Great Gums Make For Fabulous Smiles
Welcome back to our oral health blog!
At Clearwater Dental Associates, our goal is to help our Florida patients achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.
To that end, we are proud to offer preventative cleanings and exams, braces, fillings, implants, crowns, veneers, teeth whitening, and more.
We also provide periodontal treatment for gum disease.
If you are like most folks, you might not be overly concerned about your gums when you cover your daily oral hygiene bases.
But you really should re-think that.
Healthy Gums Hold It All Together
Do you have any idea what holds your teeth in position and keeps them from getting loose or falling out?
Your bone and your gums are tasked with this rather important undertaking, and they could use a little help from you.
If you do not do your part to keep the plaque, tartar, and bacteria away from your gum line, your gums and bone won’t be much in the way of support for holding on to your teeth.
The Problem Is Omnipresent
The numbers tell us that you will stand a really good chance of enduring some form of gum disease by the time your life is over.
This is not good news for your smile or your general well being.
Because even though there are a few other instances in which an adult can lose teeth (trauma, injury, etc.), more often than not adult tooth loss is the result of gum disease that has gone untreated.
What’s more, there are a variety of other unpleasant afflictions related to the bacteria that causes gum disease.
So, How Does It Work?
Gum disease is subtle, in the beginning at least.
First, the bacteria contained in plaque, that you failed to repel, will cause your gums to become a bit inflamed. This condition is technically gingivitis, the early, and most easily reversed type of gum disease.
We can usually spot gingivitis straight away when a patient comes in for a checkup. But odds are, you wouldn’t be able to self-diagnose this emerging problem from your bathroom mirror.
Most of the time, gingivitis gives way to periodontal disease, which is a painful, deeper stage of gum disease.
Periodontal disease will cause discomfort in the form of swelling, bleeding, and extreme tenderness.
Trust us, that is never fun.
But then things really take a turn for the worse.
Remember how we established that your gums, along with your bone and soft tissue, are what hold your teeth in place?
Well, these structures are the very things that gum disease seeks to weaken and destroy.
So, you may, technically speaking, still have “healthy” teeth throughout this process, which is all well and good.
But they will start shaking themselves loose and falling out nonetheless because they will have no strong support left.
If that doesn’t sound scary enough, as we alluded to earlier, there is also the possibility that the bacteria will break loose and create other health concerns throughout your body.
Some forms of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses have been shown to have a correlation with gum disease.
Clearwater Dental Associates Offers Prevention And Treatment
We firmly believe that when it comes to this issue, prevention is entirely possible.
Good oral hygiene plus timely dental exams and cleanings are usually all it takes to avert an unpleasant bout of gum disease.
Our cleanings build on the good work you do at home, and our examinations will give us a glimpse of any new developments in your mouth before they run wild.
In the event that you already have advanced gum disease, we can start to treat it through root scaling and planing, periodontal therapy, or pocket removal surgery.
Better To Act Now
Whatever you are dealing with, at Clearwater Dental Associates, we will work to restore health to your smile and also provide you with all of the education required to maintain that healthy smile the rest of your life.
If you’d like to hear more, contact our Clearwater dental office today!