Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults?
Gum disease has also been linked to various health issues including stroke, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Dentists often call gum disease a “silent disease” because many patients do not realize they have it until it is causing other dental health, or overall health, problems.
Dr. Alla Brown of Lanier Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Buford understands the effects of gum disease and recommends that her patients follow the ADA guideline of twice yearly dental visits for preventive care and cleanings. These visits allow Dr. Brown and her staff to help patients maintain optimal oral health and to spot potential dental health issues, such as gum disease, in their early stages when conservative treatment is effective.
Dr. Brown takes the time during preventive care visits to perform a thorough screening for the signs of gum disease:
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Pus between gums and teeth
- Sores in the mouth
- Bad breath
- Changes in the bite or fit of dentures
In addition to regular visits to Dr. Brown, good at home oral hygiene is important in maintaining oral health and preventing gum disease. Dr. Brown educates her patients at Lanier Family and Cosmetic Dentistry on proper brushing and flossing techniques to maximize their at home routines.
Gum disease will affect 75% of adults at some point in their lives- preventive care can help many patients receive prompt and effective treatment before additional dental problems develop, requiring more complex procedures to restore oral health. For patients who show definite signs of gum disease, Dr. Brown may perform a procedure called scaling and root planing. This procedure removes plaque from all surfaces of the teeth and gum line and is usually effective, with good at home oral hygiene, in halting the progression of gum disease.
If you have any of the above mentioned signs of gum disease, or need to get back to the routine of regular preventive care, contact Dr. Brown at Lanier Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Buford to schedule an appointment today.