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General FAQ

Is an electric toothbrush better for gum disease than a regular toothbrush?

Yes. Studies have shown that a good electric toothbrush reduced plaque by 11% and symptoms of gingivitis and periodontal disease by 6%. “Brushes with a rotation oscillation action removed plaque and reduced gingivitis more effectively than manual brushes in the short term and reduced gingivitis scores in studies over 3 months.” ²  In our office, we recommend Phillips Sonicare Diamond Clean.

²Robinson P, Deacon SA, Deery C, Heanue M, Walmsley AD, Worthington HV, Glenny AM, Shaw BC. Manual versus powered toothbrushing for oral health. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2005, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD002281. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD002281.pub2.

Does mouthwash help with gum disease?

We do recommend and offer an incredible mouth rinse that was designed and manufactured by dentists and scientists and can only be purchase through your dentist. It is Oracare and is an activated dichloride rinse that kills bacteria, viruses and fungi. By killing these pathogens our patients have experienced significant change in their oral health and say they have never felt better. We can not keep it in stock!

Which toothpaste should I use?

Many dentists will tell you that the way you brush is more important than the toothpaste you use.We believe that it is all important, but that different products work better for different people.  During your initial oral wellness exam, we can suggest several toothpaste options for you to try, depending on your overall oral health. If you live in the Houston Texas area, come on in to our Galleria office for a comprehensive wellness exam.

Is gum disease hereditary?

Yes, studies show that roughly 50% of the population is susceptible to periodontal disease. That is one out of every two adults aged 30 years and over! That does not mean that periodontal disease is inevitable! It just means that more education and care will be needed in order to keep your gums (and teeth) in top shape for your entire life. Learn more about our Periodontal Protocol here.

Will scaling and root planing hurt?

At Cosmetic Dentists of Houston, we use advanced technology and sedation to minimize the discomfort during your periodontal treatment. We use various methods of anesthesia and sedation as needed, as well as gentle ultrasonic equipment and lasers.

Does periodontal disease have anything to do with diet?

Yes, in many ways. A healthy diet high in antioxidants and low in acid producing foods (such as sugar) can help to balance out the pH level of your blood. Studies have shown that a more alkaline diet and oral environment can inhibit the buildup of plaque and reduce systemic inflammation, which can cause periodontal disease and many other health problems.

What is the difference between gingivitis & periodontitis?

Gingivitis is simply the first, reversible stage of periodontitis, or periodontal (gum) disease. The symptoms are treatable, but they can be an indicator of potential future health problems that are important to take into account.

Periodontal disease is a more advanced and serious problem, which can have important implications for both your oral and overall health. Read more about both at Gingivitis, Periodontal Disease and Your Healthy Gums.