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What is Gum Recession? Important Gum Disease Information from Mod Squad Dental

July 8, 2014

Shutterstock Healthy GumsOne of the most common and recognizable symptoms of gum disease is the recession of the gums. The result is a smile that may appear uneven and teeth that appear too long. Though the aesthetic effects are certainly enough to make most people seek treatment, the underlying cause (periodontal disease) is actually the most critical factor. Fortunately, Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA offers a variety of effective general and preventive dentistry treatments to help patients keep their gums healthy, including periodontal therapy.

What Causes Gum Recession?

There are a number of factors that contribute to gum recession, including periodontal disease, aggressive brushing, and genetics. Gum disease causes gum recession when the bacteria from plaque infect and irritate the gum tissue, causing it to pull away from the surface of the enamel. Some patients with gum recession issues experience increased tooth sensitivity, particularly when eating and drinking hot and cold foods and beverages.

Why Treat Gum Disease?

Many people may ask, “If there is no cure for gum disease, why should I even try to treat it?” The problem with gum disease is that it continues to worsen over time if not treated with professional periodontal therapy. The gum line continues to recede and the connective tissues within the gums gradually deteriorate. With the weakening of this tissue comes the higher risk of tooth loss. In addition to loose and missing teeth, people with advanced periodontal disease are also at an increased risk of developing other health problems. These include high blood pressure, heart disease, pneumonia, complications during pregnancy, difficulty managing diabetes, and more.

Conquer Periodontal Disease Now for a Healthier Future

If you have noticed that your teeth appear longer or that your gums bleed when you brush and floss, the time to act is now. Contact your local dental team in San Diego, CA today and let Mod Squad Dental help you achieve improved oral health. Our caring touch and state-of-the-art technology make every visit comfortable and convenient, ensuring that your dental experience is a pleasant one. Our practice proudly serves families from the entire San Diego area, including Rancho Pensaquitas, Poway, and beyond. 

Welcome Summer with Healthy Gums

June 18, 2014

shutterstock_111358292With summer rapidly approaching, everyone is getting ready and making plans in order to take full advantage of what the season has to offer. Outdoor barbeques, laying out by the pool, and building sand castles are all part of the summer fun, and you want to make sure you have the most fun possible with your friends and family. With the many people you are sure to encounter throughout the summer season, you want to make sure that your smile is as healthy and beautiful as possible. With periodontal disease therapy with Dr. Greg Friedman, you can be sure that your gums, along with your teeth, are in the best condition just in time to soak up some sun!

Periodontal disease affects over 80% of the population, which makes it one of the more common diseases out there. One point that may be shocking is the fact that many people may not even be aware that they are suffering from periodontal disease, leaving their mouths to ongoing infection and deterioration. Some of the most common signs of periodontal disease are swollen gums, gums that bleed when you brush or floss, tenderness, and loose teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to an increased risk in heart disease, stroke, dementia, and much, much more.

Managing your periodontal disease involves scaling and root planing. These procedures allow us to remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line. This way, we are able to remove all of the harmful bacteria in areas that your toothbrush and flossing cannot reach, giving you a clear mouth! Depending on the severity of your periodontal disease, laser therapy may be necessary. This involves removing the infected gum tissue so new, healthy gum tissue may grow.  If you are interested in how Dr. Friedman is able to help you with your periodontal disease, make an appointment at our office, and we would be more than happy to help.

Contact our office in Scripps Ranch today and schedule your consultation. We are happy to take care of whatever general, cosmetic, or preventative dental need you may have! We also happily serve patients from Rancho Penasquitas, Poway, throughout San Diego, and beyond.

What You Need to Know About Gum Disease and Pregnancy: Preventive Dentistry in San Diego

April 10, 2014

Shutterstock Perio PregnancyMost people know that gum disease can lead to a variety of dental problems, including bleeding gums, redness, inflammation, and even eventual tooth loss when left untreated. What isn’t common knowledge, however, is how much periodontal disease can affect other areas of the body, particularly in pregnant women. Fortunately, this common disease is relatively easily avoided with routine visits to Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA. Our comprehensive array of preventive and general dentistry services keep your mouth (and your baby) healthy.

Connection Between Gum Disease & Pregnancy

When a woman’s gums are infected, the bacteria there can travel throughout the rest of the body, wreaking havoc on other tissues in a way that isn’t necessarily outwardly noticeable. This bacteria, which is also responsible for the buildup of tartar on the teeth, can cause the uterus to produce excessive amounts of hormonal chemicals known prostaglandins. These are believed to be capable of inducing premature labor, a complication that can be life-threatening for a baby.

Preventing periodontal disease prior to becoming pregnant doesn’t have to be a challenge. Simply follow good oral hygiene habits – including brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing at least once per day – and visit your local Scripps Range family dentist for routine exams and cleanings.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Whether you are planning to become pregnant or are currently expecting, the team at Mod Squad Dental is here to help you achieve optimal oral health for a bright future for both you and your child. Do you have questions about the various ways your dental health affects your pregnancy and your overall well-being? Our team of experienced specialists is always happy to address any concerns you may have and help you develop a treatment plan that best fits your unique needs. Contact our office in Scripps Ranch today and schedule your consultation. We also happily serve patients from Rancho Penasquitas, Poway, throughout San Diego, and beyond.