If you haven’t given gum disease much thought, it’s time to shed some light on it for the sake of your overall health—not just your smile. An overwhelming majority of American adults are affected by unhealthy gums and don’t know when to seek treatment. When left untreated, gum disease (which can advance to periodontal disease) can have a big impact on your whole body. Keep reading to learn more about the condition, including its side effects, prevention and treatment with the help of Dr. David A. Curtin and Dr. Sarah A. Janowski.
Keep Your Gums Healthy for Better Overall Health
Little do many people know, if you don’t have healthy gums, you don’t have a healthy smile. Strong, pink gums keep your teeth in place and provide a foundation for your whole smile. When you let your oral health decline, it can affect the stability of your gums.
Gum disease is an infection in the gum tissue, and it occurs in a series of stages. In the beginning, it’s known as gingivitis and can often be reversed when you take extra care of your smile with a diligent health care routine at home along with frequent deep cleanings from your dentist. If left untreated, gum disease quickly escalates and leads to a number of more serious issues.
Look for These Symptoms of Gum Disease
When you’re at home, it’s important to pay attention to your oral health, especially if you notice these side effects:
- Chronic bad breath
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Painful chewing
- Extremely loose teeth
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should contact our office right away for effective preventive care (if caught in the early stages) or advanced periodontal therapy.
We Can Work Together to Prevent Gum Disease
It’s simple to keep gum disease away when you care for your teeth effectively. Brush for two minutes twice a day, floss everyday (and don’t skip out on this step!) and visit our office for semiannual checkups. This diligence and commitment to good oral health will go far in keeping your gums healthy and infection-free.
Early Treatment is Key to Good Oral Health
In the case that you think you have gingivitis or set in gum disease, our office may be able to help you recover your oral health with a deep cleaning including scaling and root planing. Your dentist will work to clean between each tooth and meticulously below the gum line to remove stored bacteria and tartar that’s declining your oral health. Then, they’ll smooth your tooth roots to promote the growth of healthy gums.
If you suspect you’re suffering from the condition, don’t put off a visit to your dentist. Contact our Harrisonburg, VA office right away!