Covid - 19 Update

     

Davis Dentistry will resume practice operations in compliance with relevant Executive Orders on Monday May 4th. We will continue to employ the enhanced cleaning and infection control protocols we implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We want to provide our patients and team members with the safest possible healthcare environment.

Our practice will be screening all patients and visitors to our offices. At Davis Dentistry team member will ask each patient/visitor a few travel-related and health screening questions, both prior to their appointment and upon arrival in our office; patients’ and visitors’ temperatures will be checked with a temporal thermometer. We are asking all patients to arrive 5 min. prior to their scheduled appointment. Patients who are at high risk for COVID-19, as determined by our office, will likely have their visit rescheduled. If you’re not feeling well, please contact us to reschedule, whenever possible, in advance of your visit.

All team members will be surveyed daily to ensure adherence with social distancing standards and status of their health. All team members will be in masks (or scarves for non-clinical team members). Importantly, all personnel in our offices will complete COVID-19 testing with the IGG antibody test as soon as we receive our supply of test kits (within 2 weeks).  The IGG test determines both the acute presence of the virus and whether our team members were exposed to COVID-19 previously.

Additionally, to reduce the risk of transmission to our patients and team members, as well as their families, the office has installed 4 very powerful HEPA h13 air filters.  These filters will remove all bacteria, viruses and VOCS down to the .3 microns keeping our working environment safe!

We appreciate your support of these infection control measures.  Your oral health is vital to your overall wellness and your ability to resist the impact of COVID-19, so we encourage you, if healthy, to maintain your regularly scheduled hygiene appointments with Dr. Davis and our practice. 

In good health,


Dr. Davis and Team

Preventing Gum Disease By Mark Davis on September 13, 2018

Two-panel illustration of healthy gums vs. periodontitisWhat is the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults? The answer is gum, or periodontal, disease. The early symptoms of this condition include red, irritated gums. However, untreated gum disease can worsen, leading to a host of oral health issues, including infection, bad breath, gum recession, and tooth loss.

Today, our team at Davis Dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ explains how preventing gum disease can save you time, money, and invasive procedures in the future. If you do develop gum disease, we offer restorative dentistry procedures to improve your oral health.

Why Prevention Is Important

The three stages of gum disease are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis.

Gingivitis is characterized by red, puffy, tender gums. At this point, the infection-causing bacteria remains above the gum line. Therefore, no bone loss has occurred. For this reason, gingivitis is completely reversible with a regular dental cleaning and improved oral hygiene.

Periodontitis develops if gingivitis goes untreated. At this stage, the infection that was once only above the gum line has now reached beneath the gums, causing the surrounding bone to erode.

Once this occurs, brushing and flossing cannot reach the problematic areas. As a result, professional treatments, such as scaling and root planing, are required.

As gum disease progresses, the situation becomes severe. The infection continues to wear away the gum tissue, creating deep pockets around the roots of the teeth.

At this point, gum surgery is necessary. This involves moving the gums back so that the infection can be cleaned out effectively. Once complete, the gums are repositioned and sutured into place.

As you can see, gum disease is much easier (and more affordable) to treat when detected early. Prevention can keep your teeth and gums healthy for many years to come.

Preventing Gum Disease

Even though certain individuals are genetically prone to gum disease, there are still things you can do to prevent the condition from having a negative impact on your oral health. The America Academy of Periodontology recommends that patients:

  • Brush and floss routinely: Disease-causing bacteria breed on the plaque deposits left behind on the teeth. Therefore, it is important to brush after every meal and floss once a day. Remember to brush or scrape your tongue as well.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash: An alcohol-free, antibacterial mouthwash can help reduce plaque and rinse away debris left behind by brushing and flossing.
  • Know their risk: Genetics, diet, tobacco, use, and age are all factors that can increase the risk for periodontal disease. If any of these factors affect you, be sure to speak to your dentist about a personalized preventative plan.
  • Attend routine dental examinations: Biannual examinations and cleanings are essential for long-lasting oral health. During these visits, your dentist can check for signs of gum disease.
  • See a periodontist if necessary: If you are prone to gum disease, your dentist may recommend that you see a periodontist for a comprehensive evaluation.

Contact Our Practice to Learn More

Do your gums bleed when you brush? Is your gum tissue red, swollen, or tender? If so, you gum disease may be the culprit. To prevent the condition from worsening, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark Davis. Call our office at (480) 595-1300 or contact us online anytime.

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