Preventive Dentsitry Irmo SC

Gum Health

Gum Disease Treatment Irmo SC Do You Know the Primary Cause of Lost Teeth?

You know your dentist wants you to take the very best care of your teeth. Our education will help you care for them and watch for serious symptoms that need immediate attention. But you might not realize that decay prevention is only one goal of all of this. Gum disease is an even bigger concern, believe it or not. If you have indications of periodontal (gum) disease such as bleeding gums or loose or shifting teeth, you should come into our office right away. Not taking care of the problem could result in more health problems than tooth loss. The good news is that we can stop this detrimental disease with a number of nonsurgical approaches.

Periodontal Disease and Its Effect on Your Overall Health

Gum disease is a bacterial infection of your gums that can and does spread throughout your body via your bloodstream. The body’s response to this is chronic inflammation. Scientific research has made the connection between inflammation from periodontal infection and a detrimental effect on the heart or worsened existing heart conditions. This infection also increases the risks of diabetes, stroke, and respiratory illness. The American Dental Association views this problem as much more serious than losing your teeth – if untreated, it can be life-threatening. We urge you to set up an appointment today so we can reverse the problem and other associated risks.

Returning to Good Health

If you wait until the periodontal infection is at advanced stages, surgery is necessary for halting the condition. At the early stages, we can use very effective nonsurgical procedures. Together with careful dental hygiene, the infection can be stopped to return your mouth to an overall healthy state.

Tooth Loss Prevention Irmo SCThe Effects of Tooth Loss

When a front tooth is lost, the patient may seek attention for a replacement immediately because it’s very noticeable and often embarrassing. But the loss of any one tooth anywhere in the mouth has more of an effect on your health and appearance than most people think. Even one missing tooth allows other teeth to shift and move. This can affect your appearance as your face gets a sunken look, making you look older than your age. Additionally, your speech may become slurred. It can also alter your eating habits to favor softer, less nutritious foods because they are easier to chew. Weight gain is often the result of this type of diet. We offer you a solution with dental implants to replace one or many missing teeth. They look and function just like real teeth and they will keep you smiling and healthy.

We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (803) 462-4437.