Last updated 17 hours ago
Gum disease is perhaps the most common oral infection in our nation, and is also the most overlooked by patients. Your family dentist takes gums disease very seriously, however, as should you. Gum disease carries far more consequences than just bad breath and the occasional bleeding gums; it can ultimately lead to tooth loss or even dead gum tissue. Here is how gum disease progresses:
Gingivitis—Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. Gums may be red, slightly swollen, and irritated, and may bleed with brushing. Bad breath may be present, and a shallow pocket may begin to form between the tooth and the gums, although no real damage to the supporting structures occurs. At this point, treatment is relatively simple if administered quickly, and usually consists of diligent oral hygiene at home, along with a good professional cleaning from your dentist.
Early Periodontitis—At this stage, gum disease progresses to the point that it causes some damage to the ligaments that hold the teeth in place, but the teeth are not loose yet. Treatment is still possible, although it may be slightly more intensive than that of gingivitis.
Moderate Periodontitis—As gum disease continues untreated, deep pockets form between the teeth and gums, and significant loss of supporting structures occurs. Teeth become loose and tooth loss becomes a real possibility. Your dentist will need to perform intense and usually uncomfortable procedures in order to stop the inflammation and infection and return the gums to health.
Advanced Periodontitis—At this stage, significant loss in gum tissue and connective structures occurs. You will likely have extreme tooth sensitivity as the gums recede from the teeth, exposing the roots. Teeth are extremely loose in their sockets and tooth loss is highly probable. Left to progress further, it can turn into necrotizing periodontitis, where the gum tissue actually decays inside the mouth.
At Premiere Dental Arts, our Frederick dentist specializes in providing the dental care you need for healthy teeth and gums. Whether you need a cosmetic dentist, pediatric dentist, or a general family dentist, we are here to serve you. Call (240) 215-3510 today for more information or to schedule your appointment.
Last updated 8 days ago
While having a perfectly straight smile is certainly desirable from an appearance standpoint, the way you look or could look isn’t the only reason you should consider seeing an orthodontist or cosmetic dentist. Properly aligned teeth are actually important for your oral and general health. Here’s why:
Straight teeth are easier to clean and care for. Perfectly aligned teeth don’t overlap one another or trap food in awkward ways that require incredible dexterity to remove. Brushing and flossing are a breeze, which makes you more likely to actually do it rather than avoid oral hygiene simply because it’s too much of a hassle.
Straight teeth are more conducive to healthy gums. When teeth are crowded, crooked, or overlapped, they can place unnecessary pressure on gum tissue, which can cause swelling and irritation. Gums are more secure around straight teeth, which makes gum disease less likely provided that you’re keeping up with your oral hygiene. Additionally, gum disease is linked to several other diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. The more you can do to minimize gum disease, the lower the risk or impact of developing or worsening correlating conditions such as these.
Straight teeth are less prone to decay. This isn’t because straighter teeth are magically stronger or more resilient, but because of the reasons listed above, they just simply don’t get as many cavities. While this is good news for your dental health, it’s also fantastic for your overall health. A mouth that is full of irritation or decay can lead to infection, which ultimately impacts your entire body. Eliminating the source of inflammation or infection by straightening the teeth and making them easier to care for can do wonders for your general health as well.
At Premiere Dental Arts in Frederick, we offer Invisalign as a comfortable, non-invasive way to straighten teeth and improve oral and general health, as well as conventional braces. Contact our cosmetic and family dentist today by visiting us online or calling (240) 215-3510 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to serving you and your family!
Last updated 15 days ago
Oral cancer is one of the most overlooked cancers today and does not get nearly enough awareness. Even so, it’s important that you see your family dentist regularly, both for oral checkups and for oral cancer screening.
As you’ll learn in this video, oral cancer can be difficult to impossible to detect on your own. You may have small, painless sores or discolorations in your mouth that don’t seem like that big of a deal, or that you can’t see at all. A trained dentist can examine the tissues in your mouth to detect oral cancer in its early stages and increase the chances of treatment success.
For more information about oral cancer screenings, or for cosmetic or general dentistry services in Frederick, contact us at Premiere Dental Arts. Call (240) 215-3510 to schedule an appointment, or visit our website for a wealth of dental health information.
Last updated 22 days ago
One of the most common reasons dentists hear for patients not seeking out regular dental care is affordability. While dental treatment procedures can be expensive, preventative care and maintenance should be in everyone’s budget. The Premiere Advantage Program offers patients a way to get the dental care they need at a price they can afford.
For one low enrollment rate, you and your family will have access to free preventative procedures and heavily discounted rates on all other services provided by Premiere Dental Arts in Frederick. Individual and family plans are available, so you can get the level of services that are right for you.
For more information about the Premiere Advantage Program, or to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic, pediatric, or family dentist, contact us at Premiere Dental Arts. Visit us online or call (240) 215-3510 and take charge of your dental health—and that of your family’s.