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Results You Love From a Periodontist You Trust

We haven’t reached for a tape measure – yet.

And we haven’t gathered witnesses – yet.

But the last time an overjoyed dental patient told us that he or she was “floating on air,” we definitely wanted to measure their distance from the ground. We settled for taking copious notes instead.

Dental Work Brings Jump-for-Joy Results

Like you, the team at Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology is more accustomed to hearing dental work portrayed as an activity they dread most in life – as in, “I’d rather go to the dentist than do such-and-such.”

We know full well the benefits that patients enjoy after undergoing even the most minor dental treatment (like whitening) or more involved procedures, such as dental implants, gum reshaping, or laser therapy. So hearing a satisfied patient enumerate the benefits is information we think is worth passing along to other people who may be procrastinating dental work, too.

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The Benefits of Dental Work Are Worth Smiling About

  • Dental work can free you from the “weight” of procrastination. You know that feeling; you carry it around every single day you put off dental work, pointing to every reason (and excuse) to wait. Once that weight is gone, you may “float on air,” too.
  • Dental work can free you from any self-conscious habits you’ve developed, such as covering your mouth with your hand as you talk or grinning instead of smiling.
  • Dental work can give you greater, fuller use of your ability to chew and even talk clearly and be understood fully.
  • Dental work can minimize future dental expenses since dental problems never get better on their own and usually intensify over time.
  • Dental work can improve your appearance.
  • Dental work can improve your dental hygiene since people with dental problems sometimes are afraid to exacerbate the problem by brushing and flossing.
  • Dental work can bolster your self-esteem and confidence, giving you a lift in your personal life and your professional life. When you look better and feel better, it shows – and people notice.
  • Dental work can help prevent gum disease and advanced gum disease, known as periodontitis.
  • Dental work can improve your overall sense of health and well-being.
  • Dental work can free you from any pain or discomfort you’ve been living with every day – and that may even have awakened you in the middle of the night.

Revel in These Results from a Highly Regarded Periodontist

Of course, none of these results would be possible if patients didn’t place their complete trust and confidence in Dr. Sevor. He is both a dentist and periodontist, which means he specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease. He also performs a full range of dental procedures – from the whitening that lights up people’s smiles throughout central Florida to periodontal surgery that can transform their lives.

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Dr. Sevor is well known and highly respected among his peers because he:

  • Is board certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology
  • Has lectured extensively, both nationally and internationally, on the subject of periodontics and dental implants
  • Has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals on periodontics and implants
  • Is the first periodontal specialist to bring the FDA-approved and patented laser periodontal therapy protocol to central Florida

He opened Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology in 1997, surrounding himself with a staff that is as dedicated to superior dental care – and unparalleled customer service – as he is. Together, they always go the extra mile – and are especially delighted to measure the inches when an overjoyed dental patient leaves the office floating on air.

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4 Periodontal Procedures That Leave Your Mouth Looking Beautiful

You may have noticed how many women are fastidious about their appearance. They get their hair done. They get their nails done. They wear makeup and touch it up throughout the day because they don’t want to look un-done.

At the end, they look usually look great. And so they’ll agree with those people who muse, “Ah, the things you have to do look beautiful.”

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A Beautiful Smile Requires a Time Investment, Too

The same logic applies to teeth. Sometimes, regular brushing and flossing isn’t enough to leave people – both women and men – with the winning smile they want to look and feel better.

This is why the most skilled cosmetic dentist in central Florida, Dr. Jeffrey Sevor, offers a range of cosmetic periodontal procedures. While they require a bit more time and inconvenience than a regular beauty regimen, the result is largely the same: confidence that makes it easy to smile.

Four periodontal procedures are most common among women and men who desire a healthy, winning smile:

Gum Grafting for Gum Recession

When gums recede, the tissue surrounding the teeth gradually pulls away. The process is usually so slow that patients don’t notice it until the condition is well under way. Gum recession may not look the best, but the potential consequences can be serious and include bone and tooth decay.

Gum grafting addresses this condition by attaching healthy tissue (often taken from the roof of the patient’s mouth) to the damaged tissue. The process reinforces the receding area, reinforcing it and blunting future gum recession.

