Hello! My name is Hank, and I used to spend every weekend boxing. Over the years, as both a teen and an adult, I experienced several injuries to my mouth. I even had a tooth knocked out that was luckily salvaged and put back in. If you are a boxer or any other athlete who has had or is worried about having a dental emergency, you have come to the right place. In this blog, I am going to talk about everything related to athletics and dental emergencies. If you want tips on choosing a dentist, scheduling an appointment, saving your tooth, dealing with pain or any other issues, please explore. I plan to post on all of those topics.
A periodontist is a dental specialist who is trained to treat gum disease or advanced gum disease. If you haven't been diagnosed with periodontal disease yet, you may be wondering if you need to see one of these professionals. If any of the following signs describe your situation, that's an indication that you should make an appointment with a periodontist.
1. You Have a Family History of Gum Disease
Gum disease, like many other health issues, can be genetic. If you know that your parents or other relatives suffered from periodontal disease or gingivitis (a less severe form of the issue), you should make an appointment. If you're not sure whether or not your relatives had this issue, losing teeth is a sign. For example, if you know that one of your grandparents had dentures, that could have been due to tooth loss due to gum disease, and that's a sign you may want to seek help just in case.
A periodontist can help you figure out health care strategies to help reduce the chance of you getting the disease. If you already have symptoms, they can help you figure out the best treatment options for you need.
2. Your Gums Bleed When You Brush
Periodontal disease is defined as an inflammation of the gums. One of the first signs that your gums are having issues may be that they bleed while you are brushing. Generally, if this is happening, you will see pink when you spit into the sink while brushing. This symptom offer appears before pain or noticeable inflammation.
3. Your Gums Are Receding From Your Teeth
Another sign that you may be experiencing early signs of periodontal disease are receding gums. Do your teeth suddenly look longer? Can you tell that your gums are receding from around the teeth? Do you notice extra sensitivity around the base of your teeth?
The extra sensitivity happens because as the gums recede, they expose more of the tooth, and these areas don't have as much enamel protection as the rest of the teeth that are normally above the gum line. As a result, you may feel some sensitivity when you eat hot, cold, or very sugary foods or drinks.
4. Your Teeth Are Coming Loose
As your gums recede or become inflamed in general, they stop doing their job which is to hold your teeth in place. If you have loose adult teeth, that is a definite sign that this is happening. Normally, your teeth should only be loose if you have suffered a serious mouth injury or if you have braces. In the case of braces, they are designed to put pressure on your teeth so that they move to the desired spots. As part of this process, your teeth may be slightly loose.
However, in the absence of these conditions, loose teeth symbolize trouble. Make an appointment with a dentist or a periodontist as soon as possible.
5. You Are Over the Age of 30 Years
Even if you don't have any of the above symptoms, you may still want to make an appointment if you are over the age of 30. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control, approximately half of adults in this age group have some form of gum disease.
As you get older, the risk continues to increase. To be on the safe side, you should keep up with routine dental care including cleanings. If you have plaque, professional cleanings are the only way to remove it. These cleanings also remove calcium deposits from your teeth, which are extra hardened bits of plaque that can also lead to gingivitis.
16 October 2017