Receding Gums

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Receding gums is a vanity issue to most people. They worry about what their smiles are going to look like, and how others will look at them. However, it becomes much more than that when the causes and possible outcomes are brought to light; it can be a serious health risk.


Causes of receding gums
In many cases, receding gums, also known as gingival recession, refers to the exposure of the roots of the teeth due to the loss of gum tissue. The most common cause for the loss of gum tissue, is gum disease , or periodontitis. This begins when plaque, formed by bacteria,  accumulates on teeth and gums. When plaque is not removed daily, it produces toxins that irritate the gums. Eventually, these toxins destroy the tissues of the gums, causing them to separate from the teeth (recede) and form spaces called pockets. 

Progression of receding gums
The loss of gum tissue is more common in adults, but often begin the early stages as teenagers. 

Healthy gums are usually pink, tight to the teeth, and has a scalloped or curved appearance. The early stages of problem is characterized by red or swollen gums that are tender and bleed easily when brushed. At this point, it is reversible and can be detected by your dentist during regular checkups. As the disease progresses, it can destroy the bone and soft tissue supporting the teeth. The teeth may become loose and have to be removed by a dentist. When the disease get to the advanced stage of peridontitis, there is usually a sever case of bad breath, inflammation of the gums which may contain pus, and the teeth get so lose that they fall out. 

Dangers of receding gums
While the most obvious danger of having receding gums is the eventual loss of teeth, there are many more serious health risks that can be associated with this.  Receding gums is known as the “Silent Killer” because is the gateway of serious afflictions, such as periodontal disease which has been proven to be linked to much more serious conditions. Among these are heart disease, heart attack, stroke, respiratory disease, diabetes, and even  premature and underweight babies. Taking care of receding gums, and getting treatment in the early stages is extremely  important in helping to maintain the overall health of your body.
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Treating receding gums
It has been said that the best treatment to any condition is prevention. However, many are not aware of  the risks of receding gums, until they are already affected. Regular dental checkups help with early detection, and further recession can be preventeed by regular flossing and brushing. However, it may be too far gone where this will help. Depending on the stage of the disease, gum recession can be treated by  surgically moving healthy gum tissue to the areas where the gum has receded. This procedure is usually done in the dental office with local anesthetic.

Your Overland Park Dentists  is dedicated to providing the best dental care. Fell free to drop in at office to discuss further treatment options that may be available for you.

Healthy Foods for Healthy Gums!!

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Most of us know that brushing and flossing arean important part of the regime to promoting  and maintaining healthy gums and teeth. However, there are a lot of people who are unaware that there are certain foods that play an important part also. At Overland Park Smiles, we are dedicated to educating our patients about the foods that we eat and vitamins that they contain which are essential for the growth of healthy bones and teeth, and the maintenance of healthy gums. 

Vitamin A is necessary for the maintenance of the structure of the tissues found in the oral cavity. These tissues serve as protective barriers against the microorganisms that cause diseases. Vitamin A can be found in eggs, liver, salmon, cheese and beef. We can also get it from orange-colored vegetables, like carrots and pumpkins, and dark leafy vegetables, like spinach.

Vitamin C is another vitamin that is important in the promotion of healthy gums. Vitamin C helps prevent tissue damage, therefore keeping the gums from breaking down. Some of the foods that Vitamin C can be found in includeciturs fruits, strawberries, apples and mangoes. It can also be found in onions, broccoli and radishes.

Another imprtant vitamin is Vitamin D. This is extremely important in preventing the inflammation of gums, which we know can lead to bleeding gums, and eventually periodontal disease. While we can get Vitamin D from the sun, we can also get it from fortified milk, salmon and sardines.

Making sure that we have healthy gums goes a long way in promoting good overall health. Eating well to help maintain good oral health should bedone by all. If you have any questions about that foods that are helpful, please feel to contact you Overland Park Dentists for more information.

 

MYTH: It is necessary to avoid dental procedures during pregnancy.....

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There are many people who believe that all dental procedures should be avoided during pregnancy. This is, in fact, a dental myth. Not only is it not true, but, it is recommended that during pregnancy, preventative dental and regular exams not be put off.

It was very important for pregnant women to take care of their dental health during pregnancy. As a result of the hormonal changes taking place in a woman during this time, there is an increased risk for developing gum disease, which has been been known to affect the health of the developing baby. Ideally, it would be in a woman’s best interest to visit her dentist and have her gum tissue carefully examined, and have any oral health problems treated before pregnancy. However dental care during pregnancy is not forbidden.

It is recommended that any necessary dental procedures during pregnancy be avoided during the first trimester and the second half of the third trimester. These periods are critical times in the development of the baby’s growth and development. However, routine dental care is encouraged during the second trimester. Dental exams should not be skipped during pregnancy. During this time, more than ever, it will be very important to ensure that your have good dental health, especially your gums. Dental work such as fillings and crowns should be treated to reduce the chance of infection. Elective dental procedures, like teeth whitening and other cosmetic procedures,  should be postponed until after the pregnancy. Also, dental x-rays during pregnancy should be avoided, unless it is a dental emergency.

Maintaining healthy oral health is absolutely necessary during pregnancy. Continuing a healthy oral regime during your pregnancy will help in reducing the risk for any dental problems.

 

 

Eat Your Way To Healthier Gums

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As children growing up, we were always warned about the perils of eating sugary foods, especially candy. However, many of us, then, and even now, were not told about the foods that we should be eating, in addition to daily brushing and flossing, in order to promote and maintain healthier gums, and also teeth. Here at Overland Park Smiles, we are dedicated to educating our patients in Overland Park, KS about the foods that we eat and the vitamins that they contain which are essential for the growth of healthy bones and teeth.

Foods rich in Vitamin A:
Vitamin A is necessary for the maintenance of the the normal structure of the tissues found in the oral cavity. These tissues serve as protective barriers against the microorganisms that cause diseases. Vitamin A , can be found in eggs, liver, salmon, cheese and beef. We can also get Vitamin A from orange-colored vegetables, like carrots and pumpkins, and dark leafy vegetables, like spinach.

 

Foods rich in Vitamin C:
Vitamin C helps prevent tissue damage and is vital in the promotion of healthier gums by preventing the gums from breaking down. Vitamin C can be found in all kinds of fresh fruits including citrus fruits, strawberries, apples and mangoes. It can also be found in onions, broccoli and radishes.

Foods rich in Vitamin D:
Vitamin D is essential in preventing the inflammation of gums which can lead to bleeding gums, and eventually periodontal disease. While plenty of sunlight aids in the body's production of Vitamin D, you can get additional Vitamin D from fortified milk, salmon and sardines.

There are many reasons for eating healthy foods. As far as oral health goes, eating healthier is a sure way to get on the right track to promoting and maintaining healthier gums. Yes, the sugars are sweet, but having a beautiful healthy smile is sweeter.

 

Whoopi Speaks on Periodontal Disease

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