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Friday, March 3, 2017

Gum Recession: Causes & Treatment

Many people suffer from gum recession. It is more common than you may think. Most of our patients realize they have a problem with recession when they have symptoms including: sensitivity to hot and cold, sensitivity to sweets, and even tenderness when brushing. Luckily, there are treatments to help gum recession, and ways to improve your oral hygiene routine to prevent gum recession in the first place, or at the very least, keep it from getting worse.

Gum Recession Causes & Treatments:
-          Brushing too hard or used a hard-bristled toothbrush: Changing the way you are holding your toothbrush and using a soft or extra-soft bristled toothbrush can help keep gum recession at bay.

-          Periodontal Disease: Being properly diagnosed and treated for periodontal disease can help stop recession in its tracks. Unfortunately, it won’t repair what has already been lost, but can prevent it from getting worse.

-          Trauma to gum tissues: Trauma from sharp foots, playing sports, or the constant use of toothpicks can initiate recession.

-          Ill-fitting partial denture: A poor fitting denture can add unwanted pressure to the gum tissue, leading to recession.

-          Genetics- some people have thin or weak gum tissue: Genetics play a role in overall oral health, including recession.

-          Prominent tooth roots or crooked teeth – can push gums out of place: Orthodontics can help move tooth roots into the proper positions and prevent gum recession.

-          Smoking or other tobacco product use: Any type of tobacco product use is detrimental to oral health. Tobacco use and periodontal disease go hand in hand. Avoiding or discontinuing the use of tobacco can stop recession in its tracks.

If gum recession has progressed so far that gum grafting if necessary, seeing a qualified dentist to have the procedure completed is essential. Dr. Davis has performed many successful gum grafting surgeries and takes pride in using the highest quality products for the best results. 


Monday, January 9, 2017

Top 5 Reasons 6 Month Dental Appointments Are Important

  • Plaque and Tarter Removal: A dental hygienist does a much better cleaning job than we can perform at home. Using specialized instruments, he/she is able to remove hardened plaque (tarter & buildup) that can be detrimental to our oral health. 

  • Oral Cancer Screenings: The dentist and/or the dental hygienist will perform an oral cancer screening. They will also routinely take a full mouth x-ray (panoramic x-ray) which is the only imaging currently available that allows dentists to detect oral cancer or other abnormalities. This is extremely important because if not detected early on, oral cancer can be devastating and even cause death.

  • Irregular Cleanings Can Lead to Bone Loss: Irregular cleanings allow tarter and buildup to get down below the gums, and if left untreated leads to bone loss. Bone loss leads to tooth loss. Tooth replacement options can be costly, so it is best to stay on a regular schedule with your dentist. 

  • Detection of Other Problems: Your dentist may be able to identify other health problems that present themselves through the mouth. Examples include; 

Eating Disorders- can be seen through symptoms or dry mouth and 
acid erosion along the tooth's enamel. 

Heart Disease- inflamed, bleeding gums and loose teeth could be 
signs of heart complications. Lack of proper hygiene can also
lead to heart problems because of the bacteria that is present.

Osteoporosis- receding gums and loose teeth are strong indicators 
an underlying bone issue. It won't necessarily show itself through
the teeth, but the bone supporting the teeth.

  • Full Mouth Exam: The doctor will thoroughly review x-rays, and also perform an intra-oral exam to make sure there are no abnormalities in the tooth structure. He/She will determine the best form of treatment if any treatment is necessary. These routine examinations are essential to maintaining good oral health and preventing potential problems. 

Dr. Davis performing a thorough exam.

Here at Davis Dental we strive to give our patients the best care possible! We would love to give you an amazing dental experience! 

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Davis Dental at: 
(801)292-5812 or visit our website