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Do Kids Get Periodontal Disease?

January 17, 2020

Filed under: Dental health,General Dentistry,Oral Health — Ritchie Dental Group @ 10:48 pm

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Most Marble Falls moms and dads are concerned about cavities. And rightly so. Tooth decay in children is a serious and widespread disease.

What about kids’ gum disease? Are children at risk for an oral ailment that is commonplace in the adult population?

Short answer: yes.

Let’s discuss it.

Children and teens are at risk of gum disease and the more advanced form called periodontal disease.

What causes gingivitis and periodontal disease?

Gum disease (gingivitis) and periodontal disease are caused by plaque buildup.

Food particles mixed with saliva produce a sticky film called plaque. Plaque generates bacteria. If it is not removed regularly with brushing and flossing, the bacteria multiply. The plaque builds up on the teeth.

The gums respond to the bacteria by becoming sore and inflamed. Plaque buildup hardens into calculus. Calculus cannot be removed by a toothbrush or dental floss. Calculus can be removed during a professional dental cleaning.

The American Academy of Periodontology recognizes three types of gum disease in children and teenagers:

  1. Chronic gingivitis
  2. Aggressive periodontitis
  3. Generalized aggressive periodontitis

Chronic gingivitis

This is the most frequent kind of gum disease in children. The gums swell, turn red and may bleed. Gingivitis is usually caused by poor dental hygiene. Proper oral hygiene includes daily brushing and flossing.

Gingivitis can be prevented or reversed with daily oral hygiene and a healthy lifestyle. If the child doesn’t practice proper dental hygiene, however, the condition can become more severe.

Aggressive periodontitis

Aggressive periodontitis results in bone loss. It may affect only the first molars and incisors. It rarely occurs before puberty. Surprisingly, children with this type of disease may have minimal plaque or calculus.

Generalized aggressive periodontitis

This type, though less typical, is most likely to occur at the onset of puberty. It may be present throughout the entire mouth. It creates severe gum inflammation. There are significant amounts of plaque and calculus.

If left untreated, the bone loss becomes so acute the teeth become loose. Then the child is at risk of tooth loss.

4 key findings of gum and periodontal disease in youngsters:

  1. Children and adolescents who are generally healthy can have gum disease.
  2. Hormonal fluctuation that transpires with puberty ups the risk of periodontal disease. Researchers believe hormonal changes decrease the ability of the immune system to resist the bacteria in dental plaque.
  3. Epidemiologic studies indicate that gum disease of varying severity is nearly universal in children and adolescents.
  4. Periodontal disease is more likely to occur in youth ages 12-17 than those younger than 12.

Signs of periodontal disease:

  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Gum recession
  • Bad breath
  • Unusually large spaces between teeth
  • Pus between the gums and teeth
  • Changes in bite alignment

At Ritchie Dental Group, we treat all pediatric oral conditions including gingivitis and periodontal disease. Twice-yearly dental cleanings and examinations are important. If you are looking for an experienced, friendly pediatric dentist, we invite you to call us today and schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and your child!

https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=90&contentid=p01865

https://www.aapd.org/research/oral-health-policies–recommendations/periodontal-diseases-of-children-and-adolescents/

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

30-693-8833

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

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Toothache? Broken Braces? Knocked-Out Tooth?

January 10, 2020

Filed under: Dental Crowns,Emergency,General Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 3:58 pm

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Let’s consider three dental issues that may require immediate treatment.

Toothache

Most of us experience a toothache at some point in our lives. Even one day with oral pain can seem like an eternity.

A toothache could be a symptom of an abscess. If an abscess progresses, it can destroy the root of the tooth. It can even destroy the surrounding bone.

Possible causes of a toothache are decay, an injury to the tooth, a broken crown, an infection, and TMD (temporomandibular disorder).

Let Dr. Ritchie take care of you. You will quickly be back to pain-free eating, speaking, and sleeping. What a relief!

Call Ritchie Dental Group if you have a toothache.

Broken Braces

What if one of the wires on your dental braces comes loose? It can damage your teeth or gums. If this happens and you cut the inside of your mouth, rinse with a solution of salt and water.

Call Ritchie Dental Group if a wire on your braces breaks. We have extended hours for when an oral problem can’t wait.

Knocked-Out Tooth

We hope this never happens to you. But we are here in the unfortunate event that it does. And it’s not the end of the world.

If a tooth is knocked out, it may be successfully re-implanted if done rapidly. Make sure you hold the tooth only by the crown. Never touch the root!

If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently with water. Be careful not to brush off any tissue attached. It is best to reinsert the tooth into the socket. (This may not be possible with younger children.)

These are just a few of the urgent-care issues we treat at Ritchie Dental Group. But we are also a full-service dental office.

We perform:

  • Root canals
  • Tooth extractions
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • CEREC same-day crowns
  • Same-day teeth whitening

Save our number in your contacts on your phone. If you have a dental emergency, you can call without delay.

