Causes of gum disease and treatment

Have your gums been irritated lately? There is a possibility you may have gum disease.

The start of gum disease is when plaque builds up under and along the gum line. Plaque is a sticky film substance that’s filled with bacteria and can cause an infection. This infection hurts the gums and bone of your teeth. The early sign of gum disease is called gingivitis. It occurs in 3 out of 4 Americans during their lifetime. In addition, 75% of Americans will experience gum disease at some point in their life.

Causes of Gingivitis:

  • Medication
  • Poor nutrition
  • Chronic diseases
  • Stress
  • Smoking/tobacco use
  • Poor oral hygiene

Symptoms of gingivitis are:

  • inflamed
  • tender
  • red
  • swollen
  • prone to bleeding gums.

The next stage in gum disease is periodontitis. This will impacts the bones that hold your teeth in place. If you leave periodontitis untreated for a long period of time, it can destroy the gums, bones and tissues connected to your teeth. As a result, your dentist will recommend scaling and root planing cleaning.

The final stage of gum disease, Advanced periodontitis, is when fibers and bone supporting your teeth are destroyed. Unfortunately, this may cause teeth to be removed.

Signs you might have Advanced periodontitis: consistent bad breath, losing permanent teeth, bleeding gums, or receding gum line.

Ways to help with prevention:

  • Flossing
  • Get regular dental cleanings
  • Quit smoking
  • Brush twice a day
  • Use fluoride toothpaste
  • Use therapeutic mouthwash
  • Limit sugar
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 months

When should you see your dentist?

The sooner the better when it comes to gingivitis because this will better the chance for a quick and full recovery. Most dental hygienist will do a scaling and root planing cleaning, but if the condition was left untreated too long, they will refer you to a Periodontist. Therefore, costing more money and they might prescribe you a medicated mouthwash or even antibiotics.

Lucky, Gingivitis is reversible. Rather than waiting, make an appointment with your dentist at the first signs of irritated gums.



Can Fluoride Be Harmful To Your Teeth?

What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a natural mineral that occurs in water sources. Research has shown that fluoride reduces dental cavities and helps repair the early stages of tooth decay, even before the decay is starts.

Is Fluoride Harmful?

Most people are aware that fluoride is in our drinking water, toothpaste, and put primarly on children’s teeth at their dental cleaning appointment, however did you know that their has been a debate going on regarding fluoride and fluoridation?

There has been many arguments over if it should be reduced or completely removed from the water supply. We do know that over consumption can lead to sickness. Yet, that is true for almost anything a person eats or drinks these days. So, it may be toxic in high doses, but there is no evidence to prove that cleaning our teeth with it is harmful.

Fluoridation, What Is It?

We keep hearing about fluoridation ,but what does it really mean?

Fluoridation is the fluoride mineral that is released from rocks into soil, water, and air. Now days, all water contains some form of it. Usually, the levels of fluoride are not enough to prevent tooth decay, however, some underground water and natural springs can have naturally high levels.

Community water fluoridation is the process of adjusting the amount of fluoride found in the water to get a minimal prevention of tooth decay.

Some Interesting Facts About The Fluoride:

  • Most people in the United States drink fluoridated water. In Western Europe, 97% of the population do not.
  • Children under  six years old may develop enamel fluorosis if they ingest to much fluoride. Enamel fluorosis is discoloration also known as white spots on the tooth enamel.
    A common reason for this is due to unsupervised use of toothpaste.
  •  In 1945,the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, added fluoride to its water system. According to the Centers for Disease Control, water fluoridation has been recognized as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.
  • Evidence shows that for most cities, every $1 invested in fluoridation saves $38 in costs to treat dental problems.







Teeth Discoloration

Do you have teeth discoloration?

Ever wonder what those brownish or yellowish spots are on your teeth?

Teeth discoloration can vary from person to person. In this blog we will outline some causes of teeth discoloration and what you can do to treat it and prevent it in the future.

3 Leading causes of teeth discoloration:

Nicotine and Tobacco

The use of tobacco regardless if your chewing it or smoking it causes microscopic particles to stick to pores in your teeth which can cause tooth discoloration.

With continued use, it makes it harder for dental hygienist to remove the stains from your teeth.

Drinks and Food

Dark colored drinks such as dark soda and red wine can stain your teeth causing discoloration. This is due to artificial colors and dyes. Its always a good idea to stay away from sugary foods and drinks.


Poor oral hygiene causes plaque to form and harden causing tooth discoloration. Once this happens only a dentist or hygienist can remove it.

Other factors include:

  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • Medications or illinesses
  • Previous dental work

Prevention and Treatment

A simple and easy way to prevent tooth discoloration is by practicing good oral health routines.

  • Brush your teeth twice per day.
  • Floss daily
  • Rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth if possible after eating sugary foods or drinks.
  • Use a straw when drinking dark drinks
  • Stop smoking tobacco products
  • Come to Value Dental Centers regularly for a check up and dental cleaning.

