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How to Counter Gum Disease?

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Approximately 50 percent of all adults have gum disease by age 30, with that figure jumping to 75 percent by age 65. Unfortunately, most people are unaware that they have gum disease because its early symptoms are usually not noticeable. By the time Dr. Isaac Qureshi of Smiles of Elgin Dental Care diagnoses your gum disease, it may already be in the advanced stages. Many patients ask us at this time “How to counter gum disease?” Favorably, there is time to do this.

Indications You May Have Gum Disease

Gum disease is caused by inflammation, which in turn is caused by a build-up of bacteria. You may still develop gum disease even if you brush and floss your teeth regularly. Because of this, it’s important to know the symptoms so you can receive treatment for gum disease as early as possible. These include:

Blood on your toothbrush or piece of dental floss
Sores in your mouth that take a long time to heal
A receding gum line
Teeth that feel loose
Redness or swelling of the gums
Chronic halitosis (bad breath) despite regular brushing and use of mouthwash
Your risk of developing gum disease increases if you smoke, clench your teeth, are pregnant, or lead a high-stress lifestyle.

Gum Disease Treatment

If you already have gum disease, the best way to reverse it is by undergoing scaling and root planing with Dr. Isaac Qureshi. This process, which is also called deep cleaning, removes plaque and tartar from your teeth as well as shrinks gum pockets. This is especially important because gum pockets attract bacteria that causes more plaque and tartar to develop. Before he starts the deep cleaning procedure, Dr. Isaac Qureshi will examine your mouth to make sure that an undiagnosed dental condition isn’t responsible for your gum disease.

When it comes to gum disease, prevention is the best form of treatment. Some things you can do at home are to brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, floss after meals, and use antiseptic mouthwash. Coming in for your bi-annual dental check-ups with Smiles of Elgin Dental Care is also important. This gives us the opportunity to detect gum disease before it causes long-term damage.

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    Tips for Adult Dental Care

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    Have you ever began to notice that over time your teeth begin to become more sensitive, soft, or even a little darker? As your body grows old, your body as well as your teeth begin to change. An advance in age puts you at a higher risk at developing many dental problems including:

    • Dry Mouth: Xerostomia, or dry mouth, is a decrease in saliva flow
    • Root Decay: Roots of teeth become exposed as the gum line recedes
    • Gum Disease: An infection of the tissue surrounding your teeth
    • Tooth Loss: Decrease in the number of teeth, caused by a variety of factors including gum disease, smoking, and other health issues

    Not all people are the same, most people who age begin to develop many dental issues, but not all. To maintain good oral health it is essential for people of all ages to:

    • Brush teeth at least twice a day with an ADA approved fluoride tooth paste and a soft bristled toothbrush
    • Thoroughly floss at least once a day
    • Rinse, with an antibacterial mouthwash
    • Visit your dentist regularly
      •  Depending on the current status of your teeth how often you visit the dentist will vary

    Additional tips to maintaining good oral health would be to:

    • Avoid sugary drinks and foods: Replace sugary drinks with water andeat foods from the 5 major food groups.
    • Avoid smoking: Smoking affects the bone and soft tissue of your teeth, leading to gum disease, oral cancer or stained teeth.
    • Replace toothbrush: Your toothbrush should be replaced every 2 to 3 months or whenever the bristles of your brush become worn out.
    • Chew sugar-free gum: Chewing sugar-free gum helps remove leftover debris from teeth and stimulates saliva flow.

    Although many adults have different dental issues continual brushing, flossing, rinsing and frequent dentist visits will help ensure good oral health for not only adults but also children of all ages. Be sure to talk to your dentist if any new issues begin to occur so that the dentist can treat and prevent these problems.

    Always remember, healthy teeth are the best teeth!

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      How Do You Avoid Gum Disease Permanently?

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      Gum disease happens when a sticky film of bacteria forms on the teeth due to poor oral hygiene, crowded teeth, or even hereditary. When the bacteria builds up over time, it creates plaque that sticks to the surface of your gums where the grooves of your teeth meet. At this stage, you may notice that your gums are red and swollen. This is actually your body’s way of defending against gum disease by creating new blood vessels. However, you must still address the problem before it gets worse.

      How Our Dentists Treat Gum Disease

      It is important to get your gum disease treated by a professional once diagnosed. The dentists at Smiles of Elgin use a process called scaling to remove the plaque deposits from your teeth. This is a firmer pressure than we use at your regular cleaning appointments. The next step is root planing, which means to eliminate gum pockets by flattening the surfaces around them. We may also refer to both procedures as a deep cleaning. Once you have had it done, you can do several things at home to prevent gum disease in the future. Getting bi-annual professional dental cleaning is also an important part of gum disease prevention.

      Stop Gum Disease with Thorough Teeth Brushing

      Start by buying a toothbrush with a small brush head since this makes it easier to get to hard-to-reach tooth surfaces. Placing the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, bring it to where the tooth and gums meet for each tooth. It’s important to clean this area thoroughly since this is where gum disease tends to form. You should avoid scrubbing and instead use short back and forth motions. It’s also important to floss since the bristles of the toothbrush don’t get between your teeth very well. If you find this type of cleaning difficult, consider investing in an electric toothbrush. It will make the back and forth vibrating motions for you.

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