Gum Disease

Swollen Gums?

Posted on Jan 6, 2017 in Gum Disease

If Your Gums Are Swollen And Sore, Call Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

If you are a worried Arlington resident experiencing inflamed gums or an aching tooth, you’re are not alone.

About one third of U.S. adults are affected by tooth decay, according to the CDC, and gum disease plagues one in seven people age 35 to 40.1 Don’t ignore these symptoms, call Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today at 817-200-7323 for immediate treatment.

At Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry we take gum disease, sometimes called gingivitis, seriously because left untreated it can lead to loss of bone and tissue that support the teeth.

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. You will know you have it if your gums bleed easily and look red and swollen. If this condition is not reversed it can lead to periodontitis. With this condition your gums become loose and separate from the teeth forming cavities that can become infected. This can spread to the bone supporting the tooth. If this is damaged, the tooth can be lost. (If you have already lost a tooth to gum disease, ask us about dental implants.)

At Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry we recommend daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings to help combat gingivitis. Our team has been treating gum disease and other dental problems for Texas patients since 1990.

If you want your teeth to feel fresh and bright, come in for a cleaning and check-up. Don’t become a statistic, prevent gingivitis by treating your teeth and gums with the TLC they deserve. (After all, they work pretty hard for you day in and day out.)

My name is Stephen Ratcliff and my staff and I at Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offer quality general and cosmetic dental services including dental implants , dentures, and
porcelain veneers.

Take care of your beautiful smile by calling Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today. Your Arlington & Fort Worth Cosmetic and Family Dentist

1“Adult Oral Health,” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/topics/adult.htm, accessed on January 7, 2012

 

Contact Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry:

817-200-7323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

909 W Mitchell St
Arlington, Texas
76013

 

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Are You At Risk For Bone Recession?

Posted on Mar 4, 2016 in General Dentistry, Gum Disease

dental bone grafting Arlington

Beautiful smiles require healthy teeth, healthy gums, and healthy bone. Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other problems. However, it is ordinarily the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth because the blood supply and stimulus necessary for maintaining healthy bone is taken away. Bone recession can be caused by a number of factors. Let’s look at the most common causes of jaw bone loss:

Gum Infection
A gum infection can result when gum inflammation goes untreated and progresses to periodontitis. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth creating pockets which provide the perfect breeding ground for the dangerous infection. Gum infections can progress undetected, though there are usually warning signs. Swollen, painful gums, loose teeth, and gums that bleed when brushed are symptoms of periodontitis. The infection dissolves bone as the gums pull away from the tooth. Inadequate oral hygiene increase the risk of gum disease but other factors can compromise gum health. These include smoking (no surprise there), hormone levels, diseases that lower immune system effectiveness, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic predisposition.

Abscessed Tooth
An abscess is a pus-filled pocket of infection that occurs in the nerve and roots of a tooth. As the infection attacks the tooth and bone tissue it creates a space that fills with pus. There are several treatments for a tooth abscess including antibiotics to kill the infection, a root canal, or extraction, if needed.

Extracted Teeth
Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy and retain its size and density. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy. When a tooth is extracted, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed. A dental implant provides stimulation similar to the natural tooth and can prohibit bone recession.

If you would like to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant, but don’t have enough bone at the implant site, you might be a candidate for bone grafting. Bone grafting may sound like major oral surgery but it is really a routine procedure performed in a dental office.

I am Dr. Stephen Ratcliff of Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington. If you have experienced bone recession due to gum disease, an abscess, an extracted tooth, or any other reason, let’s discuss your options. You may benefit from a dental implant, soft tissue grafts, or bone grafts. Dental implants can significantly improve your quality of life and prohibit further recession. Call 817-200-7323 to make an appointment for an informative exam and consult.

I pride myself in the personal attention and exceptional dental care I provide to each of my patients. I understand that visiting a dentist can cause anxiety for some people. I promise you that you will feel comfortable in my care and leave the appointment with accurate information and an individualized treatment plan.

