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Baine Warren C DMD
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Since the bacteria associated with gum disease can travel into your bloodstream and affect your health, early detection and treatment of periodontal disease is critical to maintaining your health and overall wellbeing.
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Bad breath can be caused by a number of medical conditions or habits, but gum disease is frequently responsible for the problem. Not only do the bacteria that coat your teeth, gums and tongue release smelly gases, bits of trapped food can also cause an unpleasant smell.
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Did you know that foods rich in antioxidants help defend against the bacteria that cause inflammation and gum disease? Probiotics may also help decrease the accumulation of dental plaque and support healthy gums.
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Considering all the complications that diabetes causes, it’s no surprise that it can also damage your oral health. In fact, people with diabetes are three to four times more likely to develop periodontal disease and have an increased rate of tissue damage and bone loss.
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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 65 million Americans over the age of 30 have periodontitis, the more advanced form of periodontal disease. That’s nearly half the adult population!
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According to a new study, smoking dramatically changes the balance of bacteria in the mouth and may weaken the body’s defenses against disease.
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Nearly 40 million adults in the US have some degree of dentin hypersensitivity. Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot and cold temperatures may be caused by gum recession, over aggressive tooth brushing or tooth grinding, or a diet that’s high in acidic foods or beverages.
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Dental implants aren’t affected by tooth decay; but without proper oral hygiene and periodontal care you can still develop inflammation and damage the surrounding soft tissues and bone.
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Ancient toothpaste used in China and India included ingredients such as soot, honey, crushed egg shells and ground ox’s hooves. It wasn’t until 1873 that the first commercially prepared toothpaste became widely available.
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If you have inadequate bone structure in your jaw from previous extractions, gum disease or injury, you may need a ridge augmentation (also called bone grafting or regeneration) to allow the successful placement of a dental implant.
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