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Do you know the signs of periodontal (gum) disease? If you don't, you should learn to recognize them because gum disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss among adults in the US, states the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. The dentists at Martins Dental Partners - Dr. Valerie Martins, a Board Certified Periodontist, Dr. Sukhpreet Heer and Dr. Suzanne Fisher - make it their priority to keep your gums and teeth healthy. Read here about the signs of periodontal disease, treatment options and what you can do to protect yourself from this oral health threat.
Signs of gum disease
Through poor dental hygiene practices, bacteria-filled plaque and hard tartar accumulate around teeth and under gum tissue, Gradually, symptoms develop, and when combined with poor overall health or a hereditary tendency towards gum disease, gum problems can progress quickly. Gingivitis is the mildest form. Periodontitis is more aggressive and destructive.
Signs you should not ignore include:
- Streaks of blood in the bathroom sink when you floss and brush
- Bad breath that does not resolve with routine oral hygiene or mouthwash
- Sore, red, swollen gums
- Dental sensitivity
- Pus around the gum line
- Exposed tooth roots
- Gum recession
- Tooth mobility
If you notice these things happening in your mouth, contact your dentist in Beverly right away. Martins Dental Partners offers several ways to return your gums to good health.
Treatment of gum disease
The most conservative and least invasive treatment for gum disease is a thorough deep cleaning. The dental hygienist at Martins Dental Partners uses manual and ultrasonic instruments to get between teeth and under the gums to remove plaque and tartar and to smooth root surfaces so gums reattach.
Routine periodontal maintenance--cleaning at more frequent intervals and charting of periodontal pockets--helps keep gums healthy.
Preventing gum problems
Brushing twice a day and flossing daily does more than preventing cavities. They are effective strategies to keep gums pink and bacteria-free. Additionally, the American Dental Association recommends:
- A low-carbohydrate diet
- Plenty of fruits and vegetables daily
- Increasing your intake of water to hydrate and stimulate saliva
- Getting semi-annual cleanings and check-ups with your dentist
How are your gums?
How your dentists in Beverly, Massachusetts can help relieve your jaw pain
If your jaw feels stiff or painful, you shouldn’t ignore it. A stiff jaw could be a sign of something more serious. The good news is a stiff, painful jaw is treatable. Your dentists Dr. Valerie Martins and Dr. Sukhpreet Heer at Martins Dental Partners in Beverly, Massachusetts want to share the facts about getting relief for your jaw stiffness.
One of the most common reasons for jaw stiffness is grinding or clenching your teeth. If you wake up in the morning with a stiff jaw, it’s a good indicator you are grinding your teeth at night. You may also be clenching your teeth together during the day if you are under stress.
Grinding and clenching are common issues to deal with. Your dentists at Martins Dental Partners can make you a custom-fit nightguard. The nightguard relaxes your jaws and keeps you from damaging your teeth. Custom night guards are comfortable because they fit you exactly, unlike generic nightguards you can buy at the store.
You may also experience jaw pain from jaw joint problems. The temporomandibular joint, also called the TMJ, is the joint that helps you open and close your jaws, so it does a lot of work for you. The joint can become inflamed or easily displaced, resulting in friction and increased wear-and-tear. This all leads to more inflammation, stiffness and pain.
You may have TMJ problems if you notice:
- Popping or clicking sounds when you chew
- Jaw locking when you open your mouth
- Chronic earaches or headaches
- Jaw stiffness or pain that radiates to other areas of your face
There are several effective treatments to deal with TMJ stiffness and pain. Your dentists in Beverly may suggest:
- A custom bite guard or night splint
- Hot and cold therapies
- Jaw stretching exercises or physical therapy
- Anti-inflammatory or pain medications
If you suffer from jaw stiffness or pain, you can get relief with just a phone call. The experts at Martins Dental Partners are standing by to help. For more information on jaw issues and other dental services, call or schedule an appointment with the dentists at Martins Dental Partners in Beverly, Massachusetts today!