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What you Need to Know About Gum Disease
Gum disease is very serious and could end up causing you to suffer from tooth loss if not properly treated. Do you know the facts of this very serious disease and what you should do to prevent it?

•  Gum disease does not always hurt, sometimes people do not even know that they have it
•  Some people experience bleeding, puffy or painful gums as their primary symptom
•  It is very important to brush your teeth twice per day and floss at least once
•  You should see the dentist at least once every six months and more often if that is what is recommended to keep your symptoms at bay
•  Eating a healthy diet can help to fight gum disease
•  Chronic bad breath could be a sign of gum disease, you should see your dentist about it to rule out serious oral health issues
•  If you have diabetes, you could be at a higher risk to contract gum disease

Gum disease occurs in stages and more than half of adults over the age of 30 have some form of it. This disease forms from excess plaque on your teeth and gums, which can easily be prevented with proper brushing techniques, flossing, and regular visits to your dentist. If you feel you are at risk, you should talk to us right away. If you catch gum disease in the early, gingivitis stage, it could be reversed with proper care from your dentist.
What to do When Chewing Causes Problems
Chewing problems can make life really difficult. They could happen for a variety of reasons including decay, misaligned teeth, dentures or gum disease. If chewing is difficult for you, it is vital that you make an appointment to come see us. We should be able to get to the root of the problem and begin the appropriate treatment right away. In the meantime, you will need to make a few changes to your diet in order to accommodate your problem. You should choose foods that require minimal chewing including pasta, oatmeal, eggs, fruit that is ripened and cooked vegetables.

How Do I Floss Thee? Let Me Count the Ways
We all know we're supposed to floss but perhaps choosing the right product will coax you into becoming a practitioner.

There's waxed and unwaxed, flavored and unflavored, regular and tape type. There's floss made of Teflon, special holders and intra-dental devices for people with limited dexterity. And you know floss has hit the big time when Salon Magazine has an article about floss rings!

G-Floss is nonabrasive gauze designed to curve around implants. For bridgework, there's super floss, a three-in-one including a stiffened end to insert between the fixed part and the bridging section and a woven part to work over and under the bridge.
If you need a primer on proper flossing technique, ask your dental hygienist or check out which provides visuals and instruction.

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3120 Pacific Place SW, Albany, OR 97321



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