Gum Disease: More Common Than The Common Cold

Sophisticated Smiles Gum Disease 2 Right now, as you are reading this, over 500 species of gross germs are living in your mouth. When you add up 50,000 from one species and 100,000 from another species, it becomes clear why many dentists say that your mouth has more bacterial residents than there are people in the city of New York. And, just like New York city, they NEVER sleep. They only do two things: munch on food left in your teeth and make more bacteria.

In reality, there is one more thing the bacteria 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 excrement that constantly builds up on your teeth. The bacteria’s excrement (plaque) contains chemicals that attack your teeth and your gum tissue.

Common symptoms of gum disease are:
     • bleeding gums when brushing
     • red purple color to gums
     • mouth sores
     • swollen gums
     • bad breath (halitosis)

If you follow our advice about dental home care and schedule twice-a-year cleanings at Sophisticated Smiles, the plaque can be removed and gum disease can be prevented. Even the damaging effects of gum disease are also very easy to reverse if addressed early by Dr. Szierer.

The hygienists at Sophisticated Smiles provide gentle, thorough cleanings that get rid of the plaque coating that regular brushing can’t get to. They also offer education and instruction on how to get rid of the most plaque possible at home.

Recent studies have shown an association between gum disease and increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, low birth weight and diabetes. Because gum disease can have an adverse effect on your over-all health, Dr. Szierer strongly suggests getting professional cleanings at least every six months.

Gum disease is oftentimes painless early on, so you may not know you have it. Combine that with the fact that gum disease is nearly impossible for the patient to self-diagnose and it becomes obvious why you need to see us on a regular basis. At your cleanings, Dr. Szierer and a Sophisticated Smiles hygienist will measure the depth of the 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 deeper the pocket, the more severe the disease. 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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