What Is Gum Disease?

Gum Disease can be prevented and controlled with good oral hygiene habits and regular dental cleanings and check-ups.

Gum Disease can be prevented and controlled with good oral hygiene habits and regular dental cleanings and check-ups.

When you hear about or read about gum disease, several different terms are thrown around like plaque, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Are these terms interchangeable? What do they all mean? More importantly, what do they mean for you?

Gum disease is a broad term that describes the damage done to teeth, gums and bone tissue by plaque, which is the film of bacteria and acidic bacterial waste that forms on the teeth. The bacteria in the mouth eat the remains of food left on your teeth and build up over time, which is why it’s so important to brush and floss regularly. Good oral hygiene prevents this bacterial build up, which can delay or even prevent gum disease.

Gingivitis is the first, mild stage of gum disease, in which the gums surrounding the teeth become swollen and tender due to the body’s reaction to the bacteria on the teeth. The gums will frequently bleed during brushing and flossing, but this is not a reason to stop brushing and flossing. Using a soft bristled brush and flossing gently but thoroughly will clean your teeth while protecting your swollen gums. When gingivitis occurs, it’s a sign that it’s probably been too long since you’ve seen your dentist for a checkup and routine cleaning.

Periodontal disease describes the more advanced and much more serious stage of gum disease. If gingivitis, or swelling of the gums, lasts for too long and plaque continues to affect the gums, the constant swelling will begin to degrade the bones underneath. These bones will slowly dissolve and the gums will recede, which has several detrimental effects. First, gaps will open between teeth and gums, which allows more plaque to build up, sometimes out of reach of normal brushing and flossing. This worsens gum disease. Second, as the bone continues to dissolve, the teeth they support will become loose and will eventually fall out or have to be removed. Loss of too many teeth will cause the bones that support the jaw and structure of the face to weaken, leading to sagging facial features.

Gum disease can be prevented and controlled with good oral hygiene habits and regular trips to the dentist for cleaning and checkups. Once gum disease starts, however, it’s very important to consult with your dentist so he or she can examine the extent of the disease and discuss possible treatments.

Dr. Silberg at the Silberg Center for Dental Excellence is an expert in the treatment of gum disease. If you are in the Pittsburg area, contact us or click here to request an appointment. Let him examine your teeth and help you treat or prevent gum disease before it’s too late.

AlloDerm; Gum Repair at Silberg Center for Dental Science

Another procedure that can be given to fix gum recession is AlloDerm which helps to repair gum; regenerating and building back the gum that was lost. If your teeth feel extra sensitive and your gum line looks a little uneven, you might have gum erosion. Unfortunately, once gum tissues has been damaged or brushed away, it can be difficult to replace. Instead of those gums covering the roots of your teeth, you might be left with exposed dental surfaces, which contain a thinner level of protective enamel. In addition to being more sensitive to hot and cold, dental roots can also make it easy for bacteria to take hold and wreak havoc. However, Dr. Silberg might be able to correct gum erosion by performing gentle gum grafting with AlloDerm. Here is a little more information about this helpful procedure:

Why You Might Need Gum Repairs

Aggressive brushing can cause damage to gum tissue.

Aggressive brushing can cause damage to gum tissue.

Are you wondering if gum grafting is right for you? Check out this list of common reasons many people need gum repairs.

  • Genetics: If your mom and dad have a problem with gum erosion, you might have it too. Since everyone is different, there is a chance that your tissues will react differently, and your gums are no exception.
  • Smoking: Smoking can reduce the blood flow to your gums, leading to unsightly recession. If this condition is left unchecked, gums can become so badly damaged that they can lead to tooth loss.
  • Aggressive Brushing: Scrubbing hard might work well for your back deck or dirty bathtub, but it isn’t the right move when you are brushing your teeth. If you brush too aggressively, you can scrub away delicate gum tissue in an instant.
  • Ongoing Medical Conditions: Unfortunately, smoking and aggressive brushing aren’t the only problems that can lead to gum erosion. If you have ongoing medical conditions like diabetes or cancer, your gums can take a hit.

