January 24, 2017
Gum disease can turn up when you least expect it. When it does, your natural teeth (and your overall wellness) will be on the line. Lucky for you, at Appalachian Dental Care, we are in the business of assisting patients in the fight against gum disease.
Read on to hear more about preventing gum disease and then be sure to get in touch with us to schedule your next appointment at our Boone, NC dentist’s office.
Gum Disease: Heed The Warning Signs
Most Americans will experience some level gum disease in their lifetime. It is actually caused by oral bacteria–the kind that is present in our mouths even before we get our first baby teeth! If that bacteria pushes below your gumline, it will facilitate the inflammation and infection we are talking about.
When gum disease first appears, you may or may not notice it. Your gums will gradually turn red and you may start to notice that they bleed while you are brushing your teeth.
The initial stage is called gingivitis. It can be contained and reversed by an involved dentist. However, if you don’t give us an opportunity to detect and diagnose your problems, it will be unlikely anyone would notice the unhealthy changes in time to do much good on your behalf.
Nothing To Smile About
If it goes on too long, gingivitis will morph into full-on periodontal disease, which is the most advanced stage of gum disease. This will not be a good situation for you, since it usually entails a lot of painful tooth loosening and loss.
That won’t be the worst of it because this disease doesn’t stop at wrecking your smile. In fact, after that oral bacteria gets loose in your bloodstream, it can do some real damage to your body’s other systems. A very real correlation exists between gum disease and respiratory issues, heart disease, and even cancer! It is nothing to take lightly!
Moreover, as time goes by, it becomes increasingly difficult for us to treat gum disease with conservative measures. After all, if your teeth do start loosening up and falling out, you will be looking at more time and expense that dental implants or dentures will require.
Prevention & Restoration Is Possible
We have a few smile-saving tips, if you are interested. Begin by brushing your teeth twice per day (for two minutes at a stretch) using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head. Then be sure you are flossing at least once a day to eliminate any unhealthy buildup in between your teeth. You will also want to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Such steps will help keep you on the right path. Still, keeping up with your six month teeth cleanings and dental exams is the best thing you can do as far as preventing gum disease is concerned.
Sometimes Dr. Airey is able to address early signs of gum disease just by helping you to better care for your teeth in between office visits. But for more intense cases we may need to perform a restorative treatment. That’s alright, too, because we have some great options that we can discuss during your preliminary evaluation.
Maximize Your Oral Health Today!
We hope you have found this information useful. The important thing is to stay on top of your oral health by scheduling your next dental appointment at our Boone, NC dentist’s office. Contact us now to make it happen!