August 25, 2017

Progression Of Gum Disease - Brevard, NC And Hendersonville, NC
Bacteria are a natural part of the body’s microbial ecosystem; there is virtually no part of the body free from these tiny passengers. The mouth is home to many different varieties of bacteria, including some that can influence the development of gum disease. While not all oral bacteria is necessarily harmful, there are some that thrive on food particles and contribute to plaque accumulation, gum inflammation, and the other symptoms of periodontal disease. Patients who suspect they are suffering from gum disease in Brevard, NC should schedule an appointment with Water Oak Dental Group as soon as possible. Gum disease can be treated in a variety of ways and recovery is possible with the right intervention. Left untreated, gum disease can affect the health of the whole body, not just the oral tissue. Make the choice today to fight back against gum disease.

A Rich Assortment of Bacteria

There are actually hundreds of different strains of bacteria living inside the average human mouth; in fact, around 700 different varieties have been documented although individuals are likely to only have 34 – 72 different varieties at once. Generally speaking, there are three sorts of oral bacteria:

  • Beneficial bacteria – Also called probiotics, these helpful bacteria aid with digestion by starting the process of breaking down food.
  • Neutral bacteria – These are not especially harmful but they do not have any specific helpful qualities either.
  • Harmful bacteria – These can lead to infections and health problems if left unchecked.

The two most common types of harmful oral bacteria are Streptococcus mutans and Porphyromonas gingivalis. Both strains are associated with harmful health effects, so care should be taken to control their growth and spread. Good oral hygiene is the first and strongest method of combatting the growth of P. gingivalis and S. mutans. If you have questions about the bacteria that cause gum disease, speak with Dr. David S.  Krishinger, Dr. Jeffrey T. Root, or Dr. John Krishingner during your next appointment at their office in Brevard, NC, conveniently located closed to Hendersonville, NC and Etowah, NC. They use advanced laser dentistry that is minimally invasive and virtually pain-free to treat gum disease. To schedule a visit new patients should call (828) 233-5767.



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