Savvy periodontal health is desired after dental visits.

Savvy Periodontal Health

Savvy periodontal health is a must for the patient willing to hold the gains from periodontal therapy.

Coming from a dental visit at the office of my periodontist, results of the visit are very positive.

The patient’s role is to come to an appointment with positive energy and listen to the direction of the staff.

Hygienists play a very important part in the delivery of oral health care to the local community.

A large part of oral hygeine maintenance falls squarely on the shoulders of dental hygienists.

The patient should expect to spend approximately forty-five to sixty minutes for the hygiene visit.

Most dental offices take a full mouth set of  radiographs approximately every two years.

Check-up Bitewing x-rays are taken every six months  to evaluate interproximal areas for potential bone loss and cavities.

Periodontal probing documents the depth of gum pockets.

Depth of a pocket indicates the degree of periodontal disease present around the tooth.

The deeper the pocket the greater you will find levels of harmful bacteria breaking down the tissue.

Scalers remove tartar deposits and plaque from your teeth.

Stain removal follows reducing the opportunity for plaque to accumulate on the teeth.

You hold the gains with a good homecare program.

Good homecare starts with paying attention to the basics, proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Proxi-brushes remove debris unreachable by other homecare tools.

Great systems like Water Pik, Oral-B Braun, and Sonic Care will complete your homecare system.

The patient must hold the gains generated from the dental visit.

Most oral hygiene visits are delivered in six month intervals unless there are special concerns that should be addressed  in shorter spans of time.

Oral rinses are used to fight the bacterial levels of periodontal pockets.

Peridex, active ingredient chlorhexidine, Perio Med, active ingredient fluoride, are perscription medications that reduce the systems of periodontal disease.

Over the counter mouth rinses reduce the surface tension of the teeth thus aiding in reduction of periodontal disease, best used after the teeth have been flossed and brushed throughly.

Use this information for savvy periodontal health.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

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




Remain confident even during your most difficult days and you will succeed.


Business battlefields exposes the weak points in your operation.

Know the strengths of your business concern to minimize its weaknesses.

You overcome your weak points by concentrating on the business strong points.

There is a war out here that must be won by overcoming insurmountable odds.

I render emergency dental care in Kansas City.

Emergency dentists in Kansas City win by overcoming insurmountable odds.

It seems like an uphill battle combating periodontal disease on many days.

Many entrepreneurs find themselves in the heat of conflict under very difficult circumstances.

Difficult circumstances at times are found on business battlefields.

Our battlegrounds become bearable when we are able to fight on our own terms.

You fight on your own terms when you know your market and its top competitors.

Research and statistical analysis allow you to know your market and the top competitors.

Team players do what they have to do in the heat of battle.

Professionals have trained to react instinctively when the chips are down.

Proper training and preparation builds belief you can win your toughest battles.

Believe you can accomplish your goals and you will move forward.

There is no crime in fighting for what you want as long as you are willing to fight fairly.

Like soldiers on the front line remain focused and watch your flank.

We hold on with grim determination under fire.

You are successful to the degree your strengths are used to open and hold new markets.

Stay determined to go above and beyond the call of duty in doing your job.

Your determination will inspire others to action.

Successful actions performed daily win your battles.

It is not necessary to go it alone if co-workers are willing to join in the fight going above and beyond the call as well.

There is no one more capable of communicating what is going on than those performing the successful daily actions.

They need only measure their progress with statistical analysis to hold the gains.

Statistical analysis documents gains from daily successful actions.

Statistical analysis protects your flank, another way to identify your strengths and weaknesses.

Business battlefields have always been staging areas to win or lose the war for success.

Overcome insurmountable odds with daily successful actions.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

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





Caring for your oral health




Caring for your oral health requires regular dental check-ups and a solid, consistent homecare program.  

Good oral health does not just mean you have a “great smile” or “pretty teeth”.  Your whole mouth needs care to be in good health.  The word “oral” refers to the mouth, which includes your teeth, gums, jawbone, and supporting tissues.  Taking good care of your teeth and gums is considered good oral hygiene, and can prevent disease in your mouth.  Primarily, the aim of good oral hygiene is the efficient, effective and most importantly, the regular removal of plaque bacteria.  Oral health can also affect the health of your  body.  Poor oral hygiene has been associated with heart disease, diabetes, and more recently with some forms of cancer and low birth weight pregnancy outcomes.  It is easy to take your oral health for granted, but good oral health is key to your overall health.

To help prevent tooth decay and gum disease,  brush your teeth twice daily.  If you’ve been using the same toothbrush for more than 3 months, get a new one.  Always use a soft bristle brush.  Avoid sugary foods and between-meal snacks and choose fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots instead.  For optimum oral hygiene, floss your teeth everyday.  Tooth decay-causing bacteria  linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach.    Flossing helps remove the resulting sticky film, or plaque bacteria, as well as food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.  During regular dental checkups, dentists look  for signs of disease, infections, injuries, and oral cancer.

The most common oral health problems are tooth decay (cavities) and gum disease.  Cavities and gum disease are the major causes of tooth loss.  If oral hygiene is poor, we are at risk of tooth decay, and also gum disease, which affects 90% of the population.  Bacteria naturally live in our mouths and use sugar in foods to make acids.  Over time, the acid destroys  the outside layer of your teeth, damaging the tooth surface (enamel), and  a cavity forms.   The tooth then becomes weak and breaks.  The nerve may become damaged.  Bacteria also cause gum disease, along with mucus and food particles that form the sticky plaque on your teeth.  Plaque bacteria must be removed daily through brushing and flossing.  After 48 hours of growth, these bacteria start to release toxins which irritate the gums and initiate inflammation.  This plaque that is left on the teeth hardens and forms tarter, which is a calcified version of plaque.  Tartar attracts even more plaque bacteria to the gums, causing further irritation.  The longer plaque and tarter stay on your teeth, the more harm they do.    Without regular professional cleanings, tartar builds up and gum disease, or gingivitis (jin-juh-VEYE-tuhss)  occurs.  There are four stages of gum disease.  Gingivitis is the mildest stage  causing  red, swollen gums.  It can also cause the gums to bleed easily.

Most gingivitis can be treated with daily brushing and flossing, and regular professional cleanings.  With treatment, gingivitis is a reversible condition and no long term damage is sustained.  This stage of gum disease does not lead to the loss of bone or surrounding tissue that holds teeth in place.  If the disease is not treated, however, it can advance to periodontitis (pair-ee-oh-don-TEYE-tuhss).  At this more advanced stage of gum disease, the gums pull away from the teeth and form infected “pockets”  between the teeth and gums.  Bone supporting the teeth may become infected and start to weaken.  Over time, your teeth may loosen and need to be removed.  These diseases must be treated by a dentist to avoid possible tooth loss.   This may  involve a series of appointments or a one-time office visit, depending on the severity of the condition.

Schedule an appointment with  your dentist right away if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • bleeding gums with brushing or flossing
  • red or white patches on the gums, tongue, or floor of the mouth
  • mouth or jaw pain that won’t go away
  • sores that do not heal within two weeks
  • problems swallowing or chewing.

If you have not had your teeth checked and professionally cleaned in the last 4 to 6 months, make an appointment today.  A cleaning is recommended to remove the calculus and plaque deposits that may develop in the areas of the mouth that are hard to access, even with good oral hygiene.  Remember,  caring for your oral health involves both daily hygiene practices and regular visits to your dentist.