How to Stop Gum Disease from Causing Tooth Loss

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Gum disease is one of the most common chronic dental health issues, but fortunately, many patients stop it from causing severe dental damage by seeking treatment early. In cases where gum disease is allowed to progress, the consequences can include extensive damage to gum tissues, as well as severe erosion to surrounding jawbone structure. Because of this damage, gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. The good news is that you can stop gum disease from causing tooth loss by preventing it from developing, or by treating as early as possible if it develops.

Prevention Is Ongoing

Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, is caused by an excessive buildup of oral bacteria, which naturally inhabit your mouth. In moderation, oral bacteria are a minor threat that can be largely controlled by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing at least once, and attending regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist. If you skip your routine or neglect to attend your preventive appointments, then oral bacteria can work their way underneath your gums, infecting the tissues and leading to gingivitis.

If Gum Disease Develops

Even with a strict hygiene and preventive routine, you may still experience risks of gum disease. During regular visits, your dentist will carefully inspect your gums, along with your teeth and oral tissues, to determine if gingivitis has developed. If so, then early treatment can prevent gum disease from gaining a foothold, or at least stop it from becoming severe.

Protect Your Smile from Gum Disease and Tooth Loss

If gum disease develops, then you can stop it from causing tooth loss with prompt, professional treatment. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987. We also proudly serve patients from Navarro County, TX, and the surrounding communities, including Corsicana, Mildred, Eureka, Ennis, Fairfield, Teague, Blooming Grove, Dawson, Hubbard, Hillsboro, Mexia, Groesbeck, Kerens, Malakoff, Rice, Centerville, Buffalo, and Athens.

Gum Disease and Your Immune System

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Experts have known for quite some time that gum disease is the product of an unchecked bacterial buildup along your periodontal (gum) tissue. Nevertheless, gum disease and the bacterial infections that cause it are stubborn and difficult to treat, which has prompted numerous studies by researchers seeking to understand gum disease’s tenacity. Luckily, a study published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests that scientists have taken a step closer towards this understanding by observing how the mechanisms of how gum disease interacts with your immune system to incite rampant inflammation.

Taking Over Your Oral Health

At any given moment, your mouth contains over 600 identifiable kinds of bacteria. When these microbes gather, they form sticky dental plaque to safely adhere to your teeth and gums. When plaque accumulates on your gum line, the toxins that some of these germs release can irritate your gum tissue and lead to the development of gum disease. As the authors of the study discovered, however, P. gingivalis takes a different approach; the germs attack your oral tissues by manipulating your immune system to prevent the processes that would normally destroy them.

The scientists made this discovery by examining cells from mice that had been exposed to the P. gingivalis bacterium. They treated some of the cells with an antibody that inhibited an anti-inflammatory agent produced by the germ, leaving the remainder of cells untreated. By manipulating your immune system’s inflammatory reaction to harmful microbes, the germ creates an environment where it can establish a chronic infection in the form of gum disease. The results of the study suggest that damage occurs as soon as your immune system is exposed to the pathogen, and that early treatment is vital to preventing the extensive damage of gum disease, including tooth loss.

Protect Your Health from Gum Disease

Learn more about how protecting your smile from gum disease can also protect your immune system and overall wellbeing. To schedule a consultation, call Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987. We also proudly serve patients from Navarro County, TX, and the surrounding communities, including Corsicana, Mildred, Eureka, Ennis, Fairfield, Teague, Blooming Grove, Dawson, Hubbard, Hillsboro, Mexia, Groesbeck, Kerens, Malakoff, Rice, Centerville, Buffalo, and Athens.

Is Gum Disease Age-Related?

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In today’s world of advanced, age-reversing treatments, it is common for people to search for ways to stop or reverse the aging process. In many cases, a smile is an excellent place to start, and not just for its appearance. For instance, did you know that after a lifetime of use, your gums can lose their vibrancy and tight grip on your teeth?  As you age, your gums can naturally recede, increasing your risks of gum disease, tooth loss, and more. While gum disease isn’t specifically age-related, the way your gums age means that you should be extra diligent about protecting them.

The Purpose of Your Gums

Healthy gums act as a skirt that holds your teeth in place. The roots of your teeth are embedded into your jawbone, but your gums, which are attached to your teeth with connective tissue, cover and protect the roots from oral bacteria, food debris, and other dangers. When your gums recede, they lose their hold on your teeth and expose the roots to these dangers. Gum recession also facilitates gum disease, which works to destroy your periodontal tissue, connective tissues, and supporting jawbone structure.

Gum disease affects a  majority of American adults, making it the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Luckily, gum disease is highly preventable, and although it is not curable once it advances, it is highly treatable. There are steps you can take to protect your gums, even when they recede naturally with age.

Protecting Your Gums and Your Smile

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once can help you control bacterial plaque, which can collect in the pockets formed by receding gums and lead to gum disease. Conversely, the development of gum disease can also cause your gums to recede sooner than they naturally would have, therefore proper oral hygiene can also help protect against natural gum recession. If gingivitis (the first stage of gum disease) develops, then seek treatment at your dentist’s office as soon as possible to prevent the damages of gum disease.

Get Help to Fight Gum Disease as You Age

With a little diligence in your home hygiene and in your regular dental visits, you can prevent your gums from falling victim to gum disease as you age. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987.

Can Gum Disease Affect My Dental Implants?

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Of all the reasons that you might lose a tooth, gum disease is the most likely. In fact, it’s the most common reason behind adult tooth loss in the United States. Fortunately, tooth loss doesn’t have to be a permanent nuisance; with the help of dental implants, you can once again enjoy a full, beautiful, and healthy smile. However, if you exhibit gum disease before your treatment, or if you develop it after you’ve received your implants, then your new smile may be at risk. To avoid the negative impacts of gum disease on your dental implants, learn more by speaking with your dentist during your next visit.

Losing Teeth to Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, describes a progressive condition caused by harmful oral bacteria. In its beginning stage, known as gingivitis, the bacterial infection leads to increasing inflammation in your gums. As it progresses, it erodes the tissues and jawbone structure that uphold your teeth, and eventually, gum disease can leave your teeth without sufficient support. Dental implants, which are inserted into the jawbone to replace lost teeth roots, can also be affected. The destruction of gum disease can cause them to shift, fall out, or fail just as it does to your teeth roots.

Gum Disease and Implant Candidacy

If you’ve lost one or more teeth because of gum disease, then your dentist will first recommend periodontal treatment to get the condition under control. Successfully managing gum disease will be important before your implants can be placed, and to ensure their success long afterward. If you don’t already have gum disease, then it is important to maintain a regular schedule of checkups and cleanings with your dentist to help prevent it from compromising your dental implants.

Learn More About Gum Disease and Dental Implants

As the leading cause of tooth loss, gum disease can be a serious complication for patients with dental implants. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987.