Many dental patients don’t know this, but if you are over 30, you have a 50-50 chance of acquiring a gum disease infection. Thankfully, due to advancements in dental technology and techniques, most cases of gum disease can be effectively treated. Depending on how severe the gum disease is, treatment can involve numerous intensive sessions, and even possible surgery. With that in mind, in the following article, we will discuss ways to stop gum disease before it can become a major health issue.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, begins with dental plaque. If plaque is not consistently removed by means of daily brushing and flossing, bacteria are then able to infect the gums causing inflammation, bleeding, and a plethora of other chronic symptoms. It is not always easy to detect gum disease and its early stages, but signs like red, swollen, and tender gums are typically indicative of this infection. If the infection is more advanced, you can begin to notice pus-filled areas around your gums and loose teeth. If this is the case, we highly encourage you to come and see one of our dental professionals as soon as possible.
The best way to prevent plaque buildup by a great oral hygiene routine. This would include daily brushing, twice a day, and flossing on a daily basis. To be most effective, the technique of brushing is key.
As always, one of the best ways to treat any problems going on with your teeth or gums is by visiting your local dental professional. If you live in the Columbus, GA area or it’s surrounding communities, Lance Collier, D.M.D. can be a great resource for you and your entire family to get all of their dental needs addressed in a timely manner. We know how important it is to get your gum disease treated and closely monitored, so don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email as soon as possible. Call us to set up a consultation appointment.