Gum Disease: More Yucky Than You Realize

Sophisticated Smiles Gum Disease 5 Each and every day, over 500 different kinds of gross germs are living in your mouth. When you add up 50,000 from one species and 100,000 from another species, it’s easy to see why dentists say that your mouth is home to more individual bacteria than there are people in the city of New York. And, just like New York city, they NEVER go to sleep. They only do two things: eat leftover food in your teeth and make more bacteria.

Well, actually, there is one more thing they do and that’s what causes all the problems. They poop out waste product. That bacteria poop is toxic to your teeth and gums.

Gum disease is a result of plaque, the ugly coating of bacteria poop that constantly builds up on your teeth. The bacteria’s poop (plaque) has chemical compounds that can damage the teeth and gums.

Common symptoms of gum disease are:
     • bleeding gums during brushing
     • bright red color to gums
     • mouth sores
     • swollen gums
     • bad breath

If you schedule regular cleanings with Sophisticated Smiles and follow our hygienists’ advice on home care, it is possible to remove the plaque and prevent gum disease. Even the damaging effects of gum disease are also amazingly easy to heal if treated early by Dr. Szierer.

Sophisticated Smiles’s hygienists provide gentle, thorough cleanings that remove the plaque coating that regular brushing misses. They also provide education and instruction on how to get the maximum benefit from brushing and flossing.

Gum disease is deceptively painless early on, so you may not be aware that you have it. Couple that with the fact that gum disease is virtually impossible for the patient to diagnose on their own and it becomes obvious why you need to see us on a regular basis. At each checkup, Dr. Szierer and a Sophisticated Smiles hygienist will measure the depth of the shallow, v-shaped crevice (called a sulcus) between your teeth and gums to determine if you have gum disease.

Gum disease attacks at the connection of your teeth and gum line in the sulcus, where it breaks down the connective tissues. As the tissues are damaged, the sulcus develops into a pocket; generally, the more severe the disease, the greater the depth of the pocket. Eventually, pockets can become so deep that your tooth is no longer attached to your gums or jawbone. And, that’s when they fall out.

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