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Dr. Caye and his team at Premier Dental join dental practices and professionals around the country each September in celebration of National Gum Care Month. Why is gum care so important? Let’s dive in and find out!!

You may not have heard of Periodontal Disease, if you visit your dentist regularly and you haven’t – that’s probably a good sign! Periodontal Disease is also known as Gum Disease and almost 50% of adults have some form it. Here’s the scary part – if left untreated, it can lead to even more serious problems, ranging from tooth loss to heart disease.

Yes … that’s why Gum Care Month is SO IMORTANT!! However, Gum Disease can be prevented!

There are several preventative actions you can take to help avoid the onset of gum disease. We want you to be on the lookout for these tell-tale signs so, we’ve gathered some interesting information and statistics for you as well.

 

The Basics: What is Gum Disease?

There are two forms of Gum Disease:

  • Gingivitis: early stage of Gum Disease that can be reversed
  • Periodontitis: if untreated, tooth loss may result

Periodontal disease starts with a sticky film of plaque bacteria that forms on your teeth, just like tooth decay (when you’re getting a cavity). If plaque is not removed, it will collect around your gum line and they’ll become inflamed and irritated. This early stage of gum disease is called Gingivitis. The good news is that it can be reversed easily with consistent and thorough brushing and flossing.

However, if it is not removed regularly, this plaque will harden into tartar. Your gums become increasingly red, swollen, and inflamed as tartar builds up around the gum line and they will eventually pull away from the tooth, forming a loose pocket. As more bacteria and tarter accumulate in these “pockets”, the destructive toxins begin to infect and destroy the gums, bone and ligaments that support your teeth. This advanced phase of Gum Disease is called Periodontitis, or Periodontal Disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, because the gums can no longer hold your teeth in place.

 

Gum Care Month: Tooth Loss Stats

Here are a few staggering statistics we’d like to share with you during Gum Care Month:

  • Missing 1 tooth: the average person age 20-39
  • Missing 3+ teeth: the average 40-49-year old
  • Missing 8 teeth: the average 60+ person

We know what you’re thinking … I had my 4 wisdom teeth pulled!! No wonder these numbers are so high!! Bad News: These statistics do NOT include wisdom teeth that have been removed AND this tooth loss is typically caused by gum disease.

Related Article: Dentures vs Dental Implants: Everything You Need to Know

 

Gum Disease: Doesn’t Just Affect Older People

There are different forms of Periodontitis and it is more serious than it may seem at first.

Aggressive Periodontitis:

  • rapid gum recession
  • occurring during a period of growth in young people
  • due to vitamin depletion, not bacteria

Chronic Periodontitis:

  • periods of rapid progression and then periods of remission
  • can happen on its own or in response to dental treatment

 

Gum Disease Can Affect More Than Your Smile

Cosmetic:

It’s a well-known fact that people with a healthy smile tend to look younger. However, Periodontitis affects much more than the aesthetic look of your pearly white smile and is important for more than cosmetic reasons.

Function:

It’s also easy to understand that it’s easier to talk and chew when your teeth are functional and it’s less costly to keep all of your own teeth.

Overall Health:

Gum disease is also a systemic disease that is related to the body’s reaction to bacteria that can have far-reaching effects on your overall health. By completely avoiding periodontal disease or treating it, you’re helping to protect your body from other systemic inflammatory conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune conditions. As well as, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, and cancer.

Related Article: Dental Awareness: Is My Overall Health Really Tied to My Oral Health?

 

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? If so, you can assume your gums are sick. Symptoms are key … if you are experiencing ANY gum bleeding, notice any gum pain or mouth sores, and/or pick up on a sour taste in your mouth, do not hesitate – it’s time to schedule a visit to your dentist! Remember, you can reverse the early stages of Gum Disease, but the only way to keep Gingivitis from progressing into Periodontal Disease and other problems is dental treatment.

Here is a more extensive list of symptoms:

  • red, swollen, tender gums
  • bleeding gums
  • painful to chew
  • sensitive teeth and gums
  • loose teeth
  • receding gums
  • you may have a bad taste in your mouth or bad breath
  • uneven bite
  • ill-fitting dentures

 

What do Healthy Gums Look Like?

Healthy gums are pink, firm, and they do not bleed.

Keeping your gums firm, pink and healthy isn’t difficult, but it does require consistent healthy oral care habits. Your main focus is to keep the harmful oral bacteria to a minimum, not just during gum care month, but always!

