Cosmetic and Family Dentistry

Dr. Rodney K. Jones

(626) 584-1800

Patient Library - Tooth Decay & Gum Disease

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     Two of your worst enemies could be lurking around in your mouth as you read this. They are serious, vicious, sly and oftentimes successful. So, who makes up this evil pair? Tooth decay and gum disease.

     That’s right. These two nasty conditions are created by naturally occurring oral bacteria, and the acids they produce. Unchecked tooth decay leads inevitably to gum disease, which even conservative estimates say is present in at least 80% of the population. Gum disease, in turn, is responsible for up to 70% of adult tooth loss. Recent scientific research has also shown a link between gum disease and heart disease. Your mouth’s constant supply of normal bacteria produces a sticky “plaque” and they deposit it on your teeth. Foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) combined with the plaque form a strong acid, which erodes your enamel and breaks down gum-tooth connecting fibers, thus allowing further bacteria and toxins to invade unprotected tissues. This process allows your tooth, tooth root and jawbone susceptibility to become damaged or even destroyed by decay. So, let’s stop these culprits in their tracks. Make it a daily habit to brush twice with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth with floss or inter-dental cleaner. Also, cut down on snacking; eat nutritious, well-balanced meals and remember to visit us regularly for a professional cleaning and oral examination.

Dr. Rodney K. Jones, DDS            1213 North Lake Avenue          Pasadena   CA   91104           (626) 584-1800