How AlloDerm Is Different Than Other Grafting Techniques

If you have ever talked with someone who has undergone gum grafting, you may have heard stories about painful tissue grafting and lengthy recovery times. However, here at the Silberg Center, we use AlloDerm grafts. Here are a few reasons we recommend AlloDerm to our patients:

  • Avoid Tissue Harvesting: During traditional gum grafting procedures, tissue is harvested from other places in your mouth, such as your soft palate or the area behind your jaw. Unfortunately, harvesting can be painful and make eating and drinking painful. However, AlloDerm is a product made from donated tissue, so that you won’t have to worry about tissue harvesting.
  • Reduces Pain: In addition to avoiding lengthy tissue harvesting procedures, AlloDerm also helps to reduce the overall pain levels of the procedure. Instead of having to worry about multiple wound sites, you will just need to keep an eye on the area where your gums have been grafted.
  • Safe: When most people hear the words “donor tissue,” they start getting worried about safety. However, AlloDerm donors are screened for serious diseases like oral cancer, HIV, and AIDS, so you won’t have to worry. After the tissue is harvested from donors, it is sanitized and processed to be even safer.

If you are wondering if you are a candidate for gum grafting, make an appointment with our office today.

Bone Loss and Overall Health

There have been many great advances in dentistry with new and modern practices. Some of these advances have even helped with our general life expectancy and quality of life. But when it comes to getting older, or some conditions in our medical history, we might often then lose some of our teeth. After a significant amount of time with the loss of teeth, there will be bone loss and with modern dentistry it can be reversed.

When we lose teeth for various reasons, the space where the tooth previously was, loses its stimulation and blood flow. In order to have a healthy jaw, it needs the constant stimulation of every day chewing. This creates stimulation to the muscles around the bone, and keeps the bone healthy as well. So when we lose our teeth, and don’t immediately have a graft or dental implant installed, that current structure might collapse due to atrophy. This type of bone loss was ignored in the past by traditional dentistry.

With the loss of teeth, the bone loss first starts with a decrease in width. This is a 25% decrease in width during the first year, and an inch decrease in height following multiple extractions. If a denture or partial is given, this can cause discomfort and pain because the thin gum tissue is laying over a narrow bone.

Nerves in the lower jaw that were previously protected by bone, end up becoming exposed and then sit on top of the ridge, right under the denture. This results in acute pain and/or temporary to permanent sensation loss or feeling. If you have bone loss in the upper jaw, it might cause pain and increase the chances of the upper denture moving during eating. Chewing with a denture that’s moving or is wrongly fitted does not cause stimulation, but instead reduces the blood supply and increases the chances or more bone loss.

Cosmetic Effects of Tooth/Bone Loss

The effects of bone loss are not only detrimental to your jaw, but it does cause your facial appearance to change. The loss of teeth can actually add a decade or more years to the face. Your facial height decreases, and causes several facial changes. With the loss of vertical bone, the bite relationship diminishes and as a result, the chin rotates forward giving a poorer appearance. It also causes the patient to look like they’re constantly frowning. Then the muscle that is lost, start to show in the upper lip and creates more long lines around the mouth, and a deepening of the groove next to the nose.

Health Effects

A recent study of denture wearers found that almost half showed a low chewing performance, which resulted in lower intakes of fruits and vegetables. Those patients also took significantly more medications compared to those with superior chewing ability, and almost 30% were taking medications for stomach or intestinal disorders. The study provides several reports that suggest that compromised dental function results in poor swallowing and chewing performance. This also results in illness favoring, debilitation, negative effects on overall health, and shortened life expectancy.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Now that modern dentists know about bone loss after tooth loss or removal, the main procedure to fix the gap where the tooth has been lost, is dental implants. When the dental implants are going to be surgically placed, sometimes a bone graft is need for those areas with bone loss or in the sinus cavity. After the bone grafting is successful, they install the post directly into the jaw bone. This stimulates bone growth and blood supply, and ultimately improves all of the disadvantages from bone loss.

