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Keizer Family Dental Care January 2017 Newsletter
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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.

What A Dentist Looks for During an Exam
When evaluating your mouth during an exam, we are looking at far more than what your teeth look like, but we do look at that, too. We want to check all of your teeth, look for plaque and decay, and look at the condition of all of your oral tissues. Here's what an exam is all about:

When you get an exam, you are getting an experienced look at each tooth. This is to find signs of cavities, plaque buildup, or problems with your gums. We are looking for signs of oral cancer, plus signs of gum disease. We are also looking for any unusual swelling in your mouth that could point to a different problem.

Next time you have a dental exam, know that the time we spend looking at your mouth can help improve your overall oral health!

Can TMJ Problems Be Prevented?
There are plenty of ways to treat TMJ disorder, but is it possible to prevent the problem before it arises? In fact, most TMJ disorder symptoms are related to your lifestyle and stress, so it could be possible to keep it at bay. First, try and avoid unneeded stress on your jaw by not chewing gum and only eating soft foods. Proper posture can also help to keep your jaw in alignment in order to prevent pain and discomfort.

Exercise and stress reduction are also important in preventing TMJ symptoms. Consider learning new techniques for stress management, including meditation and exercise. Speaking of exercise, any time that you are working out or playing sports, be sure to use proper safety equipment to keep your mouth safe.

Keizer Family Dental Care strives to provide the best possible dental care in a warm and caring environment. We enjoy talking with our patients and would love to hear from you. Just click the "Submit Question" link below.



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