Are Your Gums Staying Healthy?

At Siesta Dental we care about maintaining the health of your gums through routine maintenance. We also take pride in sanitizing our office daily to continue to stay COVID free! We use Clenz 02 Zone to deep clean our facility using state of the art Eco-Friendly Green Ox Ultra & Blue Ox Maxx. We don’t only care about healthy gums we care about you!

Gleaming white teeth aren’t the only sign of a healthy mouth. Healthy gums are equally as important to your overall health, acting as part of the body’s natural barrier to inflammation and bacteria that can cause disease anywhere in the body. The mouth contains more than 400 types of bacteria that can cause serious problems if left to grow unchecked.

People typically choose to focus on their teeth and creating a sparkling white smile however, gum disease can co-exist with perfect-looking teeth and goes hand-in-hand with a myriad of diseases. Without proper brushing and flossing, bacteria can proliferate and cause gum disease and infection. That infection can travel throughout the body and the early warning signs of gum disease are often ignored. Gum disease has been linked to inflammation in other parts of the body that can aggravate existing conditions such as arthritis, along with infections that can affect the heart. People with certain medical conditions such as diabetes have an increased risk associated with gum disease.

Some of the bacteria that can occur in the mouth have even been linked with dementia, premature births, and low-birth-weight newborns. Other systemic conditions that have been connected to gum disease include osteoporosis and bone loss in the jaw, respiratory disease, and multiple types of cancer.

We Want to Help Your Health

Preventing gum disease isn’t just about keeping your teeth pearly white and avoiding decay. Proper dental care is critical for the health of the body. Incorporating a daily regimen of oral care is instrumental in minimizing the risk of disease, infection, and exacerbation of existing health conditions. To help keep gum disease at bay, do the following:

  • Brush for at least two minutes twice a day and floss
  • Swish thoroughly with an antiseptic mouthwash
  • Don’t use tobacco
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Limit highly acidic foods and beverages
  • Understand the risk of existing medical conditions and the role genetics play
  • Visit the dentist at least twice a year for a comprehensive exam and thorough cleaning

It’s easy for gum disease to sneak up on you. You may have gum disease if you experience temperature-sensitive teeth, observe bleeding when brushing or flossing, or have red and swollen gums. Chronic bad breath, gums that have pulled away from teeth, and pain when chewing are also symptoms of gum disease that require the services of a professional.

Sista Dental can provide a variety of services to help you minimize bacteria, plaque build-up, and multiple health-related conditions. Regular cleanings and exams are essential, but if you’ve already developed periodontal disease, we can perform scaling to remove deep-seated plaque. If you have tartar, it must be removed by a dental professional. Antibiotics such as Arestin can be prescribed to address existing pockets of infection. These helpful treatments are available in pill form, gels, and mouth rinses. Depending upon the severity of the infection, your dentist may choose to place antibiotic particles directly into a pocket where the gums have pulled away from the teeth.

Schedule Your Sarasota Hygiene Appointment Today

The best way to maintain a bright smile and preserve your health is to institute a daily routine of oral care. A visit to Siesta Dental will reveal any particular areas of concern. If you’ve recently missed your appointment for hygiene we are still here for you! If you haven’t been here in quite some time we will be glad to schedule you. We take pride in caring for our patients so call to schedule your Hygiene appointment today!

Siesta Dental serves patients in Siesta Key and all of Sarasota, Florida