If you are planning to do some home renovations, you have a lot of options to make your house nicer. You might repaint the exterior. You may decide to knock out a wall to open up space between the kitchen and an adjacent room. All of these things can improve the appearance of your home.
Nevertheless, a problem with the foundation can undermine all your plans. What does this have to do with dental care? Well, it’s similar in a way. If you are interested in restorative or cosmetic dentistry, you need to make sure your mouth has a healthy “foundation.”
An important part of that is remaining free from gum disease. Our team at Advanced Dental Center is prepared to help you prevent periodontal infections or to treat them.
To schedule an appointment at our Florence, SC dental office, call 843-627-4076 today.
Be Aware of Your Gum Health
Gum disease is far more common than most people realize. By conservative estimates, 70 percent of people will develop a gum infection during their lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also estimates that nearly half of adults 30 years and older have some form of this condition.
Unfortunately, this is an area of oral health that many people neglect. The American Dental Association recommends flossing daily (in addition to brushing twice daily). Flossing can be done with dental floss, flossers, or water flossers. This is needed to clean the spaces between your teeth and gums that a toothbrush doesn’t reach particularly well.
When you don’t floss regularly, food particles, harmful bacteria, and plaque can gather and grow. This can lead to tartar formation as well as gum irritation and inflammation. When you have gum disease, the symptoms can include one or more of the following:
- Gums that look redder than usual
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Gums that feel painful
- Pimple-like bumps in your gums
- Receding gums
- Constant bad breath
- Teeth that feel loose
Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in the United States. Try to imagine how disappointing it would to complete an orthodontic treatment or restore a tooth only to lose them to gum disease a few months later.
We want to keep you smiling for life, and that means we want your gums to be healthy, too.
Protect Your Smile
Preventing problems is always your best approach. It’s why we perform routine maintenance on our cars. It’s also why we encourage you to brush and floss daily and visit us for routine checkups.
If you do develop a problem, our team is prepared to get to work. We want to remove any infection as quickly as possible so you can have a healthy mouth again.
We are happy to offer non-surgical gum disease treatments at our practice. The first step is often scaling and root planing. This is a deep cleaning to remove tartar, plaque, and bacteria below the gumline. Depending on your situation, we may recommend an antibiotic to reduce your risk of reinfection.
Come See Us Soon
If you have signs of gum disease, we encourage you to make an appointment with us as soon as you can. If you want to prevent periodontal problems, then you also should schedule a visit to our office.