For stubborn tooth discoloration a dentist may be able to treat it with procedures such as:

If you would like to find out more about how a trusted Value Dental Center’s dentist can help click REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT TODAY!


Reference: Perry, R. (2016, March 18). What causes discolored teeth and is there any way to cure or prevent staining? Retrieved from http://now.tufts.edu/articles/what-causes-discolored-teeth-and-there-any-way-cure-or-prevent-staining

Dental hygiene

High Cost To Pay For Bad Dental Hygiene

It is important for you to keep up with your dental hygiene in order to maintain strong and healthy teeth and gums. Do you know all the things that bad dental hygiene can lead to?

If not, it’s time to learn a few negative effects poor dental health can have on you.

What Can Bad Dental Hygiene Lead To?

Having bad dental hygiene can cause more than just bad breath. Bad oral health habits can cause many problems for children and adults.

Bad dental hygiene can lead to include:

  • Tooth decay and cavities
  • Stains
  • Toothaches
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Dementia
  • Diabetic complications
  • Higher cost for dental treatment

Most of these dental problems can be avoided with good oral hygiene and regular visits to a Value Dental Centers dentist.

What Is Good Oral Hygiene?

When you come in for your dental cleaning and check up our hygienist will answer any questions you have about maintaining a healthy smile.

During your visit to Value Dental Centers, our dentists will teach you how to:

  • Properly brush your teeth each day
  • Correctly floss your teeth daily
  • Eat healthy foods and drinks to support healthy teeth

Just to name a few…

Value Dental Centers Can Help You Improve Bad Dental Hygiene.

It is never too early or late to get on the right path to good oral health. When good dental hygiene habits are discussed, encouraged, and implemented, there is a better chance of having a healthy smile long term.

Give us a call today and schedule an appointment at your local Value Dental Centers office. Ask us about our new patient specials. 

free oral cancer screenings

Free Oral Cancer Screenings in April

We have an exciting announcement!!!

New and existing patients will be able to receive Free Oral Cancer Screenings with Free x-rays and Exam* . All Value Dental Centers locations will be participating throughout Oral Cancer Awareness Month  – April 2018.

Historically the death rate associated with oral cancer is high not because its hard to discover or diagnose, but because of people waiting to get a screening done. Therefore, its discovered late in it’s development. Don’t wait!

Schedule your Free Oral Cancer screening today at any of our 9 locations.

Walk in’s are welcome but we always recommend making an appointment.

Call: 480-626-1164  or email scheduling@valuedentalcenters.com


  • Queen Creek
  • Gilbert
  • Tempe
  • Mesa
  • Chandler
  • Goodyear


  • Chino
  • Moreno Valley

If you would like to read more statistics on Oral Cancer click this link https://oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/

*Restrictions apply. Contact us for more details.


Old Toothbrush? You should change it.

Brushing with an old toothbrush is like trying to clean a dirty toilet with a dirty toilet brush. Its not effective and definitely wont get it clean.

Dentist recommend changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months therefore, when you come to Value Dental Centers for your dental cleaning appointment every 3-6 months we provide you with a new toothbrush.

Researchers have confirmed that new toothbrush can remove more plaque then worn out toothbrushes.

Did you know you should change your toothbrush if:

  • You have been sick with the flu.
  • The bristles are frayed, because it  can no longer clean your teeth properly.
  • Debris is buildup at the bottom of the bristles.

Other interesting facts your toothbrush:

  • You can get bacteria over time from storing it in a closed container.
  • It is important to store your brush at least 6 feet away from the toilet to avoid fecal particles from reaching your brush.
  • Not changing it for long periods of time can lead to gum disease, loose of teeth, and more.
  • According to WebMD, a survey by Academy of General Dentistry says one third of 700 dentist state that brushing your teeth to hard is a frequent cause of tooth sensitivity.

Maintaining your toothbrush

You need to clean your toothbrush bristles regularly after every use.  The American Dental Association recommends rinsing the toothbrush under tap water after you brush to wash away lingering toothpaste and saliva. Then, store the toothbrush in a vertical position, with the bristles positioned so they can air dry.

When you purchase a new one consider:

  • Size – the head of the brush should be able to reach everywhere around your mouth without any difficulty.
  • Bristles –  Ever heard of soft, medium, or hard? For most people soft bristles are the best choice .
  • Recommendations – Quality toothbrushes are always recommended by an expert or organization.

Check out our other blog called ” Reasons Why Electric Toothbrushes Are Better


Reasons Why Electric Toothbrushes Are Better

  1. Modern electric toothbrushes are superior to ordinary toothbrushes in removing dental plaque and can do so in a shorter time.
  2. They are also effective at removing dental plaque in the embrasure areas where the teeth meet each other and are more successful than ordinary toothbrushes in this respect. The newer electric toothbrushes achieve this by the bristle tufts rotating back and forth at high frequency.
  3. Children over six years can be taught how to use an electric toothbrush safely.

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How To Treat Bad Breath

Are you sick and tired of having bad breath? 

