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Gum Disease: You Probably Have It And Don’t Know It

Dominion Ridge Dentistry Gum Disease 5 Right now, as you are reading this, 500 to 600 species of wiggling germs are living in your mouth. When you figure that each species or kind may consist of 100,000 individual bacteria, it becomes clear why many dentists say that your mouth is home to more individual bacteria than there are people in the city of New York. And, just like New York city, they NEVER go to sleep. They only do two things: munch on food left in your teeth and make more germs.

Most people don’t like to talk about it, however, there is one more thing the bacteria 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 icky layer of bacteria excrement that constantly builds up on your teeth. The bacteria’s excrement (plaque) contains chemical compounds that are destructive to your gums and your teeth.

Common symptoms of gum disease are:

If you schedule regular cleanings with Dominion Ridge Dentistry and follow our hygienists’ advice on home care, the plaque can be removed and gum disease can be prevented. Even the damaging effects of gum disease are also amazingly simple to fix if treated early by Dr. Louis R. Garcia.

Dominion Ridge Dentistry’s hygienists provide gentle, thorough cleanings that take off the plaque coating that regular brushing misses. They also provide education and instruction on how to get rid of the most plaque possible at home.

Gum disease is deceptively painless in the early stages, so you may not be aware that you have it. Combine 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 every visit, Dr. Louis R. Garcia and a Dominion Ridge Dentistry hygienist will take depth measurements of the v-shaped crevice (called a sulcus) between your teeth and gums to determine if you have gum disease.

Gum disease attacks at the connection of your teeth and gum line in the sulcus, where it breaks down the connective tissues. As the tissues are damaged, the sulcus develops into a pocket; generally, the deeper the pocket, the more severe the disease. Over time, pockets can get so deep that your tooth is no longer attached to your gums or jawbone. And, that’s when they fall out.

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