Be Aware of Gum Care!

Taking care of your gums is a crucial part of your dental health as well as the overall health and care of your body. September marks the National Gum Care Month, and in honor of this, it is a good idea to educate yourself about the early stages of gum disease and update your knowledge on caring for your gums! It is never early to begin taking precautions on maintaining healthy gums and a healthy smile!

 

Gum Disease and the Early Signs:

Gum disease (also known as periodontitis) is a serious gum infection that damages gums and can destroy the jawbone. Without taking proper oral care, the early stages of gum disease may become present. Symptoms to look for include the following:

  • Red or puffy gums/ tender to the touch
  • Apparent blood when brushing your teeth
  • Receding gums or gums that pull away from your teeth
  • Bad breath caused by plaque buildup on the tongue
  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold food

If you have any of these symptoms you should take the proper care and make an appointment at Sealy Dental right away. But, the good news is there are multiple preventative measures to ensure happy and healthy gums. Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease and is caused by the buildup of plaque on the teeth. For most patients, gingivitis and gum disease can be prevented by the following different ways:

Preventive Measures:

  • Establish a daily oral care routine
  • See your dentists at Sealy Dental regularly
  • Practice good Habits including: brush twice daily, floss one a day, eat a healthy diet, and keep an eye out for signs of gingivitis
  • Incorporate mouthwash into your daily routine

 

Taking care of your gums will help your health in the long run and Sealy Dental is here to help. Call 979-885-4856 today to make your preventative gum disease appointment and keep your gums happy!

Is A Dental Implant Right For You?

Have you lost a tooth due to accident, injury, or illness? If so, a dental implant is a good option to replace missing teeth.

A dental implant is made of medical-grade titanium that is surgically implanted into your jawbone. A dental crown is placed on top of the implant, with the end result looking like a natural tooth. Dental implants are a more secure solution for replacing missing teeth than dentures because they are fixed in place and can’t be removed like dentures. Dental implants can also be more durable than dentures.

If you elect to have a dental implant inserted, dental surgery will be required. But, the doctors at Sealy Dental Center are highly trained in oral surgery and will work hard to ensure a smooth procedure. The entire process can take up to six months but the end result is well worth the wait!

The first step in a dental implant procedure is to insert a titanium screw into the jawbone. The doctor then creates a permanent bond between the implant and the jawbone. A temporary oral appliance will be worn while the jawbone and the implant post heals. The healing process can take several weeks or months, depending on how quickly the jawbone bonds to the implant post.

Once your mouth has healed, you will return to our Sealy or Katy dental practices for a custom crown to be placed on top of the dental implant post. The end result is a natural looking tooth and a beautiful smile!

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, call Sealy Dental Center in the Sealy or Katy area including Brookshire, Wallis and Bellville today. Our friendly staff will answer any questions and set up a consultation with the doctor.

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