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All About Periodontal Pockets
Have you heard the term "periodontal pockets" during your dental visit? If your mouth is healthy, you probably haven't, as your gums will fit around each tooth snugly. However, if you have an advanced form of gum disease, the space around your teeth and the gums can form deep holes known as periodontal pockets. Unfortunately, if you don't get treatment, the result could be tooth loss.

What Can You Do About Periodontal Pockets?

If your dentist finds that you have periodontal pockets developing around your teeth, the first step is to treat your gum disease. This involves a professional tooth cleaning called scaling and root planing, which will remove plaque and tartar found on your teeth and under the gums. This can allow your gums to heal and begin to tighten around your teeth again.

If after this cleaning your pockets don't get any better, this may be a sign of a bigger problem. Your dentist could recommend surgery in order to stabilize your condition, and you'll need to visit your dentist regularly to have your condition monitored.

Can Your Periodontal Pockets Be Prevented?

The good news about periodontal pockets is that they are entirely preventable as long as you care for your teeth properly. This involves regular brushing and flossing as well as consistent dental visits. Fortunately, if your dentist does diagnose gum disease in its earliest stages, it can usually be reversed with preventive efforts.

If you are concerned about periodontal pockets, call our office today.

Symptoms of Tooth Enamel Erosion
Tooth enamel erosion is quite common and is a leading cause of decay and cavities. How do you know if your tooth enamel is being damaged? There are several common symptoms of tooth erosion beginning with pain or discomfort when eating foods or drinking beverages that are hot, cold or super sweet. You may be experiencing tooth erosion if you feel rough edges on your teeth from chipping and cracking due to the loss of their protective enamel. Another common symptom is yellowing teeth or smooth, shiny surfaces where they did not exist before. Dents (also known as cupping) may appear, particularly in areas where biting and chewing occur. If you notice any or all of these symptoms, contact our dental office to protect your teeth and prevent further tooth enamel erosion.

Fall Into Good Habits
With the start of a new season, now is a great time to think about your oral health habits. Are you brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day? Have you noticed any tooth sensitivity, pain, or other changes to your oral health? Also, when was the last time you went in for a professional teeth cleaning and check-up? During every appointment, your teeth will be checked for cavities and signs of decay, allowing the decay and cavities to be treated as soon as possible, and tooth decay is more easily treated when it is caught in its earliest stages. A dentist can also see signs of other dental health problems and refer you to a specialist if you require further treatment. Why not make now the time that you get back on track so that you are reassured that you are in good oral health?

Dr. Asai and his highly trained team would love to hear from you and answer your questions. Simply click the "submit question" link below this message. Referrals are appreciated.

Asai Dentistry | | 503-646-4600
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