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By Randolph Family Dentistry
August 08, 2019
Category: Oral Health

Concerned about periodontal disease? There's a good chance you should be—this condition affects over 60 million Americans every year according to the CDC, posing a major risk to the dental health of nearly half of all American adults. In order to diagnose the disease, your dentist needs to perform a comprehensive examination of your gums, teeth, and supporting bone. However, even if you do have periodontal disease, don’t worry; Dr. Eyad Salloum, Dr. Erin Walsh, and Dr. Matthew Devine here at Randolph Family Dentistry in Randolph, MA, can help make your smile healthier!

More about Periodontal Disease

For those with periodontal disease, the condition poses a number of serious dental issues, including chronic pain, recurrent bleeding, and even tooth loss. In fact, periodontal disease is the leading reason for tooth loss in adults! This is because periodontal disease destroys the soft tissue (i.e. gums) and the hard tissue (i.e. bone) that keeps your teeth in place.

Before you develop periodontal disease, you will have gum disease first. Fortunately, you can reverse gum disease if you begin a great program of brushing after meals and before bed, flossing at least once each day, and regularly visiting your dentist and dental hygienist. You may have gum disease if you experience:

  • Gums that are red and swollen
  • Gums that are irritated and bleeding
  • Chronic bad breath and a sour taste in your mouth
  • Loss of normal gum contours

If you notice any of the signs and symptoms of gum disease, visit your dentist as soon as possible so that your gum disease can’t progress into periodontal disease. If your gum disease goes untreated, there is a good chance that you will develop periodontal disease. You may begin to notice signs and symptoms, such as:

  • Teeth that look longer because more tooth root is exposed
  • Gums that are receding and exposing more of your teeth
  • Increasing root sensitivity, especially to hot and cold
  • Teeth that feel loose, especially when you bite or chew
  • New gaps or spaces appearing between your teeth
  • Blood or pus coming out from between your gums and teeth

Concerned? Give us a call

If you are experiencing any of these signs and symptoms and think you may have periodontal disease, it’s time to take action. To learn more about periodontal disease and supportive periodontal therapy, call Randolph Family Dentistry in Randolph, MA, today at (781) 963-0860.

By Randolph Family Dentistry
May 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health

If you have periodontal (gum) disease, it's important for you to know its effects aren't limited to your mouth. A number of studies demonstrate gum disease can affect the rest of your body — and what may be going on elsewhere could likewise stimulate gum disease.

Here are 3 diseases or conditions that seem to share a link with gum disease.

Diabetes. This chronic disease results from the body's inability to interact properly with insulin, the hormone necessary for turning glucose (sugar) into energy, or producing enough of it. There's clear evidence that having diabetes increases your risk of gum disease and vice-versa. If you have diabetes, it's important that you keep it under control for your gum's sake as much as for your overall health.

Cardiovascular disease. Like diabetes, this group of heart and blood vessel diseases has a related characteristic with gum disease: inflammation. This natural function of the immune system limits tissue damage caused by disease or injury. But in both CVD and gum disease, inflammation can become chronic and itself cause damage. Further, some types of bacteria associated with gum disease can contribute to a higher risk of CVD. Minimizing gum disease occurrence with good oral hygiene could positively impact your risk of CVD.

Pregnancy. While certainly not a disease, pregnancy does trigger hormonal changes in the mother that in turn could elevate her risk of gum disease, particularly pregnancy gingivitis. Not only does this pose problems for the mother's teeth and gums, some studies connect gum disease to the increased possibility of early, pre-term birth. A sharper focus on dental care during pregnancy not only benefits the mother but may also be important for the health of the baby.

These aren't the only conditions that can be affected by gum disease: others like osteoporosis, respiratory disease or rheumatoid arthritis also share links with the disease. If you have any systemic condition like these, it pays to be extra vigilant in preventing and treating gum disease.

If you would like more information on periodontal (gum) disease, 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.”