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Gum Disease: More Common Than The Common Cold

Frank C. Stone, DDS Gum Disease 2 Every day, 24-hours a day, over 500 unique types 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 some 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 sleep. They only do two things: chow down 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 dump out their waste product. That bacteria is toxic to your teeth and gums.

The major cause of gum disease is plaque, the sticky film of bacteria waste that constantly builds up on your teeth. The bacteria’s waste (plaque) has chemicals that are destructive to your gums and your teeth.

Common symptoms of gum disease are:
     • bleeding gums during brushing
     • red purple color to gums
     • oral ulcers
     • inflamed gums
     • bad breath

If you follow our advice about dental home care and schedule twice-a-year cleanings at the practice of Dr. Stone, it is possible to remove the plaque and prevent gum disease. In addition, gum disease’s damages to teeth and gums are also amazingly simple to turn around when addressed early by Dr. Stone.

Our hygienists provide gentle, thorough cleanings that get rid of the plaque build-up that at-home brushing doesn’t reach. They also offer 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. Add to that the fact that gum disease is virtually impossible for the patient to diagnose on their own and it becomes obvious why you need to see us regularly. At your cleanings, Dr. Stone and a hygienist will measure the depth of the shallow, v-shaped crevice (called a sulcus) between your teeth and gums to identify whether you have gum disease.

Gum disease attacks just below the gum line in the sulcus, where it damages the supporting and connective tissues. As the tissues are damaged, the sulcus develops into a pocket; generally, the more severe the disease, the greater the depth of the pocket. Over time, the pocket 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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