Posts for: June, 2018

By E. John Baron DDS
June 12, 2018
Category: Dentistry

Periodontal servicesNo one likes to think about tooth loss, and yet if we do, we likely imagine getting a tooth knocked out or having deep cavities. Gum disease rarely comes to the forefront of oral health, but it's so important as it's the leading cause of tooth loss in the US, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Your dentist in Santa Cruz, CA, Dr. John Baron, carefully tracks periodontal health and offers the latest in gum disease therapy if problems occur.

How gums get sick

While heredity and diet do play roles in gum health, poor oral hygiene and tobacco use are leading causes of periodontitis. Unfortunately, many people are unaware they are developing gum problems when they miss or discount signs such as:

  • Puffy, red gums
  • Streaks of blood in the sink after brushing
  • Chronic bad breath
  • A "long tooth" appearance
  • Gum tenderness
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • A change in dental bite or in how a denture fits

How do all these symptoms start? The real culprit is plaque--that sticky substance left over from our carb-loaded American diets. Plaque collects on and between teeth. Quickly, it hardens into calculus, or tartar, a troublesome residue which only a dental hygienist can remove. Also, both plaque and tartar are infiltrated with harmful bacteria. These microbes cause both cavities and gum disease.

Periodontal therapy procedures

They're a priority at Dr. Baron's dental practice. With every six-month check-up, Dr. Baron's skilled hygienist scales teeth and the gum line, removing plaque and tartar. Combined with your careful brushing (twice a day) and flossing (once a day) at home, you can have healthy gums.

However, if gum disease has begun, here's what your Santa Cruz dentist and his team can do:

1. Perform a deep scaling and root planing, removing embedded tartar and plaque from below the gum line and instilling antimicrobial medication

2. Use laser technology to debride gums, sealing them to tooth roots to promote quick healing without cutting or suturing

3. Gum grafting or recontouring--taking gum tissue from other areas of the mouth to cover exposed tooth roots or removing excess gum tissue as needed to install a crown or expose more tooth structure (in the case of a gummy smile)

Healthy gums for a healthy you

The CDC says that about 47 percent of adults over the age of 30 have gum disease to one degree or other. That means their systemic health is at risk, too. So your at-home and in-office preventive care remains your best bet for great oral health.

Contact us

To learn more about gum disease and its impact, or to schedule your semi-annual check-up and hygienic cleaning, please contact Dr. Baron's Santa Cruz, CA, office at (831) 426-9200.

E. John Baron DDS, INC.
550 Water Street, Suite L-1
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-9200


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