The dentists at Beaver Dental Care dental clinic in Jacksonville
Florida are pleased to offer our patients a full range of professional
caring dental treatment including: general dentistry, preventive dentistry,
cosmetic dentistry, restorative dental care, dental implants, smile makeovers, teeth whitening, KOR
Deep Bleaching, porcelain dental veneers, Lumineers, natural looking
dentures, stable overdentures, implant retained dentures, single visit
dental crowns, dental crowns, dental sedation, nitrious oxide, laughing gas,
dental sealants, children's dentistry, dental care for kids, adult
dentistry, sleep apnea treatment, treatment for snoring disorders, gum
disease treatment, periodontal disease treatment, bite alignments, dental
root canals, oral hygiene care, oral cancer screening, early cavity
detection with laser scanner and family dentistry
Gum disease, more than decay, is the primary cause of lost teeth.
Since it can be completely painless in early and moderate stages,
many people don’t know they have it until they begin to lose teeth.
Symptoms include bleeding gums when you brush or floss and loose or
shifting teeth. If you’ve been told you need gum surgery, you will
be glad to know that it’s possible to control gum disease with a
variety of non-surgical methods.
Gum Disease is More than Missing
Recent medical research has caused many doctors to reach a startling
conclusion: gum disease, stroke, and heart disease are linked. Since
heart disease is usually fatal, it is clear that gum disease is a
serious matter. The American Dental Association estimates that 8 out
of 10 Americans have periodontal (gum) disease. If this were any
other affliction, such as AIDS or tuberculosis, it would be
considered an epidemic! Most dentists think it is just that. They
also knew that gum disease would never be labeled epidemic because
“no one ever dies from it.” The worst is that you lose your teeth.
Not pleasant – but certainly not life threatening. But that’s all
The American Academy of Periodontology reports: “studies found
periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart
disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and
pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised
due to diabetes and respiratory diseases.” Periodontal disease is
characterized by bacterial infection of the gums. These bacteria can
travel into the bloodstream – straight to the heart.
But There is Good News
With advanced periodontal disease, the treatment is surgical. Gum
surgery is never fun, but it is almost always successful in
controlling the condition, and it’s usually covered by common
insurance plans. With mild periodontal disease, there are very
effective NON-surgical procedures which, coupled with improved
dental hygiene, can virtually halt the spread of the disease. This,
too, is usually covered under most dental insurance plans.
So Bad About Losing a Tooth?
Accidents and other trauma may lead to missing teeth, but the most
common reason people lose a tooth is gum disease and/or decay. It
might surprise you to learn that losing even a single tooth can
cause the other teeth to shift and move around, which makes it
difficult to chew and affects your ability to absorb nutrients from
your food. Other negative results: your face will change shape,
often looking “sunken,” aging you prematurely. Missing teeth also
affect your speech. Difficulty chewing may cause you to favor softer
foods and more carbohydrates, which can lead to weight gain. The
best solution for missing teeth is dental implants. An implant can
replace one tooth or many. They can be made to look so natural that
even a dentist has to look hard to tell the difference.
Ensure your healthiest smile!
Give us a call today at (904) 396-4746.