Caring for your gums is just as important as caring for your teeth. Did you know that approximately half of American adults suffer from gum disease? When you visit our office for routine hygiene examinations, we do more than just thoroughly clean your teeth and look for signs of decay. We also check your gums for gum disease or an indication that you could potentially suffer from this condition in the future. Luckily, it is possible to prevent gum disease. Read on to learn about the importance of caring for your gums.
When patients visit our office for a routine examination, one of their biggest concerns is whether they have tooth decay. There is another serious issue we look for besides tooth decay when we inspect your teeth: periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease occurs when the gums become irritated and infected. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to severe complications with your oral health, such as tooth loss. It can also lead to serious issues with your overall health, such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and can lead to pregnancy complications.