Welcome to another September edition of the blog.
Here at Jeffery Spilman, DDS, we make it our mission to keep your mouth clean and your smile looking great all through life.
Today, we want to talk about an increasingly common occurrence in American adults: gum disease.
Keep reading to hear more about our treatment options and prevention care so that you will be ready on the off chance that it ever happens to you or someone you care about.
What Is Gum Disease?
Your gums hold everything in place, like your teeth. Together with bone and other soft tissues, gums provide the support structure that keeps things functioning properly. They are kind of a big deal in the oral health care world.
Here’s what happens when gum disease strikes: it starts out as a hard to notice condition called gingivitis.
Gingivitis will give you some clues. It produces bad breath along with an inflammation of your gums that is actually the result of bacteria (contained in plaque) attacking your system.
Then your gums will become extremely agitated as the plaque dips down below your gum line, causing swelling and bleeding.
This transition marks the beginning of periodontal disease, a more advanced (and nasty) form of gum disease.
Watch Out For Periodontal Disease
This stage will be unpleasant to say the least.
The infected gum tissue will begin to pull away from your teeth, creating gaps around them. When your gums retreat from your teeth, these pockets can grow larger creating a fertile breeding ground for more bacterial growth.
The situation will cause your teeth to exit the scene. Gum disease, as it happens, is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in this country.
Hold on, it actually gets worse!
Research has demonstrated a correlation between gum disease and more serious health concerns such as respiratory disease, diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer.
As such, it will be incredibly important to have a dentist you can trust to turn things around for you in a timely fashion.
Jeffery Spilman, DDS, Has You Covered!
Here’s the thing: you can change your fate.
The earlier you catch gum disease, the better it will work out for you. Higher levels of oral hygiene practices at home (brushing, flossing, rinsing), combined with dental exams and teeth cleanings is sometimes all it takes to reverse early stages of the disease. And the more frequent checkups you have, the better we can stay on top of whatever is going on.
We can also help with periodontal disease by treating your gums with scaling and root planing. This entails a deep cleaning of your teeth that will remove all of the plaque and calculus from your teeth, under your gumline, and along your roots.
But we can go further if need be! 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.
Fair warning: 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. We want you to get the best treatment possible in the shortest amount of time, even if we have to bring someone else in to get the job done.
There is no time like the present to take care of the situation in your mouth. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Spilman, contact our St. Petersburg, FL team right away!