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.
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February 14, 2014
You may not realize it, but there is a very real connection between your oral health and the health of your heart. As some recent data has shown, advanced gum disease can contribute to clotting and heart disease, the number one cause of death for men and women in the U.S.
How is this possible?
It has to do with the way advanced gum disease affects your smile. Gum disease is caused by an accumulation of bacteria and plaque around the gum line. Over time, gum disease can cause tissue loss, resulting in pockets (or small gaps) between the teeth and gums. Bacteria and plaque can get into these pockets and, from there, into the body’s blood stream, which can carry them to the heart.
Other health problems have been linked to gum disease as well, including:
- Pre-term birth
The best way to defend yourself against health problems caused by gum disease is to be vigilant about your oral health.
One way you can do that is with a good brushing and flossing routine. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once, and using an antibacterial mouthwash will help you control the presence of bacteria and plaque in your mouth.
But brushing and flossing alone aren’t all you need. With regular checkups and dental cleanings at Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry, our Fayetteville dental team can help you remove bacteria and plaque that would be hard to reach on your own. We can also watch for signs of gum disease and offer treatment if necessary.
Are you curious about the connection between gum disease and your overall health? Call Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Ruff offers exceptional care to patients from Fayetteville, Spring Lake, and all of Cumberland County.
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January 16, 2014
Every year, a surprising number of patients avoid dental care because of anxiety. Other patients avoid it because of a sensitive gag reflex or because they have trouble getting numb. Regardless of the reason, though, no one should avoid care—a healthy smile is too important for overall health and wellbeing.
To help her patients overcome anxiety and other barriers, Dr. Ruff of Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry offers three effective forms of sedation dentistry:
- Nitrous Oxide
- Oral Conscious Sedation
- IV Sedation
Each one of them work in a different way, but they can all help patients achieve the desired goal of a more relaxing experience.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is breathed in through a mask and acts quickly to help patients achieve a comfortable, stress-free state. What’s more, it also wears off quickly, allowing patients to drive themselves home after their visit with Dr. Ruff.
Oral conscious sedation creates pleasant, relaxing feelings with a prescription sedative you’ll take before your appointment begins. This option is good for patients with higher levels of anxiety, or who need to get multiple procedures done in a single visit. Oral sedation doesn’t wear off as quickly as nitrous oxide, though. That means you’ll need to have a friend or family member with you to drive you home afterwards.
IV sedation is also good for advanced anxiety or patients who need comprehensive care. It allows us to very precisely control how relaxed you are, bu, like oral conscious sedation, also takes time to wear off. IV sedation is a safe and very popular choice for patients with dental anxiety.
Do you want to know more about sedation dentistry and whether it will help you? Call Ascot Aesthetic Implants & Dentistry today for an appointment with Dr. Ruff. We serve patients from Fayetteville, Spring Lake, and all of Cumberland County.
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October 17, 2013
Do you know how important general and preventive dental care is? So important that Dr. Angela Ruff and the rest of our Fayetteville dental team encourage you to come in twice a year for a visit. During your visits, we’ll look for tooth decay and gum disease, the two most common threats to good oral health.
Gum disease in particular is dangerous for what it can do to your overall health and wellbeing. It’s been estimated that gum disease affects close to 75% of adults over 35. What’s more, 70% of adult tooth loss can be blamed on untreated periodontal problems. But with regular care from our Fayetteville dental office, we can help you prevent and treat gum disease with a range of general dentistry services.
A more complete list of general and preventive dentistry services include:
- Dental Sealants
- Periodontal Therapy
- Bad Breath Therapy
During your appointment, Dr. Ruff will look for common oral health issues and recommend a specific treatment plan tailored to your needs if anything is found.
How can you keep your smile clean in between visits? By following a good oral care routine! We tell our Cumberland County patients to brush at least twice a day, floss at least once, and use a good antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash. Following these easy steps will help you enjoy better oral health year-round.
Call Ascot Aesthetic Implants and Dentistry to schedule an appointment Dr. Ruff. We’re happy to offer general dental care to patients from Fayetteville, Spring Lake, and Cumberland County.