Dental Tips Blog

Jan
26

The 6 Main Risk Factors for Gum Disease

Posted in Gum Disease

Also known as periodontitis, gum disease is a serious condition that most people know little about. If not treated, this chronic infection can lead to tooth loss. It also negatively impacts overall health.

Are you at risk for gum disease?

Here are the six main risk factors for developing periodontitis.

Poor Oral Hygiene

Bacteria found in plaque biofilm is the primary cause of gum disease. Some bacteria species are more dangerous than others and you can’t always control which kind of germs you have in your mouth. Even so, brushing and flossing to get rid of plaque will slow down bacterial growth. If you don’t have good oral hygiene, you are at risk for periodontitis.

Smoking

Tobacco use is a major contributor of gum disease. Smoking slows down healing and blood circulation which are necessary to fight off bacterial infections. When you smoke, you make it easier for bacteria to infect and destroy your tissues.

Diabetes

Diabetes and periodontitis go hand-in-hand. Uncontrolled diabetes makes it almost impossible to control a gum infection because the body can’t heal itself very well. High blood sugar levels may also contribute to greater tissue destruction in the gums.

Age

Poor gum health is common for older adults. With advancing age comes an increased risk for gum disease (especially if flossing wasn’t a habit.)

Stress

Stress releases chemicals that can actually speed up the breakdown of gum tissue and impair the body’s ability to heal. Stress may also cause you to neglect your oral hygiene.

Genetics

If someone in your family had gum disease, odds are good that you’re at risk, too.

Schedule a gum health evaluation with a dentist near you and learn how you can lower your risk for gum disease induced tooth loss.

Posted on behalf of:
Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
1816 Independence Square, Suite B
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 399-9199

May
13

Is Your Bad Breath a Sign of Gum Disease?

Posted in Gum Disease

Having a bout of bad breath is embarrassing enough. But it gets even more frustrating when it won’t go away no matter what you do.

Your chronic halitosis could actually be a sign of a very serious issue like gum disease.

Why Gum Disease Causes Bad Breath

Gum disease, also called periodontitis, is an infection in the gums. Bacterial overgrowth trigger inflammation and the ligaments and bone around teeth start to break down. These decaying tissues give off quite a foul odor.

If you have gum disease, you may notice a strange taste in your mouth or others may comment on your foul breath.

Signs You Might Have Gum Disease

Bad breath is one indicator of periodontitis, but it’s not the only one. You may have gum disease if you also notice:

  • Puffy, swollen, red gums
  • Gum recession
  • Loose teeth
  • Pus around the gumline
  • Plaque and tartar buildup

How to Get Rid of Bad Breath Cause by Periodontitis

If you struggle with bad breath, then popping a piece of mint gum may not be enough to mask the smell. Proper oral hygiene is essential for preventing both halitosis and the gum infections that may cause it.

Maintain fresh breath by cleaning your tongue, flossing every day, and brushing at least twice a day. Use toothpastes and mouthwashes that target gingivitis and plaque. Staying hydrated by drinking lots of water is also effective in keeping breath sweet.

To get rid of the stench, you’ll have to treat the cause of your bad breath. A periodontist or general dentist can examine your gums for signs of disease and let you know what treatment is necessary.

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224

Aug
29

How Gum Inflammation Affects Your Body

Posted in Gum Disease

Inflammation is a normal reaction and usually one of your body’s best friends.

It’s how your immune system gets rid of unwanted guests. Everything from viruses to bad foods to a little wooden splinter in your finger can trigger an inflammatory reaction.

What Happens During Inflammation?

Your body will flood the compromised site with tons of white blood cells and proteins to kill the invader. Tissues swell with the increased blood flow, making them warm and tender.

This is the same thing that happens to your gums in the case of gum disease.

How Gum Inflammation Happens

Periodontitis, also call periodontal disease or gum disease, is chronic inflammation in response to bacteria living deep in gum pockets around teeth. Because most people don’t feel or notice anything different when they have this disease, they conclude nothing is wrong.

Whether you’re bothered by gum inflammation or not, you have good reason to get your gums checked out. Periodontal disease doesn’t just jeopardize your gums and teeth. The chronic inflammation can tax your system in other ways.

Mouth-Body Connection

Growing research shows that there is some connection between inflamed gums and health problems such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke

One reason for this could be that inflammatory chemicals released in your gums to fight bacteria trigger the buildup of plaque in arteries. This puts you at risk for blood clots.

If you already have a condition like diabetes, then it’s even more important that you keep your gums healthy. Don’t let gum inflammation rage unchecked!

Talk with your dentist for more information on how to treat and prevent gum disease. Your body will thank you!

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

Jan
5

The 3 Reasons You Should Get Treatment for Gum Disease

Posted in Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, might not seem like much of a threat. If it doesn’t bother you, then what’s the big deal?

Hopefully the following three reasons will motivate you to keep your gums in optimal health!

  1. Gum Disease Gives You Bad Breath

Gum disease is more than just bleeding gums. In fact, bleeding is just one symptom of gum disease. “Periodontitis” means inflammation of the ligaments that hold your teeth in place. This inflammation is the result of a bacterial infection.

The bacterial infection in and around your gums causes the gum tissue to break down.

Gum tissue destruction tends to give off some not-so-pleasant odors!

Masking bad breath with minty gum isn’t the solution. By stopping the infection in its tracks, you can treat bad breath at its source.

  1. Gum Disease Leads to Tooth Loss

Once the ligaments around your teeth are destroyed by the infection, there’s little chance of them growing back…and how will your teeth stay securely in place without those microscopic attachments?

As periodontal disease progresses, it can even break down the bone around tooth roots. When this bone disappears, the teeth will loosen and eventually fall out. It’s vital to treat the infection before it gets to that point!

  1. Gum Disease Affects the Rest of Your Health

Periodontitis has been linked to other serious health problems including:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Premature delivery of babies
  • Pneumonia

…just to name a few.

Letting the disease rage on unchecked, weakens your immune system.

Treating it is a serious matter. If you’ve been told you have gum disease, or even suspect that you might, contact your dentist ASAP.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

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