You’ll do almost anything to keep from going to the dentist.
Any excuse you can think of, no matter how outlandish, is more than enough for you to keep me at bay.
I understand your fears, but what I don’t get is that, even though you’d rather not see me, your inability to properly maintain your oral health guarantees that we’re going to meet sooner rather than later.
And the circumstances of that meeting will be unpleasant, depending on how much damage I will have to correct. I don’t like it when my patients force this kind of meeting because it means I’m fixing problems that could have been avoided a long time ago.
Unfortunately for you, “out of sight, out of mind” doesn’t work when it comes to the health of your teeth and the gums which support and frame them. In fact, it’s a one-way ticket to the dentist’s chair if you follow it to the letter.
If you really didn’t want to have to see me, then wouldn’t you want to do everything you could to prevent that?
Learning what you can do in your own home to help control gum disease is a great way to ensure your smile and the teeth which comprise it stay right where they are. It can also be a great way to teach your children the benefits of maintaining a healthy set of teeth and gums.
Otherwise, you and your family could be ensuring that, one day and one day soon, we’re going to meet – and under less-than-pleasant circumstances.
Knowing Your Enemy: Plaque
One of the best ways to maintain your oral health is being on the lookout for gum disease, otherwise known as periodontal disease.
The bacteria that cause this disease are a finicky bunch, but what they generally like to do is hangout on your teeth and gums in the form of plaque.
Plaque is a natural bacterial response within your mouth after you eat or drink anything. It’s easily kept in check by regular brushing and flossing – but due to your failure to maintain those practices, you’ve essentially thrown a party for the plaque inside your mouth, allowing it to grow and spread where it shouldn’t.
Gingivitis Rears Its Ugly Head
From there, the plaque will retreat into the warm, wet spaces between your teeth and your gums. Sufficiently advanced plaque that manages to create a “pocket” in this space is known as gingivitis, a precursor to full-blown gum disease.
If you have puffy, red, sensitive gums that are prone to bleeding, then you’re likely experiencing the nasty symptoms of gingivitis.
The bacteria inside of the pocket between your teeth and gums is settling in for the long-haul now, but the good news is that it’s still early enough to treat it before any extensive damage to your smile has occurred.
The Gruesome End of A Smile: Advanced Periodontitis
However, if you refuse treatment and have done little to no regular maintenance of your oral health, then gingivitis could easily develop into advanced gum disease.
In the more extreme cases of advanced periodontal disease, your body will begin to fight the infected tissues inside of your mouth, causing your mouth to “self-destruct” for lack of a better term. If that happens, you will definitely suffer from tooth loss and potential damage to the bones and ligaments surrounding your teeth.
Tips To Avoid Periodontal Disease
You know that it doesn’t have to come to any of that.
With these simple steps, you can conduct effective periodontal disease treatment at home:
- Brush your teeth twice a day for 2-3 minutes at a time
- Regularly use anti-plaque mouthwash
- Avoid any and all tobacco products
- Floss once daily
Of course, the only sure way to know if you have gum disease is to visit with your Washington dentist and let us have a professional look at your smile. And if you have it, the only sure way to cure it is to let us treat you with state-of-the-art techniques.
You could already be suffering from these symptoms, so before they get completely beyond your control, let Marineland Dental Care give your smile a comprehensive examination and the skillful treatment that it deserves.
To schedule an appointment that could save your smile, call us at 509-591-0515 without further delay, or request an appointment online.
The power to prevent periodontal gum disease – and the power to treat it – is in your hands. What will you do with that power?