Don’t Disregard Your Gums
I’m sure you’re thinking, “What a surprise. My dentist wants to talk to me about my gums.” The reason that I emphasize gum health so much is because it is unavoidably connected to your overall health. Those with periodontal disease are more likely to experience diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease, just to name a few. If that isn’t enough to convince you to take care of your gums, then maybe this will: Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults! So how do you know if you’re gums are healthy and what can be done if they’re not?
Revisiting Gum Disease
The tell-tale signs of gum disease are tender, swollen gums that may bleed while brushing or flossing. Those with advanced periodontal disease may actually be able to see that they gum has pulled away from the tooth. In fact, if the connective tissue is damaged enough, they may be able to wiggle the tooth just like they did when they were losing baby teeth.
Nip It In the Bud
The best medicine for your gums is prevention. No matter what you read, flossing is not optional. If you’re in the beginning stages of gum disease, known as gingivitis, it’s not too late. But putting off treatment for even a month can throw you into periodontitis. This is yet another reason that it’s so important for you to come for semi-annual cleanings; I can spot the warning signs of gum disease well before you have any symptoms.
The good news is that, from the early stages to advanced periodontitis, I can treat gum disease. Treatment is necessary not only to prevent tooth loss, but to prevent the loss of bone mass in your jaw and connective tissues, as well.
If you’re hesitant to seek treatment for your gums, don’t be! In addition to non-surgical treatments such as root planing and scaling, using the Waterlase Diode Laser allows me to perform gum procedures with minimal bleeding or discomfort and an expedited healing time. In fact, most of my patients are able to eat, drink, and speak after their procedure. Dentistry has come a long way since the days of complicated, lengthy periodontal treatments; laser technology makes gum treatment more precise and comfortable than ever before.
If you have any reason to believe that you may have gum disease, call my office right away. There is no need to fear treatment, but there is a need to fear toothlessness and the associated risks of periodontal disease. I look forward to helping you have healthy gums so you can maintain that beautiful smile.