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gingivitis leads to periodontal diseaseAlso referred to as periodontitis, periodontal disease affects the connective tissue that supports the teeth.

A person with this disease might suffer progressive bone loss which eventually leads to loss of the teeth. It is caused by bacteria found between the teeth and the gum.

If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to the teeth becoming loose.

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How Do You Know If You Have Gum Disease?Got diseased gums?  Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a reality for many people, but the good news is that it is 100 percent preventable… and also treatable.

Causes Of Periodontal Disease

Gum disease is an “illness” of negligence. It is the build up of bacteria in the mouth that take kindly to the mouth’s mucus. This plus some other debris create a nice hard surface on the teeth, called plaque. Brushing and flossing regularly is a great way to ensure that plaque does not build up on the teeth. Though, it is simply easy to miss some spots. Other people just neglect brushing and/or flossing and give the plaque a chance to secure to the teeth and gums.

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gingivitis leads to periodontal diseasePeriodontal disease is one of the most common dental problems and involves inflammation of or infection of the gums. If left untreated gum disease can eventually lead to the loss of teeth and damage to your bones, so it is important that you let us treat your gums right away to reverse the damage.

Gum disease, like other dental problems, is the result of bacteria living in your mouth. These bacteria feed on the food particles in your mouth and can form plaque that sticks to your teeth. Over time, this plague hardens and becomes tartar that has to be removed by a dentist.

The initial stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. This problem primarily involves red, inflamed gums that may bleed easily. If you notice that your gums are bleeding after you brush your teeth, for example, give us a call so that we can help clean your teeth and reverse the inflammation.

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PeriodontalPeriodontal diseases can vary in severity, but it is not uncommon for adults to find out that they have some form of periodontal disease within their lifetime.

Periodontal diseases are diseases of the gums, and they can range in seriousness from simple inflammation to major bone damage and tooth loss.

If you find yourself with any type of periodontal disease, getting treatments to fix the problem is next step in ensuring the life and health of your teeth. At Shine Dental Associates, we provide a plethora of surgical and non-surgical options that allow you to combat periodontal disease and get back your healthy smile again!

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We don’t want to scare you…okay, perhaps we do. However, we’re scaring you for a good reason…to get you to take your oral health more seriously!

We found a recent online article by Dr. Peter Galgut at Express.co.uk that once again reveals the scientific studies that connect poor oral health and hygiene to many of today’s most harmful diseases, such as: heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and more.

Gum disease is an infection caused by dental plaque bacteria that creep in underneath the gums. This infection slowly erodes away the foundations of the teeth. Then the gums start to shrink, the teeth get loose and wobbly and, if left untreated, we finally end up with abscesses and the loss of our teeth. But that’s not all.

Research has shown that gum infections have very harmful effects throughout our bodies. Did you know there is a major connection between gum disease and heart disease?

It is now known that the bacteria from gum disease can settle on the heart valves and cause permanent damage to them. Once this happens the heart will be unable to work efficiently and it becomes more susceptible to other infections.

Also, women who have active gum disease during their pregnancy are more likely to have pre-term and low birth weight babies as the body cannot concentrate all its resources on the baby while it has to continuously fight off an ongoing infection in the mouth.

We also know that those with uncontrolled diabetes are more susceptible to infections. If these people also have gum disease either it gets worse or the diabetes becomes more difficult to control, or both. So if the immune system has to struggle to control two problems at the same time to try to maintain health, it often fails to manage either.

Worryingly, rheumatoid arthritis has been linked with gum disease and more recently bowel cancer, asthma and even erectile dysfunction.

As more and more medical conditions are associated with this ongoing silent infection, it is clear that although gum disease does not cause pain, swelling or any other alarming symptoms in its early stages, the effects of the infection from the highly toxic bacteria lodged underneath the gums echo throughout our bodies and can cause or contribute significantly to other illnesses.

