DID YOU KNOW THAT GUM DISEASE…
● affects everyone of all ages
● can be easily spread by sharing food and by kissing
● is a silent killer of teeth
● may not reveal its devastating affects until it may be too late to save teeth
● puts other parts of your body at risk
● is now linked to increased risk of heart disease, strokes, diabetes, preterm low birth weight births, respiratory problems. Osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, gastric ulcers, prostate cancers, pancreatic cancers, pancreatic caners and even Alzheimer's Disease
● is an infection of tissues and bone that support teeth
● is a result of bacterial build up in the pocket (or crevice) between tooth and gum
● can multiply into a dental plaque community ("goo" think of mold buildup in a shower)
● is a result of neglected oral hygiene
● gums that do not always hurt when bleeding occurs
● gums that bleed when brushed or flossed
● gums that are red, glossy, swollen, inflamed, painful
● dental plaque buildup (the invisible sticky layer of bacteria and debris)
● loose teeth
● bad breath
● "I can't chew without pain"
● "My gums bleed constantly"
● "My teeth are loose"
● "My breath is bad"
● "My spouse no longer kisses me"
WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT GUM DISEASE?
● "Deep" cleanings (periodontal therapy)
● diligent oral hygiene
● daily brushing and flossing at the gum line
● routine cleaning appointments
SUMMARY AND RECAP
Bleeding gums are crying for attention! The initial response of the gums to toxins is termed "GINGIVITIS." Fortunately is there is good news for this stage, as it is reversible. There is no long-term damage to your tissues and bone that support your teeth, BUT, if left unchecked, the "gingivitis" turns into "PERIODONTIS," which is irreversible. The supporting tissues and bone recede away from the "goo" community, and a vicious circle develops. The gums bleed more and become increasingly more tender. The "goo" community increases in size thereby releasing more toxins.
Once the supporting gums, tissues and bone are destroyed, they will never grow back to their original position on the teeth. There is no cure for gum disease much like there is no cure for diabetes. The disease state of periodontitis can only be placed into remission. However, periodontal cleanings every 12 to 16 weeks can monitor the health of your gums so the disease cannot do further damage. A tooth surface that is free of stain and tartar is harder for bacteria to adhere to.
For further information concerning Gum Disease:
- NIDCR Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments
- Periodontal (Gum) Disease
- ADA: Gum Disease
- MedicineNet: Gingivitis
- TeensHealth: Gum Disease