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February 6, 2020

Gums that have pulled away from the tooth leaving its root exposed are what is referred to as receding gums. Although not a high-priority emergency, receding gums leave way for plaque to collect in the areas where it once was. This may lead to more recession and tooth loss if left untreated. Unlike other tissues, your gum tissue doesn’t regenerate therefore, receding gums don’t grow back. This condition is not a cause for alarm, and there are ways to prevent further recession.

Slow Down Receding Gums

A number of things may cause gums to recede, including brushing too hard, poor dental hygiene, and even aging. Slowing down the process is your next step to maintaining a healthy set of teeth and gums. Although your gums won’t grow back, there are a few ways to prevent further gum recession.

1. Visit Your Dentist. Schedule an appointment with your dentist and they will most likely measure your gum recession to determine the next steps. Bacteria might have developed in the spaces in between the gums and teeth, so deep cleaning procedure is likely.

2. Maintain a Healthy Dental Practice. You can do this in a number of ways. These include:

  • Learning how to brush your teeth softer instead of harder. Purchase a soft-bristled brush instead of a medium or hard option.
  • Floss in between your teeth daily before brushing.
  • Schedule a dental cleaning every six months

Practicing these steps in addition to brushing your teeth twice a day and using a mouthwash will not only prevent gum recession but other oral health problems, such as tooth decay.

If you have receding gums, there is no reason to panic as it is a common problem. But, you do want to take care of the situation as soon as possible. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruce Silva today. He can determine the best solution for your receding gums.

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.

November 15, 2017

While picking a favorite Thanksgiving dish can be difficult when there are so many great ones to choose from, it turns out that cranberry sauce is our new favorite side dish due to its supportive oral health benefits.

Overall cranberries promote good health. Cranberry sauce is higher in calories than fresh cranberries, but they contain several nutrients that protect you from health related issues. Cranberry sauce contains fiber which relieves constipation and promotes healthy cholesterol levels limiting your chances of heart disease. It also contains Vitamin C, antioxidants, and is low in fat.

As far as oral health, cranberries support dental care in many ways. When bacteria binds together, it creates a plaque in your mouth. Cranberries contain a nutrient called Proanthocyanidins, which prevents bacteria from sticking together. Cranberry juice reduces plaque by 95 percent. It reduces the production of sugars in our mouth and makes it difficult for acids to generate, decreasing the damage to your tooth enamel.

Cranberries also reduce gum disease. The fruit limits the ability of gum disease causing bacteria to stick to your teeth and gums and cuts down on amino acids that bacteria survive on.

Make cranberry sauce your side of choice this Thanksgiving to go along with your turkey. Keep reading Dr. Bruce Silva blogs for the latest in dental health news and tips on gum disease prevention.

March 7, 2017

What is Green Dentistry?

Green Dentistry is a high-tech approach to reducing the environmental impact of traditional dental practices. Green Dentistry is good for the planet, good for our community, and good for business!

So, what exactly are the main benefits of Green Dentistry?

  1. Reduces the amount of waste and pollution generated by a single dental visit.
  2. Saves water, energy, and money.
  3. High-tech approach, so as technology advances, the benefits will continue to accrue.
  4. Supports your wellness-lifestyle and environmental values, and we share that commitment by practicing Green Dentistry every day!

While everyone goes green for St. Patrick’s Day, make sure you go green with us! At Dr. Bruce Silva D.D.S., we’re passionate about our “green” dental practices. Not just because they are good for the environment, but more importantly, because they are good for you!

February 22, 2017

A recent study in Science Translational Medicine has found that gum disease-causing bacteria may also trigger inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The accumulation of mouth bacteria not only affects your oral health, but also your joint health. This may be the closest any research has come to uncovering the root cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

RA is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints as opposed to attacking foreign substances like bacteria and viruses for the benefit of its health. This causes inflammation, swelling, pain, and stiffness, which typically begins with the small joints of the hands and feet. If inflammation goes unchecked, it can damage cartilage and bones in the body. According to, about 1.5 million people in the United States have RA and nearly three times as many women have the disease as men.