So if you or anyone in your family have had tooth removal and/or loss, and are interested in dental implants, please contact us at The Silberg Center for Dental Science. Dr. Silberg can address any of your needs and get you on your way back to a healthy, beautiful smile.

Cleaning and Flossing Dental Implants

The advantages of dental implants are well known. They provide confidence and security for your new teeth and your new smile, support and maintain your jaw bone and facial structure, and they’re more reliable than other treatments. But once you’ve gotten your dental implants, maintenance is vital, just as it is for natural teeth. How can you maintain them so they’ll remain clean, safe and effective for as long as possible?

Believe it or not, the strategies to keeping your dental implants fresh and healthy are the same as the ones you use to take care of your natural teeth. And just like natural teeth, failure to properly care for them can cause gum disease, damage to the prosthetic teeth, or in more serious cases, loss of gum tissue or loss of bone. Severe damage can even necessitate the removal of the implants and surgical procedures to correct damage to the tissues and structure of the mouth.Dental implant

But all that can be prevented by simple hygiene and regular trips to the dentist. It is important to brush your teeth, natural and prosthetic, at least twice a day for about 90 seconds per brushing. When brushing, be sure to brush every surface, even hard to reach places in the back. Brushing by itself, however, won’t get all of the food remnants or plaque from between your teeth that will eat at the base of your teeth and possibly cause gum disease. Regular, proper flossing is necessary to remove the plaque and prevent infection. Use a long strand of floss or flossing tool to thoroughly scrape all tooth surfaces in the spaces between teeth. Using a water jet instead of floss can be easier to get gunk out and easier on the gums.

Another important aspect of proper dental care is regular trips to come see Dr. Silberg for both check-ups and cleaning. These visits should occur every six months at the very most. Dr. Silberg will x-ray your implants and probe the gums around them to ensure that the gums are healthy and everything is going well with the implants. He will also perform a professional cleaning, removing plaque you may have missed. You can also take the opportunity to review your hygiene habits and supplies and ask him any questions you may have.

With these simple steps, it’s an easy thing to keep your implants clean and your mouth healthy, which makes life a more pleasant place to be and helps you avoid the sorrow of oral disease or loss of implants. Schedule a checkup and cleaning appointment with us today so we can help keep your smile sparkling

Am I A Good Candidate for Dental Implants

Are Dental Implants Right For You?

For many, dental implants offer a better alternative to traditional prosthetics for missing teeth. Dental implants:

  • Can be matched and fitted to your existing, healthy teeth.
  • Have a high track record of success.
  • Offer cosmetic enhancement over other tooth replacement solutions.

We offer some basic background on dental implants, a great start for research if you are considering dental implants over other solutions, such as dentures, crowns, and bridges.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a three-tiered approach to tooth replacement. There are three parts of a dental implant:

  • Implant: The implant is a metal post, most often titanium, that is implanted into the jawbone…a replacement for your tooth root.
  • Abutment: The part of the implant that connects to the steel post and holds the new crown in place.
  • Crown: The crown is the actual tooth replacement, most often made of a ceramic material such as porcelain, that is custom-designed to match with your existing teeth.

What’s the Implant Process Like?

The dental implant process is as diverse as the patient. Certain situations may require bone grafting to make sure that your implants stay. Generally, it takes about six months to a year to make sure that your dental implants are fitted perfectly. Here is what the general timeline looks like:

  • Phase 1: After a consultation and treatment design, Dr. Silberg will fit the implants. The procedure usually takes only one clinic visit. After the implants are fitted, you will wear temporary dentures or bridges. After 3-6 months, your implants will bond to your jaw—the process of osseointegration.
  • Phase 2:  Dr. Silberg will fit the abutment, and you will continue to wear your “temporary teeth” for another 2-6 weeks.
  • Phase 3: After the second phase, Dr. Silberg will start fitting the actual “tooth” component of your implant. You will try out several different crowns to match your implant to your existing teeth.

