Kinsey Smiles
Brian Kinsey DMD, Dentistry at Hamilton Mill

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive Dentistry

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Some of our most common questions are listed right here. 

Preventive Dentistry

some signs of Periodontal (Gum) Disease may include any or all of the following:

  • swollen or puffy gums
  • gums that appear to be receding or pulling away from the teeth
  • gums that appear bright red - especially around the edges and between teeth
  • gums that feel tender to the touch or sensitive to brushing and/or flossing
  • gums that bleed easily with brushing or flossing
  • persistent bad breath
  • loose teeth or teeth that feel mobile
  • new spaces developing between teeth

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms its important to have your condition evaluated as soon as possible.  With a thorough evaluation Dr. Kinsey will be able to diagnose the presence or absence of gum disease and make recommendations accordingly. If caught early enough gum disease may be 100% reversible, and as with most things, the earlier you diagnose and treat the better and more predictable the outcome. 

Periodontal (Gum) Disease can be treated in a variety of different ways depending on the severity and progression of the disease.  Dr. Kinsey would thoroughly evaluate the health of the gums and bone supporting the teeth using several diagnostic methods including measurements as well as x-ray analysis.  Based on the diagnosis, gum disease may be treated in one of the following ways:

  • change in home care habits and recommendations of cleaning devices such as a Sonicare toothbrush or a Waterpik water flosser
  • increased frequency of  professional hygiene therapy
  • professional cleaning with through medicinal irrigation under the gums
  • prescription rinses to be used at home
  • prescription antibiotics and antifungals
  • deep cleaning - scaling and root planing (non surgical)
  • referral to a gum specialist (Periodontist) for further evaluation

When teeth and gums are healthy, it is recommended by the American Dental Association that adults and children visit the dentist and have their teeth professionally cleaned and examined twice a year.  For patients with gum disease, professional cleaning is recommended every 3-4 months as well as for those with special dental needs, such as children undergoing orthodontic treatment (ie braces).  If you are unsure how often you should visit the dentist, we would be glad to assist.

Tooth sensitivity may be caused by many factors including worn or chipped enamel, receded gums and gum disease, decay/cavities, clenching and grinding, cracks and infected or abscessed roots.  Sometimes the sensitivity can be exacerbated by hot or cold liquids and foods, acidic foods, sweets, chewing and even certain toothpaste.  Tooth sensitivity can often be treated effectively but it is essential to first determine the underlying cause.  If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity we would be glad to take a look and help you determine the cause and the best method of treatment.

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