How to Prevent Gums from Receding | Snohomish Dentist

periodontal smallAccording to the New York Times, more than 75% of adults in America will have some sort of gum disease in their lifetime. Gingivitis is the early stages of periodontal disease, caused by plaque formed along the gum line. Periodontal disease, like gingivitis, can cause your gums to become red, sore and inflamed. It could also cause your gums to bleed.

Thankfully, gingivitis is easily remedied. By continuing to brush, floss and rinse daily, you are going to be reversing the effects the gingivitis has on your gums. Visiting your dentist for a good office cleaning is also going to help heal any sort of gingivitis you may be developing. Because if left untreated, it will lead to periodontitis. Periodontitis will cause the inner layer of gum and bone to pull away. If left untreated, the spaces allow debris to collect, causing the gums to become infected.

We all know we need to keep a daily dental regime if we want our teeth to remain healthy. Visiting the dentist twice a year also takes proactive steps to keeping your smile bright. But if you do happen to develop some form of gum disease, worry not. There are ways you can heal those sore gums with regular everyday items.

Baking Soda. According to the Journal of Clinical Dentistry, baking soda toothpaste is great on your teeth because it helps loosen plaque in those areas harder to reach. For a DIY version, just mix a little bit of baking soda with some water and apply it to your gum line to help aid in keeping the area from getting infected.

Turmeric. Believe it or not, turmeric is the a natural aid for inflammation, which makes it ideal for treating gum disease. Just mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric to ½ teaspoon salt and mustard oil into a paste, and apply it to your infected gums twice a day.

Aloe Vera. Not only does aloe vera soothe a sunburn and aid in healing wounds, but you can also use the organic, food-grade gel to relieve the swelling and pain in your gums. It’s anti-bacterial properties is an all-around soothing agent for your inflamed gums.

Tea Tree Oil. When it comes to antiseptics, tea tree oil is one of the best we have. Just a couple of drops rubbed along the affected area will help ease the symptoms you’re feeling. In fact, it isn’t just limited to gum disease. Tea tree oil also works great on other oral infections, like thrush.

Clove Oil. When it comes to toothaches, nothing beats a little clove oil. But when you have gum disease, applying a little on your gums will help soothe the pain you feel along your gum line. However, using an all-natural clove toothpaste every few days is more beneficial as regular use of clove oil may cause damage to your teeth and gums from overuse.

Coconut Oil. Oil pulling is an ancient process that has tons of health benefits. Lauric acid is one of its components, which helps disinfect and reduce gum inflammation. A tablespoon every morning will naturally hydrate and protect your gums, making gum disease development difficult.

It is important to take care of our teeth by following a regular dental routine and regular dental visits. But when something unfortunate does arise, it’s nice to know there is something we can do to naturally help heal gum disease.

For more information regarding receding gums, contact Dr. Ted Haines, DDS in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.tedhainesdds.com for additional information.

Dr. Ted Haines proudly accepts patients from Snohomish, Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.

Laser Dentistry | Snohomish, Wa Dentist

selfieMany people associate a trip to the dentist with the sound of the high-speed dental drill, but Dr. Haines has another tool at his disposal: a dental laser. While not commonly associated with dental treatment, lasers have been used in dentistry since 1990 for a variety of uses.

Dr. Haines uses a tool known as a Periolase – a laser specially designed for dental use – to focus energy into a small point. This burst of energy can be accurately aimed, and when it makes contact with the mouth, it can assist the dentist in a variety of ways. Fans of lasers and science fiction probably imagine lasers are great for cutting through tissue, and that remains true in dental lasers; the Periolase can be used to remove diseased or infected tissue around teeth quickly and safely. Similar to removing tissue, in some cases the laser can be used to reshape gum and bone tissue, and the heat from lasers are occasionally used to seal tissue to help promote healing.

While cutting with a laser seems like a typical use, one of the most common uses of dental lasers is as a tool to kill bacteria – the laser is powerful enough to kill bacteria beneath the surface without removing the tissue, giving Dr. Haines a way to treat infected or diseased tissue that would otherwise be difficult to reach with normal tools.

The dental laser has a number of advantages for both patient and dentist – the laser is quieter than the drill, allowing the patient to enjoy a more relaxed experience. The bacteria-killing nature of the laser and its more precise use can lead to better results and shorter healing times. When used by a trained dentist, such as Dr. Haines, the dental laser is a fantastic technical advancement that both patients and dentist can appreciate.

Call Ted Haines DDS today for an appointment for your family to keep those teeth and gums healthy! Call 360-568-8577 or visit the website at tedhainesdds.com.

Dr. Haines of Snohomish, WA also proudly accepts patients from Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.

Periodontal Overview and Treatment | Snohomish, WA Dentist

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Periodontal Disease, otherwise known as gum disease, are infections that affect the tissues that support the teeth. Your teeth are supported by gum tissue, connective fibers that anchor the tooth root into its socket and bone. Periodontal disease is most often preceded by gingivitis, which is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue. An infection affects the gums when the toxins found in plaque begin to irritate and inflame the gum tissues. Periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease, cardiovascular events as well as complicating diabetes.

