Silicon Valley Dentist Discusses Gum Disease

smilingOnce you’ve developed gum disease, it will be a part of your life forever. While many people may not consider it a serious concern, the chronic disease affects over 80% of adults in America and is the number one cause of permanent tooth loss. To help you protect your oral health from the dangers of gum disease, Silicon Valley dentist Dr. Randall LaFrom explores the silent epidemic and the destruction that it can cause.

The Silent Epidemic

As devastating as gum disease can be, it usually does not cause discomfort in its early stages. The beginning stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, is marked by red, swollen, and often bleeding gums. The inflammation is your immune system’s response to excessive bacteria accumulation on your gum line in the form of dental plaque. When plaque irritates your gums, they can separate, forming small pockets between your gum tissue and your teeth where more bacteria can settle and continue their destructive task. The separation also exposes your teeth’s roots, causing one or more teeth to become sensitive, especially to hot and cold temperatures.

Beyond Your Teeth and Gums

If caught early, gingivitis can often be reversed with personalized periodontal treatment and an improved oral hygiene routine. If allowed to progress, however, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis; a more advanced form of gum disease that attacks your teeth’s supporting structures of gum tissue and jawbone. Your diseased mouth can also provide a way for oral bacteria to enter your bloodstream, perhaps explaining the results of numerous studies that have linked gum disease to an increased risk of systemic illnesses such as heart disease, respiratory infections, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and many others.

Excellent Dental Health in Silicon Valley

Keeping your gums free of disease can benefit more than your oral health; it can improve your chances of maintaining your physical wellbeing. To learn more, schedule a dental consultation with Dr. LaFrom at our Silicon Valley dentist office by calling (408) 996-8595. We proudly serve patients from Cupertino, Saratoga, Campbell, Sunnyvale, San Jose, Santa Clara County, Silicon Valley, and the surrounding communities.

~ by cupertinodentist on January 30, 2013.

2 Responses to “Silicon Valley Dentist Discusses Gum Disease”

  1. […] test fish’s effectiveness at controlling inflammation related to gum disease, researchers assessed the risk of gum disease among 9,182 participants in the National Health and […]

  2. […] The small spots that are often missed during your brushing routine can pose a more serious problem when allowed to remain for more than 48 hours; sticky plaque will then turn into calcified (hardened) tartar, which is more resilient than plaque and cannot be removed with your toothbrush. A dental prophylaxis (cleaning) involves the removal of plaque and tartar from every surface of your teeth, including those hard to reach places behind and between your teeth. Our dental hygienist will also carefully remove these substances from just underneath your gum line, reducing your risk of developing gum disease. […]

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