……….Don’t bleed! Healthy gums are the foundation for your teeth, much like the foundation for your house. Healthy gums provide the support needed for your teeth to function as they should. Unhealthy gums can go undetected and to the untrained eye everything may seem fine, but progressive and often irreversible damage is being done!
WHAT ARE HEALTHY GUMS?
- Light pink in color
- Stippled, much like the surface of an orange
- Not tender or swollen
- No bleeding when brushing or flossing
Gum Disease (Periodontitis) is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. It is known as a “silent” disease because it is rarely painful, especially in the early stages. Bleeding gums is often the first warning sign of gum disease.
Healthy Heart Starts With A Healthy Smile
Gum disease can kill more than just your smile! Recent research has identified a link between Gum Disease and Heart Disease, and other health problems. The bacteria associated with gum disease can enter your bloodstream and threaten your overall health. Patients with gum disease often require specialized gum treatment. In our office, moderate to advanced cases of periodontal disease are treated with the revolutionary laser treatment called LANAP® (see the new technology section of our blog for more information)
KEEPING YOUR GUMS HEALTHY
Prevention and early detection are your best defenses against gum disease.
- Brush and floss daily
- Visit the dentist regularly
- Follow Dr. Shlafer’s recommendations for any special treatment needs you may have.
If you have concerns about the health of you gums, call us for a complimentary evaluation!