Posts for: February, 2017

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
February 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
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Surgical treatment for periodontal (gum) disease can go a long way toward restoring your mouth to good health; however, it does not change your susceptibility to the disease. That’s why we recommend that you come in regularly for periodontal cleanings after your treatment. Here are some frequently asked questions about keeping your mouth healthy after gum disease treatment.

How often do I have to come in for periodontal cleanings?
There’s no “one-size-fits-all” answer to that question: It really depends on your individual situation. For example, some individuals may have a more aggressive form of periodontal disease that requires more frequent periodontal maintenance (PM) treatments to maintain control. Others may have greater success controlling the buildup of disease-causing plaque with at-home oral hygiene measures, and therefore need PM less often. However, for people with a history of periodontal disease, getting PM treatments at a three-month interval may be a good starting point.

What happens at a periodontal maintenance appointment?
A thorough cleaning of the crown and root surfaces of the teeth, aimed at removing sticky plaque and hardened dental calculus (tartar), is a big part of PM treatments — but there’s much more. You’ll also receive a thorough clinical examination (including oral cancer screening), a review of your medical history, and x-rays or other diagnostic tests if needed. The status of any ongoing periodontal disease will be carefully monitored, as will your success at maintaining good oral hygiene. Decisions about further treatment will be based on the results of this examination.

What else can I do to keep gum disease at bay?
Keeping your oral hygiene in top-notch condition — which includes effective brushing and flossing every day — can go a long way toward controlling gum disease.  In addition, you can reduce risk factors by quitting tobacco use and eating a more balanced diet. And since inflammatory conditions like diabetes, arthritis and cardiovascular disease can make periodontal disease worse (and vice versa), keeping these conditions under control will greatly benefit both your oral health and your overall health.

If you have additional questions about maintaining oral health after gum disease treatment, contact us or schedule an appointment.


By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
February 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

With so much emphasis placed on your teeth, it is easy to forget that the health of your gums has an equally important effect on your oral gum diseasehealth. Knowing how gum disease works and the warning signs to look out for can help you keep your gums and teeth healthy and clean between regular dental examinations. Learn more about gum disease with Dr. Peter Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA.

What is gum disease? 
Gum disease is a common infection of the oral tissues which affects many people. Decay begins as bacteria in the mouth which, if not removed from the teeth, hardens into sticky plaque. If the plaque remains on the teeth, it, in turn, hardens into tartar.This occurs due to bacteria becoming trapped underneath the gums and causing irritation. Gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis can vary in severity from mild irritation or swelling to serious pain, irritation and tooth loss.

Do I have gum disease? 
Unfortunately, many people believe that they should stop flossing their teeth if their gums bleed. However, this is actually one of the earliest signs of gum disease and bleeding gums actually become better with continued flossing. Other signs of gum disease include:

  • swollen gums
  • irritated gums
  • unexplained bad breath
  • sensitive or loose teeth
  • receding gum line
  • difficulty chewing

Gum Disease Treatments in Pasadena, CA
Treatment for mild gum disease usually begins at home with committing to a brushing and flossing routine. Brush at least twice daily and floss at least once to remove bacteria and plaque from between the teeth and underneath the gums. In more severe cases, your periodontist may suggest a periodontal cleaning performed by a dental hygienist to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and give your smile a clean slate. The most severe cases of gum disease require surgery to lift the gums and thoroughly clean underneath them.

For more information on gum disease and its treatments, please contact Dr. Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA. Call (626) 796-1241 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Cooper today!


By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
February 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   braces  
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Have you started orthodontic treatment recently? Are you having a little trouble getting used to your braces? If so, you are not alone: Everybody goes through an adjustment period during which they momentarily wonder if they’ll really ever get used to this. Don’t worry — you will! And we’ve never heard anyone say, on the day their braces come off and their new smile is revealed, that they aren’t glad they went the distance. Just ask Houston Rockets all-star center Dwight Howard, who discussed his own orthodontic treatment in a recent interview.

“I’m sure I was no different than anyone else who has ever had braces,” he told Mediaplanet. “At first I hated them so much… That changed once I got used to them and I actually grew to love them.” What’s Howard’s advice? “Do exactly what your orthodontist says and know that the outcome is well worth it in the end.” We couldn’t agree more! Here are some tips for wearing braces comfortably:

  • Hard & Chewy Foods: If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, that’s great; there’s no reason to give them up, just the really hard ones. You don’t want to bite into an apple or carrot or any other hard foods like bagels and pizza that have any “size” to them. Small pieces may be ok as long as they can’t bend your wires. Chewy, sticky candy should really be avoided completely. Same with soda, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks because they contain acids that promote tooth decay and can cause a lot of damage around the braces.
  • Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever. It’s easy for food to get stuck under wires and around brackets, but failing to remove it can cause tooth decay, gum irritation and soreness. Therefore, the cleaner your teeth and your braces are, the healthier you will be. Use interdental cleaning brushes and/or a floss-threader to get behind your wires. A mouthrinse can also help strengthen teeth and keep bacteria in check. If you have any questions about how to clean between your teeth, please ask for a demonstration at your next visit.
  • Pain Relief: Some soreness at the beginning of orthodontic treatment is normal. To relieve it, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and/or a warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw. If brackets or wires are rubbing against the inside of your cheeks or lips, try applying wax to these areas of your braces. If this does not offer enough relief, we may be able to trim the end of a poking wire. Call us if you need help with this.

Our goal is to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible on the way to achieving your all-star smile. If you have questions about adjusting to braces, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”




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Pasadena Dental Implants
175 S. El Molino, Suite 4
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 796-1241

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