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Dr. Bruce Silva and his team at Austin Premier Dental are dedicated to providing high-quality and compassionate dental health care.

September 16, 2019

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal diseases, also known as gum disease, are infections found in the structures around the teeth including the gums, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. They occur when the gums become infected, showing signs of swollen and tender gums that bleed after brushing and flossing. If not cared for properly, the problem may spread to other tissues, making the disease more complicated to correct.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque, and surprisingly it is your body’s response to the bacteria that causes most issues. In order to eliminate the bacteria, the cells of your immune system release substances that cause inflammation of the gums and bones, which then leads to swollen, bleeding gums, signs of gingivitis, loosening of teeth, and severe periodontitis. If plaque builds up on teeth, it becomes calcified overtime, and turns into tartar, also causing periodontal disease.

Keeping a good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly can prevent periodontal disease. Dental cleanings will keep plaque under control in places that are hard to reach for a toothbrush or floss.

What is Periodontal Therapy?

Periodontal therapy is a non-surgical program of the treatment of gum disease. Certain stages of periodontal disease can be treated in a non-surgical program. Today there is no known cure for periodontal disease. However, it can be managed and contained through a variety of treatment options.

Dr. Bruce Silva provides a range of services to help improve and maintain your gum’s health. Non-surgical periodontal therapy services include:

  • Periodontal Evaluation
  • Periodontal Treatment Plan
  • Obtain Informed Consent and Patient Records
  • Treatment Services
  • Therapy Evaluation
  • Maintenance

Benefits of Periodontal Therapy include:

  • Improved overall health
  • Improved function of your teeth
  • Decreased risk of bone loss
  • Identification of other health problems
  • Fresh breath, tartar removal, and a great smile

Dr. Bruce Silva is knowledgeable, qualified, and highly trained to conduct periodontal therapy for patients in need. Call Dr. Bruce Silva for a consultation today.

July 3, 2019

If you maintain a regular and proper dental health routine, you most likely have a healthy bright smile. Proper dental care goes beyond preventing cavities and bad breath, but also prevents you from getting deadly diseases. Your oral health is linked to your overall health in many ways so if you’re suffering from a cavity or signs of gum disease, you could be in danger of bigger health problems. Below are the five biggest health conditions linked to poor oral health.

  1. Alzheimer’s Disease. Reading and exercising aren’t the only things to help lower the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Taking good care of your oral health does too. A bacteria associated with gum disease exists in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients and people who have had gum disease for at least 10 years have double the risk of Alzheimer’s.
  2. Cancer. Poor oral health leads to not only oral cancer but other types of cancer as well. Diseases that affect the tissues in your mouth are linked to pancreatic cancer. The better your oral health, the lower your risk of cancer will be.
  3. Diabetes. There are more than 7 million cases of undiagnosed diabetes in the United States. It is essential to be tested for diabetes if you suffer from gum disease and other oral issues because if diabetes goes untreated, high blood pressure levels in your saliva allow for bacteria to grow in your mouth, which triggers the formation of plaque causing bad breath cavities, and even gum disease.
  4. Heart Disease. Bad oral health is even associated with cardiovascular disease as tooth loss is connected to coronary heart disease.
  5. Infertility. Poor oral health affects fertility in both men and women. Women with gum disease may take two months longer to conceive than women without gum disease. And, men with poor oral health are likely to have a low sperm count and poor semen health.

Maintain a normal and regular dental health routine to prevent the above diseases from occurring. Make a dental appointment with Dr. Bruce Silva today.

March 10, 2019

If you’re a spring-cleaner, the time is now to get started! A good spring cleaning goes beyond cleaning out your closets, attic, and garage. This year include yourself in your cleaning purge and visit your dentist for a spring cleaning on your healthy smile. Failure to take care of your teeth can result in more serious health conditions with your teeth, gums, and overall health.

What happens when you skip a dental cleaning?

If you fail to visit the dentist every six months to a year, you risk becoming a sufferer of gum disease. Gum disease, an infection that is the leading cause of tooth loss, progresses below the gum line and can damage the bone and tissue of your teeth. Some symptoms of gum disease include red swollen gums and bleeding of the gums. Gum disease has even been linked to other serious health issues including heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and more.