Gum Reshaping for Abnormal Gums

You may know gum reshaping by another term: gum contouring. Many people use the terms interchangeably, and the procedures are similar. It’s the tools that are different; reshaping is done with a laser and contouring is achieved with a scalpel.

Essentially, gum reshaping is an aesthetic procedure – one that improves the look of gums that may have developed abnormally on their own or swelled because of certain medications. This “gummy” look can be easily tamed with gum reshaping.

Crown Lengthening for a High Gum Line

Some patients who seek a remedy for a “gummy” look believe their teeth are too short. In reality, their teeth are of average length and the look is caused by unusually high gum lines.

For them, crown lengthening is the proper solution. During this surgical procedure, the patient’s bone and gum tissue are reshaped so that more of the natural tooth (or teeth) are exposed. Sometimes, crown lengthening is undertaken to make another dental procedure possible, such as the addition of a crown or bridge.

Ridge Preservation for Tooth and Bone Loss

Jaw bones grow strong with use. But once teeth are extracted or lost because of decay, the bone mass deteriorates, leaving a narrow ridge of bone.

Ridge preservation addresses this problem by reinforcing the jaw bone with bone material to blunt future deterioration and to provide support for replacement teeth.

Dr. Sevor Knows: Fear of the Unknown Is Scary

Some of these procedures may sound intimidating and even scary, which is understandable if you’re facing one of them for the first time. To calm this fear, it should help you to know that these procedures are:

  • Commonplace, if not routine
  • Only temporarily uncomfortable – a fleeting state that most patients agree is well worth the result: a healthy and fabulous smile
  • Always capably and efficiently handled by Dr. Sevor. He is well known for being the first periodontal specialist to bring the FDA-approved and patented laser periodontal therapy protocol to central Florida. This distinction places him head and shoulders above his peers. And his caring attitude, gentle touch and compassion place him in high demand among Floridians who put their dental care in the hands of only the best.

Are you ready to learn more about the cosmetic procedures offered at Central Florida Periodontics? Get in touch with us today to find out how you can get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

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When Is Periodontal Surgery Necessary?

What Is Periodontal Surgery?

Periodontal surgery is performed for the purpose of restoring the normal function of the gums, the bone, and the ligament that provide support for the teeth. As a result, it is not a single procedure so much as a collection of them with the same purpose, with common examples ranging from the removal of tartar to the placement of implants. It is important to note that periodontal surgery is not meant to cure periodontal disease but to create the conditions of success for other treatments, meaning that it is but one part of the solution.

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Why Is Periodontal Surgery So Important?

In brief, bacteria can build up with surprising speed in the mouth, so much so that the bacterial film called plaque can return within no more than a matter of hours following brushing. This process becomes even faster once the plaque has hardened into tartar, which provides bacteria with the perfect surfaces to build up on. As a result, people should see their dentists on a regular basis for the teeth cleaning needed to remove the tartar that consumer tools and products struggle with.

When people fail to get their teeth cleaned on a regular basis, their immune system starts to respond to the presence of bacteria in a destructive manner that does more harm than good. For example, the gums become inflamed once the bacteria reaches below the gum-line, which will cause the seal formed around the teeth to loosen. This results in the formation of a pocket between the gums and the teeth, resulting in even worse inflammation from the further proliferation of bacteria. With sufficient time, it is possible for the bacteria to start affecting the alveolar bone and periodontal ligament, resulting in the destruction of the supporting structures with catastrophic consequences for the person’s teeth.

Fortunately, peridontal surgery can be used to either repair or replace the tissues that have been lost up to the point of medical intervention, while other treatments can be used to remove the source of the problem and reduce the chances of a recurrence in the future. Summed up, people are not helpless to protect themselves from periodontal disease so long as they pay a visit to their dentist when they need to do so.

When Is Peridontal Surgery Necessary?

If you notice potential signs of a serious problem such as inflamed gums, receding gums, and loose teeth, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible. This way, you can get a diagnosis of your condition as well as a professional recommendation for how to proceed from that point on.

