Posts for: July, 2016

By Smart Family Dental Care
July 20, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  
KeepingGumDiseaseatBayCouldHelpYourOverallHealth

It’s bad enough the diseases caused by poor dental hygiene or lack of dental checkups could be leaving your teeth and gums more at risk. But current scientific research seems to indicate those same dental diseases may also cause you problems in other parts of your body.

The connection is especially pronounced with periodontal (gum) disease, a family of disorders that can eventually lead to tooth loss. Gum disease is caused by plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that builds up on tooth surfaces due to a lack of daily brushing and flossing. Even skipping one day of hygiene increases the level of oral bacteria that cause these infections.

As it spreads, the infection causes the gum tissues to become inflamed and ulcerated. The gums weaken to the point where they easily bleed even when mildly brushed. This allows access for bacteria and other toxins to enter the bloodstream where they may eventually affect other organ systems. We’re now finding that conditions as varied as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis (which all share a common thread with inflammation) may be affected by gum disease — and vice-versa.

If you have any of these or similar conditions, it’s important for you to stay vigilant in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. It's necessary to brush and floss daily to remove plaque buildup as well as dental checkups at least twice a year. You should also keep a close eye out for early signs of gum disease, like bleeding, swollen or reddened gums. If so, call us for an appointment as soon as possible.

Keeping your teeth and gums disease-free and healthy could have a positive impact on your treatment for other health conditions. You’ll be doing your mouth and the rest of your health a favor.

If you would like more information on how periodontal (gum) disease affects the body, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Good Oral Health Leads to Better Health Overall.”


By Smart Family Dental Care
July 05, 2016
Category: Oral Health
ActorDavidRamseySaysDontForgettoFloss

Can you have healthy teeth and still have gum disease? Absolutely! And if you don’t believe us, just ask actor David Ramsey. The cast member of TV hits such as Dexter and Arrow said in a recent interview that up to the present day, he has never had a single cavity. Yet at a routine dental visit during his college years, Ramsey’s dentist pointed out how easily his gums bled during the exam. This was an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease, the dentist told him.

“I learned that just because you don’t have cavities, doesn’t mean you don’t have periodontal disease,” Ramsey said.

Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them.

“This isn’t just some strange phenomenon that exists just in my house — a lot of people who brush don’t really floss,” he noted.

Unfortunately, that’s true — and we’d certainly like to change it. So why is flossing so important?

Oral diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal disease often start when dental plaque, a bacteria-laden film that collects on teeth, is allowed to build up. These sticky deposits can harden into a substance called tartar or calculus, which is irritating to the gums and must be removed during a professional teeth cleaning.

Brushing teeth is one way to remove soft plaque, but it is not effective at reaching bacteria or food debris between teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Floss can fit into spaces that your toothbrush never reaches. In fact, if you don’t floss, you’re leaving about a third to half of your tooth surfaces unclean — and, as David Ramsey found out, that’s a path to periodontal disease.

Since then, however, Ramsey has become a meticulous flosser, and he proudly notes that the long-ago dental appointment “was the last we heard of any type of gum disease.”

Let that be the same for you! Just remember to brush and floss, eat a good diet low in sugar, and come in to the dental office for regular professional cleanings.

If you would like more information on flossing or periodontal disease, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”


By Smart Family Dental Care
July 01, 2016
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

If you’re experiencing gum pain don’t panic. Your Norcross, GA, dentist can help!

If you are suffering from constant gum pain, it’s a good idea to let a qualified dental professional, such as the staff of Smart Family gum painDental Care in Norcross, to help you find out what’s causing the issue.

Many people in Norcross experience some sort of gum pain. Most of the time, it’s not serious. In fact, your gum pain could be caused by something as simple as brushing your teeth too hard or too vigorously. Oral appliances such as braces, dentures, retainers, and mouth guards can occasionally cause irritated gums. These are issues you can usually treat or fix yourself.

However, if your gums are red, swollen, tender, or bleeding and it hurts to chew, you have loose teeth, and you have bad breath that won’t go away, you might be dealing with gum disease.

There are two types of gum disease, mild, known as gingivitis, and severe, known as periodontitis. Gingivitis is caused by bacterial build up from poor or inadequate oral hygiene. It can cause some discomfort, but if caught in time, is usually easy to alleviate. Periodontitis is much more severe and occurs when gingivitis has not been adequately treated or has become out of control.

While gum disease is something you can’t treat on your own, the good news is your Norcross dentist can help you treat and cure it. You, of course, need to do your part by avoiding risk factors and practicing good oral hygiene habits.

Risk factors for gum disease can include, but are not limited to, smoking, hormonal changes, chronic conditions, and illnesses such as diabetes, and use of certain medications.

Your Norcross dentist, Dr. Orson Baek, will likely have several different treatments options for your gum disease, ranging from deep cleaning, medications or surgical procedures. Your Norcross dentist can give you information about your options and help you make the best decision for you.

For more information about gum disease, or if you are seeking the services of a qualified dentist, contact Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross at (770) 446-5700.