While we do realize that teeth tend to hog the spotlight, preserving gum health is actually a central component of our preventive dentistry programs here at North Oaks Dental. As such, today we want to explore a few facts related to your gums. Keep reading and then give our Royal Oak dentist’s office a call at 248-220-7021 to request your next appointment.
Fact #1 Gum Disease Causes The Most Tooth Loss
Did you know that gum disease, rather than sudden trauma or prolonged cavities, is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults? Well, it is! Gum disease often starts with a bit of bleeding or the onset of swollen gums. However, before long, it can spread throughout the mouth and the body (via the bloodstream). Once the infection attacks the gums, it can create an infectious pocket between the tooth and gums. Then, if left untreated, the infection can destroy the bone, causing the tooth to fail, and loss to occur.
Fact #2 Millions Of Americans Have Gum Health Issues
Here’s a staggering statistic: something like 50% of all adults in the U.S. are estimated to struggle with gum disease at some point in their lives. That number rises to about 70% for adults 65 and older. This means there are millions of people who must deal with some level of gum disease. Are you one of them? Better to be safe than sorry!
Fact #3 Gum Disease Is Not Always Reversible
The early stages of gum disease (aka gingivitis) begins with bleeding and swollen gums. The good news is that gingivitis can easily be cured if caught early enough. We can clean the tartar and bacteria from the gums and place antibiotics to reduce the risk of an infection coming back. But, here’s the important part to remember: gum disease can’t be cured in its later stages (aka periodontitis). We can certainly help manage the problem, but we cannot cure it at that point. If you have periodontitis, we suggest that you visit the dentist every three to four months for deep cleanings.
Fact #4 Traditional Gum Surgery Is Atypical Here
All around the country, the most common way to treat gum disease or gum problems is still with traditional surgery. This has been known to be an effective method for a rather long time. However, that solution is somewhat invasive as it necessitates the use of scalpels and stitches, and it often means a great deal of recovery. Who really has time for all that? Not you, right?
That’s why at North Oaks Dental, we are using a modern laser therapy to treat age-old gum issues. The laser will evaporate the gum infection and allow the teeth and gums to reattach. Importantly, we won’t have to employ scalpels or stitches to treat the gums, which will improve the recovery time and leave less risk of future infections. We can also use the laser treatment to reshape the gums to help you have a more symmetrical smile that will also let your teeth stand out more in the event that you have a “gummy smile.”
Fact #5 You Can Call Today To Save Your Smile!
If you are ready to get your gum health under control, call North Oaks Dental in Royal Oak, MI today at 248-220-7021 or to schedule an easy preventive dentistry appointment. In addition to Royal Oak, we welcome patients from nearby communities like Troy, Clawson, Madison Heights, Huntington Woods, Southfield, and Ferndale.