When most people think of general dentistry, they equate their treatments to tooth health. Yet a vital part of dental care is preventing gum disease. Not only can gum disease lead to tooth loss, it can affect your overall health. Gum disease is prevalent amongst adults over thirty and has been linked to pregnancy issues, type 2 diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular problems. At SmileVana, we are dedicated to helping our patients prevent and treat gum disease for optimal oral and overall health.
Oral health begins with healthy gums. While teeth can decay and become damaged, their health is dependent on healthy gum tissue. Gum disease is caused by bacterial accumulation at and below the gum line. This infection starts slowly when bacteria creates plaque that collects in hard to reach areas between teeth and the gums. If left unchecked, plaque hardens into tartar that cannot be removed through brushing or flossing alone. Tartar causes gum inflammation, beginning a deteriorating process that can affect your oral and overall health.
The first signs of gum disease are tender gums and mild bleeding when brushing or eating certain foods. When this occurs, you most likely have a mild form of gum disease, gingivitis. At this stage, gum disease is easily treated and can often be reversed. Through professional dental cleanings and the use of medication, the gums can be healed and restored to health. This can stop the infection from worsening or leading to dental issues and other health problems.
While an estimated 50% of adults over thirty have some form of gum disease, you can be part of the other half of the population. Contact us today at SmileVana to schedule your comprehensive exam and cleaning. We will evaluate your gum health and, if needed, begin treatment for gum disease to protect your smile and overall health.