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By Advanced Dental Arts
March 06, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Are the problems you are experiencing early warning signs of gum disease?periodontal disease

With more than half of the adult population in the US dealing with some degree of gum disease, it’s important that you know the warning signs that something might be wrong. Gum disease can happen to anyone, and our Oakville, MO, family dentist, Dr. Aaron Schertzer, is here to tell you some of the telltale signs that your gums might be in trouble.

Do your gums bleed?

If your gums are healthy they shouldn’t bleed. Of course, if you just decided to finally pick up the floss and start flossing again then you may notice some bleeding in the very beginning. This is because bacteria have been allowed to thrive below the gumline. If the bleeding persists even after you’ve been flossing regularly for a week, or if the bleeding gets worse, then it’s time to make an appointment with our Oakville general dentist.

Are your gums swollen?

If you are dealing with bleeding gums when you floss then you may also notice areas where gums might be puffy, swollen or even tender to the touch. While you may think these symptoms mean that you should take a night off from flossing, it’s important that you still floss to prevent bacteria from causing gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Often times you may notice that the areas that are swollen are also the areas that bleed more often when flossing or brushing.

Do your teeth look longer?

If you start to see that your smile is looking a bit longer these days, your eyes may not be playing tricks on you. In fact, your gums may actually be receding or pulling away from your teeth. If this occurs it’s important that you seek care right away, as this is a telltale sign that gum disease is getting worse. Remember, gum disease won’t go away once it’s transitioned from gingivitis to full-blown gum disease; however, symptoms can easily be managed to prevent tooth loss and other complications.

If you suspect that you might have gum disease it’s important that you turn to Advanced Dental Arts in Oakville, MO, right away for the care you deserve. The sooner we detect gum disease the better. Call our office today.

By Advanced Dental Arts
October 09, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease   birth control  
SomeBirthControlDrugsCouldIncreaseRiskofGumDisease

One of the health issues pregnant women should be concerned about is a higher risk of periodontal (gum) disease. But you don’t have to be pregnant to have an increased risk — you also may be more susceptible to dental disease if you’re taking certain birth control pills.

Gum disease is a bacterial infection caused by plaque, food debris that builds up on tooth and gum surfaces due to poor oral hygiene. If left untreated gum disease can eventually lead to the breakdown of connective gum tissue and cause tooth loss.

Pregnant women are at greater risk because of an increased level of female hormones (estrogen) in their blood stream. This causes a change in the blood vessels that supply the gums, making them more susceptible to the effects of bacteria. A number of birth control options also increase estrogen levels, causing much of the same effect. To heighten the effect, you may also have a predisposition toward gum disease by your genetics or a high stress level.

There are some things you can do, however, to help lower your risk if you’re taking birth control medication. First and foremost, practice a consistent, daily habit of brushing and flossing. If you’re unsure if your technique is effective, we can provide guidance and training to make sure you’re performing these tasks properly. You should also visit us at least twice a year for office cleanings and checkups: no matter how effective you are with brushing and flossing, plaque can still accumulate in hard to reach places and form hardened deposits known as calculus.

You should also be on the lookout for signs of disease like gum redness, swelling or bleeding. If you see any of these signs, contact us as soon as possible for a thorough examination. As with many other issues involving health, the sooner we begin treatment for gum disease the better your chances of stopping it before it does too much harm.

If you would like more information on the relationship between gum disease and pregnancy or birth control, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Pregnancy & Birth Control.”

FAQsKeepingYourMouthHealthyAfterGumDiseaseTreatment

Surgical treatment for periodontal (gum) disease can go a long way toward restoring your mouth to good health; however, it does not change your susceptibility to the disease. That’s why we recommend that you come in regularly for periodontal cleanings after your treatment. Here are some frequently asked questions about keeping your mouth healthy after gum disease treatment.

How often do I have to come in for periodontal cleanings?
There’s no “one-size-fits-all” answer to that question: It really depends on your individual situation. For example, some individuals may have a more aggressive form of periodontal disease that requires more frequent periodontal maintenance (PM) treatments to maintain control. Others may have greater success controlling the buildup of disease-causing plaque with at-home oral hygiene measures, and therefore need PM less often. However, for people with a history of periodontal disease, getting PM treatments at a three-month interval may be a good starting point.

What happens at a periodontal maintenance appointment?
A thorough cleaning of the crown and root surfaces of the teeth, aimed at removing sticky plaque and hardened dental calculus (tartar), is a big part of PM treatments — but there’s much more. You’ll also receive a thorough clinical examination (including oral cancer screening), a review of your medical history, and x-rays or other diagnostic tests if needed. The status of any ongoing periodontal disease will be carefully monitored, as will your success at maintaining good oral hygiene. Decisions about further treatment will be based on the results of this examination.

What else can I do to keep gum disease at bay?
Keeping your oral hygiene in top-notch condition — which includes effective brushing and flossing every day — can go a long way toward controlling gum disease.  In addition, you can reduce risk factors by quitting tobacco use and eating a more balanced diet. And since inflammatory conditions like diabetes, arthritis and cardiovascular disease can make periodontal disease worse (and vice versa), keeping these conditions under control will greatly benefit both your oral health and your overall health.

If you have additional questions about maintaining oral health after gum disease treatment, contact us or schedule an appointment.