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Posts for: February, 2015

By David J. Campbell DDS
February 25, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

Discover the most effective way to reduce your gum disease symptoms.

With about 50 percent of people being diagnosed with some form of gum disease it’s important to prevent your condition from getting worse. If left untreated gum disease can cause more serious complications such as tooth loss. Find out the best way toGum Diseasehandle gum disease at its earliest stages.

What is root planing and scaling?

If you’ve been diagnosed with a mild form of gum disease, root planing and scaling can be the best way to treat the problem before it takes on a more serious form. This treatment requires your White Lake family dentist to clean the gums, getting down into the root of the teeth.

Why is root planing and scaling recommended?

If the gums have started to pull away from your teeth or there is tartar buildup on the roots of the teeth, we will recommend getting root planing and scaling to eliminate these common complications of gum disease.

Is root planing and scaling effective?

One of the most important things you can do to ensure that your treatment is successful is to maintain good oral hygiene afterwards. This treatment is an effective way to stop gum disease from worsening; however, you must keep teeth and gums healthy to ensure that they heal properly and become healthy and pink again. If you smoke, then it’s seriously time to consider quitting, as smoking can reduce your body’s ability to fight infection and impede the healing process.

What should I expect from my upcoming root planing and scaling?

We may first use a local anesthesia to numb the area prior to treatment. Then we will use an ultrasonic device to remove tartar buildup. Sometimes we may place antibiotics within the infected pockets of the gums to promote faster healing. These antibiotic fibers will stay in the pockets for about one week, after which your White Lake family dentist will remove them.

If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease then it’s time to consider getting scaling and root planing from your White Lake family dentist, Dr. David J. Campbell, DDS. Find out more by calling your dentist today.

By David J. Campbell DDS
February 12, 2015
Category: Oral Health

Singer Olivia Newton-John's daughter Chloe is now a lovely, grown woman, but Olivia recently recounted to Dear Doctor magazine a rather creative method she found to sooth Chloe's teething troubles many years ago.

“When Chloe was a baby and teething I remember using a frozen bagel for her sore gums,” Olivia said. “She loved it!”

Cold is often very soothing to a teething child's gums. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends using a clean, chilled, rubber teething ring, or cold wet washcloth. Chilled pacifiers can also be helpful. Be sure not to freeze teething rings or pacifiers as ice can actually burn sensitive mouth tissues.

Older teethers can sometimes find relieve from cold foods such as popsicles (or bagels!) but make sure your child eats these sugar-containing foods only at mealtimes so as not to promote tooth decay.

If your baby has not yet begun the teething (or tooth-eruption) process, you can expect it to begin usually between six and nine months. It may, however, start as early as three months or as late as twelve months.

Teething symptoms vary among children, as does the length of time it takes for a tooth to make its appearance. But many parents notice the following signs:

  • Irritability
  • Biting and gnawing
  • Gum swelling
  • Chin (facial) rash
  • Disrupted sleeping patterns
  • Ear rubbing
  • Drooling
  • Decreased appetite

These symptoms are usually most bothersome during the week that the tooth is breaking (erupting) through the gums, starting about four days before and lasting about three days after the tooth appears.

Occasionally, teething discomfort can be considerable. If that is the case with your baby, you can give her or him acetaminophen or ibuprofen in the appropriate dose (check with your pharmacist if you're not sure what that is). The medicine should be swallowed — not massaged into the gums, as this can also burn. Numbing agents should not be used for children under 2, except under the advice and supervision of a healthcare professional.

If you would like to learn more about teething or any other child-related oral health issue, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. If you would like to read Dear Doctor's entire interview with Olivia Newton-John, please see “Olivia Newton-John.” Dear Doctor also has more on “Teething Troubles.”