Why Flossing is Important

  A book about flossing your teeth? Really? I am a periodontist, which means I am a dentist with additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of gum diseases. Yes, some of it is pretty complicated, but not all of it. After years of study and after treating thousands of patients, I have come to […]

Why Some Periodontists Use Lasers

This is a good video and describes why certain lasers work for gum disease and others do not. It also describes how periodontists like me have to work through the pros and cons of certain procedures before (1) deciding on additional training and (2) changing office procedures. Some periodontists have not moved to using lasers in […]

What causes gum recession?

What causes gum recession? Answer: It’s a bit complicated. To put this in scientific jargon, it’s multifactorial – meaning there are many possible possibilities. So let me list a few for you. Thin bone. If teeth are crowded with some of them may be sitting outside of a complete thickness of bone surrounding them in […]

Three Reasons You Might Want to See a Periodontist

A periodontist is a specialist in dentistry with advanced training in problems involving the tissues that surround the teeth. This includes things familiar to people, like the gums (its fancy name is gingiva) and bone; but also things most people outside of dentistry have never heard of, like cementum and periodontal ligament. To become a […]

Orthodontics and Periodontal Disease

Does having periodontal disease mean I can’t or shouldn’t have braces to straighten my teeth? Periodontal disease, when active, results in bone loss around teeth. Orthodontics involves moving teeth through bone to relocate them in better places for both appearance and function. The process of moving teeth activates bone cells to remove bone in front […]

How to Succeed in Periodontal Therapy Part 5

Frankly, I have no illusion that I can single handedly change the quality and nature of periodontal therapy in every dental office in the world – at least not over night. There will come a day when dentists and dental hygienists train patients in ways very similar to how they perform clinical procedures today, because […]

How to Succeed in Periodontal Therapy Part 4

Where Are We? It should be obvious by now that this presentation is not a “best practices” consensus on the subject of periodontal therapy. Rather it is my personal, but experienced advice on what I consider the best way for dentists to treat and manage chronic periodontitis. I also believe that reading and implementing some […]

How to Succeed in Periodontal Therapy Part 3

The Power of Story There are successful dental practices alongside unsuccessful dental practices. Each one of them provides similar services and has similar patients, yet some succeed and others do not. So what’s the difference? It’s really very simple. It’s explained in a story. Would you like to hear it? It’s every dentist’s story and […]

Rest Versus Laziness

What’s the difference between rest and laziness? And what does this have to do with my teeth and gums? Let me answer the last question first. There is an indirect association between laziness and flossing. It doesn’t take a lot of work to perform daily but the time just seems to slip away and we forget. To […]

Our Two Jobs in Oral Health

When it comes to oral health we, as patients, have two jobs. The first job is effective plaque control on a daily basis. Note: I also lump in everything else we do that keeps our mouths and bodies healthy into this. So why don’t I call it something like, “Daily health measures?” Because I don’t want anyone […]