Category Archives: importance of regular oral care

What is gum disease? How is gum disease treated?

gum diseaseDo you red, swollen gums? Are your gums bleeding while brushing or flossing? Do you bad breath you can’t shake? Sores in your mouth? A receding gum line? Time to visit your dentist. Any of these symptoms can be linked to gum disease, also called periodontal disease, an inflammation of the gums that hold your teeth in place.

The mild form of gum disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis is characterized by symptoms such as red, swollen gums and bleeding; gingivitis can be reversed and does not always progress into periodontitis.

Periodontitis is the condition that stems from untreated gingivitis, and is a chief cause of tooth loss in adults. During periodontitis, the gums recede from the teeth and form pockets. As periodontitis progresses, your immune system attacks your gum tissue and teeth causing tooth loss.

When discussing gum disease with our patients, we often hear “why me?” You may have an increased risk of gum disease because of:

  • Family history
  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Diabetes
  • Medication & treatments
  • Poor oral health
  • Female hormonal changes

The good news about gum disease is that it is treatable, though treatment options vary from patient to patient. If you are concerned about the possibility of gum disease, or have been diagnosed with gum disease, schedule an appointment with one of our dentists to discuss your options and get your gum disease under control. Don’t wait. Gum disease is a progressive disease that can be treated and even reversed if caught early enough. Schedule an appointment to reverse it (don’t wait!), get it under control, and keep it under control, so you don’t have to worry about gum disease.

Why should I take care of my teeth? Link between Oral & Overall Health

dentist visit checking oral health and overall healthWhy should I brush my teeth? Floss? Visit the dentist? When our lives get hectic, or when the bills start accumulating, these daily tasks can seem like a pain. Taking the time to floss is just one more thing you don’t have time to do, much less take the time to visit the dentist.

And yet it seems like new studies are coming out every day linking poor oral health to health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. With your mouth being the gateway to your body, it’s no wonder that bacteria gain entrance to your body orally. What is surprising is that poor oral health can create a climate ripe for bacteria to enter and cause problems in other parts of your body. And that same cause-and-effect also works in reverse: your dentist can tell if you have conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure by simply looking in your mouth.

So how can you maintain good oral health? Use these general guidelines:

Teach your kids to brush and floss early so they can establish a solid brushing and flossing routine and maintain good oral health. Find tips on how to teach your kids, and make it fun and enjoyable, in our recent blog post. Don’t forget to take those tips for good oral health to heart. Scheduling a regular visit with your dentist can be the difference between good and poor oral health—and the overall health of your entire body.