Prevention Of Gum Disease
The American Academy of Periodontology reports that over 90% of all adults have some level of gum disease and that periodontal disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss. Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, begins when the food and bacteria build up around teeth, known as plaque, is not removed. When this plaque stays on your teeth, it turns into tartar which creates dangerous bacteria that causes gingivitis and can later escalate to periodontitis. Gum disease is sometimes known as a “silent disease” as it often does not present many symptoms at early onset. Patients sometimes witness slight bleeding of gums, soreness or itchiness of the gums and bad breath. If not detected early on, this state of gingivitis can lead to bone loss, teeth loosening and eventual premature tooth loss.
This is why we at Cosmetic Dental Specialists are diligent in the early detection, diagnosis and prevention of gum disease.
Our diagnosis process begins with a thorough periodontal examination which includes:
- evaluation of bone loss on properly taken, diagnostic x-rays
- periodontal charting/pocket depth measurement- this is an indicator of the amount of bone loss and inflammation
- measuring gum recession- root exposure can lead to sensitivity and decay and premature tooth loss
- evaluation of tooth mobility
- Regular deep cleanings (scaling and root planing) as a preventive measure to save your dentition.
The best way to prevent gum disease is by brushing your teeth twice a day, floss regularly to remove plaque from between teeth, and visit Cosmetic Dental Partners in NYC for professional screenings and cleanings every six months. Both Dr. Maryam Edalat and Dr. Parviz Edalat are specialists in this field and have dedicated a major portion of their practice to prevention and saving teeth, before it’s too late.
Gingival Recession Caused By Grinding And Improper Brushing Technique
Another common contributing factor to chronic periodontal disease, which presents as bone loss and gum recession, is seen in patients who grind their teeth. It is not uncommon to hear patients complain of headaches, neck aches, upper back pains, facial, jaw and ear pain. These may all be symptoms of grinding or clenching teeth, and are not incurable as is sometimes thought, but can be relieved with a systematic approach that diagnoses the problem correctly and manages the solution in phases as appropriate.
Cosmetic Dental Partners in NYC approaches treatment and management of problems such as gum recession and grinding as a team with you as the patient and our team of experts, to ensure solutions are presented early on which translates into less pain and lower costs in saving your teeth. Stress management, a healthy lifestyle along with the most sophisticated dental diagnosis and treatment modalities all play a major role in the long term maintenance and correction of periodontal disease. TMJ disorders that may be a contributing factor to periodontal disease.
Inflammation and the Body
One aspect of Periodontal prevention that is at the forefront of research in recent years is the knowledge that inflammation is the cause of many diseases and conditions in the body on the whole, and this includes the oral cavity. It is now widely accepted that a diet low in acidity has anti-inflammatory properties that can actually reverse some medical conditions. Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition, so control of the inflammatory response will show significant benefits for both the oral cavity as well as the body as a whole
For further reading on this material refer to Dr. Alejandro Junger’s book “Clean”. We aim to motivate and educate patients to help prevent and hopefully in some cases reverse the damage done by years of poor eating habits and life-styles that may not promote optimal health and energy.
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