Periodontal care refers to the care given to your gums so that they remain healthy. In many cases, what you do to keep your gums healthy is identical to what you already need to do to keep your teeth free from cavities and decay. With such a large percentage of Americans experiencing some type of gum disease, however, we thought it was important to remind you of the importance of taking care of your gums so that you don’t have to deal with extensive problems down the road.
As many as 80% or more of all adults have some type of periodontal disease, also known more commonly as gum disease. In its earliest stages, this condition can cause no symptoms and no major issues, but if left unchecked and allowed to progress, serious problems can result, including pain, infection, tooth loss and bone deterioration.
The key to maintaining the health of your gums is to know what you need to do and what you need to watch out for. As mentioned, early stages of the disease often are accompanied by no visible signs or symptoms so it’s easy for you to assume that your gums are healthy, even if they’re not. It is often not until the condition reaches more advanced stages that outward signs of the disease are present, such as bleeding gums, pain, inflammation, bad breath, a receding gumline and even tooth loss.
The best way to monitor the health of your gums is by adhering to a regular routine of preventative dental appointments. During these visits, your dentist or dental hygienist will not only thoroughly clean your teeth and the areas where your teeth meet your gums, but you will also be checked for signs of gum disease. The earlier any problems are detected, the easier it is to treat and monitor the situation so that your gums don’t get worse.
In most cases, committing to a more stringent routine of daily brushing and flossing can help to prevent acceleration of any gum issues. Some dentists will also recommend that you come into the office more often for professional cleanings if they are concerned about the health of your gums. Since these cleanings are more effective at removing plaque and tartar from your teeth and gumline than you can do at home, it can improve your overall oral health.
If you already are experiencing more advanced stages of periodontal disease, it’s important to see a periodontist for a thorough evaluation so you can get a recommended plan of action. Gum disease is nothing to take lightly and should never be ignored. Not only can unhealthy gums cause teeth to shift or even fall out over time, but gum disease has also been linked to a host of other medical issues, including cardiovascular disease.
Maintaining gum health is one of the best ways to ensure your overall oral health. This can be done by regularly seeing your dentist for professional cleanings and evaluations, as well as adhering to a stringent routine of proper oral hygiene. When necessary, it’s also important to see a qualified periodontist for appropriate care.
For more information about periodontal disease or to schedule a periodontal visit, contact Gentle Dental in Queens at 718-461-0100.