Let’s admit it. You have shared a spoon with your child or drank from a friend's cup. Maybe you kissed a pet or brushed with a partner's toothbrush. Seems innocent . . . right? But, what if we looked at these innocent actions through a microscope, what do you think we might find? The answer . . . is a lot of bacteria. Studies have shown that a single kiss with your partner can send up to 80 million bacteria. Gross! So, have you ever wondered if you could catch gum disease from someone you know?
Healthy gums do not bleed or hurt at all. So, the presence of ANY bleeding, swelling or pain in the gums indicates the presence of some form of gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to bone loss, mobile teeth, or even loss of teeth. In the pregnant woman, gum disease can have even more severe consequences.
It's a joke among dentists that they often practice on roller skates. If you asked any patient about this, they might look at you funny, but then when given time to think, be able to relay a story about sitting in the dental chair for 2 hours just to get a simple filling done. They will tell you about how the dentist was only in the room for about 20 minutes and might not have even introduced themselves. They will also tell you about how many times the dentist had to get up to go do something with another patient. Sound familiar? There is a more personalized, better way.
At Springfield Smile Doctor, office of Randi Green D.M.D., we understand that the mouth is connected to the rest of the body. We have evolved from being just a dental office into the role of oral health specialist. We take your entire health seriously, so at every visit, we perform 5 comprehensive screenings to make sure we are looking at your entire health, not just your teeth and gums.