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January 15, 2018

Ignoring Bleeding Gums Could Lead to Serious Complications

Bleeding gums is a sure sign that something is going on with your teeth and gums. Unfortunately, it isn’t a good sign. In fact, bleeding, red, and swollen gums could cause serious problems. If left untreated, bleeding gums could make your teeth fall out.

According to Dr. David Schaefer, ignoring bleeding gums can make the problems worse.

There are two types of gum disease, gingivitis, which is reversible and periodontal disease, which is not. Of course, you can control periodontitis, but the problem could have been avoided all together had you scheduled an appointment with Dr. Schaefer for a deep cleaning.

What is a Deep Cleaning?

Root planing and scaling is different to a regular cleaning. Regular dental cleanings focus on the surface of your teeth and in between your teeth just above your gum line. If you have bleeding gums, Dr. Schaefer may recommend root planing and scaling to remove plaque and tartar under your gum line. If allowed to remain, that bacteria and impossible to remove tartar will infect your gums causing pockets to form between the gum and your teeth.

When you have your teeth cleaned every six months you know that normal scaling is part of the process, however, if you are showing signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease, you may need a professional deep teeth cleaning, which involves both scaling and root planing.

Although some people have signs, gum disease can remain silent, as it can be painless. You may have gum disease if you experience any of these symptoms:

• Red, swollen, or tender gums
• Bleeding gums
• Receding gums
• Chronic bad breath
• A bad taste in the mouth
• Visible pus around your teeth and gums

Don’t wait until it is too late. Call or click and schedule a comprehensive dental examination with Dr. David Schaefer who can determine if your bleeding gums are something more serious.

Call or click and take care of your bleeding gums today.

August 15, 2017

Dental Checkups for Kids and Teens

If your kids have started school, or about to, and you neglected, or just plain forgot about dental checkups for your kids, call Dr. David Schaefer and schedule a dental exam for your children and your teens. Regular dental checkups, Dr. Schaefer recommends twice a year for healthy children and teens will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Scheduling regular checkups can also help Dr. Schaefer keep any eye on your kids and teens bite. If a problem is detected, your kids or teens may be referred to an orthodontist for a further evaluation.

According to the American Dental Association, regular dental checkups for kids and teens can also detect any other oral abnormities. If you follow the Schaefer Dental Blog, you will know that oral cancer can be caught and even cured if detected early on.During the checkup, your kids and teens teeth and gums will be checked for tooth decay and gum disease. If gum disease is present, Schaefer Dental may recommend root planing and scaling. If cavities are present, a simple filling may be all that is needed, however, if the cavity is too deep and has damaged the pulp root canal therapy may be necessary. Scheduling twice-yearly dental appointments with Schaefer Dental can help prevent tooth decay, gingivitis, and the more serious periodontal disease.

If your child or teen has been complaining about oral pain, but is cavity and gum disease free, it may have something to do with his or her bite. Dr. Schaefer and his team will be able to determine if your children or teens require orthodontic treatment.

Scheduling regular dental appointments with Schaefer Dental is a necessary part of life, and if you haven’t made your checkups, call or click. Schaefer Dental can determine if your kids and teens have dental problems and get them back on the road to healthy teeth and gums.

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June 15, 2017

Oral Hygiene More than Brushing and Flossing

Oral hygiene is imperative if you want to maintain your overall health. According to the Dr. David Schaefer from Schaefer Dental, practicing good oral hygiene can actually keep your heart healthy.

Although the jury is still out, researchers are beginning to see a link between gum disease and other health problems including stroke, heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s.

Brushing twice and flossing once each day is just part of good oral hygiene, however, good oral hygiene is much more than brushing and flossing.

What is Plaque?

Your dentist explains that bacteria cause tooth decay and gingivitis and lives in your mouth. Plaque, that layer of film that everyone has on their teeth, will eventually eat away at the enamel on your teeth causing cavities and gum disease.

What causes Plaque?

Your mouth is loaded with bacteria, both good and bad. The foods you eat will cause bacteria buildup in your mouth producing acids. Sugary and starchy foods are notorious for plaque accumulation. The substances that are produced by plaque will irritate your gums. If left untreated, plaque accumulation will cause gum recession forming pockets in between your teeth and gums. If you do not see a dentist for gum disease, the bone that surrounds your teeth could be destroyed, which will cause tooth loss.

