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Wichita area Dentist answers, what is Gum Disease?

A healthy smile is important. Studies have shown there is an oral systemic connection between the health of the mouth and the overall wellbeing of the body. Dentists have known for years that a healthy mouth is good for the body, which is why we encourage patients to brush, floss, and maintain visits with the team at East Wichita Dentist. This can to help reduce the risk for developing cavities and gum disease.

What is gum disease? Gum disease, which is also known as periodontal disease, is a condition that occurs due to oral bacteria. It can cause irreversible damage to the smile and the oral health of patients, and put individuals at risk for conditions such as strokes, heart attacks, and diabetes. By taking good care of the smile, patients can avoid the development of periodontal disease and enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile for life.

Gum disease starts as gingivitis. This condition results in inflamed, red, and swollen gum tissue, which can bleed when patients brush or floss. This is the first sign of periodontal disease and it should not be taken lightly. Patients should schedule an appointment with East Wichita Dentist as soon as they notice these problems. At this point, the condition is reversible, but requires the assistance of a professional. We can perform a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums, and prescribe antibiotics if an active infection is present.

If left untreated, gum disease can result in damaging effects. Pockets begin to form between the teeth and the gum tissue, which can harbor more bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Cavities begin to form, and the bone of the jaw will begin to disintegrate. Over time, the teeth become loose and can fall out, which requires patients to consider restorative solutions after they have controlled the problem. Scaling and root planing is often done to help patients restore their smile. Periodontal disease cannot be cured, but can be controlled, and patients should avoid allowing it to develop to maintain a lifelong healthy smile. With regular brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist, patients can avoid gum disease and enjoy the benefits of a beautiful smile for life!
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