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Gary Sigafoos
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Periodontist, Hospital & Health Care
Periodontist, Hospital & Health Care

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TIPS OF THE DAY: Gingivitis: a common problem with an easy solution

You’ve undoubtedly seen toothpaste commercials talking about the dreaded gingivitis, but you probably assumed it would never affect you. The truth is that gingivitis is the most common periodontal disease in the county, affecting 90 percent of the population. Yes, it’s even a problem right here in La Jolla.

Gingivitis is an infection of the gums caused by bacteria that form plaque. When you visit periodontist Dr. Gary Sigafoos on a regular basis, the professional team at LaJolla Periodontics is able to remove the small amounts of plaque that build up between visits. But when left to accumulate, plaque increases, and harmful bacteria grows.

The problem begins when these bacteria release toxins that result in inflammation of the gum tissue. Dr. Sigafoos will tell you that, if not properly treated, gingivitis may progress to periodontitis, a periodontal disease in which you may eventually lose teeth.

The best solution is to prevent gingivitis by making regular appointments with the friendly, experienced staff at LaJolla Periodontics in La Jolla. If it strikes, however, Dr. Sigafoos can effectively treat this disease before it causes damage. To set up an appointment, call (855) 563-7049 today.


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Looking for an experienced periodontist to care for gingivitis and periodontal disease? I can help! FIND OUT MORE or You can visit online www.lajollaperiodontics.com

#dental #Plaque #GumDisease #ToothLoss #Periodontist #LaJolla #Sedation #DentistryCosmetic #Dentistry #RootCanal #Gingivitis Dentist #GumDiseaseTreatment
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Looking for an experienced periodontist to care for gingivitis and periodontal disease? I can help! FIND OUT MORE or You can visit online www.lajollaperiodontics.com

#dental #Plaque #GumDisease #ToothLoss #Periodontist #LaJolla #Sedation #DentistryCosmetic #Dentistry #RootCanal #Gingivitis Dentist #GumDiseaseTreatment


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TIPS OF THE DAY: A Root Canal for an Abscessed Tooth?

An abscessed tooth is a serious problem that needs immediate attention. However, an abscessed tooth is perfectly treatable by root canal dentist Dr. Sigafoos if caught in its early stages. What exactly is an abscess? It’s an acute disease that arises when a tooth’s pulpal tissue is infected and that infection spreads to the outside of the root, entering the bone and soft issues that surround the tooth.

Common symptoms of an abscess include:

Pain resulting from biting pressure, touch, or hot liquids
Enough pressure to partially push the tooth out from the socket, resulting in the infected tooth contacting the opposing set of teeth before any others
Enough pressure built around the outside of the tooth from the infection to cause a tooth to become loose
Swelling confined to the tissues around the infected tooth
An exaggerated asymmetry of the face; this could be caused by swelling that starts in the gums around the infected tooth and spreads to the lips, cheek, or neck areas
Don't risk the serious complication that can result from an untreated abscessed tooth. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary Sigafoos of LaJolla Periodontics at the earliest signs of any symptoms. Just call (855) 563-7049 or complete the online form. If you have any questions, please give us a call!
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Looking for an experienced periodontist to care for gingivitis and periodontal disease? I can help! FIND OUT MORE or You can visit online www.lajollaperiodontics.com

#dental #Plaque #GumDisease #ToothLoss #Periodontist #LaJolla #Sedation #DentistryCosmetic #Dentistry #RootCanal #Gingivitis Dentist #GumDiseaseTreatment



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TIPS OF THE DAY: Choosing Dental Financing: Three Reasons Why It Is a Wise Choice

Most of us think that taking care of our teeth is about having a great smile and avoiding the discomfort of a toothache. Although these are valid and important reasons for maintaining a good oral health program, there are three other equally strong reasons to consider.

First of all, dental health is part of your overall health. Second, choosing dental health is a wise investment of your time and dental financing resources. Third, your emotional well-being is influenced by how you think and feel about yourself. Your smile is a big part of your image of yourself. Let's examine each of these areas more thoroughly.

Your Physical Health
How easy it is to forget that our teeth, gums, and mouth are essential parts of our physical body. Periodontal disease, bone and gum loss, and infections all affect the overall picture of our physical health. The ability to chew our food well helps digestion and reduces stress on the gastrointestinal system.

Like any physical system, each part of the body plays a role in the overall health of the system; taking care of your teeth and gums is a part of an intentional plan for physical health. In collaboration with your dental team, you can create a plan for your dental health that will contribute to your overall health plan.

