January 23, 2017
In our last blog post, we shared a video about one of the forward-looking techniques that has emerged for treating gum disease. Today we’d like to talk to you about preventing it in the first place and stopping any subsequent loss of teeth.
The best way to keep your smile intact is to make sure you are visiting our Alpharetta, GA dentist’s office for your professional teeth cleanings and dental exams. That way, if gum disease should ever appear on the scene, it won’t have the chance to wreak havoc in your mouth.
Read on to hear more about gum disease and then be sure to contact us to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Morton!
Gum Disease: Signs & Signals
Let’s begin with a simple question: what exactly causes gum disease? While there are a variety of factors that come into play, the real culprit is always oral bacteria. Get this: before we even get our first baby teeth in, our mouths are already loaded with dangerous bacteria. Whenever this bacteria is allowed to advance under the gumline it will inevitably cause inflammation and infection.
If that sort of situation unfolds, your gums will become red and you will begin to notice that they bleed easily when brushing. Here’s the good news: the early stages of gum disease, also known as gingivitis, can be contained and reversed if you have a good relationship with your dentist. But when you don’t come around often enough for us to notice the changes, it can escalate into something nasty real fast.
Consider this: if full-blown periodontal disease sets in, you will likely be confronted with tooth loss and worse. After that bacteria gets loose in your bloodstream, anything is possible. We aren’t just talking about issues in your mouth, either. There is actually a link between gum disease and certain respiratory issues, heart disease, and even cancer! It is nothing to take lightly.
Moreover, 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. But that does not have to be your fate. And that is why we are here.
Preventive Dental Care Fights Disease And Decay!
We can’t say this enough: keeping up with your six month professional teeth cleanings and dental checkups is essential for combating disease and decay. We need to know what is going on in your mouth, and to eradicate any bacteria, food particles, plaque, etc that remains after your best efforts at home.
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. Don’t worry, we have some good options. One way or another, our Mint 32 team will find a way to get you back on track.
Learn More, Get Started!
If you are interested in preventing or treating gum disease, Contact us today! Dr. Morton will give you plenty of reasons to smile when you visit Mint 32 Dentistry of Alpharetta, GA!