Gum disease is incredibly common in U.S. adults. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 50% of all American adults have some level of gum disease. Worse yet, many of these people aren't even aware that there is a problem!
Gum disease (periodontal disease) causes a host of dental problems and is also linked with several serious systemic health conditions, including stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease, and even pregnancy complications in pregnant women. As you might imagine, we take gum disease very seriously here at Azure Dental, and we're dedicated to both preventing gum disease and, if it is already present, identifying it as early as possible so we can stop it in its tracks.
Two important factors play a role in gum disease prevention:
- Brushing and flossing your teeth using good technique
- Visiting our office on a regular basis for professional cleanings and screening examinations
Other factors can also affect your chances of developing gum disease, including genetics, medications, and lifestyle choices. We will review all of these topics with you at your checkups so we can assess your risk.
Why are regular check-ups so important? Not only will cleanings remove the built-up tartar and bacteria deposits that contribute to gum disease, we can also keep a close eye out for the signs that gum disease is developing. In the early stages, these signs are often subtle and easy to miss.
Has it been a while since your last checkup? That's okay, we understand!
Give us a call today, and we'll help you get back on track with no judgment, just kindness and caring.