Category: Gum Disease

Gum Health And Dental Implant Failure

Have you ever spent time trying to figure out how a dental implant can fail? Are you someone who likes to receive as many details as possible, so you understand the behind-the-scenes way things work, rather than simply receiving some superficial information? If so, you may be curious about how your gum health can affect… Read more »

An Introduction to Gum Disease

The issues that can affect your dental health are numerous and diverse, but most share something in common; if left unchecked, progressive dental issues can lead to the detriment of your mouth’s integrity and function. For instance, the number one cause of adult tooth loss in America – gum disease – is a destructive disease… Read more »

Are Your Gums Bleeding?

Often times, when blood is drawn from your gum line when you brush your teeth, it can be a sign of a larger problem. Your gums shouldn’t be bleeding just from the act of you brushing or flossing your teeth. Many patients ignore this first warning sign and wait too long before they have their… Read more »

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease (also known as periodontitis) can negatively affect your oral health if left untreated. As with many other illnesses, the earlier you can catch the disease, the easier it will be to treat. Your dentist may recommend several different treatments depending on the severity of your condition. What causes gum disease? Bacteria, known as… Read more »

Could It Be Gum Disease?

You brush your teeth and spot a little blood in the sink after you’re done. You check your teeth but there doesn’t seem to be any blood left in your mouth – are your gums inflamed and swollen? If they are, you could be suffering from gingivitis. If gingivitis goes untreated, chances are it will… Read more »

Boost Your Power Over Gum Disease

For gum disease to develop and mature into a serious problem, you don’t have to really do much. In fact, even if you actively try to prevent it, it can still form and threaten your oral health if you aren’t consistently careful. By doing nothing, or not doing enough, you can allow the mechanisms behind… Read more »

Tooth Extraction Is Not Extinct

Tooth extraction may seem like a thing of the past with modern dental technology.  The numerous dental procedures for saving teeth seem to no longer warrant tooth removal. Add to that, the philosophy of minimally invasive dentistry–the belief that saving as much natural dentition is optimal for the patient’s future dental health.  Tooth removal, however,… Read more »

Roots Canals, Implants, Crowns, Oh My…

There are so many types of dentistry and dental procedures today–cosmetic dentistry, preventative dentistry, general dentistry, restorative dentistry–all offering a myriad of different treatments. Then there is oral pathology and oral surgery. Have you ever wondered what it all means? What is oral surgery? What is oral pathology? Your Cerritos, CA oral surgeon, Dr. Shawn… Read more »

What’s Causing Your Toothache?

Your tooth right? Not so fast. Toothaches are usually caused by deep decay reaching into the pulp of the tooth, commonly referred to as “the nerve.” Other sources of a toothache are inflammation of the gums due to gingivitis or periodontal disease. But, what if you are experiencing a toothache without apparent decay or other… Read more »

What Is Gum Grafting?

Are your gums bleeding, red, or swollen? Do they feel tender to the touch? Are they receding? Periodontal, or gum, disease is on the rise. This may be due to the aging population, or perhaps, in today’s economy people are taking shortcuts regarding their dental care. Whatever the reason, periodontal disease has been linked to… Read more »