Are you losing oral bone? Our Burke dentist has reason to be concerned since an alarming percentage of individuals continue to be unaware until their health has been seriously compromised. How can you know if you will be one of them?
How it starts: Plaque is a mixture of bacteria, minerals and food leftovers that irritate gum tissue. The bacteria makes the plaque stick, the minerals make it hard. After 24 hours, it can become so hard it no longer is removable with just a toothbrush and floss. It is now known as tartar or calculus. Instead of just momentary gum irritation you have now entered into a state of ongoing inflammation called gingivitis. How will this affect underlying bone?
Bone breakdown: Bone is alive with cells that build it and cells that break it down. Usually these work at the same speed and balance each other out. This is called bone remodeling. However, the chemical by-products of ongoing inflammation stimulate the cells to break down bone faster than they can be built up–the result?
Periodontal disease: The net result is that bone is not remodeled, it is lost, and attached tissues are damaged. Such a person now has a serious disease that can affect not only their oral health but also their overall health. What can be done to overcome this disease?
The Repair: The professionals at McMillan & Associates use their expertise as well as cutting-edge technology to bring matters under control. It is an ongoing battle to reign in and eventually subdue inflammatory bacteria—but the sooner you start the better!
Resist the temptation to ignore what loiters around your teeth and gums. Arrange for a dental examination and professional cleaning with our Burke dentist and knowledgeable team today!