Sometimes, this will mean periodontal surgery plus other treatments. Other times, this will call for nothing more than a teeth cleaning to correct the potential issue before it can turn into a serious problem. Whatever the case, you should listen to your dentist, who will have the relevant expertise and experience needed to provide you with the best advice about your condition.

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Interested in the services of a skilled and reliable dentist in Central Florida? Please contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about Jeffrey J. Savor, DMD and how he can help you with your dental problems.

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Everything You Need to Know About Bite Adjustment

What Is Bite Adjustment?

Like its name suggests, bite adjustment is a series of periodontics procedures used to create a more comfortable fit when the patient is biting down. In most cases, these procedures involve changes to the teeth, whereas changes to the joints are reserved for cases when the cartilage has become either torn or otherwise injured in some manner.

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Why Is Bite Adjustment So Important?

Bite adjustment is important because a bad bite increases the stress put on the parts of the mouth used in a biting motion. For some people, this means much increased wear and tear on their teeth, which can culminate in cracks and even more serious problems. In contrast, other people will suffer from joint pains and muscle spasms. It is interesting that men tend to suffer more from damage to their teeth while women tend to suffer more from damage to their joints, but it is important to note that neither kind of problem is exclusive to either sex.

In fact, a bad bite is something that can affect patients of all backgrounds. This is because while some cases of a bad bite have inherited causes, other cases of the same are caused by trauma to the parts of the mouth used in a biting motion. As a result, people should watch out for potential problems with their bite so that they can pay a visit to their dentist as soon as possible should something happen.

What Can You Expect From a Bite Adjustment?

The periodontics procedures used to change a person’s bite can be both short-term and long-term in nature. For example, the simplest and most straightforward method involves shaping the cutting and chewing surfaces of the teeth, which comes with minimal complications.

However, there are times when there is so much shaping of the teeth needed to create a comfortable fit that it might be better to make changes to the other parts of the mouth used in a biting motion. Sometimes, this means the use of braces. Other times, this means the use of surgical periodontics procedures in order to change the relevant joints.

Whatever the case, these interventions come with a lot more complications, not least because further rounds of refinements will be needed to ensure a comfortable fit following the surgical procedures.

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Those who are experiencing discomfort when biting down should contact us at their earliest convenience for the dental expertise and experience needed to come up with the optimal periodontics procedures solutions for their problems. Better still, we specialize in periodontics, meaning that we can help them with their need for periodontics procedures as well.

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7 Benefits of Using Laser Therapy for Periodontal Disease

Nearly one in four Americans suffer from some level of gum deterioration, ranging from gum line recession to gingivitis to periodontitis. The effects begin with soreness of the gums and minor bleeding but ultimately can lead to dangerous infections, tooth loss, and a general decline in overall health and wellness.

Clearly, periodontal disease should be taken seriously and treated promptly. In the past, scaling and root planing and gum flap surgery were the only major treatment methods. But today, laser periodontal surgery is gaining acceptance as a beneficial alternative.

When performed by an experienced periodontist, laser periodontal therapy has many benefits and advantages over other treatment methods. Here are the main points in its favor:

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1. Less Gum Tissue Is Lost

Lasers are simply more precise than manual instruments and are capable of targeting infected areas of your gums with little affect on surrounding tissues. It is a less invasive surgery that requires less cutting and results in less loss of periodontal tissue.

2. Bleeding Is Immediately Controlled

Not only is there less bleeding in laser periodontal surgery, but the laser immediately cauterizes areas where infected gum tissue has just been removed or vaporized. This means what little bleeding could occur will stop almost immediately.

3. The Laser Is Highly “Flexible”

The laser tools used in periodontal surgery can be easily adjusted as to intensity and wavelength so as to ideally suit each type of periodontal surgery. And the same can be done during a single surgery, if different parts of your gums require different “handling.”

4. Recovery Time Is Shorter

In most cases, your gums will heal much faster following laser surgery than after more traditional methods of treating gum disease. While there may be a little soreness temporarily, it will soon pass, and your mouth will be “back to normal” again.

5. Laser Periodontal Surgery Is Affordable

The cost of laser-assisted periodontal surgery is often the same or less than that of non-laser techniques. While the equipment is more expensive, less medication is needed and fewer trips to the dentist’s office. And your dental insurance will likely cover laser therapy as fully as alternative procedures.

