Many people assume gum disease is an issue that arises suddenly without cause. However, the truth is that our bad habits and lack of proper oral maintenance can lead to the onset of periodontal disease. By understanding the way our daily habits can endanger our smiles, we can take steps to protect our gums.
Your entire life you’ve heard again and again that you need to brush your teeth and floss regularly. You understand how this impacts your teeth, but how does brushing and flossing help your gums? Patients are often surprised to learn that routine maintenance can help you maintain a healthy smile and reduce the risk of gum problems.
Losing one or more teeth can not only be a hit to your appearance, but can also lead to a number of serious oral health complications, from misalignment to an older appearance due to facial collapse. To avoid these complications, we may recommend receiving a dental implant. Who makes a good candidate for dental implants? What does placing one involve?
When you develop gum disease, both the health and appearance of your smile suffers. In addition, the disease has been linked to other illness and can even increase the likelihood of a patient losing one or more permanent teeth. Fortunately, we offer a number of treatments to manage the disease and protect the stability of your smile. What do you know about pinhole gum grafts?
Your smile and your stomach are linked in a number of surprising ways. In the human gut are over 600 types of microbial communities, known as the microbiome. These microbiomes can have a major impact on a person’s susceptibility to certain diseases. Your oral flora is connected to these and as a result, the health of your smile and have far reaching impacts on your overall health. There are surprising links between your oral health and the vast microbiome that inhabit your stomach.
Did you know that once gum disease forms it cannot be cured? While we can definitely take steps to manage the disease and protect your smile from serious complications or the advanced stages of the disease, you can’t cure periodontal disease. However, if you recognize the warning signs and seek treatments in the inflammation stage you can potentially avoid the onset of periodontal disease. There are a number of different ways to help prevent gum disease.
We’ve discussed the warning signs of gum disease, as well as treatment options, in our previous blogs. But how will the periodontist actually diagnose the issue? What technology will she use and what does she look for?