Fight Gum Disease. Save Your Smile.

Ensuring good gum health can help prevent efforts in restore receding gums later which is a very common request in our dental office, even if there is  a chance to avoid it or a way of repair receding gums naturally.
Gum disease can strike at any time in a person’s life and is particularly prevalent among young adults. Gum disease and tooth decay are caused by plaque. Yet plaque by itself is not harmful; it is the tartar, or calculus, that the plaque hardens into. While plaque buildup is the primary culprit, there are a number of other factors that can impact gum health. These include normal hormonal changes, diseases that weaken the immune system, diabetes, smoking, family history, medications, and poor oral hygiene habits.

There are three generally acknowledged stages of gum disease:progression-of-gum-disease
1. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. At this stage, the gums are generally inflamed, red or swollen due to plaque that has built up around the gum line. There may be some bleeding during brushing and flossing.
2. Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis worsens and damages the supporting bones and fibers that anchor teeth in place. Gums can form pockets below the gum-line, trapping food and plaque. The teeth can also start to look longer than before because gums have receded. While proper professional periodontal maintenance and at-home treatment can help prevent further damage, nothing can be done to naturally repair the existing damage.
3. Advanced periodontitis is the final stage of gum disease in which the fibers and supporting bones are destroyed. Teeth loosen or shift, which can have a negative impact a patient’s bite and often leads to the loss of teeth. Patients may also experience constant bad breath or have a persistent bad taste in their mouths.
Fortunately, not all gingivitis progresses to the periodontitis stage, and there are steps patients can take to fight the early stages of gingivitis and get back good gum health. The damage can typically be reversed with brushing, flossing and a professional cleaning. A professional cleaning will remove any hardened plaque (tartar) both above and below the gum line. More severe gingivitis may require a root planing procedure to smooth out irregularities on the roots of the teeth so that plaque cannot easily be deposited there.
Mildly receding gums from gingivitis can also be treated with some natural, at-home remedies. Patients interested in regrowing gums naturally, should pay particular attention to how they brush their teeth. Use gentle strokes, brush in a circular motion, and avoid pushing gums upward. In addition, foods high in Vitamin C have been shown to reduce inflammation from gingivitis and help with gum regeneration. Germicidal mouth rinses and dietary supplements that support bone health and circulation can also be helpful when regrowing gums naturally. In more advanced cases, patients should consider dental procedures that can regenerate boss loss, reduce the depth of troublesome pockets under the gum line, or cover exposed roots on teeth.
If it is not treated, gum disease can lead to other problems such as tooth loss, oral pain, facial pain, digestive problems, and even inflammation of the heart and other major organs. Therefore, it’s important that patients know what they can do to proactively ensure good gum health. While the best treatment is preventative, TM Prosthodontics also performs surgery for patients who might be experiencing an advanced stage of the disease. Treating gum disease doesn’t just save smiles – in some cases, it can save lives.

Posted: Tuesday October 21, 2014