When a condition is given a month for awareness, you know it’s important. For example, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Well, February is National Gum Disease Awareness Month, but how much do you really know about the effects of gum disease and treating it? Here are 4 quick, interesting facts about gum disease therapy in Shepherdsville and prevention.
Gum disease is very common.
If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, you’re certainly not alone. Did you know that nearly half of American adults over the age of 30 have periodontitis? This advanced form of gum disease also affects 70% of adults older than 65. Could you be one of the millions who are affected by this disease?
Gum disease affects your oral and overall health.
If left untreated, gum disease can wreak havoc to your oral health. It eventually leads to tooth loss and permanent damage to your jaw bone and tissue. Plus, research has shown a link between gum disease and conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, and possibly even Alzheimer’s. It’s true what they say: the mouth really is the window to the body.
Gum disease is treatable.
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, can be a scary condition, but the good news is that your dentist can treat it. If caught in the early stage, gingivitis, gum disease can be reversed through a simple routine cleaning. Some dental practices also offer a non-invasive treatment using PerioProtect, which involves wearing trays that deliver medication directly the gum tissue. For more advanced cases, your dentist may need to perform periodontal therapy in Shepherdsville. This entails scaling, which is basically a deep cleaning below the gumline to ensure all plaque is cleared away, and root planing, which includes smoothing out the rough surfaces of the exposed roots to prevent future plaque buildup. In some cases, your dentist may use a soft tissue laser to eliminate diseased gum tissue and encourage new tissue growth.
Gum disease is preventable.
Although some people may be more susceptible to gum disease than others, gum disease is largely preventable. In fact, by doing these three tasks, you can significantly reduce your risk:
- Brushing at least twice a day.
- Flossing at least once a day.
- Visiting the dentist for checkups and cleanings twice a year.
In addition, you can implement the following into your life to help prevent gum disease even more:
- Reduce your consumption of sugar.
- Drink more water.
- Use an antimicrobial mouthwash daily.
In the end, gum disease is very serious and deserves our attention. By being more aware of it, you’ll hopefully be able to avoid this unpleasant condition. As you do, you’ll be able to enjoy your happy, healthy smile for years to come. For more information about gum disease, contact your dentist in Shepherdsville.
About the Practice
Exceptional Dentistry has two talented dentists who offer PerioProtect. Dr. Patrick Carroll has decades of dental experience and has taught in the University of Louisville Dental School’s General Practice Residency post-doctoral program. Dr. Deborah Shoemaker trains with the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, one of the countries most prestigious programs. To schedule an appointment with them, call (502) 543-3054 or click here.