The gums and bone that support your teeth are one of the foundations for good oral health. When things go wrong here, it is usually a bacterial infection, and your body’s own inflammatory response that leads to bleeding and bone loss around teeth. Sometimes problems with your occlusion (your bite) can play a role in loss of supporting structures of teeth.
More and more evidence links chronic inflammation in your body as a contributing factor in problems with our overall health, and as such, we take the health of your gums and bone very seriously. The signs of inflammation in your mouth are bleeding gums when brushing and flossing, actively receding gums and loss of bone around teeth. The medical and dental literature suggests that inflammation that occurs in different areas of your body can affect each other, and be cumulative in nature. This means that there are correlations between your gum health and other diseases that are related to inflammation.
“Research has shown that periodontal disease is associated with several other diseases. For a long time it was thought that bacteria was the factor that linked periodontal disease to other disease in the body; however, more recent research demonstrates that inflammation may be responsible for the association. Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.”
These other conditions include diabetes, heart disease, respiratory diseases and even cancer.
One common misconception about dental cleanings is that they are all the same. In fact, dental cleanings can be very different for each patient. In order to maintain proper oral health different types of dental cleanings may need to be performed. During our new patient consultation and periodically throughout periodontal maintenance visits, a full assessment of the health of your gums is performed, and the type of cleaning depends on this diagnosis. For this reason, your initial hygiene appointment will generally not be scheduled the same day as your new patient examination.