You’re not the only one. 1 – 5 people suffer from having Halitosis, which is a medical term for bad breath. There are many causes that can trigger Halitosis and can also affect more than just your mouth. Study shows that Halitosis can affect self-confidence and body images like: body odor, disheveled appearance, and dirty ears. In order to get rid of it, you need to know why it is happening to you.

10 common causes of bad breath

  • Morning breath
  • Drinking and eating certain foods and drinks
  • Tongue bacteria
  • Smoking
  • Plaque buildup
  • Infrequent flossing
  • Dry mouth
  • Infections
  • Medical conditions
  • Postnasal drip

Most of these are common sense, but some might be surprising to you. Some medical conditions that you might not know you have, may be part of the cause. Certain conditions to name a few are: sinus infection, respiratory tract infection, bronchitis, diabetes, etc. If you have chronic Halitosis and your dentist rules out any oral health problems, see your doctor.

Remedies and Treatment for Bad Breath

Some quick remedies to help get rid of Halitosis are:

  • Raw fruits and vegetables
  • Sugar-free gum
  • Drink more water

How to Help Prevent Bad Breath

By improving your daily oral hygiene, you can stay one step ahead. One thing that may help is, sticking to a consistent daily oral hygiene routine. Here are 5 steps to help keep Halitosis from making its way into your mouth.

  • Choose your toothpaste wisely
  • Floss regularly
  • An electric toothbrush
  • Use mouthwash
  • Try a tongue scraper

Ideally, if you been dealing with bad breath for a long period of time, you should make an appointment with your dentist or dental hygienist. They will be able to teach you how to prevent and treat Halitosis.

To learn more about Halitosis visit Crest’s Website by Clicking here.




Ever wonder if your allergic to your toothpaste?

Could you be allergic to your toothpaste? 

Most people don’t think about the fact they can be allergic to their toothpaste. When your immune system overreacts to harmless substance, such as food, medicine, or fragrance, you have an allergy to that substance. These are the most common allergies people know about. How often do you think about hygiene product allergies?

Signs your allergic to your toothpaste

Do you have chapped lips all the time? One sign is chapped lips, known as Cheilitis. The most common allergic reaction to toothpaste. Another sign, a rash around the mouth can develop. Most symptoms will be outside the mouth. Rarely, has there been symptomes inside the mouth.

Allergens in Toothpaste

Gluten, fluoride, fragrances, and flavoring are potential allergens in toothpaste. Cinnamon derivatives is a common allergen in toothpaste. It could also be the type of fluoride in the toothpaste that your allergic to.

What to do if you think your allergic to toothpaste

If you start to develop irritated chapped lips or a rash around your mouth, and think your toothpaste is to blame, stop using your toothpaste. Try switching to a new brand and see if your symptoms subside.

Next, make an appointment with your dentist or doctor. They will be able to do an examination and testing to determine if you’re allergic to your toothpaste. They can pinpoint what allergens your allergic to. If the dentist or doctor determines you have an allergy, there is good news. There are many brands of toothpaste you can choose from. It is important to run a second test if the first one comes back positive. You will be able to identify the specific allergen and learn to avoid it in the future.

To learn more visit Colgate’s website by click here.

Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer Test

The test, developed by the Oral Health Foundation, asks five simple questions about lifestyles and offers a number based on those answers, the higher the number, the higher the risk of developing mouth cancer.

What is your risk of mouth cancer?Scorecard: A = 10 points | B = 7 points | C = 3 points | D = 1 points
 1.       What is your smoking status?
 a. Heavy smoker b. Moderate c. Ex-smoker d. Never smoked
 2.       How much alcohol do you drink in a week?
 a. 14+ units b. 6-13 units c. 1-5 units d. Do not drink
 3.       How often do you have oral sex?
 a. Daily b. Weekly c. Monthly d. Annually or less
 4.       How many portions of fish, fruit and vegetable do you have a day?
 a. 0 b. 1-4 c. 5-9 d. 10+
 5.       Do you use smokeless tobacco or chewing tobacco (paan, gutkha, betel nut)?
 a. Yes, often b. Yes, occasionally c. Ex-user d. Never user
Your mouth cancer risk is….
0 – 5Low You seem to live a healthy lifestyle and are at low risk of developing mouth cancer. Risk is not totally diminished though so it is advised that you maintain regular visits to the dentist, as often as they recommend.
6 – 20Moderate  Your risk of mouth cancer is relatively low but you could improve elements of your lifestyle to reduce your risk further. Try to reduce some habits, visit the dentist regularly and be alert to any unusual changes in the mouth.
21 – 30Considerable You could be at risk of mouth cancer due to frequently exposing yourself to a number of lifestyle choices associated with the disease. Cut down on these and try to improve your diet. Visit the dentist regularly and be more active in performing self-checks at home.
31 – 50High You could be at extreme risk of developing mouth cancer. It is important that you try to improve your health by adopting a healthier lifestyle. You might need more regular dental appointments due to your current choices and it is highly advised you begin a routine of self-examining your mouth at home for anything out of the ordinary.

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