A Healthy Body Starts with Healthy Teeth!

Sparkling white teeth aren’t the only sign of a healthy mouth. Healthy gums act as a barrier to prevent harmful inflammation from entering the rest of your body. Just as skin protects your muscles, bones, and organs, your gums protect your teeth and the structure that holds them in place.

Gum disease is an infection of the gums that typically occurs as a result of poor brushing and flossing habits that allow plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, to build up and harden on your teeth and under your gum line.  The earliest stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. At this stage, gums are red and swollen and may bleed easily. Gingivitis is reversible if caught early enough with regular checkups and cleanings, along with daily brushing and flossing.

Periodontitis is an advanced state of gum disease that can damage your gums and bone structure. In this stage, pockets form when gums start pulling away from your teeth. The bone that supports your tooth breaks down and over time the tooth becomes loose in its socket. Left untreated, periodontitis will result in tooth loss.

Inflammation in your mouth could mean inflammation in your body. When gum disease is present, the barrier is weakened, allowing harmful bacteria to enter your bloodstream. In fact, recent findings have strongly suggested that oral health is indicative of your overall health, supporting the link between gum disease and health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and premature births.

One out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease, according to findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  You may have gum disease and not know it!

At your appointment, we examine your gums for any signs of inflammation. We also check for and measure any pockets around your teeth. Daily brushing and flossing, in addition to routine checkups and cleanings are the best ways to keep gum disease at bay. Stay healthy and schedule your checkup today!