Gum Disease And Bone Loss

toothbrushGum disease is one of the most widespread illnesses across the world. If it’s not too serious, it can be reversed by improving on oral hygiene and regular dentist visits. But if periodontitis is left untreated it can lead to tooth loss and bone loss.

Infection of the gums and teeth leads to bone inflammation.  This causes bone tissue to break down.  Read more about how and why this happens in an article from Newburg Family Dental here: Proteins and Periodontitis: Delving Into the Cause of Bone Loss | Newberg Family Dental

Yogurt Helps Prevent Gum Disease

yogurtRecent studies have shown that foods with lactic acid, such as yogurt, are good for the health of your mouth. Dr. Shimazaki of Kyushu University in Japan conducted this study and stated that consuming yogurt and other lactic acid, but not milk and cheese, were associated with better periodontal health.

Gum disease is a bacterial condition that is associated with receding gums and tooth loss. Gum disease develops when plaque builds up along the gum line. Besides regular brushing and flossing, the best thing to prevent gum disease is to eat healthy foods. Specifically, the benefit of yogurt on periodontal disease may be based on the lactobacilli that is found in lactic acid foods.

Read more about this study from Dr. Shimazaki on World Dental here: Yogurt May Prevent Periodontal Gum Disease

Gum Disease And Kaposis Sarcoma

Kaposi's SarcomaMore evidence that gum disease can cause other health related issues is now evidence in studies from Case Western Reserve University. It’s been found that fatty acids from bacteria that are present in gum disease may cause Kaposis Sarcoma (an oral cancer) related lesions and tumors in the mouth.

If these lesions or tumors are found, they can be tested and hopefully treated for cancer before it would become malignant. Early detection is the key to surviving Kaposis Sarcoma. It seems that people with HIV are even more susceptible to this type of cancer that can be tied to gum disease.  The fact of the matter remains, excellent oral hygiene is so important not only for the mouth, but for overall health.  Read more about the study in the article on Dentistry Today here: Bacteria Causing Gum Disease May Lead To Oral Cancer Growth.

Will my gums grow back?

will my gums grow backIf you have ever been told by your dentist that you have receding gums and periodontal disease, you may be asking “will my gums grow back?” There are many treatment options available that can stop your gums from receding and prevent the progression of periodontal disease.

A dental professional can diagnose periodontal disease by measuring the pockets in the mouth.  The pockets are basically the holes that your teeth are in.  A healthy pocket depth is between 2 to 3 millimeters.  Gums attach to the bones, but if these tarter filled pockets are ignored and left untreated, they get bigger and separate the gums from the tooth.  As the bone retracts back, the gums follow and this is what creates receding gums.

In order to treat this condition, a deep cleaning is performed by a dentist.  They will remove the tarter from the pockets and treat them with antibiotics. The gums will become healthier, but since the bone doesn’t grow back, the gums don’t grow back either.

So the answer to the question “will my gums grow back?” is, “No”. But the periodontal treatment stops the progression of the disease so by maintaining regular periodontal maintenance, the bone loss and gum recession will not continue.

Be sure to brush and floss daily and visit your dentist every six months in order to take preventative measures for periodontal disease. It will save you a lot of money and trouble in the long run.

Does The Gum In My Mouth Grow Back? Periodontal Disease Simply Explained

What Dental Hygienists Should Know About Allergies

dental hygienistsNowadays people are much more conscious about how food affects their health. As dental hygienists, you want to understand that allergies are an inflammatory response.

You may be thinking that allergies don’t really affect dental treatment unless the patient is allergic to stainless steel or latex. But food allergies are proving to be an aspect that can be an answer to patients who won’t respond to traditional periodontal therapy.

Allergies present themselves in two ways: overt and covert. The traditional allergic reactions to things like rash, hives, itching, vomiting, sneezing, coughing, etc. are overt manifestations. Because allergies can cause inflammation, this is where the connection to periodontal issues comes in.

Read more about what dental hygienists should know when it comes to allergies by checking out the full article from Dental Products Report here: What Modern Millennial Hygienists need to know about allergies | Dental Products Report.