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Tooth loss: Most Common Causes and Consequences

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Good oral hygiene and regular visit to your Orange County periodontist are always recommended to achieve optimum oral health. These good practices, in turn, will benefit you with strong, healthy, disease-free teeth. However, tooth loss cannot be prevented no matter how much you practice good dental hygiene.

What are the common causes of tooth loss?

There are various reasons for the common causes of tooth loss. Poor oral hygiene, smoking, and poor nutrition are on the top of the list.



Dispel Dental Myths: Achieve Optimum Dental Healt

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It is time to dispel dental health fictions. Although sometimes it is hard to tell its difference from dental facts, your Orange County periodontist will help us debunk these common myths. People tend to believe these dental myths in the hope of reducing or relieving their dental woes and cancel their dental consultations to rely solely on mythical practices. The results? Dental cavities, raging toothache, bleeding gums, tooth loss, etc. disallowing us from getting what we deserve- a proper dental care. Here are a few myths known to many:


Dental Implants: Costs Vs. Price!

The guide to get “low cost” dental implants

Dental implant is the state of the art solution in tooth replacement, much better and more reliable than a bridge or denture. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, almost 70 percent of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost “at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay“. People with one or several missing teeth need to consider dental implants as a viable solution to preserve healthy jaw bones or to prevent further damage to their oral bone structure. Implants are designed to perform like a natural tooth and as such are permanent solutions.

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A Closer Look at Tobacco Use and Its Risks

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Health care providers especially your periodontist and even the cigarette pack warnings will tell you that smoking is dangerous to your health. Tobacco use -whether in the form of cigarettes, pipes or smokeless (spit) tobacco- has been linked to many serious diseases including cancers, heart disease, lung disease and gum disease. The study conducted by the Center for Disease Control indicates that 70% of Americans who are 65 years old and above, have periodontitis and tobacco users suffer the most significant risk of them all. Another study performed at the Temple University and published in the Journal of Periodontology last 2000 also showed that 18% of those who smoked cigars or pipe tobacco had moderate to severe gum disease.


How is Smoking Linked to Gum Disease?

How Biphosphates Affect Your Dental Care

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The patient’s medical history is quite important and needs to be critically reviewed before any dental treatment is performed. More often than not, their standard “no” answer is met with indifference so as we can continue onto the next step. However, it is necessary to know our patient’s medical history as the medications or treatments they received before any dental procedures could affect their gum health and treatment.

One of the medications that has devastating effect on the jaw bone, especially if taken intravenously (IV) are the biphosphates. Biphosphates are often taken by people who are experiencing osteopenia, osteoporosis and also by cancer patients. Although effective for such conditions, biphosphates come with some risks. The dental risk mentioned here is called Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) or more commonly known as the “death of the jawbone.”

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Link between Periodontal Disease and Stroke

Swollen, red, tender or bleeding gums are the early sign that bacteria have infected your gums. This also includes foul odor or taste in your mouth and gums that recede making the teeth appear longer. All of these affect the tissues supporting the teeth. Still, many people believe it’s normal if their gums bleed when they brush or floss.


Although, periodontal disease can sometimes be painless it is advisable to act as fast as you can and visit yourOrange County periodontist.  Early treatment is recommended before infection starts to spread. If periodontal disease is not treated properly, it can destroy the structures that support your teeth in your jawbone making your teeth loose and may eventually fall out. It can also spread throughout your mouth and to other parts of your body and compromise your overall health.


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Laser Surgery: A One Stop Dental Procedure Offered By An Orange County Periodontist

Dental procedures especially the use of the traditional dental drills can be disturbing, if not overly painful as heat, vibration and pressure are applied on the patient’s teeth. Dental laser treatment and surgery takes all that away, as it uses the different wavelengths of light to remove the diseased gum tissue; so procedures like the restoration of teeth and gums to a healthy state can be done without the pain of incision, bleeding, anesthesia, stitches, bacterial infection and every other discomfort brought about by traditional gum surgeries.


Lasers can be categorized based on their uses: hard or soft tissue. The wavelength used differ with the type of procedure by which the periodontist perform the surgery as well as the way the laser light is generated. Laser procedures are what your periodontist usually perform in order to treat issues like:

Bone Graft to Support Dental Implants

A survey conducted by Harris Interactive, Inc.  found that out of a 1000 people over the age of 35, 60% don’t have any idea about gum disease (i.e. the symptoms, treatments and consequences) and 39% of them don’t visit a dentist regularly. Another report last May 2000 by the Surgeon General stated that the Americans’ bad oral health is the “silent epidemic” affecting over 75% of people over the age of 35. Thus, it is important to take care of your gums or have a periodontist treat your gum disease at its earliest stage to avoid progression to a much more severe and costly scenario.


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To the Dentist or the Oral Surgeon?

Patients are often referred to oral surgeons by their dentist when necessary, but some problems almost always request the touch of an oral surgeon. If you have one of these issues, you can save a little time by going right to the surgeon and skipping the dentist.
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Exploring the Future of Dental Implants

The importance of dental implants on the future of world health is underscored by research that shows that approximately 70 percent of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 are missing at least one of their teeth and that approximately 25 percent of adults over the age of 74 have no teeth left at all. Dental implants are recognized by oral health professionals as the best way to replace missing teeth.
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