Gum Disease and Heart Attacks
Many people are under the false impression that if their teeth are white, then their whole mouth is healthy. This simply isn’t the case. As a matter of fact, your gums are actually a better indicator of your oral health than your teeth are. If your gums are swollen, red, beginning to recede, or bleed when you brush or floss then you probably have gum disease.
Research has shown bacteria present in the mouth due to poor oral health causes an inflammatory response that is linked with the increased risk of heart disease, heart attacks, strokes and much more; that is it’s so important to monitor your well-being with regular oral health screenings.
One common problem that can occur is periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Periodontal diseases develop when plaque and tartar accumulate underneath the gum line. When this buildup begins, it can be extremely hard to clean with a regular toothbrush and can lead to decay of your teeth as well as the bones that hold your teeth in place. Periodontal disease is actually the number one cause of tooth loss, because decay that occurs below your gum line happens near or even below the root of your teeth.
Bleeding or sore gums are signs of gum disease, such as Gingivitis or Periodontitis, if left untreated can result in loss of teeth and other more serious systemic disease
Based on the American Dental Association, patients with bleeding gums and pockets measuring 4 mm or above may require deep cleanings in the infected areas
Deep cleaning includes removal of calculus contaminated with toxins or microorganisms, which has been proven by the Center of Disease Control & Prevention to have a correlation with systemic disease such heart disease, diabetes, stokes and premature low weight births
Patients with gum disease might require more than deep cleanings, such as
ARESTIN® placement in infected areas of mouth
Is a time release antibiotic maid of microspheres (tiny particles) that are smaller than grains of sand and are not visible to the eye. These microspheres release the antibiotic over time, killing bacteria so your gums can heal better. This is recommended to prevent further tissue damage which could lead to gum surgery
Oral Irrigation to flush the toxins out of the infected areas
This is used as a way to clean teeth and gums, by reaching 3–4 mm under the gum line. When applied under the gum, the directed stream of fluid will disrupts plaque and bacteria, and flush out any remaining tartar or bacteria.
Based on the American Dental Association recommendations, any patient that has dental implants or had deep cleanings or gum surgery in the past should have Periodontal Maintenance rather than regular teeth cleanings. Treatment continues at varying intervals far shorter than every 6 months and is determined by the clinical evaluation of the dentist.
Periodontal maintenance treatment includes removal of the bacterial plaque and calculus from above and below the gums, with site specific scaling and root planing, and polishing the teeth.
If new or recurring periodontal disease appears, additional diagnostic and treatment procedures should be considered.
Prevent Gum Disease with Regular Exams and Cleanings
At Brite Clean Smiles, our dentists can help you prevent gum disease with regular cleanings and checkups. This will help you not only keep your teeth in place but will also improve the health of your gums and reduce symptoms like bad breath and bleeding.
If you already have signs of periodontal disease, our dentists can help with that as well. Plaque that builds up beneath the gum line can be cleared away with a dental procedure known as periodontal therapy or gum therapy. This is a process performed by a dentist or a dental hygienist that gently scrapes away tartar and bacteria that have accumulated below the gum line. Typically, gum therapy is completed using processes known as scaling and root planing. The procedure, while mildly uncomfortable, is relatively painless and can be performed without anesthesia, though anesthesia is available to patients who would prefer it.
Once one of our Costa Mesa dental professionals completes your gum therapy, he or she will also provide you with a home care routine to help keep your gums and teeth as healthy as possible. This routine will include regular brushing with an electronic toothbrush as well as flossing. Your dentist may also suggest specialized home cleaning tools to help make sure that the pockets beneath your gums stay clean and healthy.
Whether you’ve noticed that your breath has been a bit smelly lately or it’s simply time for a routine checkup, you should make an appointment with Brite Clean Smiles today. The more committed you are to regularly having your teeth cleaned and checked, the more likely you’ll be to have a healthy beautiful smile for decades to come.
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