Dentin Hypersensitivity: Current State of the Art and Science

Over the years, the history and causes of dentin hypersensitivity have been thoroughly researched. It has been found that dentin hypersensitivity is frequently found in those with periodontal disease. The factors that can lead to dentin hypersensitivity include loss of enamel and cracked teeth – occurrences that wear down the tooth and expose dentin, therefore making it more susceptible to sensitivity. To learn more about the history and causes of dentin hypersensitivity, click here.

How The PeriClean Helps Receding Gums with Dr. Jack Gruber DDS

Dr. Jack Gruber DDS discusses his invention – the revolutionary PeriClean Ultra Soft Toothbrush for receding gums and sensitive teeth. Dr. Gruber discusses how he uses the PeriClean with his patients, what it feels like and how many of his patients have avoided gum surgery by using it.

The Power of Dental Floss with Dr. Jack Gruber DDS

Dr. Jack Gruber DDS provides in-depth answers to listener questions on the PeriClean Radio Show. Topics include: The best time to brush your teeth, the importance of using dental floss and how to make dental care a daily habit.

The Right Toothbrush for Receding Gums

If you have been informed that you are developing receding gums, it is going to be crucial that you take another look at the way that you have been approaching all of your dental care needs. Sometimes, all it takes is the right toothbrush for receding gums and you are going to notice a huge difference in the way that your teeth and gums look and feel. PeriClean® has been perfecting a specialty toothbrush that will be the last one you will ever need to give you the ultimate in dental care.

WHAT MAKES PERICLEAN® DIFFERENT?

PeriClean® toothbrush options are going to help you to get that all-over clean feeling in your mouth while working to alleviate the problem of receding gums. Whether you have strong sensitivities of your teeth and your gums or you are dealing with other periodontal issues, this specialty toothbrush for receding gums is crafted to gently work around your teeth and gums. Once you have the chance to use it, you are never going to want to switch back to a conventional toothbrush.

IS IT RIGHT FOR ME?

The wonderful thing about shopping for your next new toothbrush with PeriClean® is that you have options that allow you to pick out the right one to suit your needs. Even if you are looking to buy a toothbrush for your child, there is the PeriKids® toothbrush that is specially made for kids that are 12 and under. These toothbrushes are all very lightweight, yet strong enough to stand up to regular brushings that your mouth needs to stay healthy. Overall, this product made right in the USA is perfect toothbrush for receding gums, sensitivities, and any other mouth condition that you may be suffering from.

Get in touch with PeriClean® today by filling out the online contact form and you will be able to receive more information about the full line of toothbrushes. This is truly the best way to fight periodontal issues and help to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong so that you can enjoy a healthy, strong smile.

How To Live Longer with Dr. Jack Gruber DDS

Dr. Jack Gruber DDS discusses how dentistry contributes to longevity with a fascinating historical discussion on the link between dental health and longer life spans.

Preventing Gum Disease with Dental Implants

How To Have Healthy Teeth & Gums with Dr. Jack Gruber DDS

Dr. Jack Gruber DDS discusses how to take the very best care of your teeth and gums for optimum oral and total body health.

When and How to Teach Your Kids to Floss

Flossing is an important step in your oral health routine that should be taught to your children to help keep gingivitis at bay, a serious gum disease that can develop in children who do not have good brushing or flossing habits.

Timing

As soon as your child has front teeth that are touching (about ages 6-8), they should learn to floss in order to remove plaque and food particles from between teeth where brushes cannot reach.

By age 12, all children should be flossing daily, says Jack Gruber, D.D.S, a periodontist with more than 35 years of professional experience and the inventor of PeriClean and PeriKids, ultra-soft toothbrushes that are gentle on gums and have been shown in patients to encourage gum regrowth.

Remember that your children will need your assistance with both brushing and flossing until about age 6-7 — the typical age when they develop the hand-eye coordination needed to brush or floss teeth on their own.

How to Teach Your Kids to Floss

Though flossers or floss picks may be easier for you and your child to use initially, regular wax or unwaxed floss can work just as well. If you find shredding occurring while using unwaxed floss, switch to waxed. The best way to teach your child how to floss is to have your child mimic your actions while you floss.

To begin, break off two pieces of floss that are about 18 inches long – one for you and one for your child. For reference, 18 inches is about equivalent to the length of your fingertip to your elbow.

Show your child how to wind one end of the floss around a middle or forefinger and the remaining floss around the same finger of the other hand. Make sure to teach your child to grip the floss tightly so there is enough tension to create a straight line with the floss.

