Periodontics is the study of the areas surrounding and supporting the teeth such as the tissues and the gum. Periodontists specialize in the treatment of gum disease and dental implants. Periodontists must study and train an extra 3 years, on top of their 4 years in dentistry, on gum disease and the prevention of gum disease.
Where does gum disease come from? Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, begins with bacteria. Why do we brush our teeth twice a day and floss once a day? This process is used to remove plaque. Plaque is sticky and clear. It is compose of millions of bacteria. When plaque is not properly removed from our mouths, the bacteria hardens and becomes tartar. Unlike bacteria, tartar cannot be removed as easily. When tartar develops in the mouth, this is the beginning of gum disease.
What is the big deal? Gum disease does not cause pain. It just makes our teeth sensitive and gums bleed a little. The big deal is that gum disease is associated with heart disease and diabetes. Studies have shown that those with periodontal disease are in higher risk of heart disease. The inflammation from gum disease could be the possible cause of heart disease; however it is not been proven yet. Other than heart disease, gum disease is associated with diabetes. People with diabetes are easily infected by other infections; the main infection associated with diabetes is gum disease.
How should we all treat gum disease? The first step is to make an appointment with 7 Day Dental. At 7 Day Dental, our doctors have a deep cleaning procedure as a solution for gum disease. These procedure will take more than just one cleaning. Three to four cleanings may even be needed to help remove and have the bacteria under control. Deep cleaning involves removing all the bacteria and tartar from the gums and then an insertion of antibiotics in the gum pockets. These antibiotics are released at certain times.
Do not let your bacteria become tartar! Brush your teeth twice a day PROPERLY and floss once a day. If it is too late, come to 7 Day Dental’s office on Euclid Street and have your plaque and tartar placed under control. Our Euclid office is open 365 days a year. If your gums are feeling inflamed or infected, be sure to make an appointment as soon as you can with our office!