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Jun
25

3 Reasons You Should Take Care of Your Gums

Posted in Periodontics

Your teeth aren’t the only things you should be worried about – your gums also need attention. Here are three reasons you should show your gums a little appreciation!

1. Gums Protect Teeth

Your gums keep harmful bacteria from infiltrating the sensitive roots of teeth. Beneath the outer layer of gum tissue is a network of ligaments that help secure your teeth in their sockets. You have these ligaments to thank for giving your teeth some shock absorbency!

2. Diseased Gums Ruin Your Smile

Many people feel that a smile full of decayed and dirty teeth is not an attractive one. Diseased gums can be just as unattractive! Gum disease results in puffy and reddened gums, recession around teeth, and even an offensive smell.

3. Gum Health is Linked to Overall Health

Did you know that the health of your gums could affect the rest of your body?

Your gums reflect the state of your immune system. If you struggle with a condition or illness that weakens your immune defenses (such as diabetes), chances are that you will have to put a little more effort into keeping your teeth and gums clean. Otherwise, your gums could quickly succumb to infection.

Gums that are constantly fighting bacteria will put a toll on your immune system. Neglecting you gum health could increase the risk of developing other health complications such as cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Take Action Now to Save Your Gums

Your dental hygienist at your local dental office will explain some of the best ways you can maintain healthy gums. Visit your dentist regularly for professional examinations and cleanings. A healthier smile starts today!

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

Mar
11

What Can I Do To Prevent Periodontal Disease?

Posted in Gum Disease

Periodontal disease is an advanced form of gum disease, which is caused by the growth of bacteria found in plaque. Plaque is a bio-film that is found in the mouth and over time can build up on a person’s teeth and eventually cause inflammation of the gums, as the bio-film grows. The inflammation can cause a number of dental issues, including the gums and bone structure of the person’s jaw to deteriorate, which can lead to the loss of teeth.

The key to preventing periodontal disease is to take steps to eliminate the way that plague builds up in your mouth, before it ever does! This is done in several ways, including regular dental checkups and teeth cleaning every six months. However the most effective way to prevent periodontal disease is proper at home dental care.

Proper dental care includes brushing your teeth and tongue after meals, flossing of the teeth at least once a day and the use of a plaque reducing mouthwash. In addition, you should be aware that certain lifestyle habits, such as smoking and diet, as well as a person’s health, age and genetics can also impact a person’s chances of being susceptible to periodontal disease. A yearly exam by a dentist specializing in periodontal care is also recommended, especially if the patient has a high risk of developing periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease in a vast majority of cases is completely preventable by proper at home dental care and regular dental exams and cleanings!

Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental

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Mar
12

The Warning Signs Of Gum Disease

Posted in Gum Disease

Gum disease can occur in anyone at any time, but is most frequently caused by an excessive amount of plaque that is not removed on a regular basis from your teeth.  Gum disease is basically an infection of the gum line and tissue that surrounds your teeth.  In extreme cases, jaw bone may also be involved.

Gum disease is almost always painless unless the root or nerve ending of the tooth is involved.  Unfortunately, gum disease is also the number one reason someone may suffer tooth loss.  This article will talk about some of the warning signs of gum disease, and what to do if you have these symptoms.  Another name for gum disease is periodontal disease.

Plaque is a sticky bacteria that grows in your mouth. This bacteria will stick to the teeth, gums and tongue.  Eventually plaque will cause the gum line to move downward.  This downward movement is called gum recession.  When the gum line begins to recede, plaque can attack the teeth, the tooth roots and the nerve endings causing damage to the tooth and tooth structure.

Some warning signs that you may have periodontal disease are gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss, pain at the gum line, or gums that are red and swollen. Gums that have noticeably receded or pulled away are also a warning sign, and so is bad breath that does not respond to good tooth brushing and oral care.  Other causes for concern include a feeling that your teeth don’t ‘fit’ right when you bit, or that you have teeth that are ‘loose’ as an adult.

If you are experiencing any of the above signs or symptoms, contact your dentist immediately for an appointment to help save your teeth.

To help prevent permanent tooth and gum damage, you should have your teeth cleaned regularly by a dental hygienist and examined at least twice a year by a dentist.  If you have not seen your dentist in the last six months, make an appointment today to make sure you do not have the beginning stages of gum disease.