Depending upon Dr. Silberg’s approach and planning, you can fully enjoy your dental implants within six months, at the earliest.

What Might Not Make Me a Good Fit for Dental Implants?

Certain medical conditions and lifestyle habits might make a patient a poor candidate for dental implants. Dr. Silberg will advise you if dental implants are not a good fit for you. Here are some of the medical conditions and lifestyle habits that might complicate a dental implant:

  • Diabetes, smoking, and heavy drug use are conditions that may cause peri-implantitis, an inflammation of hard and soft tissues surrounding an implant.
  • Bone loss, associated with osteoporosis and long-term steroid use, can impact your jawbones, decreasing the success of an implant.
  • Poor oral hygiene, after the implant process, can cause failure of a dental implant.

If you have poor oral hygiene, your Dr. Silberg will likely provide you with coaching to help you take care of your implants.

Are Dental Implants Worth It?

Many people are great candidates for dental implants…and yes, they are worth it. Here are some of the benefits of dental implants over other treatments:

  • Dental replacements will not require the grinding down and modification of other teeth associated with other treatments such as bridges.
  • You probably will never have to worry about a dental implant failing, where crowns can slip off and bridges can create further dental decay.
  • Dentures will need continuous refinement, as your jawbone will change shape without teeth to support the structure of your jaw

Dental implants can also be fitted to other treatments. At times Dr. Silberg will use an implant to anchor a bridge, creating a more affordable treatment if a patient can afford only a few implants.

Contact Dr. Silberg today to see if you are a good fit for dental implants, or have additional questions about the procedure and all that is involved. We would be happy to help you

Managing Gum Disease

The Centers for Disease Control has found that more than half of Americans, aged 30+, have periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease. This represents 64.7 million Americans who are at risk of tooth loss because they have gum disease. Fortunately, Dr. Silberg has a plethora of solutions for diagnosing, preventing, and treating gum disease.

Gum Disease Risk Factors

If you are 35-40, you are at the age where gum disease can become severe. Here are some of the strongest indicators that you could develop gum disease:

  • Age: As you age, you are more likely to develop gum disease. In fact, more than 70% of Americans over age 65 suffer from gum disease.
  • Use of Tobacco: Tobacco use can cause and intensify gum disease.
  • Poor Nutrition: A poor diet can damage your immune system, which can help fight of periodontal infections.
  • Genetics: If gum disease runs in your family, you are likely to suffer from it.

Knowing the Symptoms

If you haven’t been to see Dr. Silberg for a while, you might have some of the symptoms of gum disease. These include tender, red gums, as well as pain in your mouth. You might notice that your gums bleed when you brush, floss, or eat certain types of food. You may also notice:

  • Loose teeth.
  • Persistent halitosis (bad breath).
  • An overall change in how your bite feels.
  • If you have caps, bridges, or other dental prosthetics, they might not fit correctly.

Treating Gum Disease: Early Non-Surgical Treatments

It is important for you to get into Dr. Silberg for your cleaning, especially if you’ve missed the last several appointments. Before gum disease becomes persistently bad, your dentist can perform the following treatments:

  • Professional Dental Cleaning: During your dental cleaning, Dr. Silberg will scrape away plaque and tartar that have built up at the base of your tooth.
  • Tooth Scaling and Root Planing: This is a procedure where Dr. Silberg puts you under a local anesthetic. They will smooth your teeth and remove plaque from under the gum line. This procedure gives your gums the opportunity to reattach to your teeth.

