Straight, pearly white teeth come to mind when we think about a healthy smile. A healthy, clean mouth is much more than that, though. Straight teeth certainly make health care easier, and white teeth can be indicators of good brushing and diet habits – but gum care is equally important yet often overlooked.
Gum disease is a major problem in the United States. The Center for Disease Control estimates that half of adults aged 30 and older have periodontitis – the most advanced form of gum disease. In its earliest stage, gum disease appears as red, bleeding and swollen gums. Similar to a swollen ankle after injury, red and swollen gums are indicators of a bigger problem. If you encounter red and swollen gums, contact us at Cottage Dental Care to begin treatment as soon as possible. When gone untreated, periodontitis causes gum recession, which eliminates the supporting structure for your teeth, and could lead to loose teeth, tooth loss or even bone loss.
Preventing gum disease requires good home dental care, regular dental cleanings and maybe even a change in diet. Prevention starts with brushing and flossing at home. It’s important to remove plaque from the surface of your teeth before it hardens and becomes tartar. Brushing and flossing removes the plaque while regular dental cleanings help remove any plaque that may have been missed and any tartar that has already hardened.
Gum disease can be treated through various options. At Cottage Dental Care we will always promote home dental health as the first step for all treatment options. Whether you are prescribed medication or undergo a dental procedure, the most important thing you can do is take care of your teeth at home! And we’re here to help you with the best ways to do that. Contact us or schedule an appointment so that we can help you draw out a plan to keep your gums healthy.
If you think you may have signs of gum disease, call us at Cottage Dental Care where “a healthy mouth is a healthy body” and you’ll always be treated like family!