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What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal therapy is performed in the early stages of periodontal disease. Patients who see blood when brushing teeth or notice space growing between their teeth may be seeing early signs of periodontitis. Risk of periodontal disease is increased for patients who smoke, or have heart disease, diabetes or osteoporosis.

The goal of periodontal therapy is to restore health to tissues supporting the teeth and to prevent teeth loss. It is a conservative procedure that may be done across several visits with your Summerville dentist.  If you do see any signs or are concerned because of a family history of periodontal disease, we encourage you to contact Pineland Dental for a full evaluation.

What’s New With Veneers? Can You DYI?

Image result for veneersThe American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), defines veneers as a “thin piece of porcelain used to re-create the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel.”

With advances in technology, there is less prep work needed and veneers are more personalized than ever.

Unfortunately that means new DIY options for veneers are being offered which we do not recommend.  Clip-on veneers are available that fit over your teeth. People take an impression at home, then order a veneer cover to be shipped to them.

Although it may look better on the outside, DIY veneers can hide serious issues underneath, such as decay. And why seek treatment when it’s out of sight and out of mind?

If you want to brighten your smile and straighten your teeth, call our office about having veneers professionally done for you. Please don’t take a chance on a DIY solution. It can result in later problems.

Mental Health and Dental Health

Man tells a joke as woman laughs in responseThere was a great article in Forbes last month, Treat Mental Health Like Dental Health, and it’s a great commentary about mental health treatment.  We’ve known since an early age that good dental care is not an option. We take care of our teeth at home with good brushing and flossing and see our dentists for cleaning as well as if we sense a new problem.

We’re not so good about doing that with our mental health. Instead, we ignore “red flags” and rarely go for check-ups! It’s a shame that dental is something we share without shame whereas mental is something we hide.  The author, Jodie Cook, also makes an excellent point that we can’t hide dental problems like yellow, or broken, front teeth but may work to hide the mental ones.

We encourage you to read her full post and ask yourself where you stand? Do you give your mental health the same attention you to do dental health?