Gingivitis is a less severe form of gum disease and most sufferers might not know they have it. It is caused by plaque buildup and tartar that grows along the gum line. As the tartar builds up, it’ll irritate the gums causing redness and bleeding.

While gum disease is still treatable, it could lead to more serious issues for your overall health. Bacteria found in the gum line can leave the oral cavity through the vascular network and make it to other parts of the body, including the heart.

Dentists are important to your dental health and if you skip an appointment, you could jeopardize it. When dental hygienists clean your teeth, they clean off tartar buildup and look out for changes occurring in your mouth. Schedule a spring cleaning for your healthy smile with Dr. Bruce Silva now.

December 7, 2018

Nothing can ruin your day faster than unexpected pain, and tooth pain almost universally ranks as one of the most unpleasant of wrenches that can be thrown into your day. Of course, if you wake up with a toothache during the week, you can always call your dentist to make a quick appointment to take care of the issue, but the holiday season is officially upon us, and your dentist, like most places, will have different holiday hours. So what do you do if you wake up with a toothache and your dentist isn’t available?

There are several things that can cause a sudden toothache: a particle of food caught between your teeth or lodged within a small cavity or a tooth infection. If you find yourself in this unfortunate position during the holidays, if you can take painkillers like Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen—please check with your doctor if you aren’t sure—take some immediately. When the inner pulp of a tooth becomes infected it swells, and unlike any other part of the body that suffers from an infection, there’s no room for movement inside a tooth, and both Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen are anti-inflammatories that will help take the pain and swelling down.

If you are unable to take painkillers for medical reasons, head over to your pantry. A warm salt rinse several times a day will help reduce the inflammation that is causing pain. Another excellent home remedy, and a rather holiday appropriate one too, is clove oil, as it is a natural irritant reducer. You can find clove oil at most pharmacies and some natural food stores, and can use a cotton swab to apply some to the area causing you pain. A whole clove from your spice cabinet will do just as well however if you don’t have any of the oil on hand. Place one in your mouth over the infected tooth and the natural oils in the clove will go to work on the pain. If all else fails, a warm shower to help relax you and an ice pack to help reduce the swelling will also provide some relief.

No one wants to be saddled with a toothache during the holiday season. So make sure that you are caught up with your check-ups and cleanings, and that you are following the recommended daily tooth care regimen: brush twice a day, every day, and floss once a day. Doing these things will greatly reduce your chances of waking up unexpectedly with a problem that you have no immediate way to handle. If you have more questions about how to handle a toothache when your dentist isn’t available to help, call Dr. Bruce Silva today, or visit him online to set up a pre-holiday appointment.

November 2, 2018

Pet dentistry is a step a lot of pet parents often overlook. Like humans, tooth issues can lead to terrible health problems for your pets down the line, so look over these pet oral care tips to ensure your pet has a healthy smile like you.

Take Your Pet to the Vet

Just like humans, pets should visit their doctor at least once a year, during which time the vet can examine their teeth. If things are looking fine, you can be confident that your oral health care plan has been working, but if needed, your vet may need to give your pet’s teeth a professional cleaning, and possibly X-rays.

Early Warning Signs

By the age of three, if dental care hasn’t been a regular part of their routine, dogs and cats’ teeth start to show the wear and tear of tartar and plaque build-up. Left untreated, your pets could start experiencing bloody gums, tooth pain, and in some extreme cases, tooth extraction. An early warning sign that something isn’t right in the mouths of both cats and dogs is terrible breath. If you start to notice that your pet’s breath has changed for the worse, you should immediately call your veterinarian. Severe mouth pain can cause your pet to stop eating, which might lead to even worse health problems, so take your pet to the vet as soon as you notice something wrong with their teeth.

Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) advises that pet owners begin brushing their pet’s teeth when they are very young so that they get used to the idea of their mouths being touched on a regular basis and won’t be as spooked by the idea the older they get. A small, soft-bristle tooth brush that can reach all of their teeth and gums is the best type of brush to use, and there are many types of pet-safe toothpaste in flavors for both cats and dogs that will make the experience a bit more enjoyable. If necessary, start teaching them the process by putting a small amount of toothpaste on your finger and lightly brushing your finger along their teeth and gums to help them become used to the feeling of something rubbing against their teeth. Never use human toothpaste to brush your pet’s teeth as dog and cat toothpastes are made to be ingested. You should brush your pet’s teeth at least three times a week, but that should be determined by your veterinarian.

Other Ways to Protect Their Teeth

Chew toys have always been a favorite way to entertain pets, but they can also be excellent ways to keep your dog’s teeth strong and clean. Any chew toys with the Veterinarian Oral Health Council (VOHC) seal are a good choice, as those will help knock the plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth.

Poking around in your pet’s mouth isn’t the most enjoyable experience for either you or your pet, but seeing your pet suffer from something that is preventable is worse.

March 12, 2018

Much like the New Year, spring is a time for starting over. If you didn’t schedule a dental cleaning with your dentist at the beginning of the year, now is the time to do so. During a dental cleaning (also known as a dental checkup), your dentist will go over reviewing and updating your medical history, followed by x-rays and examination of the teeth, and if needed, treatment planning. We recommend visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning, which will provide a few oral health perks in the long run.

A teeth cleaning helps remove bacteria that cause plaque, but 24 to 48 hours after, it starts to develop again. Even when you’re practicing good dental care at home, plaque buildup is inevitable after six months of not seeing a dentist. The longer plaque stays in your teeth, the more it is likely to stay permanently. Once it reaches this stage, it is more difficult to remove and may require special tools and treatment. With a professional teeth cleaning twice a year, you are less likely to experience heavy plaque buildup on your healthy smile.

Visiting your dentist for a dental cleaning can also reveal early signs of medical issues that are much worse than plaque. Some of these medical issues include oral cancer and cardiovascular disease, which can lead to heart attack or stroke. It’s never too late to make a professional dental cleaning a priority.

If you practice healthy dental habits, you should only have to visit your dentist once to twice a year. Visit your dentist more frequently if you are not brushing and flossing your teeth daily. Visiting your dentist now will help you keep your healthy smile look its best while actively preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Call Dr. Bruce Silva and schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning today.

January 12, 2018

Start 2018 off the right way by calling Dr. Bruce Silva today and scheduling a cleaning and prevention appointment. Prevention is the best practice to ensure you keep that healthy smile. While everybody’s needs are different, we recommend routine cleanings. The older you get, the more frequent those routine checkups and cleanings should be.

On average, seeing a dentist twice a year works well for many people. Some can get away with fewer visits. Others may need more frequent visits. People with very little risk of cavities or gum disease can do fine seeing their dentist just once a year. People with a high risk of dental disease might need to visit every three or four months, or more. This high-risk group includes:

  • Smokers
  • Pregnant women
  • Diabetics
  • People with current gum disease
  • People with a weak immune response to bacterial infection
  • People who tend to get cavities or build up plaque

Dr. Bruce Silva goes above and beyond in his diagnostic and preventative service. The preventative services include:

  • Tartar and plaque removal
  • Removal of stains
  • Fluoride applications
  • Sealants
  • Teeth polishing
  • Denture positioning

The diagnostic services include:

  • Review medical history
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Evaluation of gum tissue
  • Teeth decay detection

While not in the presence of a dentist, you can help prevent tooth decay by going over the following steps:

  • Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Clean between your teeth daily with floss or interdental cleaner.
  • Eat nutritious and balanced meals and limit snacking.
  • Check with your dentist about the use of supplemental fluoride.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral examination.

Our experienced team will also provide educational services so that our patients have the necessary knowledge and tools to practice good oral hygiene at home. So call Dr. Bruce Silva today for a dental checkup and start 2018 the right way!

December 13, 2017

Although a happy and fun-filled time of year, the holiday season is notorious for tempting us with unhealthy treats. Not only do these holiday treats affect our bodies, they affect our teeth and our healthy smile too. While you celebrate with friends and family this December, remember to try and limit the following foods from your diet to retain good oral health and a great smile.