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-693-8833

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

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Missing Teeth? 5 Things You Need To Know About Dentures

January 3, 2020

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Dental Implants,Denture implants,General Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 3:39 pm

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1. Dentures are not the only replacement selection for missing teeth. Dental implants used alone or in combination with a partial denture is often a better option for patients. Whereas a removable appliance replaces only the visible parts of teeth, an implant replaces both the root and crown of a tooth. This has vital implications. Dental implants can prevent bone recession that ordinarily occurs following tooth extractions. Dental implants can deliver patients the near-normal ability to talk and chew.

2. There is more than one variety of dentures. Most individuals are familiar with the removable denture that replaces a complete upper or lower arch. There are also partial dentures that are used for patients who have some original teeth. Partial dentures can be permanent in the mouth or detachable.

3. Even if you have worn dentures for a while, you may be a well-suited candidate for implant-anchored dentures. The essential factor is whether or not you have enough bone to support an implant. Bone grafting can augment bone in some cases. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Greg Ritchie to find out if you are a well-suited candidate.

4. Regardless of your tooth replacement configuration—full dentures, partial dentures, or tooth implants—you still need to practice proper oral hygiene. Removable appliances should be cleaned daily.

5. Even if you have no natural teeth left, it’s essential that you have a twice-yearly dental examination. Optimal oral health is a crucial component of overall physical well-being. Dr. Ritchie will examine your mouth for indications of diseases like cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes. It is also a good idea for your dentist to examine the condition of your appliance at your visit.

 

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-693-8833

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

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5 Tips for a Healthy Holiday Smile while Traveling

November 13, 2019

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Tags: — ritchie @ 9:07 am

woman smilingThe holidays are a busy and exciting time of the year as you celebrate the season with friends and loved ones. Often, this means you’ll be traveling at some point during the next few weeks. When you’re away from home, it’s easy to break your daily routine. As a result, a few bad habits might sneak in, like not brushing your teeth before going to bed or constantly snacking. Although your schedule might be a bit hectic while you’re traveling, don’t put your smile at risk. Your dentist in Brady has 5 easy tips to help you maintain your dental health while on the road.
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Are You Suffering from Dry Mouth?

November 9, 2019

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Tags: — ritchie @ 4:29 pm

woman sticking out tongueYou know your teeth and gums are influential in your dental health, but did you know your saliva is equally important? You need just the right amount to keep your smile healthy. Unfortunately, 65% of people experience dry mouth (xerostomia) at some point during their life. Although it may not seem concerning at first, if it’s an ongoing problem, it’s time to see your dentist in Marble Falls. They’ll find the underlying cause and create the customized treatment plan you need.
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Boost Your Self-Confidence With Cosmetic Dentistry

October 25, 2019

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:33 am

Marble Falls Smile Makeovers at Ritchie Dental Group

Many dental patients have experienced a boost in self-confidence by undergoing restorative or cosmetic dentistry at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady.

The entire team takes pride in building long-lasting relationships with patients to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life.

We Offer The Latest Tooth Restoration Techniques

Our team provides the latest tooth restoration procedures to correct dental problems and imperfections.

The team enjoys consulting with cosmetic dentistry patients to create personalized smile makeover treatment plans. The treatment plan may include tooth bonding, porcelain veneers, or dental implants.

Replace Old Dental Work

For dental patients with old or damaged crowns, we can provide beautiful new crowns. Tooth-colored dental fillings are popular for people who want to be free of unsightly old silver fillings.

It is important to be examined by your dentist regularly to check your previous dental work, including fillings, tooth bonding, veneers, crowns, and bridges.

We can tailor a cosmetic or restorative dental treatment plan to fit your budget. Tooth whitening is a surprisingly affordable way to attain a mega-watt smile without spending a lot.

It’s Not Just About A Pretty Smile

Restorative and cosmetic dentistry can relieve pain, correct bite problems, and prevent future problems. A smile makeover is an investment in yourself that you will enjoy every day.

If you have ever wondered what revolutionary cosmetic dentistry can do for you, or have some dental issues, call us today.

Ritchie Dental Group serves the Marble Falls and Brady areas. We take pride in caring for our patients and we want them to have healthy, beautiful smiles. Our practice specializes in:

We hope to hear from you soon! Call us today for an appointment.

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

Less Is More In Dentistry

October 18, 2019

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:51 am

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There are momentous new developments in dentistry: stronger, natural-looking materials; improved techniques; more effective diagnostic methods; and more precise instruments. Combine these with the experience and expertise of our team at Ritchie Dental Group and you’re left with less of what used to make people dread going to the dentist.

Less Pain
Improved painkillers, lasers, and unprecedented techniques take the pain out of dental procedures.

Less Inconvenience
Laser dentistry, which employs powerful beams of light, has significantly minimized the time required to complete dental treatment.

Less Time Needed To Heal
Laser dentistry helps curb recovery times for procedures such as dental implants, root canals, cosmetic dental smile makeovers, and other types of oral surgery.

Less Risk
The overall success rate of many dental procedures, including dental implants, has increased.

