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The sight of blood is a red flag that should not be ignored, as it's a common implication that something is awry. Identifying concerns, like bleeding gums, as early as possible bodes well for successful treatment conducted by your Long Beach, CA, dentist, Dr. Joseph DuRoss.
Causes and Results of Bleeding Gums
When plaque (a coating of clingy bacteria on the surface of your teeth) is not thoroughly removed from the teeth and gums, it begins to build up, forming a hardened calculus (also known as tartar). Untreated bleeding gums are far more likely to lead to gum disease like gingivitis, which is an indication of developing periodontal disease that results in the inflammation of your gums.
Periodontal disease is a harmful infection induced by inflamed gums that greatly damages supporting ligaments in your teeth, gums, and bones. Though treatable and preventable, periodontal disease causes great discomfort for those who experience the symptoms. However, Dr. DuRoss is dedicated to defending against pain caused by plaque buildup and working with you in order to prevent further discomfort.
Prevention and Treatment
Proper oral care is often the first step in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Brushing your teeth morning and night, as well as flossing daily, actively prevents plaque buildup. Picking up a toothpaste with fluoride or a mouthwash that's approved by your Long Beach, CA, dentist provides additional support against gum disease.
Your at-home oral hygiene practice is essential in fighting plaque, but so is visiting with Dr. DuRoss for your regular dental cleanings and exams. Identifying your concerns early and quickly implementing treatment can significantly lower future risks with your oral and overall health.
Visit Your Long Beach Dentist
Instead of waiting for red flags to indicate that it may be time for your next dental visit with Dr. DuRoss in Long Beach, CA, schedule an appointment with our office by calling (562) 424-8537.
Regular dental visits with your Long Beach, CA, dentist, Dr. Joseph DuRoss, are important for all of our patients. They are the best way to prevent dental diseases that can impact a person’s health and wellbeing. Of course, you may be putting off your next cleaning, especially right now, but it’s important that you don’t. In fact, the American Dental Association advises that everyone continue visiting the dentist for their six-month checkups.
We Catch Problems Early
As with any health problem, it’s important to catch decay and gum disease early so that we can treat them as soon as possible. If left untreated, they can cause severe and permanent damage to your teeth, gums, bone, and face. Unfortunately, in the very beginning stages, these common dental issues don’t cause symptoms. Therefore, the only way you’ll know that you have decay or gingivitis is by visiting our Long Beach, CA, family dentist every six months for cleanings and exams.
Maintain a Beautiful-Looking Smile
We have the tools and techniques to be able to get into all those little crevices and nooks to remove tartar and plaque buildup that you haven’t been able to remove through at-home brushing and flossing. Don’t feel defeated. Even the most careful brushers and flosses aren’t able to clean all areas of their smile perfectly, but this is another reason why you shouldn’t skip out on routine dental checkups. You’ll also walk out of our office with fresher breath and a whiter smile.
Protect Your Health
Did you know that many systemic diseases can be detected by simply examining your mouth? During these routine checkups, Dr. DuRoss can identify changes or symptoms that could be warning signs of diabetes, anemia, heart disease, and many other health problems that could be potentially serious.
This Visit Could Save Your Life
During your six-month checkup, we also perform oral cancer screenings. Everyone gets screened because anyone can develop oral cancer, and the sooner we detect a suspicious growth or lump the better the prognosis. Oral cancer is treatable when diagnosed early but can be life-threatening if not caught in time. These quick, painless screenings could save your life.
If it’s been more than six months since you last visited our Long Beach, CA, family dentist, Dr. DuRoss, for a routine checkup, it’s time to pick up the phone and call us at (562) 424-8537. We are taking all the necessary precautions to keep our patients safe so that they can continue to get the proper routine cleanings and care they need to support healthy smiles.
The teeth which show in the front of your mouth are the smile line or zone. At the office of Dr. Joseph DuRoss in Long Beach, CA, your cosmetic dentist knows how important the smile line is to personal confidence. So, he offers many cosmetic treatments to improve your appearance and self-esteem. An easy and very effective one is dental bonding. Here's what you should know about it.
What is dental bonding?
Also called direct bonding, this aesthetic service remakes small spatial problems (such as gaps), hides pits and craze lines and repairs hairline fractures and chips. Called an additive treatment by Dear Doctor, bonding uses composite resin, the material in tooth-colored fillings, to artistically reshape a variety of aesthetic and structural problems.
Typically applied to front teeth, the resin is layered onto the tooth defect, hardened with a special UV light, and layered again until the dentist achieves the right size and shape. Dr. DuRoss uses sanding techniques and a drill to achieve the final result and then buffs the tooth for a realistic sheen.
