Do you know and understand the implications of not following a consistent, effective oral care regime at home? Do you know that not flossing and brushing your teeth (and your children’s teeth, too) can potentially lead to gum disease?
We hope that is not the case for you or your family, but if you do detect signs of periodontal disease, our Houston dentists have the solution– safe and effective gum disease treatment.
Gum disease symptoms
Periodontal disease (also called gum disease) is an infection affecting the bone and tissues surrounding your teeth.
Healthy gums are “tight” and pink in color, whereas infected gums turn red, become spongy, and can sometimes cause your infected teeth to become loose. The disease is caused when bacteria (found in plaque) produce toxins and enzymes that irritate the gums; thus, causing inflammation and pain.
Additional common symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums when you floss
- Constant bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Decaying teeth
Gum disease linked to deadly overall health problems
Unfortunately, not everyone knows how much of a negative impact an unhealthy, inconsistent oral care regime could be to your overall health, plus to your dental health.
Yes, that’s right. Not only does progressive gum disease affect your oral care, it can cause serious problems to your overall health.
It has been scientifically studied and well documented (by the ADA) regarding the links between gum disease and the following health problems:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory problems
- Premature births
- Rheumatoid arthritis
The importance of 6-month checkup appointments
Very scary correlations, right? Well, we hope that you now understand the detrimental consequences of not brushing and flossing, and not going to the dentist every 6 months.
Frequent office visits allow us to carefully monitor your oral care, and also allow us to catch preliminary signs of gum disease. That way, we can attack the problem (the harmful bacteria) before the problem worsens.
Consider the six-month appointments a type of preventive care if you will–appointments that you’ll be forever grateful for, especially if we detect and treat signs of early gum disease.
Come see us for your gum disease treatment
So if you or a family member experiences signs of periodontal disease, come see our Houston dentists for safe and effective gum disease treatments. There is no time to waste if you suspect gum disease–early treatment is paramount for healthy smile years from now!