Fort Washington Periodontics - Richard Cutler DMD

We are a patient oriented periodontal center dedicated to providing the highest quality care for our patients. By this we mean that for over 14 years, we have devoted ourselves to providing the most up-to-date care in a "Patient Focused" manner.

We expend tremendous amounts of energy individualizing our care to the specific needs of our patients.

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[01/22/15]   Routine teeth cleaning with your dentist will help you prevent the effects of gum disease. If tartar has built up and hardened around your teeth, only a professional will be able to effectively remove it.

[01/20/15]   Some experts believe gum disease bacteria may contribute to other medical conditions. This can happen when bacteria migrate from the mouth to other parts of the body. Although the research is ongoing, gum disease has been linked to conditions like stroke, diabetes, and increased risk for heart disease.

[01/15/15]   One of the most common periodontal treatments is scaling and root planing. This is also known as "conventional periodontal therapy," "non-surgical periodontal therapy," or "deep cleaning." The goal is to remove dental plaque and its products (like calculus) that cause inflammation.

[01/13/15]   Care to guess the name of the mildest form of gum disease? If you guessed gingivitis, you're right. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, you may be developing gingivitis.

[01/08/15]   Calculus, or tartar, consists of calcium phosphate salt. Deposits of tartar on the teeth carry harmful bacteria, which can lead to infection. Brush, floss and make regular dentist appointments.

[01/06/15]   As long as people have been around, periodontal problems have, unfortunately, been right there. Whether it was the Ancient Greeks, the Ancient Romans, or Europeans in the Middle Ages, a bunch of civilizations had various remedies and preventions for periodontal diseases.

[01/01/15]   Researchers believe there is a connection between periodontal disease and diabetes, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. Severe gum disease can increase blood sugar, which means people with periodontal disease and diabetes can have higher risks of complications.

[12/30/14]   Did you realize some foods help protect the mouth from tooth decay and gum disease? Although the research is ongoing, dairy products, like some cheeses, and dark chocolate (without all the sugar), help keep bacteria under control.

[12/25/14]   A periodontist will make sure to figure out exactly what state your gums and support system are in. This will include checking your gums with a probe to check the depth of spaces, and possibly x-rays to observe the bone below the gum line.

[12/23/14]   Even perfect teeth can have problems with no support structure. That's where a periodontist comes in. Periodontology deals specifically with the support structure of teeth (such as gums and bones), and any disease or conditions that affect that support structure.

[12/18/14]   If you suffer from excessive gum length and feel that your smile is too “gummy,” then a dental crown-lengthening procedure can help. Balancing gum tissue with tooth appearance can be accomplished through this periodontal process.

[12/16/14]   Do you ever notice red on your toothbrush or in the sink after you brush your teeth? While occasional bleeding gums may be nothing to worry about, they could point to gingivitis.

[12/11/14]   Let's see how much you know about periodontics: According to the experts, what percentage of Americans older than 30 years has gum disease? If you guessed almost half (47.2 percent), you're right.

[12/09/14]   There are many different ways in which periodontal or gum disease can be treated. These include special cleanings such as scaling and root planing and root surface debridement. More extensive gum problems can also be surgically treated.

[12/04/14]   When gum disease has resulted in the loss of one or more teeth, dental implants can be used to hold a tooth in place. Dental implants can be the answer when gum disease or an accident has resulted in lost teeth.

[12/02/14]   There are many types of surgery that can repair gums damaged from periodontitis. Flap surgery and bone and tissue grafts are both common procedures that can help you regain your smile.

[11/27/14]   What one habit makes you much more likely to have problems with periodontal disease? If you guessed smoking, you're right. Based on current studies, over 64 percent of people who smoke have periodontal disease.

[11/25/14]   If you are experiencing inflamed gums or bleed when brushing your teeth, you most likely have periodontitis. There are many preventative practices that will help you keep it at bay. Please feel free to ask us for advice.

[11/20/14]   Gum graft surgery is usually an option when the gum disease has reached the point where the gum has receded in spots and exposed tooth roots. Gum tissue from elsewhere in your mouth, or perhaps from a donor, is used to cover up the exposed root. Gum graft surgery can also help to restore the normal appearance of your teeth where the gum line has receded.

[11/18/14]   Periodontists have a variety of different treatments that they can use to solve problems. Common ones include scaling and root planing (cleaning the infected surface of a root), but they can also do things like root surface debridement (removing damaged tissue).

[11/13/14]   Can you prevent gum disease? Although a number of factors can contribute to gum related problems, good dental hygiene and regular dental visits can help reduce the risk of developing this disease. The key is consistency. Learn how to brush and floss correctly, and make dental hygiene a twice-daily habit.

[11/11/14]   During gum graft surgery, your periodontist will take gum tissue from a donor source like your palate and cover exposed roots. This procedure can be done for one or more teeth and even across your gum line to reduce gingival sensitivity.

[11/06/14]   For most people, proper and consistent brushing, flossing and rinsing will keep their gums pink, firm and healthy. It's important, however, to visit us as soon as you notice any issue with your gums. The sooner periodontal disease is spotted and treated, the less likely there will be serious damage.

[11/04/14]   The first organization dealing specifically with periodontology was the American Academy of Orla Prophylaxis and Periodontology. It was founded in 1914, and by 1919, the organization changed its name to the more compact American Academy of Periodontology (or AAP).

[10/30/14]   Regenerative periodontal procedures are used to regenerate lost tissue and bone loss caused by periodontal disease. In fact, these regenerative procedures can reverse some of the damage as well as protect against future degenerative bone or tissue damage.

[10/28/14]   Although hormonal changes in women can make them more prone to gum disease, men are actually more likely to develop it. This is why it’s so important for everyone – male or female – to seek regular dental care.

[10/23/14]   When cases of gum recession are more severe, there are surgical alternatives that can help reduce the chances of future problems. Gum grafts can protect the roots that have been exposed through gum recession.

[10/16/14]   If you are a man, it’s important to know that the risk of periodontal disease in men – at 56 percent – is significantly higher than for women – at 38 percent. While there are no facts to explain the difference, many researchers believe at least part of issue is that men are less likely to visit the dentist than women are.

[10/14/14]   If your gums are healthy, flossing and brushing will not lead to any significant swelling or bleeding. When that begins to happen, it's a common sign of gingivitis, which is the initial stage of gum disease.

[10/09/14]   Did you know that, if periodontitis is not treated, eventually the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth are destroyed? This is due to the body’s immune system, which, in response to bacterial toxins, will start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place.

[10/07/14]   Gum disease is common among adults in the United States. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about half of all adults in the United States who are at least 30 years old have periodontitis, an advanced gum condition.

[10/02/14]   The same conditions that can lead to cavities can also cause periodontal disease. When bacteria from the food we eat are not completely removed by brushing and flossing, it will become tartar, which can then only be removed by a dentist. The longer tartar remains on the teeth, the greater the risk that the gums will be affected.

[09/30/14]   It’s extremely important not to put off your regular dental checkups. Since gingivitis and other gum diseases have been linked to cardiovascular disease, ignoring your mouth could put your heart at risk.

[09/25/14]   Did you know that men who have gum disease also have a higher risk of impotence? Studies have conclusively established the link, which is the greatest for men who are either younger than 30 or older than 70, according to researchers.

[09/23/14]   Did you know that piercings of the lip or tongue can wear down the gum tissue and lead to gum recession? The American Academy of Periodontology says the jewelry can both rub and irritate the gums over time.




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