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How Gum Disease Affects The Body

Many have heard of gum disease, but if you’re like most people, you probably don’t know much about it. It’s caused by the spreading of bacteria and infection into your gums, and it can lead to several very dangerous conditions.

When bacteria and other particles are introduced to the mouth, they multiply and form plaque on your teeth. Plaque that is not properly removed by brushing and flossing can form into tartar which is a harder substance which can’t be cleaned off by simple brushing. If this tartar is left unchecked, it can cause you to get gum disease. 

As gum disease progresses, it causes your gums to become inflamed and weak. This can lead to you having the strange sensation that your teeth are little loose. You may also experience pain while chewing, sensitive teeth, or you may notice that your teeth look longer than they should, because the gums have receded. The potential dangers of gum disease include:

Damage to teeth. Because gum disease weakens your gums’ ability to stabilize the teeth, one of the great risks of gum disease is losing a tooth. In fact, gum disease is the most common cause for tooth loss among adults.

Increased blood sugar. If you have diabetes, you probably already know that this can be a big problem.

Heart disease. The American Academy of Periodontology has shown that individuals with gum disease are twice as likely to get coronary artery disease.

Potential pregnancy issues. Because pregnant women have unusually high levels of progesterone and estrogen, the gum tissues tend to become more reactive plaque. As a result, pregnant mothers are at higher risk of contracting gum disease, and should especially maintain their oral health by practicing good oral hygiene.

Dr. Trujillo, a periodontist in Phoenix, strongly recommends that patients come in for checkups if they are noticing bleeding gums or other symptoms that could be a sign of gum disease. All of us at Arizona Periodontal Group are e a kind, well-trained, team, and we know you’ll be happy you visited us!

Luckily, the treatment for preventing gum disease is relatively easy! Just brush and floss regularly, and come in periodically for a professional cleaning. Dr Trujillo, and the staff at Arizona Periodontal Group, we aspire to provide some of the best gum disease treatment in Phoenix. Make an appointment today to change your life and improve your smile!

Which Population Has The Highest Percentage of Gum Disease

A girl covering her mouth because of her embarassing gum disease. If you have gum disease visit Arizona Periodontal Group to have your gum disease treated.

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease or periodontitis, is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. This is very common but largely preventable. It’s usually the result of poor oral hygiene.

The Prevalence of Gum Disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently did a study to regarding those who suffer from gum disease. The study confirmed that almost 50 percent of adults in the U.S., who are over the age of 30, have the advanced form of periodontal disease, or gum disease. The data they gathered was from the years 2009 through 2012. They found that gum disease is prevalent in the United States. Americans bear a very heavy burden when it comes to periodontal disease.

What Does That Mean For Us?

Simply put, as a country, we need to be better at dental hygiene. We need to do better at it in our individual homes. We need to put public health programs in place that aims to prevent and control gum disease. By promoting overall health in adults we can significantly reduce the rate of periodontitis. This also will improve individuals health in the long run and help to prevent some serious diseases later on in life.

The good news is that periodontal disease is both preventable and reversible if caught early enough. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and getting regular dental checkups can greatly improve your chances of successful treatment for periodontitis and can also reduce your chance of developing it.

Regular Dental Checkups

Having regular dental exams is vital in preventing and reversing gum disease. The study findings recommended that all adults over the age of 30 should have annual comprehensive periodontal evaluations and assessments by a dental professional. This is the only way that gum disease can be identified and treated.

If you think you may have gum disease or would like an exam to evaluate your dental needs, Dr. Trujillo of Arizona Periodontal Group is the Phoenix Periodontist you’ve been looking for. He is bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English, and is committed to his patients and their needs. Don’t let another day go by thinking you may have gum disease, schedule an appointment today! 

LANAP Post-Op Instructions

No Cut No Sew LANAP

After your laser gum treatment in Phoenix there are some information you should know and instructions that are important to follow.