Not everyone with gum disease develops rheumatoid arthritis, and not everyone with rheumatoid arthritis has had previous gum disease. However, the research findings provide a better understanding of autoimmune disease causes, which currently have no definitive cause. Treat your teeth to the best of your ability. In order to upkeep your healthy smile and divert gum disease, continue brushing your teeth, flossing, and rinsing regularly.

Call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruce Silva today. Call us at (512) 605-0860. You may also make an appointment online.

September 25, 2016

More people are seeing the benefits of cosmetic dentistry. According to a report by Technavio, the global oral hygiene market is expected to grow steadily at a rate of about 4% in the next four years. The study covers the current and future prospects of the global oral hygiene market for 2016-2020. According to Abhay Sinha, a lead analyst at Technavio for health and wellness research, “The increase in overall awareness about health and hygiene has also led to an increase in demand for premium products, even among men. Premium products incorporate organic components that are safer than traditional oral care or hygiene products. Improved markets and increased disposable incomes will boost the demand for premium oral hygiene products in the future.”

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, approximately 99% of people believe that a smile is the most important social asset. The desire to have white teeth compels consumers to buy teeth whitening products. Previously, approaches to improve the appearance of teeth were limited to straightening crooked teeth but now there are advanced whitening products that enhance the appearance of teeth by removing stains and treating discolorations. The high adoption of these products has paved the way for cosmetic dentistry, which comprises a variety of services and procedures. These include bleaching, bonding (tooth-colored material used to fill in gaps or change the color of teeth), contouring and reshaping of the teeth, and placement of veneers, crowns, and inlays, all of which can improve your dental health and your smile.

If you are interested in Cosmetic Dentistry, schedule an appointment today with Dr. Bruce Silva. We are happy to answer any questions you have. Call us today, (512) 605-0860.

September 11, 2016

Are you embarrassed to take photos because of a missing tooth? Missing teeth are embarrassing and damaging to your long-term health. Replacing them with implants can improve your confidence, your smile, and ability to chew. According for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 120 million Americans are missing one or more teeth, and approximately 36 million people are missing all of their teeth in one or both jaws. The technological advances in implant dentistry have made it possible for people with missing teeth to maintain the life they would as with natural teeth.


Not utilizing implant dentistry not only negatively impacts your appearance, but also the health and stability of your other teeth. Open spaces where teeth should be causes teeth to shift and move, eventually leading to more tooth loss. Dental implants have revolutionized dentistry by offering a much more stable and natural-looking replacement for missing teeth and can be utilized for single or multiple missing teeth in a variety of different ways.


What is implant dentistry? A dental implant is a titanium post that simulates the root of a natural tooth and can support a crown, bridge or overdenture. They are durable and can last a lifetime when properly cared for with regular dental care, such as brushing, flossing and routine check-ups. They can also improve your speech. Unlike dentures, dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip. They also increase your comfort because they become part of you, eliminating the discomfort of removable dentures.


Dental implants are becoming the optimum treatment choice for many adults that have lost permanent teeth because they provide the same function as a natural tooth root. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, an estimated three million Americans have undergone dental implant procedures with a long term success rate of over 95%.


Schedule a visit with Dr. Silva today to see how you can achieve a beautiful and healthy smile. We are here to answer your questions, so call us at (512) 605-0860. And be sure to follow us on Facebook HERE!

July 23, 2016

The Internet is full of tips, tricks and “life hacks” to brighten your smile. Some of these are helpful and innovative and others can cause serious damage to your teeth. Let’s go over the most recent batch of do-it-yourself tricks to whiten your teeth.

