A great smile is important. But it is totally dependent on the state of your gums. You see, your gums are what hold everything in place, namely your teeth. Together with bone and other soft tissues, gums provide the support structure that keeps things functioning properly. They should never be taken for granted! Still, most Americans will experience some degree of gum disease in their lifetime. In fact, the lives of 75 percent of the population will likely be adversely affected by gum disorders at one time or another. As such, we thought it would be a good idea to go over the basics of this dangerous condition and what our St. Petersburg dentist’s office can do to help you through it, should it ever emerge in your mouth. Keep reading, and then be sure to follow up and schedule your next preventive dentistry appointment with Dr. Spilman.
It Starts Out Slow
Gum disease starts out as an affliction called gingivitis. Gingivitis produces bad breath along with an inflammation of your gums that is actually the result of bacteria (contained in plaque) attacking your system. You may not even realize you have a problem at first.
It won’t stay that way. Here’s why: your gums will become increasingly agitated as the plaque slips down below your gum line, causing swelling and bleeding. This is the beginning of periodontal disease, a more advanced form of gum disease. This will definitely get your attention, and there is a lot more on the line than just your oral health.
Seriously, if your gums are sore or sensitive to the touch, if they bleed when you brush or floss, or if you have any other reason to believe that you might have an emerging problem with gum disease, please don’t hesitate to call Jeffery A. Spilman DDS at 727-645-4727!
The Ugly Truth About Periodontal Disease
By this point, 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 loosen up and fall out. This will cause pain and embarrassment, and it will be a costly mess to clean up. But that’s not the worst of it. Studies have shown a correlation between gum disease and more serious health concerns such as respiratory disease, diabetes, heart disease, and even some forms of cancer. Crazy, right?
Jeffery Spilman, DDS, Is Here To Help
Look, the earlier you catch gum disease, the better it will be for you. We are here to help you hang onto your natural smile and your overall wellbeing. In our experience, we have found that increased levels of oral hygiene practices at home (brushing, flossing, rinsing), combined with regular dental exams and professional teeth cleanings is sometimes all it takes to reverse early stages of the disease. And the more often those checkups occur, the better we can stay on top of whatever is going on in your mouth.
Unfortunately, that is not always enough to turn things around in your mouth. The good news for you is that 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.
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.
Just so you know: 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 you where you need to go.
Learn More, Get Started!
We hope that today’s post has been informative. To hear more about gum disease prevention and treatment, or to schedule a consultation, contact our St. Petersburg dental office ASAP. We’ll get you smiling again! The number to call is 727-645-4727.