It’s not usually the first thing that people think about when they think about dental care. The truth is your gums are just as important to the health of your smile as your teeth.
In some ways, keeping your gums healthy might be even more important. In the United States, advanced periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss.
At Edgewood Dental Care, we want to help you keep your mouth as healthy as possible. That’s why we want to mention four things that can help you improve and maintain healthy gums.
Call 859-474-7830 today to make an appointment at our Edgewood, KY office.
Take Care Of Your Gums
According to conservative estimates, gum disease will affect 70 percent of Americans during their lives.
There are things you can do to reduce your risk of gum infections. Brushing your teeth and flossing should both be part of your daily routine. Avoiding tobacco is helpful as well.
At the same time, other factors can increase your risk of gum disease. Genes do make some people more likely to develop periodontal problems. So does having diabetes and getting older.
Regardless, if you are showing symptoms of gum infections, you should plan to visit us as soon as you are able. It’s better to deal with this problem early than to put your smile at risk.
What You Can Do About Gum Disease
At Edgewood Dental Care, we offer a variety of ways to deal with gum infections. Depending on the severity of your situation, you may need more than one of these options:
- Preventive Care — Yes, let’s start with the basics. In addition to your daily oral hygiene, you should make regular visits to our office for professional cleanings and exams. We can remove tartar and plaque before gum infections develop, or we can find an infection in the early stages, which is when treatment is easier and less invasive.
- Scaling & Root Planing — You can consider this a deeper cleaning than you get during a routine dental checkup. This procedure also can help your teeth reattach to your gums if you’ve had some gum recession.
- LANAP Treatment — This procedure uses a dental laser to evaporate infected gum tissue. Unlike surgery, this can save more of your healthy tissue, reduce or eliminate bleeding, and speed up recovery.
- Antibiotics & Probiotics — Antibiotics (such as Arestin®) can stop the harmful bacteria that caused gum disease. Probiotics can keep an infection from recurring.
Visit Us Soon
You deserve to have a healthy mouth and a happy smile. Keeping your gum free from disease will go a long way in that regard.
At our Edgewood, KY dental office, we are ready, willing, and able to help you maintain your periodontal health, so you can keep your teeth intact. To make your next appointment to treat or prevent oral health problems, fill out our online form or call 859-474-7830.