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February 15, 2015

Root Planing and Scaling For Healthy Gums

Gum disease is reversible as long as you take care of it immediately. If your gums are red and swollen and bleed when you brush, floss, or take a bite out of an apple, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dentist for a professional cleaning.

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and can be nipped in the bud with a professional cleaning from your dentist, but if it has progressed to the more serious periodontal disease, Root Planing and Scaling may be recommended to help your gums heal.

According to Web MD, a stubborn case of gum disease can be reversed with Root Planing and Scaling. This procedure will remove the tartar and plaque from your teeth to help your gums become pink and firm.

During the Scaling portion of the procedure, your dentist may or may not numb your gums and the roots of your teeth using a local anesthetic. Although the procedure is not painful, it can be uncomfortable.

After your gums are numb, your dentist will use tools to remove the buildup of plaque and tartar from your teeth both below and above your gum line. This is called Root Scaling. Some dentists may use an ultrasonic tool or a combination of the two.

Once the Root Scaling has been completed, your dentist will begin Root Planing. This involves smoothing out the rough spots on your teeth and the roots in order to prevent the bacteria and plaque from adhering to your teeth.

Although Root Planing and Scaling can usually be taken care of in a single visit, your dentist may prefer to do a quarter, or quadrant, or half of your month during each dental appointment.

Root Planing and Scaling is a simple procedure, but it is important that you let your dentist know your health history as the treatment can introduce certain bacteria into your bloodstream. This is especially true if you have liver disease, a systemic illness, heart problems, or an immune system that has been compromised.

For more information regarding gum disease and Root Planing and Scaling, schedule an appointment with your dentist who can determine if your teeth and gums are healthy.

October 15, 2014

Healthy Food Choices for your Teeth

You really are what you eat, and although you may be proud of your new waistline thanks to healthier food choices, your dentist will tell you that you could be damaging your teeth and gums.

According to the Huffington Post foods that you think are good for you, can actually cause harm.

Most people know how damaging hard candy can be. Sucking on a piece of peppermint or butterscotch all day is like bathing your teeth in a tub of sugar. Unfortunately, your dentist understands that dried fruits can be just as bad. Dried prunes, figs, apricots, pineapple, and mango are covered in sugar and because of the stickiness in the fruit can be even worse than hard candy. Unless you rinse or brush after eating dried fruit, it will stick to your teeth. Beware of trail mix as well. Crunchy granola and so-called healthy snacks can also have their fair share of dried fruit.

Whole grain pasta, brown rice, and sweet potatoes may be better for your body, but even healthy carbohydrates can be damaging to your teeth. Those pre-digestive enzymes that your saliva contain quickly metabolize the carbs converting them to sugar and acid. These types of foods, especially rice and whole grain breads, can get caught in-between your teeth. Although you shouldn’t revert to white bread, remember to rinse after eating.

It’s not just coffee, tea and red wine that will stain your teeth. If you have been cutting back on sandwiches at lunchtime in favor of beef stir-fry, the soy sauce that you use could stain your teeth. Other foods such as curry and marinara sauce can turn your teeth from white to yellow. Even cranberries, blueberries, and blackberries can take their toll.

Citrus fruits can erode the enamel on your teeth. Never suck on a lemon and keep your intake of grapefruits, oranges, tomatoes, and limes to a minimum. Even better, enjoy citrus fruits as part of another meal. If you did have a tangerine as a snack after lunch, your dentist advises you to rinse with water immediately.

Believe it or not, Snapple’s, flavored antioxidant waters are loaded with sugar and contain the equivalent of a couple of Good Humor Éclair bars. Energy, vitamin, and sports drinks aren’t any better. Pack a bottle of good old-fashioned water when you head to the gym, or go for unsweetened juices.

Chews and gummies may make it easier for you to swallow your vitamins, but they are tolerable because of the sugar content. Not only are they loaded with the white stuff, but chewable vitamins can also get stuck between your teeth and in the fissures of your molars. If you must take vitamin chews, rinse with water immediately afterwards.

A healthy body includes your teeth and gums. Remember to brush twice and floss once a day and don’t forget to schedule regular check-ups with your dentist.

3904 South Lynn Court, Independence, MO 64055 USA
David A. Schaefer, DDS Independence MO dentist (816) 252-0055