Halt Gum Disease Now
Avoid serious oral and non-oral problems by caring for your gums
Are your gums red or swollen? Do they bleed easily? Do you have constant bad breath or loose teeth? These are characteristics of gum disease, also called periodontal disease. It is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria on teeth and gums which then hardens to calculus or tartar.
Many of us have these gum disease symptoms. It’s estimated that 95 to 98 percent of Americans, both children and adults, start with the gum disease gingivitis before developing more serious mouth issues.
Gingivitis, the inflammation of the gum tissue, is the reversible early stage of periodontal disease. Periodontitis is a more serious and advanced stage that may include the loosening and subsequent loss of teeth if left untreated.
According to the American Dental Association, researchers are discovering that gum disease can affect more than just our oral health. Bacteria in the mouth that are associated with gum disease have been linked to heart disease, artery blockages, stroke, diabetes, colon cancer, and even premature or low birth weight babies.
We know gum disease can become a painful and expensive condition to resolve in the long term. Fortunately, you can prevent gum disease by simply controlling the bacteria in the mouth, and we can help you do this.
Our dentists and hygienists are skilled at identifying, treating and managing each patient's level of disease. For many years, we have helped hundreds of our patients control their gum disease and have healthier mouths.
What can you do right now to help your mouth? First, remove plaque from your teeth by brushing your teeth after every meal. Next, floss your teeth each day to reach those places your toothbrush can’t. Finally, call us to set up an appointment for an evaluation, cleaning and instruction. Don’t forget to make sure all your family members give proper attention to their teeth!
Together let’s prevent or halt gum disease to make sure you and your family enjoy a healthy mouth for life.