Gum surgery benefits the entire body.


Gum surgery benefits the overall health of the patient. Periodontal health is achieved treating oral pathogens that destroy bone and healthy gum tissue.

Periodontal therapy restores healthy gum tissue destroyed by bacteria deep within the gum tissue.

A major adjunct in the treatment of gum disease are gum specialists called periodontists.

Periodontists are called upon to maintain oral health after tissues of the oral cavity become highly inflamed and/or infected.

Patients non-attentive to their oral health risk the loss of their teeth.

It has been stated tooth loss leads to bone loss. Periodontitis also destroys bone in the early, moderate and advanced stages.

In its early stages crestal bone is loss paving the way for moderate to severe destruction of alveolar bone.

Moderate periodontitis occurs after the continuation of the earlier stage. Gum pockets deepen resulting in 30 to 50% bone   loss around various teeth. Teeth may become loose because there is less bone support.

Gum surgery benefits.


Specialists use surgery techniques that reduce or eliminate inflammatory tissue  deep within bony defects.

Bony defects occur after plaque and tartar release toxins deep within the jawbone.

To treat periodontal disease the gums are reflected away from the teeth exposing sub-gingival problematic tissue.

Inflammatory tissue is cut away through gingival curettage re-establishing healthy tissue.

Synthetic bone grafting materials are used to seal bony defects.

Bony defects are very difficult to reach for purposes of oral hygiene.

Gum surgery benefits the immune system of patients.

After treatment oral maintenance is desired to hold the gains created from effective surgery.

Effective surgery places the gum disease process in remission.

Stabilize the patient with gum surgery benefits, having the patient keep regular oral hygiene  appointments.

Regularly scheduled dental appointments are known as periodontal maintenance booked every 90 days.

Patients remain in treatment under the care of the periodontist and the referring general dentist.

The general dentist will see the patient twice per year participating in the overall general health of the patient.

Oral irrigation is an excellent tool to hold the gains maintaining gum surgery benefits.

Proper brushing techniques, flossing and automated tools keep the basic disease, now in remission controlled in the home environment.

Teeth have a tendency to move from their normal positions after periodontal disease.

Orthodontic appliances and orthodontists assist in moving teeth back into more esthetically pleasing positions.

Gum surgery benefits patients wanting to save their teeth.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.

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Simplistic designs


Use simplistic designs to maximize your potential.

What you create using form and function connects the dots of a project.

Develop your projects using the most basic elements of form and function.

Oral health care at its best significantly reduces pain and suffering related to dental disease.

Dentists, dental hygienists, and dental auxiliary staff teach patients the art of basic disease control within the oral cavity.

Patients recognize early on there is effort required on their part to remain free of oral disease.

It is your daily basic actions that bring success.

No matter how you frame this statement simplistic designs are the most effective.

One major goal in the dental office is the reduction and eventual elimination of halitosis.

Halitosis, commonly known as bad breath, reduces effectiveness in the best of workers.

Difficulty is experienced bonding to co-workers where you find yourself in continuous daily close contact.

A lot of tactful urging is required that causes a person to seek relief from bad breath.

Bad breath treatments are for the bearer of the problem and those around him/her.

Seeking treatment says you respect and care about those who communicate daily within close proximity.

The basic actions of brushing effectively and flossing daily should not be underestimated.

They keep food particles from breaking down between the teeth.

Another basic tool in the regimen to fight halitosis is the proxy-brush.

Proxy-brushes fit between the teeth, clearing food, plaque and bacteria before they develop a slime layer.

The putrefaction of food items over time left between the teeth form sulphuric gases.

Bad gaseous oder coming from the mouth is very difficult to mask with candy, mints or mouthwash.

You only fool yourself with this strategy to mask bad breath.

Basic actions yield great success performed with regularity.

It does not matter what you are attempting to achieve in life.

Achieve it with simplistic designs.

One of my favorite basic tools to bring you success in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease is an oral irrigator.

Oral irrigators greatly reduce gingival inflammation.

They give the mouth a daily spa treatment, an oral lavage of thorough cleansing and freshness.

Automated systems improve your ability to remove tartar and plaque.

There are quite a few on today’s market that are very effective.

Their bristles should be soft and multi-tufted for a gentile effect preventing cervical abrasion.

Use simplistic designs to achieve success in whatever you do.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.






Pitfalls in Dentistry Dental Cardiac Care Improving Dental Health Gingival Recession

Dental Technology

Sensitive teeth are caused by gingival recession.

Google a dentist near you to find out the most up to date information and treatment for optimal dental health.

A wide variety of toothbrushes and tools for preventative dental care are on the shelves in the oral hygiene section of most stores.

Your job after you purchase recommended tools is to use them to the best of your ability.

Some of our patients agree the tools are a good idea but do not always follow through and apply them because of a number of different excuses.

My goal is to help eliminate excuses and get our patients beyond perceived barriers to doing what is necessary to maintain their oral health.

One problem in particular is hard and medium toothbrushes.

