Just An F.Y.I., Gum Disease Could Kill You

The Dental Center, LLC Gum Disease 2 Right now, as you are reading this, 500 or more species of active micro-organisms are happy and comfortable living in your mouth. When you figure that each species or kind may consist of 100,000 individual bacteria, you can understand why 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: chow down on food left in your teeth and make more germs.

In reality, there is one more thing the germs do and that’s what causes all the problems. They defecate waste product. That bacteria poop is toxic to your teeth and gums.

Gum disease is a result of plaque, the icky layer of bacteria poop that constantly builds up on your teeth. The bacteria’s poop (plaque) contains chemical compounds that can damage the teeth and gums.

Common symptoms of gum disease are:
     • bleeding gums after brushing
     • bright red color to gums
     • oral ulcers
     • inflamed gums
     • bad breath

With regular professional cleanings and a quality at-home oral hygiene routine, it is possible to remove the plaque and prevent gum disease. Even the damaging effects of gum disease are also amazingly easy to turn around when addressed early by The Dental Center, LLC.

The hygienists at The Dental Center, LLC provide gentle, thorough cleanings that remove the plaque coating that normal brushing fails to remove. They also provide education and instruction on how to get rid of the most plaque possible at home.

Gum disease is oftentimes painless early on, so you may not know 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, The Doctor and hygienist will take depth measurements of the v-shaped crevice (called a sulcus) between your teeth and gums to determine if you have gum disease.

Gum disease attacks just below the gum line in the sulcus, where it damages the supporting and 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. Eventually, the pocket can become 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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