Gum Health can be a Tricky Matter
- Posted on: Nov 30 2017
More and more lately, we hear about the need for oral care as a preventive measure against gum disease. Most of us own at least one spool of dental floss. We may even own a Waterpik or other irrigation device. After brushing, we may rinse with antibacterial mouthwash, and we may drink water throughout the day to support saliva flow. With all these habits, one might think that gum disease couldn’t possibly develop. Research tells us otherwise.
Did you know that more than 75% of adults are expected to develop the inflammation and infection we know as gum disease? As a result of untreated gum disease, it has been estimated that a large percentage of older adults will lose all of their natural teeth. These are only two of several consequences attributed to poor gum health. In addition to direct dental problems, gum disease is a likely factor in many medical conditions, including diabetes, pre-term births, and cardiovascular disease.
The increased risk of tooth loss and health concerns is good enough reason to take gum health seriously. What is tricky about this goal is that the earliest indications that gums are in need of help may go unnoticed.
Would you see the following as a gum problem?
- Persistent bad breath
- Mild sensitivity when you consume warm or cold foods
- Subtle redness or puffiness of the gums
- Minor bleeding from brushing or flossing
- Teeth looking longer as you age
We Focus on Prevention
Regarding gum disease, prevention is the best medicine. To notice the warning signs means a great deal to future health and wellness. For this reason, we are conscientious about the way we perform routine checkups. We encourage patients to visit us often, and to contact us for evaluation should any indications of gum disease develop. When we detect inflammation early, it is much more likely that we can manage disease-causing bacteria by teaming up to develop an efficient home-care routine that includes brushing and flossing on a daily basis.
Sometimes, home care needs a jump start with a deep cleaning performed here in the office. Depending on the presence of infection, topical or oral antibiotics may be prescribed to inhibit oral bacteria from causing extensive damage.
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