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 […]

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 […]

Advanced Sites as Parameter #2 in SPT

Well informed patients track the numbers and understand what they mean. They know that their bleeding index should be under 20% and that they should have no pockets greater than 5mm. When we boil this all down, how hard is that?

Using Bleeding Index in Periodontal Therapy

I teach the bleeding index to patients in order to help them better manage daily home plaque control.

Moving Patients In and Out of Supportive Periodontal Therapy

Since SPT is the destination of Periodontal Therapy, it is important that we establish what arriving looks like both for ourselves as well as for our patients.

Supportive Periodontal Therapy is the Endpoint

SPT is the management of healthy, stable patients who have a history of periodontal disease.

My Recommendations on Use of Arestin in Periodontal Therapy

Where Arestin® is very useful is in Periodontal Supportive Therapy (aka Recare or Periodontal Maintenance). Used correctly it can enable patients to not require periodontal surgery as frequently or at all. Here is where I believe it is best utilized.

Dr. Young on San Antonio Living

Dr. Young was on San Antonio Living this week talking with Shelly Miles about periodontal disease and how to prevent it. Watch it and let us know what you think! If you think you may be developing periodontal disease, please sign up for a free consultation.

You have Periodontal Disease, Now What?

Patients have a right to understand exactly what it means when they are told they have periodontal disease. “You have periodontal disease and this is what it will cost to treat it,” is not enough information. Here are three things every patient needs to know about their oral condition. 1. An explanation of the periodontal […]

What Causes Gingivitis?

Let me tell you a fun little story about how we came to know what causes gingivitis and how to best treat it. In my field of periodontics prior to 1965 it was not universally agreed that gingivitis and periodontal disease (periodontitis) were caused by bacteria. Many scientists understood this, but because there was so […]