Posts for tag: gum disease

By Advance Family Dental Care
November 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

Maintaining the health of your teeth is more than just regular brushing and flossing, although those are very important. At Advance Family Dental Care, Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi, a family dentist in Naperville, IL, provides his patients with services to prevent and treat gum disease.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease, gingivitis, starts in gums when bacterial infections form because of food and beverages left behind. Symptoms include chronic bad breath, tender, swollen gums, and minor bleeding after brushing or flossing.

Gum disease occurs because of long-term exposure to plaque, a sticky colorless film on teeth. Severe gum disease, periodontal disease, causes gums to separate from the teeth, increasing the likelihood of even more infection and decay in gaps between teeth and gums. This may eventually lead to tooth loss if not treated.

Loss of teeth may result in other serious problems, like abscesses, bone loss, or periodontitis, which is a severe gum infection that leads to tooth loss and other health complications.

Pregnancy, interestingly enough, has been linked to gingivitis because of hormonal changes that promote plaque production. So make sure you speak with your dentist and gynecologist about how to manage your diet until you have the baby.

How to treat periodontitis?

One method your Naperville family dentist uses is root planing, which is cleaning below the gum line to smoothen roots. This enables gums to reattach to the tooth.

Preventative Measures

Other than the brushing and flossing mentioned above, you should visit your family dentist for routine checkups so Dr. Zomorrodi can properly examine teeth for any issues. The other way to prevent gum disease or halt it during its early stages is by receiving a professional dental cleaning from your dentist.

Need a consultation?

If you'd like to learn more about gum disease and how to treat it, then you should call Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi of Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL, by calling (630) 358-9899 today!

By Advance Family Dental Care
July 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

Gum disease is the top cause of tooth loss around the world, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is usually painless and slow to develop so it can sneakily progress without your knowledge. 3 in 4 adults in the U.S. suffer from gum disease.

Here at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL, we offer preventive dental care services, under the guidance of our dentist, Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi, to keep gum disease away. He is the best dentist in the 60563 area!

How Gum Disease Develops

Gum disease is a bacterial infection resulting from plaque, which is an invisible, tacky film that sticks to the teeth. As it accumulates, it hardens and then becomes calculus, commonly known as tartar, which is difficult to get rid of. Plaque likewise irritates your gums and results in inflammation, called gingivitis.

In turn, this could progress into the advanced type of gum disease known as periodontitis, in which your gums will pull away from your teeth and create pockets that will be further filled with more plaque. These pockets will then grow deeper as plaque goes further into your tooth root, damaging the supporting bone. Left untreated, the affected tooth might loosen and then fall out. That's why you need to contact your dentist 60563 right away.

Fighting Gum Disease

Stop The Buildup of Plaque

Preventing plaque accumulation is done through practicing proper oral care habits such as brushing twice daily, flossing, and using mouthwash. Additionally, you need to watch when and what you eat, avoid sustained contact with starches and sugars, and ensure that you get enough vitamin C daily and fluoride, which is vital for healthy gums and teeth.

Uncover Your Enemy

Since plaque is invisible, you can expose parts of your teeth that have plaque buildup by using a disclosing solution you can purchase from your local drugstore. You can likewise make a disclosing solution by combining two teaspoons of water and two drops of green or blue food coloring.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Regular checkups and professional cleanings with your dentist in Naperville, IL, will help eliminate plaque effectively and spot any warning signs of oral problems before they progress and become harder to treat.

Concerned About Gum Disease, Reach Out to Us

Schedule a visit with our dentist here at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL, Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi, by calling (630) 357-2332.

By Advance Family Dental Care
June 12, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: nutrition   gum disease  

In the quest for the ideal diet, people often stress over one particular food group: carbohydrates. And for good reason—some carbohydrates have been linked to chronic inflammation, a contributing factor in many diseases. One such condition in particular, periodontal (gum) disease, could permanently damage your dental health.

But before you throw all the carbs out of your diet, let’s take a closer look at them. Not all carbs are the same or contribute to inflammation to the same degree.

Carbohydrates are organic compounds existing in living tissues. In foods, the most prevalent of these are sugars and starches that break down during digestion into the simple sugar glucose, which the cells in an organism use for energy.

But not all carb-based foods digest at the same rate, measured along a scale called the glycemic index. High glycemic foods like sugar, baked goods or potatoes digest quickly and can rapidly increase the glucose levels in the blood (blood sugar). This sudden glucose spike then triggers an insulin surge from the pancreas to restore the level to normal. This process in turn can cause inflammation.

On the other end of the glycemic index are complex or unrefined carbohydrates that digest much more slowly, and don’t quickly elevate blood sugar like simple carbs. In fact, nutritional studies consistently show carbohydrates in most vegetables, greens, beans or whole grains may actually decrease inflammation.