6. Laser Therapy Can Assist in Scaling and Planing

Even if the condition of your teeth and gums requires some use of traditional scaling and root planing, lasers can also be used. As an adjunct method, laser therapy can make the process smoother and the results more effective.

7. Cavities Can Be Removed at the Same Time

If you have cavities that need to be removed besides periodontal problems, your periodontist can use the same laser for both purposes. The laser will very precisely cut away the damaged tooth material, and less of your natural tooth will be lost in the process. As gum disease often leads to tooth decay, many patients suffer from both — why not correct both problems at the same time?

While there is still a place for older methods of treating periodontal disease, modern laser-based surgery usually can do a better job, causing less pain, and at no greater expense. Laser periodontal surgery has many benefits and works well on all forms of gum disease.

To learn more about laser periodontal surgery or to schedule a dental appointment in the Orlando Area, contact Dr. Jeffrey J. Sevor at either his Winter Park or Winter Springs location.

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Toothache? It May Be More Serious Than You Think

More often than not, it strikes you as a quick, fleeting pain—jarring you to the reality that something might be wrong—before it disappears. Invariably, the pain returns. When it does, it can be minor to severe, which might indicate gum disease, and it can be intermittent or pack a more sustained punch. But how would you describe it? Most often, you can tell you have a toothache if you feel:

  • A throbbing pain around a tooth or gum
  • An achy, tender feeling around a tooth or gum
  • A sharp, stinging pain when you touch a tooth or gum
  • A shocking pain when you bite down or chew
  • Heightened sensitivity to cold or hot beverages and food

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Answer the Warning Signs of Gum Disease with a Dental Appointment

A toothache can be accompanied by a fever, too, which prompts many people to take an over-the-counter remedy. This may be a fine temporary solution, but it is no substitute for making an appointment with central Florida’s most trusted and skilled dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Sevor.

A toothache is your body’s way of sending a cry for help, since it almost always is a sign that something is wrong with a tooth or your gums. Left untreated, a toothache will only get worse and trigger more pain, especially if it is traced to one of these seven serious causes:

Conditions That Could Be Causing Your Toothache

  • Cause 1: Gum disease, distinguished by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. Treating this and the most advanced stages of gum disease, known as periodontitis, is Dr. Sevor’s specialty. He has earned the distinction of being the first periodontal specialist to bring an FDA-approved, patented laser periodontal therapy protocol to central Florida.
  • Cause 2: Gum recession or detachment, a direct consequence of gum disease. When the roots of a tooth become exposed, they become hyper-sensitive to extreme temperatures and sour and acidic food and beverages.
  • Cause 3: Tooth decay, which first infiltrates the outer coating of a tooth (the enamel) before penetrating the inner layer (the dentin). A decaying tooth is usually highly sensitive.
  • Cause 4: Tooth abscess, when tooth decay reaches to the root and infects the tissue. Like gum disease, this condition can lead to bone and tissue loss and so should be treated without delay.
  • Cause 5: Tooth fracture, which can vary in size from a small chip to a large crack. If the fracture has reached the nerve endings, you’ll know it: the pain can be excruciating. Often caused by a fall or other injury, a tooth fracture also can be caused by biting into a very hard or very sticky food.
  • Cause 6: Misaligned or impacted wisdom teeth, which feel as painful as they sound, as teeth either press against each other or struggle to push through the gum line. Here, a vicious cycle can begin if bacteria takes advantage of this compromised state and then triggers gum disease.
  • Cause 7: Damaged filling or dental sealants, which serve as a buffer for fractures, pits, and grooves. When this buffer has eroded, you’ll also know it: the pain can range from a dull, throbbing ache to a sharp shooting pain. Only a dental appointment will spare your tooth further damage—and you further pain.

As serious as these seven conditions are, they are treatable. And they can be expertly treated by Dr. Sevor at Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology. Make an appointment and he will give you the benefit of a careful and thorough examination for gum disease before returning you to a pain-free state.

Since he is known for going the extra mile for his patients, Dr. Sevor also will educate you about good oral hygiene practices so that you can remain proactive about toothaches that could be the result of gum disease in the future.

