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Gum Disease – What You Should Know

Posted under Gum Disease on November 20th, 2012 | 2 Comments

My cat inspired me to write this series of articles about gum disease.

I have a cat who is 17 ½ years old.  His name is Mimi.  Yes, it is a he and his name is Mimi.  He is my wife’s love of her life other than me, of course.  He has been on special cat food since he was 8 years old due to his kidney disease.  He is at the end of his life due to end-stage kidney failure.  He has super bad breath, severe gum disease, but there is nothing anybody can do, because it is not recommended to place a cat with kidney failure under general anesthesia.  Poor thing, he is still trying to survive!  He purrs when he is happy and hisses when he is not.

So, I can’t do anything for Mimi’s gum disease and bad breath.  But, how lucky that I can do something for human teeth!  I can educate people about gum disease, the signs and symptoms and what to do if you do have it!  I can replace human missing teeth with implants and dentures!  Read on.  I hope this series of articles will help someone out there.

Periodontal disease aka gum disease is an ongoing inflammation caused by bacteria that live in plaque.  Plaque is the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on the teeth and tissues in the mouth.

The bacteria in plaque produce toxins that irritate the gums.  Plaque that remains on teeth can irritate the gums, making them red, tender and likely to bleed.  This condition is called gingivitis, and it can lead to more serious types of periodontal disease.

Gingivitis can be reversed if you remove plaque by having your teeth cleaned regularly in the dental office and by brushing and flossing well every day.

If you do not get rid of gingivitis, it can turn into periodontitis, a lasting infection in the gum pockets and around the teeth.  The inflammation caused by periodontitis is not always painful, but it can damage the attachment of the gums and bone to the teeth.  At this stage, treatment by Dr. Andrew Huang and Becky, our hygienist is needed.  If the disease is not treated, teeth may become loose or fall out or require removal.

If you notice any of these signs, see Dr. Andrew Huang:

  • Gums that bleed during brushing and flossing
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • Bad breath that doesn’t go away
  • Pus between that doesn’t go away
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • A change in the fit of partial dentures
  • John Sanati

    ACK! I thought that your blog was about cat gum diseases! I’m glad I continued reading your post. It’s good to know about the effects of gum disease to your mouth as a whole.

    I also would like to take this opportunity to invite you to my website:

    Please feel free to browse it.

    • Nancy Durmfield

      Have you completed your high school yet!!! You may need to make that a priority.