Posts for tag: Gum Disease

By Craig Blogin, D.D.S.
July 06, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Fighting gum disease - it sounds a little dramatic, doesn't it? But it is a battle because advanced gum disease not only destroys gums, teeth and bones, but it has devastating systemic effects, too. Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, cardiovascular disease, heart Gum Disease attack, stroke, diabetes, and complications in pregnancy and childbirth can all originate in periodontitis. So what's to be done? Experienced Ann Arbor dentists such as Craig Blogin DDS highly recommend preventive at-home hygiene and in-office exams and cleanings beginning at an early age.

Why Early Prevention

Research published in a September 2014 edition of Science Daily states that advanced gum disease is the 6th most prevalent health condition, affecting 743 million individuals globally. Beyond that, the study showed that gum disease peaked at the age of 38. So how can you fight gum disease?

Dr. Blogin's office recommends some simple strategies to keep gums, teeth and supporting jaw bone healthy and functional. The first is to recognize the symptoms, which are:

  • red, puffy, bleeding gums
  • loose teeth
  • pus at the gum line
  • bad breath
  • a change in bite or spacing between the teeth

Many factors contribute to periodontitis, including a hereditary tendency toward the condition. While people can't help the genetics they come with, other factors are preventable, including:

  • poor dental hygiene
  • tobacco usage
  • illegal drug use

Poor diet, hormonal fluctuations and underlying conditions such as diabetes set the stage for gum disease as well. With so many things contributing to this difficult oral health problem, what can prevent it?

Preventive Measures

  1. Brush 2 times a day for 2 minutes with a quality fluoride toothpaste. Some dental professionals suggest an electric toothbrush because of its many brush strokes per minute.
  2. Floss daily, or use small interdental brushes to remove food particles and sticky plaque from between the teeth.
  3. Get semi-annual exams and cleanings with Craig Blogin DDS and his staff. Cleanings remove bacteria-harboring plaque and tartar, the main culprit in infecting and destroying gums.
  4. Avoid smoking, and eat a healthy diet.

Combating Advanced Gum Disease

Your Ann Arbor dentist can perform a deep tooth cleaning when he discovers periodontitis. This scraping procedure removes tartar at and below the gum line. He may also use antimicrobial medication to arrest the infection. The most difficult cases may require oral surgery to graft gum and bone tissue onto badly damaged areas of the mouth and jaw.

Don't Put Off Dental Care

Make a healthy smile a priority. Call Dr. Blogin's staff today to schedule an exam and dental cleaning. With excellent preventive care, you can have healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime. Phone (734) 975-6700.

Ann Arbor, MI Dentist
Craig L Blogin, DDS, PLC
2715 Packard, Suite B
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 975-6700
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