Feb
28

Nutrition and Your Oral Health

Posted in Gum Disease

What you eat has a tremendous impact on the health of your teeth and your mouth. Not only do our dietary choices impact our overall health needs like immunity and nutrient intake, but the first thing our food choices come into contact with are our teeth. As those foods enter into our digestive system and blood supply, they have a tremendous effect on how our body fights periodontal disease (gum disease), tooth loss, systemic diseases (that often affect oral health) and the rate of tooth decay.

Complex carbohydrates like brown rice, vegetables, fruits and whole wheat bread or pasta help supply energy and keep our blood sugar levels in balance. Protein helps restore body tissues like bone and muscle. Healthy fats come from fish, nuts and oils, but our fat intake should be limited as it can increase diseases and cause obesity.

When we chew our food, our saliva interacts with the carbohydrates and sugars. The effects are a low pH and dental plaque biofilm that coat our teeth and cause demineralization of the tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay if the exposure is too frequent. Liquids especially can increase cavity rates as they coat all areas of the teeth, especially deep grooves or areas between. Avoid frequent acid exposure from soda or naturally sweetened drinks like juice or milk. Drinking with a straw can reduce enamel exposure if needed. Never put your child to bed with a bottle of milk or juice, as this liquid can coat the teeth and cause rampant tooth decay. Promote water drinking instead, as it naturally cleanses the mouth.

Increasing your vitamin intake through healthy foods and supplements can improve your body’s ability to fight gum infection like gum disease and gingivitis, allowing the area to heal more quickly and ensuring a longer lasting smile.

Posted on the behalf of Prime Dental Care

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Dec
10

Gum Disease

Posted in Gum Disease

Gum disease is an inclusive term that can include anything from minor gingivitis to more advanced forms of periodontal disease. Any inflammation, redness, bleeding or other symptoms around the gums of your teeth are warning signs of gum disease. Teeth that are healthy do not have these symptoms, and the gums will not bleed during typical oral hygiene practices.

Symptoms of gum disease typically due to areas in your mouth that do not receive adequate preventive care. If you have crowded teeth, or hard to reach areas, plaque biofilm is more likely to form and deposit in the area. As the body’s immune system attacks this infection, the antibodies cause inflammation, redness, bleeding and swelling along the gumlines. If left untreated, minor gingivitis can develop into a condition that causes the gums to detach from the teeth and bone to be destroyed.

Dentists and hygienists are most concerned about gum disease because it can result in the loss of their patient’s teeth when left untreated. Routine preventive care appointments are a good way to help reduce your risk of gum disease, because it allows your hygienist time to removed calcified deposits that cannot be removed at home. These deposits often harbor gum disease bacteria that contribute to bone loss.

While professional care is important, the most significant way to prevent gum disease is through dedicated home care. Thoroughly removing plaque along all gumlines, between each tooth, and under the gums is necessary to treat and prevent gum disease. Talk with your dental hygienist about what areas you have difficulty with so that she can help you find methods to make caring for them easier and more effective.

May
23

Risk Factors For Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease (commonly called gum disease) is an inflammation or infection in the gums caused by the naturally occurring bacteria in our mouths.  Gum disease can range from a mild inflammation called gingivitis to serious infection called periodontitis.  Gingivitis is easily treatable with a thorough dental cleaning and checkup by your dentist or dental hygienist, but left untreated it can progress to periodontitis and can result in severe damage or loss of the gums, jawbone, and other tissue and ultimately the loss of the patient’s teeth.

Anyone can develop periodontal disease, but people with certain risk factors are more likely to develop gum disease.  The more risk factors a person has, the more likely the disease will develop.

Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors for gum disease.  In addition, smoking has been shown to reduce the effectiveness of the treatment for gum disease.  Hormonal changes in women have been linked to the increased risk of developing gingivitis which can lead to gum disease.

Genetics plays a part in the development of gum disease.  For reasons that are not clearly understood, some people are more likely to develop gum disease than others.  In addition, as we get older the risk of developing periodontal disease increases.

Stress reduces the body’s ability to fight infection and contributes to the development of gum disease.  Similarly, other diseases that affect the immune system or medications that interfere with the immune system increase the risk of developing gum disease. These diseases include cancer, AIDS, herpes, and autoimmune diseases.

