Gum disease, known to dentists as, periodontal disease, is the infection of the soft gum tissues that support your teeth. Frequently, patients are unaware that they have it because they feel no pain and may not note the signs. This is a common dental disorder effecting almost half of all adults. Gum disease is caused by the bacteria that lives abundantly in plaque, which builds up on our teeth in a sticky film, and if you ignore the warning signs, the infection will continue to rage, causing increasing damage to your teeth. Andrey Eng, DDS can help by removing the infection and promote a healthier smile both through treatment and education for future protection.
At East Lake Advancing Dentistry, we want to see our patients if they are experiencing any of the following signs as possible indications of gum disease:
- Your gums begin to bleed easily. We have been surprised to find that many patients think that it is normal for gums to bleed when brushing or flossing. It is not normal, it is a sign indicating infection.
- Your gums are irritated, this may be demonstrated from being red, puffy or swollen, or even painful.
- You can see that your teeth look longer because your gums have pulled away from your teeth
- You are experiencing frequent bad breath, or a bad taste, that just does not seem to go away.
- You can feel that your permanent teeth are loose, moving, or creating gaps.
- You have noticed a change in your bite, or in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth.
- Your jawbone has been aching or feeling tired due to changes in your bite.
- Your bridges or dentures are not fitting like they used to.
Patients sometimes find that other health changes increase their likelihood to battle with persistent periodontal disease. Changes to your health due to smoking tobacco, while pregnant, and diabetes can effect the health of your teeth and your bodies ability to fight infection. It is important to visit Dr. Eng if you suspect you have gum disease because the sooner you treat it the better.
Stages of Gum Disease
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. In its early stages your gums may feel sensitive, become red or appear swollen and bleed easily. Dr. Eng does not want you to ignore these signs. At this stage, a simple dental cleaning should be able to eliminate the infection, followed by being diligent in your daily oral care of flossing and brushing. Caught early, we can stop larger issues.
What causes Gingivitis?
Many patients do not realize that there are many factors to the cause of gingivitis. Most commonly, gingivitis is caused by poor home care and not flossing bacteria filled debris away. But, other factors also contribute to infection including:
- Illnesses cause your immune system to act erratically, including lowering your bodies ability to fight infection. Patients who have a variety of medical conditions may find that they suffer from gingivitis more often.
- Changes in your hormone levels can cause your gum tissue to be more sensitive. This can occur when women are pregnant, menopausal or before menses. This can also occur in puberty age male and females.
- Certain medications may lower your bodies ability to fight infection making you more susceptible to gingivitis.
- Genetics have been found to have some effect on the oral health of patients.
All of the reasons above can fought with setting a good daily oral hygiene practice at home. The best defense against gum disease is by eating a healthy diet, brushing and flossing regularly and seeing our trained and educated hygienist at East Lake Advancing Dentistry.
Testing for Gum Disease
Gum disease is one of the most prevalent, and often undetected afflictions in adults. Because gum disease often is not painful, you might not even know you have it. This emphasizes the importance of regular dental exams, so that as signs of gum disease appear, we can offer preventive resources to treat and avoid further damage to your gums and bone.
At East Lake Advancing Dentistry, we have the technology to use a sample of your saliva to test for the bacteria most associated with gum disease. This test identifies specific bacteria and how much of it is present in your mouth. Your dental professionals can then use this information in using specific antibiotics that target the bacteria causing your infection. The goal is to kill the bacteria before they can cause bone loss, which then results in traditional scaling and root planing treatment.
Research continues to show that gum disease is often associated with other diseases like diabetes and heart disease. It has also been linked low birth weight in babies whose pregnant mothers had gum disease.
To learn more about the preventive testing at our office, please call us today!
The advanced stage of gum disease is known as chronic periodontitis. This is a severe condition that can lead to the loss of teeth, tissue and even the bone that support the teeth. As the condition worsens, your teeth will begin to feel loose and then shift around in your mouth. Don't let this happen. We can help save your teeth, and saving your natural teeth structures is always our first priority.
Dr. Eng would tell you that aggressive periodontitis is highly destructive to the health of your teeth. We have seen many patients who suffer from this condition even when they appear otherwise healthy. As it rages, periodontitis will cause the loss of tissue and bone in some or all areas of the mouth. This will result in the need of extensive, often painful and expensive repair.
Scheduling regular dental cleaning checkups along with periodontal examinations with Dr. Eng and his team is very important.
If you think you may be experiencing some or all of the signs indicating gum disease, contact Dr. Andrey Eng at our Yorba Linda, CA office today for a consultation. (714) 779-2736