What You Need to Know About Gum Disease
At Nautical Dental, one of the most common diseases that we see among new patients is active periodontal disease...best known by the name "gum disease".
Gum Disease is Preventable
As with other types of infection, gum disease can be avoided if you keep your mouth clean. That requires daily attention to flossing, thorough brushing along your gums, and preventive cleanings with a hygienist to remove tartar buildup.
In the Early Stages, it's Reversible
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. It can be reversed with good home care within about two weeks. Once it progresses onto more advanced infection (causing bone loss and gum detachment,) it isn't possible for you to treat it yourself.
It Isn't Normal for Your Gums to Bleed
Infected gums mean that you're on your way to losing the stability and attachment of your teeth. If your gums bleed when you floss them, it's safe to say that some type of infection is present. People with gingivitis can usually see the bleeding go away within a couple of weeks. But if bleeding continues, you need to seek out professional dental care.
Your Health Depends on Getting Treatment
It's not just your teeth at risk. Gum disease is bad for your health. Studies show that the worse off your gums are, the more severe other types of health problems can be. It all has to do with inflammation, bacteria levels in your bloodstream, and a strain to your immune system. Even pregnant women could be putting their unborn babies at risk.
Our San Antonio dentist has everything you need to get your smile back on track. Call Nautical Smiles today!
Posted on behalf of Nautical Dental