Gum Disease: More Yucky Than You Realize

Romie Lane Dental Group Gum Disease 1 Every day, 24-hours a day, 500 or more different kinds of active micro-organisms are happy and comfortable living in your mouth. And that’s just KINDS of bacteria. Given that each kind can consist of well over 100,000 bacteria, it becomes clear why many dentists say that your mouth has more bacteria living in it than there are people in New York city. And, just like New York city, they NEVER sleep. They only do two things: eat leftover food in your teeth and make bacteria babies.

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

The major cause of gum disease is plaque, the icky layer of bacteria poop that constantly builds up on your teeth. The bacteria’s poop (plaque) has chemicals that can damage the teeth and gums.

Gum disease (also known as gingivitis) is very common in adults and is the leading cause of tooth loss. Research shows that over 75% of Americans age 35 and over have some form of gum disease as a result of medications, diet, or lack of adequate dental hygiene care.

Common symptoms of gum disease are:
     • bleeding gums when brushing
     • red purple color to gums
     • oral ulcers
     • red, puffy gums
     • bad breath

If you follow our advice about dental home care and schedule twice-a-year cleanings at Romie Lane Dental Group, the plaque can be kept to a minimum and gum disease can be averted. Even the damaging effects of gum disease are also amazingly easy to fix when addressed early by Dr. Cameron.

Romie Lane Dental Group’s hygienists provide gentle, thorough cleanings that get rid of the plaque build-up that at-home brushing doesn’t reach. They also offer education and instruction on how to get rid of the most plaque possible at home.

Recent studies have shown an association between gum disease and increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, low birth weight and diabetes. Because gum disease can have an adverse effect on your over-all health, Dr. Cameron strongly suggests getting professional cleanings at least every six months.

Gum disease is oftentimes painless early on, so you may not know you have it. Add to that the fact that gum disease is almost impossible for the patient to diagnose on their own and it becomes obvious why you need to see us on a regular basis. At your cleanings, Dr. Cameron and a Romie Lane Dental Group hygienist will take depth measurements of the v-shaped crevice (called a sulcus) between your teeth and gums to identify whether you have gum disease.

Gum disease attacks just below the gum line in the sulcus, where it causes the attachment of the tooth and supporting tissues to break down. 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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  • Soraya Cameron, DDS
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