Prevention Starts With You

Ultimately, healthy gums start with you. Good dental hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing, will help prevent gum disease. Here is what the experts are saying you should do to prevent gum disease:

  • Brush your teeth twice per day, using a fluoride-based toothpaste. You should brush for at least two minutes, using a circular motion.
  • Rinse with a fluoride mouthwash solution twice per day for thirty seconds to kill bacteria.
  • Floss with a wax-based dental floss taking time to go in between each tooth all the way down to the gum line.
  • See your dentist twice per year for a checkup and cleaning.
  • Give up smoking and smokeless tobacco products.

Gum disease is a fact of life for many Americans, but with regular dental hygiene and checkups, you can eliminate and prevent gum disease, keeping your permanent teeth longer.

If you have questions or would like to request an appointment with Dr. Silberg please contact us today! We are happy to help and look forward to your visit!

How Your Sinus Relates to Dental Implants

When receiving dental implants, there are a few things that need to be addressed beforehand in order to have a smooth and unproblematic outcome so that you can enjoy your brand new smile.

In the first stage of your journey to new teeth, there’s an examination by Dr. Silberg which includes a 3D CT-scan and an impression that’s made of your mouth. This is to ensure the teeth to be made, will fit with precision, and to check if you have enough bone to support the implant.

Everything is reviewed by Dr. Silberg and our staff  to determine what needs to be done to give you optimal results with your implants which can differ depending on which teeth were lost and need replacing. Often times you need something called a Sinus Lift Bone Graft. This procedure is often performed for a few different reasons. If you’ve lost your upper posterior teeth due to periodontal disease, have a thin amount of bone in your upper jaw, or have your maxillary sinus (the area behind your nose and above your mouth) too close to your upper jaw for the implants to be placed. If this is the case then you will need a sinus graft for your dental implants.

Sinus Image

The teeth included in the section that affects how your sinus functions, are the cuspids (canines), bicuspids (premolars), and remaining molars. When receiving a graft, the bone may come from your own hip or tibia (autogenous bone), a cadaver (allogeneic bone), or from cow bone (xenograft). Dr. Silberg will use your CT-scan to study the anatomy of your jaw and sinus, and if needed will also get X-rays before your sinus lift. This will allow Dr. Silberg to accurately measure the height and width of your existing bone, and to evaluate the health of your sinus.

Note: If you have seasonal allergies let Dr. Silberg know, this may affect determination of your procedure because the sinus swells during these times and may not produce an accurate reading.

When receiving a sinus lift, Dr. Silberg will cut the gum tissue where your back molars used to be, and raise it to expose the bone. A small oval incision is opened in your bone. The membrane lining the sinus is gently pushed up, away from your jaw. You will then receive granules of the bone-grafting material and have them packed into the space where the sinus was. It is only a few millimeters of bone that is added, but it will allow your dental implant and sinus to be comfortable and free of the chance for infection. After the bone is in place, your oval window is sewn up. You will need four to nine months of healing and growing time, but that  is determined by the amount of bone needed.

Sinus with Dental implant

After this procedure is complete it is common to have swelling and bleeding from the mouth or nose. It is imperative for you to not to blow their nose or sneeze forcefully as much as possible. This keeps the bone-graft material from moving, or loosening the stitches.

Like we said it takes several months for the bony material heal. It will begin to harden and mesh with your jaw, and depending on the material that was used, your dental implants can be placed in four to nine months.

There are some dentists that are now using proteins called growth factors to help your new bone harden faster than traditional methods. This platelet-rich plasma contains growth factors, and is taken from your blood before surgery, and is then mixed with the bone graft that is placed within your sinus. There is also a human-recombinant bone morphogenetic protein available which is an engineered protein. This stimulates bone formation without grafting. It is also US FDA approved to be used during a sinus lift procedure.

After you’re all healed, you can begin the next step which is to receive your dental implants. While getting implants in the upper area of your mouth, you will need a wider post to create better stability and keep them secured inside of your graft. This will also stabilizes the rest of your implants in the front of your upper jaw. On rare occasions, your dental implants will not take because the graft material and your existing bone don’t develop a blood supply. If this happens, a sinus lift can be repeated with even better odds of success.

