Nearly half of Americans 30 and older have some form of periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The American Dental Hygienists Association estimates that 80 percent of Americans will have some form of gum disease in their lives.
The statistics say you are likely to develop periodontal disease at some point. Do you know where you can go for help?
If you live in or near Sterling Heights, MI, our dentist office is here to serve you. Forever Young Dentistry provides cleanings to prevent gum disease and other oral health problems, examinations to identify problems in the early stages, and treatments to get your mouth back to being healthy again.
You can make an appointment by calling 586-698-7135 today or by filling out our online form.
Preventing Gum Disease Is A Team Effort
Preventive dental care is the best way to deal with gum disease. Following the recommendations of the American Dental Association is a great place to start.
First, let’s talk offense. What can you do to take control of the situation in your mouth?
You should be brushing your teeth twice daily. Scrubbing your teeth for two minutes each time give you enough time to clean the front and back of all your teeth. You should use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush, which you should replace every 3 to 4 months.
You also should clean between your teeth daily. You can use dental floss, interdental brushes, flossers, or water flossers to do this. This is important so you can clean the spaces between your teeth and gums.
Second, let’s talk defense. In spite of your efforts to keep bacteria off the field (your teeth), you may develop plaque or tartar buildup.
This is where the dental professionals at Forever Young Dentistry can help. A routine professional cleaning will remove this buildup, and reduce your risk of developing gum disease.
We encourage our patients to visit us a couple times each year for routine cleanings. Call 586-698-7135 to schedule your next visit.
Finding Gum Disease Early Is Important, Too
You should keep in mind that the bacteria that cause gum disease live inside your mouth. They multiply daily, which is why it’s important to have a good daily hygiene routine.
Your visits to our dentist office in Sterling Heights aren’t just for cleanings. We also examine your mouth for symptoms of gum disease.
These signs include:
▸ Bleeding gums
▸ Red, swollen gums
▸ Constant bad breath
▸ Tender gums
▸ Loose teeth
Finding gum disease in the early stages makes it easier to treat.
It’s also important to remember that a lot can happen in six months. If you notice the symptoms above, it’s important to get help as soon as possible.
Contact us to schedule an examination if you suspect you may have periodontal disease. At Forever Young Dentistry, we know that early treatment is both more effective and less invasive for you, our patients.
Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontal treatment isn’t just about saving your smile. It’s about your overall health.
Gum disease is more common among people with diabetes, and gum disease can make it more difficult to control your blood sugar levels.
The bacteria that causes gum disease has been connected to heart disease as well. Mothers with gum disease are more likely to give birth prematurely or to babies with low birth weight.
Treating gum disease may be helping you in more ways that you realize.
At Forever Young Dentistry, we will do everything we can to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar, as well as infected gum tissue from your mouth. Our deep cleaning treatment, called scaling and root planing, is how we get rid of bacteria, plaque, and tartar from the roots of your teeth.
We may recommend antibiotics to eliminate remaining bacteria at the spot of the infection and to reduce your risk of the infection coming back.
If you are at high risk for gum disease — say you have a family history of periodontal problems, you are a tobacco user, or you have already had gum disease — we may recommend that you visit up more frequently so we can monitor the situation.
We Want To Keep You Smiling
Most people think about teeth when they think about dentists, but we are concerned with your whole mouth. We want your gums, teeth, tongue, and everything else to be as healthy as possible.