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The Latest In Oral Hygiene: Meet Water Flossing!

September 17th, 2018

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Is Regular Flossing Too Hard? Try Water Flossing

The key to a healthy smile is a regular oral hygiene routine that consists of brushing and flossing at least twice a day. However, if you ask most people, they are bound to tell you that while they brush religiously, they usually forego the floss—except, of course, on days that they're scheduled to visit the dentist. Yet flossing once every six months is not enough to maintain a healthy, dazzling smile! If you dislike flossing and are interested in a better way to keep your teeth clean, strong and healthy, talk to our periodontist in Dover about the magic of water flossing.

The Benefits of Water Flossing

Water flossing comes with several benefits. First and foremost, it's just plain fun. If you can't help but view flossing as a chore, look into purchasing an oral irrigator. An oral irrigator delivers a stream of pulsating water at high pressure directly between the teeth. The device is easy to use and requires little to no dexterity, but it is highly effective, which brings us to benefit number two…

Water flossing is far more effective than traditional flossing, and studies show that it can remove up to five times the amount of plague than string floss. Additionally, string floss is difficult if not impossible for orthodontic patients to use effectively, but water flossing successfully gets right between the brackets and wires of braces and effectively removes plaque build-up in hard-to-reach areas.

Because of its ease of use and effectiveness, even dental professionals throughout Wilmington and Dover rely on oral irrigators to deep clean patients' teeth. If dental professionals use the technique, you know it has to have some merit!

Talk to Your Periodontist About Water Flossing Today

If you forego flossing on a regular basis, you may benefit from an oral irrigator. Talk to our Dover periodontist about what to look for in equipment and how to properly use the device. Call Delaware Periodontics at (302) 658-7871 or request an appointment online to schedule your consultation today.

5 Foods That Prevent Gum Disease Blog

September 3rd, 2018

Laser Periodontal Therapy in Dover, DE

At Delaware Periodontics, Dr. Klassman and his professional team are proud to offer expert periodontal services and treatments to our Dover and Wilmington area patients. Many people develop gum disease at some point in their life. However, regular visits to your Dover, DE periodontist, good oral hygiene and a healthy diet can help you prevent it. Here are a few foods that help prevent gum disease.

Leafy Greens

We all know that leafy greens are good for our health, but did you know they can actually keep your mouth and gums clean and bacteria-free? This is due to the fact that leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and others contain loads of healthy vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Vitamin C reduces inflammation and boosts the body’s red blood cell production. Furthermore, eating leafy greens also requires your mouth to produce more saliva, which then helps break down the bad bacteria in your mouth.

Lean Beef

Surprisingly, lean beef is an excellent food that can combat gum disease. Lean beef is chock full of zinc and vitamin B6, which both provide anti-inflammatory benefits. These vitamins and minerals act as antioxidants and help boost the immune system, all good gum disease fighters.

Milk, Cheese & Yogurt

Milk, cheese and yogurt are essential to healthy teeth and gums. They contain high calcium content, as well as Vitamin D, which both work to strengthen teeth. When your teeth are strong, they are less prone to unhealthy dental issues such as gum disease and cavities.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes contain high amounts of beta-carotene, which helps the body build up vitamin A. When gum disease develops, it causes inflammation. Vitamin A fights this inflammation and if the body is already full of Vitamin A, gum disease has a very low chance of progressing.

Apples

An apple is a delicious snack, but did you know that eating an apple also cleans your teeth and prevents bacteria and plaque buildup? Apples are similar to leafy greens in that they also require the mouth to produce more saliva which naturally cleanses the mouth. They are also very high in vitamin C, which is an anti-inflammatory vitamin that keeps your gums at their healthiest!

Contact Your Dover, DE Periodontist!

Our friendly and welcoming staff is always available to discuss any of your questions or concerns related to gum disease and how to prevent and treat it. To learn more about the Dover, DE services we provide, including laser periodontal therapy, we encourage you to call us at (302) 658-7871, or reserve an appointment now using our handy online scheduling form. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Do Dental Implants Hurt?

August 6th, 2018

senior woman getting dental treatment

If your periodontist has recommended that you undergo dental implant surgery, you may be afraid that the process will be painful both during or after the procedure. While this is a common concern, the vast majority of most patients have stated that surgery is in no way painful and the recovery involves minimal discomfort. If you're still hesitant, we’ve outlined the procedure below, and you can always ask Dr. Klassman for more details if you’d like.

How Does Dental Implant Surgery Work?

The dental implant surgery process takes place over the course of several months and several visits. The first part of the process involves placing the implant into the jawbone using a screw. The screw will integrate with the jawbone via a process called osseointegration. The goal is to replace the original tooth root with an artificial one.

Once the implant is placed, the gums will be sutured using stitches. The implant will then be allowed to heal for three to six months. If necessary, your Dover periodontist will place temporary crowns so that you can eat, drink and smile in comfort.

Next, an abutment will be placed on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. An impression of the base will be taken and used to create your new implant. Finally, after an impression is made and the healing process complete, the implant cap will be placed, giving your smile an all-natural, finished look.

Will There Be Pain During or After the Procedure?

As with all surgical procedures, you are likely to experience some degree of discomfort during the recovery process. That said, you may experience slight bruising along the gums, pain at the implant site and minor bleeding. You may feel tenderness or swelling around the chin and cheeks and underneath the eyes. However, the pain is manageable with Ibuprofen and other over-the-counter pain meds.