If you are interested learning more, or have additional questions about receiving dental implants, please reach out to us. The Silberg Center for Dental Science is dedicated in providing the most up to date information for dental procedures, and we are dedicated to helping you with your new smile.

3 Reasons To Choose Dental Implants

If you are like most people, missing a few teeth can put a serious cramp in your day-to-day activities. In addition to making it more difficult to chew food, you might find yourself trying to skip family photos or laugh with your mouth closed. Unfortunately, if you don’t feel comfortable wearing dentures or fussing with partial bridges, hiding might seem like your only option. However, dental implants are a superior remedy that can offer you these benefits:

1: Comfort

If you don’t like dealing with adhesives or worrying about your dentures popping loose during your next golf game, you might be a little concerned about getting fitted for dentures. Partial bridges can also be embarrassing, since friends and family members might be able to spot the mouthpiece wires when you talk or laugh.

Fortunately, dental implants are a comfortable alternative that you will love for years. Since dental implants are actually anchored into your jawbone, they function just like normal teeth. In addition to staying where they should, dental implants are comfortable and don’t require extra care. By continuing to brush and floss, you can keep your new teeth pristine.

2: Aesthetics

Are you worried about your smile transforming overnight? One of the best things about dental implants is that they are custom crafted for each patient, so they look just like your regular teeth. On the other hand, if you want to improve your smile, dental implants can be designed to meet your needs. Dr. Silberg can alter the shape and color of each implant so that you gain the smile you have always wanted.

Also, since the implants are placed directly into your jawbone, you won’t have to worry about those tell-tell signs of dental work, like strange gum lines or mis-matched teeth. Dental implants look more natural for each patient, so that you can smile, eat, and laugh without worry.

3: Bone Loss Prevention

One of the most important reasons to choose dental implants over other alternatives is that they can prevent bone loss. As you chew and talk, your naturally rooted teeth stimulate your jawbone, keeping the entire area healthy. Unfortunately, if you choose dentures, the underlying bone won’t be as stimulated, which will cause your jawbone to melt away and resorb. However, dental implants stimulate your jawbone just like your natural teeth, protecting your face shape and keeping your surrounding dental structures healthy.

If dental implants sound like something that would work for you, talk with Dr. Silberg at your next appointment.

 

How to fix a gummy smile

Just like Dr. Silberg says in the video above, when the majority of people smile, we raise our upper lip,  and show our teeth with a little bit of gum.  It’s natural and looks like a normal smile.  But there are instances where individuals will smile, raise their upper lip and show a lot of gum and a little bit of teeth. It is much more of a gummy smile.  Which can be lead to make them believe that they have smaller teeth than most. This is not true in the slightest.

We all have the desire to smile. Someone says a joke, we want to pose for a picture, or you just naturally want to express your sense of happiness, but having a gummy smile can make us feel hesitant to show our teeth in public. It can feel embarrassing, and you may struggle to feel confident about your smile. If you believe that you have a gummy smile and may need some help then it can be very wise to schedule an appointment to come and talk with Dr. Silberg about your situation.  As he said in the video, with very minor shaping and resculpting of your gums, your entire tooth (or teeth) can be made visible. Your gums will finally compliment your teeth rather than cover them up. Your self confidence will grow and finally you will not be hesitant to hide your natural and beautiful smile when you are spending time with others and going throughout your day. With the experience and expertise that Dr. Silberg and the staff at Silberg Center for Dental Science have, it is a simple procedure that creates lasting smiles by simply changing the way that your gums sit between your natural teeth.

