Welcome back to the online home of Dream Dentistry & Sleep Care. In our last blog post we shared a video about one of the best new techniques for treating gum disease.
While we are all for quick and effective treatments, we think that prevention is really where it is at. To keep your natural smile intact, you will want to make sure you are visiting our Quakertown, PA dentist’s office regularly for your professional teeth cleanings and oral health checkups. That way, if gum disease should ever develop, it won’t have the chance to cause bigger problems for you.
Keep reading to hear more about preventing gum disease and then be sure to get in touch to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Roeder.
Gum Disease: Spotting The Signs
Here’s a worthwhile question: what causes gum disease, anyway?
The blame falls squarely on oral bacteria. Want to know something scary? Well before we even discover our first baby teeth coming through, our mouths are already full of dangerous bacteria.
How does that translate into gum disease? If this 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.
Here’s some encouraging news: the earliest stages of gum disease, also known as gingivitis, can be contained and reversed if you are in regular contact with your dentist. By contrast, when you stay away for years at a time, it will be impossible for us to notice any unhealthy changes that need to be addressed. As such, it can escalate into something much worse before we ever know what is going on.
Worst Case Scenarios
When the later stage of gum disease, periodontal disease, takes over, 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 cancer!
What’s more, after a certain point it is difficult to treat gum disease with conservative measures. And once your teeth start falling out, you will be looking at the added time and expense that dental implants or dentures will bring. Don’t let it come to that!
Stop Gum Disease With Preventive Dental Care!
Keeping up with your six month teeth cleanings and dental checkups is essential for warding off disease and decay, or at any rate, catching these things early enough to make a difference. As your partner for oral health, we need to know what is going on in your mouth, and to be able to eradicate any of that bacteria along with old food particles, plaque, etc that remains even after your best efforts at home.
Remember, 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 OK, we definitely have some good options. One way or another, we will get you smiling again.
Get Started Now!
We hope you have been inspired by today’s post. To prevent or treat gum disease, Contact us today! Our Quakertown, PA dentist’s office is ready when you are!