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Gum Disease

Overview

Here at our practice, we understand the significance of maintaining optimal oral health. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, stems from an infection and inflammation affecting the gums and the supportive bone around your teeth. Initially, during its early stage termed gingivitis, your gums might exhibit swelling, redness, and a tendency to bleed due to irritation. Progressing to the later stage known as periodontitis, your gums could start to recede from the teeth, leading to potential tooth loosening or even loss, and possibly contributing to jaw bone deterioration. While primarily observed in adults, it’s noteworthy that children can also be affected. Regardless of age, the root cause often traces back to insufficient oral care.

At Airport Bovaird Family Dentistry, we emphasize that two significant threats to oral health are periodontal disease and tooth decay. According to a recent report by the Dental Association, a striking 47.2% of adults aged 30 and above exhibit some degree of periodontal disease, with prevalence increasing as age advances. Among adults aged 65 and older, this condition is found in 70.1%, with a higher occurrence in men compared to women (56.4% vs. 38.4%). Your oral health is a priority, and our team is dedicated to helping you maintain a healthy and vibrant smile for years to come.

Causes of Gum Disease

At Airport Bovaird Family Dentistry, the bacteria present within our oral cavity initiate an infection of the tissues encompassing our teeth, triggering an inflammatory response that paves the way for the onset of periodontal disease. Over time, these bacteria accumulate on the tooth surfaces, giving rise to a thin layer known as plaque, which gradually solidifies into tartar, or calculus. The accumulation of tartar can extend beneath the gum line, complicating the process of maintaining tooth cleanliness. At this stage, the expertise of a dental health professional becomes imperative to eliminate the tartar and halt the advancement of periodontal disease.

Warning Signs

  • Bad breath or bad taste that won’t go away
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Any change in the fit of partial dentures

Risk Factors

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Heredity
  • Crooked teeth
  • Underlying immuno-deficiencies—e.g., AIDS
  • Fillings that have become defective
  • Taking medications that cause dry mouth
  • Dental bridges that no longer fit properly
  • Hormonal changes

Gum Recession

Introducing Airport Bovaird Family Dentistry: Our expert team is here to address the common dental concern of receding gums. This condition arises when the gum tissue surrounding your teeth erodes or retracts, revealing more of the tooth or its root. This process creates pockets or gaps between your teeth and the gum line, creating an ideal environment for disease-causing bacteria to accumulate. Neglecting this issue can lead to severe damage to the supporting bone structures and tissues, ultimately resulting in tooth loss.

Gum recession is a prevalent occurrence, often unnoticed by many as it develops gradually. One of the initial indicators is heightened tooth sensitivity, or you might observe a tooth appearing longer than usual. A distinct notch near the gum line may also be detectable to confirm the presence of gum recession. It’s essential to be vigilant, and if you suspect any signs, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office.

Gum recession can stem from various factors, including:

  1. Periodontal Diseases: The primary culprit behind gum recession, periodontal diseases are bacterial infections that target gum tissue and the supportive bone securing your teeth.

  2. Dental Care: Inadequate brushing, flossing, and the use of antibacterial mouthwash can encourage plaque to evolve into calculus (tartar), a stubborn substance that adheres to and lodges between teeth. The sole remedy is a professional dental cleaning.

  3. Aggressive Brushing: Vigorous brushing can lead to enamel erosion on teeth, contributing to gum recession.

At Airport Bovaird Family Dentistry, we are equipped to identify and address gum recession, ensuring your dental health is safeguarded. Contact us promptly if you suspect any signs of this condition. Your healthy smile is our priority.

Prevention and Treatment

Introducing Airport Bovaird Family Dentistry: At our clinic, we offer effective control and treatment for gum disease through a comprehensive oral hygiene routine coupled with regular professional cleanings. Even the more advanced stages of gum disease can be managed successfully with tailored strategies. These advanced cases may necessitate a more extensive treatment approach, which could encompass in-depth cleansing of tooth-root surfaces beneath the gum line, administration of medications, and potentially corrective surgical interventions. To  proactively prevent or manage gum diseases, it is crucial to maintain a diligent routine of brushing and flossing twice daily to eliminate bacteria that contribute to gum disease. We recommend scheduling biannual checkups with our office to ensure optimal oral health. If you notice any warning signs or possess risk factors, more frequent appointments may be advisable. Choose Airport Bovaird Family Dentistry for your complete oral care needs.

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2. Check Up

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3. Treatments

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4. Recovery

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