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How Much Money Could You Save Flossing Your Teeth?

How often do you floss your teeth? Although most people assume that they are alone in their rebellion against that minty string, the fact of the matter is that only about 50% of Americans floss daily, and close to 20%, or one in five, report not flossing at all. Unfortunately, skipping the floss could cost you, which is why Phoenix periodontists recommend making it a part of your daily dental hygiene regimen.

The Great Flossing Debate

In the summer of 2016, an associated press report called into question the efficacy of flossing, sparking a conversation about how often you really need to floss to keep your teeth healthy. Although the Federal Government had recommended flossing as part of a healthy dental regimen since 1979, the report stated that flossing had no real medical benefits. However, dentists across the world argued that patients who flossed regularly had fewer dental problems and healthier gums. In fact, as a response to the outrage, the American Dental Association (ADA) released the following statement.

“Flossing is an important oral hygiene practice. Tooth decay and gum disease can develop when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth and along the gum line. Professional cleaning, tooth brushing, and cleaning between teeth (flossing and the use of other tools such as interdental brushes) have been shown to disrupt and remove plaque.” – The American Dental Association

Understanding Gum Disease

To understand why flossing is so effective, it is important to understand how gum disease forms in the first place. Like the ADA mentioned, plaque and tartar tend to accumulate along the gum line. This accumulation acts as a food source for bacteria, which emit enamel-eroding acids and toxins as they multiply. Eventually, these toxins spark an inflammatory response in the gum tissue, and can even attack the periodontal ligament, causing loose or missing teeth. Toxins can even seep into the bloodstream, aggravating a myriad of health conditions. By flossing, you remove this gum line buildup, fighting gum disease directly.  

Potential Cost of Not Flossing Your Teeth

In addition to causing inflamed gums, tooth loss, and even bone loss, failure to floss can also cost you a tremendous amount of money as a patient. Here is a little more information about what it might cost you if you decide not to make flossing a priority.

  • Root planing and scaling to remove tartar below the gum line can cost upwards of $1,600.
  • Surgical treatments for periodontitis can cost over $3,000.
  • Since gum disease can attack the bone, you could end up spending $300 to $400 per tooth is you require bone grafts.
  • Even simple tooth extraction can cost $100 per tooth, and then you are left choosing between dentures and dental implants. Dentures can cost up to $8,000 a set, and dental implants typically cost an average of $4,250 per tooth.

On the other hand, a single pack of dental floss costs under $5, and is available at most grocery, drug, and convenience stores across the country. Make flossing a priority today to save yourself time and money. To keep your teeth clean and healthy, schedule an appointment with the Arizona Periodontal Group.

Teeth in a Day in Phoenix

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Tooth decay, congenital dental problems, or even facial trauma can leave people with damaged teeth and disfigured smiles, putting patients in a precarious situation. Oftentimes, patients wonder if they should opt for traditional dentures or partial bridges, or if they should invest in dental implants, a procedure that can take months to complete. Fortunately, modern dental technology has offered a solution: teeth in a day, which we offer to patients all over Phoenix.

What Are Teeth In A Day?

As a certified periodontist, Dr. Trujillo has years of experience caring for patients with the most extreme dental issues. In addition to restoring their smiles by removing decay and stopping gum disease in its tracks, Dr. Trujillo has also placed thousands of dental implants over the years and helped his patients to achieve the smile of their dreams. However, unlike traditional dental implants, which are typically placed in the space where a tooth has been missing, teeth in a day is a procedure that involves removing damaged, discolored, or crooked teeth and then placing the implant into the socket immediately.

After a careful medical exam that includes 3D images of your teeth, gums, and underlying bone tissue, Dr. Trujillo will talk with you about your candidacy for the teeth in a day procedure. If you are a candidate, the procedure will be scheduled. To create your new smile, Dr. Trujillo will use the renderings of your teeth and molds taken of your mouth to send to the dental lab where your teeth will be fabricated. When your final crowns and implants are ready, you will be able to come in for the procedure. During the surgery, your entire mouth will be completely numbed using a powerful local anesthetic. Dr. Trujillo is also certified to offer other forms of sedation during your procedure to keep you comfortable.

Benefits of Teeth In A Day

The teeth in a day procedure has multiple benefits, but the biggest reason most patients opt for the procedure is to avoid the months of waiting that are typically required during normal dental implant placement. Although the procedure still takes two visits to plan and then to place the implants, patients won’t be faced with living for weeks with posts and healing caps.

The dental implants used in the teeth in a day procedure are also incredibly realistic, mimicking the natural color and opacity of your existing teeth. Dental implants also prevent further bone loss, help to restore chewing function, and are easier to care for than dentures.  

If you are interested in the Teeth in a Day procedure and want to learn more please contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Trujillo. We can’t wait to talk to you and help you gain a brighter healthy smile!

Are Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gum Disease Related?

Have you been dealing with rheumatoid arthritis or gum disease? Recent studies show a direct correlation between rheumatoid arthritis and gum disease. Proper oral hygiene will aid in preventing gum disease and has an impact on other areas of your body. Rheumatoid arthritis causes chronic inflammation, destroys joints, and leads to other autoimmune diseases. Gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis are closely linked as they are both characterized by chronic inflammation in soft-tissues adjacent to the bones. Both conditions lead to pain, swelling, and tenderness, which starts leading to bone loss without proper treatment.

Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gum Disease

University of Louisville School of Dentistry in Kentucky released a study involving the two conditions and identified bacterium that causes gum disease is also present in the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis. The connection identifying the two conditions shows that individuals with rheumatoid arthritis could have oral health conditions that progress rapidly.

What Can I Expect?

