November 23, 2016
Do your gums bleed a bit when you brush? This may mean gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease. Ignored, gingivitis becomes periodontitis, a devastating oral health condition which causes havoc with teeth, gums and bone. It seems linked to serious systemic health conditions, too. Through expert periodontal therapy at Tyngtown Dental in Wilton, Dr. Tom Pastor heals gums for healthy mouths and great overall well-being.
Is Gum Disease Common?
You bet it is. Gum disease plagues about half of adult Americans 30 and over. The Centers for Disease Control says that equals approximately 47 million people. Unfortunately, many of these individuals do not even know that they have this worrisome condition.
The team at Tyngtown teaches that prevention is the best way to fight gum disease and other oral health problems. That’s why Dr. Tom Pastor, periodontist in Wilton, urges semi-annual examinations and hygienic cleanings to assess gum and tooth health and to remove the sticky plaque and hard tartar that infects gums and underlying bone.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Sometimes, people who have active gum disease don’t know it, but dentists and dental hygienists can see it upon visual inspection and hands-on measurement through periodontal probing. The dentist uses a little, handheld probe to measure gum pocket depth, or in other words, to assess how much space there is between gums and tooth surfaces. Normal measurements are one to three mm. Deeper pockets indicate gum disease.
When it goes unchecked, periodontitis shows:
- Pus at the gum line
- Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
- Changes in bite and the way dentures fit
- Tooth mobility
- Tooth loss
- Exposed tooth roots (a long tooth appearance)
- Bone recession
While gum disease definitely runs in families, indicating a genetic component, dentists find that poor oral hygiene and systemic diseases, such as diabetes, play roles, too. Gum disease is linked to diabetes and to other health conditions such as heart attack, stroke, arthritis, dementia and more. Chronic inflammation from infected gums impacts how healthy you are overall.
Dr. Pastor uses tooth scaling and root planing to deep clean teeth and gums. This gentle scraping removes plaque and tartar and smoothes root surfaces.
Also, the dentist uses a special soft-tissue laser to comfortably recontour infected tissues. This amazing treatment removes debris without cutting or sutures. Gums heal exceptionally well with this minimally-invasive treatment.
When bone is lost through periodontitis, Dr. Pastor offers bone grafting treatments. These state of the art services restore hard tissue lost to infection so teeth stabilize.
Dr. Pastor will track the status of your gum health. When you come for check-ups, you will know where your gum health stands. Also, diligent brushing and flossing at home keeps gums pink and intact. Brush twice a day with a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste as recommended by the American Dental Association. Floss daily around and in between teeth. Consistently practiced, oral hygiene habits remove the harmful plaque build-up which leads to gum problems.
Come See Us
The team at Tyngtown Dental asks you to keep up with your gum health. Your smile and your systemic well-being depend on it. Please contact the office today to schedule your routine cleaning and exam.
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