Several health issues can stem from oral health conditions and diseases. Holistic dentist Dr. Jones and our team at Social Circle Dental show a special interest in the general health and wellbeing of our patients. We are happy to educate them about tooth decay and gum disease as well other health conditions.
The bacteria that cause decay feed on sugar in the mouth and multiply. They mix with saliva to form a sticky film called plaque. Tooth decay can develop when plaque is not removed. Symptoms of tooth decay include toothaches, tooth sensitivity, and pain when biting as well as mild to sharp pain when drinking or eating hot or cold foods or beverages. Eventually, bacteria can lead to gum disease.
The leading cause of tooth loss among adults ages 65 and older is gum disease. It can lead to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, and pregnancy complications. Therefore, it is critical to understand the development of gum disease and its symptoms.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Bleeding when brushing or flossing is a symptom of gingivitis. The next stage of gum disease is periodontitis, which involves gums separating from the teeth. This allows plaque bacteria to infect the bones, roots, and fibers. Therefore, it is important to seek treatment after noticing symptoms of gum disease.
Your habits, diet, and lifestyle can affect your risk of gum disease. Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors. The habit can wreak havoc on your oral and overall health. Clenching and grinding your teeth can also lead to gum disease. Eating foods low in nutrients can affect your immune system resulting in difficulty fighting off an infection such as gingivitis. Regardless of your habits, diet, or lifestyle Dr. Jones and our team will provide compassionate dental care.
The importance of good oral hygiene
An excellent oral hygiene regimen is the best way to prevent cavities and gum disease. This should include brushing at least twice a day, flossing before bedtime, and maintaining dental check-ups at least biannually.
Are you looking for a dentist who is mindful of your overall health and wellbeing? If you are, consider Dr. Jones at Social Circle Dental. He would be honored to join you on your journey toward a healthier smile. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Jones by calling our friendly team at 770-464-1900 today.
Social Circle Dental is a holistic dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures, while focusing on your overall health and well-being.