Gum Disease

Prevention is absolutely essential to avoiding periodontal (gum) disease. When plaque is allowed to accumulate on the teeth, it can create a fertile ground for harmful bacteria to grow. This bacteria releases toxins that cause the gum tissues to become inflamed. This is known as gingivitis. It has been estimated by the ADA that 75-80% of the adult population are or will be affected by gingivitis, the most common form of periodontal disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis and bone loss.

To avoid gum disease, remember to consistently attend your regular check-ups with the dentist. Using a periodontal probe, our dentist can help detect periodontal disease and provide any treatment necessary to get you back to health and off the path that leads to tooth loss and disfigurement.

Types of Gum Disease

Gingivitis is characterized by red, swollen gum tissue that bleeds easily when touched by a dental instrument, floss, or tooth brush. Initial, moderate, and advanced periodontal diseases are progressions of gingivitis and occur when the bone supporting the teeth has been destroyed. Even in the advanced stages of periodontal disease, there is hope for treatment. Contact our St. Charles, MO dental practice soon to learn about your options for achieving a healthy smile.

Gum Disease and Joint Replacement

Prior to joint replacement, it is highly recommended that your teeth and mouth are examined for any present infection. Because the progression of gum disease can be slow and painless, many people are unaware that they even have it. However, because gum diseases destroy the bone, they can potentially cause infection in joint replacement patients. We recommend visiting our dentist prior to your surgery to restore your oral health. Depending on the severity of the disease, the treatment can take two weeks to two months before you are healthy enough for surgery.

Pregnancy and Gum Disease

Expectant mothers are often prone to gum disease and dental pain due to several things:

  • Hormone changes make them more susceptible to gum disease
  • Pregnant women often eat smaller and more frequent meals, which exposes their teeth to harmful acids and sugars more often
  • Cravings for junk food create an increased threat to the gums and teeth

Maintaining good oral hygiene is just as, if not more, important when you are pregnant as when you are not. Please contact Elm Dental Care in St. Charles today to learn more about preventive dentistry and how to remain healthy during your pregnancy.