Maintaining excellent oral hygiene habits and seeing your dentist regularly for preventative care will inevitably save you money on dental bills. Taking care of your teeth preserves them, making them stronger and healthier over time. Avoid the costly procedures to repair and heal teeth and gums that have not received preventative care over time by visiting Dr. Wolfe regularly.
During your visit with Dr. Wolfe, he will carefully examine your gums for any sign of periodontal disease. The Center for Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly 50% of adults over 30 and 70% of adults over 65 have some form of periodontal disease.
Periodontal diseases are infections of the structures around the teeth, which include the gums, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. In the earliest stage of periodontal disease — gingivitis — the infection affects the gums. Gingivitis can be reversed when a patient practices excellent dental hygiene and flossing habits, with regular dental exams. In more severe forms of the disease, all of the tissues are involved, and further treatment may be required.
It is important to see your dentist regularly and make sure your gums are healthy.
Signs of Advanced Periodontal Disease:
- Bleeding Gums
- Sensitivity of Teeth
- Loose Teeth
Risk Factors of Periodontal Disease:
- Family history (genetics)
- Infrequent dental hygiene
What Happens With Periodontal Disease:
- Deteriorating gums & bone loss
- Risk for heart problems, stroke, and other diseases
- Inflammation of the gum can indicate other problems with your health
If I Have These Symptoms What Do I Do?
- Dr. Wolfe and our hygiene team will formulate a plan for you combining home care and periodontal treatment
- Floss and care for your teeth and gums at home and visit New Town Dentistry for regular checkups
- Pay attention to your gums and health