Josh H. from Phoenix, AZ asks…
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontitis, or gum disease, is common but fairly preventable. The cause is usually poor oral hygiene. Periodontitis can lead to tooth and bone loss, and it's a risk factor for heart and lung diseases.
Symptoms include swollen, red, and tender gums. Treatment includes professionally cleaning the pockets around teeth to prevent damage to surrounding bone. Advanced cases may require surgery.
Denise from El Cerrito, CA asks…
Is it normal to get braces without pulling painful wisdom teeth?
Extraction of wisdom teeth before starting braces is not always necessary, unless they are crowding the rest of your teeth and impeding proper alignment. Your orthodontist can determine if you can start orthodontic treatment without having them pulled. However, if your wisdom teeth are decayed, painful or you are unable to keep them clean, a consultation with your dentist is advisable first.