Often times, men and woman question why they should care about their oral health. While many people focus on physical health, oral health tends to fall beneath the wayside. Oral health plays an incredibly important role in your physical health and should not be overlooked! Some might think a little gum bleeding is not so bad, but gum disease can lead to many severe problems. The severity of gum disease ranges from a mild type known as gingivitis to a more serious kind called periodontitis. The most severe cases of gum disease can result in tissue damage, bone loss, and even tooth loss. Do you think losing your teeth can simply be replaced by implants? It’s not that easy. Implants are not only expensive but often cannot be performed because of bone loss, one of the effects of gum disease. Because of this, the patient is forced to consider bridges or even dentures. Treatment of gum disease depends on a number of factors including the severity of the disease, the quality of your oral health care, and risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, and pregnancy. According to the American Dental Association (ADA):
Warning signs that can signal a problem:
- gums that bleed easily
- red, swollen, tender gums
- gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- persistent bad breath or bad taste
- permanent teeth that are loose or separating
- any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- any change in the fit of partial dentures
Factors, which increase the risk of developing gum disease, are:
- poor oral hygiene
- smoking or chewing tobacco
- crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean
- medications, including steroids, certain types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, some calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptives
What can you do about it now?
The main cause of gingivitis is dental plaque. In fact, dental plaque is the root of many oral health problems. If not removed regularly, plaque can accumulate between your teeth and around the gums. If you have gingivitis, you can normally restore your gum and oral health through improved teeth cleaning. The American Dental Association emphasizes the importance of “brushing your teeth twice a day, cleaning between your teeth daily, eating a healthy diet, and scheduling regular dental visits.” Even if you are diagnosed with gum disease, your dentist can design a treatment plan that includes professional cleaning to help you maintain good oral health.
Oral health is as equally important as physical health and must be cared for regularly. Consult your dentist right away if you suspect you have a problem. Gum disease is preventable and our team of dental experts can give you the care you need. To learn more about our services, or to schedule an appointment at Phoenix Endodontic Group, please call (602) 748-4190, or visit our website.