When you think of having a healthy smile, you probably imagine straight, shining, white teeth. But it’s important to remember that healthy gums are just as important and actually create the foundation you need for healthy teeth.
Why do gums matter?
Your gums literally hold your teeth in place. While cavity prevention is crucial, the truth is that more people lose teeth because of gum disease than because of decay; in fact, gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults in the United States.
It’s certainly possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that half of all adults in the United States over the age of 30 have periodontal disease. That’s nearly 65 million people.
Gum disease is a chronic condition. In its earliest stages, the only symptoms you may experience are reddened gums and some puffiness. As the disease progresses, you will likely experience bleeding, and your gums will begin to recede from your teeth, causing your teeth to appear elongated. Eventually, your teeth will become loose, and you will lose them.
Periodontal disease affects more than just your gum tissue. It also attacks the bone in your jaw, causing it to weaken and become unable to hold the roots of your teeth in place. As you lose teeth, a chain reaction begins, and the disease progresses more rapidly.
Gum disease isn’t just a disease of the mouth. Recent studies have linked gum disease to other serious systemic health conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, reproductive health issues, and even some types of cancer.
Premier Dental takes your health very seriously, and that’s why we place such a strong focus on periodontal care. Every check-up includes a screening for periodontal disease, and if we feel that you are at risk or that you have signs of emerging periodontal disease, we will take the time to discuss this important issue with you.
Ideally, our goal is to prevent periodontal disease from happening in the first place. Brushing, flossing, and regular professional cleanings are the key pieces of a preventive treatment program. You can also help prevent periodontal disease at home by choosing healthy foods to keep your immune system in good shape and refraining from smoking, which can significantly increase your risk of developing gum disease.
Sometimes, unfortunately, periodontal disease cannot be avoided. At Premier Dental, we have a range of treatments available to help stop periodontal disease in its tracks. Whether we are seeing the beginning stages of gingivitis or you are experiencing advanced periodontitis, we will work carefully with you to treat and stop the progression of this disease.
Treatments for periodontal disease include medication, deep cleaning treatments, and laser therapy. We’ll discuss your condition with you and prescribe an appropriate treatment.
Call Premier Dental in Orangeburg, NY today to learn more about preventing and treating periodontal disease or to schedule a check-up and cleaning.
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