Archives for periodontal disease

What are These Gum Measurements? What is a Pocket?

What are These Gum Measurements?  What is a Pocket? August 29, 2018 The people who come to Prosper Family Dentistry regularly for professional teeth cleanings know that once each year, they will have gum measurements taken by the dental hygienist.  We use terms like “FMP”, “pockets”, and “probing depth”, as well as a long list of numbers. What are Gum Measurements? Gum measurements are a way to evaluate the state of the gums and jawbone around each tooth.  These measurements tell your dental hygienist and dentist whether your gums are healthy or unhealthy. You cannot have a healthy mouth without
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Flossing

Is Flossing Really That Important? December 27, 2017 Let’s talk about flossing. We know.  No one wants to floss.  Recent statistics show that Americans can be roughly divided into thirds when it comes to flossing habits.  Just under 1/3 of the population floss every day.  Just over 1/3 of the population floss sometimes.  And the rest admit to never flossing.  Never.  That hurts our dentist-hearts. Many of our patients have shared that they feel guilty when we ask about flossing.  We do not ever want to make anyone feel guilty.  We simply want to know where you stand on the
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Oral-Systemic Health Link

Is Your Mouth Making You Sick? December 7, 2017 How Oral Health Impacts Systemic Health At Prosper Family Dentistry, we take healthcare seriously.  While we are specifically concerned with our patients’ oral health, we acknowledge its role in a person’s overall health.  Unfortunately, the mouth has always been treated by a realm of healthcare (dentistry), which has historically been completely separate from general medicine.  Because of this, some people are under the impression that the mouth is therefore independent and unrelated to the rest of the body.  This is a dangerous myth! What systemic issues are connected with the mouth?
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What is Gingivitis?

What is Gingivitis? October 4, 2017 A lot of people hear this word from their dentist and are not really sure what it means.  Have you been told that you have gingivitis by your dentist or dental hygienist?  Do you sometimes see blood when you spit your toothpaste out in the sink?  This blog will describe what gingivitis is, what it is not, what causes it, and what you can do about it. What Gingivitis Is The word gingivitis is easy to break down into its two components: gingiva and the suffix “–itis”.  Gingiva is the scientific term for gum
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Hormone-Induced Gingivitis

Hormone-Induced Gingivitis July 5, 2017 What is hormone-induced gingivitis? Hormone-induced gingivitis is a type of gingivitis that occurs specifically during changes in hormonal levels .  It is a very common condition that we see frequently in our office.  Hormone-induced gingivitis causes a patient to have gums that are swollen, red, tender, and bleed easily.   The tenderness and bleeding often make oral hygiene routines uncomfortable, and patients sometimes avoid proper brushing and flossing techniques because it hurts.  Healthy, natural gum tissues are light pink, relatively flat and tightly adhered to the teeth.  The appearance of bright red, puffy gums is unsightly,
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Bad Breath

Bad Breath June 28, 2017 It would not be a stretch to say that every single person has experienced bad breath at some point in his or her life.  We are all susceptible to “morning breath” or “garlic breath”, which are neither surprising nor difficult to fix.  Many people suffer from persistent bad breath which seems difficult to cure.  As with most things, finding the cause of the problem will lead us much closer to a solution.  Let’s take a look at the most common causes of bad breath. What causes bad breath? When you get to the bottom of bad
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Product Highlight: Periosciences AO Pro Gel

Product Highlight: Perioscieces AO Pro Gel May 3, 2016 Why are antioxidants important? There is a lot of hype about antioxidants these days, and most of you know that antioxidants are good for your overall health. Antioxidants are large molecules that pair with and inactivate free radicals.  In a normal, healthy body, there is a balance between antioxidants and free radicals.  When that balance is disturbed, the body has too many free radicals and can go into a state known as oxidative stress.  Oxidative stress is thought to be involved in various diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart attacks, chronic
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