July 13, 2017
Your gums should get much more credit than they actually do. Healthy gums keep your whole body healthy! Here are 3 reasons why:
- They work to protect the sensitive tooth roots from foreign substances that enter your mouth.
- Gums stay strong to hold your teeth in place.
- They also protect the rest of your body by blocking dental debris and bacteria from entering your bloodstream.
There are many reasons why patients gum health can deteriorate. It’s important to the team at My Face My Smile to communicate about gum disease in DC. Moreover, it’s critical to receive therapeutic treatments to restore your gum health. Here are 4 facts about gum disease for you to review.
1. Just about half of American adults have gum disease.
As you get older, you’re at much higher risk for dental issues including gum disease. This is especially true if you hadn’t cared for your smile in your younger years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that half of Americans 30 years and older have periodontal disease (advanced gum disease). This may be because the preliminary stages of gum disease are practically painless and develop at a slow rate. With that being said, routine checkups at our Washington, DC office are important in detecting and treating gum disease.
2. You’re more likely to have your teeth fall out.
If you’re not caring for your smile, you should expect to run into dental issues like tooth loss. This is usually caused by advanced gum disease. The deterioration of your gums destroys the connective tissue between the teeth and gums. Without the support of these tissues, teeth will become loose and eventually fall out uncontrollably.
3. Your overall health is at risk.
Gum disease is an inflammatory disease caused by oral bacteria that are left behind to deteriorate your oral health. Eventually, your inflamed gums will begin to recede and detach from your teeth. This leaves your overall health susceptible to blockage and internal inflammation from the bacteria entering through your mouth. This can spread to other parts of the body leading to serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and pneumonia.
4. Gum Disease Can Be Prevented and Treated
The easiest way to maintain healthy teeth and gums and lower your risk of gum disease is by having and maintaining good oral health. This includes brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting your dentist every six months. If your dentist finds signs of gum disease, our office can treat it and prevent the condition from advancing with periodontal therapy in DC. At My Face My Smile, our dentists provide comprehensive diagnosis and therapeutic, non-surgical treatment for gum disease. Depending on the severity, our team may recommend more frequent deep cleanings, scaling, and root planing. These therapeutic options will remove harm dental bacteria and promote new, healthy gum growth.
Get Help with Your Gum Disease Now!
Are your gums bleeding excessively every time you brush or floss? It’s time to visit your dental experts. Contact us today so we can help restore your good oral health.
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