Many of us have unfortunately gotten off schedule the last few months when it comes to regular healthcare visits. As a result, some patients are overwhelmed and seemingly not sure who to call first. Here are four reasons why you shouldn’t be putting off periodontal (gum) treatment or consultation, especially if you’re experiencing some of the common symptoms of gum disease, like red, puffy or bleeding gums.
1/Your Gums are Just as Important as Teeth
Cavities are the popular topic in the dental world, but the fact is that your gum health is just as important. Gums are the foundation of your smile. Ignoring inflammation of the gums in its earliest stage (gingivitis) is a slippery slope. Pockets of infection can destroy healthy oral tissue and lead to weakening of the important support that keeps your pearly whites in place.
2/ Gum Disease Can Lead to Other Issues
Gingivitis can almost always be reversed. Great! But recent studies show that, left untreated, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease which, in recent years, has been linked to other “systemic” (throughout the body) diseases including diabetes, some cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lung disease and more. We can treat periodontitis, but unlike gingivitis, it’s not totally reversible.
3/You’re Safe in Our Hands
Dental practices all over the country are taking extra steps to make sure patients are safe. Practices like the South Florida Center for Periodontics & Implant Dentistry have added even more proactive, protective measures. See our new COVID-19 guidelines that have been in effect since we re-opened in June.
4/The Early Bird Gets the Worm
Gum disease, in its early stages, is normally very treatable and reversible with deep cleaning. Left untreated, you will eventually lose teeth. To help avoid gum disease, try to stop smoking and/or use of tobacco products, a big red flag when it comes to oral health. Cleaning and flossing your teeth, regular dental visits and eating a balanced diet will also help protect both teeth and gums.
Interested in learning more? Take a look at our “Ten Ways” tips to show you how regular hygiene visits benefit you and your healthy smile.