Types of Periodontal Disease:

Chronic Periodontitis

Inflammation within the supporting tissues cause deep pockets and gum recession. While it appears that gums are lengthening, gums are actually receding.

Aggressive Periodontitis

This form of gum disease occurs in an otherwise clinically healthy individual. It is characterized by rapid loss of gum attachment

Necrotizing Periodontitis

This most often occurs in individuals suffering from systemic conditions such as HIV, immunosuppression and malnutrition.

Treatment Options:

There are many surgical and nonsurgical treatments the periodontist may choose to perform, depending upon the exact condition of the teeth, gums and jawbone. A complete periodontal exam of the mouth will be done before any treatment is performed or recommended.

Here are some of the more common treatments for periodontal disease:

Scaling and root planing – In order to preserve the health of the gum tissue, the bacteria and calculus (tartar) which initially caused the infection, must be removed. The gum pockets will be cleaned and treated with antibiotics as necessary to help alleviate the infection. A prescription mouthwash may be incorporated into daily cleaning routines.

Tissue regeneration – When the bone and gum tissues have been destroyed, regrowth can be actively encouraged using grafting procedures. A membrane may be inserted into the affected areas to assist in the regeneration process.

Pocket elimination surgery – Pocket elimination surgery (also known as flap surgery) is a surgical treatment which can be performed to reduce the pocket size between the teeth and gums. Surgery on the jawbone is another option which serves to eliminate indentations in the bone which foster the colonization of bacteria.

Dental implants – When teeth have been lost due to periodontal disease, the aesthetics and functionality of the mouth can be restored by implanting prosthetic teeth into the jawbone. Tissue regeneration procedures may be required prior to the placement of a dental implant in order to strengthen the bone.

Schedule an appointment today with Ted Haines DDS for a cleaning and checkup to be sure you fend off periodontal disease. Call 360-568-8577 or tedhainesdds.com.

 

Periodontal Services Snohomish | Warning sign of Periodontal Disease

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Studies show that about 80% of individuals with periodontal disease were unaware they were suffering from gum disease.

For this reason, Dr. Haines strongly recommends staying aware of the following symptoms of periodontal disease:

  • Gums that bleed frequently
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bad breath that will not go away
  • Receding gums
  • Formation of pockets between teeth and gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth

If periodontal disease is hindering your life, call Dr. Haines about periodontal services that will help you achieve maximum oral health and help prevent tooth loss. After evaluating your condition, Dr. Haines will personally work with you in order to determine the necessary form of treatment. With thorough treatments, proper oral care, and regular dental visit periodontal disease will no longer hinder your life.

For more information about periodontal disease, services, or treatment options call Dr. Haines in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.tedhainesdds.com.

Dr. Haines proudly accepts patients from Snohomish, Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.

Periodontal Services | Healthy Gums | Serving Everett, WA

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Keeping your gums in a healthy state is a lot more important than you may think. In addition to brushing and flossing, Dr. Ted Haines DDS encourages a healthy diet to help maintain healthy gums.

Dr. Haines will work with you in determining the periodontal services that will best meet your needs. In the meantime here are a few ways to help keep your gums healthy:

  • Brush often
  • Floss daily
  • Use mouthwash
  • Avoid foods with lots of sugar and caffeine
  • Eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals, i.e. vegetables
  • Visit Dr. Haines for regular dental cleanings and check ups

Contact Dr. Haines office for an appointment today for periodontal services to ensure your teeth and gums are as healthy as they can be. Call 360-568-8577 or visit his website at www.tedhainesdds.com.

Accepting patients from Snohomish, Everett, Monroe, Lake Stevens, Mill Creek, Woodinville and all surrounding areas.

Healthy Gums | Snohomish, WA

prevention of dental diseaseKeeping your gums in a healthy state is a lot more important than you may think. In addition to brushing and flossing, a healthy diet can also help you maintain healthy gums.

By eating properly, you are providing vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for your gums and teeth, which can help keep your gums and teeth healthy. Not everyone knows this, but Fluoride is found naturally in some foods, so by consuming them, you are effortlessly helping contribute to tooth decay prevention. Fluoride, also found in your water supply (in most areas), can help reduce cavities by up 60%.

While on the topic of food, it is important to point out that certain foods can be very detrimental to the health of your gums and teeth. Particularly, foods high in sucrose (also known as granulated sugar) are damaging to teeth. Although very tasty, it is the leading cause of tooth decay.

Here are a few more ways to help keep your gums healthy:

  • Brush often – Whenever you eat, you are leaving behind bacteria in your mouth that, if left alone, can cause plaque.
  • Floss daily – It is best to floss 2-3 times a day. Flossing is essential to getting rid of all the bacteria that is trapped between your teeth (the areas your tooth brush cannot reach).
  • Use mouthwash – Not only does it leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean, it also helps get rid of bacteria. If you can, use it after every meal. It is important to note that mouthwash is not nearly as effective as brushing or flossing.

If you would like more information on keeping your gums healthy, please contact Dr. Ted Haines at (360) 568-8577 or visit our website.

Dr. Ted Haines also proudly serves Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodenville, and surrounding areas.