Can Gum Disease Be Reversed?

Brunette man wearing a plaid shirt smiles against a gray wall after working hard to reverse his gum disease

For many common dental conditions, early detection and treatment are of the utmost importance to maintain your oral health. Gum disease is a serious condition affecting almost half of American adults. But if gum disease is detected in its early stages, our team at Rigby Advanced Dental can often reverse its effects! Keep reading to learn how gum disease develops, how you can keep an eye out for its warning signs, and how we treat it.

What Causes Gum Disease?

The main cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. Without proper care, bacteria in your mouth accumulate into a sticky biofilm called plaque. Plaque can then harden into tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional. Both plaque and tartar irritate gums and cause them to begin receding. Tartar can also sneak up beneath your gumline and cause infection. The earliest stage of this is called gingivitis, or gum inflammation. Gingivitis can often be reversed, but if left untreated it can develop into periodontitis. Periodontitis is a more severe form of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss and bone loss.

How Do I Know If I Have Gum Disease?

Gum disease does not develop overnight. Instead, there are warning signs along the way. You are developing gum disease if your gums bleed easily when brushing or flossing, and if you have gums that appear redder than normal or are receding, swollen, or tender. If you notice any of these signs, let our team know!

How Do We Reverse Gum Disease?

If we catch gum disease in its early stages, we can work together to reverse many of its effects. First, you’ll need to improve your oral hygiene routine at home and visit us for a checkup. Our team will perform a professional cleaning on your teeth to remove plaque and tartar that is irritating your gums. If your gum disease has developed beyond the gingivitis stage, our team will come up with an individualized treatment plan to restore your oral health.

How Do I Prevent Gum Disease?

The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time and floss at least once each day, and keep up with regular visits to our office. Additionally, only chew sugar-free gum, drink plenty of water, eat a balanced diet, and don’t use tobacco products. To ask our team any questions about gum disease or to schedule your next appointment, contact us today!

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Natural Ways to Freshen Breath

Aerial view of cluster of green mint leaves that can naturally freshen breath if chewed

Bad breath has a range of causes, from eating strong foods to early stage gum disease and decay. Although it may take time to figure out the root cause of your bad breath, know that there are quite a few ways to freshen your breath naturally. Some of these simple remedies even have additional health benefits!

1. Mint

Drinking mint tea and chewing on mint leaves are both great ways to freshen up your breath quickly without having to worry about sugar-laden gums.

2. Spices

Rich, strong spices like cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon can all help your breath, in addition to regulating your blood sugar.

3. Say NO to Smoking & Illegal Drugs

It can be hard to quit smoking, but it’s one of the best things to do for your breath and your overall health. Furthermore, illegal drugs decrease your production of saliva, which leads to dry mouth and an increased risk for tooth decay and growth of bacteria that causes bad breath.

4. Brush with Baking Soda

Baking soda is alkaline, meaning it neutralizes the acid in your mouth and stops bad breath. However, you should only do this occasionally, since brushing with baking soda is abrasive and can damage your teeth’s enamel with prolonged use.

5. Gargle

Gargling with apple cider vinegar and saltwater are powerful ways to stop bad breath and kill germs in the back of your throat.

6. Brush & Floss

Brushing and flossing every day is one of the most effective ways to combat bad breath and prevent oral disease. Be sure to brush carefully for two minutes at a time at least twice a day. Remember to brush your tongue back to front, then side-to-side, every day as well.

Consult with Our Expert Team!

You don’t need to put up with bad breath. Some of the most simple things can help you combat smelly breath and regain your self-confidence. If your breath doesn’t improve, it’s important to see Dr. Rigby as soon as possible to determine the cause. Our team at Rigby Advanced Dental is here to help you with your oral health. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!

Cavity Prevention Tips and Ideas

The second most common disease in America is tooth decay, second only to the common cold. As sugars build up on plaque formed on teeth, it creates acidic bacteria that eats away at our teeth causing tooth decay. Understanding this simple fact is critical to ones oral health care and preventing problems, and that is what we are all about here at Rigby Advanced Dental in Bee Cave, TX.

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Why You Should Schedule A Dental Cleaning

One of the most important ways to stay healthy is to schedule a regular dental checkup with Dr. Brent Rigby of Rigby Advanced Dental in Bee Cave, TX.  Dental health is often neglected and put off until a problem arises. Yet keeping your pearly whites in top shape not only keeps your smile white, but can also help you avoid other health problems. The following ten reasons are why you should schedule a dental cleaning and keep your mouth happy and healthy.

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What Causes Periodontal Disease?

In recent years numerous studies and articles have tried to educate the general public on the importance of the oral cavity and its direct correlation to an individuals overall health.  It has been shown that poor dental hygiene is linked to numerous health problems, including heart disease. Gum disease also called “Periodontal Disease” has become a hot topic and understanding what it is and how it is caused is the purpose of this weeks post. Luckily right here in Bee Cave, Texas Dr. Brent Rigby has extensive training in treating and caring for individuals with periodontal and gum concerns.

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What Causes Dry Mouth?

Ever experienced a dry mouth?  It happens to all of us every once in a while.  We all need saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouths, keep bacteria under control, and to help us digest our food properly.  If we don’t produce enough saliva, we experience a dry mouth, which can be uncomfortable.  It is normal to experience a dry mouth occasionally, but if it becomes a frequent chronic problem then something may be an underlying casue. 

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Rules for Flossing

Flossing is the number one thing patients say they forget to do when it comes to their dental hygiene plan. That’s unfortunate because it’s also one of the most important.  Flossing helps remove bacteria missed by brushing, which prevents gum disease and the loss of teeth.

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Pregnancy and Dental Work…….What To Expect and Do! Part 4

In part three of our series on “Pregnancy and Dental Work,” we discussed some questions we frequently hear about dental care from women who are expecting. Today we’re going to change it up and answer some of those “not-so-frequently-asked” questions.

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Pregnancy and Dental Work…….What To Expect and Do! Part 3

Continuing our series from the other day on “Pregnancy and Dental Work,” today we’d like to answer some of the questions we hear most often from pregnant women.

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Pregnancy and Dental Work…….What To Expect and Do! Part 2

Part one in our series on “pregnancy and dental work” discussed pregnancy gingivitis and granulomas. Part two in this series discusses a few more things you should watch for when you’re pregnant: Pregnancy cavities, dry mouth, excessive saliva and tooth erosion. Today we’ll tell you what causes these things, and what you can do to prevent each of them.

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