How to Remove Plaque

The best way to get rid of your plaque is to brush and floss every day. Use a soft bristled brush and a good fluoride antimicrobial toothpaste that has been recommended by the American Dental Association, this will help with tooth decay. Floss first and brush second to remove all of the debris. Watch your diet as certain foods can cause plaque accumulation. Use a mouth rinse and schedule regular dental checkups and professional cleanings.

Oral hygiene is an important part of overall health, and if you cannot remember the last time that you saw your dentist, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer from Schaefer Dental today today.

January 15, 2017

Precise Laser Dentistry Independence, MO

Laser dentistry in Independence, MO could be the answer if you have been avoiding the dentist because of the drill. Laser dentistry is the painless way to repair cavities and even help with gingivitis.

Dr. David A. Schaefer in Independence, MO is trained to provide you with a painless dental solution that offers patients less pain and can even help reduce post procedural infections.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Laser dentistry in Independence, MO is used for gum treatments, and if your gums are too long, and your dentist has suggested surgery, talk to Dr. Schaefer about laser dentistry for your gums. With laser dentistry, the procedure is quick and efficient as it pinpoints the incision, and best of all, your gums are less susceptible to infection as the area is cauterized during the procedure. There is also evidence that laser dentistry offers patients a shorter recovery time.

Restorative Dentistry

Because laser dentistry in Independence, MO is so powerful, Dr. Schaefer uses it to get rid of tooth decay for both dental fillings and root canal therapy. Dental lasers are able to penetrate the enamel successfully while cleaning out the bacteria. That means no more drilling, which can be uncomfortable to say the least.

Gum Disease Therapy

Laser dentistry is so precise, that Dr. Schaefer uses it for gum disease therapy. The diseased tissue can be cut away with laser dentistry getting rid of the bacteria in the periodontal pockets. Laser dentistry in Independence, MO is usually reserved for patients who have progressed to the more serious periodontal disease. If you have gingivitis, Dr. Schaefer may recommend root planing and scaling for healing.

Thanks to laser dentistry in Independence, MO, you don’t have to avoid the dentist. Call or click and schedule a no obligation laser dentistry consultation with Dr. Schaefer today and have the smile you deserve tomorrow. Call or click now.

September 15, 2016

Men and Womens Oral Health Differences

Men and Women’s oral health can be described in one word, different. One would assume because a man and woman’s mouth look exactly the same, lips, tongue, cheeks, teeth and gums, that oral health would be the same, but there are some differences. Just like means and women’s bodies differ, so do men and women’s mouths.

Dr. David Schaefer explains that noth men and women are susceptible to oral cancer, tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath; however, the biggest men and women’s oral health differences lie in the female anatomy.

Unlike men, women go through life changes. Puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause affect all women and have a profound effect on oral health, and although men are less likely to look after their teeth and gums, research indicates that men don’t floss, as often, they don’t have to be concerned about women’s life changes and oral health.

Women need to brush at least twice each day. Floss daily or more if you need to. Make sure you use a good oral rinse and schedule regular checkups with your dentist. If you notice anything suspicious, get to the office as soon as you can. Research shows that oral cancer has a higher cure rate if detected early. During your regular checkups, ask your dentist to do an oral cancer screening.

Puberty

Puberty brings on the sex hormones and in girls and that means swollen gums. If you or someone you know is going through puberty watch for red and bleeding gums.

Menstruation

Some women suffer from Menstruation Gingivitis. This condition causes red, swollen, and bleeding gums a week before a period begins and usually stops after it starts.

Pregnancy

The only thing that changes in a man when his partner is pregnant is his stress levels. He may gain some weight and, “Pretend,” that he is expecting, but he won’t experience the gingivitis that occurs in a high percentage of pregnant women. If you are pregnant, pay close attention to your teeth and gums and if you notice any swelling or bleeding call your dentist. If left untreated, gingivitis and periodontal disease can cause premature and low weight births.

Post menopause

Women deal with serious hormonal fluctuations during post menopause including dry mouth, burning sensations and a change in taste. When women are in post menopause it can affect oral health. Schedule frequent dental appointments if you are affected by post menopause.

Both men and women need to take good care of their teeth and gums. Call or click and schedule an appointment with your dentist today.

August 15, 2016

Gum Disease Can Remain Silent

Gum disease affects the tissues that support and surround your teeth and is one of the main causes of adult tooth loss, and because it is usually painless, you may not even know that you have it.

