Posts Tagged ‘ Gum Disease ’

Simple Ways To Prevent Gum Disease

Friday, August 25th, 2017

You are brushing your teeth in the morning, and you notice that your gums are bleeding when you finish.  This is one of the signs of gum disease and is caused when the bacteria in plaque get in between the gums and teeth.  If left untreated, your gums will continue to pull away from your teeth causing one or more teeth to fall out.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, around half of adult in the United States have gum disease.  There are several habits you can enact in your daily life to prevent being a part of that statistic!

Simple ways to reduce your risk of getting gum disease

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Learn How to Prevent Gum Disease in 5 Easy Steps

Friday, June 23rd, 2017
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Learn how you can reduce your risk of developing gum disease!

Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line, oftentimes progressing to affect the bone that surrounds and protects your teeth. It can lead to a variety of oral health issues, ranging from halitosis to tooth loss. Learn how you can reduce your risk of developing gum disease in five simple steps!
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5 Oral Health Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
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Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?

Your 6-month dental check-up is a form of preventative oral health maintenance designed to keep your teeth and gums healthy and happy. While it’s necessary for you to keep up to date with your check-ups, it’s imperative that you keep an eye out for any problems that may occur in between your visits to the dentist.

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What Causes a Dry Socket?

Friday, November 11th, 2016
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How much do you know about dry socket?

Whether you are preparing to have your wisdom teeth pulled or preparing for another tooth to be extracted, you have undoubtedly heard about dry sockets and how uncomfortable they can be. While most people do not develop dry sockets after extractions, they can be bad news for the 2-5% of people that do. What causes a dry socket and how can you prevent yourself from getting one? (more…)

How to Prevent Gum Disease

Thursday, September 29th, 2016
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Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is caused when bacteria in plaque builds up between the gums and teeth. When this bacterium begins to grow, the gums around the tooth can become inflamed. When left untreated and uncared for, the inflammation can cause the gums and supporting bone structure to slowly deteriorate. (more…)

What is Periodontal Disease and How can you Prevent it?

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
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Schedule a cleaning with Catonsville Dental Care. Prevent periodontal disease now!

“Peri” means around and “odontal” means referring to the tooth. Periodontal disease refers to an infection of the structures surrounding your teeth. These include gums, the cementum that covers the root, the periodontal ligament, and the alveolar bone. In the early stages of periodontal disease, the gums are affected first. They may become puffy, sore, and bleed when brushing teeth. In more severe forms of periodontal disease, all other surrounding structures become infected as well. It is very important to understand the causes of periodontal disease, the early signs and symptoms, and how to prevent the disease from occurring in the first place.

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Gum Disease Prevention Guide

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
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Nearly 40 percent of Americans 30 years or older suffer from gum disease. Don’t be a statistic! Call your Catonsville Dental Care Dentist.

In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that nearly 64.7 million Americans over the age of 30 have periodontitis, the more advanced form of periodontal disease. That is nearly 40 percent of the population that currently has some type of gum disease. But do you know what periodontal (gum) disease is or how it is treated? Let’s go over this serious disease. (more…)

Preventing Periodontal Disease

Monday, March 16th, 2015

gum-diseaseYour gums are the glue that holds your smile together, and as such, are more important than you might even realize. We are always taught to take good care of our teeth, but gums get a lot less attention. This is problematic because without healthy gums, your teeth won’t even matter. Gums keep your teeth attached to the bone, and when they become infected with periodontal disease you risk losing your teeth. Thankfully, gum maintenance is not a tough task, and merely requires tweaks to your usual dental hygiene routine. (more…)

What Is The Best Way To Treat Gum Disease? Tips from Your Maryland Dentist

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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Gum disease is not fun, neither for our patients nor for us. Gum disease, also known as gingivitis or periodontal disease is caused by bacterial growth in your mouth. If left untreated, can pose serious problems to your dental health – the leading cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease.

There are many things you can do to keep gingivitis from turning into full-on gum disease (or periodontitis.) Significant gum disease can cause the inner layer of the gum and bone to pull away from the teeth and form pockets where bacteria can grow. Your body’s immune system is tasked with fighting off the bacteria, but the bacteria can break down the bone and tissues that hold teeth in place, causing teeth to become loose.

