Keep Your Gums Healthy And Your Smile Beautiful
Here in Alabama, the hustle and bustle of a new school year (not to mention another Buccaneer football season) is upon us and life has become busy again for the families of Hoover.
At Perrigo Dental Care, we can appreciate just how valuable your free time really is these days.
That’s why we try to make your family’s dental solutions easy and convenient.
Our office on Patton Chapel Road offers a wide array of services including cleanings and exams, tooth decay prevention, porcelain veneers, dental implants, dentures, tooth extractions, treatments for cavities, jaw pain, missing teeth, and more.
We also offer treatment and education related to gum disease, something most American families will confront at some point in time.
Basically, gingivitis is your body’s response to being attacked by the bacteria contained in plaque.
This is the first stage of gum disease and, if it isn’t ignored, it is actually quite treatable (and reversible).
It starts out by causing bad breath and a mild inflammation of your gums. You might not even know you are dealing with this condition until a dental professional points it out.
Gingivitis can be accelerated by lax oral hygiene practices, tobacco use, poor diet, hormonal changes, and even genetics.
As the plaque build up extends under your gumline, gingivitis will give way to advanced gum disease.
Our team here at Perrigo Dental Care can tell you, this is when the damage in your mouth becomes severe.
By the time you are dealing with advanced gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, your gums will be sore, swollen and often bloody.
This is awful. But it isn’t even the worst part.
As this disease intensifies, your teeth will start loosening up and falling out.
This surprises some people since gum disease doesn’t actually harm the health of your teeth.
But, because it targets your gums and bone structure, your teeth will be left with no support for remaining in your mouth.
Believe us, this is a traumatic situation.
But it doesn’t only affect your oral health.
Untreated Gum Disease Will Spread
Did you know that diabetes, respiratory disease, and heart disease may be linked to the same bacteria that causes gum disease?
There also seems to be a link with some types of cancer!
Once the infection hits your bloodstream, and your lungs, there’s no telling what adverse effects it can have on the rest of your body.
That’s why getting treatment, as early as possible, is key.
Perrigo Dental Care Is Here For You
As we already mentioned, the effects of the early stages of gum disease can be easily reversed.
Coming in regularly for your professional cleanings and dental exams is vital.
So is keeping up with your oral hygiene at home.
In most cases, this combination will put you back on the good road for maintaining healthy gums and a beautiful smile.
If you are in the throes of periodontal disease, however, this will usually involve advanced treatment measures.
And if there has already been tooth loss, we will need to explore restoration options such as dental implants.
No matter what you are dealing with, we will be here to help restore your health.
Contact our Hoover, AL office today to schedule your oral health consultation.