March 11, 2014
One of the most common oral health problems a person can face is periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. A majority of adults over 35 struggle with periodontal disease in some capacity. It’s also the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.
What causes periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease results from the buildup of bacteria and plaque around the gums. When this buildup occurs, the sensitive gum tissue becomes irritated, causing a range of symptoms—many of which go unnoticed for far too long. The most common symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Gum recession, or gums pulling away from teeth
- Loose or separating teeth
- Pus between the gum and tooth
- Persistent bad breath
- Bite changes
- Change in the fit of partial dentures
During every general checkup at Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry, Dr. Angela Ruff will look for these symptoms. Giving patients attentive, personalized care means looking closely for these telltale signs as often as possible.
What if Dr. Ruff finds one of these symptoms?
That’s where periodontal therapy comes in. With personalized periodontal therapy, Dr. Ruff can help you treat your symptoms before they have time to worsen. Treating periodontal disease early is important; if left untreated, it can have a powerful impact on oral health, but it can also have a serious impact overall health.
A range of health conditions have been linked to periodontal disease, including:
- Heart disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Pre-term or low birth weight
Are you experiencing any symptoms of periodontal disease? Call Ascot Implants & Dentistry to schedule a consultation appointment with us. Dr. Ruff offers personalized periodontal therapy to patients from Fayetteville, Spring Lake, and all of Cumberland County.
March 4, 2014
Out of all the cosmetic dentistry services offered at Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry, few are as popular at teeth whitening. Professional whitening lets patients reverse the staining caused by coffee, tea, red wine, and so many other kinds of commonly consumed drinks and foods. Aging also plays a role in the formation of stains, as does tobacco and some medications.
To treat stains, Dr. Ruff offers effective care with custom bleaching trays and a supply of professional-strength whitener. With your trays and your whitener, you can complete your teeth whitening treatment in the comfort of your own home.
Achieving a whiter smile is as simple as wearing your trays for about 30 minutes a day over the course of a few weeks. Typically, it takes 7 to 10 days to see results. While you whiten, you can take care of some chores around the house or just relax in front of the TV or with a book. If you need to touch-up your smile with future teeth whitening treatments, the process works the same way.
And what if teeth whitening alone doesn’t give you the results you’ve dreamed of? Dr. Ruff would be happy to recommend a secondary service, like porcelain veneers, to give you extra help. Some patients need multiple services to get exactly what they want.
A Whiter Smile in A Few Days
Our Fayetteville office is committed to creating beautiful smiles. Do you have questions about teeth whitening and how it can help you? Call Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry today. During a consultation appointment with Dr. Ruff, we can talk to you about your goals, your options, and what will work best for your specific needs.
We serve patients from Fayetteville, Spring Lake, and all of Cumberland County.