June 15, 2017
Did you know that gum disease can strike at any age? True story! And it can also lead to major health issues once the bacteria that causes it gets loose in your bloodstream. That’s why you will want to find a dentist–like Dr. Airey–that you can trust to keep your mouth clean and your smile looking great at every stage of life. Keep reading 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. You’ll be glad that you did!
Gum Disease: The Early Stages
Even though it is 100% preventable, many people you know will experience some level gum disease over the course of their lifetime.
As we alluded to in the introduction, it is caused by oral bacteria, which is with us even before we ever have teeth! When that bacteria advances below your gumline, it will hasten the inflammation and infection.
When gum disease begins to take hold, it may not be easy to detect. Your gums will gradually turn red and you might start to notice that they bleed while you are brushing your teeth. Take note: if you bleed at all when you brush this is probably why.
The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. Here’s the good news: it can be contained and easily reversed if caught by the well-trained eye of your dentist. That said, if you don’t come around often enough to give us an opportunity to detect and diagnose your emerging problems, it will likely result in a more painful and costly mess to clean up.
Periodontal Disease Is Not Pretty
Left untreated, gingivitis will expand into a nasty condition known as periodontal disease, which is the most advanced stage of gum disease. This will not be a pleasant time for you, since it usually involves a lot of painful tooth loosening and outright loss of teeth. This can mean you will need restorative work which is effective but not usually cheap. Plus, beyond the threat to your smile, a very real correlation exists between gum disease and respiratory issues, heart disease, and even cancer! So, you won’t want to put off treatment.
Dr. Airey Can Help!
There are some things you can do. Start by brushing your teeth twice a day (for two minutes at a go) 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. These measures will help keep you on track. And our six month teeth cleanings and dental exams will go a long way too.
Dr. Airey is often 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. We have some great options that we can discuss during your preliminary evaluation.
Take Back Your Health Today!
Schedule your next preventive dental appointment at our Boone, NC dentist’s office. Contact us sooner than later so that we can keep disease and decay at bay.