Gum Disease: 3 Out Of 4 Adults Have It

Sophisticated Smiles Gum Disease 3 Every day, 24-hours a day, 500 or more species of gross germs make your mouth their cozy home. When you add up 50,000 from one species and 100,000 from another species, you can understand why many dentists say that your mouth is home to more individual bacteria than there are people in New York city. 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.

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 excrement that constantly builds up on your teeth. The bacteria’s excrement (plaque) has chemical compounds that attack your teeth and your gum tissue.

Gum disease (also known as gingivitis) is very common in adults and is the leading cause of tooth loss. Research shows that over 75% of Americans age 35 and over have some form of gum disease as a result of medications, diet, or lack of adequate dental hygiene care.

Common symptoms of gum disease are:
     • bleeding gums when brushing
     • bright red color to gums
     • sores on the gums
     • red, puffy gums
     • bad breath

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 quite simple to turn around when treated early by Sophisticated Smiles.

Our hygienists provide gentle, thorough cleanings that get rid of the plaque accumulation that at-home brushing fails to remove. They also offer education and instruction on how to get the maximum benefit from brushing and flossing.

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 at the beginning, so you may not be aware that you have it. Couple that with the fact that gum disease is almost impossible for the patient to self-diagnose and it becomes obvious why you need to see us regularly. At each checkup, Dr. Szierer and a Sophisticated Smiles hygienist will take depth measurements 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. Over time, pockets can get 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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