Keeping Your Teeth For Life

Did you know gum disease affects 75% of adults over the age of 30!  

Did you know gum disease is one of the most prevalent, yet rarely discussed diseases, in fact, it's 2.5 times more common than diabetes.  But it's also treatable, mostly preventable and, in some cases reversible.

How do you know if you have gum disease?

Chronic bad breath, puffy red gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, receding gums and loose teeth are all symptoms of periodontal disease.  Often these signs and symptoms are painless which frequently can lead to a lack of urgency and awareness.

What are the risks of gum disease?

If left untreated, a number of issues can arise, such as tooth loss, tooth decay and other serious oral health problems. Advanced periodontal disease has also been linked to a number of systemic conditions, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  

How can you prevent it?

When it comes to foods to avoid, there is an obvious reason to keep away from sugary foods and drinks. Foods high in sugar and carbohydrates can create acidic environments in the mouth. The bacteria that can lead to periodontal disease thrive in these kinds of environments, feeding off of the sugar that lingers from the food we eat. 

Is there any way to cure gum disease without medical intervention?

There are many who tout so-called cures for periodontal disease that do not require professional intervention, however, there is very little evidence supporting the effectiveness of these.  


Professional Non-surgical treatments include scaling and root planing, which deep cleans the surface of the tooth roots to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria. Advanced periodontal disease may require surgical treatments like periodontal pocket reductions and regenerative procedures.

There are a number of causes of gum recession, but the most common cause by far is periodontal disease.  The first step in treating this condition is to address its cause. In instances of gum disease, the patient may undergo a deep cleaning — known as scaling and root planing — to clean the teeth and heal any inflammation in the gums. In severe cases, gum recession may expose tooth roots, requiring such procedures as a pocket depth reduction (in which the periodontist folds gum tissue back over the tooth root after removing bacteria from the space created between the tooth and the gum) or gum graft surgery, in which new gum tissue is regenerated using healthy tissue from elsewhere in the mouth

Are receding gums caused by gum disease?
How important is flossing?

There is the old adage that says, 'only floss the teeth you want to keep.'  To avoid gum disease, the spaces between the teeth need to be kept clean.  There are a number of methods and devices that enable a person to clean the spaces between the teeth. Using a floss holder, interdental brush, or electronic device after eating and drinking can help remove food particles and plaque from spaces that brushing cannot reach.

Waxed floss typically glides more easily between the teeth, especially teeth that are close together. While unwaxed floss has no coating, some find that its thinness allows it to get between teeth more easily. The important thing to remember is that regardless of which type of floss you use, you should use it every day because floss can reach approximately 35% of the accessible surface area of a tooth.

Tongue scraping can be helpful in removing some of the bacteria, but the most effective way to remove bacteria is brushing twice daily and flossing regularly.

Does tongue scraping help?
Is there one thing most of us could add to our daily regimen?

Yes.  An anti-bacterial Mouthwash such as Listerine Zero. Since brushing and flossing cover only 24% of the oral tissues, bacteria can still live on the tongue. cheeks and other areas of the mouth.

If you're experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease -

chronic bad breath, puffy red gums, bleeding while brushing

or flossing, receding gums, and loose teeth - call us as soon

as possible.  Regular cleanings and daily flossing, brushing 

and professional cleaning are the best methods for prevention!

In Summary


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