Do you know the signs?
Do you have bleeding gums, loose teeth, spaces developing between your teeth or chronic bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth? If so- you may have gum disease.
Left untreated, gum (periodontal) disease is usually painless and progresses slowly until there is significant loss of gum and bone structure supporting the teeth until eventually the teeth are lost. Gum disease is the most common disease in the United States even more common than the common cold. Most gum disease is caused by poor dietary habits, poor oral home care and lack of regular professional care. Therefore in the vast majority of cases gum disease can be treated and you can keep your teeth for a lifetime.
It is generally accepted that the best way to minimize one’s dental expenses is to practice prevention. This requires a joint effort between the dental professional and the patient such that problems are prevented as much as possible;and if they do start to develop treatment is rendered quickly so as to prevent the problem from getting worse. A good preventive program therefore consists of several parts:
- Good home care consisting of brushing after each time you eat, flossing daily and use of flouride rinses, interdental brushes and periodontal pocket irrigators where indicated and elimination of the use of tobacco products.
- Good dietary habits
- Regular continuing care with the hygienist for examinations and cleaning and flush irrigation of pockets if indicated.
- Early diagnosis and treatment of problem areas.
- Sealants on teeth with deep grooves that are prone to decay.
Regardless of your personal situation our office will be glad to tailor a preventative program just for you.Please let us know if you have any specific concerns and/or questions that we may help you with so that we can help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.