Over 47% of Americans over the age of 30 are suffering from gum disease. And here’s the scary part–many of these people don’t even realize that they are living with a condition that can lead to devastating consequences if left untreated. If your gums bleed when you brush them, or if your gums are red and swollen, you probably have gum disease.
Gum disease is serious situation that should not be ignored. It’s not about to go away on it’s own. As gum disease reaches its advanced stages, it will wreak havoc on your smile. Symptoms of gum disease include:
Gum disease is an infection which is caused by the bacteria that feeds on the plaque and tartar. Plaque is the gooey substance that forms on your teeth after you eat something. If this plaque is not removed through brushing and flossing, it can harden into tartar. Tartar is the rough substance that our dental hygienist scrapes off your teeth during your degular cleanings.
When Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is like a pound of cure,” he could have been talking about gum disease. The best way to fight gum disease is to never get it in the first place. And the best way to avoid getting gum disease is to brush and floss regularly, limit your intake of sugary foods–especially between meals–and visit Dr. Herrmann for checkups at least twice a year.
Gum disease is easier to prevent than it is to cure. If you have gum disease, you really need to see your dentist as soon as possible. We have several methods for treating gum disease, but time is of the essence. The sooner your dentist begins to attack the problem, the less damage gum disease will do to your smile.
If you are suffering from gum disease, more than your teeth could suffer. Medical research has discovered links between gum disease and all of these serious medical conditions:
You can fight gum disease by taking good care of your teeth. And a great way to take care of your teeth is to schedule your next checkup at Assure a Smile in Miami.
Dr. Theodore Herrmann
9220 SW 72nd Street, Suite 205
Monday: 8AM – 5PM
Tuesday: 7AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 7AM – 5PM
Thursday: 7AM – 3PM