For most people, September signifies the end of summer, the beginning of the school year, and the transition into cooler weather. For us in the dental field, this month is National Gum Care Month and a great time to remind patients about the importance of preventative care.
Are you flossing as much as you should? Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss?
Patients tend to shy away from these questions because the truth is, gum care isn’t a priority until it becomes an obvious problem. Don’t wait until your gums bleed and become inflamed to start caring for your gum health! Periodontal health is a crucial component to the beauty of your smile, and the state of your bodily health.
Dr. Michael Kirsch and the rest of his staff here at Heartland Endodontics and Periodontics believe that caring for your gums can not only improve the look of your smile but also improve your overall well-being.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 64.7 million adults 30 years and older have periodontitis in the United States. Periodontitis is the most severe form of gum disease, where the connective tissue and supportive jawbone are damaged. The progression of gum disease goes as follows:
Gingivitis: Most of us will experience gingivitis, which is the earliest stage of gum disease. At this point, you’ll probably notice that your gums appear red and swollen. The gums will become inflamed because plaque has accumulated and produced toxins that irritate the gums. Patients will also notice that their gums bleed when they brush or floss.
The good news is that the damage can be reversed during this early stage of gum disease. Since the supportive jawbone and connective tissue haven’t been damaged yet, patients can address this problem by being more mindful of their oral hygiene. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day will remove that damaging plaque .
Moderate Periodontitis: If gingivitis isn’t treated in a timely manner, the problem will worsen until you will develop periodontitis. This form of gum disease is especially dangerous for oral health because the connective tissue and supportive bone holding your teeth in place become irreversibly damaged.
At this stage, the gums start to recede and pull away from the teeth. When the gum tissue pulls away, periodontal pockets are formed. Periodontal pockets allow for additional food particles and plaque to get trapped, which will continue the cycle of bad to worse.
To treat periodontitis, patients should consult a dental profession who will help you decide the best treatment. An improved oral hygiene routine and professional treatment can help to heal the issue and prevent any more damage from occurring.
Severe Periodontitis: If gum disease is left untreated, patients can experience shifted or loose teeth. In some instances, the damage can even cause tooth loss altogether. This occurs because the fibers and bones holding your teeth securely in place have been destroyed.
If teeth have loosened or shifted, patients can pursue aggressive treatment to try to save their natural teeth. If this treatment is unsuccessful, we urge you to consider dental implants to restore and protect your oral health.
For many patients, teeth themselves are the focus when it comes to oral health. Concerns regarding smile alignment and teeth whiteness are common issues patients want to address. In reality, your teeth are just half of the puzzle.
The health of your gums should also be a major concern. Unfortunately, most of us put gum care second to less-pressing matters. National Gum Care month is the perfect time to prioritize your periodontal health.
So, why is gum health important? Gum health is important for your oral health and overall well-being for various reasons, including:
Appearance Of Your Smile: Symptoms related to gum disease will have an effect on the look of your smile. Common symptoms include gums that appear red, swollen, and puffy due to inflammation.
Supporting Your Teeth: Your gums are an essential component to keeping your teeth stable and in their correct position. The gums act as a sealant for your teeth and help to protect any underlying sensitive tissue. The erosion of gum tissue increases the likelihood of teeth becoming loose and shifting around.
Less Risk Of Systemic Diseases: Countless studies link periodontal disease with systemic conditions. Some of the more dangerous conditions include heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Researchers suggest that gum disease is related to other health concerns because of inflammation and bacteria that can travel to other areas of the body.
For example, gum disease and heart disease are thought to be related because bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and affect blood vessels. Although a causative relationship between periodontitis and heart disease hasn’t been undeniably established, researchers do believe that gum disease is a risk you should keep a close eye on. (It’s also important to note that these two diseases share quite a few risk factors, including diet, medical history, and inflammation).
Save Money On Dental Bills: Bills for treating gum disease and all its associated complications can add up quickly. Preventing the development of gum disease is the simplest way to avoid this problem. Save your pocketbook money by actively taking care of your gum health before serious issues arise.
Could your gum health use some improvement? Here at Heartland Endodontics & Periodontics, we offer a range of services to care for your gums and teeth. Whether you’re looking for preventative service, treatment for gum disease, or restoration with dental implants, we urge you to address your dental concerns as soon as possible.
To get the help of dental professional, Dr. Michael Kirsch, contact our office at 863-382-8878 today!
Dr. Michael Kirsch
4660 Lakeview Drive
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