Less Loss of Healthy Tooth Structure
Dental procedures such as decay removal, inlays, porcelain veneers, and crown restoration can be performed with less loss of healthy tooth structure.

Ritchie Dental Group serves the Marble Falls and Brady areas. We offer a broad scope of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental services including sedation dentistry, general dentistry, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening. Call us today.

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

 

How Does My Dental Plan Work with an Out-of-Network Dentist?

October 17, 2019

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — ritchie @ 4:42 pm

man holding toothToday, more Americans than ever have dental insurance; however, one-third of adults don’t visit their dentist regularly. Often, people delay scheduling appointments because they worry about a large bill, but you have nothing to fear when using your insurance. You can get the affordable services you need for minimal out-of-pocket expense. It’s often recommended you visit a dentist who is in your network to make the most of your coverage, but you still have the freedom to visit one that’s out-of-network. Are you asking yourself, “how does my dental plan work if I’m out-of-network?” Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your benefits.
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Affordable One-Visit Tooth Fix

October 11, 2019

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:34 am

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If flashing a beautiful smile is important to you, the team at Ritchie Dental Group can help. You might  mistakenly assume that cosmetic dentistry is far too pricey or takes too many visits to pursue.

Sure, a complete mouth reconstruction can be a costly investment. Before you give up on improving your smile, however, consider a less celebrated but extremely effective and economical cosmetic dental remedy: dental bonding.

Dental bonding has a wide range of applications for unsightly teeth. Bonding can repair a tooth that is damaged, chipped, short, or discolored. It can can also correct teeth that have gaps in between them.

HOW DOES THE DENTAL BONDING PROCEDURE WORK?

First, your tooth will be slightly (but painlessly) roughed up to help the resin adhere. Your dentist will use a shade guide to ascertain the perfect color of composite to match the existing teeth. Your dentist will apply liquid composite resin on the tooth, layer by layer. He or she will carefully shape and polish it before it hardens.The tooth is then covered with a conditioning liquid that helps with adhesion.

Once the resin is bonded, it is further molded to the specific shape for your bite and appearance. A laser helps rapidly bond the resin in place as it hardens. Further shaping and polishing, if required, complete the procedure. The result is a beautiful smile.

Bonding is a simple and cost-effective method for perfecting your smile.

Ritchie Dental Group serves the Marble Falls and Brady areas. We take pride in caring for our patients and we want them to have healthy, beautiful smiles. Our practice specializes in:

We hope to hear from you soon! Call us today for an appointment.

CONTACT RITCHIE DENTAL GROUP:

830-637-7227

LOCATION (TAP TO OPEN IN GOOGLE MAPS):

1000 MARBLE HEIGHTS DR, MARBLE FALLS TX
MARBLE FALLS, TEXAS
78654

 

Periodontal Disease Is Linked To Systemic Diseases

October 4, 2019

Filed under: Dental health — Ritchie Dental Group @ 8:12 am

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When most people think of periodontal disease they think it’s limited strictly to the mouth. Did you know it is also linked to systemic diseases? That’s why our team at Ritchie Dental Group believes in educating our patients in the Brady and Marble Falls, Texas area about the merits of maintaining optimal oral health. Oral health and overall health are directly connected!

What do your gums do?

The soft tissue in your mouth, like skin, has an important job. It protects the roots of your teeth. It also provides a barrier for the connective tissues and ligaments that hold your teeth in their sockets. Plus the alveolar bone in which your teeth are anchored.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease starts with inflammation. Gums become swollen and tender. In its early stages, gum disease is called gingivitis. As the disease proceeds, the gums pull away from the teeth, developing pockets. This is called periodontitis or periodontal disease.

What causes periodontitis?

Bacteria are always present in the oral cavity. When it is left on the teeth and gums, it turns into plaque. Plaque is a thick coating of bacteria on your gums and teeth. Plaque accumulates if it is not removed by rinsing, brushing, and flossing. If plaque builds up in the pockets, the gums can start loosening. When plaque hardens, it is called tartar or calculus. You can’t brush away tartar with your toothbrush. You need to have a professional dental cleaning.

What are signs of gum disease?

  • Inflamed gums
  • Bad breath
  • Detached gums
  • A change in the color of gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Pus between teeth and gums
  • Teeth that appear longer
  • Growing spaces between teeth
  • Changes in your bite

How does periodontitis threaten your health?

Gum disease increases your risk of:

  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attacks
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Asthma
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Low infant birth weight

Can gum disease be prevented?

Yes. Daily dental hygiene, professional dental cleanings, and a healthy, balanced diet help keep gums healthy. For more  information on periodontitis treatment or to schedule a gum disease exam, call us.  Ritchie Dental Group serves the Marble Falls and Brady areas. We offer a broad scope of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental services including sedation dentistry, general dentistry, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening. Call us today.

Contact Ritchie Dental Group:

830-637-7227

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 Marble Heights Dr, Marble Falls TX
Marble Falls, Texas
78654

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