- November 15, 2018
The day after Thanksgiving is National Flossing Day. We’re going to go out on a limb and guess that you probably aren’t planning a big celebration to mark the occasion.
Even so, it’s a good reason to remind everyone about the importance of taking care of your whole mouth, not just your teeth. With that in mind, we want to discuss three reasons you should take time to avoid gum infections whenever possible and to treat gum disease in the early stages if you do have it.
1. You Want to Keep Your Teeth
In the United States, periodontal disease causes more tooth loss than any other cause.
As gum disease gets worse, it affects your mouth in multiple ways. Your gums can recede, which allows plaque and bacteria to build on the roots of your teeth. This makes it easier for bacteria to damage your teeth and your jawbone as well.
Over time, this can cause your teeth to feel loose or even fall out.
Our hope for you is that you don’t ever let an infection get to this point. Daily brushing and flossing, as well as routine dental checkups, will greatly reduce your risk of a periodontal infection.
If you notice the signs of early gum disease — red, swollen, and/or bleeding gums — it’s best to take action right away to remove the infection.
At our office, we offer multiple treatments including scaling and root planing, laser dentistry, and antibiotics. In most cases, these can remove the infection long before your teeth are at risk.
2. You Care About Your Overall Health
Gum disease has been linked to a number of other health conditions. We can’t list them all, but we’ll touch on a few here.
People with periodontal problems are more likely to have heart problems as well. In fact, the bacteria that cause gum disease have been found in the hearts of people with heart disease and heart attacks.
People with diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease, and people with gum disease are more likely to have more difficulty maintaining their blood sugar levels. This is a two-way street that you want to stay away from if you can. In other words, you really want to keep an eye on your oral health if you have diabetes.
3. You Want Your Children to be Healthy
When a woman is pregnant, the hormone changes in her body help her baby. Unfortunately, those changes also are good for the bacteria that cause infected gums.
Research shows that women who have gum disease also have a higher risk of premature birth as well. Additional research also suggests, that treating gum disease can reduce the risk of giving birth early, which is better for your baby.
Take Care of Your Gums
For your sake and possibly the sake of your children, make your oral health a priority in your life. Our team at Brandon Family Dental wants you to be as healthy as you can be. We also want you to keep your healthy smile for as long as possible.
Whether you need to treat an existing gum health problem or you want to prevent one from happening, we hope you will visit our Ortonville, MI office soon. You can request an appointment online or call 248-469-0218.