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It’s National Gum Care Month

We turn the spotlight on preventing periodontal disease.


September is National Gum Care Month and Amsterdam Dental turns the spotlight on preventing periodontal disease – a common condition that can often have no warning signs.

Simply defined… periodontal disease (or periodontitis) is a serious gum infection and one of the major causes of tooth loss in adults. While often preventable with proper oral hygiene, early symptoms of red, swollen or receding gums should not be overlooked. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious dental conditions, such as tissue damage and jawbone deterioration. In addition, periodontitis has also been linked to heart and other diseases.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, research has indicated the bacteria and inflammation related to periodontal disease may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. It can also have a negative effect on existing heart conditions. Evidence has further shown a relationship between periodontitis and other diseases, including diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer and respiratory-related illnesses.

At-A-Glance: Signs & Symptoms

  • Swollen, red, tender or bleeding gums
  • Receding gums or those that move away from the tooth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Visible pus surrounding the teeth and gums

At-A-Glance: Risk Factors

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Genetics and/or age
  • Crooked, hard to clean teeth
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Certain medications (steroids, select anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, some calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptives)

At-A-Glance: Gum Disease Prevention

  • Brush teeth daily
  • Floss teeth daily
  • Swish with mouthwash
  • Know gum disease risk factors

There is good news! Periodontal disease is treatable using special dental procedures to clean the pockets around teeth and prevent damage of surrounding bone. In advanced cases, periodontal surgery may be required. As with all diseases, early detection is best. If you have questions or show symptoms, the team of Amsterdam Dental Group periodontists can diagnosis, create and manage a personal, case-specific treatment plan.

So as we celebrate National Gum Care, keep your healthy with good oral hygiene.

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Fall Tips for Tailgating

Tailgating is always fun! And, yes, it can be tooth-friendly!

It’s fall and that means… Get out and start tailgating! From SUV-filled stadium parking lots to a comfortable gathering in front of the big screen at home, there is no shortage of food and fun. The good news is there are some easy ways to maintain dental health while rooting for your favorite team. Here are some quick and good-tasting options.

  • Take a pass on the tradition and replace hamburgers and hot dogs with some grilled vegetables, fish, chicken and other lean meats instead.  All good ways to avoid bad breath and mouth sores.
  • Back up your starting line up with a raw vegetable tray. These fiber-rich favorites stimulate saliva and wash away cavity-causing sugars and bacteria.
  • Kick off the tailgate with some cheese and crackers. The calcium-infused favorite is a great source of minerals for your teeth. Go for two points by opting for whole-grain or whole-wheat picks.
  • Gear up for overtime with some healthy sweet treats like sugar-free peanut butter cookies or sliced fruit with yogurt dip.

Win or lose, the best end of game advice is to be sure and brush afterward or at least swish with a little water! Happy tailgating!

If you have any questions or dental related concerns, contact Amsterdam Dental Group or your dental professional.

Reference: http://www.deltadentaltn.com/Wellness/Oral-Health-Resources/Oral-Health-Topics/Mouth-Month/September-Fall-Into-Good-Oral-Health-Habits.aspx