Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease is not nearly as common as it once was. Still, one of every ten American adults is likely to get some form of gum disease by the time they’re sixty-four years old. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we provide treatment for gum disease.

First things first. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, and is associated with other serious conditions like diabetes and heart disease. So brush and floss your teeth every day – twice a day, in fact. If you don’t, your chances of getting gum disease increase.

In addition to age, other risk factors include tobacco use. Health experts say that tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for getting gum disease. If you don’t smoke, don’t start, and if you do smoke (or chew), quit.

It appears some people are genetically predisposed to gum disease. Even when they take great care of their teeth, such people may still be more likely to get it. If you think it runs in your family, don’t despair. A genetic test can confirm it, even if you aren’t showing any signs. Getting early intervention treatment may help.

Stress, too, is another risk factor for gum disease. Stress may make it more difficult for the body to fight off infection.

Poor nutrition and teeth grinding or clenching can also put you at greater risk of developing gum disease.

Finally, certain medications can affect your oral health and make you more prone to gum disease. These include some oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and heart medications. If you have any concerns, ask us at your next appointment.

If you are showing any signs at all of gum disease, such as bleeding when you brush your teeth, let Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak know. We provide effective gum disease treatment. Other  services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Danger Zone! 5 Signs Of Gum Disease

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Here is some important news for anyone who cares about their dental health: gum disease is a principal cause of tooth loss among adults. There is also evidence that it is somehow connected to heart disease. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, gum disease is preventable and easy to treat if found in its early stages.

Warning signs of gum disease include:

  1. Gums that bleed frequently
  2. Gums that appear tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  3. Your bite changes or your teeth suddenly don’t seem to fit together
  4. Gums that are loosening from the teeth
  5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath

The single most important thing you can do to prevent gum disease is to have a good dental health routine. That includes brushing and flossing twice a day, and seeing us for a checkup and cleaning every six months.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we treat gum disease, and take pride in caring for our patients and want them to have a healthy and attractive smile. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and treat other serious conditions such as TMD. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067

 


Healthy And Happy Teeth: General Dentistry in Royal Oak

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak Cares For Teeth Dentists are dedicated to your oral health, and care about the condition of your teeth. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we recognize that healthy teeth and gums are a vital component of complete physical and mental health.

An unhealthy smile can erode confidence, cause embarrassment, and make eating and speaking difficult. The team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry wants to help keep your mouth and teeth healthy so that they don’t adversely affect your strength in any way.

We all have two sets of teeth in our lifetime. The first set are your ‘primary teeth’, which are often called ‘baby teeth’. Baby teeth typically start to come in at about six months of age. An average healthy mouth  has a total of 20 primary teeth by about age 5.

Your primary teeth will eventually fall out and new teeth known as ‘permanent teeth’ will grow in. Permanent teeth typically begin to come in around age 6, but every person is unique and it could be a little earlier or later. By about age 13 an average healthy mouth should have 28 of the total 32 permanent teeth. The last four permanent teeth may or may not come, but typically come in between the ages of 17 and 21 if they do. Because of the late age that these last teeth come in they are commonly called ‘wisdom teeth’.

Many people elect to have their wisdom teeth pulled out because these teeth can be problematic to your oral health, such as crowding a mouth. Others keep them because they are not causing problems.

Caring for all of your teeth is necessary for total health. The team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak can help keep your teeth healthy and happy. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and treat conditions such as gum disease. Make an appointment today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:

248-284-4879

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan
48067