Keeping Gum Disease At Bay
Welcome back to the Oregon City Family Dentistry blog! Don’t forget to come in and take advantage of any unused insurance benefits before the new year arrives. We will do our best to squeeze you in, if you make your appointment today!
Our team of compassionate oral health professionals is led by a husband-and-wife dentist duo. As such, we really are a family dental practice. And we want to keep your family feeling healthy and looking good.
Oral health is something that must always be kept top of mind. This is because there are so many bad things that can happen if you do not brush, floss, rinse with fluoride and come in for a checkup on a regular basis.
One such possibility is that you will develop gum disease which, if left untreated, can ruin your overall health and wellness, after it wrecks your smile.
How Does Gum Disease Take Hold?
We can usually spot it during your dental exam. That said, gum disease is pretty much undetectable to the general population until it is too late. It starts when the bacteria in plaque causes gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums. It will be mildly unpleasant and easily treated in the beginning.
However, if gingivitis is not addressed quickly, your gums will become increasingly tender, swollen, and bloody, and you will soon be dealing with full-blown periodontal disease. Trust us, you don’t want to find yourself in that situation.
Periodontal disease starts by going after your gums and the bone that supports your teeth, not the teeth themselves, but it will eventually wreak havoc throughout your mouth.
This infection will strike at the structures that support your teeth, which means that even though the teeth themselves are not damaged, they will still be made to fall out of your mouth.
It Goes from Bad To Worse
Did you know that the bacteria that causes gum disease is also linked with many dangerous conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer? True story!
In fact, after it gets in your bloodstream, there’s no telling what might happen.
But don’t despair! Gum disease and all the horrible consequences related to it are more or less preventable. Just by having your family brush and floss everyday, you can keep most of the bacteria and plaque at bay.
And, obviously, regular professional cleanings and dental exams are essential.
Oregon City Family Dentistry Is On Your Side
Scheduling regular checkups (every 3-6 months) will allow your Oregon City dentist to thoroughly clean your mouth and closely monitor the state of affairs in your mouth.
While you are here, we can check for any irregularities and address any other health concerns as they emerge. By taking a look at your mouth, gums, and teeth every so often, we can tackle most dental concerns before they develop into painful and expensive problems.
Getting in the habit of visiting Oregon City Family Dentistry will greatly lower your risk of gum disease and tooth loss, and help keep your body healthy in general.
Prevention now is always more pleasant than attempting to find a cure later.
Ready To Take The Next Step?
Why not start the new year off on the right foot? Contact us today to set up your next dental appointment or consultation.
Oregon City Family Dentistry is ready to help keep your mouth healthy and your smile radiant!
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