When an individual has gum disease, the bacteria causes a reaction between some proteins in the body. When this attack occurs, the body will respond in a standard immune attack way, which means it starts fighting the reaction with inflammation. Prolonged inflammation can destroy cartilage. The destruction of cartilage leads to bone loss, which can cause the teeth to become loose. Loose teeth are vulnerable to decay, and can even fall out with minimal pressure during chewing.

Common Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gum Disease

Rheumatoid arthritis normally starts with gradual stiffness and aches before it becomes widespread pain throughout the body. Joint pain begins in the jaw and swelling of the teeth and gums. There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, but the right dental treatments can aid in helping to reduce pain and inflammation of the gums. It is important to understand that both conditions require long-term treatments to maintain a healthy body. Research shows improvement in common rheumatoid arthritis symptoms following successful periodontal treatment.

How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?

To reduce the risk of gum disease it is important to focus on regular brushing and flossing. Visit a Phoenix periodontist for proper treatment. Healthy eating habits can aid in reducing the likelihood of other oral health issues that can lead to advanced oral health issues.

Arizona Periodontal Group provides effective treatments for patients dealing with gum disease and other serious oral health concerns. Contact our Arizona dental office to schedule an appointment to discuss your condition and find the best treatment method for your condition. We focus on treating people, not just cavities and gum disease!

Oral Health Awareness Month

Did you know over 48,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with oral cancer yearly? Oral cancer is an aggressive form of cancer. Proper diagnosis early on allows a patient plenty of treatment methods to correctly treat oral cancer. April is oral health awareness month and it’s the perfect time to visit Arizona Periodontal Group for your oral cancer screening. Early detection of oral cancer can be life-saving. Here are some important things you need to know about oral cancer.

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

Heavy alcohol consumption, tobacco use, and infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) increase the risk of oral cancer. Reducing the consumption of alcohol and tobacco can aid in decreasing the risk of oral cancer and other health issues. If you are concerned about oral cancer, it is important to contact your dentist right away. Here are some of the common symptoms that indicate oral cancer:

  • Bleeding sores in the mouth or sores that do not heal
  • Hard spots or lumps in the mouth
  • Crusted or roughened areas
  • Pain, tenderness, and numbness in the mouth
  • Alignment changes

Early Detection Increases Survival Rates

When dental patients undergo early screenings for oral cancer, survival rates increase from 80 to 90 percent. The American Dental Association recommends dental patients receive two routine dental examinations yearly to aid in the prevention of oral cancer. Routine dental cleanings and examinations are the first line of defense in identifying warning signs of oral cancer.  

What to Expect During an Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is typically diagnosed during a dental examination. A visual inspection of the mouth, head, and neck are performed by the dentist. The dentist will feel for lumps and can use technology to search for suspicious cells. Once diagnosed with oral cancer, patients will need proper treatment for their condition. Some patients will need surgery while others will need radiation or a combination of both. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential to increase survival rates.

Preventing Oral Cancer

Visiting your dentist twice a year for cleanings and examinations can go a long way in the prevention of oral cancer. Dental patients can help to prevent oral cancer by doing periodic self-examinations of the neck, face, cheeks, and jaw to look for problems. If your health history shows a risk of cancer, it is important to contact your dentist immediately to schedule an examination. To learn more about oral cancer and to schedule your examination with Dr Trujillo, call our office today.

Sensitive Teeth Treatment In Phoenix, AZ

 

Teeth sensitivity is found in 12% of American adults typically between the ages of 18 and 40. This sensitivity can be brief or intense and is caused when dentin, or the internal part of a tooth, is exposed to hot, cold, acidic, tactile, or sweet substances.  In recent years, there has been an increase in teeth sensitivity among younger patients due to excessive consumption of sugary drinks and frequent unsupervised use of teeth whitening products.

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Tooth sensitivity can signal the beginning stages of gum disease if left untreated. There are several options to decreasing tooth sensitivity depending on the cause, which include using desensitizing toothpaste, surgical gum graft, a root canal, or dental bonding. Here we’ll focus on a popular option: fluoride treatments.

If you use desensitizing toothpaste and it does not relieve teeth sensitivity, an in office topical fluoride treatment may be a better option to consider. If it is major tooth sensitivity, Dr. Trujillo, would opt for a fluoride varnish, which is a highly concentrated form of fluoride that is gently rubbed on the surface of the tooth. It may be applied to the tooth enamel, dentin, or cementum to help prevent decay. It also helps to remineralize the tooth surface and treats teeth sensitivity.

Fluoride varnish can be applied quickly and easily. It has a sticky consistency, allowing it to adhere to the tooth’s surface for several hours. It is officially recognized by the Food and Drug Administration as a desensitizing treatment. Keep in mind though, that due to the color of fluoride varnishes, it might cause temporary discoloration. As the varnish wears away with eating and brushing, the tint will fade.

Another option is fluoride gel or foam that is professionally applied by Dr. Trujillo. With this option, the foam or gel is put in a mouth tray. You will then sit with the tray in your mouth for 3-5 minutes to allow your teeth to be immersed in a high concentration of fluoride. This brief treatment will strengthen dentin and tooth enamel, thus diminishing tooth sensitivity.

Remember that there are several at home measures you can take to stop tooth sensitivity from the start. First, use a very soft bristled toothbrush and a low abrasive toothpaste. There are toothpastes specifically formulated to help soothe nerve endings in teeth. Be sure to brush a full 2 minutes, but do not over brush or push too hard. Also, your dentist may provide you with a special toothpaste that contains a high concentration of fluoride that will assist with diminishing tooth sensitivity.

If you have very sensitive teeth, and need to get treatment done then schedule an appointment with AZ Perio Group in Phoenix. If you are experiencing slight or severe tooth sensitivity, don’t hesitate to call and schedule a consultation. Let Dr. Trujillo help you relive your teeth sensitivity and smile back to normal! 

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.