We hope that your summer is off to a spectacular start and that you have plenty of reasons to smile! We can tell you that one sure fire way to ruin your summer fun is to find out that you are in the midst of full-blown gum disease (aka periodontal disease) and facing tooth loss and worse. That’s why our Quakertown, PA dentist’s office wants to help you steer clear of such things altogether or at the very least to spot problems early enough for conservative measures to reverse the damage. Keep reading to hear more about what gum disease looks like and how to handle it and then be sure to get in touch to schedule your next preventive appointment with Dr. Roeder or Dr. Kulp. After all, prevention is always better than treatment!
The Warning Signs
From the moment you are born, oral bacteria is always present in your mouth waiting to cause trouble for you. If this dangerous bacteria is ever allowed to advance under your gumline it will inevitably cause inflammation and infection. Your gums will then become red and you may start to notice that they bleed easily, especially when brushing.
Fortunately, the earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, can be contained and reversed if you have a good working relationship with your dentist. By comparison, if you tend to go for years between preventive dental visits, it will be difficult for us to detect any unhealthy changes that need to be attended to. Accordingly, something minor can escalate into something much worse before we professionals ever know what is going on.
The Worst That Can Happen
When the later stage of gum disease, periodontal disease, emerges, you will likely be dealing with tooth loss and more. If that aforementioned bacteria gets loose in your bloodstream, anything is possible. Unfortunately, we aren’t just talking about issues in your mouth, either. There is a very real link between gum disease and certain respiratory issues, heart disease, and even some forms of cancer!
Plus, after a certain point it becomes more and more difficult to treat gum disease with conservative strategies. And once your teeth start falling out, you will be looking at the added time and expense that dental implants or dentures will bring. That won’t be any fun for you, we promise!
Preventive Dentistry Works
Here’s some good news for you: keeping up with your six month preventive visits: professional teeth cleanings and oral exams can usually keep disease and decay at bay, or allow us to catch them early on.
We can often treat 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. It’s alright, we definitely have some good options, and we’ll help you figure out the best path back to health and happiness.
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We hope that this information has been helpful. To prevent or treat gum disease, Contact us today! Our Quakertown, PA dentist’s office is here to help.