Posts for: February, 2017
It takes only a short time neglecting your oral hygiene before you begin to notice some unpleasant things with your gums: swelling, redness or even bleeding. These are all signs of gingivitis, a periodontal (gum) disease that arises from bacterial plaque, a thin biofilm that builds up on tooth surfaces when a person doesn't brush or floss.
Fortunately, early stages of gingivitis can be treated effectively with comprehensive plaque removal during one or more office visits. If, however, it's not dealt with early, it can develop into something much more serious: acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG). This form does more than leave you with unattractive teeth and gums and terrible breath — it could eventually cause you to lose your teeth.
ANUG is also known as trench mouth, a common ailment among front line World War I soldiers without access to proper dental care and hygiene. It's most prevalent today among individuals who are under a great deal of stress, not sleeping or eating well and haven't cleaned or properly cared for their teeth for an extended period of time. Tobacco smokers also seem more susceptible than non-smokers to the disease, perhaps because smoke dries the mouth and changes the bacterial environment.
Unlike common gingivitis, ANUG can be quite painful. In effect, the gum tissues begin to die (necrotize), especially the triangular peaks between teeth known as papillae. Besides the other symptoms of gingivitis, the tissues may become yellowish.
ANUG can be treated effectively. The first step is to relieve the symptoms of pain and inflammation through medication. The focus then shifts to treating the underlying cause, bacterial plaque. Besides plaque removal common in any treatment for gum disease, we may also need to initiate antibiotic therapy. Metronidazole is a common antibiotic that's been demonstrated effective against the specific bacterial strain associated with ANUG. We might also combine this with an antibacterial mouth rinse containing chlorhexidine.
The final step belongs to you: to keep ANUG or any other gum disease from reoccurring, it's important for you to adopt a daily regimen of brushing and flossing, along with regular dental visits for thorough teeth cleaning and checkups. Taking this proactive approach will help ensure you won't suffer from this painful and unattractive form of gingivitis again.
If you would like more information on acute gingivitis, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Painful Gums in Teens & Adults.”
As a child, you are taught to care for your teeth with regular brushing and flossing. While this is something many people do well with, there are still instances when your teeth become damaged or aged. Your teeth can be very strongly attached to your jaw and work well, but be in danger of damage. If you have a tooth that is cracking, chipped or discolored, dental crowns can help save your tooth. Dental crowns are an excellent opportunity to give your tooth a longer lifespan. With the help of Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr. Lorelei Grise at Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, IL, you can achieve this goal.
Dental crowns are a fairly simple concept that is affordable and effective in keeping teeth that might be in danger of damage or loss. If you have teeth that are well connected in your mouth and strong, but for cracks and chips, dental crowns can be put into place to create a stronger longer lasting tooth. The crowns are created using a mold of the teeth they are for and then placed on top of the tooth holding it all together. This process is typically pain-free and can be accomplished in one or two visits to your Des Plaines dentist. The crowns are closely fit in color and size with the natural tooth being shaved or prepared for the fitted crown. This ensures that the crown looks and fits appropriately in the mouth.
It is vital that you don’t wait to protect teeth with the potential of becoming damaged. Contacting Dr. Dziubyk and Dr. Grise at Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, IL, can make all the difference in how long you keep your natural teeth. Call us today at (847) 640-0778 to schedule an appointment and get started on a healthy, beautiful mouth. Your teeth can last if you care for them now.