Dental Implant Placement Basics as a Step-by-Step Process

If you have ever lost a tooth, you might have more than just a gap between your teeth. If a lost tooth is not replaced, the bone in the jaw that supported the lost tooth starts to deteriorate. That’s because when you chew your food, there’s no more stimulation to the bone from the missing… Read more »

Taking Steps Against Periodontal Disease

What can you do to avoid periodontal disease and the increased risks to your health? Here are some answers for you: Step 1. At-home Care This part is simple and easy to follow. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice each day for two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush. It is optimal to… Read more »

Gum Disease: Age and Gender

While everyone is vulnerable to gum disease–men, women, and children–research has shown that men tend to have a higher risk of gum disease. Why? Perhaps because they are not seeing a dentist regularly or are not as consistent with good oral hygiene habits. Let’s take a closer look at periodontitis in men, women, and children…. Read more »

Why Choose a Periodontist?

Did you know, a periodontist is a specialist in the realm of dentistry? Yes, it’s true! In fact, periodontists are an excellent choice to help with conditions like gum disease because of there years of extra training and experience with it. A periodontist can improve your oral health in a plethora of ways. Our dentist,… Read more »

What to Know About Periodontics

If you were stopped on the street today, could you correctly answer why you need periodontics in your life? It’s alright, not many people can. It’s an incredibly valuable – but lesser-known – branch of dentistry that has a ton of huge impacts on your oral health. Dr. Smith in Merced, California and the team… Read more »

Should I get Dental Implants?

Choosing between dental implants, crowns, or bridges is a difficult choice. You’re likely not used to the idea of having a lot of options when you need to replace lost or damaged teeth, but that’s the only fortunate aspect of losing a tooth in today’s world – you have options. Those options get complicated, though,… Read more »

Periodontal Resection Might Be Needed to Treat Severe Gum Disease

Poor oral hygiene and the build-up of hardened tartar at the gumline significantly increase your chances of suffering from gum disease. If the periodontal inflammation of gingivitis goes untreated the bacterial presence in your gums can worsen leading to the severe form of gum disease, which is known as periodontitis. As it progresses it can… Read more »

The Unpredictable Things You Can Do to Keep Gum Disease Away

Our periodontist, Dr. Smith, encourages you to keep gum disease at bay. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to do so. Those things include brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, rinsing daily and attending your checkups every six months. There are additional things you might not have thought of that can… Read more »

Oral Hygiene Improvements: Gum Disease Symptoms

Are you familiar with the symptoms of gum disease? Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a serious condition in which your gum tissue has become infected. If left untreated, it can cause further infection to spread and can even lead to tooth loss. However, there are several symptoms and signs that are often… Read more »

Severe Gum Disease Could Cause Systemic Inflammation Complications

Failing to adequately brush your teeth twice each day or forgetting to floss between each of your teeth and gumline at least once per day can cause an increased buildup of plaque and tartar. When that happens, you run the risk of developing gum disease. Initial signs of gingivitis often include gums that appear red… Read more »