Joseph Barker: Gum disease is prevalent, all of society, and most of it goes undiagnosed, but when our patients come in, we do a thorough exam, and we check everything. We check the soft tissue. We check the teeth. We do all that. But gum disease is silent, and what it's doing ... this is the best way I can describe it. There is build-up on your teeth. Sometimes you hear it called tartar. Sometimes there's tartar-control toothpaste and things like that. But it's calculus, but it's build-up on your teeth, and it's actually a calcium salt that forms on the teeth.
The best way I can describe is like mortar between bricks, and so it's porous, and the bacteria live in these little brick houses, if you will. And so, we have techniques and therapies that we can do to get those bacteria out of there, because if not, what happens is the body starts to respond by losing the bone and the tissue to fight off this infection that's never going to go away because we've built a brick house for it to live in.
If we detect that, we let our patients know. When we schedule them to do very specific cleanings to remove that build-up, and Amber and Cheryl are both highly trained, very, very good at this. Then we start letting them go down the healing process. Once they lose bone, unless we do bone grafts, that we can never regrow that bone, but we can stop it. So gum disease can be controlled, but once you have that, you have to just stay on top of it and maintain yourself to keep those build-ups off your teeth, and that keeps the bacteria in your mouth down, and it just leads you to having a healthy mouth.
Our treatment will:
- End unpleasant symptoms like bad breath and bleeding gums
- Prevent receding gums and tooth loss
- Potentially lower your risk of conditions linked to gum disease, like diabetes and respiratory infections
- Restore your gums’ healthy pink appearance
If your gums are bleeding or you’re experiencing other gum disease symptoms, call 501-299-9117. The threat of gum disease goes beyond your smile. Recent research links gum disease-causing bacteria to Alzheimer’s disease. The bacteria P. gingivalis, the same bacteria that causes gum disease, was found in 96% of Alzheimers patients studied, which indicates a clear relationship between oral health and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers recommend that you see your dentist often and take care of gum infection as soon as it is identified.
Keep Your Gum Disease From Progressing
Gum disease is caused when bacteria collects between your teeth and gums, causing your gums to pull away from teeth. Bacteria creates infection. As your body fights the infection, it begins breaking down the tissue and bone that keeps your teeth in place. We use a two-part procedure called scaling and root planing to:
- Remove bacteria from both above and below your gums
- Smooth your tooth roots to make it tougher for bacteria to accumulate
The earlier we identify gum disease, the easier it is to treat. So it’s important to see us every six months for an exam. After treatment, we’ll likely recommend you see us a bit more frequently so we can ensure the disease doesn’t return.
Recognize Gum Disease Symptoms
Gums that bleed when you’re brushing your teeth, or at other times, are a common early indicator of gum disease. But there are other gum disease symptoms too. Call us ASAP if you are experiencing:
- Puffy or swollen gums
- Gums that look bright red, not pink
- Tender or painful gums
- New spaces showing between teeth or teeth that look longer than before
- Bad breath that won’t go away
We’ll get your mouth healthy again with gum disease treatment in Searcy. Call 501-299-9117 to schedule an appointment.