Patient Education is the Key That Unlocks the Door
We place a very high value on education as a key component in achieving and maintaining your dental health. We believe that with the proper education, patient instruction, and supportive motivation you can maintain oral health.
These days, there are a host of advanced toothpastes, rinses and electric toothbrushes that can enhance your ability to do a more thorough job then was possible in the past. Our hygienists make effective recommendations as to how to properly clean your teeth and gums.
The best way for you to begin our preventive program is to call the office of Dr. Share in Boston for an evaluation of your condition and get some expert advice as to which of the many new products would benefit you most.
Preventing Periodontal DiseasePlaque is a sticky, soft, clear film of bacteria and food debris that continually forms on our teeth. Plaque is very easy to remove, but if it isn’t, and daily, it will form a hard substance called tartar (calculus). In this early stage, before any bone loss has occurred, the gums become red, swollen and bleed easily. This is called gingivitis (gum disease) and is one of the most common diseases in the United States, affecting about 80% of American adults to some degree.
Thankfully, regular preventative care and proper oral hygiene can help to control the disease without the need for more drastic treatments such as surgery.
As the plaque hardens into tartar, it works its way down below the gum line. This causes the gums to begin to separate from the teeth forming pockets. There’s no way to remove tartar at home. A toothbrush or floss won’t even budge it. It takes professional help to remove tartar. If it isn’t thoroughly removed, the body’s defensive reaction produces enzymes that cause the progressive loss of the surrounding bone. This is called periodontitis (periodontal disease), an infection of the gums and bone that surround the teeth.
If unchecked, the bone loss continues, and eventually the teeth become loose from the loss of support. This is called advanced periodontitis. Periodontal disease is the number cause of tooth loss in the United States today.
Understandably, the importance of thorough home care to remove plaque and routine professional maintenance to remove both plaque and tartar become pivotal as the foundations of optimal oral health.
Gum Disease Warning Signs
Some of the warning signs of periodontal disease are:
- Persistent bad breath
- Bleeding of the gums when brushing or flossing
- Soft, swollen or tender gums
- Gums shrinking away from the teeth
- Loose teeth
- Changes in the spaces between your teeth
Surprisingly, you can actually have periodontal disease and experience none of these warning signs. Since there are often no symptoms of periodontal disease in its early stages, a thorough dental examination including a periodontal evaluation by Dr. Share and his hygienists is the best way to know if you have the disease.
Please call Dr. Share at our convenient Boston office to schedule an examination.
A Trip to the Dentist That Could Save Your Life
FACT: Individuals with gum disease are FOUR times more likely to be inflicted with heart disease and stroke than people who aren’t.
FACT: Mothers with severe periodontal disease are SEVEN times more likely to develop pre-term, low-birth weight babies.
How can periodontal disease have such a profound effect on the health of your heart? Bacteria from the disease may enter the bloodstream and attach to fatty proteins in your arteries. This causes the artery walls to thicken and may lead to blood clots. As these clots obstruct the flow of blood, they can lead to a heart attack or stroke. In the case of pregnant women, the likely culprit is a labor-inducing chemical found in plaque in women with severe periodontal disease. In fact, the chronic infection of periodontal disease can increase your risk for a whole host of other systemic problems like respiratory illness and diabetes complications!
We’re no longer brushing our teeth just to prevent cavities! As more information becomes available, the role of oral health in maintaining sound physical health will become increasingly more evident. Our hygienists are very knowledgeable about this information and are pleased to share what they know with their patients.