A film of bacteria, also known as plaque, causes gingivitis, and the more serious periodontal disease. Brushing your teeth twice and flossing once each day along with regular dental checkups can help prevent gum disease.

Gum Disease Warning Signs

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Gums that are starting to pull away from your teeth
  • Loose adult teeth
  • Bite changes
  • Denture fit changes
  • Pain when chewing

Although poor oral hygiene is one of the main causes of gum disease, some other factors can increase the risk. According to your dentist, those factors include, but are not limited to:

  • Tobacco use
  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Crooked teeth that are difficult to clean
  • Diabetes
  • Medications including cancer therapy drugs, steroids, anti-epilepsy drugs, oral contraceptives and calcium channel blockers

Early Gum Disease

Colgate explains that gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. If you have it, your gums may bleed easy, become swollen or red. During this stage, your gum disease is reversible and can usually be eliminated with a professional dental cleaning or a root planing and scaling procedure.

Advanced Gum Disease

Periodontal disease affects nearly 50 percent of people over the age of 30 in the U.S. If left untreated it will lead to tissue and bone loss. The more severe the disease the more chance you have of losing your teeth. Although it slowly gets worse, there could be times when it progresses rapidly.

Aggressive periodontal disease is highly destructive and can occur in people who have good overall health. Common features of advanced periodontitis include a rapid loss of bone and tissue that could occur in the entire mouth.

The Mouth and Body Connection

Although studies are ongoing, recent research is indicating a connection between periodontal disease and systemic diseases. While there is no conclusive link, severe periodontitis could be associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease.

You may have gum disease, especially if you can’t remember the last time you saw your dentist. Regular dental appointments can catch gingivitis before it advances to periodontal disease.

Don’t wait until it gets worse. Call or click and schedule a thorough dental examination with your dentist today.

June 15, 2016

What You May Not Know about your Teeth

When it comes to teeth and gums, most people are aware that practicing good oral hygiene habits, including brushing twice, flossing once each day, a good healthy diet and regular checkups with your dentist are imperative, but according to Colgate there are a few things that you may not know about your teeth and gums.

  • Kid’s teeth are soft until around the age of 10.
  • A tooth that already has a crown can still have a cavity.
  • Your gum tissue is just as important as teeth.
  • Some prescription and over the counter drugs can increase the risk of cavities.
  • Some water filters that are used at home or the office will remove fluoride.
  • Most bottled water does not contain fluoride.
  • More than 19 percent of children between 2 and 19 have untreated cavities.
  • Allergies can cause tooth clenching or grinding.
  • Dried fruit and sticky candy are just as bad for your teeth.
  • Tooth enamel will not repair itself, although the cementum and dentin, the substances that surround your teeth might.
  • Your mouth harbors 300 different types of bacteria.
  • Chewing sugarless gum after you eat can help you remove food particles. Of course, you still need to brush, but if you can’t do so right away after a meal, sugarless gum will help keep your teeth clean.
  • Cavities don’t always cause pain until they have hit the nerve and the root in your tooth. Schedule regular checkups to prevent dental caries or detect them early enough to prevent large fillings or root canals.
  • Bone recession can cause tooth loss even without any decay present.
  • A recent study at Harvard University stimulated tooth growth in rats and human dental tissue using low-powered lasers to activate stem cells.

If you would like more information regarding your teeth and gums, or would like to schedule an appointment with your dentist for a checkup,

May 15, 2016

Five Bad Oral Health Habits

Healthy oral health habits including brushing twice and flossing once each day, however, your dentist explains that there are a few oral health habits that you should avoid.

Cough Drops

Just like hard candies, cough drops are loaded with sugar. Sucking on the hard lozenges will coat your teeth and react with the plaque and bacteria. The sugar will convert to acid and eat away the enamel on your teeth. If you must suck on a cough drop, make sure you brush and rinse well afterwards.

Don’t Use Your Teeth as an Opener

Using your teeth to open packaging, an envelope, or even worse, a bottle, may seem like a convenient thing to do, but this bad habit will make your dentist cringe. Using a tooth or teeth as a tool could cause chips and cracks. If you open a bottle with your teeth, you could even break a tooth. Keep a pair of scissors and a bottle opener handy instead of using your teeth.

Snacking

If you are one of those people who enjoy snacking all day, you could be damaging your teeth. Your dentist explains that snacking will produce less saliva than an entire meal. Snacking leaves bits of food in your teeth unless you rinse right away. If you snack all of the time, you could be setting yourself up for tooth decay. If you must snack, avoid starchy and sugary treats and go for celery or carrot sticks.

