Gum Disease: You Probably Have It And Don’t Know It
Every day, 24-hours a day, 500 to 600 different kinds of bacteria are happy and comfortable living in your mouth. When you add up 50,000 from one species and 100,000 from another species, it’s easy to see why many dentists say that your mouth is home to more individual bacteria than there are people in New York city. And, just like New York city, they NEVER sleep. They only do two things: munch on food left in your teeth and make bacteria babies.
In reality, there is one more thing they do and that’s what causes all the problems. They poop out waste product. That bacteria poop is toxic to your teeth and gums.
The major cause of gum disease is plaque, the sticky film of bacteria excrement that constantly builds up on your teeth. The bacteria’s excrement (plaque) has chemical compounds that are destructive to your gums and your teeth.
Common symptoms of gum disease are:
• bleeding gums during brushing
• red purple color to gums
• oral ulcers
• red, puffy gums
• bad breath (halitosis)
If you schedule regular cleanings with Fred H. Peck, DDS and follow our hygienists’ advice on home care, it is possible to remove the plaque and prevent gum disease. Even the damaging effects of gum disease are also very simple to heal when addressed early by Fred H. Peck, DDS.
Fred H. Peck, DDS’s hygienists provide gentle, thorough cleanings that remove the plaque coating that regular brushing misses. They also offer education and instruction on how to get the maximum benefit from brushing and flossing.
Gum disease is deceptively painless in the early stages, so you may not know you have it. Couple that with the fact that gum disease is virtually impossible for the patient to self-diagnose and it becomes obvious why you need to see us on a regular basis. At your cleanings, Dr. Peck and a Fred H. Peck, DDS hygienist will take depth readings of the v-shaped crevice (called a sulcus) between your teeth and gums to determine if you have gum disease.
Gum disease attacks just below the gum line in the sulcus, where it damages the supporting and connective tissues. As the tissues are damaged, the sulcus develops into a pocket; generally, the more severe the disease, the greater the depth of the pocket. In fact, pockets can get so deep that your tooth is no longer attached to your gums or jawbone. And, that’s when they fall out.