We do! At the dental office of Dr. Larry Winans, gum disease is one of our top concerns – at every visit, for every patient. In fact, we’re going to devote the next few blogs to gum disease to help our patients learn how to recognize it and what to do about it.
What Is Gum Disease?
“Periodontal disease” is the technical name for gum disease, an infection of the tissues that support your teeth.
● Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. Your gums may be red and swollen, and may bleed easily when brushing or flossing. Even a little bleeding is NOT ok, and it’s a sign that you should visit our office in Lewisburg soon.
● Periodontitis is more advanced gum disease, developing when gingivitis goes untreated. Bacterial plaque on your teeth irritates your gums causing them to begin breaking down. This creates deeper and deeper pockets around your teeth, and can cause teeth to loosen or even fall out.
If you notice any sore, swollen, or bleeding gums, or loose teeth, come see us right away! We always make every effort to save your natural teeth. Sure, we can replace lost teeth with dental implants, or bridges and dentures, but wouldn’t you rather smile with your own teeth?
Healthy teeth and gums are important building blocks for good overall health and well-being as well. That’s why we take our time during comprehensive exams and checkups to look for any signs of periodontal disease. In our next blog, we’ll talk more about the links between gum disease and other serious health conditions. You might be surprised to learn how healthy gums and your general health are connected!
Protect your health…prevent periodontal disease!
According to the National Institutes of Health, smoking is the #1 risk factor for gum disease. In fact, using tobacco makes treatment more difficult. It’s never too late to quit!