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The Facts about Periodontal Disease

April 25, 2018

Filed under: Preventive Dentistry — Tags: — dr_ruocco @ 2:57 am

female dental patientLet’s talk about periodontal—or gum—disease. Not exactly a popular topic of conversation, but an important one nevertheless. Conservative estimates show that approximately 80 percent of adults in the United States have some degree of periodontal disease. There is treatment for this bacterial infection; however, the disease cannot ever be eradicated from your mouth. That’s why a strict oral hygiene routine is essential after you’ve had a diagnosis of periodontal disease. Read on for more information and treatment options.


Why You Should See Your Dentist in Marvin Every Six Months

December 14, 2016

See your dentist in Marvin every six months. The team at Ruocco Dental works to prevent decay, gum disease and other issues with routine care.

What do you think is indispensable? Is it money?  Is it oral health? The American Academy of Periodontology says several serious health problems are linked closely with gum disease and other conditions of the mouth. So, Drs. John and Sandi Ruocco and their professional colleagues at Ruocco Dental ask to see their patients every six months for routine exams and cleanings. These preventive services from your dentists in Marvin keep smiles strong and your overall health vibrant.


Gum disease treatment in Waxhaw, NC keeps teeth healthy and intact

October 3, 2015

Filed under: Preventive Dentistry — dr_ruocco @ 11:19 pm

Gum disease treatmentGum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss among American adults. What’s the solution? Precise gum disease treatment from Ruocco Dental in Waxhaw, NC.

Just as a cat can creep silently into a room totally unnoticed, so gum disease can invade gums, teeth and supporting bone with oral bacteria that pull gums away from roots, leading to devastating infection and even tooth loss.


Preserve Your Good Oral Health with Gum Disease Therapy from Ruocco Dental in Waxhaw, NC

February 7, 2015

528957505How healthy are your gums? Bacterial plaque buildup is the primary cause of gum disease. The plaque that isn’t removed by brushing and flossing, hardens into tartar, and releases harmful toxins that slowly irritate and erode your gum tissue. These toxins cause the breakdown of the fibers that attach the gums tightly to the teeth, creating deep bacterial pockets that continue the cycle of decay. As gum disease progresses, these pockets extend deeper and the bacteria also eats away at the bone that holds your teeth in place. Untreated gum disease will eventually cause your natural teeth to fall out or need to be extracted. But you can protect yourself from this fate, and preserve your dental health, with effective and reliable gum disease therapy from Ruocco Dental. Make an appointment with Ruocco Dental for the gum disease therapy you need to stay healthy. Drs. John and Sandi Ruocco and Dr. Emily Hubis deliver quality dental care daily throughout Waxhaw, NC, Indian Trail, Concord, Rock Hill, Gastonia, and the surrounding communities.

Recognize Gum Disease Warning Signs

If you have noticed any of the following gum disease symptoms, you should make an immediate gum disease therapy appointment:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Pus pockets between teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • A change in the way your teeth come together
  • Loosened or shifting teeth
  • Suddenly ill fitting dentures

Ruocco Dental Gum Disease Treatments

Ruocco Dental offers gentle but effective root planing and scaling to treat and stop gum disease advancement. Root planing and scaling cleans and disinfects the area between the gums and the teeth, and the underlying roots. Antibiotics can also be administered to speed healing and prevent future infection. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may need to undergo more than one round of gum disease treatment.

Waxhaw Gum Disease Therapy Appointments

Gum disease is, by far, the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. But you can protect your teeth and your overall health if your gum disease is treated in the early stages. Make the gum disease therapy appointment you need with Ruocco Dental today. Drs. John and Sandi Ruocco and Dr. Emily Hubis are highly qualified gum disease treatment specialists, now proudly serving families throughout Waxhaw, NC, Indian Trail, Concord, Rock Hill, Gastonia, and the nearby areas.

Dental Care 101: Why Oral Cancer Screenings Are So Important

December 7, 2014

78810128One of the most important reasons to see a dentist regularly is to receive your routine oral cancer screening.  Over 30,000 new oral cancer cases are discovered each year. Unfortunately, many of them are discovered far later than necessary because some patients choose to avoid seeing a dentist for an extended period of time. As many oral cancer symptoms can go unnoticed, it can be easy for the disease to progress undetected. However, there is an easy solution to protect yourself and your family against the dangers of oral cancer. All you need to do is make an appointment with Ruocco Dental for your oral cancer screening today. Drs. John and Sandi Ruocco and Dr. Emily Hubis, are experienced and compassionate family dentists. Ruocco Dental can provide you and your family with the quality dental care you need to stay healthy. Ruocco Dental proudly restores smiles daily throughout Waxhaw, NC, Indian Trail, Concord, Rock Hill, Gastonia, and the surrounding communities.

Who Needs to Get Regular Oral Cancer Screenings?

Oral cancer screenings are a routine, but important part of every dental check-up. While everyone can benefit from an oral cancer screening, it’s particularly important to undergo regular oral cancer screenings if you:

  • Are Over 40– Risk for developing oral cancer increases with age.
  • Are Male– Men are twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer.
  • Are a regular tobacco user– Smoking cigarettes or using any tobacco products increases your risk.
  • Are a regular alcohol user- Excessive alcohol use can increase your risk for oral cancer.
  • Are over exposed to UV rays- Excessive sun exposure can increase your risk.
  • Have HPV- Contracting the Human papillomavirus can also increase your risk of developing oral cancer.

What Do Oral Cancer Screenings Check?

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should make an immediate appointment for an oral cancer screening:

  • Mouth sore that doesn’t heal after a couple of weeks
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • A lump or thickening in the neck, face, jaw, cheek, tongue, or gums
  • Dentures that cause discomfort or do not fit well any longer
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, or moving the tongue or jaw
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Unexplained and sudden weight loss

Oral Cancer Screenings in Waxhaw, NC

Oral cancer screenings start with a physical examination during your routine dental checkup. If any abnormalities are spotted, the dentist will recommend next steps in the diagnoses process. With oral cancer, time is of the essence. The sooner oral cancer is found, the greater your chances for survival and remission. Don’t let dental fear or anxiety rob you of your overall good health. Make an appointment with Ruocco Dental for your oral cancer screening today. Drs. John and Sandi Ruocco and Dr. Emily Hubis proudly serve families throughout Waxhaw, NC, Indian Trail, Concord, Rock Hill, Gastonia, and nearby areas.