Inflammation is also a primary factor in gum disease, caused by a bacterial infection in the gums. Chronic inflammation damages the gums’ attachment with the teeth and can contribute to eventual tooth loss. And if your body already has an overactive inflammatory response due to your diet, you could be even more susceptible to gum disease.

A change in your diet in relation to carbs could help reduce this risk. Eat less sugar, white flour, rice and potatoes and more complex carbs like fresh vegetables and fruits. For even more protection include foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (like certain fish and nuts) and less Omega 6 foods (fried food or pastries, or chips, for example). And don’t forget your antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Eating fewer simple carbs and more complex carbs will help reduce inflammation in the body. And that’s a good thing for your gums.

If you would like more information on how diet affects dental health, 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 “Carbohydrates Linked to Gum Disease.”

By Advance Family Dental Care
February 11, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   gum disease  

At this time of year, hearts are everywhere you look, so it's fitting that February is American Heart Month, a time to focus on cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, is the number one cause of death around the world. But did you know that there's a link between the health of your heart and the health of your mouth?

People with advanced gum disease have a higher risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular event, but what is the connection? For one, oral bacteria found in gum disease can enter the bloodstream, where it has been found in artery-clogging plaque. In addition, untreated gum disease has been determined to worsen high blood pressure, a major contributor to heart attack, stroke and heart failure. One study reported that when gum disease was treated, high blood pressure fell by up to 13 points. But perhaps the most significant common denominator between gum disease and heart disease is inflammation, according to many researchers.

Gum disease is the most common inflammatory disease, affecting nearly 50% of US adults over 30, and 70% of those aged 65 and older, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The body's inflammation response is a key weapon in fighting infection. However, when there is chronic low-level inflammation such as occurs with untreated periodontal (gum) disease, many adverse health effects can result. In one Harvard University study, chronic inflammation was found to triple the risk of heart attack and double the risk of stroke.

The relationship between gum disease and heart disease is still not completely understood, but there's no denying that a connection exists between the two, so it's worth doing what you can to take care of both your gums and your cardiovascular health. Here are some tips:

  • Eat a heart-healthy—and gum-healthy—diet. A diet low in refined carbohydrates, high in fiber, vitamins C and D, antioxidants and Omega-3s has been shown to lower inflammation, benefitting your gums and your heart.
  • Quit smoking. Using tobacco in any form is a risk factor for developing both gum disease and heart disease.
  • Take care of your oral health. Gum disease can often be prevented—and reversed if caught early—simply with good oral hygiene, so be diligent about brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day.
  • Come in for regular cleanings and checkups. Regular cleanings can help keep your gums healthy, and an examination can determine if you have gum disease. Be sure to tell us about any medical conditions or medications.

As you think about what you can do to take care of your heart health and overall health, don't forget your gums. If you have questions about how to improve your oral health, call us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Good Oral Health Leads to Better Health Overall” and “Carbohydrates Linked to Gum Disease.”

By Advance Family Dental Care
December 18, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: smoking   gum disease  

Your risk for periodontal (gum) disease increases if you’re not brushing or flossing effectively. You can also have a higher risk if you’ve inherited thinner gum tissues from your parents. But there’s one other risk factor for gum disease that’s just as significant: if you have a smoking habit.

According to research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a little more than sixty percent of smokers develop gum disease in their lifetime at double the risk of non-smokers. And it’s not just cigarettes—any form of tobacco use (including smokeless) or even e-cigarettes increases the risk for gum disease.

Smoking alters the oral environment to make it friendlier for disease-causing bacteria. Some chemicals released in tobacco can damage gum tissues, which can cause them to gradually detach from the teeth. This can lead to tooth loss, which smokers are three times more likely to experience than non-smokers.

Smoking may also hide the early signs of gum disease like red, swollen or bleeding gums. But because the nicotine in tobacco restricts the blood supply to gum tissue, the gums of a smoker with gum disease may look healthy. But it’s a camouflage, which could delay prompt treatment that could prevent further damage.

Finally because tobacco can inhibit the body’s production of antibodies to fight infection, smoking may slow the healing process after gum disease treatment.  This also means tobacco users have a higher risk of a repeat infection, something known as refractory periodontitis. This can create a cycle of treatment and re-infection that can significantly increase dental care costs.

It doesn’t have to be this way. You can substantially lower your risk of gum disease and its complications by quitting any kind of tobacco habit. As it leaves your system, your body will respond much quicker to heal itself. And quitting will definitely increase your chances of preventing gum disease in the first place.

Quitting, though, can be difficult, so it’s best not to go it alone. Talk with your doctor about ways to kick the habit; you may also benefit from the encouragement of family and friends, as well as support groups of others trying to quit too. To learn more about quitting tobacco visit or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

If you would like more information on how smoking can affect your oral health, 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 “Smoking and Gum Disease.”

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