The Importance of Treating Gum Disease
Suspect That You Have Gum Disease? Find out Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Symptoms.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, and although you may think you are not affected by the blight, according to the CDC about half of Americans are dealing with some form of the disease This is why it’s so important to visit our Bethesda, MD, family dentist Dr. John Kelly every six months for routine checkups. These checkups are often the only way for us to detect gum disease, as a lot of patients never even experience symptoms, particularly in the earliest stages.
Gum Disease Detection and Prevention
Coming in for routine dental checkups is usually how we are able to detect gum disease during its earliest phase (known as gingivitis) when it can easily be treated and even reversed. It isn’t until the condition turns into full-blown periodontal disease that it cannot be reversed (though it can be managed).
Making sure to prevent gum disease also helps avoid serious complications such as receding gums, tooth loss, and bone loss. Plus, given that the same oral bacteria which causes gum disease can also travel through the bloodstream, gum disease has also been linked to other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Clearly, maintaining healthy gums isn’t just essential for good oral health, but for general health, as well. All of these reasons are why everyone from children to seniors should visit their Bethesda family dentist every six months for cleanings and checkups, even if everything feels and looks fine.
Additionally, these routine checkups and cleanings can remove plaque and tartar buildup, the contributing factors to both gum disease and cavities. By keeping up with these visits and maintaining good oral hygiene, we can all prevent gum disease from happening altogether.
Of course, it is important to visit your dentist right away if you are experiencing any of these warning signs of gum disease:
- Receding gums (teeth suddenly appearing longer than usual)
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen or tender gums
- Tooth sensitivity (when gums have receded enough to expose the roots of the teeth)
- Chronic bad breath
Contact Us Today!
Here at Bethesda Row Dental, we want to make it easy for you to get the quality dental care you need for the whole family. No matter if your child needs to get a routine checkup or you need gum disease therapy, our Bethesda, MD, dental team is here to help. Just call (301) 657-3220 today to find out what Bethesda Row Dental can do for you!