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.

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.

Sleep Apnea Treatment – Alhambra, CA

Posted December 29th, 2011 by Dr. Chao and filed in Sleep Apnea

Your Dentist Can Treat Snoring and Sleep Apnea

While snoring is common and often harmless, at least to the snorer, it can be a warning sign of “obstructive sleep apnea” (OSA), a serious medical condition that affects an estimated 18 million people in the United States, according to  the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (ACSM). Dangers related to OSA include severe daytime sleepiness, loss of short term memory, an increased risk of high blood pressure and higher rates of stroke and heart attack.

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
Diagnosis of sleep apnea is first established by the physician. This may involve a sleep test (polysomnograph) where the patient sleeps overnight in a sleep center.

Not every case of sleep apnea can be treated with OA’s. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that mild and moderate cases of sleep apnea be treated with oral appliances when other methods such as CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) or surgery is inappropriate or not preferred.

CPAP is a device that is attached to the mouth and/or nose that assists in unobstructed breathing through positive air pressure. For severe sleep apnea, the ACSM recommends that CPAP should be the treatment of choice.
In cooperation with the physician, Dr. Chao can prescribe and fit the most effective, safe and comfortable OA for you.

For more information on Sleep Apnea treatment and the steps we take to treat it, visit our Sleep Apnea page.