Posts for: April, 2020
Your gums support your teeth, providing a protective seal against damage and infection. However, this oral tissue needs continual care to remain viable. At HFL Dental in Mendon, NY, Dr. Greg Lowenguth provides routine gum care and treats periodontitis. Your family dentist helps patients keep their teeth and stay healthy.
What periodontal disease?
Also known as gum disease, periodontitis is the infection and inflammation of your gum tissue with Strep bacteria. Contained in plaque and tartar, these germs grow and grow, unless your brushing, flossing, and in-office cleanings with your Mendon family dentist remove them.
Unfortunately, many people ignore their periodontal health, and tooth loss results. Additionally, respected organizations, such as the American Heart Association, cite research which indicates gum health and systemic health are intimately linked. People with periodontitis often have diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, hypertension and other serious issues.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Gum disease varies in symptoms and severity. Many people may not notice they have mild gingivitis with its limited redness and/or bleeding during brushing and flossing.
However, periodontitis is very noticeable. People have symptoms such as:
- Gum puffiness and tenderness
- Changes in gum color
- Loose teeth
- Gum recession
- Exposed tooth roots
- Changes in the fit of a denture or in how teeth close together
- Bad breath which doesn't get better with mouth wash or tooth brushing
In addition, your dentist will notice deepening pockets between your teeth and gums. Measured with a small metal probe, pockets deeper than three millimeters are diagnostic for periodontal disease.
What you can do
If Dr. Lowenguth diagnoses periodontal disease, he will recommend a deep cleaning and tooth planing to remove plaque and tartar deposits. Sometimes, antibiotic therapy is necessary. More extensive disease may require gum surgery or grafting to replace damaged tissues.
Of course, the best cure is prevention. Work hard to improve your daily brushing and flossing routine. See the team at HFL Dental twice a year for a cleaning and check-up. Also, be sure to:
- Drink water to hydrate your gums
- Eat a high-fiber diet
- Limit alcohol
- Never smoke or chew tobacco
- Contact your family dentist at his Mendon office if you notice any changes whatsoever in how your mouth looks or feels
They are your gums
Their health is so important. At HFL Dental, Dr. Greg Lowenguth will help you achieve your best periodontal health. Call us with any questions, won't you? Phone your family dentist in Mendon at (585) 624-1917.
A cavity damages your tooth enamel—sometimes beyond repair if the decay invades the interior pulp, root, and bone. However, if detected early, your family dentist, Dr. Greg Lowenguth, can remake the tooth enamel with restorative fillings at HFL Dental in Mendon, NY. Your tooth can be good as new.
What causes tooth decay?
Strep bacteria does. It lives in food particles on and between your teeth. Of course, we brush and floss to remove this plaque, but any leftover residue provides the perfect breeding ground for damaging bacteria. They give off acids which, little by little, lead to tooth decay.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research says that tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic health problem in both children and adults worldwide. However, you can prevent it with good oral hygiene habits at home and care from your family dentist in his Mendon area office.
The benefits of restorative fillings
If you do develop a cavity (some people are more prone than others), Dr. Lowenguth can repair it. He removes the decayed enamel and places a tooth-colored filling.
Most of today's fillings are made from durable and lifelike composite resin, a mixture of glass powder and acrylic. Into the prepared site, your family dentist layers the resin, hardening each surface with an ultraviolet light.
Besides composite resin, Dr. Lowenguth offers porcelain fillings (inlays and onlays) and glass ionomer fillings, which contain sustained-release fluoride. He'll repair your tooth with a material appropriate to the size and location of your cavity.
These are the benefits of modern restorative fillings:
- They stop the decay process, strengthen your enamel and allow you to keep your tooth.
- They block bacteria from invading the interior pulp chamber and root canals.
- Fillings strengthen tooth enamel and avoid fracture.
- Their natural color matches tooth enamel seamlessly.
- Your dentist removes less tooth enamel than with amalgam (metal) fillings.
- The procedure is fairly rapid, and most fillings last ten years or longer, says DocShop.
At HFL Dental in Mendon, your family dental team offer preventive, restorative, and cosmetic services. If Dr. Lowenguth discovers you have a cavity, rely on an effective repair with a natural-looking filling material. Call our office to learn more: (585) 624-1917.