February 15, 2015
Many recent studies have shown that the health of your teeth and gums are a good indicator of your overall health. Gum disease is caused by plaque and tarter build up. Even if you brush and floss every day, some plaque will not be removed and will harden to form tartar. Only a professional dental cleaning can remove these harmful deposits. In the early stages, gum disease is usually painless, and many patients are completely unaware of its presence. In the more advanced stages, gum disease can cause sore and bleeding gums along with painful chewing and loosening teeth. Advanced gum disease has also been linked to more systemic medical conditions like heart disease, kidney disease and stroke. The only way to stop gum disease from wreaking havoc on your good health is preventive dental cleanings and comprehensive gum disease therapy. Make an appointment with Dr. Share for the gum disease therapy you need today. Dr. Share is a highly qualified general and restorative dentist conveniently located in the heart of the Boston Financial District, now proudly restoring smiles daily throughout Government Center, Downtown Crossing, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and the surrounding communities.
Will You Develop Gum Disease?
Gum disease is never harmless, but can range from simple inflammation to chronic disease. The two main stages of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontitis. With gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed after brushing or flossing. Gingivitis can be easily treated with improved oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings. When gingivitis goes untreated, it can advance to the more serious form of gum disease, periodontitis. With periodontitis, your gums may pull away from your teeth and form deep pockets of infection. At this point, your body’s immune system will begin to fight the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response mechanisms will start to destroy your bone and the connective tissues that hold your teeth in place. In a short amount of time, the bones, gums, and tissues that support the teeth are left in ruins, ultimately resulting in the loss of your natural teeth.
Can Gum Disease Be Reversed?
In most cases, yes. Gum disease therapy focuses on controlling and eliminating infection. The number and types of treatment necessary to do this will vary, depending on how far your gum disease has advanced. All treatments require that you improve upon your daily oral hygiene routine. In addition, Dr. Share will use deep cleaning treatments like scaling and root planing, to remove the harmful plaque and tarter deposits. Scaling involves the gentle scraping off of tartar from above and below the gum line, while root planing smoothes out rough spots on the tooth root where bacteria accumulates, helping to remove the bacteria that contributes to the disease.
Don’t allow gum disease to ruin your good health. Preserve your natural smile by making your gum disease therapy appointment with Dr. Share today. Dr. Share is trusted throughout Boston, including the Financial District, Government Center, Downtown Crossing, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and neighboring areas.