Frequently Asked Questions

 In Dental


    1. What is periodontal disease or gum disease?
      It begins with bacterial growth in the mouth, causing inflammation of surrounding tissues, and it ends with destruction to supporting bone structures and tissues surrounding the teeth. In severe cases, teeth may be lost.


    1. What is gingivitis and periodontitis?
      Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease. At this stage, gingival tissues (gums) are inflamed. With good oral hygiene and regular dental cleaning, this may be reversed and one can restore the health of their mouth. Periodontitis is a more severe stage of gum disease that involves the destruction of bone structures and surrounding tissues. It involves 3 stages: early periodontitis, moderate periodontitis, and severe periodontitis.


    1. How do I know if I have gum disease?
      Signs of gum disease include the following:

      • Redness, swelling or tender gums
      • Bleeding upon brushing, flossing, or eating hard food
      • Persistent bad breath
      • Receding gumline
      • Change in the fit of your oral appliances or dentures


    1. How can Oravital® System help my gum disease problem?
      Oravital® System identifies the cause of oral infections through microbial analysis and tests for bleeding gums. Treatment includes a customized antibiotic rinse, which is used for a two week period, accompanied by proper oral care at home. It is highly effective in eliminating mild to moderate gum disease and bad breath. (Click here to read more on Oravital®)


    1. What happens if obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is left untreated?
      Untreated sleep apnea raises your risk for serious health problems. These include:

      • High blood pressure
      • StrokeHeart disease
      • Diabetes
      • Chronic acid reflux
      • Erectile dysfunction

      Severe, untreated sleep apnea can even increases your risk of death.


  1. How does Oral Appliance Therapy help my snoring and obstructive sleep apnea?
    The appliance holds the lower jaw in a forward position, and can be worn every night in total comfort. The respiratory track diameter is thus increased, which facilitates airflow, and eliminates the primary source of the snoring problem. The advancement of the jaw also prevents the obstruction responsible for sleep apnea.
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