Keep Your Gums Healthy – Dr. Chao

Posted October 17th, 2014 by Dr. Chao and filed in Healthy Gums

Keeping your gums in a healthy state is a lot more important than you may think. In addition to brushing and flossing, a healthy diet can also help you  maintain healthy gums.

By eating properly, you are providing vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for your gums and teeth, which can help keep your gums and teeth healthy. Not everyone knows this, but Fluoride is found naturally in some foods, so by consuming them, you are effortlessly helping contribute to tooth decay prevention. Fluoride, also found in your water supply (in most areas), can help reduce cavities by up 60%.

While we are on the topic of food, it is important to point out that certain foods can be very detrimental to the health of your gums and teeth. Particularly, foods high in sucrose (also known as granulated sugar). Although very tasty, it is the leading cause of tooth decay.

“But Dr. Chao, I avoid junk food and eat lots of fruit. Is that good?” Yes, that is great! Although fresh fruit can be relatively sweet and acidic, the saliva produced when chewing the fruit help rinse away anything left in the mouth and reduces the acidity in the mouth. Apples are especially great because they promote gum stimulation, increase saliva flow, and help reduce the build up of cavity-causing bacteria. Hence the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. But be aware of dried fruits. Eating them can actually negatively affect the health of your gums and teeth. This is because they are not only high in sugar, but stick to your teeth.

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Preventing Gum Disease – Alhambra, CA

Many people often ignore the early signs of gum disease, known as gingivitis, simply because they do not know what gingivitis is.

Gum disease plagues 75% of adult Americans and has been connected to serious diseases such as heart disease and stroke. Learn how to recognize gingivitis along with ways to halt and prevent gingivitis from progressing into a more serious form of gum disease.

Gingivitis is a reversible form of gum disease. It affects only the attached and free gingival tissue that surrounds your teeth, bacteria that invades the area below your gumline, known as the sulcus or periodontal pocket, causes gingivitis to develop and eventually manifest into periodontitis, if left untreated.The early warning signs of gingivitis are often mistaken as normal occurrences one should expect when it comes to the mouth. Symptoms of gingivitis include:

  • Bad breath
  • Red, puffy, and inflamed gums
  • Bleeding after brushing and flossing

Even though you may recognize these early warning signs as gingivitis, it is important that you book an appointment with your dentist for a check up. Why? There is a fine line between gingivitis and periodontitis. It is important to note that gingivitis is a reversible condition that is treated with professional cleanings to remove plaque and calculus build up, along with regular home maintenance that may include a prescribed antibacterial mouth rinse known as chlorhexidine gluconate.

What are the benefits of Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™)?

The benefits of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™ are many:

• Less discomfort for the patient after treatment
• Faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting
• No need for uncomfortable sutures
• No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools
• No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate
• Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results

Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation

Posted July 23rd, 2014 by Dr. Chao and filed in Pinhole Surgical Technique


 

Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation, the revolutionary treatment for receding gums makes national news on the award winning “The Doctors” show first broadcast on January 21, 2014. In this segment, titled the “Lunchtime Gum Lift”™Los Angeles dentist and inventor Dr. John Chao moved receded gums over ten teeth back to normal position in under an hour, with no cutting and no stitches. For more information visit http://www.pinholegumrejuvenation.com or call 888-603-2953.

This new technique is “quick, easy and instantly pleasing,” says Dr. Chao. To date, over 200 dental professionals from around the world have been trained in Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ by Dr. Chao.

The Pinhole Surgical Technique – Dr Chao

The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST®), invented and patented by John Chao, D.D.S., is a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for correcting gum recession. Through a small pinhole made by a needle, Dr. Chao uses specially designed instruments to gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no cutting or stitching, patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding). Most patients also are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement

Gum Disease Treatment – Alhambra CA

Posted May 30th, 2014 by Dr. Chao and filed in Gum Disease

Gum disease is fairly common, especially if the patient in concern does not make regular visits to the dentist. One of the most common forms of gum disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when bacterial plaque starts to build up in the gaps between the gum and the teeth. This buildup is called tartar, and although it may only be in small amounts, the bacteria the tartar carries can produce toxins to the body that cause the gums to inflame. If this form of gum disease is not addressed properly, the gaps between the teeth and the gums can become larger.

This is something you really want to avoid because if the tartar buildup is too great it can eventually lead to tooth loss and even bone loss in the jaw. Regular cleanings can help you avoid this situation, but we can also help you if your gum disease is more advanced. We have a number of different non-surgical methods.  As with all of our procedures, these procedures are extremely comfortable. You do not have to fear having to decide between losing your teeth or undergoing painful surgery.

Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease is fairly common, especially if the patient in concern does not make regular visits to the dentist. One of the most common forms of gum disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when bacterial plaque starts to build up in the gaps between the gum and the teeth. This buildup is called tartar, and although it may only be in small amounts, the bacteria the tartar carries can produce toxins to the body that cause the gums to inflame. If this form of gum disease is not addressed properly, the gaps between the teeth and the gums can become larger.

This is something you really want to avoid because if the tartar buildup is too great it can eventually lead to tooth loss and even bone loss in the jaw. Regular cleanings can help you avoid this situation, but we can also help you if your gum disease is more advanced. We have a number of different non-surgical methods.  As with all of our procedures, these procedures are extremely comfortable. You do not have to fear having to decide between losing your teeth or undergoing painful surgery.

Overcoming Dental Phobias

Have you been putting off visiting the dentist because of fear of pain?

Chances are, visiting a dentist won’t be nearly as painful as you expect. Surveys of patients before and after the most dreaded procedures — such as a root canal or wisdom tooth extraction — have found that they anticipated much more discomfort than they actually experienced.

The root canal in particular gets a “bad rap” because it is typically preceded by painful toothaches. The procedure itself relieves this pain, often in just a single visit. Wisdom tooth extractions get a bad name because of occasional jaw pain experienced several days afterwards, which can be treated with pills.

Still, even if your mind tells you you’ll be just fine, your body may still fear that dentist’s chair. Here are a few tips that may help you overcome your fear of the dentist:

  • Go to that first visit with someone you trust, such as a close relative who has no fear of dentists, Bynes suggests. Bynes even encourages friends and relatives to sit with the patient during treatment.
  • Seek distraction while in the dentist’s chair. Listen to your own music on headphones. Or find a dentist with a TV or other distractions available in the treatment room.
  • Try relaxation techniques. Try controlled breathing — taking a big breath, holding it, and letting it out very slowly, like you are a leaky tire. This will slow your heartbeat and relax your muscles. Another technique is progressive muscle relaxation, which involves tensing and relaxing different muscle groups in turn.
  • Review with your dentist which sedatives are available or appropriate. Options include local anesthetic, nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), oral sedatives, and intravenous sedation. While oversedation can be dangerous, too many dentists are uncomfortable using any oral sedation. And only some dentists are qualified to perform IV sedation.
  • If you can’t bring yourself to go to any dentist, you might want to try seeing a psychologist first, says Ronald Kleinknecht, PhD, a clinical psychologist at Western Washington University and co-author of Treating Fearful Dental Patients. The most “tried and true approach” to treating dental phobia (and other phobias) is what Kleinknecht calls “direct therapeutic exposure.” It involves introducing the patient to feared items — say, a needle — in a gradual and controlled manner.

Gum Lifts – Alhambra CA

Gingivectomy, also known as gum-lifts,  involve the removal of gum to make the teeth appear longer, and the gum-line even. People who have excess gum covering the front teeth and an upper lip that comes up high when they smile are often self-conscious about their “gummy” smile. An uneven gum-line can make the teeth appear to have different lengths, which takes away from the appearance of an attractive smile.

Gum Treatment Reduces Risk Of Preterm and Low-Weight Baby

Gum Treatment Reduces Risk Of Preterm and Low-Weight Baby

When “pregnancy gingivitis” is treated, risk for a preterm and low-weight baby is reduced by 68%, according to a recent study published in the November, 2005, issue of the Journal of Periodontology. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum infection that leads to tooth loss in later stages (periodontitis). Gingivitis that develops because of hormonal changes during gestation is called pregnancy gingivitis. This study suggests that gingivitis is an independent risk factor for preterm and low weight babies. Therapeutic intervention through teeth cleaning and dental hygiene instruction reduces preterm birth and low-weight infant rates significantly.

This study is consistent with two other well-known studies which reported on reduced incidences of preterm and low weight birth rates when more advanced forms of gum disease were treated during pregnancy. The reduction in risk ranged from 71% to 84%.

Based on these studies it recommended that if periodontal infection is diagnosed at any time during pregnancy, treatment should be started as soon as possible to reduce risk of preterm birth and low birth weight. Those contemplating becoming pregnant should also be evaluated for gum disease and dental problems prior to becoming pregnant.

These studies are more evidence that oral health is intricately interconnected with general health. Previous studies suggest that heart and respiratory disorders are associated with gum infection.

That your great smile gives the impression of vitality and health is based on good science. So brush at least twice a day and see your dentist regularly.