Dental Hygiene - Periodontics – Gum Treatment
One out of every 3 American adults age 30 and over has some form of periodontal (gum) disease according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention! Gum disease can be sneaky. Even if you have no noticeable symptoms, gum disease can damage your teeth, gums and affect your overall health. Gum disease usually gets worse gradually. With a thorough dental exam we can spot trouble before you even know it's there.
Gum disease is the number one cause of adults losing teeth!
Periodontal disease is a very serious infection of the soft tissues and the bone that support your teeth. You never want to ignore any type of infection.
Regular dental visits are a must
Keeping your gums healthy minimizes your risk of losing teeth and has many health benefits as well. The same bacteria that are found in our gums can be found in our heart. It is critical that we keep our mouth clean to assure our overall health.
How does it all happen?
Periodontal (Gum) disease is cased by a build up of plaque, an invisible sticky layer of bacteria, saliva and food particles, that continually form on our teeth. Even with the best brushing and flossing regimen, it's nearly impossible to clean every trace of plaque from your teeth. The problem is that plaque eventually hardens into rock-hard calculus (tartar) that can only be removed through professional cleaning. And the longer calculus lingers the more damage it does.
Your gums should fit like a snug collar around your teeth. However, infected gums will pull away from your teeth. This removes the tight-fitting protective barrier that otherwise helps keep bacteria from traveling to other parts of your body. While plaque control is a constant battle, we can help you win it!
We recommend that all of our patients begin and maintain a regular hygiene routine
Not engaging in regular and proper dental hygiene can have huge consequences. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to:
- Lost teeth
- Bad breath
- Heart disease and strokes
- Osteoporosis and diabetes
- Ineffectiveness of insulin in diabetics
- Low birth weight in newborns
Periodontitis also known as gum disease, is a bacterial infection in the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. Periodontal (gum) disease can go on for years destroying bone and never be painful until the advanced stage. Many times at this point it's too late. With no supporting structure (bone) the teeth become loose and painful to chew on. Loss of teeth often causes a feeling of loss of wholeness and a sense of deterioration and aging. This disease can be prevented through regular cleanings and/or special cleanings with anesthesia and sometimes gum surgery.
Unhealthy gums are a red flag warning of future tooth loss and the potential for stroke and heart disease. Gum disease surpasses cavities as the main reason for tooth loss in adults.