Avoid Gum Disease with Routine Dental Check Ups

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Most people see the purpose of dental hygiene as a way to prevent cavities and yellowing of the teeth. While this is all true and important, preventing gum disease should be at the top of that list. Cavities are certainty a health issue, and yellowing can cause self-esteem issues, but gum disease can actually be more dangerous to your health. This is because poor gum health does not just affect your oral health, it affects the health of your entire body. This happens because as your gums get more and more infected, they harvest tons of bacteria in your mouth. This may start as simple swelling and redness, but it can end up in teeth falling out and a higher risk of some cancers. All things that are easily preventable with proper dental hygiene. Making sure to see your dentist at Single Visit Dentistry in Pompano Beach, Florida can reduce your risks of getting gum disease and prevent it from getting worse if you already have it. We know how easy it is to procrastinate the dentist, but keep in mind that going for your appointment can be great for your health and save you money further down the line.

Oral Health and Tooth Loss

One of the commonly thought about the dangers of gum disease is how it adversely affects your oral health. Because of all of the bacteria building up over time, you are likely to notice some negative effects on your oral health as a whole. These effects can come in bleeding, swollen and red gums, tooth sensitivity, irritation, shifting teeth, and tooth loss. While you won’t get gum disease today and lose teeth tomorrow, you will see some of the negative effects as your gum disease progresses. You may notice bleeding and swelling one month, and notice shifting teeth 6 months or a year later. Depending on every individual situation will decide how your oral health changes over time. Either way, it is only going to get worse and worse, making it that much more important to get seen by a professional.

Gum Disease Leads to Other Conditions

Gum disease starts with a few warning signs. These early signs are the point where you can easily get treated and stop the disease from progressing to a more severe state. After the physical oral signs, you will begin to see your general health start to decline. This is where the gum disease will become severe enough to put you at risk of other dangerous diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Many people also find that they are at an increased risk of having a stroke. You may be wondering how a gum condition can result in the entire body becoming at risk. It happens like this, the gums become infected, and because of the body’s natural response to infections, the area is going to become quite inflamed. It will only be able to become so inflamed as the gum area is small and not meant to be so swollen. At this point, the body is not going to be able to properly clear up the inflammation without medical assistance. When this happens the inflammation will begin to affect the bloodstream. This is where other parts of the body will feel the brunt of the infection. Once the bloodstream is affected the blood vessels in the heart and brain could face some damage over time. This is why it is so crucial to fix the problem as early as possible. While not everyone will be affected this way, why risk it and your health.

If you have begun to see the early signs of gum disease then the best thing to do is have a professional at Single Visit Dentistry check it out. Our team will be able to examine the area and let you know if treatment is needed. Not only will this give you some peace of mind, but it will also clear up any minor issues in the gums before they become dangerous. When it comes to oral health and hygiene, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Gum disease treatment can become expensive, making it even more important to get checked out as soon as you notice something is off. To learn more about the dangers of gum disease, or to book an appointment, give us a call today at (954) 782-9111.

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