Your Mouth and Gum Disease

Healthy Teeth and Gums“A Family Affair”

Think of the great things you’ve passed along to your kids: sense of humor, charm, style, wit—why, the list could go on and on of course!

Unfortunately, some of the things that get passed from parent to child aren’t that great. One is a predisposition towards periodontitis, or gum disease.

Of the hundreds of strains of bacteria that inhabit your mouth we’ve turned up 5 or 6 particularly aggressive ones and labeled them “probable periodontal pathogens.” These bacteria appear to be responsible for gum disease and also appear to be contagious—that is, they’re spread by long-term intimate contact.

The more we know about periodontitis, the more serious we’re discovering it to be. It’s not just a gum problem. Because it’s an infection, it opens the door for disease and inflammation throughout the entire body.

Increasingly, researchers are linking it with increased potential of heart disease and stroke. That’s why it’s so critical to catch it early and keep it under control. The potential of “transference” among family members suggests that even though only one adult may show perio symptoms, all other family members—especially children—stand a much higher chance of contracting the disease. The fight against perio must be a family affair. Checkups begin with a baseline measurement of the disease and each family member. The sooner monitoring begins, the less opportunity these bacterial bugs to have to do their dirty work and require extraordinary dental responses like root planing and even extraction.

Quick Quiz

If you or a family member answers “yes” to any of these, your family is at risk of gum disease. An office visit now is strongly recommended.

  • My gums bleed slightly when I brush.
  • My gums are bright red and tender.
  • My permanent teeth are loosening.
  • I’m embarrassed by persistent bad breath.
  • My gums are shrinking from my teeth.
  • My teeth or dentures fit differently when I bite.

About Binu Thomas, DDS

As the head of a boutique, patient focused practice in the heart of Orangevale, Dr. Binu Thomas has been practicing general dentistry for over 20 years. He graduated in the top of his class at dental school, and took advanced training in preventative pediatric dentistry. Over the years, he has trained under some of the best known cosmetic dentists in the nation. He has further advanced his skills and knowledge in endodontics (root canal), cosmetic dentistry, and oral surgery. His efficient, attentive services lead patients to feel well cared-for, no matter their dental needs. His professional team will show you the respect and attention you deserve from the moment you schedule your first appointment. Dr. Thomas has been married for over 20 years to his beautiful wife Aveena, and they have two wonderful children, Joshua and Ariyana. Dr. Thomas is very involved in his community and helps out at the local church, food closet and more.

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