- September 20, 2015
Keep Your Gums And Smile Healthy
Welcome back to our blog!
At Holly Dental Care we strive to be your comprehensive dental practice in Holly, Michigan.
We offer smile makeovers, preventive care, general and family dentistry, migraine and headache management, dental implants, sedation dentistry, adult orthodontics, veneers, and gum disease treatment.
Because gum disease is so prevalent in our society today, in this blog post we want to touch on the importance of healthy gums as it relates to your smile and your overall wellness.
What’s The Big Deal About Gums?
Your gums don’t normally get a lot of accolades for their efforts but they really do play a pretty important role in your daily life.
Along with your bone and soft tissues, gums are what holds your teeth in their proper positions and stops them from dispersing.
If your gums aren’t in good shape, there can be real trouble.
A Common But Dangerous Condition
Gum disease is extremely common. Most adults will have had some form of gum disease in their life, though they may not always recognize it right away.
It all starts with an inflammation of the soft tissues (often this is linked to poor oral hygiene practices).
The inflammation is actually a direct result of bacteria (that is contained in plaque) attacking your gums. This stage of gum disease is called gingivitis.
As the plaque and tartar continue to accumulate in your mouth, your gums will become more swollen and more easily irritated.
There will likely be bleeding when you brush and floss, and then advanced gum disease (periodontal disease) will start taking over.
Periodontal Disease Is Nothing To Smile About
Your teeth will gradually lose their support structure as periodontal disease ravages your bone and gums.
Sadly, without the necessary support, your teeth will soon begin loosening up and jumping out.
In fact, we have found that adult tooth loss is, in most cases, an unfortunate result of advanced gum disease.
The Horror Continues
Besides wreaking havoc in your mouth, the bacteria that causes gum disease can also get into your respiratory system, and circulatory system.
This is not good.
Because there appears to be demonstrable link between this bacteria and respiratory disease, diabetes, heart disease, as well as cancer.
Holly Dental Care Is Here For You
If you find yourself facing any level of gum disease, we can help restore health to your gums and teeth.
At Holly Dental Care, our treatment of advanced gum disease is a combination of root scaling and planing, antibiotics, mouth rinses, and a rigorous regimen of good oral hygiene.
If the infection remains and the pockets caused by periodontal disease are not reduced by these measures, surgery may be required.
In an attempt to avoid this situation, we like to remind our patients that prevention is always better than treatment.
Good hygiene at home (brushing, flossing, rinsing), combined with regular dental checkups and professional teeth cleanings is your best bet for preventing gum disease and all the unpleasant occurrences that go along with it.
Get Back On Track Today
If you’d like to learn more about gum disease prevention and treatment, call our Holly Dental Care team at 877-321-1933.
Or click here to schedule a consultation at our Holly, MI dental office.