When you look at your smile in the mirror, you probably focus on the appearance of your teeth. That’s understandable, but you should be looking at your gums, too. Gum health, in some ways, is even more important for maintaining that great smile.
Gum Infections Lead to Lost Teeth
In the United States, periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. As gum infections get worse, they cause receding gums, which leave the roots of teeth exposed and opens the jaw to deterioration. Together, this can leave your teeth feeling loose and vulnerable to fall out or get knocked loose.
Periodontal Health Affects Overall Health
Having a gum infection is a problem in and of itself. At the same time, there is evidence that periodontal problems make diabetes complications more likely. Gum disease also comes with an increased risk of heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and some kinds of cancer.
Preventive Care is Your Best Option
We offer gum disease treatment. Yet, it’s much better to avoid the need for this service by making good oral habits part of your routine. Each day, you should brush and floss. A few times each year, you should visit us for a professional cleaning and exam. This can help you avoid gum infections, but if you do develop one, we can treat it early. This can prevent you from having complications down the road.
At the office of Jennifer Perkins DDS in Huntsville, AL, we welcome you to call 256-801-0002. Check our website regularly for updated information on the treatments we can provide or contact us online.