Gum disease, clinically referred to as periodontal disease, often manifests itself as:
- Oral inflammation
- Bleeding during brushing, flossing or upon periodontal exam
- Gum recession – when the root surfaces of the teeth are exposed
There are about 15 bacteria, yeast and viruses that are mainly responsible for gum disease. The combination of pathogens, genetics and lifestyle results in different impacts. Among the lifestyle issues that shape response are smoking, sleep apnea, nutrition, hydration and exercise. Since the factors vary, most progressive dentists focus on reducing the bacterial load. At DentalWellnessAirWay we identify and measure the presence of gum-disease causing bacteria using a reliable and affordable test and then administer treatment accordingly. By tracking your progress over time, we can update your treatment as necessary.
Sweets are often cited for causing cavities. Well, they do, but usually in combination with an oral infection caused by bacteria known as caries. This infection is often transmitted by kissing, sharing utensils, drinks or other forms of saliva exchange. Once the cavity causing bacteria are introduced to the mouth, they can cause tooth damage. The bacteria use sugar to produce lactic acid that erodes the tooth enamel resulting in the continual cycle of cavities and fillings. These bacteria also contribute to atherosclerosis – plaque buildup in the arteries – which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. To break the cycle of repeated tooth damage, repair, and pain, we undertake comprehensive treatment to suppress the population of bacteria and to advise of lifestyle changes to reduce cavities.
Why is Biocorrosion important? Biocorrosion is a term to describe damage to the teeth caused by chewing stress, prolonged exposure to acids from the stomach, food or abrasion from additives in toothpaste. Early identification and management can limit damage to the teeth and help avoid unnecessary repairs.
Do you have notches, grooves or channels near the gum line? Likely, there was prior gum recession exposing the root surfaces of the teeth. The enamel in this area is degraded. As a result, discoloration may occur and patients may notice greater sensitivity to hot and cold. Since the integrity of the tooth structure has been compromised, it gets further eroded by chewing forces, acids, or abrasion. At Dental Wellness Airway, we are particularly watchful for damage to the teeth at the gum line and provide treatment to repair and protect tooth damage from this multifactorial condition.
When the teeth don’t fit together, it creates abnormal forces during biting. When this creates premature tooth loss it is referred to as occlusal disease by dentists or bite disease by laymen.
Friction, acids, misaligned or missing teeth contribute to more tooth loss and digestive system issues. Each type of tooth serves a different function in eating. Your front teeth are for cutting, side teeth for pulling and back teeth for grinding. If you lose your back teeth, improper food mashing leads to larger pieces entering the stomach. Studies show that people lacking back teeth have more digestive problems and choke more often. If they change their diet by leaning towards foods that are less nutritious but easier to eat, they are more likely to suffer from malnutrition.
If you have visible changes in the length of your teeth or notice premature wearing-away of chewing surfaces, schedule an appointment so that we may evaluate your oral health.
Oral cancer can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. Unexplained bleeding or the development of lumps, bumps or white speckled patches in the mouth are among the indicators of oral cancer. Chronic sore throat, loss of feeling in the face, mouth or neck are additional signs. In 2014, there were over 40,000 new diagnosis of oral cancer.
Leading oral cancer causes are:
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Excessive sun exposure
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
We provide an oral cancer screening as part of a comprehensive dental exam.