Greetings, returning readers and those of you who are new readers! We’re so happy you chose to join us today for the next sub-topic in our newest article series on the topic of pregnancy and periodontal disease. If you have been following this blog for any period of time, you’re already very well aware that Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist who likes to educate his readers and patients in areas of general health as they are related to oral health, his realm of expertise. And so, we welcome new readers to join us as we take this topic in small bite sized pieces in the hope that you will learn something new or be able relate some old information to pregnancy. So, if you’ll follow along, we’ll get today’s started on sub-topic of how to avoid periodontal disease and the complications it has for your unborn child.
Infection in the Gums – What It Is
As we have already shared, you know that gum disease is an infection which has taken up residency in your gums, festered and grown within your gums, has gotten into the bloodstream and then transported throughout your body and, ultimately for those who are pregnant, throughout the body of your unborn baby. This infection didn’t happen overnight but has, instead, taken a period of time to develop into something that needs to be treated as soon as possible.
How Did It Begin?
It began as seemingly harmless bacteria which found its way into your mouth by a variety of routes (eating, drinking, old nasty toothbrushes, insertion of foreign objects, etc.), and, once in this warm, moist and perfect environment, has found a niche in which to nest, grow and replicate. The replication of the bacterial inhabitants signals your immune system that something foreign is present and kicks it into gear. The immune system’s response to this “invader” is inflammation and it is designed to aid in healing or eradicating the “invader”.
How Does It Progress?
Since the “invader” has hidden itself in the hundreds of tiny cracks and crevices in your mouth, your normal toothbrushing can’t get at it to remove the irritants that are causing the inflammatory response. Some of these cracks and crevices are not even very reachable with your normal flossing techniques, making it even harder for those with even the best of oral hygiene practices to eliminate all of them. A dental hygienist has some interesting tools of the trade which, when used appropriately, can more successfully get at these hidden irritants and remove them. This is what is happening when you have your teeth “cleaned” professionally.
Then Where’s the Problem?
By this time, I can imagine you’re wondering why there is a problem. The problem occurs when you don’t get regular checkups and dental cleanings so the irritants and infection can’t be removed and treated. Once the infection develops to a certain stage, it gets into the very vascular network that inhabits your oral tissues, into the bloodstream, and that same infection is transported to all parts of your body (and your baby’s if you’re pregnant) and wreaks havoc in every major organ and tissue type it touches.
Your dental professional can treat the gum disease quite successfully, whether it’s gingivitis (the earliest stage of the disease) or whether it’s severe periodontitis, though the more severe the case, the harder and longer it takes to get under control. Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island, and he can provide the treatment you need. Call him at (631)661-6633 or visit him on the web at https://drscharf.com and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.