Gum health is a topic that is discussed in virtually every dental visit that takes place in every dental office across the globe. There are good reasons for this, and most people are aware of them. Research has confirmed the role that gum tissue plays in stabilizing teeth. Studies conducted on gum health have also confirmed the likelihood that poor oral health is relevant to general health in far more ways than we could have imagined only a few decades ago. Do you know what else has been revealed through research?
As much as 80% of adults will develop gum disease at some point.
This is a large percentage of the population to be affected by a preventable condition, and one that we know about no less! How could this happen that so many people suffer unnecessarily with a common condition? It may not be a matter of complacency so much as the inherent subtle nature of inflammation.
Gum disease begins with inflammation so mild that the indications may be missed. These include:
- Tooth sensitivity that may come and go occurring when eating something hot or cold.
- Bleeding that also comes and goes, occurring now and then when brushing or flossing.
- Bad breath that lingers or frequently recurs even with daily use of mouthwash.
- A change in the texture or color of gum tissue, especially right around the gum line.
These are all symptoms of gum disease that have been described again and again by dental professionals. And yet they are often missed. This may be especially relevant for individuals who do not obtain regular professional care. We encourage men and women from the Palm Beach Gardens area to visit us every six months. These checkups are crucial to the earliest possible detection of inflammation, and they enable us to commence with appropriate, conservative treatment right away, when damage may be reversible.
Benefits of Early Care
The ultimate benefit of early periodontal treatment is the preservation of gum tissue and the supportive structures that prevent tooth loss. Immediate benefits include less costly, less aggressive protocols for disease management. For example, when we treat gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, we may perform a general cleaning and guide optimal hygiene at home, such as switching to an electric toothbrush and adding water irrigation (Waterpik) to the daily routine.
We want you to benefit from personal dental care. To schedule your visit with us, call (561) 627-9000.