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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!

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Be On the Lookout for These Signs That You Might Have a Gum Infection

If you’re like many people, pain is your benchmark. Only when pain will not subside, or you exceed your pain threshold, will you make an appointment with a doctor or a dentist.

For many maladies, pain is a reliable benchmark—but gum infections are not one of them. While a gum infection may indeed trigger pain or discomfort, there are other signs you should be on the lookout for, too. Gum infections can cause everything from a mild inflammation to advanced gum disease, which is known as periodontitis. Chronic periodontitis afflicts nearly half of all adults in the United States, according to the American Dental Association. It can lead to the loss of bone and tissue that support the teeth and, in the worst cases, tooth loss.

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Track the Varied Symptoms

Aside from pain or discomfort, other physical signs of infection include gums that:

  • Are red or swollen
  • Bleed easily
  • Feel tender to the touch
  • Have pulled away or are breaking away from teeth

Your teeth also may signal that you have a gum infection if they:

  • Become loose or begin to disintegrate
  • Develop new spaces between them
  • Feel differently when you chew or bite food
  • Generate pus
  • Register an extreme reaction to hot or cold temperatures

Still, other symptoms are easy to attribute to another temporary or harmless cause, which is why all symptoms of a gum infection should be viewed collectively:

  • A long-lasting bad taste in the mouth (well beyond the normal time it usually takes for a spicy dinner to leave your palate)
  • Chronically bad breath that isn’t mitigated by gum or breath mints
  • Painful chewing, often experienced in the jaw

Regular Dental Checkups Can Blunt a Painful Diagnosis

While these symptoms are reliable signs of a gum infection, it is possible to have an infection and experience no physical symptoms whatsoever. This is why it’s important to schedule regular checkups with your dentist. He or she will be sure to examine your mouth thoroughly and:

  • Detect any faint traces of inflammation
  • Use a small ruler, called a probe, to check for and measure any pockets. In a healthy mouth, the depth of these pockets usually ranges from 1 to 3 millimeters. In an infected mouth, the pockets are deeper.
  • Inquire about your medical history to identify any risk factors for gum infection and gum disease. You can break down the risk factors for gum infection into two basic categories: those you cannot control and those you can.

Uncontrollable Risk Factors

  • Advancing age
  • Decreased immunity, often caused by disease or a medical treatment (such as chemotherapy)
  • Diabetes, which puts people at risk for developing many types of infections, including gum infections and gum disease
  • Genetics and family history
  • Hormonal changes in women, especially those related to pregnancy and menopause
  • Over-the-counter and prescription medications. Those that cause “dry mouth” or reduce the flow of saliva can make the mouth more vulnerable to infection. And some medications can cause an overgrowth of gum tissue, which becomes problematic if teeth and gums become difficult to clean.

Controllable Risk Factors

  • Bad dietary habits
  • Failure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day
  • Poor-fitting dental restorations
  • Substance abuse
  • Tobacco use, which also can interfere with the treatment of a gum infection

Rest assured that if you do develop a gum infection, Dr. Sevor will answer your questions and help steer you toward better oral health. As the founder of Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology, he became central Florida’s premier dentist because he is his patients’ best health advocate when they need him most—and he can become yours, too.

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Sensitive Teeth? Why You May Be More at Risk Than You Think

Do your teeth seem to be more sensitive than normal? For example, do some of your teeth hurt when you drink a cold drink or eat ice cream? Do your gums feel sore, appear swollen and red, or bleed when you brush your teeth or floss? Do you feel pain when chewing? If your teeth are sensitive in any of these ways, then there’s a chance that you’ve either developed periodontitis or are at risk for developing periodontitis.

What Is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is a bacterial disease. It begins as gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis occurs when plaque and tartar build up on the teeth, resulting in the accumulation of bacteria. Preventing this buildup is why brushing and flossing are so important. Patients with gingivitis not only will notice swollen and red gums, but also may notice some bleeding when they are brushing and flossing.

Gingivitis typically doesn’t cause much discomfort, but your gums may feel a bit tender. Although gingivitis is not destructive, it can progress to periodontitis, which is much more serious and can eventually lead to the loss of teeth if not treated.

When gingivitis goes untreated, the bacteria that has collected within the mouth will begin spreading below the gum line. This will eventually cause the gums to begin receding. Bacteria will then continue spreading, causing the breakdown of the tissue and bones that support your teeth.

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Risk Factors of Periodontitis

The following are some of the risk factors of periodontal disease:

  • Poor oral health: If you don’t brush or floss your teeth on a regular basis, plaque will build up on your teeth. This will eventually lead to gingivitis, which will increase the risk of developing periodontitis if left untreated.
  • Crowded or misaligned teeth: Teeth that are crowded or misaligned make it more difficult to keep them clean, which makes it easier for plaque and tartar to form. Having your teeth straightened can help prevent periodontitis for this reason.
  • Genes: Genes play a part in your risk for developing periodontitis. If your family has a history of periodontal disease, you’re more likely to develop it. This doesn’t, however, mean that you will—as long as you practice good oral hygiene.
  • Smoking: If you smoke, then your teeth are more likely to collect tartar than if you don’t. Smoking can also lead to deeper periodontal pockets once you have periodontitis. If you don’t stop smoking while you have the disease, it will grow more severe. You’re more likely to lose more bone as well. If you have periodontitis, then quitting smoking should be one of the ways that you treat it.
  • Stress: Stress will weaken the body’s immune system, which will make periodontal disease much harder to treat since your body will have a tougher time fighting off infections.
  • Diabetes: If you have diabetes, you’re more likely to develop periodontitis. The bacteria that causes the gum disease thrives on sugar—and if you have diabetes, you most likely have higher levels of sugar in your saliva.

