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“Love the Gums You’re With” Campaign

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

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Periodontal Health in Children and Adolescents

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Article Published by Perio.org / January 2013 : Periodontal Disease in Children and Adolescents

Periodontitis is thought of as an adult problem as the result of aging. But, did you know that gingivitis, a mild form of periodontitis, is often found in both children and adolescents? Additionally, research shows that more advanced, harmful forms of periodontal disease can occur in these younger age groups. The good news a few easy steps can help prevent periodontal diseases.

There are three types of periodontal diseases found in children and adolescents.

1. Chronic gingivitis causes gum tissue to swell, turn red and bleed easily. Left untreated, chronic gingivitis can eventually lead to more serious forms of periodontal disease.

2. Aggressive periodontitis affects the first molars and incisors. It can include bone loss and patients may form very little dental plaque.

3. Generalized aggressive periodontitis involves the entire mouth. Patients have heavy accumulations of plaque, calculus and inflammation of the gums.

Eventually, periodontitis can cause the teeth to become loose and possibly to fall out.

For your teen, hormonal changes due to puberty can put them at risk for periodontal disease. During puberty, an increased level of hormones, such as progesterone and possibly estrogen, cause increased blood circulation to the gums. This may increase the gum’s sensitivity and lead to a greater reaction to any irritation, including food particles and plaque. During this time, the gums may become swollen, turn red and feel tender.

 

As your teen gets older, the tendency for the gums to swell in response to irritants will lessen. However, during puberty, it is very important to follow a good dental hygiene regimen, including regular brushing and flossing, and regular dental visits. In some cases, a dental professional may recommend periodontal therapy to help prevent damage to the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth.

 

Early diagnosis is important for successful treatment of periodontal diseases. Therefore, it is important that children and teens receive a comprehensive periodontal examination as part of their routine dental visits.

The most important preventive step against periodontal disease is to establish good oral health habits with your child. There are basic preventive steps to help your child maintain good oral health:

 Establish good dental hygiene habits early. When your child is 12 months old, you can begin using toothpaste when brushing his or her teeth. When the gaps between your child’s teeth close, it’s important to start flossing.

 Set an example. Serve as a good role model by practicing good dental hygiene habits yourself.

 Make time. Schedule regular dental visits for family checkups, periodontal evaluations and cleanings bi-annually.

 Check your child’s mouth for the signs of periodontal disease. Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding gums, swollen and bright red gums, gums that are receding away from the teeth and bad breath.

 Early diagnosis ensures the greatest change for successful treatment. It is important that children receive a periodontal examination as part of their routine dental visits

 

Once a periodontal patient, Always a periodontal patient!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

If you have gum disease and have had scaling and root planing and/ or periodontal surgery, the regular cleanings that will be recommended to you after those treatments are called periodontal maintenance therapy visits. “Once a Periodontal Patient, Always a Periodontal Patient!” After the disease is brought under control, it is critical that periodontal maintenance be performed regularly. You will need more frequent visits than other patients since the gum pockets, plaque and calculus level make it more difficult fr you to keep the teeth clean below the gum line. Dr. Alford may recommend treatment every three to four months as needed. As you progress towards a healthy and stable gum condition, the frequency may change. It is imperative to have optimum home care with proper tooth brushing, flossing, inter-dental brushes, and use of other aids and rinses we recommend.

Imagine how difficult it would be to chew with missing teeth and the cost to replace missing teeth exceeds preventive treatment. We would like to prevent recurrence and further expense. Our goal is for you to keep your teeth for a lifetime of healthy smiles and not lose any teeth due to decay and periodontal disease!

Periodontal Disease Linked to Cardiovascular Disease

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Periodontal Disease Linked to Cardiovascular Disease

 

Adairsville, GA – August 7, 2012 – A scientific statement recently published by the American Heart Association (AHA) concludes that observational studies support an association between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, independent of shared risk factors. However, some media reports surrounding the statement’s publication have inaccurately classified the relationship as insignificant and suggested that there is no scientific evidence to support a link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease.

 

While current research does not yet provide evidence of a causal relationship between the two diseases, scientists have identified certain factors, such as chronic inflammation, that independently link periodontal disease to the development or progression of cardiovascular disease in some patients.

 

The lack of causal evidence should not diminish concern about the impact of periodontal status on cardiovascular health. According to Leroy B. Alford DDS, “As the AHA statement points out, the association between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease is real and independent of shared risk factors. Patients and healthcare providers should not ignore the increased risk of heart disease associated with gum disease just because we do not have all the answers yet.”

 

Dr. Alford encourages physicians and dentists to communicate the association between cardiovascular disease and periodontal disease to patients. “Patients should be aware that by maintaining periodontal health, they are helping to reduce harmful inflammation in the body, which has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.”

 

Patients should expect to receive a comprehensive periodontal evaluation from their dental professional at least once a year, adds Dr. Alford. This includes a detailed examination of the teeth and gums, and an assessment of risk factors such as smoking, age, and overall health status. In addition, patients diagnosed with periodontal disease should be sure to inform their general health care provider and/or cardiologist to encourage better integration of their care.

 

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