, too).

Even if you maintain a smile-friendly diet, which we think is great; you still need to see your Shelby Township dentist every six months for your routine preventive exams. Even those with the best oral care can still benefit from a professional dental cleaning. If it is time for your next appointment call Sood Family Dentistry today and put your smile first.




Dentist in Shelby Township, MI
Sood Family Dental
56732 Van Dyke Avenue
Shelby Township, MI 48316
(586) 207-1471
 

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