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Fortify Your Diet to Bolster the Health of Your Teeth

Everyone seems to know that “you are what you eat.” But how on earth do the foods we eat and the beverages we drink bypass our teeth and make such a landing statement on our back ends, hips, and thighs?

Answer: they don’t. End runs may work in football, but there’s no fooling your teeth and gums. Like an alert linebacker, they are the first line of defense on this active field, absorbing the foods and beverages you ingest with stunning accuracy.

Since your teeth need to last you a lifetime, it’s smart to know how your diet can affect their health and longevity. Allow central Florida’s most trusted and skilled dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Sevor, to guide you to healthier dietary choices and raise the warning flag on unhealthy choices—so you will never have to confront the stark reality of bone loss in teeth.

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Calcium and Vitamin D Form a “Power Coupling”

Dr. Sevor has observed that most parents are vigilant about steering their children to a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D. After all, how else are they going to develop the strong bones they will need to walk, run, participate in sports, and otherwise grow and develop into healthy adolescents and adults?

But bones support more than arms and legs; they support teeth, too. The jaw bone, in particular, plays a crucial role in preventing tooth loss, especially if gum disease—also known as periodontitis—sets in.

For nearly half of all adults over the age of 30, this is a painful reality—they have developed some form of gum disease, often distinguished by gums that are tender, swollen, discolored, bleeding, or receding.

Calcium Can Help Prevent Bone Loss in Teeth

Research has shown that women (more frequently than men) who get less than 500 milligrams of calcium per day are at far greater risk of developing gum disease. This suggests to Dr. Sevor that while women in particular may be conscientious about their children’s diet, they may become complacent about the importance of calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin C in their own oral health.

It pays to understand how these three critical nutrients can help prevent bone loss in teeth:

  • Calcium strengthens tooth structure.
  • Vitamin D helps absorb calcium and produces proteins that fight the bacteria that cause cavities.
  • Vitamin C fortifies blood vessels and strengthens the connective tissue that holds teeth securely in your jaw.

Prevent Bone Loss in Teeth By Eating a Nutrient-Rich Diet

Certain foods are particularly rich in these three nutrients:

Foods loaded with calcium:

  • Almonds (and almond butter)
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Cheese
  • Collard greens
  • Ice cream (low-fat is best)
  • Kale
  • Milk (including soy milk)
  • Soybeans
  • Tofu (but check the nutrition label to be certain)
  • White beans
  • Yogurt (including frozen yogurt)

Foods loaded with vitamin D:

  • Egg yolks
  • Herring
  • Mackerel
  • Milk (including soy milk)
  • Salmon (wild is best)
  • Sardines
  • Tuna

Foods loaded with vitamin C:

  • Bell peppers
  • Blackberries
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Grapefruit
  • Kidney beans
  • Kiwi
  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberries
  • Snow peas and sugar snap peas
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnip greens
  • Watermelon

Avoid Foods That Can Accelerate Bone Loss in Teeth

While you’re loading up on healthful food—and turning to vitamin supplements when you need a boost—be sure to avoid the following foods, which can accelerate bone loss in teeth:

  • Sugary snacks, especially sticky, chewy, and brittle candy
  • Carbonated soft drinks
  • Crunchy foods (like trail mix) that may appear healthful but can chip away at the strongest teeth

You can count on Dr. Sevor of Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology to help you incorporate these healthful foods in your diet. Make an appointment with him and he will help you prevent bone loss in teeth—and keep them strong for a lifetime.

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Advantages of Dental Implants

The idea of dental implants can be a little scary from the outside. However, for individuals who need them because their own teeth are no longer in place or fully functional, they are a miracle of modern technology and dentistry.

While your natural teeth were designed to last a long time, issues like trauma and poor dental health can take a toll. Avoiding treatment and leaving an empty space where a tooth used to be can cause other dental issues down the road.

For many people, dental implants are beneficial and basically essential. Keep reading to learn more about the advantages of dental implants.

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Improved Appearance

Dental implants look and feel very much like your own natural teeth. That’s why so many people choose to use them today, and why they’re considered one of the best advances in dental technology in the last 100 years.

