Secrets About Gum Disease

gingivitis treatmentIf you are regular at one of the DC Dental offices, than you know that we are serious about the treatment of gum disease. Gum disease can lead to even greater oral health issues including tooth decay, periodontal disease and even tooth loss. We’ve all heard about it but…

How do We Treat Gum Disease?

Here are some well-known “secrets” about gum disease.

  • Gum disease does not lead to heart disease: For several years dentist’s claimed that gum disease was a cause of heart disease. But the American Heart Association has found that the data connecting gum and heart health aren’t as strong has experts once thought. There is, however, a correlation as sugary sodas, cigarettes, and junk food can lead to both gum disease and heart disease independently.
  • Gum Disease can be reversed: If caught early, gum disease can actually be reversed through several methods. First, a dental hygienist will perform a scaling procedure. This entails lifting the gums and scraping away the plaque/bacteria that cause periodontal disease. This can be painful but it works. Then, diligent home care is needed to stave off pesky bacteria.
  • If untreated you can lose your teeth: Gum disease is a serious condition that literally eats away at your teeth and gums. If an individual is diagnosed with gum disease but doesn’t undergo treatment or make drastic changes to diet and homecare. They can actually lose their teeth which would result in pricey dental implants or uncomfortable dentures

If you haven’t visited your dentist in over a year there is a chance that you could be suffering from gum disease or periodontal disease.  Give us a call and set up an appointment with one of our dental experts to keep your smile shining and bright.