Baking soda has been a longtime favorite to naturally freshen breath and whiten teeth. Baking soda and peroxide as a paste and left on the teeth for a short period of time can whiten your teeth but the newest form of baking soda and lemon juice left on the teeth for longer periods of time can be very damaging to your smile. The acids in lemon juice can break down your teeth’s enamel that can lead to damage, sensitivity and the risk for discoloration. This also goes for the “hack” that baking soda and coconut oil are an effective “toothpaste.” Baking soda is just abrasive and difficult on enamel and this recipe removes some of the key ingredients in toothpaste that make it effective and helpful in protecting your teeth, like fluoride. Baking soda and water as a paste on the teeth is simply applying an abrasive to a sensitive surface and is not encouraged as a solution to brighten your smile.

A surprising hack that works is in fact rubbing a banana peel on your teeth. The potassium in the peels of bananas can help brighten smiles but not significantly. If used correctly, however, it can provide a very subtle change in the brightness of your smile.

If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth and are looking for a solution that really works, call Dr. Silva, he can help you whiten your smile with a wide variety of professional tools and products to help you get the smile of your dreams.


July 15, 2016

Approximately 1 in 8 Americans suffers from teeth sensitivity. Teeth sensitivity can strike at any time – biting into a food that is hot, cold, sweet or sour. With summer heating up, plenty of our favorite summer treats are potentially worrisome for patients with sensitive teeth. If the thought of biting down on a Popsicle, an apple or sipping on lemonade makes you cringe, then you may face sensitive teeth. Teeth sensitivity is caused when the outer layer of the enamel wears down exposing the sensitive nerves underneath. With the nerves exposed, the irritation of hot, cold, sweet or sour is felt more directly and can cause sharp pain and other dental discomfort.

Having sensitive teeth is however very easy to treat. If you have sensitive teeth try using a special fluoride mouthwash. The extra fluoride will help build up some of the enamel of your teeth and can lessen the discomfort of sensitivity. There are several over the counter toothpastes available that can help desensitize your teeth using lower concentrations of active ingredients, like fluoride. Additional steps may be taken if your teeth sensitivity is severe. A special bonding resin can be placed over the teeth to act as a buffering layer between your enamel and the exposed nerves causing sensitivity. Teeth sensitivity can also be an indication of further tooth damage and a root canal may be required to help aid in desensitizing your teeth. Teeth grinding or bruxism can also be the culprit behind teeth sensitivity as the enamel is worn down through involuntary grinding. The best remedy for this is a night guard that protects your teeth while you sleep.

With the help of toothpastes, mouthwashes and treatment from Dr. Silva, teeth sensitivity can be a thing of the past. Contact our office if you are experiencing issues with teeth sensitivity.



June 22, 2016

Did you know that the summer can negatively affect your healthy smile? The extreme heat and dry climates can harm your teeth and surrounding tissues. High humidity also leads to sweating, which results in loss of hydration and oral tissue problems. Here are a few ways to properly care for your teeth during the summer.

If you keep yourself hydrated, you’ll reduce the risk of tooth decay and keep your skin and gums healthy. Consume plenty of water and ignore sugary drinks like lemonade. Citric acid and sugar with a dry mouth can cause tooth decay.

Protect your lips with lip balm or gloss to prevent dry, chapped lips. Find products with a minimum SPF factor of 15 to ward off possible risks of skin cancer. Lips are the most susceptible to burning compared to other parts of the body.

Snack intelligently by choosing the right fruits as your summer treats. Watermelon is a great fruit as it helps clean your mouth with its high water content. Other citrus fruits are acidic and can result in the erosion of tooth enamel. Remember to brush and rinse an hour after consumption to rid your mouth of the fruit’s acids.

If you’re participating in outdoor activities, wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. Mouth guards protect your teeth, lips, gums, and cheeks and are cost-effective.

Because of high chlorine content found in swimming pools, too much swimming can lead to erosion and weakening of teeth. Brush your teeth following a swim to prevent damage from the pool chemicals. On the other hand, swimming in an ocean can cut down oral bacteria because of the high levels of salt in oceans.

Don’t skip the first meal of the day. If you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to snack on unhealthy foods throughout the day. Just make sure to brush your teeth an hour later after a big breakfast.

Call our office today to schedule your teeth cleaning.

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