The Highlights of Gum Disease
Posted March 22, 2014 by Wager-Evans Dental
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, affects over 70% of adults over the age of 65 in the United States, and is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. However, its widespread destruction isn’t due to difficulty in treating the condition. On the contrary, gum disease is highly preventable with proper oral care and maintenance. It can also be effectively controlled even if allowed to develop. Gum disease develops in the midst of poor oral hygiene, and is typically allowed to progress because patients often neglect to seek treatment in time.
Gum disease describes a bacterial infection resulting from excessive plaque buildup on your teeth and gums. The sticky biofilm contains over 600 different kinds of oral bacteria, some of which specifically target the gums with harmful toxins and by inciting inflammation. Good hygiene, like brushing and flossing your teeth every day and attending your dental checkups and exams, helps control plaque and bacteria and reduces the risk of developing gum disease.
If gum disease develops in spite of your best efforts, excellent hygiene and professional care can help control the infection before it spreads and destroys sensitive gum tissues. Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans can recommend case-specific treatments to remove bacteria and allow the gums to heal, and instructions for more effective hygiene practices at home.
When allowed to progress, gum disease destroys sensitive gum tissue and can continue to the jawbone, compromising its integrity and ability to retain your teeth. By the time many patients seek treatment for gum disease, the condition has already progressed enough to destroy their teeth’s foundation and cause the loss of one or more teeth.
The chronic inflammation associated with gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of other inflammatory diseases, including heart disease and diabetes. The oral bacterium, Porphyromonas gingivalis, which is a major contributor to plaque formation, survives by manipulating the immune system’s inflammatory response to malicious microbes. If allowed to enter the blood stream through bleeding oral tissues, the germ can lead to excessive inflammation in other areas of the body, as well.
Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 800-4845.