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Don’t let gum disease ruin your oral health. Be proactive!
Are you starting to notice blood in the sink whenever you brush or floss? If so, this could be an early warning sign of gum disease. During these early stages (termed gingivitis) this problem will only affect the gums. While gingivitis can be reversed, if the problem is left untreated, it can continue to travel into the jawbone, leading to full-blown gum disease and serious health complications. Read on to learn more about this condition and to find out how our Naples, FL, dentists, Drs. Richard and Maria Linden, can treat it!
Signs of Periodontal Disease
If you know what to look out for, then you’re more likely to see a dentist when the issue is easy enough to treat and hasn’t yet caused serious damage to your smile. Common symptoms associated with gum disease include,
- Red, inflamed gums: Often accompanied by bleeding during brushing or flossing, inflamed gum tissue is the hallmark symptom of gum disease. You may also notice that your gums are tender to the touch.
- Receding gums: Do your teeth suddenly look a bit longer than usual? No, your teeth aren’t still growing—this is actually a warning sign of gum disease. As the infection takes over, it causes the gums to shrink, causing gums to pull away from the teeth to create infected pockets within the gums.
- Bad breath: There are a lot of reasons why we deal with bad breath. After all, our mouths are constantly teeming with bacteria; however, if you have inflamed gums you are more likely to deal with persistent and unexplained bad breath. This is not a common symptom of gingivitis but it is a warning sign that you may be dealing with severe gum disease, which warrants immediate medical care from our Naples, FL, general dentist.
- Sensitive teeth: Have you noticed that whenever you sip that steaming cup of coffee or ice cold water that it causes your teeth discomfort? While there are a few reasons why people suddenly deal with tooth sensitivity, one of those reasons is due to receding gums. As the gums continue to recede, it exposes more of the tooth, thus leading to sensitivity.
If you ignore your symptoms or if you aren’t someone who keeps up with their routine checkups, you may not even notice that something is wrong until teeth start to wiggle or feel loose. This usually happens once gum disease has spread, which constitutes a dental emergency.
Concerned? Give Us a Call!
Remember, the best way to protect the health of your teeth and gums is to get routine dental cleanings and checkups every six months. If it’s time for your next cleaning, then call Linden Dental in Naples, FL, today at (239) 593-0777.
After several treatment sessions your periodontal (gum) disease is under control. But, while we may have won this battle, the war rages on. To keep an infection from re-occurring we'll have to remain on guard.
Gum disease begins and thrives on a thin film of bacteria and food particles on tooth surfaces called plaque. The infection usually begins as gingivitis, which causes the gums to become red and swollen (inflamed). Untreated it can develop into periodontitis, a more advanced form that progresses deeper into the gum tissues resulting in bone loss.
To treat the disease, we must remove all the plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) we can find no matter how deeply they've penetrated below the gum line. Since the deeper it extends the more likely surgical techniques may be necessary to consider, it's better to catch the disease in its earliest stages when plaque can be removed with hand instruments or ultrasonic equipment.
The appropriate treatment technique can effectively stop and even reverse gum disease's effects — but it won't change your susceptibility. Constant vigilance is the best way to significantly reduce your risk of another episode. In this case, our prevention goal is the same as in treatment: remove plaque.
It begins with you learning and applying effective brushing and flossing techniques, and being consistent with these habits every day. As your dentist, we play a role too: we may need to see you as often as every few weeks or quarter to perform meticulous cleaning above and below the gum line. We may also perform procedures on your gums to make it easier to maintain them and your teeth, including correcting root surface irregularities that can accumulate plaque.
Our aim is to reduce the chances of another infection as much as possible. "Fighting the good fight" calls for attention, diligence and effort — but the reward is continuing good health for your teeth and gums.
If you would like more information on continuing dental care after gum disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Periodontal Cleanings.”
Periodontitis and Heart Disease
There have been several recent industry studies that have shown a connection between the presence of periodontal disease and heart diseases such as endocarditis, coronary artery problems, and stroke. It is believed that the dangerous bacteria that builds up on your teeth can make its way into the bloodstream, carrying it to the arteries and contributing to arterial plaque and blood clot formation. Research showed that people with periodontal disease were twice as likely to have coronary artery disease as well. The amount of other risk factors that go into heart disease make this relationship an ongoing study.
Periodontitis and Diabetes
Because diabetics are more susceptible to a variety of infections, their association with periodontitis is no surprise for your Naples dentist. More people with diabetes also have periodontal disease than those who do not; diabetics are also more prone to losing teeth. It is believed that periodontal disease can have a negative effect on the regulation of sugar and insulin for the diabetic, and thus these patients should seek treatment at Linden Dental in Naples, Florida at the first sign of periodontal problems.