Keep Your Gums Healthy And Your Smile Looking Great!
Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, is due to plaque which builds up on your teeth.
As you may well know, plaque is full of bacteria, and that bacteria makes use of the sugar in your foods to produce acids that eat away at tooth enamel.
While proper brushing and flossing can help eliminate most of your plaque, sometimes it just isn’t enough to keep gum disease at bay. If the plaque gets trapped below your gum line, that’s when your troubles will begin.
If it happens to you, you are in good company. Research shows that more than half of the population will have some form of gum disease in the course of a lifetime. That’s crazy, right?
Today, we want to go over a few things every patient should know about their gums.
Read on to learn more, and then be sure to follow up with our team to schedule your consultation at Clearwater Dental Associates of Clearwater, Florida.
Your Gums Deserve Attention Too
As a comprehensive practice, here at CDA, we spend a lot of time cleaning, repairing, and replacing teeth for the good folks living in or just visiting our beautiful community.
Experience tells us that it is always easier and less costly for you to prevent tooth loss now rather than enlisting us to place implants or perform periodontal treatments later.
Brushing and flossing every day are necessary actions for reducing all that harmful bacteria, removing food particles, etc. so that your gums can remain in good enough shape to hold everything in place (like your teeth). As such, you will want to give them some love while you are engaged in your daily hygiene habits.
Tooth Loss Is Often The Result Of Gum Disease
Keep this in mind: advanced stages of periodontal disease cause your gums to separate from your teeth. That’s when bacteria can attack the bone that holds your teeth in place. This can cause your teeth to feel loose or fall out of their sockets. It will be traumatic and embarrassing to live with, until you come in for a restorative treatment from CDA. But it is better to avoid such a fate.
Diabetes Is Related To Gum Disease
One thing is that diabetes can lead to dry mouth, which raises your risk of gum disease.
Another thing is that periodontal problems can make it more difficult to control your blood sugar.
So, the connection appears to work in both directions.
Pregnancy Is Problematic
It surprises many patients to hear that during pregnancy, women produce more progesterone, which is important for the development of the child in utero. This is also great for allowing dangerous oral bacteria to thrive. You will need to take heed if you are with child!
Gingivitis Is Fixable
Gingivitis, which is the mild form of gum disease, is characterized by swelling and bleeding, etc. And at this point, you often can often reserve the disease just by following the ADA guidelines for brushing at two minutes twice per day and flossing every day evening. If need be there are conservative treatments available at the dentist’s office for early gum disease.
Advanced Gum Disease Is Treatable Too
If you aren’t aware of the problem and/or don’t take the steps to treat your gum disease in the early, easily-reversible stages, then you will need the help of a dental professional like Dr. Burton to improve your situation later.
Scaling and root planing are one example of this. This is where a dentist or hygienist will clean below your gumline to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from the roots of your teeth.
In many cases, this will get you back on track.
Gum Disease Only Gets Worse
Advanced symptoms include gums that bleed even when you aren’t brushing or flossing. Constant bad breath is another telltale sign. But increasingly loose teeth and receding gums are the other more obvious problems.
In advanced cases of periodontal disease, it can become necessary to remove part of the gum tissue that is severely infected. This will save your teeth and other gum tissue and prevent the spread of infections. That’s why Clearwater Dental Associates offers gum surgery to reduce your periodontal pockets, as well as gum grafting if need be.
Let Us Help!
If you are motivated to keep your gums healthy, contact us today to schedule your next appointment at Clearwater Dental Associates!