Posts for tag: Periodontal Disease
Periodontal (or gum) disease is actually a very common disease. It impacts almost 50% of adults and it not only affects your dental health, it can also take a toll on your general health and wellness.
Luckily, there is some good news! With effective dental habits, including regular brushing and flossing, and routine professional cleanings, you can dramatically reduce your likelihood of periodontal disease.
When it comes to individuals who already have been diagnosed, treatment is the best method to save your gums and dental health.
Some of the popular treatments for gum disease are non-surgical and include the following:
Scaling - This particular process gets rid of the tartar and bacteria from under the gums and on the surface of the teeth
Root Planing - Smoothing the root surfaces to reduce or prevent more tartar accumulation
Antibiotic Treatment - Antibiotics can help to manage the bacterial infection caused by periodontal disease
For more serious circumstances, surgical treatment may possibly be needed.
Are you concerned about gum disease?
Genetics can play a role in the likelihood of gum disease. Those with a family history should schedule regular visits to try and get ahead of it.
Medication can be a contributor to gum disease.
Poor oral habits
Poor care of teeth and gums can play a role in developing gum disease.
Age also plays a role in developing gum disease.
A link between diabetes and gum disease has been found in studies.
Things such as pregnancy, menopause, and other hormonal changes may be factors in developing gum disease.
Other factors include:
Poor fitting dental work
Do you need to visit the dentist?
Similar to icebergs, your teeth have a lot underneath the surface (of your gums) that we do not see. So, are you doing enough to ensure that these parts of your teeth are remaining healthy?
Unfortunately, taking care of your teeth is not always easy, and if you do not do a good job of it, you may develop gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. If you begin to develop gum disease, it will be harmful to your oral health, and the parts of your teeth, and jaw bone, that lay beneath your gums. Here is what the Cleveland Clinic has to say about gum disease.
There are many individuals who are aware of gum disease, how serious it can be, and what they need to do to prevent it. However, there are also many people who are not as aware. In its early stages, gum disease is usually termed gingivitis, which is identified by having red/puffy gums that will bleed while you brush or floss your teeth. If you notice these symptoms, you should seek treatment. If you do not seek treatment, it will advance into a more serious form of gum disease which will have more of an affect on your oral health, and is not curable.
Gum disease, no matter how far it has advanced, is more than likely a result of plaque, tartar, and bacteria remaining along your gums. When these things build up, and you fail to properly remove them by brushing or flossing, your gums will become irritated and start to recede. When your gums begin to recede, it creates small pockets between your teeth and gums. This area then becomes a space where bacteria, plaque, and tartar build up even more. When this occurs, a deep cleaning is needed to help restore your oral health.
As with any oral health problems, we prefer they never develop. Below, Dr. Florian provides some easy ways to help prevent gum disease from ever forming:
- Brush and floss two times per day
- Use mouthwash to rinse in between your teeth and your gums
- Maintain regular checkups so any problems can be dealt with accordingly
By maintaining your oral wellness visits, you will ensure that your gums and teeth are remaining healthy, and any problems are caught before they can develop too far. Should gingivitis start to develop, your dentist will be able to treat your gingivitis and fully return your gums to health. More advanced gum disease will not be able to be fully healed.
Do you need a dentist?
If you think you have gum disease, or may be developing gingivitis, you should receive treatment. Dr. Florian is located in North Royalton, OH and wants to restore your mouth to a healthy condition, and we are always welcoming new patients. Feel free to contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Do your teeth look longer, or are they sensitive? This may be due to a common dental condition known as gum recession.
You will not notice gum recession at once, but it will be something that develops over time and causes some dental health issues. Gum recession is a common symptom of gum disease.
When you suffer from receding gums, your root dentin becomes exposed, causing sensitivity and discoloration. Additionally, the pockets created by receding gums gives bacteria and plaque an area where they can collect and wreak havoc in your mouth.
If you notice gum recession, and do not receive treatment, your gum disease is likely to worsen. This can cause tooth loss, loss of jaw bone, and many other health issues.
What causes gum recession?
- As stated above, receding gums are a symptom of gum disease. The infection in your gums will damage the tissue.
- Another cause of gum recession is bad dental hygiene habits. Using a toothbrush that is too tough or brushing too aggressively can physically wear your gums away. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you do not brush thoroughly, the plaque and tartar build up will cause gum disease. Read here, about proper brushing.
- Piercings can not only cause your enamel to wear away, but also damage your gums. This is due to a rubbing that irritates your gums.
Other causes of gum recession are things like bruxism or teeth that are not aligned properly. Any condition that leads to gum disease can also be attributed to gum recession as well.
There is good news, however. Gum recession is able to be treated. Treatment will be dependent on your individual case. Many cases can be treated via a deep cleaning. However, in severe cases, you may require the attention of a periodontist.
Remember: If you want to prevent gum disease and recession, proper oral hygiene habits are critical.
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Having a happy and healthy smile is not as easy as brushing your teeth and going to the dentist. We all know there are other things you need to do, like using mouthwash and flossing, but there are also certain foods you should try to avoid. Certain foods can promote cavities, wear your enamel away, and wreak havoc in your mouth!
Below, Dr. Florian in North Royalton, OH lists several foods you should try to avoid in order to maintain as healthy a mouth as possible. If you cannot avoid these foods completely, try to brush, floss, and use mouthwash ASAP after consuming.
There are many different candies that are not good for the health and wellness of your mouth.
Hard candies are typically full of sugars and syrups. Sugars and syrups can contribute to tooth decay and can wear the enamel of your teeth down. Additionally, many people bite into hard candies which can cause your tooth to fracture or crack, resulting in a dental emergency.
Chewy/sticky candies like jelly beans, Skittles, gummy bears, taffy, and more, get stuck in your teeth while you eat them. Due to this, these candies stick to your teeth for a longer period of time and are more able to promote cavities and other mouth diseases.
Foods like pretzels and potato chips contain a lot of starch. Starch has a habit of getting stuck throughout your teeth and causing cavities, gum disease, and other mouth diseases.
Fruits are extremely healthy for you. However, some fruits are extremely high in acid, which can wear your enamel away and lead to an increase in cavities.
Many beverages contain a lot of sugar, acid, caffeine, or alcohol, which can all harm your teeth and mouth.
Alcoholic beverages can cause dehydration due to the alcohol content. When you suffer from dehydration, it leads to dry mouth. Dry mouth is a problem, because saliva is your mouth’s best defense against cavities and gum disease. This same problem exists with caffeinated beverages like coffee. Unfortunately, coffee can be even worse for your mouth’s health, due to the sugar that you add. Dehydration caused by caffeine, in addition to the sugar that your coffee contains, can cause tooth decay, gum disease, and more.
Drinks that contain a lot of sugar can be harmful to the health of your mouth. These types of drinks include soda and sports drinks. Soda is especially bad for the health of your mouth due to the acid that it contains. When you consume beverages that contain a lot of sugar, the plaque and bacteria on your teeth use the sugar to assault your tooth enamel.
If you are consuming a beverage and it contains ice, make sure to not eat the ice. Due to the extreme cold and how hard ice is, you may suffer a dental emergency from chewing on ice.
Think you are suffering from a cavity or need a routine cleaning? Dr. Florian is always welcoming new patients and scheduling appointments. Contact us now to schedule yours.