Category: Gum Disease

Avoid Gum Disease During Orthodontic Treatment

Gum disease, which is also known as periodontal disease, is a very common oral health problem. It caused by harmful bacteria collecting along and beneath the gum tissue to cause irritation, inflammation, and infection. For some people wearing braces, the smile can be harder to clean which more bacteria is available to cause gum disease…. Read more »

Gum Disease and Your Braces

Braces are a fantastic technique for straightening misaligned teeth, but without diligent care on your part, you could be at risk for gum disease during your treatment. Adding wires and brackets to your mouth increases places for bacteria to cling. If left unchecked, these bacteria can accumulate under your gum line, creating plaque, and causing… Read more »


Flossing may have caught on in the 1980s but the idea has been in existence since ancient times. Floss and toothpick grooves have been discovered in the teeth of prehistoric humans.  Even so, it wasn’t until 1815 that the first form of dental floss was invented. The credit is given to Levi Spear Parmly who… Read more »

How Does Xylitol Protect your Teeth?

If you enjoy chewing sugarless gum after a meal, you may be doing more for your dental health than just freshening your breath. Over the years there have been some understandable and highly founded concerns about the long term detrimental health effects of various artificial sweeteners. Xylitol, however, is a natural, fibrous derivative that sweetens… Read more »

All about Gum Disease

Research tells us that about 80% of Americans have some level of gum disease ranging from mild gingivitis to severe periodontitis. Severe gum disease causes bone deterioration and tooth loss. Gum disease is, in fact, the main cause of adult tooth loss in our nation. A dentist or hygienist can diagnose gum disease, but symptoms are sometimes so mild,… Read more »

Lake Worth Orthodontist Answers: What is Gingivitis?

Most dental health issues, including gum disease, begin as small nuisances and progress into destructive diseases when left untreated. Although brushing and flossing your teeth every day is a routine designed to help prevent such issues from occurring, the germs that cause them sometimes slip past your defenses. By learning the signs that can warn… Read more »