Preventing Gum Disease
Periodontitis, in varying stages, affects the majority of Americans at some point in their life, making it one of the most common oral diseases. Gum disease in its beginning stages (gingivitis) can be easily reversed and prevented through adequate plaque control (hint: this means daily brushing and flossing!).
If left unchecked, however, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. Aging is not a direct contributor to gum disease, BUT years of no flossing is.
So don’t conclude that you will automatically grow into dentures when you get older. The truth is that you don’t have to!
Know Your Risk
Some known medical conditions such as diabetes are closely linked to periodontal health. A serious underlying medical condition could be making it more difficult for you to control and prevent gum disease. Additionally, research shows that some people are more susceptible to gum disease because of their genetics. Review your risk factors with your dentist and practice excellent oral hygiene now to avoid getting dentures, later!
Your parents may not have had access to the same preventive dental care that you do. Even with a genetic predisposition to gum disease, you can still fight it – and save your smile.
Have more questions? We are ready to help! Contact us at SEDA Dental and make an appointment today!