Steven K. Patterson BS DDS MPH


Endodontist

An endodontist is a dental health professional who specializes in treating damaged root canals in teeth. After dental school, endodontists complete specialized graduate education in endodontic care. Endodontists are licensed by the state in which they practice. And while it’s not mandatory, endodontists may acquire…

Self-Examination for Dental Plaque

Describes a test you can do at home that will show how well you’re brushing and flossing your teeth. Covers over-the-counter products that can be used to identify plaque. Covers how to do the self-exam and what results mean.

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is a serious gum disease in which the tissues and bones that support your teeth are damaged by the bacteria in plaque. Treatment may include cleaning, antibiotics, or surgery. If periodontitis is not treated, teeth can become loose and fall out or need to be removed.

Preventing Tooth Decay in Young Children

Tooth decay, called dental caries, is caused by bacteria eating away the outer protective layer (enamel) of a tooth. Help prevent tooth decay in young children by adopting the following healthy habits: Teach your child to brush and floss every day. Clean your baby’s gums with a soft cloth or gauze pad to remove plaque…

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a gum disease that causes red, swollen gums that bleed easily when brushed. It is caused by the bacteria in plaque, which can irritate the gums. It can be prevented, treated, and reversed by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. If gingivitis is not treated, the bacteria that cause it can affect…