With routine check-ups at the dentist, gum disease can be easily prevented. However, an estimated 75 percent of Americans over 35 years old have some form of the disease, which can ultimately cause severe health issues like stroke, respiratory illness, heart disease and more if left untreated. At M&M Family Dentistry, we’re committed to helping you prevent and treat this largely avoidable illness to ensure you maintain good oral health for years to come.
Gum disease begins with gingivitis—an infection caused bacteria found in plaque. If it is left untreated, the disease can progress to exhibit a number of painful symptoms, including receding gums, tooth loss, and more. Our in-house periodontist provides a number of treatments which vary depending on the condition of your gums. With these treatments, we can skillfully and thoroughly treat your periodontal issues:
While gum disease is asymptomatic in its earliest stages, there are a number of risk factors for periodontitis to be aware of in order to catch this illness before it can really take hold. If you suffer from chronic stress, bruxism, diabetes, or have a genetic predisposition to the disease, you may be at higher risk. Also, smoking, certain medications, and poor nutrition can increase the likelihood of getting gum disease. If you meet any of these criteria, be certain to schedule your routine check-up right away to take the necessary preventative measures.
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While a professional cleaning only takes 30 minutes to an hour, the benefits of this preventative treatment are long-lasting. If you’re looking for a little extra incentive to schedule your biannual cleaning, consider the following reasons to book today: