A Guide to Your Teeth!
General Dentistry Pinole
Brush and floss daily, avoid staining food and drink, schedule regular appointments with your Pinole dentist, but amid your extensive dental treatment plan, are you curious about what exactly is going on in there? You know you’ve got molars, maybe canine teeth, maybe you’ve seen you X-rays and talked about tooth decay and how to avoid it, but it’s also important for you to be well-informed about each and every one of your permanent teeth so that you know what exactly Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas is talking about when you discuss oral care.
Follow this guide to learn more about your teeth so you can feel more informed next time you visit Pinole dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas:
Adults have 32 permanent teeth, and those teeth are numbered in a clockwise fashion from the dentist’s perspective. Teeth 1-16 are the top half of your mouth, while 17-32 are the lower half (including your wisdom teeth!) This means that your wisdom teeth are numbers 1, 16, 17, and 32. Your front, most visible teeth are 6-11 on the top, and 22-27 on the bottom. Your “eye” teeth, or canines, (the sharp, vampire-like teeth!) are numbers 6, 11, 22, and 27.
Consider the benefits of being comfortable with the numbers of your teeth next time you go in for dental treatments, especially if you’re having cosmetic work done. Being able to communicate effectively could mean becoming more comfortable and relaxed before you undergo treatment.
To learn more about navigating your teeth, or to schedule your next appointment with Pinole dentist Dr. Dalia Perez-Salinas, call 510-243-0213 today!
Could You Have Gum Disease?
Oral Hygiene El Sobrante
Bad breath, aching jaw, painful chewing, and swollen gums — sound familiar? It might surprise you to learn that hundreds of Americans suffer from gum disease, or periodontal disease, and if these painful symptoms remind you of your daily life, you may be one of those hundred.
Addressing and correcting your gum disease before it becomes detrimental to the overall health and wellness of your mouth is crucial. Our mouths are full of bacteria that cause plaque on teeth, and if left to develop, this plaque can quickly cause inflammation of the gums, called gingivitis. Gingivitis has mild symptoms, and can often be treated through regular brushing and flossing.
If left untreated, the swelling and redness of gingivitis worsens, causing the gums to pull away from the teeth, and this is known as periodontitis. As the gums pull away from the teeth, the pockets created often fill with bacteria; the body’s natural response is to fight off this bacteria, and consequently creates a situation in which the body begins breaking down bone and tissues surrounding the area. The destruction in and around the tooth can become so detrimental that the tooth must be extracted.
Although most people don’t show signs of gum disease until their 30s or 40s, some lifestyle risk factors can increase gum sensitivity and therefore increase the chances of early or accelerated gum disease.
These factors include:
Hormonal changes in women
It’s important to visit Dr. Perez-Salinas regularly for oral exams and cleanings, but when should you consider an immediate appointment to address the possibility of gum disease?
Common symptoms of gum disease include:
Unwavering bad breath
Red or swollen, tender or bleeding gums
Loose or sensitive teeth
Receding gums or teeth that appear longer
These symptoms could be signs of a serious problem, and should be evaluated by Dr. Perez-Salinas as soon as they are discovered.
Don’t become another victim of periodontitis! For more information about periodontitis prevention and treatment, call 510-243-0213 to schedule an appointment with your El Sobrante dentist Dr. Perez-Salinas today.