Who can get dental bonding?
Your dentist will examine your teeth and determine what aesthetic treatment would best improve your smile appearance. Dental bonding is most appropriate for minor repairs and reshaping--for instance, if your child chips a tooth in a fall or you have a couple of oddly shaped teeth that mar an otherwise pleasing smile.
Overall, bonding costs far less and is easier and quicker than porcelain crowns, porcelain veneers or more complex aesthetic services. Plus, bonding is time-sparing, taking no more than 30 minutes (or less) per tooth and performed right in our Long Beach, CA, office by your dentist.
Other benefits of dental bonding
1. Composite resin mimics natural tooth enamel in color and sheen. Plus, it's relatively durable if you avoid hard foods, such as nuts, and don't stress it with teeth clenching or chewing on your pencil.
2. Bonding is budget-friendly, particularly compared to crowns or veneers.
3. The process requires little to no enamel resurfacing--only a gentle cleaning and etching with a mild acid.
At Joseph DuRoss D.D.S., we can make your smile dreams come true. Come to our Long Beach, CA, office for a friendly consultation with our wonderful cosmetic dentist. Dental bonding may be just what you need. Phone us today for an appointment: (562) 424-8537.
How your dentist in Long Beach CA can help you get the best out of your dentures
Dentures are an investment you make in yourself and your smile. It’s only natural to want to get the best out of your dentures. You want your denture to last, to fit well, and to be comfortable. Your dentist can help.
Dr. Joseph DuRoss in Long Beach CA offers a comprehensive range of dental services, including a full line of dentures and other tooth replacement options. Talk to your Long Beach dentist today to learn more.
Taking Care of Your Dentures
Your denture should give you many years of excellent care if you remember to:
- Be careful how you handle your denture; try not to drop it, or bend the clasps or plastic.
- Remove your denture and rinse it with water to help get rid of food debris.
- Gently clean your mouth with a gauze or toothbrush after you remove your denture.
- Use denture cleanser at least once a day to thoroughly clean your denture.
- Don’t sleep in your denture; remove it and soak it in denture solution to keep it moist.
- Rinse your denture to remove all traces of the soaking solution before you place it in your mouth.
- Avoid using water that is too warm when you clean or rinse your denture. Hot or boiling water can change the shape and the fit of your denture
- Don’t ever use abrasive or harsh chemical agents on your denture and avoid using whitening products or products containing bleach.
- If you damage or break your denture, you can try to fix it temporarily with an over-the-counter repair kit, but it’s best to visit your Long Beach dentist.
Dentures can give you back your smile and enhance your life. Your smile is important to your self-esteem and self-confidence, and a denture can give you the smile you’ve been missing.
To find out more about tooth replacement with a denture and how to care for a denture, call Dr. Joseph DuRoss in Long Beach CA at (562) 424-8537. Call now!
You may not be aware, but there are billions of bacteria living inside your mouth, and while some of them are beneficial, others can cause tooth decay and gum disease. This is why brushing and flossing regularly and using mouthwash is important because it helps prevent bacteria from building up in your mouth. Dr. Joseph DuRoss is a dentist who helps Long Beach, CA residents maintain a good oral care routine.
What Causes Tooth Decay?
Some of the bacteria in your mouth feed on sugars in the food and beverages you consume. As they digest the sugars, they produce waste material called plaque. Plaque clings to the surface of your teeth, producing acids that erode the teeth and eventually causing decay and cavities. Plaque can also build up around the gum line and cause gingivitis – the first stage of gum disease. Left untreated, gingivitis develops into periodontitis – a severe form of gum disease. Signs of gingivitis include:
- Bright red, swollen gums
- Sensitivity of teeth and gums
- Bleeding gums
- Persistent bad breath
How to Prevent Tooth Decay
The easiest way to avoid decay is to brush your teeth twice each day and floss daily. Spending two minutes in the morning and evening brushing with a soft-bristled brush removes plaque from your teeth. Daily flossing helps prevent plaque from building up between the teeth. Choosing a fluoride toothpaste can also protect your teeth from cavities. Using a dentist-recommended mouthwash can give you further protection against tooth decay and gum disease.
How Your Long Beach Dentist Can Help
Maintaining good at-home oral hygiene habits are important, but your dentist can also help you prevent tooth decay and gum disease. By having a dental check-up at least twice each year, you can make sure that if you do start to show signs of tooth decay or gum disease, that your dentist can treat it immediately before it gets out of hand.
If you’re looking for a Long Beach, CA dentist, call Dr. DuRoss on (562) 424-8537.