The Inflammatory Process & Dental Inflammation
From tooth decay to gum disease, inflammation is the root of all dental health problems. But you can have a healthy, beautiful smile for life. Find out how!
Understanding Dental Inflammation & How It Affects Your Health
Meet Dr. Patel, trusted dentist and authority on dental inflammation
Inflammation is how the body responds to injury, disease, or illness.
When you cut yourself and a scab forms, that’s an example of the inflammatory process at work. While your body is usually very adept at healing itself, there are unfortunately many situations where the natural inflammatory response actually makes a problem worse!
Inflammation in the mouth can begin a frustrating cycle that can’t be resolved without the help of a skilled dentist. Inflammatory processes in the mouth lead to:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Tooth and bone loss
As an experienced dentist, I want to educate you on the inflammatory process and how it can affect your life and dental health.
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Bacteria & Dental Inflammation
There will always be bacteria in your mouth; eliminating all of it is neither desirable nor possible! Instead, what we want to do is help you maximize the healthy “good” bacteria in your mouth and minimize the decay-causing “bad” bacteria.
When the bad bacteria thrive, the result is damage to the tissue in your mouth. Your body responds with an inflammatory response, which is the beginning of the vicious cycle of tooth decay and gum disease. You can manage the bacteria in your mouth by:
- Eating a healthy balanced diet rich in leafy greens and low in sugary and acidic foods
- Brushing and flossing regularly at home
- Visiting the dentist for checkups and cleanings to remove built up tartar and plaque
Did You Know:
Just as barnacles will grow on a ship traveling through the water, dental tartar is unavoidable no matter how well or how often you brush and floss. To prevent infection, decay, and disease, you must see a dentist you trust to have tartar removed.
Symptoms of Inflammation in the Mouth
Stained, Discolored, or Chipped Teeth
Bleeding, Red, Receding or Swollen Gums
Chronic Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Pain in Your Teeth
The Consequences of Untreated Gum Inflammation
When dental inflammation is left untreated, your body loses its ability to heal itself naturally. Over time, as gum inflammation caused by bacteria in the mouth continues, you’ll experience:
- Tooth Decay & Cavities – Over 95% of adults suffer from tooth decay at some point in their lives, but it’s avoidable with diet and proper dental care.
- Gum Disease – The mouth is the gateway to the body. Modern research shows that untreated gum disease increases risks of heart disease and diabetes.
- Tooth Loss – Tooth loss leads to bone loss. You won’t be able to chew normally and your face will take on a sunken appearance.
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