Could Your Child Be Going Back to School with Bad Breath?

Could Your Child Be Going Back to School with Bad Breath?

Yep, kids get bad breath, too! And now they’re going back to school and spending long hours between brushings. They could be bad-breath offenders and not even know – but other kids will. And where there’s bad breath, cavities are sure to follow. Read further to learn how to keep your child’s breath smelling fresh with no chance of being labeled a bad-breath bad guy.

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Tooth Replacement - An Act of Prevention

Tooth Replacement - An Act of Prevention

When it comes to missing teeth many people don’t realize the importance of replacement – if you can’t see it, who needs need it! Well, it’s not all about practicality; it’s about “healthy”. Even if you’re a denture wearer, dental implants can help you acquire a more secure, healthy smile. Read on to learn the significance of tooth replacement.

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Treating Periodontal Disease Is More Important Than Ever Before

Recent research has shown that the health consequences of gum disease are perhaps much more serious than previously believed. Certain strains of bacteria found in neglected gum tissue have been linked to an increased risk of heart attack, diabetes, and even adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Gingivitis is the onset of periodontal disease in its mildest form. Most people learn from their dentist at a young age what gingivitis is and how to know if they have it: Gums that are slightly red, swollen, or bloody are often an indicator of inadequate oral hygiene and gingivitis. Improved oral hygiene along with periodontal treatments can usually reverse gingivitis before it creates greater problems.

Periodontitis is what occurs when gingivitis becomes more serious. Bacteria in plaque cause the gums surrounding the affected teeth to become inflamed. These bacteria create pockets where more bacteria can grow, and deeper pockets lead to further destruction of gum and bone tissue. Although periodontal disease is usually avoidable with proper brushing and flossing, at later stages it may be impossible to avoid losing teeth. Worse yet, the pockets of bacteria that form have the potential to house more harmful strains that are related to coronary disease.

The best method of treating periodontal disease is to prevent it from reaching the point where it becomes difficult to control. If you’re experiencing bleeding gums while flossing, don’t let this condition progress: book an appointment with McCleary and Elma, WA dentist, Dr. Donald J. Arima to find out if you’re at risk. Please call our McCleary, WA office today at 360.495.3666, and we’ll help you treat your condition properly. We look forward to serving your total oral health needs!

Washington Dental Service & Delta Dental

Donald J. Arima, DDS is pleased to announce we are now Preferred Providers with Washington Dental Service and Delta Dental as of June 1st. Many patients have already expressed their gratitude that we will gladly file claims for these insurance providers and any other standard PPO insurance.

We believe quality dental care should be affordable and obtainable for everyone and are excited to welcome new patients under the Washington Dental Services or Delta Dental plans.
Please forward this newsletter to your friends or family looking for a new dental home – we would be pleased to welcome them and extend the same exceptional care to them that you have received.

We are proud to be your dental health care provider and look forward to continuing to serve other great members of the Elma and McCleary communities.

The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth

Our goal at Donald J. Arima, DDS, PS is to restore normal function, comfort, aesthetics, speech and health to our individuals who are missing teeth.  As our population is aging and growing, an increasing number of people are being affected by the loss of teeth.

Tooth Loss can affect:

  • The way you feel psychologically.
  • Function.
  • Health.
  • Facial aesthetics.

It is not so much about the teeth as it is the bone. The bone surrounding and supporting your teeth require the necessary stimulation that comes from the teeth. The small stresses transmitted through the bone prompts the bone to remodel and rebuild continually. When a tooth is lost, the lack of stimulation causes bone loss. As the bone loses width, it also loses height, and gum tissues gradually decrease. Your ability to chew and speak may be impaired, and this is what leads to serious aesthetic and functional problems. Toothless people appear unhappy when their mouths are at rest because their lips have sagged while unsupported by teeth and gum tissues. To prevent bone loss as you age, a solution is available that has high patient satisfaction: dental implants.

A dental implant is a tooth root replacement option to which a crown is attached. Dental implants are fully compatible with your jawbone, and they look, feel and function like natural teeth. There is no risk of decay and patients will experience aesthetic and physiological advantages.

To see if dental implants are right for you, call our office to schedule a consultation.