Dr. Richard Romay, at Design a Smile, prides himself on being one of the most affordable dentists in Miami. That is because as a doctor he understands the importance of dental health and its parallel consequences on your overall health. With that said the number of patients that come to our offer with some gum disease is stunning.
Gum disease or periodontal disease, a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue, is the major cause of about 70 percent of adult tooth loss. What causes gum disease? Bacterial plaque a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on the teeth is recognized as the primary cause of gum disease. If plaque isn’t removed each day by brushing and flossing, it hardens into a rough, porous substance called calculus. Toxins produced and released by bacteria in plaque irritate the gums. These toxins caused the breakdown on the fibers that hold the gums tightly to the teeth, creating periodontal pockets. As the disease progresses, pockets extend deeper, and the bacteria moves down until the bone that holds the tooth in place gets destroyed. Genetics is also a factor, as are lifestyle choices.
A diet low in nutrients, smokers and spit tobacco users have more irritation to gum tissue. Diseases that interfere with the body’s immune system, such as leukemia and AIDS, may worsen the conditions of the gums. In patients with uncontrolled diabetes, where the body is more prone to infection, gum disease is more severe or harder to control. The warning signs of gum disease include red, swollen or tender gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, gums that pull away from teeth, loose or separating teeth, puss between the gum and tooth, persistent bad breath. While patients are advised to check for the warning signs, there might not be any discomfort until the disease has spread to a point where the tooth is unsalvageable. That’s why patients are advised to get frequent dental cleanings with Hygienists. Call your affordable dentist in Miami today at (305) 667-8887 to schedule a check up and evaluation of your overall dental health.