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 www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.

8 Ways to Improve Gum Recession

Beautiful Girl - Close UpMany people suffer from gum recession, it’s sometimes associated with gum disease. Don’t underestimate these symptoms, because they are warning you that there’s a problem with your oral health. While it is unfortunate that there isn’t much you can do to reverse the effects of gum recession, there are several things you can do to prevent your gums from recessing even more.

The following list includes a few ways to help you manage gum recession and improve your oral health:

  • Visit your dentist much more often. If you’re not seeing your dentist at least twice a year for a routine checkup and cleaning, then it’s time to change that. According to experts, it is recommend that you visit your dentist twice a year, but for those who already have gum recession may have to visit more frequently because gum recession is a system of the more severe types of gum disease.
  • Practice improved oral hygiene at home. Although, practicing “good” oral hygiene should be enough, the fact that you are suffering from gum recession typically means that you haven’t been taking proper care of your mouth. So, be sure to make it a point to brush at least twice a day, and to floss at least once.
  • Brush and floss the correct way. In the case where you are taking “extra” care of your teeth to the point that you’ve ended up damaging you gums, you may want to take it down a notch on the effort and brush a little less hard. Furthermore, you can try using a toothbrush with soft bristles.
  • Rinse with a mouthwash. Whether you’re using water mixed with hydrogen peroxide, water mixed with essential oils or an over-the-counter product, it’s important to rinse after with mouthwash as it helps rid bacteria and plaque buildup. Mouthwash gets any leftover particles brushing and flossing missed.
  • Increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Vitamin C, which can be found in fruits and vegetables, can reduces inflammation resulting from gum disease and helps promote gum regeneration. Furthermore, Vitamin C also helps increase your immune system, making it a great ideas to eat more fruits and veggies containing Vitamin C.
  • Stop Smoking. It’s commonly known that smoking increase your risk for gum disease. If you’re already suffering from gum recession, you can help make you condition much more manageable by quitting.
  • Stay away from sugar. Bacteria and plaque in your mouth builds up naturally, and if you’re snacking on anything with a lot of sugar it will dramatically increase its growth. By cutting down your sugar consumption, you can prevent unnecessary bacteria and plaque buildup, while also improving your overall health.
  • Drink a lot of water. Drinking water helps rinse away any leftover food partials that may have been trapped in between your teeth and gums after eating. Drinking water can help increase saliva production, which can also help remove leftover food debris.

By following the tips listed above you’ll find your gum recession slowly improving, as well as you overall health. If you would like more information regarding gum recession, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics at 925-934-5526 or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com to learn more about receding gums.

The Three Stages of Gum Disease

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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 www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.

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 www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.