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Cosmetic dentist in wilmington gives fast and furious facts about gum disease, part 2

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This three-part article series provides a brief overview of gum disease: its causes, symptoms, preventative measures and treatment.

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Cosmetic dentist in wilmington gives fast and furious facts about gum disease, part 2

  1. 1. Cosmetic Dentist in Wilmington Gives Fast and Furious Facts About Gum Disease, PART 2 This three-part article series provides a brief overview of gum disease: its causes, symptoms, preventative measures and treatment. Welcome to the second installment of this three-part article series on gum disease and the terrible threat it poses to the oral health of our Wilmington community. Previously, in Part 1 of the series, an experienced dental implant surgeon explained: • What gum disease is: a persistent bacterial infection of the gums and structures surrounding the teeth and tooth roots. • The difference between gingivitis (beginning stages of gum disease) and periodontitis (advanced stages of gum disease). • And Finally, the causes of gum disease: bad oral hygiene, not seeing your dentist and oral hygienist for check-ups, an unhealthy diet, tobacco-use, drug abuse and excessive alcohol consumption.
  2. 2. Gum disease is also linked with certain medications and hormonal fluctuations, such as those experienced during pregnancy, and it shares a relationship with other systemic disease, including heart disease, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease? “Gum disease is essentially caused by excessive numbers of certain kinds of oral bacteria,” explains a dental implant surgeon in Wilmington. “These microorganisms feed on sugars in your mouth, which are always present between brushing and flossing. They then excrete wastes that are highly acidic and it’s these wastes that begin decaying the enamel of your teeth, causing cavities. They also irritate the gum tissue because of their acid content and this is what causes the beginning stages of gum disease: gingivitis. Symptoms at this stage can include: • Red, angry-looking, inflamed gums • Swollen gum tissue, particularly between the teeth • Chronic bad breath • Your gums bleed quite easily when brushing • The appearance of yellowish-white deposits on your teeth, particularly between them and at the gum margin. • A bad taste in your mouth between brushes. Left without treatment or improved oral hygiene, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis or full-blown gum disease.
  3. 3. “At this stage, the bacteria in your mouth have begun to migrate down into the soft gum tissue surrounding the teeth. Within the safe confines of the gingival sulci, they are allowed to proliferate unhindered and produce acidic wastes that can corrode your tooth roots and destroy the tissues that hold them in place, including the supporting jawbone. Eventually, your teeth will become loose and fall out,” warns the cosmetic dentist in Wilmington. Symptoms at the stage of periodontitis can include (in addition to those mentioned above): • Noticeable decay (a brown mottling) of your tooth crowns • A receding gum line that is exposing the roots of the teeth • A persistent foul taste in your mouth and bad breath • Pus that wells up from your gums surrounding the teeth when gently pushed • The development of oral sores and lesions • Teeth that feel loose • Eventually, tooth loss. The Link Between Gum Disease and General Health “Prompt treatment for gum disease is so necessary because it can eventually lead to tooth loss, which comes with a long list of challenges and struggles,” say Wilmington dentists. “But another factor to take into account is that gum disease is a systemic disease,
  4. 4. which means that it affects all the organs and systems in your body, not just your mouth.” Since the oral cavity is connected with the rest of the body via the respiratory system and the digestive system, this should make perfect sense. Yet, many Wilmington residents don’t make the connection between the health of their mouths and the health of their bodies; if they did, they would certainly brush their teeth more frequently! “People with advanced gum disease are also at a greater risk of developing diabetes, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, dementia and heart, respiratory, liver and kidney disease. Pregnant women are at risk of going into preterm labor and of having low birth weight babies. It’s truly shocking to learn of the spectrum of illnesses that are associated with an unhealthy mouth! But it all makes sense when you consider that your mouth is your body’s primary ingress for sustenance and infection,” explains a Wilmington dental implant surgeon. Stay Tuned for Part 3 Stay tuned for the final installment of this three-part article series read more hard and fast facts about gum disease and how it can be treated and prevented.

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