Finally, poor nutrition can impair the body’s ability to fight infections and is a risk factor for gum disease.  If you have more than one or two of these risk factors, talk to your dentist about ways you can reduce the risk of developing periodontal disease.

May
23

Tobacco Use and Oral Health

Posted in Oral Cancer

Most people understand the increased risk of lung disease, cancer, and heart disease associated with smoking, but what is less widely known is that smoking poses a serious risk to the smoker’s oral health.

Smoking is one of the primary factors for developing periodontal disease (gum disease).  This disease can be as mild as an inflammation of the gums, but if left untreated it will progress to an infection of the gums, jawbone, and other tissue.  Tooth loss will occur if the disease is not treated an in addition to contributing to the development of gum disease, smoking reduces the effectiveness of the treatment.

Gum disease is caused by the bacteria in the mouth that forms plaque that hardens on the teeth and can only be removed by a cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist.  Plaque that remains below the gum line attacks the gum tissue and causes it to pull away from the teeth.

This allows more bacteria to enter which causes the gums to become inflamed and eventually develop an infection.  The exact cause is not clear, but smoking seems to impair the ability of gum tissue to fight off the bacteria and leaves smokers more likely to develop gum disease.

In addition to gum disease, smoking is known to increase the risk of oral cancer and throat cancer.  Pipe smoking and cigar smoking pose a similar risk of oral cancer, throat cancer, and gum disease.  Smokeless tobacco is just as bad or worse for your oral health than smoking.  Smokeless tobacco use not only increases the risk of oral cancers and gum disease, but also contributes to tooth decay.

Regular dental check-ups and cleanings can help maintain your oral health.  Your dentist will conduct an oral cancer screening during your annual or semi-annual check up and a professional cleaning can help prevent the development of gingivitis and gum disease.

 

May
9

Preventing Gum Disease

Millions of Americans have some form of gum disease which can range from a mild inflammation of the gums to a serious infection that can infect the jawbone and cause tooth loss.  Taking good care of your teeth and gums can prevent gum disease and keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Gum disease is caused by bacteria that are naturally present in our mouths.  This bacteria forms a sticky film called “plaque” on our teeth.  Brushing your teeth and flossing help remove plaque, but when plaque is not removed it hardens and forms “tartar” that can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning.

Plaque and tartar irritates the gums and causes inflammation.  This mild form of gum disease is called gingivitis and is easily treated by a professional teeth cleaning.  Good brushing and flossing will help prevent gingivitis.

Untreated gingivitis can progress to a more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis.  As the infection spreads below the gum line, the body’s natural immune system attempts to fight the infection.  Both the bacteria and the body’s response causes bone and connective tissue to start breaking down.  In extreme cases, the bone is severely damaged that the patient’s teeth fall out.

Periodontitis is treated in various ways depending on the extent of the disease.  Treatment may include deep cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar below the gums, medications to fight the infection, and oral surgery to replace damaged bone or gum tissue.

Prevention of gum disease starts with good oral health habits.  Brushing your teeth twice a day and regular flossing will help reduce the amount of plaque and tartar build up. Get dental checkups and cleanings twice a year to remove tartar and to identify signs of tooth decay and gum disease early when they can be easily treated.

Feb
11

Waterpik Sexy Smile Survey

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, you may want to brush up on your oral hygiene to make a great impression on your date or significant other.  A recent survey conducted for Waterpik by Kelton Research reveals that good oral hygiene was far more important for a romantic evening than traditional mood setting techniques such as dimming the lights, romantic music, lighting candles, or wearing perfume.

According to the survey results, 59% of people surveyed said that they would be most disturbed by a partner who did not brush or floss their teeth for a week.  Only 24% of those surveyed chose chose not wearing deodorant as the most disturbing, and even fewer chose failing to comb your hair, trim your toe nails, or shaving as the most disturbing.

At the same time, the survey revealed that the flossing habits of most Americans leave a lot to be desired.  The majority of respondents gave themselves a low grade on efforts to floss daily and that they were most likely to floss just before visiting the dentist, if there was food caught in their teeth, or they had bad breath.

The bottom line of the survey was that American’s oral hygiene habits leave a lot to be desired.  Studies have shown that brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day can prevent tooth decay and gum disease.  It also helps prevent bad breath and helps keep your teeth their whitest.

Combined with preventative dental services such as regular teeth cleaning, good oral hygiene habits can help you achieve a sexy smile that will last a lifetime.

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