  1. Candy Canes: Since they take a long time to eat, they coat your entire mouth with sugar, which increases your chances of cavities.
  2. Caramel: Caramel also coats teeth, and worse, sticks to them, raising your risk of tooth decay.
  3. Sugary Baked Goods: Sugar is bad for you in general. Limit your sugar intake for your oral health and physical health.
  4. Carbonated Drinks: Carbonated drinks are loaded with sugar so revert back to number three.
  5. White Wine: As red wine helps prevent tooth decay, white wine does not. It is high in acidic content that erodes enamel on your teeth.

Replace a bad food with a good food alternative such as cheese, vegetables, and nuts. The calcium found in cheeses is good for your teeth, while fiber is found in broccoli and carrots. Nuts help prevent gum disease with its fatty acids.

If you can’t fight the urge to eat something unhealthy, do so during mealtimes instead of snacking on them throughout the day. Brush and floss your teeth after to limit the damage of the foods you eat.

Call Dr. Bruce Silva today to schedule a dental appointment!

December 13, 2017

What are your resolutions for 2018? More importantly, will you be able to keep them? Every year, with the best of intentions, we set personal goals, resolving to do something good for us in the coming year. Usually though, our resolutions are abandoned almost as quickly as we made them. So, what’s the easiest way to keep your New Year’s Resolutions? Make them easy to achieve.

Have the confidence to take on whatever the New Year brings you by resolving to take better care of your oral health. Here are Dr. Silva’s four simple New Year’s Resolutions for making sure you look and feel great all year long.

  1. Visit your dentist more frequently. According to the American Dental Association, one third of people in the United States do not see a dentist yearly. The older you get, the more sensitive your teeth get. Even if you think your teeth look and feel great, you will still need to visit your dentist a recommended two times a year. Set a reminder on your phone to make an appointment with your dentist on January 2nd.
  2. Floss. In order to keep plaque from building up on and in between your teeth, brushing daily isn’t enough. Make a resolution to begin the habit of flossing after each meal. To remember to floss, keep a container next to your toothbrush and toothpaste on your sink and with you, either in your car, pocket, or purse.
  3. Quit Smoking. Smoking doubles your risk for gum disease and can also initiate many other health issues for you. On the first of the New Year, get rid of the tobacco products and ask your family and friends for their support with this new resolution. Find a replacement activity to take up when you get the craving to use tobacco products.
  4. Eat Healthier. Decrease your consumption of sugar foods in 2018. There happens to be a link between tooth decay and the amount of sugar a person eats. Add more dairy to your diet, which is good for your teeth.

Don’t let your New Year’s Resolutions fall through, especially when it comes to your oral health. Make an appointment with Dr. Bruce Silva after you finish reading this blog or on January 2nd. Your healthy smile is important to us. Happy New Year!

October 12, 2017

October is National Dental Hygiene Month and at the office of Dr. Bruce Silva, we are showcasing our Dental Hygienist pride this month and every day! This is an important campaign for dental professionals all around the nation because each year there is a different goal to attain. This year, the American Dental Association is focusing on four components of good oral health practices and maintenance.

The four components are:

  • Brush twice a day. Brush for two minutes with a soft-bristled brush for the best results. Be gentle on your teeth and gums as you stroke your teeth and don’t forget to brush the inner surfaces of the teeth. And lastly, brush your tongue to keep your breath fresh and remove plaque.
  • Floss regularly. We recommend cleaning between your teeth at least once a day if you’re unable to do it after every meal.
  • Rinse with mouthwash. There are many benefits to rinsing out your mouth. They include eliminating biofilm and bacteria and reducing your chances of tooth decay and infection.
  • Chew sugar-free gum after meals. If you’re an avid gum chewer, consider switching to a sugar-less brand and chewing for 20 minutes following meals. This will help prevent tooth decay by washing away food and debris with your saliva and reducing acids in the mouth.

Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month with us all month and every day! Maintaining good oral health begins with a conversation. Visit Dr. Silva today to discuss these oral health practices in detail and then go home and share the information with your children. Keep your mouth and teeth clean year-round and schedule an appointment for a dental checkup today!

October is also National Children’s Dental Health Month. Visit the ADA site HERE to find out additional information on oral health care for your children.

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