Gum Disease is Prevalent among Adults

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, many adults in the US are suffering from gum disease.

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. They become swollen and red and can bleed easily. This mild gum disease, however, can still be remedied by brushing and flossing daily to eliminate plaque and bacteria. Antibacterial mouthwash and/or regular cleaning by the dentist can also help treat gingivitis.

Periodontitis, on the other hand, is a more serious gum disease caused by bacteria growing on the teeth’s surfaces. This disease affects the tissues that surround and hold the teeth in its place. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to loss of teeth.

The primary cause of gum diseases is bad oral hygiene. However, recent studies reveal that there are several other factors that are causing both gingivitis and periodontitis. For instance, smoking significantly increases the risk of gum disease. Illnesses like diabetes, cancer or AIDS also affect gum health and increase the risk of further infection or inflammation.

Hormonal changes in girls during their menstrual period or pregnancy also affect the health condition of their gums. During these times, their gums are sensitive, becoming more susceptible to gingivitis.

Saliva plays a huge part in reducing the risk of gum disease. It has a protective effect of flushing out the bacteria that cause these gum diseases. Without saliva, a dry mouth can easily accumulate bacteria. There are medications that significantly reduce the amount of saliva produced by our mouth. People prone to gum disease should steer away from these medications.

Archive

What our patients are saying about us

  • Dr. Laura is my dentist and I love her!  She is a down-to-earth lady who doesn't stand on a pedestal because she holds a doctorate.  I have also seen Dr. Christie for a root canal and I didn't feel a thing!  And he explained what he was doing every step of the way.  My comfort was a top priority of Dr. Christie and Dr. Laura.  The staff has always been friendly to my husband and myself.  The office itself is very clean and modern with lots of windows and skylights to let in natural light.  Dr. Laura will be my dentist for a very long time!
    ~Linda Mason

  • I am extremely pleased with my new bridge from Christie Family Dentistry. I have received lots of compliments on how great my teeth look. I also think they look great, and they feel great. I was not happy with the old bridge work, uneven and off color. Dr. Laura and her staff were wonderful and I could not be happier with the product or the service.
    ~Linda Mason

  • I am very happy with my Invisalign. My bottom teeth were severely crowded and I avoided showing them at all costs because I was so embarrassed by them. Not only do my bottom teeth look so much better, my tops look nice too! Invisalign straightened my teeth in less than a year! I’d recommend them to anyone!
    ~Jessica Blair

  • The one major complaint that people with lower dentures have is their dentures just float.  I had heard about dental implants but wasn't totally convinced.  Dr. Laura talked me with about implants; she answered every question I had, and any concern I had was gone.  She explained everything that would be done.  I decided it was a chance of a lifetime.  It has been almost a year and I can say the implants are great.  I can eat without my lower denture moving, and I can speak and not be self conscious of my denture floating.  The one true test if you are wondering if they make a big difference, try yawning, where are your dentures?  ~Daniel Baldwin

  • Several years ago I was in great pain with my TMJ (jaw joint problem.) I sought help from several dentists. I spent over a year with a recognized specialist in Indianapolis to no avail. A friend suggested Dr. Christie. He and his staff were able to remedy the pain caused by the TMJ. I no longer have any trouble. I was able to get back into life! I also have a fantastic smile today with beautiful teeth. Yes, it took a length of time to correct, but Dr. Christie and his staff treated me with respect, understanding, and with dignity. They REALLY cared about me and how I was feeling every step of the way. And they still do!  ~Marsha Baltzell

  • Before getting my porcelain veneers, my teeth were dull and stained from an antibiotic I had taken as a child. I tried every bleaching product out there and none of them worked at removing the stains. I decided on porcelain veneers because I would not have to lose any tooth structure and they looked so natural. People now tell me I have a beautiful smile. Thanks Dr. Christie!
    ~Rachel Johnson-Stringer

  • I drive from Indianapolis to see him (Dr. Christie) and his staff, whom I love. He takes very good care of me and I appreciate that, as I do not like going to the dentist. I highly recommend him.
    ~Barbara Medley







Video Gallery

 

Copyright © 2017 Practice Builders and Christie Family Dentistry. All rights reserved.