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Oct
23

The Deadly Truth About Gum Disease

Posted in Gum Disease

Gum disease isn’t just something that dentists use as a marketing ploy to convince you to come in and get your teeth cleaned – it’s a serious condition that can destroy your smile as well as affect your overall health.

Active Gum Disease Can Impact the Rest of Your Body

When gum disease is present, it affects the way your immune system responds to other condition. It also allows bacteria to travel through your mouth into your cardiovascular system, lodging in areas like your heart, brain, and blood vessels. Studies show that active gum disease can cause premature labor, increased rates of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and even erectile dysfunction.  

Unmanaged Periodontal Disease Causes You to Lose Your Teeth

As tissues around the tooth become destroyed by the disease process, supporting gum and bone structures recede and resorb, causing the tooth stability to become compromised. Gradually, the tooth becomes loose and will even fall out if treatment isn’t accessed quickly.  

It’s Not a Quick Fix

Unfortunately it takes a lot of dedication and professional therapy to eliminate or reverse gum disease. Your dentist will begin therapy with a series of deep cleanings to remove disease-causing bacteria. If severe disease is present, some medication may be needed as well as gum grafting to add stability to the area. Home care that includes dedicated flossing is a daily priority to prevent bacteria from building back up and contributing to the condition. People that use tobacco products like cigarettes may not see progress at all, so a tobacco cessation program may also be needed.

Are you experiencing symptoms of gum disease like bleeding gums, swelling, or visible tartar buildup? It’s time to see your dentist today!

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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Jun
4

Smoking and Gum Disease

Posted in Gum Disease

If you’ve never heard a good enough reason to stop smoking, then listen up. Smoking cigarettes can actually cause you to lose your teeth. Patients that suffer from gum disease, who also smoke, have a more difficult, if not impossible time fighting off the infectious condition that destroys the bone support and connecting tissues around teeth. This condition, frequently known as gum disease is also called periodontitis or periodontal disease.

Smoking causes a decreased blood flow in the gum tissues around teeth. As a result, the body has an extremely difficult time fighting off infections like gingivitis or gum disease. In the majority of cases, gum disease conditions are consistent or worsen, never improving in smokers. In America, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, causing more people to lose teeth than any other reason, including tooth decay. Bacterial plaque resides under the gumlines, causing the gum tissues to detach from the tooth, and bone structure to be permanently lost. Over time, so much bone is lost that the tooth becomes mobile or experiences gum recession.

Giving up smoking is necessary for people that want to effectively treat their gum disease conditions. Traditional methods such as grafting surgeries or periodontal scaling and root planing are only so effective in a patient that is a tobacco user. Kicking the habit increases healing times and the results of professional treatments.

Even if you’ve tried stopping before, it’s never too late. Ask your dentist or physician about the options available to help increase your odds at tobacco cessation. A variety of methods work for different people, including the use of some prescription medications. Your smile will thank you!

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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May
8

Diabetes and Gum Disease

Posted in Gum Disease

Diabetics may be more prone to losing their teeth to gum disease, and the severity of their gum disease may be interfering with their ability to control their blood sugar levels. Controlling the symptoms of gum disease is an important step to help diabetics live healthier and keeping their smiles longer.

When blood sugar levels rise, it places a strain on the immune system and makes it more difficult to battle bacterial infections like gingivitis and gum disease. When active bacteria are in the mouth due to periodontal disease conditions, the immune response may be poor due to the body’s inability to fight off infection, allowing bacteria to continue to grow and then enter into the bloodstream. This complicates insulin levels and can cause blood sugar to spike. Ultimately, diabetics are more likely to suffer from more severe forms of gum disease and bone loss leading to the loss of teeth if their diabetes is uncontrolled.

Gaining control back over the oral bacteria levels will allow diabetics to better manage their blood sugar. This control begins at home with daily brushing and effective flossing under the gumlines. Professional dental cleanings will remove remaining bacteria deep below the gums that have not been removed. Over time, rigorous oral hygiene will allow gum tissue inflammation to reverse, preventing bacteria from entering into the bloodstream and thus reducing the strain on the immune system.

Have you found that your blood sugar levels have been irregularly high? Do you have symptoms of gum disease such as bleeding gums, bad breath, and gum recession? If so, it’s time to schedule a dental check-up right away!

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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Apr
25

Oral Health and General Health

Posted in Gum Disease

“If your eyes are the window to your soul, then your mouth is the mirror of your health. Any disease related to the mouth has an impact elsewhere in the body,” says Denis F. Kinane, BDS, PhD. That’s a pretty bold statement. Can my heart attack really be related back to how often I floss and brush my teeth? The answer may surprise you, because that answer is Yes.