When dental implants are in place, whether you’re dealing with back molars or teeth that are visible when you smile, you’ll have a natural looking appearance. From the outside, nobody will even know that you have dental implants unless you tell them.

Dental implants can also be helpful for individuals with damaged teeth or who have repairs like caps and crowns that are not aging well. In some cases, removing these repaired teeth when they have issues and replacing them with implants is a better idea for long-term dental health and your overall appearance.

More Self-Confidence

For many people who have gone any length of time without teeth—even molars that others can’t see—having something in place can dramatically improve self-confidence. And if the teeth that you were missing were part of your smile, you probably even altered the way you smiled in front of others.

Having implants placed, particularly if you’re missing visible front teeth, can help you improve your smile and feel more comfortable around other people. This can make your social life and work life better.

While we all hope that people don’t judge us based on our appearance, the truth is that missing teeth can make people think negatively of you. For example, you don’t want to miss out on a job because of an accident or poor dental health that you can control now.

For many people in this situation, implants can make a dramatic difference.

Better Speech

When you’re missing certain teeth in your mouth, the way you speak can be impacted. If you’re missing front teeth, you may also feel like you have to hide your mouth or shield yourself from view when you want to talk to somebody.

Worrying about these kinds of things is no way to go through your life. Implants can make you feel more comfortable when you speak, and also improve the clarity of your speech for the long haul.

Overall Dental Health

If you’re like most people, your dental health is important to you. Even if you haven’t always taken the best care of your teeth, there’s no time like the present to start improving your dental health.

When you get implants instead of neglecting areas with missing teeth, you’ll keep the spacing of your teeth healthy and natural. When spaces are allowed to linger, your teeth can shift and make your bite uncomfortable and unhealthy.

Implants can solve that problem while improving your appearance and self-confidence.

Dental implants are life-changing for many people. From the ability to eat foods they couldn’t before, to having a smile they can be proud of, implants are a modern day miracle.

If you’re interested in dental implants with Central Florida Periodontics, it’s never too early to learn more.

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What is Scaling and Root Planing and Why It’s Important to Know

What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

Plaque is the biofilm of bacteria that can be found clinging to the front of the teeth, the back of the teeth, the spaces between the teeth, and other surfaces throughout the human mouth. Over time, it hardens into tartar, which speeds up the formation of more plaque by providing the bacteria with perfect surfaces to cling to. This is a serious problem, because their presence is responsible for causing cavities and other oral diseases.

As a result, a routine visit to the dentist comes with a professional teeth cleaning session designed to remove as much of the build-up as possible for better oral health.

However, there are times when this is not enough. For example, plaque on the gumline can cause the gums to swell, which makes them less and less effective as a seal from the outside. As vertical space starts opening up between the gums and the teeth, plaque can start forming in these pockets, which can lead to a worsening of existing symptoms as well as an eventual case of bone loss. This occurs when the bacteria starts interfering with the cells that are responsible for building and breaking down the substance. When this happens, the solution is scaling and root planing.

Often called deep cleaning, scaling and root planing starts with cleaning the plaque and tartar off of the teeth, which includes the portion that can be found in the pockets situated below the gumline. This is followed by the dentist scaling the root surface to smooth out rough areas so that the gums can reattach to the teeth for a better seal. Sometimes, scaling and root planing can be completed in a single session, but more serious cases may require multiple sessions for thorough results.

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Why Is Scaling and Root Planing So Important?

Scaling and root planing is important for preventing periodontitis, which can cause tooth loss when enough of the alveolar bone that holds them in place has been lost.

However, it should be noted that the presence of bacteria in the pockets can cause a whole host of other unpleasant symptoms, which include but are not limited to bad breath, tender gums, and bleeding gums after brushing or flossing the teeth. By having this procedure done, patients can provide their gums with the chance to heal, which will not only prevent bone loss but will also eliminate these symptoms for the time being—something that can make for a significant upswing in their personal well-being.

Why Do You Need a Skilled and Experienced Dentist For Scaling and Root Planing?

