We Can Help Prevent Gum Disease | Plainville, CT
- January 24, 2017
Here’s something you should know: left alone, gum disease will ravage your smile and compromise your overall health and wellness. But it is easy to prevent and to catch early if you are visiting our Plainville, CT dentist’s office regularly. Every 3-6 months is about right for your professional teeth cleanings and oral health checkups that are designed to keep disease and decay at bay.
Keep reading to hear more about preventing gum disease and then be sure to get in touch to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Peltzer.
Recognizing Gum Disease
Oral bacteria. That’s what causes gum disease. Want to know when it appears in your mouth? Before we even have baby teeth coming, our mouths are already full of that dangerous bacteria.
If this bacteria is ever allowed to slip below your gumline, it will cause inflammation and infection. Your gums will turn red and you may start to notice that they bleed easily, particularly when you are brushing your teeth.
Though you may not know what is going on, the earliest stages of gum disease, also called gingivitis, can be contained and reversed if you give the dentist a chance to detect and diagnose it. On the other hand, when you put off your dental care longer than you ought to, it will be impossible for us to notice any unhealthy changes that need to be addressed.
From Bad To Worse
As gum disease progresses, it gives way to periodontal disease, which usually involves tooth loss and more. But, that won’t be the worst of it. When oral bacteria gets loose in your bloodstream, it can be problematic to say the least. Recent studies have demonstrated a link between gum disease and certain respiratory issues, heart disease, and even cancer!
Beyond that, after a certain point it becomes harder to treat gum disease with conservative measures. After your teeth start falling out, you will be looking at the added time and expense that dental implants or dentures will bring. That does not have to be the way the story ends though.
Preventive Dentistry And Restorative Care
Like we said, the power to change your fate is in your hands. Keeping up with your six month teeth cleanings and dental checkups is essential for preventing gum disease and cavities, or at least for catching these things early enough to allow for a happier ending.
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. We definitely have some good options. One way or another, Dr. Peltzer will get you back on the good road again.
Find Out More!
Oral health involves a partnership. We hope you have been inspired by today’s post to do your part and schedule an appointment at our Plainville, CT dentist’s office. To effectively prevent or treat gum disease, contact us now!