We recommend soft bristled toothbrushes because the bristles contact the gum tissue as well as the sensitive root structure.

Brushing in a circular motion  at the gum line reduces chances of a friction burn from sawing strokes back and forth across the sensitive root area.

The tooth root is very sensitive if a toothbrush causes friction at the thin mucosal tissue covering the area that drapes the root and enamel junction.

Another reason for gingival recession is tartar, plaque and food left to adhere to the teeth.

These irritants form gingival inflammation that also causes soft tissue to migrate towards the tooth root.

Tartar deposits left on the teeth for months replaces soft tissue.

Your dental team spends a large portion of its time removing these deposits and treating their after effects.

The toxic by-products of tartar and plaque eat away at the inter-proximal crestal bone.

Deep pockets that form cannot always be accessible to basic home care regimens.

Professional care in the form of reducing or eliminating gum tissue pockets is a necessary priority before health can be restored.

Patients are surprised that their first treatment series initiates valuable steps in the direction of maintaining their oral health and getting back on track.

You will find clinicians have several techniques that are quite tolerable and doable in the dental environment.

It is not the goal of the clinician to make receiving treatment an uncomfortable venture for the patient.

On many occasions the tartar deposits can be removed with topical or minimal local anesthetic.

Take the time to treat gingival recession before it gets out of hand.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.




Non-attentive to oral hygiene


Busy patients find themselves non-attentive to oral hygiene and periodontal disease control programs.

Life gets complicated during the stressful pursuit of careers and feelings of being overwhelmed by daily agendas.

Daily agendas that include a routine oral hygiene plan reduce your chances of visiting a dentist for emergency dental care.

Basic disease control programs implemented at home by patients are a good way to win the war against periodontal disease.

During World War I, soldiers were engaged in trench warfare, standing in mud and filthy conditions for weeks at a time.

The soldiers constantly under attack were non-attentive to oral hygiene.

The term trench mouth refers to neglect of oral hygiene, also called acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis.

Dentists in modern times treat this condition with anti-inflammatory mouth rinses and debridement of the tartar, plaque and infected tissue.

Stress in the lives of patients blurs our focus in reference to what should be done as a part of daily routine.

Necessary routines for sanity and health shoved to the bottom of our agendas do not get done.

Procrastination takes more energy than actually performing an act that resolves a problem.

For this reason dental floss and tools to fight gingivitis remain on the shelf or deep in a drawer for another day.

It is understood what should be done regarding our health but actually following through to resolve a problem is where we win.

You will hear motivational speakers tell you to get out of your own way to succeed at what you do.

They are simply telling you to allow the normal process of your life plan to unfold.

To reach your full potential follow the plan that has been set for your life.

If no plan exist, develop one that optimizes who you are in this moment.

Simple actions that keep you moving forward in life are a very good starting point.

You generate momentum working from a position ‘in this moment I can be all that I can be’.

Use the Law of Relativity to exist free from the judgment of others.

In being who you are there is no comparison or measuring stick against what is perceived as competition.

You decide what life will be and set out to achieve with measurable and specific actions from those decisions.

Don’t allow a stressful encounter to be the reason you become non-attentive to oral hygiene.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.




Importance of Your Dental Health

Importance of Your Dental Health Basic Disease Control

Basic disease control programs are designed for patients to use as part of a home care system.

Emergency dental teeth cleaning regimens  provided in the office are able to reduce significantly bleeding gums.

I render emergency dental care in Kansas City.

Major gains obtained in the dental office must be reinforced at the patient’s home.

Dentists constantly make a strong case for proper flossing and brushing techniques.

We send our patients out of the office with good demonstrations how to implement a good home care program.

The key is a program that can be done in the same manner it is demonstrated.

Mouth washes in the form of prescription or over the counter brands will not resolve the total problem.

There are times formulas in a bottle are looked upon by dentists as shotgun remedies.

Shotgun solutions may initiate some results, but true solutions to gum disease require daily hands on regimens recommended by your dentist.

After a good brushing and flossing regimen, the proxi-brush cleans debris from teeth interproximal areas where bacteria are missed.

Your home care program should include the removal of interproximal debris.

Food breaks down allowing plaque and bacteria to develop.

Toxins seep underneath the gum tissue causing crestal bone loss in its initial stages of breakdown.

A chronic gingivitis is the result of missed opportunities for oral hygiene care.

Automated systems are excellent for oral health but manual toothbrushes are still used by a large segment of our patient base.

For those using manual toothbrushes it is important to use soft bristled brushes.

It is assumed by the public harder bristled brushes are the better cleaning toothbrushes.

We find in dentistry a greater incidence of cervical abrasion with the use of harder bristled toothbrushes.

The enamel and the softer dentin meet at the gumline root junction.

Cervical abrasion is caused by aggressively brushing in a rapid back and forth motion causing a friction burn at the gumline.

The fragile enamel at the gumline is destroyed exposing the tooth root causing sensitivity.

Establish basic disease control with proper brushing and flossing techniques.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.