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5 Often Ignored Signs of Gum Disease

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Over 60 million Americans suffer from some level of gum disease, and you may be one of them and not even know it! Luckily, there are some telltale signs that gum disease is beginning to take hold so that you can take action before permanent damage is done.

Here are 5 early signs of gum disease:

  • Gums that are red or swollen – If your gums look red, puffy, or feel tender, that could be a sign of gum disease setting in. The inflammation is caused by bacteria that accumulates around the teeth when it is not correctly removed by bushing, flossing, or regular dental cleanings. Left untreated, this can progress into periodontitis which is more serious and can lead to your gums receding away from your teeth.
  • Bleeding while brushing or eating – If you notice small amounts of blood when you spit after brushing your teeth or when eating certain foods, don’t disregard it as nothing. Bleeding from the gums after brushing is a big indicator of gingivitis – a mild form of gum disease. Luckily, this condition is easily reversed by brushing daily, flossing, and staying up to date on your regular dental cleanings.
  • Plaque buildup – by maintaining a daily routine of brushing and flossing and combining that with regular dental visits, you can prevent the buildup of plaque which contributes to gum disease. If plaque is not adequately removed, it can harden into tartar which can then harbor the bacteria that causes gum disease.
  • Tooth sensitivity – Though it can simply mean you’re brushing too aggressively, having sensitive teeth is also a symptom of gum disease. As gums recede, the tooth’s root becomes exposed which in turn makes the tooth more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.
  • Bad breath – If you’re someone who has never suffered from chronic bad breath but you’ve noticed it has been a little on the foul side lately, it could be a sign of gum disease. This is caused by the disease-causing bacteria moving below the gum-line where toothbrushes and floss have a difficult time reaching. This is one of the many reasons regular dental cleanings are so vital to your overall oral health.

Eddie C. Orobitg, DMD brings over 20 years of experience to residents here in Leesburg. With a compassionate yet professional approach, he strives to help all patients fight and eliminate gum disease. For more information or to schedule your appointment, contact the Orobitg Dentistry at 352-702-4147 today.

How to Reduce Tooth Sensitivity to Temperature

Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods may mean dental enamel has eroded enough to allow exposure of hollow canals leading to dental nerves. It could also mean gum disease (gingivitis) has pulled gums away from tooth roots to expose nerves to temperature changes.

Comprised of microscopic tubules extending into a tooth's pulp, a tooth's nerves are irritated when they are exposed to extremely sweet, cold or hot foods. These tubules are normally protected by healthy gums and dental enamel. However, tooth decay and gum disease can expose them and cause severe pain similar to cavity pain.

What Can You Do to Reduce Tooth Sensitivity?

What Kind of Toothbrush Do You Use?

Avoid brushing your teeth with a hard-bristled toothbrush. Stiff bristles and hard brushing will erode enamel and may irritate gums.

Bruxism

Do you grind your teeth during sleep? If so, bruxism (teeth grinding) can cause serious dental erosion as well as chip or crack your teeth. Visit Dr. Orobitg to be fitted with a dental appliance that can prevent upper and lower teeth from grinding against each other.

OTC Whiteners

Over-the-counter teeth whiteners and whitening toothpaste contain harsh ingredients detrimental to your dental enamel health. Dentists provide whitening treatments  that whiten teeth without eroding dental enamel.

Alcohol in Mouthwashes

Avoid using mouthwashes or rinses containing alcohol. Although alcohol kills some oral bacteria, it also promotes mouth dryness. A chronically dry mouth contributes to bacterial growth, tooth decay, and gum disease.

See Your Dentist Regularly for Cleanings and Check-Ups

The best way to prevent tooth sensitivity is to visit Dr. Orobitg every six months for a complete cleaning and examination. Preventive dental care will not only keep you from wincing when you drink an ice-cold milkshake or pop something hot in your mouth but will also reduce your risk of cavities, gingivitis, and possible tooth loss.