A Wise Investment
There are two important resources that you use and allocate in your everyday life: your time and your money. When it comes to your dental care, they are closely related. The time you take everyday to invest in your dental health is also an investment in your financial health. When treatment is necessary, the dental financing is also an investment in your financial future.
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Looking for an experienced periodontist to care for gingivitis and periodontal disease? I can help! FIND OUT MORE or You can visit online www.lajollaperiodontics.com

#dental #Plaque #GumDisease #ToothLoss #Periodontist #LaJolla #Sedation #DentistryCosmetic #Dentistry #RootCanal #Gingivitis Dentist #GumDiseaseTreatment
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TIPS OF THE DAY: Four Ways To Be Understood By Your Dentist

What do you want from your relationship with your dentist? Oftentimes, this question is answered when there is a dental problem or emergency requiring immediate attention. There is a different approach to your relationship with your dentist that relates to your own needs and dental health. This approach is designed to help you create the kind of experiences you want with your dentist.

You have a choice about this relationship and how it can support and assist you in your life. It begins with the simple question stated at the beginning of this article: What do you want from your relationship with your dentist?

The answer to this question can take many forms. For some people it may mean having a lot of information about their dental health and future. They seek facts to know they are making good, informed decisions. Others may want a friendly relationship in which openness and communication are valued. They want information but, more importantly, they want to know they are important to the dentist and the dental team. Some individuals want minimal information and discussion -- just the facts and the solutions to take care of any dental or dental financing problem.

We all have different wants in our relationships with health professionals such as dentists. Here are four tips to assist you in deciding what you want in your relationship with your dentist:

Do you want a lot of detailed information about actual problems or potential problems or do you prefer a quick summary of data with recommendations about what to do?
Do you like to make quick decisions or do you prefer to think about things before you act?
Do you like to talk about what is happening or do you prefer to have your dentist just tell you what is going on?
Do you want the dentist to describe a problem situation and solution with pictures so you can see what it happening or do you prefer to go on gut feeling?
Each person looks for different things in their relationships. It is your responsibility to determine what you want and look for that in the relationship with your dentist. The answers to the questions above will tell you something about this.

The next step is communicating what you want so that you are understood. Only you know when someone else understands you. Here are four tips to assist you in this communication process:

Tell your dentist that you have some ideas about how he or she can assist you with your dental health and dental financing.
Ask when it would be a good time to discuss your needs and desires for your dental care and relationship with your dentist.
Communicate what you want and how that will help you.
If you had a negative experience in the past with another dental professional, always discuss what happened. Past hurts or disappointments have a way of negatively influencing present situations that are similar in nature.
Communicating what you want is important to your dentist for it is the best way for him or her to plan for the optimal dental health for you.

By Brian DesRoches, PhD

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Looking for an experienced periodontist to care for gingivitis and periodontal disease? I can help! FIND OUT MORE or You can visit online www.lajollaperiodontics.com

#dental #Plaque #GumDisease #ToothLoss #Periodontist #LaJolla #Sedation #DentistryCosmetic #Dentistry #RootCanal #Gingivitis Dentist #GumDiseaseTreatment
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TIPS OF THE DAY: What Is An Office Visit Co-payment, Dental Co-insurance And Plan Deductible

What is an office visit co-payment and co-insurance?

An office visit co-payment is a fixed dollar amount or a percentage that you pay for each Family Dental Insurancedentist visit or for each dental service provided. For example, with some plans you may pay a fixed amount such as $5 or $10 per visit. Other plans will charge you a percentage of the total fee - or dental co-insurance -- for the visit. So if your co-payment is 10% and the dentist visit was $200, you would pay 10% which, in this case, would be $20.

What is a dental insurance deductible?

A deductible is the amount of annual dental expenses that a dental plan member must pay before the dental insurance plan will begin to cover expenses. For example, if your plan has a $50 deductible, you will pay the first $50 of your dental expenses before your dental plan begins paying the expenses. Only expenses for covered services apply towards the deductible. For example, if you paid $1,000 for orthodontic work that was not an expense covered by the plan, then the $1,000 will not apply toward your annual deductible.

#dental #Plaque #GumDisease #ToothLoss #Periodontist #LaJolla #Sedation #DentistryCosmetic #Dentistry #RootCanal #Gingivitis Dentist #GumDiseaseTreatment

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