Oral Piercings

It may seem cool to have your tongue or lip pierced, but those studs and hoops can cause damage to your teeth. If you accidentally bite down on a stud in your mouth, you could chip or crack a tooth. If you play with the jewelry your gums may also become irritated, which could lead to gum disease.

Tobacco

Everyone knows the dangers of tobacco use, however, smoking and chewing tobacco can also cause stains, and chronic bad breathe and tooth loss. People who use tobacco products, yes, even a hookah pipe are also three times more likely to get oral cancer.

You were meant to have your teeth for life and can if you practice good oral health habits including brushing twice, flossing once each day and regular appointments with your dentist you may be one of the lucky ones. Call or click and schedule an appointment with your dentist today.

February 15, 2016

Laser Dentistry for Restorative and Cosmetic Procedures

If the sound of the dentist drill is keeping you out of the office, call and schedule an appointment with Schaefer Dental. Schaefer Dental are the experts when it comes to Laser Dentistry and can help you overcome your fear of the dentist.

According to Colgate, millions of people all over the world suffer from some sort of dental fear ranging from mild anxiety to dental phobia.

Many people avoid the dentist because of past experiences or a loss of control in the dentist chair. Lying prone with someone standing over you can make you feel uncomfortable, even more so if you suffer from dental phobia. Some patients say that they fear the dentist because of the horror stories told by parents or other family members while others may avoid the dentist because of an indirect experience or a movie they saw.

Up to 75 percent of Americans admit to having some sort of nervousness before seeing the dentist with as many as 15 percent suffering from a genuine dental phobia.

Unfortunately, dental problems do not go away on their own and will only get worse. However, Laser dentistry can change the way you feel about the dentist helping you overcome your fear.

Laser Dentistry can be used for a variety of restorative and cosmetic dental procedures.

The advanced dental lasers used by Dr. Schaefer and his team can actually penetrate the enamel in order to clear out the decay and the bacteria. With laser dentistry, you can skip the painful drilling once and for all.

Laser dentistry can also be used for gum disease therapy as the beam cuts away the diseased gum tissue eliminating the bacteria, plaque, and tartar that resides in the pockets between your teeth and gums.

Dr. Schaefer often uses laser dentistry for cosmetic dentistry procedures including gum reshaping. Laser dentistry for gummy smiles also cuts down on the recovery time.

If you have been neglecting much needed dental care or have avoided cosmetic dental procedures out of fear, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Schaefer who can determine if you are a good candidate for Laser Dentistry.

Don’t make matters worse, call or click and schedule a laser dentistry consultation today.

November 15, 2015

What you Eat can Affect your Teeth

During the holidays most people aren’t too concerned about their waistline and will pretty much eat what they like when they like, however, what you eat during the holidays, and any other time of the year for that matter, really can affect your oral health.

The majority of people are aware that brushing twice and flossing once each day along with regular checkups with your dentist can go along way when it comes to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, but so can the foods you eat. Watching what you put in your mouth really can help prevent dental caries and gum disease.

If you are a workout fanatic, but are also a fan of sports drinks and energy drinks, you may want to take a step back as energy and sports drinks are loaded with sugar. Add acid to the mix and the enamel on your teeth is eroding before your eyes. Even if you opt for a sugar free sports or energy drink, you are still dealing with acid. Instead of using this as an excuse to stop working out, opt for water instead. Carry a bottle of water with you to the gym and in a few weeks, you won’t be missing those sugary energy and sports drinks.

When it comes to snacking, most people recommend fruits and vegetables. However, munch on dried fruit and you could be putting your teeth at risk. Dried fruit is full of sugar and because it’s so sticky will get caught in between your teeth. Dried fruit will also stick to the fissures and grooves in your molars. If you enjoy dried fruit, make sure that you rinse after you enjoy.

Although everything in moderation really is the key when it comes to a healthy diet, it is important that you rinse after eating starchy foods. That pretzel that you had after lunch has mostly likely converted to sugar and bacteria happily wearing away the enamel on your teeth. Bread, potato chips, fries, and pretzels will stick to your teeth. Rinse as quickly as possible to help prevent tooth decay.

If you are unsure about your diet, call or click and schedule an appointment with your dentist who can help you choose a healthy diet that is good for your body as well as your teeth and gums.

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