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Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a lot more common than you might think. As many as half of adult Americans experience bleeding gums during brushing or flossing and many believe it to be normal, but this is actually a sign of gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease can have serious negative consequences on a patient’s health and lifestyle. Thankfully, Dr. Karl A. Rose is a specialist in gum disease treatment.
At Periodontal and Implant Associates of Greater Washington, we want to help you understand gum disease risk factors and prevention so you can maintain a healthy mouth. Below, we cover the basics regarding gum disease and its treatment.
Although bacteria in plaque is the main cause of periodontal disease, there are other risk factors that can contribute to the development of an infection. Knowing the risk factors can help you to know if you are more at risk for gum disease.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent periodontal disease. First practice good hygiene: brush and floss daily, and use antiseptic mouthwash if you choose. Brushing and flossing, if done the right way, can do a lot to remove plaque from your teeth, and using a tartar-control toothpaste can help stop new tartar from forming.
It is also essential to visit our office once every six months. A professional cleaning will remove the plaque that is hard to reach or that has already built up. We can also catch gum disease in its early stages, making it easier to fight.
Finally, if you notice any swelling, pain, or bleeding in your gums, call Dr. Rose and get help before the infection spreads.
If gum disease is left untreated, the infection will continue to spread and worsen. Ultimately, it can destroy the structures that keep your teeth in place. If teeth become too loose they may have to be extracted. Additionally, new research is showing that an infection in your gums can affect other aspects of your overall health. For example, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, premature births, and some respiratory diseases display a link to gum disease. Although more research is needed, it is clear that taking care of your oral health is connected to taking care of you overall health.
Gum disease should be taken seriously because it can have adverse affects on your health and lifestyle. If you think you might have gum disease, contact us today, and let our expert team help you to start feeling better now.