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Periodontal Disease & Gum Disease

What are some warning signs for Periodontal Disease and what are some causes?

Periodontal Disease & Gum DiseaseIt is possible to have gum disease/periodontal disease without knowing it. These are some warning signs for perio disease:

  • Bleeding Gums
  • Red colored (darker than usual), swollen, & sensitive gums
  • Gums pulling away from teeth
  • Constant bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • loose or separating teeth
  • If your teeth fit together differently when you bite

Leading Cause for Tooth Loss Among Adults

One of the main causes of tooth loss for adults is Periodontal Disease. If you have red and sensitive gums the will bleed while brushing or flossing – you may have periodontal disease.

A prominent cause for gum disease is the increase of plaque, which is a colorless layer of bacteria surrounding your teeth and invading your surrounding teeth as well as, the bone which supports your tooth.


Another important factor is Gingivitis, often a preliminary sign of gum disease. The discomfort level is minimal however the gums will bleed easily and swollen. If you neglect your oral hygiene and do not practice home care dental procedures as well as timely dental visits, you can suffer from gingivitis.

Gingivitis that goes untreated will transfer into the periodontitis phase. Dental patients that allow bacteria and plaque to spread under the gum line & charge tissues and supporting bones will experience the separation of gums from teeth which will lead to increased bacteria and plaque in pockets. Leaving this untreated can lead to gum disease due to destroyed tissue and bone.

Schedule a Periodontal Exam

If you think you may have periodontitis or periodontal disease you should see your dentist immediately for a periodontal exam.

Dr. Jeffrey H. Stein offers periodontal exams, call (661) 949-1894 to schedule one.

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Why It’s Time to Start Flossing

flossing tips 101From early in life, many people are taught to care for their teeth through proper brushing twice a day. As a result, brushing your teeth becomes a part of your daily routine that you cannot forego without much discomfort. However, the consequences of forgetting to floss are not as apparent. So it is not unusual for those who are hard-pressed for time to use dental floss occasionally rather than regularly.

Importance of Flossing

It is unfortunate that non-flossers don’t realize the critical role of flossing at least once a day for their oral health. Dental floss helps to remove biofilm and dental plaque from the surface of your teeth in tight spaces that toothbrush bristles cannot reach: between two teeth and between the base of your teeth and the gums.

The problem with antimicrobial mouth rinse is that while it kills the harmful bacteria in your mouth that form plaque, it does not remove the food debris and stubborn tartar that lodges in these tight spaces.

Studies show that proper dental care, which includes regular brushing and flossing, is important to maintain a healthy and bright smile. A healthy oral environment in turn helps to prevent a range of oral conditions, including bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay, as well as the associated health issues that can be life threatening, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancers.

How to Start Flossing – by Dr. Jeffrey Stein of Lancaster, CA

Flossing involves the use a dental floss – a thin, nylon or plastic thread – that you run between two adjacent teeth to remove food fragments and plaque from areas that a toothbrush typically misses. A good alternative for dental floss is dental tape, which is slightly thicker than thread.

On your next dental visit with Dr. Jeffrey Stein, ask him to give you some dental floss or tape and advise you on how to use it properly, how often you should floss, and other useful tips to improve your oral health. Lancaster dentist, Dr. Stein is more than willing to provide a demonstration of proper flossing.

If you choose to start flossing immediately, it is recommended that you use a manageable length of floss (about 18 inches or 45 cm). Pull the floss tightly as you insert it between two adjacent teeth and then scrape all accessible surfaces of each tooth, moving away from the gums to avoid injury.

Final Note

Flossing is obviously more tasking than brushing, which is why most people don’t do it. However, flossing everyday can help remove food debris stuck between your teeth and prevent plaque buildup, giving you an overall healthy mouth.

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