- December 17, 2016
Smiles look better when you have all your teeth. With that in mind, did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States?
It’s true. It’s also true that experts estimate that nearly half of American adults have some form of periodontitis, which is considered an advanced form of gum disease.
If you are like us, you would rather keep all your teeth for as long as you can. Our dentists in Holly, MI, can help you do that with preventive care and our periodontal treatments.
Keep reading to learn how our team at Holly Dental Care can help and to learn about the signs you should be looking for.
To schedule an appointment at our office, fill out our online form or call 877-321-1933.
Preventing And Treating Gum Disease
With any disease, prevention is always the best option. Gum disease is no different. Preventing it starts with a good oral hygiene routine.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth and cleaning between them daily for a reason. The bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay live inside your mouth. They multiply daily, and you should be making an effort to remove as many bacteria as you can each day, too.
Brushing twice a day for two minutes will remove bacteria and plaque (a sticky film created by bacteria) from most of the surface of your teeth. Dental floss or other interdental cleaners can remove bacteria and food particles (which can feed the bacteria) from between your teeth and gums.
You also should visit Holly Dental Care for professional cleanings and examinations. During your visit, one of our dental professionals will remove any plaque or tartar (hardened plaque) that has formed in your mouth. We also will examine your mouth for signs of gum disease. By detecting problems in the early stages, the treatments are more effective and less invasive.
A common treatment is scaling and root planing. This is a step beyond what happens during a routine cleaning. During this procedure, we will remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar that has formed around the roots of your teeth, where is can cause more serious problems.
If you have not yet scheduled your next cleaning, call 877-321-1933 today. If you are new to the area or looking for a dentist, new patients are welcome at our dentist office.
What To Watch For: Signs Of Gum Disease
We hope you will never develop periodontal disease, but we also know that most people with have it at some point in their lives.
When and if you get it, we want you to recognize the signs. We’ll start with gingivitis, the mild form of gum disease:
▸ Bleeding gums
▸ Swollen gums
▸ Gums that look redder than usual
Healthy gums are pink and firm, and they do not bleed when you brush or floss. That said, if you notice bleeding, that means you should become more deliberate about flossing.
With time the bleeding should stop, if it doesn’t then you may already have periodontitis. If you see any of these symptoms, then it is time schedule a visit to our dentist office in Holly, MI:
▸ Sore, tender gums
▸ Receding gums
▸ Bad breath or taste in your mouth
▸ Pus leaking from your gums
▸ Teeth that feel loose
We want to get rid of the gum disease and protect your smile. We can only do that if you come schedule a visit at our office.
Gum Disease Risk Factors
Fair or not, some people are more likely to develop gum disease. Some of the risk factors are things you can’t control. Other risk factors are things you can’t change.
Either way, you should pay close attention to your gum health if any of the following applies to you.
◼︎ You have diabetes.
Research has shown that people with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease. It’s also shown that having gum disease makes it more difficult to control blood sugar levels.
◼︎ You are a tobacco user.
There’s not really a diplomatic way to say this. Smoking or using smokeless tobacco is one of the worst things you can do for your oral health. The chemicals in tobacco products are harmful to your gum tissue, which leaves them more vulnerable to infection.
Tobacco use also makes it less likely that your treatment will be effective.
◼︎ You are a female.
To be more specific, females have a higher risk of developing gum disease during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.
◼︎ You have poor dental habits.
You can choose to brush, floss, and visit the dentist. If you don’t, you are making it more likely that you will have gum disease and other oral health issues.
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