Everyone wants healthy gums and teeth, but how do you know if your gums are really healthy? You can tell your gums are healthy if the whole gums, teeth and bony complex are free of disease.
Gums are the protective layer over the bone which supports the teeth. The gums surrounding the teeth consist of tight fibrous attachments that adhere to the roots of the teeth and underlying bone.
What is Gum Disease?
In a healthy, normal state, gums appear to be pink and tightly fitted around the teeth and when you brush or floss your teeth, they do not bleed. If your gums do bleed without injury, you may be experiencing the beginning stages of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.
This non-injury bleeding is caused by the constant irritation of the unmoved stick plaque and/or tartar consisting of food debris mixed in with saliva and bacteria that are on the teeth surfaces.
The bacteria put out an exotoxin that stimulates a defense action in the gums. This defense action is the inflammation which causes bleeding, attachment loss and bone loss. This is known as gum disease (aka gingivitis or periodontal disease depending on the severity of the disease).
Gum Disease has also been known to be linked to Cardio-vascular Disease, Stroke, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritics, Respiratory Diseases, Cancer, Osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s Disease and other systemic diseases. Hence, it is vital to have healthy gums to have good overall health.
Beat Gum Disease with OralDNA
If you have noticed signs of gum disease or periodontal disease, like:
- Bleeding or swollen gums
- Consistent bad breath
- Gums that are tender or in pain
- Teeth sensitive to hot or cold
- Loose teeth
You should come see Dr. Young to discuss gum disease treatment. It is easy for Dr. Young to discover if you are suffering from gum disease with a quick OralDNA test. This advanced technology allows you to receive effective treatment while you are still in the earliest stages of periodontal disease.
OralDNA gum disease treatment involves antibiotics and laser therapy to cure your mouth and restore your best oral health.
You can prevent periodontal disease from taking over your healthy future by seeking gum disease treatment. Give us a call today to set up your appointment.