Posts for: April, 2017

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
April 17, 2017
Category: Oral Health

If you've been told you have gum disease - either gingivitis or periodontitis - you might worry if there's anything that can be done to help. gum diseaseAdvanced periodontal disease can cause bone and tooth loss. The good news is that Dr. Peter Cooper, your periodontist in Pasadena, CA, has the extensive training and experience needed to treat gum disease. Below, a few of the periodontal disease treatments we use at our office are outlined.

Root scaling and planing

Scaling is part of a regular dental cleaning at your periodontist 's office; it involves the use of a handheld metal tool that one of our skillful dental hygienists uses to "scrape" the surface of your teeth to remove tartar and other buildups. However, when used in periodontal disease treatment, the process is more in-depth. It can be thought of as a deep-cleaning treatment for your teeth and gums. We will use specialized tools to clean half or one quarter of yourone-quarter area of which is numbed prior to treatment. This allows us to carefully clean below the gum line, which removes the infection and encourages the gum tissue to begin healing.

Prescription mouthwash

While over-the-counter mouthwashes don't have particularly long-lasting effects, mouthwash that are prescribed by your Pasadena dentist specifically for periodontal disease treatment have medicinal properties that continue to work after you've rinsed. The active ingredient, chlorhexidine gluconate, helps to boost the body's ability to heal damaged tissue.

Antibiotics

As gum disease progresses, it begins to create "pockets," spaces between the teeth and gums. This in turn provides more places for food debris to collect and infection to spread. Your periodontist may use site specific antibiotics to help heal your gum tissue. This particular periodontal disease treatment isn't like most medication regimens: the antibiotic is actually placed in the pockets that have developed, immediately treating the infection at the source.

In severe cases, surgical procedures to repair the gum tissue may be necessary. A consultation with Dr. Peter Cooper, your periodontist in Pasadena, CA, will determine the best periodontal disease treatment for you. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation!


By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
April 17, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   nutrition  
TipsonEncouragingHealthySnackingWhileYourChildsatSchool

Good nutrition is essential for your child's developing teeth and gums as well as the rest of their body. You do what you can to provide them not just nutritious meals but also healthy snacks for other times of the day.

But once they begin school, you can't watch out for them all the time. They could be away several hours where they might be tempted to make unhealthy snack choices.

What can you do to lessen their chances of unhealthy snacking at school?

Engage with the school and their snack offerings. A set of U.S. Department of Agriculture regulatory guidelines called Smart Snacks in Schools sets minimum nutritional standards for snacks offered on school grounds. These guidelines promote whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products and limit calories, fat, salt and, of particular importance to dental health, sugar. The guidelines, though, are only a minimum, so join with other parents to encourage your school to exceed those snack nutrition minimums whenever possible.

Educate your child about nutrition. Good nutrition starts at home: it's important not only to offer wholesome foods but to also teach your child why some foods are better for their body (and their teeth) than others. By encouraging a lifestyle of healthy eating both in practice and knowledge, you'll find it easier to set limits on their snack choices away from home.

Send snacks with them to school. If you're unsure your child will make the right choices, especially if they're young, than send snacks with them to school. Be sure, though, what you're sending is as appealing as the school choices. Try a little creativity: popcorn with a zing of cinnamon or cheese; decorative snacks; or easy to eat bite-sized fruit or vegetables. The more they like what you're sending, the less likely they'll choose something else.

In some ways snacking could be the Achilles' heel in providing your child the right foods for good dental health. By following the tips above, though, you can help raise the chances they'll eat the best snacks for strong teeth and gums.

If you would like more information on nutrition and dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Snacking at School.”


By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
April 09, 2017
Category: Oral Health
DrTravisStorkDontIgnoreBleedingGums

Are bleeding gums something you should be concerned about? Dear Doctor magazine recently posed that question to Dr. Travis Stork, an emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors. He answered with two questions of his own: “If you started bleeding from your eyeball, would you seek medical attention?” Needless to say, most everyone would. “So,” he asked, “why is it that when we bleed all the time when we floss that we think it’s no big deal?” As it turns out, that’s an excellent question — and one that’s often misunderstood.

First of all, let’s clarify what we mean by “bleeding all the time.” As many as 90 percent of people occasionally experience bleeding gums when they clean their teeth — particularly if they don’t do it often, or are just starting a flossing routine. But if your gums bleed regularly when you brush or floss, it almost certainly means there’s a problem. Many think bleeding gums is a sign they are brushing too hard; this is possible, but unlikely. It’s much more probable that irritated and bleeding gums are a sign of periodontal (gum) disease.

How common is this malady? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all  Americans over age 30 have mild, moderate or severe gum disease — and that number increases to 70.1 percent for those over 65! Periodontal disease can occur when a bacteria-rich biofilm in the mouth (also called plaque) is allowed to build up on tooth and gum surfaces. Plaque causes the gums to become inflamed, as the immune system responds to the bacteria. Eventually, this can cause gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, forming bacteria-filled “pockets” under the gum surface. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious infection, and even tooth loss.

What should you do if your gums bleed regularly when brushing or flossing? The first step is to come in for a thorough examination. In combination with a regular oral exam (and possibly x-rays or other diagnostic tests), a simple (and painless) instrument called a periodontal probe can be used to determine how far any periodontal disease may have progressed. Armed with this information, we can determine the most effective way to fight the battle against gum disease.

Above all, don’t wait too long to come in for an exam! As Dr. Stork notes, bleeding gums are “a sign that things aren’t quite right.”  If you would like more information about bleeding gums, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bleeding Gums.” You can read the entire interview with Dr. Travis Stork in Dear Doctor magazine.




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