Dr. Stephen Ratcliff
Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
909 W Mitchell St
Arlington, Texas 76013
817-200-7323
http://www.myarlingtoncosmeticdentist.com/meet-dr-ratcliff/

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Danger Zone! 5 Signs Of Gum Disease For Arlington TX

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 in Dental Health, General Dentistry, Gum Disease

Dental Health Danger Zone! Signs Of Gum Disease For Arlington TX

Here’s the bad news for Fort Worth residents: Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a major cause of tooth loss among adults. And here’s the good news: This problem is easy to treat if it is caught in the early stages.

So, what should Fort Worth, and Arlington dental patients be looking for?

1. Gums that bleed very easily

2. Gums that appear tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed

3. Your bite changes or your teeth suddenly don’t seem to fit together

4. Gums that are pulling away from the teeth

5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath

Hopefully, you are not experiencing any of these things. If you are not removing plaque between your teeth, however, your gums are at risk. Brushing alone is not enough – make sure you floss daily.

Regular check-ups with your Arlington TX, or Fort Worth area dentist is another essential weapon in the fight against gum disease.
I’m Dr. Stephen Ratcliff of Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. My practice serves the Arlington TX, and Fort Worth areas. We take pride in caring for our patients and want them to have a healthy and attractive smile. Many of our patients wonder if a smile makeover is right for them. If you’d like to know, schedule an appointment and we’ll take a look!

Our practice specializes in:

dental implants
dentures
cosmetic dentistry

Contact us at 817-200-7323 and a member of our warm and friendly staff can schedule a consultation and answer any questions you might have about veneers, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and more.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Dr. Stephen Ratcliff
Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
909 W Mitchell St
Arlington, Texas
817-200-7323
http://www.myarlingtoncosmeticdentist.com/meet_the_doctor.php

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://dentistry.about.com/od/toothmouthconditions/a/gum_warnings.htm, accessed on July 25, 2013

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Arlington Dental News: Poor Oral Health And Heart Disease

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 in Dental Health, Gum Disease

Arlington TX Dental News: Poor Oral Health And Heart Disease Attention Arlington dental patients: brushing twice daily may help lower your risk of heart disease. Texas scientists, dentists, and cardiologists have known for many years that there is a link between inflammation in the mouth (gum disease) and heart problems, However, a recent study analyzed oral health habits and heart disease risk. Science Daily reported on the study which was published in the British Medical Journal.

I quote from the Science Daily article:

“The authors, led by Professor Richard Watt from University College London, analyzed data from over 11,000 adults who took part in a Scottish Health Survey. The research team analyzed data about lifestyle behaviors such as smoking, physical activity, and oral health routines.”

“Once the data was adjusted for established cardio risk factors, the researchers found that participants who reported less frequent toothbrushing had a 70 percent extra risk of heart disease compared to individuals who brushed their teeth twice a day.”

I am Dr. Stephen Ratcliff DDS of Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. The Scottish survey is one of many that confirms the link between oral health and overall health. Simply put: you aren’t healthy unless your gums and teeth are healthy.

It doesn’t matter if you are a lean Arlington distance runner with a pulse of fifteen beats a minute and a blood pressure of 100 over 60. It doesn’t matter if you are a Fort Worth vegan who has eaten a nutritionally balanced, low-fat diet for the past five years. If you have inflamed gums and tooth decay, you are at risk for problems in other areas of the body.

The phone number for Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is 817-200-7323. If you have concerns about your oral health, I invite you to schedule an examination today.

Perhaps your teeth and gums are healthy but you wish your smile was more attractive. We can help you there also with a smile redesign. Porcelain veneers, crowns, inlays/onlays, and orthodontia are all available to solve any cosmetic problems you wish to correct.

If you have a small child who has not visited a pediatric dentist in Arlington yet, now is the time. My warm and friendly team and I will help keep your child’s smile beautiful for life.

To read the entire Science Daily article, see http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100527204227.htm

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