If your teeth are overly sensitive, then you may have periodontitis. It’s important that you have your teeth checked to have the problem properly diagnosed. This way, you can prevent further damage to your teeth and get any existing damage repaired. To schedule an appointment with a periodontal specialist, be sure to contact us at Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology today.

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7 Signs It’s Time to See a Periodontal Specialist

There’s a reason you’ve been told to brush and floss every day. If you don’t, you risk developing gingivitis, which is a mild form of gum disease. This happens when the plaque and tartar on your teeth result in the growth of bacteria that causes the inflammation of your gums.

If gingivitis isn’t treated, it can develop into periodontitis. When this occurs, the gums begin pulling away from your teeth, causing spaces to form that can easily become infected. If periodontitis isn’t treated, the bones, gums, and tissue that support your teeth can be destroyed and the teeth may need to be removed.

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7 Signs You Should See a Periodontal Specialist

If you are showing signs of periodontitis, then you should schedule an appointment with a periodontal specialist right away to prevent potentially serious damage to your gums and teeth. The following are seven signs that you should see a periodontal specialist as soon as you can:

1. Your Gums Are Swollen or Red

One of the first signs that you might be developing periodontitis is red or swollen gums.

2. Your Gums Are Bleeding

In addition to a swollen or red appearance, your gums may begin bleeding. If you are developing periodontitis, then this will happen more often than not when you are brushing or flossing your teeth.

3. You Have Chronic Bad Breath

If you have a sour or unpleasant taste in your mouth more often than you don’t—and if it seems to come back no matter how often you brush your teeth or rinse with mouthwash—there’s likely bacterial buildup along with the toxins the bacteria produce.

4. It Hurts to Chew or Eat

If you’re experiencing pain in your teeth when you chew or eat, you most likely have advanced periodontitis. The pain is most likely a result of an infection around your tooth root that’s caused by bacteria. It will hurt to chew or eat when you have such an infection because of the pressure that you’re putting on the affected area.

5. Your Teeth Are Shifting or Crooked

This means that your teeth are loose or weak, which can happen when the roots of your teeth have been affected.

6. Your Teeth Are Sensitive to Temperature

If your teeth are sensitive to extreme temperatures, such as when you eat hot soup or bite into an ice cream cone, then there’s a chance that the root of your affected tooth has been affected by periodontitis. There’s a good chance that this sensitivity is a result of the tooth’s root being exposed due to receding gums.

7. You Have Diabetes

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes, it could be a result of periodontitis. This is because an infection can cause your body to stop using insulin properly, which in turn can lead to diabetes. Diabetes can worsen your gum issues as well since it makes you more prone to infections.

If you notice any of these seven signs, then you may have periodontitis—or be on your way to developing periodontitis. A periodontal specialist can diagnose the problem and help prevent any issues from growing worse. If you need to see a periodontal specialist, then be sure to contact us at Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology today.

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The Effects Smoking Can Have on Your Oral Health

Everybody knows that smoking is a dangerous habit. From radio promotions to billboards and TV ads, there’s no way to avoid campaigns designed to encourage smokers to quit and keep young people from starting. Most ads and conversations only deal with health problems like lung cancer and heart disease or the social issues that smoking can create. However, smoking can cause serious problems when it comes to oral hygiene as well.

Keep reading to learn more about how smoking can damage your oral health and cost you more than you might think, and how you can combat the effects with good oral hygiene.

Yellow, Discolored Teeth

Putting a cigarette in your mouth and drawing toxic smoke into your lungs on a regular basis is obviously unhealthy. What many smokers don’t think about, though, is the fact that smoke has to get past your teeth to enter your lungs.

Over time, regular use of cigarettes and other tobacco products can leave yellow or brown stains on the teeth. While there are treatments to reduce these stains and discolored areas, they are not always effective and can cost a lot of money.

If you continue to smoke, your teeth will quickly become stained again if you undergo whitening treatment. The only way to avoid tobacco-related discoloration and improve your overall oral hygiene is to quit smoking.

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Bad Breath

Bad breath isn’t something anybody wants, and if you’re like most people, you don’t want people turning their heads when you talk to them. If you use tobacco products or smoke regularly, that’s exactly what’s going to happen.

In smokers, bacteria has a tendency to build up in the mouth, which can create a foul odor. Smokers will also have the stench of tobacco on their breath, which most people find unpleasant. While bad breath won’t hurt your oral hygiene per se, it’s not something anybody wants.

The smell of tobacco products will also get into your clothes, and people will smell you coming before you’re even in the room.

Reduced Healing Ability

Tobacco reduces the mouth’s ability to get rid of bacteria, which can slow healing after oral surgery. It can also make smokers more prone to bacterial infections and problems that can require major dental surgery like root canals.

When the mouth doesn’t have the ability to heal itself, you’ll also experience more frequent cavities. You may end up losing teeth or needing more crowns and implants than nonsmokers as well.

Mouth Cancer

Most people think about dangers like lung cancer, but smoking also greatly increases your chances of developing oral cancer. Many people don’t realize that mouth cancer can require difficult surgical procedures that may not cure the problem, and many people die each year because of cancers that start in the mouth, often related to smoking and the use of tobacco products.

Quitting smoking now can greatly improve your oral hygiene, and even if you’ve been smoking for years, it’s never too late to start reversing the damage. The sooner you quit, the sooner you’ll be able to have a healthy smile and maintain proper oral hygiene. For more information on proper oral hygiene, contact Central Florida Periodontics today.