Within the last five years alone, there has been a significant connection made between periodontal disease (gum disease) and heart disease. Periodontal disease is known as a specific risk factor for heart disease, according to the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The mouth is filled with countless bacteria, and the mouth is filled with living, growing tissue. Bacteria that is not cleaned away on a daily basis grows into damaging infections. These infections move into the tissue of the mouth and are passed through the blood stream to other areas of the body. Because of this connection, oral health issues can affect and cause general health issues. Diabetes and cardiovascular problems are linked to gum disease in several medical studies. Evidence suggests that oral bacteria has been directly linked to specific arterial blockages, stroke, and heart disease.

Because of the evidence of a link between a person’s oral health and his/her general health, dentists are continuing to emphasize the importance of proper oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing are not simply to keep your teeth pretty. Brushing and flossing are essential to maintaining a healthy life.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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Mar
10

What Your Smile Says About Your Health

Posted in Uncategorized

Your eyes may be the mirrors of your soul, but your mouth is a genuine reflection of your overall health.  Through regular dental check-ups, dentists may be able to ward off oral health problems that can possibly lead to other health problems. They also might be able to detect signs of other health problems that manifest in the oral cavity.

Research has shown links between oral health and the following major health issues:

Heart Disease 

The type of plaque found on your teeth has the same chemical make-up the as the plaque that builds up inside your arteries leading to cardiovascular disease. In fact, studies have concluded that those who have periodontal, or gum disease, as a result of plaque buildup have twice the risk of heart disease than those without. It is not clear, however, if periodontal disease is a direct cause of heart disease.

Diabetes 

Diabetes is a condition caused by the body’s inability to regulate glucose levels in the blood. Unfortunately, if your diabetes is not under control, it can lead to all sorts of other health complications, including oral health issues. Unchecked levels of glucose in the blood can lead to high levels in the saliva, which means a higher risk of tooth decay, gum disease and fungal infection.

Cancer 

As part of your regular check-ups, your dentist should be screening you for oral cancer. Obvious signs include redness, bleeding, swelling and lesions in the oral cavity. Many dentists also screen for thyroid, jaw bone and even skin cancer.

Other Concerns 

If you’ve been diagnosed with a disease or if you’re pregnant, you should inform your dentist so that he or she can modify your dental care as it relates to that condition. Oftentimes, your body’s immune system is compromised because of the disease or because of medications you take to treat it, which could lead to oral health issues.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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Feb
12

Flossing 101

Posted in Gum Disease

Many people concentrate on keeping their teeth clean and looking their best. People brush their teeth at least twice a day, they rinse with a plaque fighting mouthwash, they whiten their teeth, and they even chew sugar free gum. However, many people miss the most important step in oral health – flossing. Gum disease begins at the gum line and between the teeth. Daily flossing in an important step of an oral hygiene routine to help remove plaque that builds up between the teeth that a toothbrush can not completely reach. But there is more than one way to floss.

There is an improper way: flicking the tight strands of floss between your teeth and calling it done.

And then there is a proper way to floss. Flossing 101:

Step One: Wind 18 inches of floss around the middle fingers of each hand. (18 inches may sound like a lot of floss, but as you use the floss between teeth you will want to repeatedly have a clean area of floss to use.) Pinch the floss between the thumbs and index fingers leaving a one to two inch gap in between. Use your thumbs to direct the floss upward between the upper teeth and the index fingers to direct the floss downward between the lower teeth.

Step Two: Keep the one to two inch length of floss between each hand taut so that it will move smoothly between the teeth and will remove plaque.

Step Three: Gently guide the floss between the teeth in a zig-zag motion. DO NOT snap the floss between your teeth. This will do nothing more than litter your bathroom mirror with spit, and is not effective in removing unwanted plaque.

Step Four: Slide the floss up and down against the tooth surface and under the gum line. As the taut section of floss is used and becomes dirty, move down the floss to a clean section.

It does not matter whether your start at the front of the mouth or the back, technique is key to proper flossing. Remember to floss all of your teeth; not just the ones in the front. Food particles can become trapped under the gum and along the sides of the teeth in the front or the back. Removing them and plaque will help to ensure your mouth will stay healthy.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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Feb
11

Using Antibiotics to Treat Dental Problems

Posted in Periodontics

Are antibiotics useful in the treatment of dental problems? When should antibiotics be used, and when should they be avoided? Many patients find themselves asking the dentist about a prescription and are quite surprised when they are not given one. Depending on the type of dental problem or infection, antibiotics may or may not be a part of standard treatment protocols.

Toothaches

In general, toothaches are not a reason for patients to be placed on prescription antibiotics; that is, if the ache is coming from a broken tooth or cavity. Simply because there is nerve trauma causing the pain does not mean antibiotic therapy is needed. More than likely an over the counter pain medication will be recommended.

