At Westlake Family Dentistry, we’re on a mission to keep our patients healthy and happy. Many people have no idea how essential a healthy mouth really is to have an overall healthy body. The systems inside the mouth mirror those of the body and efficiently routes bacteria – both good and bad – from the gums into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, bacteria continue to move through the body into the main lifelines. Build your immunity to bad bacteria by keeping your oral hygiene routine on point – brush, floss, and don’t skip seeing Dr. Sievert for your scheduled checkups.
Oral hygiene is one of your best defenses against tooth decay, gum disease, and other serious health complications that can follow. Our logical mind knows we should brush twice daily and floss every day, but when life gets busy, an oral hygiene routine can be one of the first things to get pushed aside to do later. Fortunately, the highly skilled hygiene team at Westlake Family Dentistry knows the drill (see what we did there?). We’ll share the information and tools you need to keep your smile clean and healthy between visits and give you a gentle, professional cleaning twice a year that takes care of any plaque or tartar you might have missed.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults – and, left unchecked, contributes to development of at least 52 serious systemic diseases including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. If your gums bleed every time you brush or floss, the bad news is that you already have early-stage gum disease (gingivitis). Don’t worry, though – there is good news! Gum disease is preventable, treatable, and reversible, particularly in its early stages.
Gum disease treatment varies on a case-by-case basis depending on the level of infection and tissue damage. If your gum disease is still in the gingivitis stage, it is likely we can reverse it by stepping up your oral hygiene routine and make sure you have your regularly scheduled professional cleanings. When gum disease is more severe, Dr. Sievert and the team will explain other treatment options such as gum recession treatment.
Dr. Sievert uses a minimally invasive “tunnel” technique to treat receding gums. This technique is non-surgical so it doesn’t require any incisions. Instead, we use a specialized instrument to make a space or a tunnel underneath the effected gum tissue, making room to insert new healthy tissue (the tissue may be taken from you or a donor). Gum recession treatment can provide reduced sensitivity, improved aesthetics, and of course, improved gum health! Gum recession treatment might just save your teeth. Give our office a call if you have any questions.
Because it typically remains undetected and undiagnosed until its later stages, oral cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer. While tobacco and alcohol are still considered the most common major risk factors for oral cancer, alarming new research shows another risk factor outweighs those two factors combined – HPV (human papillomavirus). 79 million Americans currently have HPV, and most sexually active adults will contract the infection during their lifetime. Many of them will never realize they are infected. As a result, regular oral cancer screenings have become extremely important. Keeping your regular appointments with Dr. Sievert helps us all fight oral cancer together.
According to the American Sleep Association, about 10% of American adults have bruxism, a condition characterized by clenching or grinding the teeth. Bruxism is usually a subconscious action that has nothing to do with eating or speaking. Milder forms of bruxism may not require treatment, but the severity in some sufferers may lead to jaw problems, headaches, damaged teeth and other health issues like snoring or sleep apnea.
Awake bruxism means you unconsciously clench your teeth while awake, while sleep bruxism means you clench or grind them during sleep. (Makes sense, right?) Dr. Sievert makes custom-fitted mouthguards and nightguards to help with either or both.
If you have any questions about general dentistry or would like to schedule an appointment with your general Lake Oswego dentist, Dr. Sievert at Westlake Family Dentistry, give us a call or request an appointment online below. We can’t wait to smile with you!
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