  1. Do no be alarmed with any color changes or appearance of tissue following laser therapy. Tissues can be gray, yellow, red, blue, purple, stringy, and reflect normal response to laser treatments.
  2. Reduce activity for several hours following the treatment.
  3. It is OK to spit, rinse, and wash your mouth today. Rinse as directed with Peridex or Periogard morning and night. In between, it is OK to rinse gently every 3 hours with warm salt water. Do not chew on the side of your mouth which has been treated.
  4. Do no eat spicy or excessively hot foods.
  5. Try to keep your mouth as clean as possible in order to help the healing process. You may brush and floss in areas of your mouth that we DID NOT do treatment.
    DO NOT BRUSH AND FLOSS THE TREATED AREA FOR 2 WEEKS AFTER THE LAST SURGICAL VISIT! ONLY RINSE!
  6. Do not apply excessive tongue or cheek pressure to the surgical area.
  7. Do not be alarmed if you notice any of the following:
  • Light bleeding
  • Slight swelling
  • Some soreness, tenderness, or tooth sensitivity
  • Medicinal taste from mouth rinse
  1. Swelling may possibly occur. You may place ice on the outside of your face for 20 minutes each hour. Do not use an ice pack after the first day.
  2. Some oozing of blood may occur. You may place pressure on these areas with a wet tea bag. If you feel you are having excessive bleeding, please call our office.
  3. It is very important to maintain a good food and fluid intake. Try to eat soft but nutritious food such as eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream, etc, until you can comfortable return to a normal diet.
  4. If medications have been prescribed, take exactly as directed.
  5. Do no be alarmed if your teeth become sore,tender, or sensitive as the bone and ligament around the teeth regenerate. This is a sign of healing, but also indicates the presences of a bite imbalance that needs to be adjusted.
  6. Please call the office (602) 459-9479 so that we may render further treatment if any of the following occurs:
  • Prolonged or severe pain
  • Prolonged or excessive bleeding
  • Considerable elevated or persistent temperature

The first three days following Laser Therapy, follow only a liquid like diet to allow healing. Anything that could be put into a blender to drink is ideal. The purpose of this is to protect the clot that is acting as a band-aid between the gum and the teeth. Do not drink through a straw, as this creates a vacuum in your mouth that can disturb the clot. 

The next four days after treatment, foods with a mushy consistency are recommended such as:

  • Cream of wheat, oatmeal, malt o meal
  • Mashed potatoes or baked potatoes are okay with butter/sour cream
  • Mashed banana, mashed avocado, applesauce, or any mashed/blended fruit except berries with seeds
  • Broth or creamed soup
  • Mashed steamed vegetables
  • Cottage cheese, cream or soft cheese
  • Creamy peanut butter without solid pieces
  • Eggs any style with our without melted cheese
  • Omelets with cheese or avocado
  • Jello pudding, ice cream, yogurt
  • Milk shake, smoothies are OK to blend with fruit except berries with seeds
  • Ensure, Slim-Fast, any nutritional drinks

DON’T chew gum, candy, cookies, chips, nuts, anything hard or crunchy, anything that has seeds or hard pieces, meet that shreds and can lodge under the gum and between teeth, raw vegetables or salad.

Starting seven to ten days after treatment, mushy, soft foods are allowable. Soft foods have the consistency of pasta, fish, chicken or steamed vegetables. You may then gradually add back your regular diet choices.

Please remember that even after ten days, healing is not complete. The first month following treatment you should continue to make smart food choices. Softer foods are better.

Once you have had LANAP in Phoenix it is very important to follow the above instructions by Dr. Trujillo. Please refer to him if you have any questions or concerns.

Goodbye, Gum Grafts! Hello, Pinhole Surgical Technique!

Having a receding gum line is something that can be embarrassing as well as something to be concerned about. Some of the problems involved with receding gums can be increased tooth sensitivity and other serious issues that could lead ultimately lead to tooth loss. It can be caused by multiple oral health issues such as extreme tooth decay, high levels of plaque or even gum disease.

Gum recession is something that should not be left alone. If left untreated, harmful bacteria can build-up and lead to damaged dental tissue and your bone structure will begin to deteriorate which can in time lead to tooth loss.

