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Arizona Oral Health Resources

There’s a lot to know and remember when it comes to oral health. You have to understand and practice basic health habits such as brushing, flossing and taking regular trips to the dentist for cleanings and inspections. You have to know what kinds of foods can damage or stain your teeth, what kinds of foods can help them stay healthy, and how fluoride can help your teeth remain strong. You have to know what kinds of treatments are available for the various conditions that can develop and how to catch those conditions before they become serious. Fortunately, there are quite a few good resources out there to help you know everything you need to maintain good dental health.

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Including our own website, another good place for information as well as links to other informative sites is the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Oral Health page at http://www.azdhs.gov/phs/owch/oral-health/. There you can find tips on good preventive care and information on risks to infants’ and children’s health. The site also has facts about various dental programs, water fluoridation and the importance of dental health. Not only does this site have excellent information, but it also links to dozens of other sites that deal with more specific questions. There are also other websites which are dedicated to providing information about various aspects of dental health.

ASK DR. TRUJILLO

One of the best ways to get information on all aspects of dental health is to ask your dentist. Not only does Dr. Trujillo probably know all the information you can find about dental health issues elsewhere, but because he or she knows you and your medical history can give you answers specifically tailored to your needs. Our own Arizona Periodontal Group website has an information section that can help you recognize the signs of dental health problems and help you find solutions. Additionally, we provide good preventive care tips. If you want to ask Dr. Trujillo questions about hygiene, problems or treatments in person, contact us today for an appointment so that we can see to your personal needs.

Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

PeriodontalGum_EngPeriodontal scaling and root planning are techniques used to clean the teeth, gums and roots of the teeth of the plaque and tartar that cover them and cause gum disease. Plaque is a film of bacteria and bacterial waste that forms after meals as the bacteria consume the remains of food in the mouth. Tartar is a hard, mineralized substance that results from the interaction between plaque and minerals in the saliva. Plaque can be removed by simple brushing and flossing, but once tartar develops it can only be removed by scraping it off the teeth.

Periodontal Scaling

When you visit Arizona Periodontal Group, Dr. Trujillo will clean your teeth using a scraper to remove plaque and tartar. This is periodontal scaling, and cleans the teeth more effectively than simple brushing or flossing. This periodontal scaling gives special attention to the area where teeth and gums meet, as this is where the bacteria in the plaque can cause the gums to swell and recede – the first stage of gum disease.

Root Planing

As gum disease develops, the gums swell and pull away from the teeth. This allows plaque and tartar to form in that gap, which causes further gum loss. If this continues untreated, the bones that secure the teeth in place will begin to decay and recede as well, ultimately resulting in tooth loss. When gum disease has progressed to this point, periodontal scaling is not enough, as that only removes plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. Root planning is the technique through which plaque and tartar are removed from below the gum line along the roots of the affected teeth. This can either be done with a traditional scraping tool, or can be done with electric instruments that break up the harmful materials through sonic vibrations. Antibacterial materials can be put in the freshly cleaned gaps to prevent further infection while the gums heal.

Your Best Treatment Options

Contact Arizona Periodontal Group today to meet with Dr. Trujillo for a teeth cleaning! Root planing can treat gum disease, but prevention is the best treatment, and regular visits to the dentist for teeth cleanings can keep gum disease from ever occurring. If you do have gum disease, come and discuss your treatment options with Dr. Trujillo, who has almost two decades worth of experience, and who can help make your mouth as good as new! Contact us today.

Four Reasons Regular Dental Checkups Are Crucial

iStock_000017075835X compressedAs you plan your week, you might be more worried about getting in your workouts and making time for your friends than you are about visiting the dentist. Unfortunately, putting off those semi-annual visits might cause problems in the long run. Here are four reasons regular dental checkups are crucial, and how they can help you to keep your teeth healthy, comfortable, and beautiful for many years to come:

1: Set A Good Example

Have you ever noticed that your children watch your every move? One of the most important reasons to make regular dental appointments is to encourage the rest of your family to do the same thing. When your children can see that you take your dental health seriously, they might make their oral health a priority too. Also, when kids can see that visiting the dentist isn’t difficult or scary, they might not have as much anxiety when they have to have a cavity filled or undergo their regular dental cleanings.

2: Spotting Problems Early Can Help You To Save Money

Do you love spending money at the dentist’s office? If you would rather sink a little cash into your home, wardrobe, or vacation account, you should make visiting the dentist a priority. When you meet with the dentist regularly, he can inspect your teeth to track existing damage and to treat new problems. Small fractures can be repaired and tiny cavities can be filled easily.

However, if you simply make appointments whenever your teeth hurt, you might have to endure extensive repairs. You might have to undergo root canals, intense scaling procedures to remove plaque and tartar accumulation, or take courses of antibiotics to get rid of painful dental infections. Also, since more extensive repairs tend to be more costly, visiting Dr. Trujillo regularly might help you to protect your financial picture.

3: Helps You To Identify Bad Oral Care Decisions

Each and every day, you make decisions that affect your teeth. You might choose to go to bed without brushing, or to buy a new type of oral floss picks that you haven’t used before. But what if one of those decisions harms your teeth? If you don’t meet with your dentist regularly, you might unintentionally damage your teeth for months or years.

Though he primarily offers periodontal services, visiting with Dr. Trujillo regularly gives you the chance to chat with him about your daily routine. If he spots issues that might be preventable, he can teach you new ways to fend off future problems.

