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We can tell you that gum disease is nothing to take lightly. It can destroy your smile and damage your overall health. Fortunately, at Robert D. Moores, DDS, we are adept at helping patients prevent gum disease. That’s why you will want to make sure you are a regular visitor to our Paradise, CA dentist’s office.
Keep reading to hear more about preventing gum disease and then be sure to get in touch with us to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Moores.
Gum Disease: Early Signs
Here’s something you might not know: gum disease is caused by oral bacteria. And before we even get our first baby teeth, our mouths are already loaded with that dangerous bacteria. Scary, right? You won’t want to let it run wild, that’s for sure. You see, once that bacteria gets below your gumline, it will cause inflammation and infection.
What does that look like? Well, it’s not pretty. Your gums will turn red and you may start to notice that they bleed easily, particularly when you are brushing your teeth. Many patients mistakenly assume that they are just brushing too hard and don’t do anything about the underlying problem.
It is encouraging that the earliest stages of gum disease, also called gingivitis, can be contained and reversed by an oral health professional. However, if you don’t give us an opportunity to detect and diagnose your problems, it will be impossible for us to notice any unhealthy changes before they have gotten out of hand.
Your Mouth Is Not The Only Thing At RIsk
Gingivitis will evolve into periodontal disease, which is the later stage of gum disease. This will not be much fun for you, since it usually entails a lot of painful tooth loss. And once that oral bacteria gets loose in your bloodstream, it can go after the rest of your body. Recent studies have demonstrated a link between gum disease and certain respiratory issues, heart disease, and cancer!
The bad news is that after a certain point it becomes harder to treat gum disease with conservative measures. Think about it: if your teeth do start loosening up and falling out, you will be looking at the added time and expense that dental implants or dentures will bring.
Prevention & Restoration
If you want to stay on the good road, we have some advice. At home, brush your teeth twice per day using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head. Make sure you floss at least once per day to remove any buildup in between your teeth. You will also want to follow a healthy diet. These sort of things will help. That said, keeping up with your six month teeth cleanings and dental checkups really is the key to preventing gum disease and cavities.
Dr. Moores 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. It’s alright, we definitely have some good options that we can discuss during your evaluation. Just don’t put off the care you deserve because you will only be creating a more painful and costly mess to clean up later!
A Healthy Smile Awaits!
We hope you have been inspired by today’s post. To get started in Paradise, CA, contact us right away!
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