Did you know these 3 Myths about Gum Disease?

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Our younger audience will definitely get this. It’s so “Fetch.”

Not everyone understands the power of flossing, but Mean Girl Rachel McAdams does. Not flossing leads to bad breath, cavities, expensive treatment, and -dentists’ #1 arch nemesis – GUM DISEASE. There are THREE huge myths about gum disease. Don’t believe ’em for one second!

Myth #1: I can’t do anything about my gum disease.

Floss & toothbrushes are incredibly inexpensive when compared to the rising costs of health care. A visit to the dental hygienist won’t cost you more than a hundred dollars or so – a number that PALES in comparison to the cost of diabetes prescriptions. It seems easy enough to take care of yet so many people don’t. The reason? Keep reading.

Myth #2: You know if you have gum disease.

Nope. Nada. Never happenin’. It’s referred to as “the silent killer” because most people do not recognize the symptoms of bleeding gums or bad breath that really indicate a problem in the mouth. And like most people, life gets in the way and we just simply don’t go to the dentist. If it doesn’t hurt, people don’t have the need to address it. SilentlyDr. Oz and Gum Disease, it will eat away your bone and create infections in the mouth and you won’t even know it.

Myth #3: Gum Disease problems don’t affect the rest of my body.

Gum disease, or the clinical name “periodontal disease” is soooo bad that it has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Don’t believe us? Ask Dr. Oz, arguably one of the most recognizable doctors today.

Bottom line: Make sure you are seeing your dentist every six months. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease you should be going every three months. I know, I know, I know, insurance doesn’t cover additional cleanings each year. But you must ask yourself if the cost of losing your teeth and developing further health issues is worth the extra hundred dollars you will spend on teeth cleanings each year. Pretty sure you’ll say no. Now, go call the dentist!

Interested in reading more about gum disease? Check out another article: Gum Disease, Deep Cleaning Explained.


 

Dentist in Sacramento Office Manager

Kristen is the office manager of Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry. Her extensive training in the dental field has joined her love of writing. Kristen enjoys educating the public about dental topics. She graduated from the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

 

 

 

 

 

50% of Americans have this disease

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) conducted a study in 2009 and 2010 that measured the prevalence of periodontitis, familiarly known as gum disease, in American adults. The study CDCestimates that 47.2%, or 64.7 million American adults, have mild, moderate or severe gum disease. For adults over the age of 65, rates increase to 70.1%.

Conclusion: Nearly half of American adults have gum disease.

How can gum disease affect you?
Gum disease can do irreversible damage if not treated and maintained. The plaque that that builds up between teeth and gums creates pockets that bacteria can get into, causing an infection in the gums. The infection can damage the bone and periodontal ligaments (PDL) that hold teeth in place and gums may begin to pull away from teeth. At the advanced stage of gum disease, teeth begin to shift, loosen and fall out because the PDL and bone that usually support the teeth are destroyed.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?Gum Disease

  • Constant bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Gums that are red, puffy or swollen, or tender
  • Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • Pus that appears between your teeth
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite

At every check-up and cleaning, the hygienist and doctor measures the bone level and inspects gums for any pus, bleeding or inflammation.

How is gum disease treated?
The doctor or hygienist recommends a deep-cleaning to patients with gum disease. The hygienist scales the teeth by cleaning off the plaque above and below the gum surface and root planing which smoothes out the rough layers of the teeth. For two weeks after a deep cleaning, chlorhexidine mouth wash is used to kill bacteria so sensitive gums will heal. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease it is important to follow the recommendations of your hygienist. She may recommend one to two additional cleanings per year.

shutterstock_2243118-(Medium)-732845Prevent gum disease from affecting you.

  • There are simple steps that you can take to avoid developing gum disease.
  • Brush and clean between teeth with floss
  • Eat a well balanced diet and avoid sugary snacks

Get regular check-ups and cleanings. They are the best way to discover and treat early gum disease before it leads to a more serious problem.

Do you still have questions about gum disease? Contact our Sacramento Dentist.

Missing Teeth: A Guide to Understanding Dental Implants

Choosing to receive dental implants is a huge decision that can affect your overall health in addition to improving your smile. The following article can help you decide if you are a candidate for Dental Implants and the added benefits of receiving them.

If you are reading this article then you probably already know what dental implants are. They replace your teeth, like dentures, only they are permanent. Implants are performed by general dentists as well as dental specialists. Your dentist can provide you with a consultation regarding your candidacy for receiving dental implants and will be able to refer you to a highly regarded and trustworthy colleague.

There are many benefits of dental implants that relate to your overall health, your well-being, and your appearance. Implants can restore your smile and your confidence and it is 100 percent normal to have questions regarding this procedure. But what attracts most people to implants are the awesome benefits:

  • Replacement¬† teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
  • Facial structures maintain integrity.
  • Improved nutrition and digestion.
  • Hygiene Convenience
  • Denture Adhesives no more.
  • Improved appearance.
  • Increased sense of security
  • Self confidence and self esteem
  • Full mouth restoration to natural state.
  • Ability to taste foods better.

The next thing most patients have questions about is the procedure itself. The first thing that happens is a consultation and examination with your dentist (or call around to find a good dentist!) to determine whether or not you are a candidate for implant treatment. This could include x-rays, impressions, and pictures of your teeth. What they are evaluating is the amount of bone that exists where you currently have missing teeth and the amount of bone available to support the placement of implants. In addition, the doctor will decide what types of replacement teeth that will be the best for you.

Another important factor that comes into play is your health history. Certain factors could prevent you from being a candidate for implant treatment. Your may referred to dental specialist for another evaluation for the purposes of further evaluating the bone structure and whether or not other procedures need to be done to restore the bone for esthetic and function reasons.

The next appointment will be the procedure where they place the implants. This is a surgical technique and afterwards requires a waiting period of three to nine months for the bone to grow around the implant. You will receive placement teeth during the bone remodeling phase.  When the bone has grown around the implant a small post, called an abutment, is attached to the implants. The abutments will provide a place for the permanent replacement teeth are attached.

Your replacement teeth will be made through a series of appointments and impressions after series of impressions. Plan to be at the dentist a lot. A lot of things come into play when finalizing your replacement teeth: shade, thickness, feel, comfort, and naturalness.

Make a consultation with your dentist to get started today. It is a long process from start to finish so the longer that you wait to get in the dental chair the longer you will wait for you perfect smile.