Periodontal or Gum Disease
The research and understanding of Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, has come a long way in the past decade. It is now recognized as the leading cause of tooth lose. Gum disease has also been associated with heart disease, preterm and low birth weight deliveries in newborns, osteoporosis, systemic inflammation, and diabetes. Understanding these connections and using the mouth as a gateway to the body is key to a biological dentist.
Do You Recognize the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
One question often asked is, "If I have gum disease, wouldn't I know it?" The answer is not necessarily, especially in its beginning stages. It is in those beginning stages that we want to find the disease and stop it in its tracks. Visiting your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning is the best way to spot gum disease in its beginning stages. But let's look at some of the warning signs.
- Red or swollen gums when brushing, flossing or eating hard foods
- Generalized sensitive teeth
- Gums that are receding making the teeth look longer
- Pus between the teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- A change in the way your teeth come together
- A change in how your partial denture fits
- Loose teeth
Know the Risk Factors
A fallacy many people have regarding gum disease is that it will only happen if they don't brush their teeth. However, research has shown 30% of the population is naturally predisposed to the disease. Diabetics and certain medications create a greater risk. Age, gender and race can play a part in risk factor as well. A sticky, colorless substance called plaque forms on your teeth which contains bacteria. This bacteria can get under the gum tissue and harden into tarter both above and below the gum line. Bacteria and the toxins they produce cause the gums to become infected, swollen, and tender.
An Ounce of Prevention: Keeping Gum Disease at Bay
Having your teeth cleaned professionally on a regular basis is your best bet of beating gum disease and keeping all your pearly whites for a life time. However, it is helpful to chose the correct cleaning products for your mouth. Most mouthwashes have alcohol in them which is very drying to the tissues making the gums more susceptible to bacteria. Another problem is using a toothpaste or mouthwash containing fluoride which has been proven to cause damage to connective tissue, which means it can prevent your gums from reattaching to the tooth wall - a serious side effect if your are trying to get your gums to heal. We recommend "Dental Herb Company" products because they do not have alcohol, sweeteners, fluoride, or other flavorings. They are all natural essential oils, organic herbs, and botanicals.
Take the First Step to Treating Gum Disease
Isn't it time you said good-bye to tooth and gum pain? For a limited time, we're offering a FREE dental consultation to new patients. Speak with our dentist and see what life is like without sore gums and teeth. Call Us for a Free Dental Consultation