When flossing, emphasize how you curve the floss into a U shape as you get closer to the bottom of your teeth near the gums. Then, rub the side of the tooth as you come back up away from the gum.

Make It Fun

The best way to instill good dental habits is to set a good example. Allow your children to watch your daily oral health routine, from brushing in the morning to flossing, to motivate them to follow suit.

Get your kids excited about taking care of their teeth by allowing them to choose their own toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. Additionally, make flossing fun and educational by examining your child’s teeth together in the mirror and counting the number of teeth they have.

Good oral hygiene habits should be taught as soon as your child understands the concept of cleaning. Remember that flossing cleans 90 percent of bacteria that hides between teeth, and that brushing too hard or over doing it can lead to gum recession.

Gum Disease in Kids and Teens

Did you know the most common type of gum disease in children and adolescents is chronic gingivitis?

What is chronic gingivitis?

Chronic gingivitis is an inflammation or infection of the gums that can be recognized by swelling, bleeding while brushing, a change in gum color from pink to red and chronic bad breath. While this type of gingivitis is the most common type among children, it is, fortunately, the least severe. However, when left untreated, it can turn into more severe forms of gum disease, periodontitis.

When you have periodontitis, gums become weak and form pockets around the base of your teeth. These pockets attract bacteria, which only further damages the gums. Damage can spread as far as the jawbone, causing teeth to become loose or even fall out.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease, usually caused by plaque buildup, also affects teens, not only older adults. In fact, gum disease is the biggest reason — not old age — people in the U.S. lose their teeth. Teens are put at a higher risk because hormonal changes make them more vulnerable to periodontal disease.

Since gum disease many times causes little to no pain or irritation, knowing the signs and symptoms of gum disease will help detect it sooner in order to treat it effectively.

How can I help my kids avoid gum disease?

It’s important to instill good brushing and flossing habits in children at a young age before they reach their teenage years. Additionally a healthy diet that limits the amount of candy and sugars children eat on a daily basis can help prevent the build-up of plaque. According to the American Dental Association, it only takes 24 hours for enough bacteria to form in the mouth to start causing gum disease. With regular brushing and flossing and visits to the dentist, chronic gingivitis can be banished for good.

Fact from Fiction: What You Need to Know About Gum Disease

Three out of 4 Americans suffer from some form of gum disease, according to the American Academy of Periodontology, yet only about 3 percent get treatment, which can be attributed to the general public’s misconceptions of gum disease. Here, we dispel seven common myths of gum disease and how its treated.

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth that is caused by plaque. It ranges from simple gum inflammation to serious symptoms that result in major damage to soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. Treatment of gum disease involves controlling the infection and in worst cases, may involve the removal of teeth.

Gum Disease Myth #1: I brush and floss my teeth regularly, so I can’t get gum disease.

Fact: Though good oral health care certainly helps remove tartar and plaque, which contributes to gum disease, other factors like stress, a poor diet and even genetics all influence the health of your gums.

Gum Disease Myth #2: I don’t have any cavities, so I can’t have gum disease.

Fact: Having no cavities is a great and means you probably have good oral hygiene. But, unfortunately, this is no indicator of healthy gums. Gum disease is painless, so many people do not realize they have it until its advanced stages, which is why it is recommended to visit the dentist regularly. When caught early, gingivitis can be typically eliminated by a professional cleaning at the dentist office.

Gum Disease Myth #3: Having gum disease means I will lose my teeth

Fact: Patients diagnosed with gum disease are given strict instructions by their dentist, including brushing teeth twice a day, eating a healthy diet, and scheduling regular visits to the dentist, to help keep gum disease under control, so no teeth will be lost.

Gum Disease Myth #4: Everyone has bad breath, but it doesn’t mean they have gum disease.

Fact: If you find yourself constantly using mouthwash to rid of bad breath or chewing gum to freshen your breath, it might be a good idea to schedule an appointment with your dentist to help you detect the root of the problem. Persistent bad breath, along with red or tender gums, can be a signs of gum disease.

Gum Disease Myth #5: Bleeding gums are not that big of a deal.

Fact: Your gums should not bleed brushing, flossing, or even eating certain foods. Red, swollen or bleeding gums is one of the major signs of periodontal disease, and early detection will allow your dentist to create an effective treatment plan. Studies have also shown that gum disease contributes to heart disease and diabetes, which is another reason to determine if you have gum disease sooner rather than later.

Gum Disease Myth #6: Gum disease is not that common, so it probably won’t affect me.

Fact: Half of adults ages 30 and older suffer from some form of gum disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Plaque buildup can happen to anyone. Daily brushing and flossing can prevent plaque from hardening into tartar and ultimately help prevent infections.