Many of our patients have questions about their treatments.  Dr. Jeffrey C. Hambleton has provided some answers on this page to the most commonly asked questions.  If you have further questions about periodontics, implant dentistry, or our other services, please feel free to contact Lawrence Periodontics, LLC at 785-312-3820.  We will be happy to provide you with additional information or help you schedule your appointment with our experienced periodontist in Lawrence, Kansas.

What should I do if I have bad breath?
Bad breath (halitosis) may be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Morning time
  • Certain foods
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Gum disease
  • Cavities
  • Poorly fitted appliances
  • Dry mouth
  • Tobacco products
  • Dieting
  • Dehydration, hunger, or missed meals
  • Certain medical conditions or illnesses

You can prevent bad hygiene by practicing good oral hygiene, visiting the dentist regularly, drinking water often, using mouth rinses, and stopping smoking or chewing tobacco.  If none of these suggestions work to eliminate your bad breath, we recommend that you consult a physician to determine the cause of the odor and receive an appropriate treatment.

How often should I brush and floss?
You should brush at least twice each day, or after each meal.  It is especially important to brush before going to bed.  Use an ADA-approved toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrush.  You should floss daily.  We also recommend that you also use a mouth rinse.  Please consult our dental professionals for recommendations on appropriate rinses.

How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?
You should visit the dentist for a dental cleaning and exam every 6 months.  Your dentist and hygienist may recommend a more frequent schedule of visits if needed.

How can I tell if I have gum disease?
Gum disease is often painless in the early stages of development.  We recommend that you keep your regular schedule of visits to the dentist, so that you can be checked for any signs of this condition.

Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Red and swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Persistent bad breath
  • New spacing or gaps between the teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Pus around the teeth and gums
  • Receding gums
  • Tenderness or discomfort

You can reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease by practicing good oral hygiene, visiting the dentist regularly, and maintaining a balanced diet.

Why is flossing important?
Flossing removes plaque, food particles, and bacteria from in between the teeth and below the gum line.  You cannot reach these areas with a toothbrush, making flossing a critical part of keeping your mouth healthy and avoiding problems such as cavities, gum disease, and other damage to your teeth, gums, and bone.