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By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
September 24, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  
BeExtraVigilantforSignsofGumDiseaseDuringPregnancy

Periodontal (gum) disease is a bacterial infection that can eventually lead to tooth loss if not treated. The infection typically arises from plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that build up on tooth surfaces every 8-12 hours and not removed due to poor oral hygiene.

There is always an increased risk of gum disease when a person doesn’t practice effective oral hygiene. But there are certain conditions that could also heighten risk: in particular, women who are pregnant (especially during the first trimester) or taking certain types of birth control pills. During pregnancy, female hormones known as estrogens become elevated, causing changes in the gums’ blood vessels. These changes make the tissues fed by these vessels more susceptible to the effects of bacteria. This increased susceptibility even has a term — “pregnancy gingivitis.”

Gum disease during pregnancy can also affect other areas of a woman’s health, as well as the health of her baby. Recent studies have shown a possible link between pre-term low weight babies and mothers with severe gum disease, especially among those with limited dental healthcare. There’s a stronger link, however, between gum disease and diabetes; in fact, diabetes should be checked for in pregnant women who are diagnosed with gum disease.

If you’re pregnant, it’s especially important that you not neglect oral hygiene. Daily brushing and flossing is essential for removing the bacterial plaque that causes gum disease. You should also visit us for regular checkups and cleanings to remove hard to reach plaque and calculus (hardened deposits), as well as to detect any signs of periodontal disease.

You should also be aware of other factors, and take steps to minimize their effect. Smoking can cause greater plaque accumulation as well as adversely affect your immune system, which can inhibit healing in infected tissues. Stress can also affect your immune system, so be sure you’re getting enough rest.

Gum disease in any individual has the potential to cause great damage to teeth and gums. If you notice any abnormalities, particularly bleeding or swelling gums, you should see us as soon as possible for proper diagnosis. In the case of gum disease, the sooner treatment begins the better the chances of protecting both your health and your baby’s.

If you would like more information on periodontal disease and pregnancy, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Pregnancy & Birth Control.”


By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
September 17, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Emergencies  
dentist Our schedules are always jam-packed. If we aren’t rushing to work, we are grabbing the kids from school or running to the grocery store or trying to get dinner on the table. Sometimes it’s amazing that we are able to fit everything into our schedule. It’s even harder sometimes to remember our health during these busy times; however, we don’t want a health concern to stop us in our tracks. The same should go for our dental health. It might seem easy to push back that dental appointment if nothing is going wrong; however, here are just some reasons you might want to pick up the phone and call your general dentist in West Hartford today.
 
 
 

Emergencies

 
This might seem a bit obvious, but you wouldn’t believe how many people wait to see if they can just put up with dental traumas on their own. It doesn’t matter if you have a minor chip or crack or whether you lost a tooth, all of these situations warrant a quick trip to your West Hartford dentist. The sooner you take care of these problems, the better chance you have of preserving your beautiful smile. Plus, who wants to go through unnecessary treatments and multiple dental visits when you can see your dentist right away to nip the problem in the bud?
 
 
 

Toothaches

 
If you are experiencing tooth pain or discomfort, it’s time to come in for a visit. Sure, it might not seem like much right now, but the pain is trying to tell you that something is going on. If you’re experiencing persistent or severe pain, then there is no better time to see your general dentist in West Hartford, CT. While your smile may look OK, pain can signal that something isn’t right, even if you can’t see it. We have all the latest technology to pinpoint the problem and get you feeling better fast!
 
 
 

Biannual Cleanings

 
You might think that because you brush your teeth twice a day that seeing your dentist for your biannual cleaning isn’t necessary. On the contrary! Not only can we get into the little nooks and crannies that your toothbrush just can’t, but we also can check for cavities and gum disease. You should also be getting X-rays done to make sure that your jawbones and tissues are also healthy. While you might think you teeth look fantastic when you look in the mirror, your general dentist in West Hartford will be able to make sure that your teeth remain fantastic by giving them a nice professional cleaning.
 
 
 
Is it time you visited your dentist in Hartford? If so, give us a call today at (860) 561-3050 and make that much-needed appointment.
 

By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
September 09, 2014
Category: Oral Health
TheSecretsBehindVannaWhitesSmile

Describing Vanna White, co-host of the hit television game show Wheel of Fortune as friendly is an understatement. Yes, a good portion of the credit goes to her bubbly personality; however, you can't look at her without noticing her world-famous smile.

During an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Vanna shared some of the secrets to her trademark smile. Secrets that she is instilling in her children.

“I floss every day and I brush my teeth at least twice a day — morning and night — and sometimes after lunch.” She added, “I think that flossing is the most important thing. I believe that dental floss helps a lot, as it keeps your gums strong and looking younger.” And when asked about how often she has her teeth professionally cleaned she replied, “...every four to five months because I get a lot of plaque buildup.”

A typical dental hygiene visit is one that involves prophylaxis, a dental (and insurance) term for scaling and or polishing procedures to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from the crown or portion of the tooth that you can see. Scaling is a procedure where we use special hand-held instruments and/or ultrasonic scalers to remove plaque, bacteria and tartar that can coat your teeth causing them to feel rough or fuzzy. To polish your teeth, we use a rubber polishing cup, prophy paste and a motorized instrument that removes bacterial plaque and surface stains. This is usually the last portion of a routine cleaning because it leaves your teeth feeling smooth and shiny.

However, if you have been seeing blood when you brush your teeth or while flossing, you have the telltale signs of periodontal (gum) disease. During your cleaning appointment, we will clean below the gum line to treat and manage your periodontal disease (an infection of the gum and jaw bones). We may also discover that additional, deep-cleaning treatments (such as root planing) may be needed to treat and manage your periodontal disease.

To learn more about this topic, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Polishing.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination and cleaning. And if you want to read the entire feature article on Vanna White, continue reading “Vanna White.”