Now there are also instances that there would be a need to reshape your gums because of gum disease, commonly known as Gingivitis. More often than not when you are faced with gum disease it’s caused from a lack of brushing and flossing, doing it improperly, or a piece of food or different particle that is in a place you can’t reach on your own.  There are a lot of nooks and crannies inside of your mouth that can be difficult to reach.  If this problem is left untreated then your gums will start to become inflamed, which means they turn red, are sensitive if touched, and when brushed can start to bleed.  If you have any of these symptoms with your gums then it is vital that you come in and see Dr. Silberg before more damage can take place.

He can recommend the proper treatment to help your gums become healthy again, and in some instances there might be the need for gum reshaping or repair.  Dr. Silberg’s goal is to provide a healthy happy smile to all of his patients and if your gums are not treated with as much care as your regular teeth, you might actually lose your teeth. Gum disease can lead to bone loss and even loss of teeth.  We want to work with you to prevent those kinds of problems from ever happening to you.  But, do keep in mind that if you have had such an instance happen, you can be rest assured that there are methods to fix the problem. Dr. Silberg is an expert in dental implants, and they can be used to replace missing or lost teeth. What is even better is that they look, feel and act like your normal teeth.

For any additional questions, or if you would like to come in and meet with Dr. Silberg, please contact us to schedule an appointment. We are happy to talk with you about any procedure you might be interested in.

Does Alcohol in Mouthwash Treat Gum Disease?

Gingivitis, we all have heard the name and we all know that it isn’t good when we have it in our mouths.  It’s gum disease and can lead to even more problems in our mouths if it is left untreated. One of the things that can be very important to help prevent any kind of gum disease is to use a mouth wash along with your standard brushing and flossing. With all of the small crevices that are within out mouths there can be times that our toothbrush or line of floss just can’t get to.

There are a lot of mouth washes out there and you more than likely have seen the different commercials that promote a mouthwash that gives you that fresh clean feeling inside of your mouth. They motivate you to swish in your mouth for 30 seconds and to power through the burning feeling in your mouth.  Have you ever wondered what that fresh feeling is from and if it really is helping clean your mouth? We wanted to discuss this a little more and let you in on a secret that you may not be aware of.

Getting that fresh, yet sometimes burning sensation from leading mouthwashes can be irritating to some, or down right unbearable. There also have been complaints of a strange aftertaste after using these kinds of mouthwashes and bouts of dry mouth.  Where does all of that come from? Alcohol. There are many that may not be aware that alcohol is an ingredient in many popular mouthwashes. It burns and makes the whole process, even when it’s only a short amount of time, feel unbearable. It could be stopping you and other patients from using it to help keep your mouth free of plaque, tartar build up, halitosis (bad breath), whiten teeth, and having a healthy and clean smile.

There have been toothpastes developed for those who have sensitive teeth and you’ll be happy to know that there are also options out there for those that may not like the burning sensation they feel using a standard mouthwash.  These alcohol free mouthwashes provide the same preventative effect as those that have alcohol, and won’t give you that burning feeling you are wanting to avoid. There are even versions that are formulated specifically for treating gum disease if you do have a minor form of gingivitis.

There have also been studies conducted by BioMed Research that suggest using a mouthwash without alcohol can actually improve the gloss, color, hardness, and wear of your teeth compared to a mouthwash that does have alcohol. Dr. Silberg and all of us at the Silberg Center for Dental Science want you to have a healthy smile with no gum disease to speak of, and looking at a mouthwash without alcohol can be an option if you would like to try it.

Even a minor issue with gum disease can turn into a very serious thing if you don’t take care of it. Adding mouthwash to your daily routine when you are brushing your teeth can help prevent it from developing in your mouth and causing more problems. It could lead to periodontal disease, bone loss, and even loss of permanent teeth. These all can be treated if you have had any of those situations, but Dr. Silberg wants to help avoid them as they can be very time consuming and at times costly to treat.

Remember that if you do have questions or concerns about your mouth, or even feel like you might have some form of gum disease, please do give us a call.  We will be happy to talk to you to schedule an appointment to see Dr. Silberg and you can talk with him about your personal situation.