Make the Most of Those Mistletoe Moments: Kissable, Clean, Fresh Breath

Whether it’s under the mistletoe, or greeting loved ones, what’s the first thing we do at the holidays? Hug and kiss them of course!

You want to be sure your breath is as clean and fresh as possible, not just at the holidays, but also year round. But what if it isn’t? Are people avoiding your kisses? If it seems chronic, it could be a symptom of something more serious, such as a periodontal disease. You’ve probably heard of gingivitis or periodontitis. But do you know what they are? If you recognize any of the following symptoms, please call us as soon as possible for an exam. We have advanced and gentle treatments for periodontal (gum) disease in Lewisburg.

Most periodontal diseases start out as gingivitis, an inflammation of your gums that, left untreated, can progress to periodontitis, where the inflammation has spread to the tissues and bones that are the underlying support for your teeth. The cause of most periodontal disease is bacterial plaque on your teeth. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss.

Periodontal disease can also be a contributing factor to more serious health conditions, such as diabetes. This link has been demonstrated in recent scientific studies at the University of Pennsylvania. If you are diabetic, please tell Dr. Larry Winans and your hygienist so they can treat you accordingly.

When caught early, the solutions for periodontal disease can be as simple as more regular brushing and flossing. At our office in Lewisburg, we use some of the newest technologies to treat periodontal disease. Therapies such as ultrasonic scalers or high-tech soft tissue lasers are much more advanced and gentle than ever before. Periodontal disease is treatable, and the earlier you come see us, the better.

Call us at our Lewisburg dental office at 866.803.1468 if you’re experiencing any redness, bleeding, or soreness of your gums. After all, we like to hug and kiss our loved ones all year long, not just at the holidays.