You should not feel any pain during the surgery itself, as a local anesthetic is used to control the discomfort. If you are nervous about the surgery, a more intense sedative may be used.

Contact Your Local Wilmington & Dover, DE Periodontist!

Everyone responds differently to dental implant surgery, but for the most part, patients report that the procedure is relatively pain free. To learn more about the process and to determine whether or not it is right for you, call Delaware Periodontics at (302) 658-7871 or request your appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Gum Disease: How To Avoid It

July 24th, 2018

At Delaware Periodontics, we place a heavy emphasis on prevention, to help our patients practice excellent oral hygiene to ensure their smile stays as healthy as possible. However, we still see many cases of gum disease in our Wilmington office, and want to educate both current and prospective patients on this common infection. Dr. Bradford Klassman and his team examine, diagnose and treat gum disease with a variety of treatment options, including delivering minimally invasive laser periodontal treatment.

You can learn more about gum disease and how to prevent it below.

What is Gum Disease?

Healthy vs. Periodontal Disease Gums

Periodontal disease, called gum disease, is a common infection that damages the soft tissue and bone supporting the tooth. In the earliest stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, the infection affects only the gums. When the periodontitis is more severe, it attacks below the gum line and can damage all of the supporting tissues, resulting in your teeth detaching from the gums and the destruction of bony ridge that holds your teeth in, called the alveolar bone.

Why is Gum Disease Bad?

It is estimated that 35.8 million Americans are living with a bacterial infection of the gums known as periodontal disease. On average, 500 plus different types of bacteria live in your mouth. While many of these bacteria are actually beneficial to your health, there are others that with the right conditions can cause disease. Dr. Klassman at Delaware Periodontist can treat even the most severe form of periodontal disease, called is periodontitis. It is caused by plaque that develops just below the gum line in your periodontal pocket where it causes the attachment of the tooth and its supporting tissues to break down. The mildest form of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis and is triggered by bacterial plaque that forms at the gum line.

Living a healthy lifestyle helps you keep the harmful bacteria under control. Not taking care of your teeth and gums can cause a surge of harmful bacteria. Some of this oral bacteria may enter the bloodstream and circulate throughout your body. This could contribute to processes that could lead to serious health problems beyond the mouth, in addition to the threat of losing your teeth. For example, not only can periodontal diseases cause bad breath and tooth loss, but they may contribute to a variety of serious life threatening systemic conditions including:

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes

Researchers are now investigating the relationship between periodontitis and chronic systemic diseases.

Diagnosing Gum Disease

Periodontal disease actually encompasses a number of diseases of the periodontal tissues that can result in tooth loss. Dr. Klassman is specifically trained to recognize the various types of gum disease, to make an accurate diagnosis, and to prepare appropriate treatment options.

Some of the symptoms of gum disease that you may recognize include:

  • Mouth pain
  • Bleeding gums, especially when brushing
  • Spaces developing between teeth
  • Swollen and tender gums
  • Receding gums (exposing the bottom of your teeth)
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pus between teeth and gums
  • Developing sores

What Can You Do To Prevent Gum Disease?

Almost a third of the population may develop gum disease due to genetics. Systemic diseases, pregnancy, oral cancer, and using certain medicines can also attribute to gum disease. However, there are things that you can do, and things you can avoid, that will help prevent the disease from affecting your health. Those things include:

  • Practice excellent oral hygiene - brush and floss at least twice daily
  • Don’t use tobacco
  • Repair and/or replace bridges that no longer fit
  • Get orthodontic treatment to fix any crooked teeth
  • Visit your general dentist every 6 months and make sure you have any cavities filled and replace any defective fillings.

How Does A Periodontist Treat Gum Disease?

Dr. Klassman treats gum disease using various techniques, depending on the severity and type of the disease. These treatments include:

  • Scaling & Root Planing. This is a typical treatment for gum disease that involves a non-surgical procedure that removes plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. The teeth are cleaned (scaling) and then made smooth (planing).
  • Gum Flap Surgery. For more serious cases, Dr. Klassman can perform gum flap surgery which involves cutting into the gum tissue to allow for deep cleaning around the tooth roots.
  • Laser Periodontal Therapy. This non-surgical treatment involves is the very first FDA-approved laser treatment for gum disease. Delaware Periodontist is the first periodontal practice in the state of Delaware to offer the Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure for the treatment of gum disease. LANAP is a painless and effective treatment that does not require the use of a scalpel or sutures. Here’s how it works:
    • After diagnosis, X-rays will be taken to make a definitive diagnosis and determine the severity of the infection.
    • You will receive a local anesthetic to eliminate any possible discomfort.
    • A small laser fiber, equivalent to the thickness of three hairs, will be inserted between the tooth and gum to clear the infection.
    • In just two hours you will be able to get on with the rest of your day.

Dr. Klassman is experienced and skilled in the use of this technology for treating gum disease which offers many benefits to our patients including:

  • Non-surgical, requires no cutting
  • We can remove only the targeted, infected tissue, and leave the healthy tissue intact.
  • Allows us to get a closure of the periodontal pocket wound and allow healing to take place.
  • Enhances the likelihood that patients will be able to restore and protect their affected teeth.

Find Out More About Gum Disease Treatment. Call Today!

If you find you have symptoms of gum disease, we encourage you to make an appointment with Dr. Klassman for an examination at our Wilmington, DE, office. He will determine the health of your gums and discuss any treatment options you may need. Call us at (302) 658-7871 or use our appointment request form online today. We look forward to getting you back on track to health gums, a healthy mouth, and a healthy you.