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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Periodontal Treatment

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Having a clear understanding of all aspects of your dental care is essential, so we encourage you to be proactive about asking questions. You deserve to be fully informed, and we believe that no question is too small or unimportant. If a concern is important to you, it's important to us too.

We answer lots of questions for our patients, and some of those we hear most often are listed below. If you don’t see your specific question here or you would like more information, feel free to give our office a call!

Periodontal Treatment

Flossing | Is Flossing Important?I am sure by now; many of us have read the article earlier this month about flossing is not really important in maintaining a healthy mouth.  The report claims the studies show "weak" and "very unreliable" evidence that flossing effectively removes plaque.  So, is flossing really important?

Since the article was published, the American Academy of Periodontology (Dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants), the American Dental Association and National Institute of Health have all came out and stand firmly behind the practice of flossing daily. “A lack of quality evidence is not indicative of a lack of effectiveness. There is no dispute over whether flossing removes plaque and debris — it does. Since prolonged exposure to the bacteria in plaque may lead to gum disease, removing it is advised,” says Dr. Wayne Aldredge, president of the American Academy of Periodontology. He says flossing is required to expunge the plaque that often lurks deep between the teeth and beneath the gums — places your toothbrush can’t always reach.

From my personal experience since I have started practicing dentistry.  Most of my patients who have been flossing regularly tend to have less dental issues, whether its bleeding gums or cavities.  Now, I know this is a “scientific study” by any means, but this is from seeing thousands of patients in my career.  There are definitely many factors when it comes to causes of gum disease/cavity, diet and home care are the 2 of the most important factors in preventing them.  Most of us probably will not change our diet for our oral health, so why not brush and floss regularly to reduce the risk of having gum disease/cavity.  The more you do at home, the less you will likely have to do in the dental chair!

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The American Dental Association recommends dental visits every six months for a very good reason. This interval allows us to check in with you periodically and see if anything has changed since your last visit. If your teeth are healthy, great! Your hygienist will perform a thorough cleaning, and we’ll schedule you for your next visit in six months.

By seeing you regularly, we can address problems as they arise. It’s easy to see how finding and treating a tiny cavity during a six-month visit is preferable to waiting a year until you feel discomfort. Putting off scheduled visits will only result in more complicated and costly treatment to correct the problem.

During your routine checkup, we will do a visual exam and note any changes since your last visit. We will talk to you about habits like teeth grinding that may be impacting your oral health. Another benefit to routine visits is oral cancer screenings. Oral cancer is particularly aggressive, and finding it in its earliest stages might just save your life.

Conscientious brushing and flossing are essential, but they are only one aspect of your oral health care. If you are ready for your next cleaning and exam, please call Johns Creek, GA family dentist Dr. Kai Liang.  

Occasional bad breath is common and is usually caused by eating foods like garlic and onions. But if you have chronic bad breath, you may notice your friends and coworkers taking a step back when they speak to you. If this embarrassing experience sounds familiar, there are several things you can do to freshen your breath and protect your oral health.

Brushing and flossing twice a day is essential, but rinsing your mouth after you eat is also helpful for fighting bad breath. Rinsing flushes sugar and acids out of your mouth and minimizes the amount of time they linger on your teeth.

You should brush your tongue as part of your oral hygiene routine. The tongue is where the majority of bacteria live and breed in your mouth. Brushing removes bacteria from your teeth, but if you skip your tongue, these bacteria will transfer to your teeth. Brushing your tongue will eliminate these bacteria and help improve your breath.

Drinking lots of water flushes away the bacteria and food debris that linger in your mouth and causes bad breath.

Dry mouth (xerostomia) is also associated with bad breath and occurs for many reasons, including stress, tobacco use, cancer treatment, diabetes, and the medications you take. Drink lots of water and chew sugarless gum or suck on a hard, sugar-free candy to stimulate the flow of saliva.

We are always happy to answer questions about your oral health concerns. Please don’t hesitate to call our Milton, GA dental office and arrange a convenient appointment with family dentist Dr. Kai Liang.

Gum Disease | Alpharetta GA Dentist

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that affects the structures that support your teeth, including bone and ligaments. A common sign that you have gum disease is gums that bleed when you brush. Other signs to look for are tender, puffy, or inflamed gums.

Gingivitis is the first and mildest stage of gum disease. Without treatment, gingivitis can quickly advance to periodontitis, the most advanced stage of gum disease. At this point, tooth loss becomes a real possibility.

The most important thing is to let your dentist know as soon as you experience any symptoms. Common treatment for gingivitis involves a comprehensive professional cleaning and improved at-home hygiene.

Treatment for periodontitis involves a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing. During the scaling portion, your hygienist gently scrapes away all plaque and tartar lingering on your teeth. Next, they smooth all the root surfaces of your teeth to eliminate rough spots where bacteria can collect. You will receive tips for getting your oral hygiene on track, and we will schedule more frequent cleaning appointments in the future.

The good news is that gum disease is preventable, and all it takes is conscientious oral hygiene and routine visits to Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry for routine exams and cleanings. If it’s time for your next checkup, please call us to arrange your appointment!

If we find symptoms of periodontal (gum disease) during your regular checkup, our hygienist will recommend a dental cleaning and tips for improving your oral hygiene routine.

Gum disease is a bacterial infection in your gums that we need to treat promptly. Without treatment, periodontal disease attacks your gums, jawbone, and other structures that support your teeth. Chronic gum infections are also known to contribute to life-threatening conditions, including heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, and stroke.

For most people, cleanings twice a year are sufficient to prevent periodontal disease from developing in the first place. But if you have signs of periodontal disease, you need more frequent cleanings to keep your gums healthy and prevent the disease from reoccurring.

If you have gum disease, our hygienist will carefully and gently clean your teeth above and below the gum line to remove the infection. Once we remove the infection, your gums will start to heal. More frequent cleanings ensure that your gums heal properly and stay healthy.

As your Alpharetta family dentist, Dr. Kai Liang is committed to helping you achieve optimal oral health. Regular dental exams and cleanings are essential treatments we offer that protect your oral health by preventing serious problems like gum disease.

Please contact our dental office to make an appointment for a dental exam and cleaning. We will work with you to establish a treatment plan that will keep your teeth and gums healthy for many years to come.

If you are a smoker, you already know the risk you are taking and the toll that smoking takes on your overall health. Aside from all the other physical problems caused by smoking, the habit also harms your mouth, gums, and teeth.

One effect most smokers are highly aware of is staining of the teeth caused by tar and nicotine in the tobacco. It doesn’t take long after you start smoking for your teeth to become yellow and discolored. We frequently see long-term smokers who neglect their oral health and end up with dark, stained teeth.

Everyone gets plaque on their teeth, but smokers are more prone to producing plaque. This means that gum disease develops faster than it does with non-smokers. Smoking also limits oxygen in your bloodstream, making it difficult for your gums to heal after periodontal treatment.

Smokers need to be especially diligent about keeping up with regularly scheduled appointments with our Milton, GA family dentist. Seeing you every six months allows us to monitor your oral health and look for signs of gum disease and treat it before it significantly damages your teeth and gums.

We also screen for oral cancer during these check-ups. Early screenings allow us to detect cancer in its early stages when it is still highly treatable. Unfortunately, the mortality rate for oral cancer is very high, and these screenings may save your life.

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