Many Adults are Affected by Gum Disease

Adults over the age of 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal diseases is by daily thorough tooth brushing and flossing techniques and regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress.

Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:

  • Tobacco usage
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Clenching and grinding teeth
  • Medication
  • Poor nutrition
  • Periodontal Disease & Tobacco

You are probably familiar with the links between tobacco use and lung disease, cancer, and heart disease. Continue reading “Many Adults are Affected by Gum Disease”

Dental Implants: Tooth Replacement That Lasts

Dental implants have been successfully replacing missing teeth for more than 40 years. In that time, they have been proven to be a long-lasting, effective, and safe option, giving patients something that previously has not been available, a truly complete tooth replacement.

No other tooth replacement option simultaneously replaces the root and the crown of the tooth. Dentures, partials, and fixed bridges only simulate the top part of the tooth, but the part that you can not see (the root) is also vital for total oral health, and dental implants take your treatment to the next level by also replacing this part of the tooth. Continue reading “Dental Implants: Tooth Replacement That Lasts”

Smoking and Gum Disease

Everyone knows that smoking is a very unhealthy and harmful habit. Not only is it a major cause of cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and cancer, but also smoking affects nearly every organ in the body, including the gums. It is clear that smoking reduces the level of health in general, but this article will deal only with oral repercussions.

Gingivitis And Periodontitis
Gum disease is an infection that starts with dental plaque, which contains harmful bacteria and microorganisms. This plaque accumulates at the junction between the gums and teeth, and if it is not removed by daily brushing and flossing, it eventually becomes tartar. The bacteria containing plaque and tartar cause infection and inflammation of the gingival margin. This is called gingivitis, which is the first step of gum disease. Continue reading “Smoking and Gum Disease”