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Treatments for Gum Disease

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Gum Disease Treatment
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Robert Madden, DDS, MBA, owns and practices at Southwest Family Dentistry near Denver, Colorado. In this role, Dr. Robert Madden offers both surgical and non-surgical treatments for gum disease.

Treatment protocol for gum disease depends primarily on the extent of the infection. Patients with less severe disease may find it sufficient to undergo root planing and scaling, which enables a dentist to clean under the gum line and all the way to the roots.It may be done with or without local anesthesia, as the patient’s needs dictate, and may involve the use of an ultrasonic instrument as well as standard manual tools.

For patients whose periodontal disease has resulted in the development of gum pockets may need to undergo flap surgery, in which the dentist lifts the gums away to remove tartar and restore the fit between gum and tooth. More extensive gum recession may require soft tissue grafts.

Patients with bone loss may require grafting of the patient’s natural bone, donor bone, or a synthetic replacement. Advancements in periodontal technology have also produced an additional option known as guided tissue regeneration, which stimulates the growth of both bone and gum tissue and may reduce the risk of tooth loss.

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Proper Brushing Techniques as Part of Preventative Dental Care

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Preventative Dental Care
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Holding an MBA degree from the University of Colorado, Robert Madden, DDS, is a Denver, Colorado, dentist who guides Southwest Family Dentistry. He serves the needs of Denver patients for quality, personalized oral health care. Dr. Robert Madden emphasizes patient education and the importance of preventive dentistry in ensuring the health of teeth and gums.

The two most important aspects of daily dental hygiene are brushing and flossing. While many people take brushing for granted, having the proper technique is essential to preventing cavities and gum disease. When selecting a brush, seek out softer bristles that are still firm, but do not present a major risk of damaging the gums.

Brushing at least twice a day is recommended, with three times ideal. Take about two minutes to fully brush the teeth, making sure to reach hidden areas along the back and sides, including the molars. Hold the brush at an approximately 45 degree angle relative to the gums and employ short up-and-down strokes. Brushing more than three times a day can be counterproductive, as too much takes its toll on the enamel that coats and protects the teeth and causes damage at the gum lines.

Types of Ingredients in Toothpaste

Robert Madden, DDS, MBA, works as a dentist in the Denver, Colorado area. At his practice, Southwest Family Dentistry, Dr. Robert Madden performs a variety of dental treatments and advises patients on routine dental care.

A key part of any dental care routine is regular brushing using toothpaste. However, with so many toothpaste options with different formulas, people might have difficulty deciding which toothpaste to use. However, most toothpastes contain similar sets of ingredients that are highly effective. They include abrasives, which are designed to scrub away deposits from the surface of teeth, and detergents, which create foam when brushing and help to get the teeth clean. Additionally, today’s toothpastes contain fluoride, an ingredient that helps make teeth stronger.

Certain types of toothpastes are specially formulated to serve a particular purpose in addition to teeth cleaning. For example, special whitening ingredients intended to reduce stains on teeth are included in whitening toothpastes. Similarly, toothpastes designed for sensitive teeth contain ingredients that reduce feelings of discomfort during brushing. Whatever the toothpaste a person chooses, it is important that it is labeled as having been accepted by the American Dental Association.