November 16, 2016
What’s the best way to prevent gum disease in DC? Twice daily brushing and once a day flossing are practical lines of defense. So is a healthy diet. But, if periodontal disease has begun its steady march, Dr. Shakrokh Soltani of My Face My Smile will help you win the battle against this devastating oral health problem.
Who Gets Periodontal Disease in DC ?
Gum disease strikes approximately half of American adults over the age of 30, finds the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Some patients do not perceive its symptoms, or they consider them a part of normal aging, Some individuals think bleeding while brushing is trivial.
Left untreated, gum disease, from gingivitis to periodontitis, has these symptoms:
- Persistent bad breath
- Reddened, swollen gums that bleed easily
- Pus at the gum line
- Deep pockets between gums and tooth roots (> 3mm)
- Gum recession
- Jawbone deterioration
- Mobile teeth
- Widening gaps between teeth
- Long tooth appearance
- Tooth loss
- Change in the fit of a denture or bridgework
Also, studies reveal a lot of evidence which links periodontal disease and overall health. Frequently, people with gum disease also have:
- Type-2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Pregnancy complications
The chronic inflammation associated with gum disease seems to increase the occurrence and severity of these health concerns.
Prevention and Treatment of Gum Disease
To keep gums pink and intact and teeth healthy and decay free, Dr. Shakrokh Soltani and his team agree with and promote these recommendations of the American Dental Association:
- Brush teeth for 2 minutes 2 times daily to remove bacteria-filled plaque from tooth surfaces, interdental spaces and at the gum line. Floss between and around teeth everyday to remove biofilm.
- See your dentist semi-annually for oral examinations and professional cleanings. Your dental hygienist charts your gum pocket depth so you know how healthy your gums and bone are.
- Stick with a nutritious diet high in fibrous fruits and vegetables, and reduce starches and processed sugars.
- Drink at least eight glasses of water daily to rinse gums and teeth and increase production of saliva with its antibacterial properties.
- Start a smoking cessation program under the supervision of your primary care physician. The toxins in cigarettes promote gum infections, bone recession, and halitosis. Studies indicate that the heat from cigarette smoke burns the soft tissues of the mouth (keratosis), setting the stage for oral cancer, periodontitis and other oral health issues.
For more advanced gum disease, the dental team performs a deep cleaning of teeth and gums and a service called root planing. Root planing smoothes root surfaces so gums reattach. Plus, the doctor may instill antibiotics to clear up infection.
Finally, Dr. Soltani can employ soft tissue laser therapy to debride gum tissue and help speed healing. This no-suture procedure is performed in the office and is quicker and more comfortable than other gum surgeries.
Learn How Your Gums Are Doing
Schedule your routine exam and professional cleaning. Contact My Face My Smile to speak with an office team member, and look forward to healthier teeth and gums!
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