If you can't eat comfortably without feeling severe pain caused by teeth sensitivity, schedule an appointment with Dr. Orobitg today for a dental examination to determine what is causing your tooth sensitivity.

4 Myths About Oral Hygiene

Many people don’t realize the connection between oral health and overall health. The mouth serves as a window into a person’s health, but there is much confusion about howOrobitg - 4 Myths About Oral Hygiene - SEP oral care affects a person’s wellbeing. Here are some of the most common myths about oral hygiene:

Tooth Decay is Mainly Caused by Sugar

Contrary to popular belief, sugar is not the leading cause of tooth decay. Acids from naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth combine with your saliva, resulting in plaque buildup on your teeth that needs to be removed daily. That plaque is what is responsible for tooth decay, and happens most often during the consumption of carbohydrates.

Silver Fillings Pose No Health Risks

Over half of all silver fillings contain mercury, and over time, that mercury can leech out into the mouth and into the body. Mercury has been linked to a number of illnesses, and fillings containing the potentially dangerous element should be replaced or avoided all together. People with silver fillings who have a habit of grinding their teeth, drinking carbonated beverages, or chewing gum often may be more prone to this effect than others.

Gum Disease is Uncommon

Not only is gum disease more common than many think, a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 50% of all adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. Additionally, as we age, we are naturally more susceptible to infection, including those of the gums. 64% of adults over 65 have moderate to severe gum disease.

Diabetes Means Gum Disease

Many people deal with diabetes every single day, and it affects how the body processes sugar, often leading to issues in the heart, kidneys, eyes, and nerves. Poor blood sugar regulation makes it difficult to control gum disease, but it does not directly cause gum infections.

The best way to avoid mouth issues is to make oral hygiene a priority in your life. Regular brushing, flossing, and trips to your dentist for checkups and cleanings are a must.

Your local dentist, Eddie C. Orobitg, DMD, offers more than two decades of experience to resident in Leesburg, Fl and surrounding communities in Lake and Sumter County. He brings a warm and caring approach to the profession to minimize pain and ensure you understand what each procedure entails. For more information about caring for your teeth, or to schedule an appointment, contact Eddie Orobitg Dentistry at 352-702-4147 today.

When Tooth Extraction is Necessary

Teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and at Dr. Orobitg’s office, we will take every possible measure to preserve natural teeth. There will be times when we may have to Orobitg - When Tooth Extraction is Necessary - JULrecommend a tooth be removed to preserve your dental and overall health.

In some cases, that may require a surgical tooth extraction. Here are some of the reasons a surgical tooth extraction may be necessary, and how it is different from other extractions.

Why a Tooth Can’t be Saved

Although orthodontists may extract teeth to reduce crowding, and dental surgeons extract wisdom teeth because of their awkward position behind your molars, teeth most typically have to be removed due to trauma or disease. If a tooth cannot be repaired with a filling, crown, or because of an accident or excessive decay, extraction may be the best course of action. Additionally, teeth that are not supported by an adequate amount of bone due to periodontal disease may also be candidates for removal if periodontal procedures are unsuccessful.

Simple vs. Surgical Extraction

Data shows that surgical tooth extraction is one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States. When a tooth is visible above the gum line and a dentist can remove it with forceps, the procedure is called a simple extraction. When a tooth has yet to grow in (in the instance of a wisdom tooth, for example), the dentist will need to remove gum tissue or bone in order to extract it. This is called a surgical extraction and it requires stitches to heal properly.

Surgical extraction may sound daunting, but the procedures and anesthesia used by dentists today mean there is little to worry about.

Your local dentist, Eddie C. Orobitg, DMD, offers more than two decades of experience and excellence in dentistry to Leesburg, FL residents. He brings a warm and caring approach to the profession and ensures you understand what each procedure entails. For more information about tooth extraction or to schedule an appointment, contact the Orobitg Dentistry at 352-702-4147 today.

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