Defense Against Gum Disease

December 22, 2017

Periodontitis (gum disease) is a very common problem for many Americans. It is a progressive disorder, which means that as time goes on, it will worsen. Gum disease will not clear up on its own without treatment. If you have gum disease, it can put you at a higher risk for health complications in the rest of your body, such as, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and more. Periodontitis can be prevented, treated, and even reversed when treated early enough. Defending yourself against gum disease and the its advancements is important to your overall health.

Preventing It

Gum disease can be caused by a buildup of bacteria along your gumline. A buildup is caused by poor oral hygiene or by missing your regular dental cleanings. The bacteria, plaque, and tartar can get beneath the gums creating pockets where more bacteria can thrive. This type of irritation of your gums can lead to inflammation known as gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. If early enough, gingivitis can be reversed by upping your game on brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss at least twice a day, and you should get a professional cleaning at least twice a year. Keeping your mouth clear of bacteria will limit the buildup that can irritate your gums. Gum disease can also be caused by other reasons like changes in your hormones or poor nutrition. Visiting your dentist twice a year can mean that it can be caught in the early stages.

Treating It Early

Signs of gingivitis are puffy, swollen, or bleeding gums. If you ignore signs of early gum disease, it can continue to worsen and cause serious problems. As periodontitis persists, your gums can begin to recede away from your teeth. This can put your teeth and bones at risk of damage. A scaling and root planing can treat and manage periodontitis to keep it from causing more havoc on your health.

Prevention Is Key When It Comes to gum disease

We can help you defend your smile from gum disease. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.