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New Year’s Resolutions: Treating and Preventing Gum Disease

January 12, 2015

Filed under: Gentling Dental Care,Periodontal Dental Care — gentlingdental @ 9:26 am

For gum disease and periodontal dental care in Rochester, MN, visit Gentling Dental!

What are your 2015 New Year’s resolutions? People often resolve to maintain and improve their health. We encourage you to maintain good full-body health, and also focus on your oral health. Did you know that according to the American Academy of Periodontology, 47.2% of American adults aged 30 years or older suffer from a type of advanced gum disease called periodontitis? At Gentling Dental Care in Rochester, MN, we encourage you to focus on gum disease treatment and prevention in 2015.

Gum disease is common in American adults but is easily treatable and reversible in its early stages. It begins as gingivitis. Bacteria in your mouth forms plaque, which hardens on the surface of your teeth and irritates your gums. Gingivitis can be reversed with proper dental treatment, but without treatment it can develop into an advanced stage called periodontitis. Your dentist can manage the symptoms, but some of the damage is irreversible.

Untreated gum disease affects not just your oral health, but your full body health as well. Periodontitis and advanced gum disease can lead to the loss of teeth, bone, or tissue. It can place you at an increased risk for heart disease and developing certain kinds of cancer.

You may be experiencing the early stages of gum disease before you start to see symptoms, even if your teeth and gums feel normal. See your dentist immediately if you begin to experience:

  • red or swollen gums
  • bleeding gums, especially when brushing or flossing
  • tenderness or pain in the gums while chewing
  • persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • teeth becoming loose or shifting
  • teeth not fitting together properly when biting down
  • deep pockets forming between your teeth and gums

Your dentist can recommend a gum disease treatment based on your exact situation. Common treatments include a procedure known as scaling and root planing, during which your dentist removes plaque and tartar both above and below the gum line. They will also smooth any rough spots on the root of the tooth to remove bacteria and create a clean surface for the gums to reattach to the tooth. Your dentist may also recommend antibiotic treatments to handle the bacteria causing the gum disease.

You can easily prevent gum disease by visiting your dentist for a regular checkup every six months. You should also maintain good brushing and flossing habits. If you begin to experience any of the symptoms of gum disease discussed earlier, please schedule an appointment with Gentling Dental Care in Rochester, MN right away. Let’s take care of our healthy smiles in the new year!

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