Gum Health (Periodontal Disease)
Gums are not the first thing most people think of when dentistry is mentioned. Yet, healthy gums are needed for a healthy smile. Gum problems are much like a house with a foundation that is slowly being eroded away. The problem is not noticeable for quite a while. Then, the shifting starts, leading to eventual collapse. Gum disease begins with no apparent problem. Eventually, occasional bleeding is noticed, and a soreness at times. The gums start to recede, and eventually the teeth become unstable. Then the collapse occurs.
Studies show over 88% of the population have gum disease. The good news is that preventative treatment virtually eliminates it. If the disease is caught during its early stages, it is relatively easy to treat. If it is caught in the later stages, with aggressive, persistent treatment, results are still often good. But treatment IS necessary, or tooth loss is inevitable.
For this reason, one of the first procedures done with every new patient in our office, is a gum evaluation. There is little purpose to diagnose and treat the teeth if the gums are not in proper condition to support them. Hygienists are the part of the dental team professionally dedicated to the health of gum tissue. They are your partner in keeping the "foundation" of your mouth healthy.
This is one of those things in life, that is always better taken care of "sooner than later". Preventative treatment is best in every way -- time, effort, cost. No matter what stage your gum health is, there is no better time than now to take care of any problems. We would also like to assure you that if you are having gum problems, it is not necessarily because you are neglecting your oral care. For various reasons, some people just have more problems with this than others, and have to put much more effort into the "fight". For these people, it is important to have recare visits in our office every three months for periodontal maintenance. Our hygienists are able to help you get on top of the persistent problem, and stay on top. You will find them a valuable ally as you achieve and keep a healthy, beautiful smile -- built on a solid foundation.