4: Keeps Your Teeth Attractive

Last but not least, meeting with your dentist regularly might help you to keep your teeth white and attractive. In addition to keeping your teeth healthy, your dentist might suggest cosmetic improvements, such as whitening, bonding, and dental implants. If you invest a little time and effort into dental upgrades as you go along, you might be able to enjoy a sparkling white smile for years to come.

If you have questions or concerns about your teeth, contact our office today. Our periodontal team can evaluate the health of your teeth and gums, correct any issues, and teach you how to avoid problems in the future.

What is a Periodontist and when should you see one?

If you’re wondering what a Periodontist is, and what they do, then you’re just like most people. Sometimes our dentists refer us to these specialists like Dr. Trujillo for certain problems or the periodontist might be more suited to your current situation.

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in periodontal disease, oral inflammation, and dental implantsiStock_000019922655Small. They receive an extensive education along with training in these areas including three extra years of education after dental school. Periodontists usually treat more problematic cases like people with severe gum disease or some who have an extensive and complicated medical history. In addition, they offer specific treatments such as root planing and scaling, or root surface debridement.

A dentist can help treat gum disease through routine and deep cleanings, but periodontists are needed for advanced cases of gum disease called Periodontitis which are out of the general dentist’s ballpark.

When to see a periodontist

A periodontist appointment should be scheduled after you get a referral from your primary dentist. There’s a number of reasons why this would happen.

  • Exposed root surfaces
  • Progressive tooth mobility
  • Progressive attachment loss
  • Unresolved inflammation (bleeding upon probing, pus, and/or redness)
  • Pocket depths >5mm
  • Early onset of periodontal diseases (prior to the age of 35)
  • Severe chronic periodontitis
  • Aggressive periodontitis
  • Periodontal abscess and other acute periodontal conditions
  • Significant root surface exposure and/or progressive gingival recession
  • Deep pocket cleanings
  • Bone grafting
  • Soft tissue removal
  • Hard tissue recontouring
  • Crown lengthening

You might also see a periodontist to receive, fix, and/or maintain your dental implants.

Who should see a periodontist?

Patients who would benefit from being referred to a periodontist would be someone with one of the problems listed above and any of the following conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Cardiovascular disease

Any patient who is a candidate for the following therapies who might be exposed to risk from periodontal infection, including but not limited to the following treatments:

  • Cancer therapy
  • Joint-replacement surgery
  • Organ transplantation
  • Cardiovascular surgery

Severe cases of periodontitis can lead to some of these health problems, even cancer. Studies have also shown that pregnant women with unhealthy gums and teeth often give birth to babies with a low birth weight.

If you or someone in your family needs periodontal services, Dr. Trujillo at Arizona Periodontal Group can treat all of your concerns. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call, and set up an appointment.

Gum Disease Treatment in Phoenix, Arizona

As a periodontist, Dr. Trujillo’s specialization is unique and makes him more qualified than most dentists in treating gum disease. Sadly, if not treated, even minor issues such as gingivitis can lead to even more serious problems and loss of teeth. It is a rather common but serious condition that can affect not only your oral health, but your overall health as well. Dr. Trujillo can work with you to stop the progression of gum disease in mild and even advanced cases. His goals are to treat a gingivitis infection, save teeth, and restore the natural function and look of your smile.

What is Gum Disease?

There are two types of diseases that need to be understood if you wish to know more about gum disease.  The first is known by many, Gingivitis, and the second is Periodontal Disease.

Gingivitis is a disease that only affects the gums and is typically inflammation of your gums caused by plaque. Plaque is the whitish/yellow, soft, sticky substance that sticks to your teeth.  It is a buildup of bacteria, saliva, and bits of food combined together in your mouth. If you aren’t brushing and flossing daily, gingivitis can form in your mouth. It is one of the most common diseases in the world and if left to fester in your mouth, it can lead to the second form of gum disease, Periodontal Disease.

Periodontal Disease is defined as a progression from gingivitis to an irreversible damaged state. It’s very serious and doesn’t only affect the gums like gingivitis in this state but also affects the ligaments and bones around the tooth.  Once these ligaments and bone are lost, they cannot grow back. Once one tooth is affected, it can grow to other areas of the mouth if left untreated.  The progression of periodontal disease increases if you stop brushing, grind your teeth, use tobacco, or do not have regular dentist visits.

How is Gum Disease Treated?

It’s important to be fully informed when it comes to the affects of gum disease and your overall health. Dr. Trujillo is one of the best dentists to offer gum disease treatment in Phoenix and the surrounding area. It’s okay to feel embarrassed or ashamed if your gums are not Blog Imageat optimal health, there are ways to treat your gums.

Most gum disease is treated with what is called scaling and root planning.  It is more often called a deep cleaning which requires some dental anesthesia and a mechanical process to remove the plaque and tartar surrounding the affected tooth.  This plaque and calcified tartar is almost impossible to remove with normal brushing and flossing at home because it is in such a deep part of the gum pocket.  After the initial deep cleaning, a maintenance schedule is required for you to come see Dr. Trujillo in addition to the standard six month checkup.

Gum Disease needs to be carefully monitored and controlled throughout your life if you want to have a healthy and happy smile. Special precautions and additional checkups will be needed to counteract gum disease that easily can become active again.

Arizona Periodontal Group and Dr. Trujillo are here to help you with treating gum disease or any other dental service that you might need.  Even if it is a standard dental cleaning, we are happy to schedule an appointment with you. Contact us today with any questions.

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.