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Dr. Paul G. Byers

Dentist

Dr. Paul G. Byers is a top Dentist in Front Royal, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Paul G. Byers is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Paul G. Byers is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Paul G. Byers is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Front Royal, Virginia, Dr. Paul G. Byers is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Dr. Paul G. Byers
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • Loyola University
  • Accepting new patients

What are the most visible signs and symptoms of a gum disease?

Bleeding gums and/or bad breath. Consider routine visits (normally every 6 months) with your dental team (dentist and hygienist).

What does bone loss in the teeth mean?

It's a downward spiral. Meticulous oral hygiene is imperative. Poor oral health increases the risk of uncontrolled diabetes because of the infection the body is fighting... Healthy READ MORE
It's a downward spiral. Meticulous oral hygiene is imperative. Poor oral health increases the risk of uncontrolled diabetes because of the infection the body is fighting... Healthy gums allow the body to concentrate on the diabetes... it's a vicious cycle.

Is higher or lower pressure better with water flossers?

Lower is better. Ask your hygienist to go over proper techniques. Misused can cause more damage than good.

Can novocaine be used during cleanings?

Absolutely. Ask! Some people have more sensitive teeth.
Personally, I can't stand the polishing. It tickles my gums...

How many times should I floss?

Flossing once a day is the standard recommendation.

Could wisdom tooth extraction cause an infection?

This is probably NOT an infection, but a dry socket... the clot is lost, the bone is exposed, and it hurts like the devil... it's also possible that debris has gotten into the READ MORE
This is probably NOT an infection, but a dry socket... the clot is lost, the bone is exposed, and it hurts like the devil... it's also possible that debris has gotten into the extraction site and is irritating the sound site. If nothing is done, you can expect it to resolve in 10 to 14 days... but I
recommend a visit to the dentist to assess the situation and help you get relief from the pain.

I have severe pain in my deep cavity filling. What could this be?

This could be from several causes, the most likely being that the deep filling was close to the nerve. Also, it could be that the filling is slightly high. I would return for a READ MORE
This could be from several causes, the most likely being that the deep filling was close to the nerve. Also, it could be that the filling is slightly high. I would return for a follow-up appointment to assess the reason: a high filling, something caught under the gums, or a near exposure of the nerve.

Why does my breath stink?

Bad breath can be due to increased bacteria in the mouth, or issues with the stomach. Additionally, it could be influenced by diet. Excessive consumption of onion, garlic, curry, READ MORE
Bad breath can be due to increased bacteria in the mouth, or issues with the stomach. Additionally, it could be influenced by diet. Excessive consumption of onion, garlic, curry, or other spices can contribute to bad breath. A visit to your dentist is recommended to address your particular case.

Can a gum infection pass to other parts of the body?

That is an excellent question. There are many strains of bacteria that live in the mouth. The question is really one of balance. In a healthy mouth, the bacterial counts are low. READ MORE
That is an excellent question. There are many strains of bacteria that live in the mouth. The question is really one of balance. In a healthy mouth, the bacterial counts are low. The gum are healthy because the body's natural immune system is able to keep thing in check.
When gum disease sets in, the bacteria begin to get out of balance. The immune system kicks in to do what it's "programmed" to do, i.e. dilate capillaries to deliver more blood and white blood cells to the area yo fight the infection. At this point, the bacteria can get into the blood stream and colonize elsewhere in the body, e.g. leaky or weak heart valves, prosthetic joints, etc.
Routine dental vists, cleanings, and meticulous homecare can help to prevent this from becoming an issue.

How can flossing help in maintaining the health of teeth and gums?

Regular flossing contributes to maintaining healthy teeth and gums by removing the bacteria and food debris that accumulates between your teeth. Regular flossing, at least once READ MORE
Regular flossing contributes to maintaining healthy teeth and gums by removing the bacteria and food debris that accumulates between your teeth.
Regular flossing, at least once daily, is recommended because of the short time it takes for the bacteria to "set up shop" on your teeth.
Gently slip the floss through the contacts and, making a tight "C" with the floss against the tooth, glide the floss up and down the tooth surface. Remember between every 2 teeth, there are 2 surfaces to clean. Do NOT snap the floss in as this may traumatize the gums.
Generally, it is recommended to use lightly waxed floss.

I underwent a root canal treatment and it is in pain again. What could be the reason?

There could be several reasons. Without seeing a radiography (X-ray), it's difficult to say. Contact your general dentist, or the specialist who performed the treatment.

Do I have to be numb?

Getting numb for a dental procedure is not always necessary. Everybody's tolerance is different, but in my experience, small cavities can be completed without anesthetic with READ MORE
Getting numb for a dental procedure is not always necessary. Everybody's tolerance is different, but in my experience, small cavities can be completed without anesthetic with less discomfort that getting the shot, thereby reducing the length of time you have to be in the chair as well as not having to be numb for several hours after the procedure.
While I don't recommend it for everyone, I realize that every patient has a different tolerance. If you think you would like to try it, go for it! Just let the dentist know that if you want to get numb during the procedure, you want to raise your hand to let him know and you WANT to get numb. You might surprise yourself.

I am a diabetic and my gums have been bleeding. Is there something to be concerned about?

Yes. Gum disease directly affects you ability to control your diabetes and in turn your uncontrolled diabetes makes it more difficult to manage your gum disease. I recommend two READ MORE
Yes. Gum disease directly affects you ability to control your diabetes and in turn your uncontrolled diabetes makes it more difficult to manage your gum disease. I recommend two things:
1) a complete oral examination to determine the extent of the gum disease and to establish a treatment plan to address the dental issues, and
2) a visit to your primary care physician to address the diabetes.
Uncontrolled diabetes will not only have oral issues, but can lead to other serious general systemic health issues.