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Dental Myths

The most popular dental myth out there possibly is that tooth loss is inevitable with aging. The second one perhaps is one only loses teeth at an old age. I have seen 90 year olds with teeth intact and also 21 year olds who are on the verge of losing most of their teeth. What I’m trying to say is that it is possible to have your teeth last a whole lifetime. One of the ways to do this is to avoid periodontal disease. This is caused by bacteria that attack the tissues around the teeth. Unfortunately, you may not even realize you have periodontal disease or gum disease as the signs and symptoms may not be as apparent to you as they would be to a dental professional.
Nearly all people with poor oral hygiene have gingivitis. If left untreated it goes on to develop periodontitis, which results in bone loss around the tooth. As the bone tissue is lost, the gingiva (gums) detaches from the tooth forming “pockets”. The pockets then go on to provide a better place for the bacteria to thrive on, since your toothbrush and/or floss cannot reach the area with ease. As periodontal disease advances, it results in more bone loss with eventual tooth loss. A huge part of this has to do with genetics, because periodontitis has been shown to be running in families, however, the good news is that it can be cared for even at advanced stages.
Signs to look out for include:
1. Bleeding gums
2. Bad breath
3. Redness or swelling of the gums
4. Receding gums
5. Sensitivity
6. Loose teeth
Treatment options include evaluation of oral hygiene techniques and reinforcement of the same. Scaling, root planning and debridement of the same by the dentist. If progressed locally applied antibiotics may also be considered to assist in pocket depth reduction. And if nothing else works can consider surgery.
Periodontal disease may start from the mouth but studies have shown it can be linked to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, preterm births, neurological disorders to mention a few.
The best way to prevent periodontal disease is by brushing twice and flossing daily. In addition getting scaling done every 6 months is ensures that calculus that retains bacteria around the gums is gotten rid of regularly. Other ways to ensure is by eating right, reducing stress and giving up unhealthy habits such as smoking to ensure you have your teeth with you for a lifetime.
Do you want your teeth to last your whole lifetime? Do you know if you have periodontal disease? Book an appointment with us and we will help you have your teeth for a lifetime.
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