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Periodontal Disease Does Not Always Warn You

Periodontal Disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. It is possible to have periodontal disease and have no warning signs. That is why it is important to have regular checkups and periodontal exams with your dentist. Some common signs of advancing periodontal conditions can be; your gums bleed easily and are tender and/or swollen. You may even experience chronic bad breath. Deteriorating conditions can even cause your teeth to be mobile. It is best to prevent and catch periodontal conditions before they advance by seeing your dentist regularly.

Gum disease is caused by plaque remaining around the gum line of your teeth. The bacteria in plaque produces acids and other toxins that can destroy bone and gum tissue over a period of time. Brushing twice a day and flossing your teeth daily is important for removing plaque from your teeth. Over time plaque hardens and forms a thick deposit on your teeth called tartar. If tartar remains on the teeth and below the gum line, it can lead to chronic infection and inflammation. The only way to remove tartar is to have your teeth professionally cleaned at your dental office.

Our hygienists provide a comfortable and efficient dental cleaning that will help you gain a healthy smile. Don’t wait for warning signs see our office for your regular dental checkups.

Daniel J. Ryan D.D.S.

2+2= Healthy Teeth and Gums

By adhering to the “2+2” rule, patients can improve their oral health.  Most dentists recommend that at least “two” minutes of tooth-brushing is required to thoroughly clean teeth.  Although, many people think they are following the two-minute tooth brushing regimen, actual timing of their routines may prove otherwise.  If necessary, patients should use an old-fashioned egg timer to time themselves.  Flossing is a must at least once a day because it reaches between your teeth where toothbrush bristles cannot go.  Regarding regular visits to the dentist; “two” visits a year is acceptable for most patients, while visits every three to four months is preferable to those with bridges, crowns, or a history of gum disease. Your personal satisfaction with your oral health and appearance is most important.

At Woodinville Gentle Dental, you can expect us to give you gentle, comforting care using the up-to-date techniques and equipment to maintain health teeth and gums for a beautiful smile.  Our trained professional staff works as a team to make your visits pleasant.  We provide a full range of dental treatments and will discuss your treatment options with you.  We are always accepting new patients.

Daniel J. Ryan, D.D.S., P.S.

Have You Had An Excellent Visit With Us?

We truly appreciate having such wonderful patients and are happy to keep hearing  of your excellent experiences with us.  See some of our patient comments on our website at Woodinville Gentle Dental Patient Testimonials.

We have found that the greatest compliment that our patients can give us is through the referrals of their friends, business associates and family members. If you have had an experience that you would like to share please feel free to send us a line about your visit or follow the online links below and share your experience in the form of a review.

We thank you for your continued confidence in us and we look forward to providing you excellent dental care in the years to come.

Thank You,

Daniel J. Ryan, D.D.S. & Staff

 

 

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Your Child’s Dental Emergency

School is starting and many kids are joining sports and after school activities. While these activities are fun, occasionally we see an increase in accidental injuries. Its amazing how many injuries kids experience by the time they are adults. In our office we see kids that have injuries that have even involved their teeth. While wearing a sports guard can reduce some of these injuries, the following is some great information to help aid you in caring for your child in the event of a dental injury.

Broken Tooth
Clean their mouth by rinsing with warm water. If there is swelling you can use a cold compress on the area to keep the swelling down. Call your dentist and make an immediate appointment. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, bring it with to your dentist.

Knocked Out Tooth
Find the knocked out tooth. You can rinse the tooth with water if it is dirty, be sure to hold the tooth by the crown. Do not scrub the tooth or remove any attached tissue fragments. If you can, gently insert the tooth back into the socket with gauze or a clean wash cloth. If you can not put the tooth in the socket, put it in a container with milk, saliva or water and take it with you to the dentist. Take your child to the dentist right away.

Objects Caught Between the Teeth
Using dental floss you can gently try to remove the object. If it does not work call your dentist for an appointment. Do not try to remove the object with any sharp or pointed instruments.

Toothache
Rinse your child’s mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food that may be trapped between the teeth. Do not put any hot compresses on their face, do not put aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissue. Take your child to the dentist as soon as possible.

Bitten Tongue or Lip
Clean the area with a cloth and place a cold compress on the area to keep the swelling down. If bleeding is excessive or doesn’t stop after a short period of time, take your child to a dentist or physician right away.

Possible Broken Jaw
Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Take your child to the dentist or a hospital emergency room immediately!

Uh oh! A Dental Emergency on Vacation
Using your internet access look up a local dentist or contact the local dental society for a referral.
Ask the local hospital or urgent care to recommend a dentist.
Ask the hotel concierge or other hotel staff to refer you to a dentist.
If you are out of the country you can contact the U.S. Embassy for a referral. Many embassies maintain lists of local medical and dental personnel, which may also be available online at http://usembassy.state.gov. After clicking on the country you are visiting, search for medical listings under the heading “US Citizen Services”.

We hope everyone has a great start to the new school year! If you have an emergency or just need a dental check up, call our office to schedule your next appointment.

Your Friends at Woodinville Gentle Dental
Daniel J. Ryan, D.D.S.
425.483.4602