As your partner in oral health, we are often focused on the condition of your teeth. We shouldn’t have to explain why that makes sense. However, healthy gums are equally important to us since they are one of the keys to not only a healthier smile but also total body health. Keep reading to hear more about it, then give us a call at 603-546-7460 to request your next appointment at our Nashua, NH dentist’s office.
When Gums Go Wrong
Here’s a staggering statistic: gum disease is a problem that impacts roughly 50 percent of all adults over the age of 30. This issue can start out small with minor bleeding or swelling around the gums, but it can soon become a major ordeal if left undiagnosed or untreated.
Why is it such a big deal? Well, for starters, gum disease is actually the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults. It claims more pearly whites than cavities and sports injuries.
The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Warning signs include bleeding, tenderness in the gums, tooth sensitivity, and even persistent bad breath.
When not eradicated, gingivitis can escalate into periodontal disease, the most severe form of gum disease.
Periodontitis creates an infectious pocket between the gum and tooth, eventually causing the teeth and gums to pull apart. And the infection can continue to the bone to cause the tooth to become loss or fail. But that won’t be the worst of it!
You see, advanced gum disease is not completely curable. You can reverse the early stages of gum disease, but advanced gum disease is another story. From that point on, you’ll need ongoing gum care.
Plus, it’s correlated to more serious illnesses that can adversely impact your total body health. This includes heart disease and diabetes. This is not to say this is a causal relationship (cause-and-effect relationship), but rather that there is a connection.
Treating Your Gums
All that is to say that your gum health must be a priority, and if you should ever slip in that area, we can help you get back on track.
The team here at Nashua Family Dentistry is treating gum disease with a simple system known as scaling and root planing. This involves a removal of the dangerous plaque and tartar that is causing the problems beneath the gum-line. This is an additional level from the dental cleanings and exams you are used to. As such, it is also known as a deep cleaning.
So that we can clean beneath the gum-line, we will first numb the gums with a topical gel. We’ll then remove the plaque and tartar and place antibiotics to reduce the risk of the infection returning. If you have strong issues with gum disease, we’ll ask to see you in the office about once every three to four months to monitor the infection. This will help you keep a great-looking smile and healthy body moving forward.
Call Today To Get Your Gums In Shape
We hope that you have been inspired to call Nashua Family Dentistry today at 603-546-7460 or fill out our online form to request a healthy gums appointment in Nashua, NH.