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Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums surrounding your teeth. Gum disease is one of the top reasons for tooth loss in adults, and because it is virtually pain-free, many patients do not know they have the disease. During each regular checkup, your dentist will check for signs of periodontal disease by measuring the space between your teeth and gums.

WHAT CAUSES GUM DISEASE?

Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque (a sticky form of bacteria that forms on the teeth). If the plaque is not removed (by flossing, brushing, and regular dental checkups), it will continue to build up and create toxins that can damage the gums. Periodontal disease forms just below the gum line and creates small pockets that separate the gums from the teeth. Periodontal disease has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.

  • Gingivitis — This is the early stage of gum disease, when the gums become red and swollen, and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is treatable and can usually be eliminated by daily brushing and flossing.
  • Periodontitis — If left untreated, gingivitis will advance into periodontitis, and the gums and bone that support the teeth will become seriously and irreversibly damaged. Gums infected with periodontitis can cause teeth to become loose, fall out, or be removed by a dentist.

Certain factors can increase a patient’s risk of developing periodontal disease, including:

  • Smoking or using chewing tobacco
  • Diabetes
  • Certain types of medication such as steroids, anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, calcium channel blockers, and oral contraceptives
  • Bridges that no longer fit properly
  • Crooked teeth
  • Old fillings
  • Pregnancy

While it is possible to have periodontal disease and not know it, some symptoms can include:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Pus between your teeth and gums
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  • Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Any change in the fit of partial dentures

TREATING GUM DISEASE

Treatments for gum disease can vary depending on the severity of each individual case. Typical treatments include:

  • Non-surgical treatments such as at-home periodontal trays, and scaling and root planing (deep cleaning)
  • Periodontal surgery and laser gum surgery
  • Dental implants

PREVENTING GUM DISEASE

Regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are important for maintaining your health and the health of your smile. You don’t have to lose teeth to periodontal disease, and by practicing good oral hygiene at home, you can significantly reduce your chances of ever getting gum disease. Remember to brush regularly, clean between your teeth, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits to help keep your smile healthy.

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Barbara Smith
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Hi, My name is Barbara S. and I have been a patient at the Dental Care Group, with Dr Mars, for about 20 years. I'm a retired educator who wears many hats--real estate referral agent, substitute teacher, hospital volunteer, actor, and grandmother. I'm called the "happy lady" so it's important to me that my teeth look good. As I approach this new milestone of completing my Invisalign treatment, I am extremely satisfied with the process and outcome. Procrastination was a factor for years because I thought Invisalign at my age (65) would be a waste of time and money. Ironically, when I started my last set, casting call for commercials increased. Now, when the camera person asked for that big smile, I gladly show all 28 beautiful teeth. Hats off to my dentist, Dr Mars, for his expert skills, professionalism, caring heart, and contagious sense of humor. When it comes to giving back to the community, Dr. Mars should receive the Humanitarian Award for opening his heart and providing his professional services to the public. The deco style waiting room, with the added computer, is warm and inviting. The entire staff has always maintained exceptional professional ethics. It is true that the company's success is, also, determined by the staff that customers initially encounter. All of the office staff exemplifies that pleasant and helpful spirit and is an asset to the Dental Care Group. Special thanks to my special team of helpers, Valrie, April, Anel and Marlene who always made me feel so special. Thanks, again to Dr Mars and the staff at The Dental Care Group. Much love.
Anna Pister
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I moved to Florida about 2 years back from CT and more or less blindly found a dentist within my health insurance network. I have to say luck was on my side because I hit the jackpot. Between the office staff, Dr. Mars, his assistants, and Dr. Winer - I am beyond satisfied with the care and concern I've received at each and every visit. This group is excellent. Their bedside manner is on point and as hard as this may be to believe, a visit to this office could actually be considered fun. I've never been a fan of the dentist. These guys have changed my outlook completely. Blessed to have found them!! Thanks so much for the ongoing care and consistency!!

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