Is Gum Disease Really That Bad for Me?

Oral HealthBrushing your teeth every day doesn’t always prevent harmful bacteria from growing inside of your mouth. If you’re not keeping up with good oral hygiene, that harmful bacteria can lead to gum disease, which is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth.

Though the harmful effects of gum disease have been well documented and highly publicized over the past few years, people still don’t seem to realize how detrimental gum disease can truly be. Not only can gum disease cause bleeding gums and tooth loss, but recent studies have shown that it may also be linked to major health problems.

One possible reason gum disease may be so harmful could be the fact that it’s a bacterial infection, and bacteria can travel anywhere throughout the human body. With that said, below are a few ways gum disease can affect your overall health:

  • It can harm your heart. Several studies have shown that gum disease is associated with heart disease. Although the cause-and-effect link has not been identified, research indicates that gum disease increases the risk of heart disease. Gum disease can also worsen existing heart conditions.
  • It may affect your respiratory system. Inhaling harmful bacteria is known to cause respiratory infections. Studies have shown that the bacteria that grows in your mouth can be inhaled, causing respiratory infections including pneumonia, especially if they are suffering from gum disease.
  • It can make blood sugar tough to control. People who have diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease than those who don’t. This is probably because those with diabetes are more susceptible to infection, including gum disease. Research has found that gum disease can lead to increased blood sugar and diabetic complications.
  • Your memory can suffer. Some research has suggested that people with gum disease may be at a greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. While other research has suggested that gum disease may be associated with mild cognitive impairment, such as memory problems that make daily life or tasks more difficult.
  • You may have problems conceiving. Aside from pregnant woman having increased risks of developing to gum disease, one study shows that gum disease can also cause problems with conception, making it harder to become pregnant. Another study found that pregnant woman with gum disease may increase the chances of miscarriage.

If this list doesn’t help you realize how detrimental gum disease can, I don’t know what will. Don’t let gum disease ruin your smile and put you at risk for major health complications.

If you’re suffering from gum disease, make sure to keep it under control by brushing twice a day for two minutes, flossing once, and rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash. Also, remember to visit your dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding gum disease, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 today. To learn more Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics, visit

The Three Stages of Gum Disease


If you’ve recently been told that you have a form of gum disease, you’re not alone. Nearly 75% of Americans have some form of gum disease. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is caused by a bacteria found in plaque, that sticky colorless film that forms on your teeth. If the plaque is not removed by preforming a proper oral hygiene routine, such as brushing and flossing, the plaque will build up and the bacteria will infect not only your gums and teeth, but your gum tissue and bone that supports your teeth. There are three stages of gum disease and those are gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis.

  • Gingivitis- This first stage of gum diseases is termed gingivitis. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums that’s caused by plaque build-up at your gum line. When you don’t brush and floss daily to remove plaque it produces toxins that irritates your gum tissue. This is the only stage of gum disease that is reversible since it hasn’t affected the connective tissue and bone.
  • Periodontitis- This is the stage where the supporting bone and tissues are irreversibly damaged. Your gums start to form pockets below the gum line, which in turn traps plaque and food debris. With proper treatment and improved home care you can typically prevent further damage.
  • Advanced Periodontitis- Advanced periodontitis is the final stage of gum disease, the tissues and supporting bone are destroyed, which lead your teeth to shift and loosen. This stage affects your bite, and if treatment can’t save your teeth, they may be have to be removed.

Be sure to stick to a healthy oral hygiene routine and visit your dentist regularly for checkups to prevent gum disease. If you think you may be suffering from a form gum disease, contact Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 to schedule a consolation today. To learn more about the services we offer visit our website at

Dentist Walnut Creek | Treatment for Periodontal Disease


In order to know if you need periodontal disease treatment, it might be nice to know if you actually have periodontal disease. While it may be tempting to research the internet medical sites for what you might be experiencing, those can be misleading. Here are some common signs of periodontal disease:

  • Gums that frequently bleed
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Receding gums

Walnut Creek Prosthodontics emphasizes the importance of treating periodontal disease in order to prevent dental problems such as permanent tooth loss. Listed are the 3 main aspects to treating periodontal disease:

  1. Prompt Treatment- Evaluate your periodontal health and determine what treatment option is ideal for your specific condition. Depending on the severity of your condition, a variety of procedures are used to treat periodontal disease.
  2. Proper Home Care- Proper oral health care is essential in treating and preventing periodontal disease. This includes thoroughly brushing teeth after every meal, flossing after every meal, and using mouth rinse to kill of bacteria and remove plaque.
  3. Regular Dental Visits- Routine visits will ensure that your periodontal health is maintained to avoid any dental problems.

For more information about periodontal disease and treatment options call Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics at (925)934-5526 or visit the website at


Walnut Creek Dentist | Keeping your Gums Healthy

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Keeping your gums in a healthy state is a lot more important than you may think. In addition to brushing and flossing, a healthy diet can also help you maintain healthy gums and helps in the prevention of gum disease.

By eating properly, you are providing vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for your gums and teeth, which can help keep your gums and teeth healthy. Not everyone knows this, but Fluoride is found naturally in some foods, so by consuming them, you are effortlessly helping contribute to tooth decay prevention. Fluoride, also found in your water supply (in most areas), can help reduce cavities by up 60%.

While on the topic of food, it is important to point out that certain foods can be very detrimental to the health of your gums and teeth. Particularly, foods high in sucrose (also known as granulated sugar) are damaging to teeth. Although very tasty, it is the leading cause of tooth decay.

Here are a few more ways to help keep your gums healthy:

  • Brush often – Whenever you eat, you are leaving behind bacteria in your mouth that, if left alone, can cause plaque.
  • Floss daily – It is best to floss 2-3 times a day. Flossing is essential to getting rid of all the bacteria that is trapped between your teeth (the areas your tooth brush cannot reach).
  • Use mouthwash – Not only does it leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean, it also helps get rid of bacteria. If you can, use it after every meal. It is important to note that mouthwash is not nearly as effective as brushing or flossing.

If you would like more information on keeping your gums healthy and preventing gum disease, please contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics at (925) 934-5526 or visit our website