Gum disease (periodontal disease) is a serious condition that causes more tooth loss than cavities. Not only that, but the disease can also increase the severity of health conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and premature labor. Because of how significantly it impacts our day-to-day health, it’s important that our patients know how to prevent gum disease before it starts.

Clean Along the Gumlines

Gum disease starts out as gingivitis. Gingivitis is simply inflammation of the gumline borders caused by the presence of biofilm. If not corrected promptly, it can spread deeper into the tissues and cause the gums and bones to detach from the teeth (leading to bone loss.)

To prevent initial gingivitis, or to reverse it completely, it is important to brush gently along the gumlines at least twice a day. Scrubbing too aggressively causes gum recession and misses the contoured areas of the teeth. Instead, use a soft bristled brush to make short back and forth strokes on just one or two teeth at a time.

Clean Between

Cleaning along the parts of the teeth that you see regularly isn’t the only answer. It’s also important to clean the areas that may be hidden from plain view. Like between the teeth. These areas are more likely to not only develop gum disease more quickly, but also problems like cavities. If you’re only brushing your teeth twice a day but not flossing, up to 40% of your tooth surfaces are never getting cleaned. What if you were to take a shower each day but never wash your hair or face? It’s the same thing!

Wrap your floss tightly around each tooth in a “C” shape, then wipe up and down several times against the tooth and under the gumlines. In the beginning this may feel uncomfortable. It might even bleed. Fortunately, bleeding doesn’t mean that you are hurting yourself – it just means that the gums are infected. Continue flossing daily and you can expect to see reversal of swelling or bleeding within just 10 to 14 days.

Pay Attention to the Cycle

While periodontal disease can make your other health conditions worsen, it also goes the other way. Unmanaged blood sugar levels, obesity, or inflammatory conditions may make it seem impossible to eliminate your gum disease. Addressing just one or the other simply is not enough. Instead, actively take steps to address both your systemic health as well as your smile. You’ll see quicker, more effective results.

Visit Your Dental Hygienist

Even dedicated oral hygiene practices can leave a little bit of bacteria behind. To remove calcified tartar buildup, you need an expert who has the right tools to safely and effectively clean every surface of your teeth. We recommend preventive cleanings every 6 months.

If you have gum disease, it’s not too late. Marconi Dental Group can help treat your infection and give you the skills needed to reverse bleeding and inflamed gum tissues before it destroys your smile. If you suspect that you have gum disease, or it’s been more than 6 months since your last preventive care visit – call Marconi Dental Group today.

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

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Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

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Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.