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Treating Gum Disease: What You Can Expect

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Have you recently noticed a change in your gums? Maybe they look puffy and inflamed or easily bleed when you brush?

It May Be Gum Disease

What you are probably seeing are symptoms of gum disease, a condition that affects nearly half of all adults in the US over age 30. One reason so many people are affected is that in many cases, people who have gum disease don’t know it because they never see the above symptoms.

If you have been diagnosed with mild gum disease, all is not lost. In its early stage, gum disease is called gingivitis and is reversible with a thorough cleaning by your hygienist and improved oral hygiene ...

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Shiny Teeth in 3 Steps: A Guide to Your Dental Cleaning

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Do you long for a bright, shiny, Hollywood smile? Professional teeth whitening can help, but the solution may be as simple as a routine cleaning with your dentist or hygienist

The purpose of dental cleanings is to remove deposits of plaque and tartar that build up on your teeth over time and check the health of your gums. Here are three steps that are involved in professional cleanings.

Cleaning Tooth Surfaces

Plaque is soft, sticky film that contains millions of bacteria that cause decay and gum disease if not removed with daily brushing and flossing. Working one tooth at a time, your hygienist will ensure that all plaque is removed thoroughly.

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Quiz: What is Preventive Dentistry

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We all know people can visit the dentist to treat cavities and gum issues once they develop, but can the dentist offer treatment to help you avoid problems altogether? With a focus on preventive dentistry, the team at Azalea Dental can offer a number of procedures to protect your smile from cavities and periodontal disease. What is preventive dentistry?

Avoiding Common Dental Issues

1. True or False: Dental sealants can keep food from becoming stuck between teeth.

2. True or False: Fluoride treatments strengthen enamel.

3. True or False: We can address bruxism and TMJ issues with a nightguard.

4. True or False: Using laser density, we can detect cavities.

Answer Key

1. True - With dental sealants, ...

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Why Do People Lose Their Teeth?

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Some people may wonder why dentists always tell them that if they want to keep their teeth, they need to take care of them. Some even assume that the only time they need to see a dentist is for an extraction.

It might surprise you to learn that most dentists use extraction only as the last resort if the tooth decay has spread into the gums and nearby teeth. If the tooth still has enough healthy material, the tooth may be root canaled, filled or crowned.

So, why do people need to have teeth extracted?

The Reason Why Dentists Extract Your Tooth

There are several reasons a dentist might recommend an extraction. Here are ...

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