Daily Tips & Tricks for Healthy Gums:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to brush thoroughly at least twice a day.
  • Replace toothbrushes every 3 months; frayed bristles don’t clean as well (and old toothbrushes can store bacteria).
  • Flossing once a day is a must.
  • Rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash to reduce bacteria in the mouth.
  • Fight dry mouth by sipping water throughout the day, chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless lozenges. Dry mouth creates an environment where bacteria can thrive. Numerous medications and certain illnesses can cause dry mouth.
  • Schedule routine dental appointments every 6 months that include a professional cleaning.
  • Stop Smoking! Tobacco, of any kind, increases the risk of gum disease and makes it harder for gums to heal.
  • DO NOT VAPE! Vaping is not an alternative, even if you’re not using nicotine.
  • If you are Diabetic, you need to be diligent about keeping your diabetes under control, since high sugar levels can increase your risk for gum disease.
  • Opt for healthy snacks. Healthy foods can help lower the risk of gum disease. Bacteria love sugar, so as an alternative, consume water, milk, yogurts, apples, and other healthy options.

If you have children, take this opportunity to review their dental care routines and emphasize the importance of daily tooth care. A clean mouth can´t get sick!

Related Article: Children’s Dental Health is Important at Premier Dental

 

When almost half of Americans suffer some form of gum disease, why wait?

Now you understand why we take Gum Care Month seriously and keeping your gums healthy is such an important task – they keep your teeth in place! AND you know what to do to help keep you and your smile in the best possible health and avoid Gum Disease.

If you have questions or concerns about your gum health, please give us a call, Dr. Caye and his experienced team at Premier Dental in Lee’s Summit will be happy to schedule your dental appointment and help you keep your gums, teeth and mouth healthy. Enjoy National Gum Care Month and please call our office at 816-600-6330 to schedule your dental appointment.

Dr. Stephan Caye and his friendly, experienced team at Premier Dental offer affordable family dentistry and invisible braces in the Lee’s Summit, MO area. Our office is conveniently located off of Highway 50 and SE Blue Parkway. We offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Premier Dental, we provide most dental health services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including tooth replacement options, such as dental implants and dentures, endodontic or root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistryemergency dental care and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Please call us at (816) 600-6330 to schedule an appointment.

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Why is root canal complete with crown? When the pulp inside a tooth becomes infected, a root canal is often the best treatment for fixing the problem and alleviating your pain. Root canals can save your teeth from further decay and dental issues. However, when a root canal is performed, the affected tooth becomes weaker.

What is the Root Canal Process?

A root canal is performed when there is an infection within the tooth. Your dentist will gain access to the center of the tooth to remove the infection, therefore stopping the infection altogether. When an infection reaches the inside, or pulp, of the tooth, it is called pulpitis.

Before a root canal, your tooth can be in severe pain, but the procedure will help remove the pain completely.

What is a root canal and what happens during treatment? Learn more HERE.

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Toothaches, cavities, and other various dental problems can seem to be isolated to just your mouth, but the truth is, your oral health is directly tied to your body’s overall health.

When your mouth is happy and healthy, so is the rest of your body. On the flip side, when a dental problem presents itself, it could affect other systems in your body or could be an indicator of further health problems. Let’s dive more into the connection between oral health and overall health!

Related Article from the American Dental Association (ADA): The Mouth Is A Window Into The Health of The Body

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Good dental health for men equals good overall health, as all parts of the body are interconnected. In fact, men are more commonly dealing with gum disease than women, making oral health even more important.

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Dear Premier Dental Family,

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines, including routine dental appointments.

While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

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Hello Friends,

During our current National Emergency concerning the COVID-19 virus, we would like to assure you that at the office of Premier Dental in Lee’s Summit, your health, safety and well-being is our highest priority.

Dr. Caye is available for Emergency Dental Appointments. Please call 816-600-6330.

You can feel safe knowing that all our clinical areas are, and always have been, treated with standards that far exceed all state and federal guidelines. Our team is highly trained annually, using guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Our training, coupled with our commitment to the highest standards of care, will see us through this unusual time calmly and successfully.

In addition, you can feel confident that we are taking the following precautionary measures in the common areas:

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Gone are the days when you had to endure metal braces for several years to make these smile corrections.

ClearCorrect, a clear aligner system used to straighten teeth as an alternative to traditional braces, with a series of clear, custom-made, removable aligners that gradually move teeth a little bit at a time to eventually correct the teeth.

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We’re SMILING because February is National Childrens Dental Health Month and we LOVE our Little Patients!! When you have small kiddos, like we do, it can be overwhelming to make sure you’re doing “all the things” to keep these tiny humans healthy and happy! To take some of the guess work out of this subject, we’re going to focus this blog on some questions about childrens dental health that we, as dental professionals AND parents, can answer.

First, let’s explain what National Childrens Dental Health Month is … it was introduced in the month of February by the American Dental Association as an observance to bring together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their parents, caregivers, teachers and many others.

For us, it’s a great opportunity to promote the benefits of childrens dental health, because developing healthy dental habits at an early age, including brushing and scheduling regular dental visits, helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

We want our patients to have beautiful, healthy smiles and we love to help educate families about their dental health, so let’s get started!

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Do you have a toothache, but are a little unsettled at the thought of needing root canal therapy? We can get your questions answered and put you at ease. These are some of the questions we’ve gotten from our patients: What is a root canal? Can I avoid getting a root canal? What are the symptoms? And … will it hurt? (more…)

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