What Causes Periodontitis? | Snohomish Dentist


Periodontitis, or gum disease, is the inflammation around the tooth. It is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and bone that supports the tooth. Periodontitis is the more serious case of gingivitis. Gingivitis is inflammations of the gum, and if not treated will eventually lead to Periodontitis.

Some of the symptoms of Periodontitis include:

  • Inflamed or swollen gums
  • Bright red gums; sometimes purple
  • Gums are sensitive when touched
  • Receding gums
  • Extra spaces between the teeth
  • Bleeding when brushing the teeth
  • Bleeding when flossing
  • Halitosis (Bad Breath)
  • Loose teeth

What Causes Periodontitis?

The most common cause of Periodontitis in an individual is poor oral hygiene. Dental Plaque that forms on teeth are formed by bacteria that try to attach themselves to the tooth’s surface. If not brushed, or cleaned away, it hardens into tartar. Tartar is much more difficult to remove than plaque. Getting rid of tartar requires a dental professional. Plaque that develops may gradually and progressively damage teeth and surrounding tissue. Eventually, you will develop gingivitis which will ultimately lead to pockets developing between the teeth and gums. If this persists, bacteria will fill the pockets and our immune system’s natural response to infection will start destroying the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth together.

If you show signs of Periodontitis or Progressive Gingivitis, contact Dr. Haines today!

For more information on periodontal disease and periodontal treatment services call Dr. Haines in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.tedhainesdds.com.

Dr. Haines of Snohomish, WA also proudly accepts patients from Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.

How to Maintain Porcelain Veneers | Snohomish Dentist


Porcelain Veneers are a great cosmetic material dentists use to create beautiful, lasting smiles. Over time however, veneers may fail or break on you if you do not maintain proper care over them. Veneers are very durable to start with, but with anything, poor oral care causes the durability to generally decrease over time. Here are some helpful tips in which you should use to maintain your porcelain veneers!

  • Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Perhaps the most important of them all, maintaining good oral hygiene is vital in keeping your porcelain veneers in shape. Remember: Good oral hygiene = healthy teeth.

  • Don’t use your teeth as a Tool

Using your teeth to open bottles, nuts, or packaging places extreme pressure on veneers. This causes t hem to wear and tear or possibly break or chip.

  • Don’t Bite Hard Foods or Objects

Like the tip before, using your teeth to bite on foods such as ice, candy apples, nuts, or other hard textured foods cause unnatural stress on veneers; eventually causing them to wear down.

  • Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Be sure to maintain regular visits to your dentist (The ADA recommends ever six months), in order to keep up maintenance of your veneers. Your dentist will be able to monitor your veneers, teeth, and gums. Regular dental visits promote preventative care for your teeth, allowing you to take care of any potential dental issues before they even occur.

Follow these steps in order to help maintain the longevity, durability, and endurance of your Porcelain Veneers!

For more information about how veneers can drastically improve your smile call Dr. Haines in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.tedhainesdds.com.

Dr. Haines also proudly accepts patients from Snohomish, Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.