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Again, we want you to take your oral health seriously. At Shine Dental Associates we have an excellent team of dentists, hygienists, and a board certified periodontist to provide the very best dental care on Long Island. Give us a call today for a free consultation at (516) 348-8500.

gingivitisIf you have inflammation and infection of the ligaments and bone structure that supports the teeth, you are not alone. Many adults in the US suffer from periodontal disease, which is a kind of gum disease that affects the bone structure around the teeth. This irritation is caused because of the reaction of the gums to food debris, calculus and plaque building up between the teeth and the gums.

Gum tissues would become red and swollen as a result. Even bleeding can occur when brushing the teeth and flossing.

This article will highlight three tips to avoid periodontal disease.

1. Taking regular care of your mouth is very important to avoid periodontal disease. Brushing the teeth twice a day, flossing a few minutes a day and using an effective mouthwash is very important in this regard. The first two methods will help to remove food particles from between the teeth and the gums while the mouthwash will help to reduce bacterial action in the mouth.

2. Eating adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables are very important to maintain healthy gums and teeth. Consuming plenty of fluoridated water and calcium rich foods are also important in this regard. Avoiding sugary foodstuff is mandatory in maintaining good oral health. Regular exercises will help to improve blood flow, which is important to the gums and teeth roots.

3. Visiting your dentist at least twice a year is very important to prevent any oral diseases. “Prevention is better than cure”, this old saying is very true as visiting the dentist can help to identify any abnormalities in your gums or teeth. Dental x-rays can help to keep you updated about the bone structure of your teeth. Any early signs of oral disease can be diagnosed by your regular visits to the dentist.

Call Shine Dental Associates at (516) 348-8500 to schedule your next dental check up.

Periodontal disease can form whenever you develop gingivitis in your mouth that goes untreated. As it advances into periodontal disease, the gums will actually pull away from the teeth and start to form spaces that are known as pockets, which can become infected. In order to avoid periodontal disease, it is important to keep a good oral hygiene regimen in place. Practicing good dental habits along with dental visits and a balanced diet are a great way to get started.

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Bacteria lives in our mouths and if not removed daily through proper brushing and flossing it can cause bone loss.

You may not see the bone loss as it can occur underneath the gum tissues. However, plague and tartar are present on the roots of the teeth and the gums become red and loose.

Once the bone has been destroyed it cannot grow back. But by removing the bacteria we can prevent the bone loss from becoming worse and hopefully prevent the loss of your teeth.

Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth. The bacteria can cause an infection of the gums and leads bleeding and swelling and can eventually destroy the supporting bone around the teeth.

How Do You Prevent Periodontal Disease?

As the disease advances the teeth become loose and maybe lost. Periodontal disease may be prevented by proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits.

To find out what we can do to help you avoid periodontal disease, or to stop and reverse the disease process if you already have it, please give us a call today for a free consultation with our board certified periodontist.

You can reach our Syosset Long Island office at: (516) 348-8500.

Unhappy couple in bedroomFor many years dentists and periodontists have warned about the causal connection between poor oral health and systemic diseases, such as: diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, as well as other inflammatory related ailments.

Recently, a study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine has established a strong connection between men with gum disease and erectile dysfunction (ED).

As reported on the website Female First

This does not surprise Periodontist (gum disease specialist) Dr Peter Galgut – twice winner of UK Dentist of the Year – who explained that the researchers who conducted the study found that 53 per cent of the men with ED had severe gum disease compared with 23 per cent who did not.The study involved 80 men with ED and 82 without the condition, none of whom smoked (since smoking is a risk factor for both ED and gum disease). The study participants were restricted to 30 to 40 years of age in an effort to rule out age as a risk factor and after allowing for this as well as, body mass index (BMI), household income and education status, the association between compromised Oral health and ED prevailed.  The study authors concluded “We think that it will be of benefit to consider periodontal disease as a causative factor in the clinical condition of ED.

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Given the devastating effect of erectile dysfunction on your intimate relationship(s) don’t you think this is a good time to contact our office to speak with Dr. Mittle our board certified periodontist about the condition of your teeth and gums?

You can reach our office at (516) 348-8500.

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