The good news is that gum disease can be reversed in nearly all cases if practicing proper plaque control. To practice proper plaque control, come visit us in Catonsville for professional cleanings at least twice a year. You can also practice proper plaque control at home by brushing and flossing daily. Brushing removes plaque from the surfaces of the teeth that can be reached, while flossing removes food particles and plaque that might have found its way between your teeth and under the gum line. Another way to reduce gum disease-causing bacteria is to use antibacterial mouth rinses.

There are other preventative measures you can take to prevent gum disease:

  • Stop smoking: smokers are seven times at risk for gum disease than nonsmokers. Smoking can also reduce the success of treatment for advanced gum disease.
  • Cut out the stress: as with a cold, stress can make your gum disease worse. Your body needs to stay healthy and have a strong immune system to fight off the bacteria that can cause or worsen gum disease.
  • Eat well: maintaining a well-balanced diet helps your immune system fight the plaque-causing bacteria that causes gum disease. Look for foods with antioxidant properties, such as those containing vitamin E (vegetable oils, nuts, leafy green vegetables) and vitamin C (citrus fruits, broccoli, and potatoes.) Foods with antioxidant properties can help fight off gum disease by helping your body repair damaged tissue.
  • Don’t clench or grind your teeth: when you clench or grind, you might be putting excess force on the supporting tissues of your teeth. If your gums are trying to repair themselves, these actions can actually reverse progress and increase the rate your tissues are destroyed.

Our dentists here in Catonsville are committed to keeping your gums healthy and keeping you healthy, and can offer a wide-range of treatments to prevent or manage gum disease.

About Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Maryland

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland offers family dental services for your whole family.

If you have any questions about oral care or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

“We are a team of caring health professionals who provide unparalleled dental excellence and treat our patients as members of our family.”

You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/gingivitis-periodontal-disease

How Can I Treat Gum Disease in Baltimore County?

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Electric Toothbrushes with ToothpasteLast month, we wrote about gum disease and what measures you can take to prevent it. Gum disease exists on a wide spectrum: from bad breath (ginigivitis) to the loss of a tooth or multiple teeth (periodontitis.)

If you do indeed have gum disease, it is important that we see you as soon as possible to provide treatment. For us to assess the level of care you need, we need to determine how far your gum disease has progressed, how you have responded to earlier treatments, and your overall health. Once we have a clearer picture of what your needs are, we can then explore your options for treating gum disease.

There are several surgical and non-surgical options available:

Professional dental cleaning: If we do see gum disease during a regular checkup, we may encourage you to come back more than twice a year so we can help manage it better.

Scaling and root planing: This is a deeper clean that is done under a local anesthetic in our office. We will scrape away the plaque and tartar from above and below your gum line (scaling) and smooth away the rough spots on your teeth (root planing.) This allows us to remove bacteria and provides a clean surface for your gums to reattach to your teeth.

Flap surgery/pocket reduction surgery: This is a surgical procedure where we lift the gums back to remove the tartar. We might smooth irregular surfaces to help prevent bacteria growth, before replacing the gums. When we put the gums back, our goal is to create a tighter fit between the gum and tooth to make it more difficult for bacteria to grow.

Bone grafts: We’ll use fragments of your own bone, synthetic bone, or donated bone to replace those destroyed by gum disease. Because gum disease can destroy the bones that hold your teeth in place, a bone graft can provide more stability to hold your teeth in place. We also use tissue engineering to encourage your body to regenerate bone and tissue after a bone graft.

Soft tissue grafts: We can take tissue from another part of your body, usually the roof of your mouth, and use it to reinforce thin gums or fill in where gums have receded.

Guided tissue regeneration: When the bone supporting your teeth is destroyed, this surgical procedure stimulates bone and gum tissue growth. In conjunction with a flap surgery, we’ll insert a piece of mesh-like fabric between the bone and gum tissue to help them regrow and better support your teeth.

Bone surgery: With bone surgery, there are often shallow craters in the bone due to moderate and advanced bone loss. Our reshaping process will smoothen those craters to make it harder for bacteria to collect and grow.

Our dentists here in Catonsville are committed to keeping your gums healthy and keeping you healthy. Stop by for a visit so we can best meet your needs!

About Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Baltimore County

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offers family dental services for your whole family.

If you have any questions about oral care or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

“We are a team of caring health professionals who provide unparalleled dental excellence and treat our patients as members of our family.”

You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/gum-disease-treatments