Posts for category: Periodontics

By Johnstone Periodontics
January 09, 2015
Category: Periodontics
Tags: pregnancy   Periodontists  

When you find out you’re pregnant it can be an exciting time. You may find yourself sitting down reading everything possible to prepare yourself for the next nine months. While your body is changing you may also notice some changes to your smile, as well. Many of these problems are rather common; however, you should always talk to your Toronto periodontist if you have any concerns.

Gingivitis:

Blame the increase in hormones such as estrogen and progesterone for changing the way your gums will respond to plaque. If you don’t brush and floss thoroughly you won’t remove all the plaque from your teeth, which in turn can cause gingivitis. Gingivitis will cause red, tender gums that also bleed. You may notice this happening to you as early as two months into your pregnancy. If you already have a form of gingivitis it may worsen while pregnant. If you don’t treat gingivitis it will eventually turn into gum disease, so be sure to see your Toronto periodontist regularly for checkups.

Pregnancy Granuloma (tumor):

These benign tumors may also begin to sprout up during your pregnancy. They often appear when swollen gums become irritated. Typically nothing will need to be done to treat the tumor, as they will eventually go away after your baby is born; however, if you experience pain or problems brushing or eating due to the tumor, your Toronto periodontist can remove it.

Dry Mouth:

Some pregnant women may also report experiencing dry mouth. If you are dealing with this annoying symptom, we recommend increasing your water consumption and also chewing gum or sucking on hard candy that will increase the production of saliva. When opting for chewing gum look for one that contains xylitol, which can reduce cavity-producing bacteria.

Eroding teeth:

If you are experiencing serious morning sickness then you may also have to worry about the erosion of teeth enamel. It’s important to know that you shouldn’t brush right after you vomit, as the acid will only be pushed around your teeth when you brush. Instead, opt for a mouthwash or baking soda-and-water rinse that will help reduce the acid levels in your mouth but also freshen your breath. Talk to your Toronto periodontist about other ways you can prevent tooth erosion while you have morning sickness.

Call us today if you notice any changes that give you pause. Your Toronto periodontist is here to help and we are happy to help you maintain a healthy smile both during your pregnancy and post-pregnancy.

By Johnstone Periodontics
May 05, 2014
Category: Periodontics
Tags: Gum Disease  
Maintaining good oral hygiene is not only essential for the prevention of bad breath, cavities, and gum disease. Research has now shown that there is a strong correlation between gum disease and heart disease.  The same plaque that accumulates on your teeth can lead to a heart attack or stroke.  If you think about it, daily brushing, flossing and regular check-ups aren’t just about saving your teeth- it’s about protecting your cardiovascular system and even saving your life. By visiting our periodontist in Toronto, ON, we can help you protect your smile and your overall health.
 
The Perio-Cardio Connection
 
During the stages of gum disease, bacteria and toxins from infected gums may access our bloodstream oral healthand travel to the heart.  According to one theory, when the bacteria travel into the blood stream, it attaches to fatty plaque in the coronary arteries, which are the blood vessels of the heart.  In heart disease, the arterial walls thicken with this buildup, and the result can lead to clot formations and blockages.
 
Studies have shown that the bacteria within the plaque found on our teeth, is the same bacteria that are found in the plaque, which builds up along the inner walls of the coronary arteries of patients suffering from coronary artery disease. More simply put, the bacteria that builds up under our gums is the same bacteria which causes the inflammation and plaque buildup on our coronary arteries.
 
Avoid Periodontal Disease: Prevention is Key
 
Avoid gum disease and break the link with heart disease.  When it comes to prevention it is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day.  Use a fluoride toothpaste and brush for two minutes at a time.  Ideally you should brush after each meal and it is vital, as well, to brush your teeth before you go to bed every night.  By maintaining good dental hygiene, you will have healthier teeth and gums. 
 
Begin a flossing habit.  Try to floss as often as you would brush because cleaning between your teeth is the only way to remove the plaque that your toothbrush cannot reach.  If you smoke, stop.  According to the American Academy of Periodontology, smoking may be one of the most significant risk factors in periodontal disease. 
 
Additionally, eating a healthy diet is very important in maintaining your oral health.  Eating a healthy diet is essential as vitamin and other nutrient deficiencies will make it harder for your immune system to function at optimum levels.  Regular checkups with your dentist are important, as well, because your dentist will be able to accurately detect early signs of infection. 
 
Although you may not be able to guarantee that you will never have a heart attack, you may be able to reduce your risk by daily brushing and flossing.  Visit our Toronto periodontist for further treatment of your gums and teeth to maintain optimal oral and overall health.