It is important to note that people in need of this procedure should seek out someone who is both skilled and experienced. After all, the stakes are serious—meaning that you will want someone who is capable of providing their patients with thorough results on a consistent basis. Furthermore, since the procedure can be unpleasant when the oral disease has progressed past a certain point, you will want someone who can administer local anesthesia as needed to make sure that the process proceeds as smoothly as possible.

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If you suspect that your mouth could benefit from scaling and root planing or some other dental procedure, don’t hesitate to contact Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology at your earliest convenience. By making sure that your teeth are in good condition sooner rather than later, you can continue to count on them for the foreseeable future.

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Oral Hygiene Habits You Should Adopt to Keep Your Mouth Happy and Healthy

There are two ways to interpret any study: either by focusing on the majority percentage or on the minority percentage—sort of like looking at a glass as half-full or half-empty. Dental professionals tend to focus on the latter, but only because they want all Americans—young, old, and everyone in between—to adopt good oral hygiene habits so their teeth stay healthy and strong.

Case in point: the number of Americans who brush their teeth at least twice a day—the cornerstone of a good oral hygiene routine—is about 70 percent, at least the last time the American Dental Association checked. And only 40 percent of adults floss once a day, which is the recommended frequency. Twenty percent of adults never floss at all.

Dental experts and researchers aren’t the only ones who sweat statistics like these. So do periodontists, or those specialists who treat gum disease. They know that the best way to prevent gum disease—and to keep your mouth happy and healthy in the meantime—is to adopt good brushing, flossing, and lifestyle oral hygiene habits, starting today.

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Good Oral Hygiene Requires Good Brushing Habits

  • Good brushing habit 1: Brush your teeth at least twice a day and, ideally, after every snack or meal. Remember a favorite dental expression: “When you brush, don’t rush.”
  • Good brushing habit 2: Reach for a fluoride toothpaste. Research shows that fluoride prevents cavities while also repairing tooth enamel.
  • Good brushing habit 3: Hold a soft-bristled brush—or an electric or battery-operated toothbrush—at an angle. Brush in brisk and short back-and-forth strokes, but not too hard or aggressively. Gums can recede when too much stress is placed on them.
  • Good brushing habit 4: Rinse your toothbrush with water thoroughly before placing it in an upright position. Storing it in an air-tight container or drawer can encourage the growth of bacteria.
  • Good brushing habit 5: Replace your manual brush once the bristles become frayed. Purchase a replacement head for a motorized toothbrush every three or four months.
  • Good brushing habit 6: Don’t brush—or floss—immediately after consuming an acidic beverage such as soda, juice, or a sports drink. It could lead to enamel erosion, so wait at least one hour for your saliva to neutralize the acid.

Good Oral Hygiene Requires Good Flossing Habits

  • Good flossing habit 1: Floss once a day to reach the tight spaces between your teeth and under your gumline. This is why you are flossing in the first place: because a toothbrush cannot reach these places. Flossing also removes plaque.
  • Good flossing habit 2: Set yourself up to succeed by breaking off a long enough piece of floss. The ADA says you need enough to “wind most of the floss around the middle finger of one hand and the remainder around the middle finger of your other hand. Grip the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.”
  • Good flossing habit 3: Guide the floss between one tooth at a time, using a sliding motion. Then rub the side of each tooth in an up-and-down motion with the floss. Unwind fresh floss as you need it.
  • Good flossing habit 4: Give yourself time to get the hang of using dental floss; you should be a pro in no time. But if you dislike using dental floss, switch to a pre-threaded flosser, a tiny brush that reaches between your teeth, a water flosser, or a silicone plaque remover instead.

Good Oral Hygiene Requires Good Lifestyle Habits

  • Good lifestyle habit 1: Do not smoke and do limit your consumption of alcohol, both of which can undermine good oral health.
  • Good lifestyle habit 2: Cut down on sugary foods, which can lead to tooth decay.
  • Good lifestyle habit 3: Tell your dentist of any changes in your oral health, including bleeding, sensitivity, pain, discoloration, sores, or bumps in your mouth. Dr. Sevor will want to know so he can set you on the path to recovery.

For more information about how you can keep your mouth healthy all year long with good oral hygiene, visit our website today!