Abscessed Teeth

If a tooth is severely abscessed, then the patient may be given a course of antibiotics before the root canal can be performed. If the infection is minimal, then the patient will probably not be given an antibiotic. Unfortunately, many people find that pain from their abscess diminishes after they begin their antibiotic treatment, so they decide to cancel their endodontic appointment. This does not eliminate the infection, as decay and nerve damage is still present. What happens then is abscesses recur, and the patient encourages antibiotic drug resistance in their bodies due to repetitive drug treatments.

Periodontal Disease

Gum disease can typically be treated with therapeutic cleanings and patient education. Unfortunately sometimes severe cases may require locally placed antibiotics or systemic antibiotics to reduce the extent of swelling and infection after the cleanings are initiated. It will not eliminate all of the bacteria, but will improve the results of treatments when chronic gum disease stages are active.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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Dec
29

Easy New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier Smile

Posted in Gum Disease

The New Year means a lot of people are making resolutions to better their overall health, meet personal goals, and improve themselves in various ways. Improving the health of your smile can involve some very easy changes, and those in part can also help you live healthier. After all, gum disease plays an influential part on systemic health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, obesity and erectile dysfunction, just to name a few..

Here are some very easy new years resolutions to better oral health:

Start using an electric toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes remove more plaque bacteria than manual toothbrushes do, even in people that have great oral hygiene. That’s because the brush vibrates thousands of times per minute, giving you more strokes than you would ever get with a manual brush. They provide great stimulation to gum tissue and help reverse gingivitis.

Start cleaning between your teeth

Your dentist already knows that nobody likes flossing. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to clean between. If floss picks don’t work for you, then try using a water irrigation device; they’re simple to use and in some cases remove more bacteria than you’ll ever get with floss.

Chew Xylitol gum a few times each day

Xylitol prevents plaque from forming on the surface of the teeth. By chewing gum with Xylitol at least 5 times each day, studies have shown there is less plaque in the mouth even compared to people that brush efficiently.

Just these few simple steps will dramatically decrease plaque levels in your mouth and reduce your risk of tooth decay. They’re New Year resolutions that you’ll have no problem keeping!

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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Dec
19

Choosing the Best Mouth Rinse

Posted in Gum Disease

A lot of people choose their mouthwash based on how it tastes. After all, if you’re rinsing with something, you do want it to taste good and leave your breath feeling fresher after you use it. But are those really the best measurements for judging what rinse is best for your dental needs? Not every mouthwash addresses every concern you may have, so think about the three following factors before you pick another bottle up at the store.

Bad Breath

Mouthwashes with alcohol in them can dry you mouth out and make it difficult to manage bad breath. Choosing an alcohol free rinse, and one that contains essential oils can help keep your breath fresher, longer.

Gingivitis

Gum inflammation and bleeding is a sign of gingivitis and gum disease. Rinses that are stronger and contain essential oils can help decrease your gum inflammation when they are used in conjunction with brushing and flossing every day.

Cavities

Many popular mouthwashes that are available do not contain fluoride. Fluoride is an essential rinse for people that have a history of decay or are prone to developing cavities on a routine basis.

When it comes down to it, mouth rinses are a helpful supplement to brushing and flossing, but they’re not a replacement. They do not physically remove the sticky plaque bacteria from your teeth or out from under your gums, but they can help with treating inflammation or bad breath when used as part of a complete preventive routine. Use your mouth rinse after brushing and flossing, so that the rinse can target as many tooth and gum surfaces as possible (where it counts.)

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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Aug
15

The Importance of Gum Health

Posted in Gum Disease

It is well known that gum disease is caused by poor oral hygiene, and that left unchecked, gum disease leads to the loss of teeth. However, gum disease affects much more than our oral health. The health of our gums is directly linked to the overall health of our entire body.

Gingivitis, the deterioration of the gums, has now been associated with heart disease and stroke. Some may scoff at this proclamation, not understanding the connection. The issue here is inflammation; that periodontal disease, and the bacteria that inhabits the mouth, may be the catalyst that sets into motion the chain reaction of inflammatory markers in other areas of our body such as the heart.

As in other physical concerns, diet plays a role here as well. Refined sugar from processed foods, sweets and white flour, will not only hurt your teeth and gums but are also hard on the body’s defenses against bacteria. Bacteria flourish in this high-sugar environment, and bacteria leads to inflammation. As more research and information come to light, it is evident that we must maintain our oral health in order to prevent other chronic conditions.

In addition to flossing and brushing twice a day, regular dental cleanings is a key factor in preventing gum disease. If you smoke, stop. Smoking is a leading cause of gum disease and tooth loss. Your dentist can assist you in maintaining a healthy habit of good oral hygiene. With routinely scheduled checkups, any changes to your teeth, gums or tongue will be quickly noticed and potential problems treated before they can compromise your oral health. You, in partnership with your trusted dental professionals, can safeguard your overall health through good dental care.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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