Statistics say that you are likely to develop gum disease one day … if you don’t have it already. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that almost half of all Americans 30 and older have some form of advanced gum disease.
Our own Dr. Jerry Ferrell has pointed out that gum disease is the most prevalent disease affecting humanity. It’s also why we are ready, willing, and able to help treat this condition at our Johnson City, NY general dentist office.
Today, we’re sharing some important things about gum disease and how you can keep your gums healthy. One thing that will help is regular visits to our dental office. Call 607-304-39933 to make an appointment.
Watch For The Signs
When you are driving, there are signs on the roads to let you know of potential hazards. Your mouth also gives you some warning signs in the early stages of gum disease. These include bleeding when you brush and floss your teeth and gums that appear swollen or redder than usual.
These are clues that you have gingivitis. At this point, you can usually reserve your condition with routine care. That includes daily brushing and flossing as well as a professional dental cleaning.
If left untreated, your gingivitis could turn to periodontitis, which is a more serious gum infection. Its symptoms include:
- Bleeding gums
- Pus between your gums and teeth
- Bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
- Receding gums
- Sore or tender gums
- Teeth that feel loose
You should know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. For the sake of your smile, you should schedule a visit with Dr. Farrell if you notice the symptoms above. Together, we can treat your infected gums and get them back to a healthy condition.
Get Rid Of Gum Infections
When your gums go untreated, it can pose risks to your smile and to your overall health.
Health researchers are learning more every day about the connections between our oral health and our general well-being. The bacteria that cause gum disease have been found in the heart of heart attack victims. People with diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease, and having gum disease can make it more difficult to control blood sugar levels.
Pregnant women have a higher risk of periodontal problems than they do at other times. Unfortunately, women with gum disease also are more likely to give birth to underweight babies.
These are just a few reasons for you to take steps to treat gum infections if you have them or to be proactive about preventing them whenever you can.
Let Us Help You
You already know that brushing and flossing should be part of your daily hygiene routine. Let today’s post be a friendly reminder that those habits are about more than just your teeth. Healthy gums are just as important for your oral and your overall health.
If you do notice any issues with your gums, however, Dr. Farrell and our team are ready to do our part to restore your healthy mouth. Just call 607-304-3993 or contact us online to request an appointment at our office in Johnson City.