How gum recession is treated

A thorough cleaning and a procedure called root planing is the first method in dealing with receding gums. This is the standard procedure for minor forms of gum recession which gets rid of harmful plaque and tartar that has built up along the gum line. Dr. Trujillo’s goal in performing this procedure is for the gum disease to disappear and that the gums will stop receding more. If this doesn’t solve the problem then there are other methods which can be used to treat the receding gums including Gum Grafting and The Pinhole Surgical Technique

Gum Grafting vs. The Pinhole Surgical Technique

Gum grafting used to be the only way to treat receding gums or at least the most traditional method. During gum grafting, tissues will be take from one part of the mouth like the pallet and will then be sutured over your receding gums. Sound painful? It is especially if tissue is taken away and placed back over the treated gum area.

The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a more non-invasive procedure that we would recommend over a traditional gum graft. During the procedure Dr. Trujillo will make a small hole in the gum tissue, then he will loosen healthy tissue and slide it down over the top of the the exposed teeth. Although this process is fairly simple, it’s popular because its effect at restoring the gum-line without patients having to undergo extensive surgery. The pain level is lessened compared to a gum graft and there is only some slight discomfort during the procedure.

Benefits of The Pinhole Surgical Technique

Besides feeling less pain than traditional gum grafting, the pinhole surgical technique brings other benefits as well:

  • Performed without the use of a scalpel.
  • Delivers an instantly improved appearance.
  • Patients can enjoy a speedier recovery because there is no surgical wound or incision to care for.
  • Can reverse receding gums on multiple teeth in a single session.
  • Does not require a second surgical site like gum grafting.

The Pinhole Surgical Technique offerd by Dr Trujillo in Phoenix has numerous advantages over traditional gum grafting procedures. The team at Arizona Periodontal Group is are happy to go over the benefits of the procedure with you. Contact us today for a consultation with Dr. Trujillo to reverse your receding gums.

What is Recovery Like For All on 4 Dental Implants

Illustration of All On 4 Dental Implants
Receiving All-on-4 dental implants is a exciting time. Your whole world can change in just one office appointment. A patient will walk away from Arizona Periodontal Group with a full, natural looking smile, that will improve appearance, oral function and overall quality of life. If you are considering receiving this procedure than you probably have many questions. You might be wondering how having these dental implants will change your day to day life and what to expect after the procedure. We hope to address the questions that you may have here, but we recommend scheduling an appointment with Dr. Trujillo where he can answer all of your questions in person.

Comfort and Healing

Dr. Trujillo takes great care to make sure that our patients have comfort during and after their procedures. When you receive All-on-4 dental implants, we will administer a sedative as well as pain medication so that you are relaxed and have minimal discomfort. While we are very concerned about your comfort during the procedure we also care that you are comfortable as you are healing. Medication will be prescribed after the procedure as well. It is very important for our patients to take medication exactly as prescribed to reduce swelling and minimize any potential discomfort.

After your procedure refrain from exercise, heavy lifting and any physical activity for the first week following surgery. Elevation of heart rate and blood pressure may promote bleeding and delay healing. Check back with us after the first week to see if picking up your regular physical activity level is best for you.

Do not smoke for the first week after surgery. Smoking may dry out the tissues and delay healing. It can also cause bleeding for longer periods of time.

The specific amount of time needed to rest after your procedure will be carefully monitored and determined by our staff. Recovery time can vary from patient to patient.

Altering Eating Habits

During the time you are recovering you will be give instructions on which foods you can and cannot eat.  You will most likely to be asked to consume liquids such as soups and smoothies. This is because it take time for the jawbone to fuse around the implants. Patients can expect to slowly be able to incorporate non-liquid food items into your diet under our guidance.  

Remember that we are concerned about your well-being. If you should experience any difficulty  during your recovery please contact us immediately. There is always someone on call to answer your questions or to provide you with the care you need.

If you are looking for the All on 4 dental implants in Phoenix, call our office today.  We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Start your day with a beautiful smile.

When you visit our office, your oral health is our top priority. Dr. Trujillo and his entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve.