Wednesday, December 11, 2013

7 Ways to prevent gum disease (periodontal disease)

7 Ways to prevent gum disease (periodontal disease)

You can’t overestimate the importance of good oral hygiene — not only for dental health, but for your overall wellbeing. Periodontal disease or gum disease is major risk factor in developing serious health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. While treatment options for periodontal disease may be time-consuming, painful, and expensive, the preventive techniques are simple and effective:
1-     Proper brush: When it comes to your gum, not all brushes are created equally! Those old, hard, and rough brushes with inflexible and long bristles could only increase the chances of gum injury, loss of enamel, and risk of gum infections. Gum specialists recommend soft to medium brushes with an inch in length and half inch in width that are long enough to reach the back and sides of molar teeth.
2-     Effective brushing and flossing: You probably know that oral hygiene such as regular brushing and flossing is important to your teeth and gum health. But, do you know the proper techniques when it comes to correct brushing and or flossing?
3 Simple steps to perfect brushing:
I) Place the brush where the gum meets the tooth, with bristles resting along each tooth at a 45-degree angle.
II) Move the brush back and forth gently. Use short (tooth-wide) strokes.  Begin by brushing the outer tooth surfaces, followed by the inner tooth surfaces, and then the chewing surfaces of the teeth.  For the inside surfaces of the front teeth, gently use the tip of the brush in an up-and-down stroke.
III) Brush your tongue to help remove additional bacteria.  Flossing should finish the process.
3 Simple steps to perfect flossing:
I) Break off 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around the middle finger of one hand and the rest around the other middle finger
II) Gently rub the floss back and forth between the teeth, floss should be curved around each tooth when it reaches the gum.
III) Finally floss up and down between the teeth. Repeat with each tooth, including the outside of molar teeth.
Watch a short video on our dental library for a demonstration of proper flossing techniques
3-     Maintain a healthy Diet: Vitamin C: Marinating a good diet rich in Vitamin C can significantly reduce the risk of gum disease. Also, Calcium found in dairy products is critical for children and adults in order to have healthy gums and avoid tooth decay. Dairy products can help to clear the mouth of harmful sugars and protect against plaque.
4-     Use Mouth wash: Even though proper brushing and flossing can get rid of most of food and bacteria in your mouth, a rinse with a good mouth wash solution insures a thorough cleansing of the mouth.  Periodontists recommend mouthwash solutions with Anti-Microbial content preferably with no Alcohol in the list of ingredients.
5-     Quit Smoking: Smoking has shown to play as a risk factor in developing gum disease. For smokers, quitting is an important step toward regaining periodontal health.
6-     Manage Stress: although stress does not have a direct effect on gum disease, it does reduce the body’s immune system and makes it harder to fight infections such as gum infections.
7-     Straighten your smile: Misaligned or crooked teeth can not only affect your smile but they also can increase the risk of gum disease. It is significantly harder to clean and floss misaligned teeth. As such, incomplete plague removal can lead to buildups, gum bleeding, and eventually other forms of gum disease. If any of your teeth are facially displaced, it can cause the gums around it to recede. In severe overbite, teeth may come in contact with the gum tissue of the opposite side and cause irritation to the gums.

Dr. Elyassian is a Periodontist practicing in Orange County, CA. His office is now offering FREE consultation sessions for those who are concerned about the condition of their gum and oral health. Call us and request your FREE consultation today!

Friday, December 6, 2013

What is Periodontal Disease? What is Gum Disease?

What is a Periodontal Disease? Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease is #1 reason for tooth loss. It affects both gum and bones. Symptoms could be bad breath, tooth movement, and gum bleeding. Long term plaque is the primary cause of periodontal disease. The bacteria gradually grows in the teeth surrounding tissues and slowly destroy gum and bones in the supporting structure of the teeth.
The treatment starts with a complete measurement of gums. The procedure then is performed with the help of new advanced laser surgical tools at the office of DR. Elyassian in Orange county ca.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Press Release

A Recent PBS Interview with Dr. Ramyar Elyassian Discussing Laser as an Effective Alternative in Treatment of Gum Disease.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Advantages of using Laser in treating Gum disease


The use of lasers as a non-surgical therapy used to treat periodontal diseases not only reduce s bleeding and swelling but it also significantly reduces the pain and discomfort to the patient during and after surgery. Laser therapy is a more modern approach in treating periodontal diseases or gum issues, and the procedure is also known as laser periodontal therapy or laser gum therapy. Periodontal disease is chronic. The same bacteria which cause periodontal disease are free floating in your mouth and return to your teeth and gums gradually. Use of antibiotics can sometimes help, but only temporarily. Calculus also originates from your saliva and will always return. Calculus sticks to your tooth and root surfaces and cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone. Regular periodontal maintenance check-ups and cleanings will always be needed to keep the bacteria from attacking your gums and teeth again.
What are the indications for using a laser to treat periodontal disease? Why will it benefit me versus other methods? Laser periodontal therapy, laser gum therapy, and laser assisted gum therapy tools can be used in almost all patients. The following are specific advantages and indications for this approach in treating periodontal disease:
  • Gummy smiles / short looking front teeth
  • Very sensitive gums and teeth
  • Loose, shifting, drifting, and moving teeth
  • Swollen and bleeding gums
  • Bone loss and infection around dental implants
  • When patients fear traditional periodontal surgery
  • When a patient has recurrent periodontal infections and recurrent periodontal disease
  • When a patient seeks a minimally invasive approach to treating periodontal disease
  • When someone is on blood thinners such as Aspirin, Coumadin, or Plavix
  • When a patient is seeking a holistic and biologic approach to treating periodontal disease
  • When a patient had medical conditions which would not allow them to have traditional periodontal surgery

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Laser technology has been effectively used in dentistry to treat various types of Gum disease and perform surgical procedures without cuts or suture. Dr. Elyassian is one the very few Periodontists in Orange County, Ca who is specialized and highly trained in the treatment of gum and oral diseases with the help of laser. Recently, American Health Journal interviewed Dr. Elyassian at his office in Tustin, CA. This educational video which provides patients with new information about new and advanced options in the treatment of gum diseases was aired on PBS SOCAL as well.

Dr. Elyassian is a highly trained periodontists who performs laser dental procedures at his office in Tustin, CA. He also lectures on the advancement of technology in dentistry both national and internationally.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Why should I use a Waterlase Periodontist?
Waterlase surgical dentistry has many advantages over conventional oral and periodontal surgeries:
a)Your comfort
Heat, vibration and pressure are the primary causes of pain associated with the use of the traditional drill and instruments. Since the Waterlase laser cuts hard and soft tissues without heat, vibration or pressure, your Periodontist may be able to perform your procedure with fewer shots and less anesthesia. Plus, using a Waterlase laser reduces bleeding, post-operative pain and swelling and the need for pain medication in many cases. In certain cases, patients could have surgeries without being taken off of Aspirin, Plavix, Coumadin and other blood thinners. Waterlase could also be used in comfortable treatment of oral herpetic lesions, removal and biopsy of other benign intra-oral lesions.
b)Accuracy and Precision
A Waterlase Periodontist can safely, accurately and precisely make an incision in soft and hard tissues while leaving the surrounding cells unaffected.
c)Reduced Trauma
High speed drills can cause hairline fractures in teeth that can eventually lead to future dental problems. The gentle action of the Waterlase laser reduces damage to healthy portions of the gum, bone and tooth, minimizing trauma.
d)Detoxification of the Root Surface and Implants
Waterlase can safely and accurately detoxify and condition root surfaces for accepting bone and tissue grafts.
e)Fewer Dental Visits
Since you may not need shots or anesthesia, your Waterlase Periodontist may be able to perform various surgical procedures in several areas of your mouth, rather than having you come back for multiple visits.
f)Less Bleeding and Swelling
Due to its gentle cutting action and coagulating capabilities the Waterlase laser performs many procedures on gums and other soft tissues with little or no bleeding with less post-operative swelling. By doing so it bypasses the normal inflammatory process which is produced by traditional cutting action of a blade. This translates to less inflammation, less post-operative pain, less pain medications, and faster healing.
The Waterlase laser was first cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to cut tooth surface structures in 1988 and has received over 60 additional clearances for a wide range of procedures on teeth, gums and bone.
FAQ:Is Waterlase Dentistry Safe?
YES! In the hands of your trained Periodontist
, the Waterlase is a safe medical device. As a Waterlase Periodontist, your doctor iscommitted to providing you with the best possible care and dental experience.