Maintaining Healthy Gums In Fredericksburg, VA

Maintaining Healthy Gums In Fredericksburg, VA

Welcome back to another January edition of our smile blog! At Moss family dental practice, we want the families of Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, and Caroline, Virginia to smile with passion.

In today’s blogpost, we wanted to discuss the importance of having healthy gums. Teeth tend to get all the glory, but your smile and your total health depend on your gums!

Why Bother With Gums?

When things are working as they should, you might not ever notice your gums too much. But they are there nonetheless providing an essential service that you would be devastated without. They help hold your teeth in your mouth! As such, when things go south with the health of your gums, this can mean real trouble for you.

A Widespread Problem

Many folks end up with some form of gum disease without even realizing it. In fact, advanced gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in this country!

Gingivitis Is Only The Beginning

The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. It is characterized by an inflammation of your gums that results from bacteria (the kind that is contained in plaque) attacking your mouth.

The good news is that, at this point, things can be easily remedied. The bad news is that most folks will never recognize gingivitis unless an oral health professional points it out. Doesn’t that make you want to schedule your 2016 appointments right about now?

Periodontal Disease Takes It Further

Once you have full-blown periodontal disease, your gums will become tender, swollen, and bloody and your teeth will gradually lose their support structure as this advanced stage of gum disease, destroys your bone, gums, and soft tissue.

Before long, this weakening of your support system will lead to your teeth loosening up and falling out of your mouth. That won’t be a pleasant experience!

Not surprisingly, the longer you go without addressing this issue, the worse off your mouth will be. But that is not the only region gum disease will impact.

It turns out that gum disease can even affect your overall health. Recent studies have shown a link between gum disease and respiratory disease, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Scary stuff, right?

Moss Is Here To Keep You Smiling

We view oral health as a partnership. In order to prevent gum disease you, obviously, will need to do your best to practice good hygiene at home by brushing, flossing, and rinsing regularly with mouthwash. That’s easy enough, right? And when you are doing all this, pay closer attention to your gums. Are they tender? Inflamed? Prone to bleeding?

Stay in-tune with the state of affairs in your mouth. Catching gum disease early is always going to be better than dealing with it later.

That’s why coming in for regular teeth cleanings and oral exams every 3-6 months is the key to keeping your mouth healthy.

By cleaning your mouth with professional tools and having an in-depth look around, we can get rid of any left over tartar and plaque and address any developing issues before they become major (and costly) health concerns.

The purpose of today’s post was not to scare you, but rather to inform you of what to look for and what you can do to ensure that you don’t have an unfortunate fate due to gum disease!

We hope you’ll be inspired to reclaim your health!

Learn More, Get Started!

Ready to take the next step? Give us a call at 540-373-2080, or click here to schedule a consultation at our Fredericksburg, VA dental office.

We’ll be here to help keep your oral health on track!