Healthy Gums For A Happy Smile
Welcome back to our virtual dental office. This is the forum where we try to pass along good information related to oral health. In our real world space, located in St. Petersburg, we do all the hands-on work. At Jeffery Spilman, DDS, we are committed to caring for your family’s ongoing dental needs so as to best increase your overall health and wellness.
We are a true family dental office, and as such, we strive to provide you, your spouse, your parents, and your little ones with the expert care needed to keep everyone’s teeth and gums in excellent condition all through life. This includes gum disease treatment and prevention care.
Why Is Gum Disease A Big Deal?
Gum disease is a very serious but extremely common oral health problem in the United States. It is quite preventable in the first place, and easy to treat in the early stages.
Yet, many people remain completely oblivious to the issues at work in their mouth until the gum disease progresses to an advanced state and teeth begin to disappear from their smile.
Gum Disease Explained
Everyone focuses on their teeth and the shape of their smile. Unfortunately, most of us tend to take our gums for granted. That’s just the way it is.
We forget that gums are what hold everything together, so to speak. Along with bone and other soft tissues, gums provide the support structure that allows your teeth to remain anchored in your mouth and functioning properly.
So, how can you tell when things are out of sorts?
The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis.
Gingivitis produces bad breath along with an inflammation of your gums that is actually the result of bacteria attacking your system.
This dangerous bacteria originates in plaque and tartar, and your gums will become more easily irritated as the plaque extends below your gum line, causing swelling and bleeding. By this point you will be dealing with advanced gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.
Periodontal Disease Will Attack Your Support Systems
Your diseased gum tissue will recede away from your teeth, creating gaps between them. As the gums continue to pull away from your teeth, these pockets can grow larger facilitating a fertile breeding ground for further bacterial infection.
The longer this is allowed to continue, you will begin to feel your teeth shimmying loose, and you will eventually begin to lose them. Not surprisingly, we have found that adult tooth loss among Americans is typically traced back to advanced gum disease.
That is a bad enough experience for anyone to go through.
But there also appears to be a connection between gum disease and more serious health issues such as respiratory disease, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
These are things that we want to help you steer clear of!
Jeffery Spilman, DDS, Is On Your Side
We don’t want to scare you too much, even though all these things should give you pause. What we really want to convey is that, If you find yourself faced with gum disease, our team can help restore health to your mouth.
More intense levels of hygiene practices at home (brushing, flossing, rinsing), combined with properly spaced dental checkups and professional teeth cleanings is often all it takes to reverse early stages of the disease.
If you are confronted with full-blown periodontal disease, we can start to rehabilitate your gums with scaling and root planing. This involves performing a deep cleaning on your teeth that will remove all of the plaque and calculus from your teeth, under your gumline, and along your roots.
With the use of soft-tissue laser technology, we can also reshape and recontour gums to help you achieve maximum oral health with minimum discomfort or recovery time.
Still, in some extreme cases, we will need to step away and refer you to a trusted periodontal surgeon who specializes in severe cases of periodontal disease.
Learn More, Get Started
We hope you will be inspired to take the next step towards a healthier mouth. To learn more about gum disease prevention and treatment, or to schedule a consultation, contact our St. Petersburg dental office today!