When looking at the state of your oral health, it is not all about how many cavities you have or how straight your teeth are. When you only consider your teeth, you are only looking at one part of your oral health. Don’t forget about your gums! Even if you have the straightest, whitest, healthiest teeth, this does not make you immune to gum disease. Since gum disease does not have many visible symptoms, we can sometimes forget about it.
Preventive care for healthy gums is a crucial part of your oral health. That is why our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Yolanda Cintron and the staff at The International Center for Dental Excellence in Lauderdale, Florida, offer services aimed at making sure your gums remain healthy.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease begins to develop when plaque is allowed to build up along and underneath the gum line. Plaque is a sticky substance that is left as a film on teeth and along the gums. It is a cause of infection that negatively affects the gum, tooth, and bone, leading to gum disease and tooth decay. The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, normally presents itself through the following symptoms:
– Inflamed or tender gums
– Red, swollen gums
– Gums that bleed when you brush
While gum disease is at this very early stage, it is easily reversible. When allowed to develop, it will turn into an advanced stage called periodontitis. This stage of gum disease will start to impact the supporting bones that hold your teeth in place.
Gum disease, thankfully, is very preventable and easily reversible when caught early. When you visit our office for a regularly scheduled examination and teeth cleaning, we will examine your gums and clean any plaque that may be present. We can also provide tips for better gum care at home and answer any questions you may have. We are here to be your partner in better oral health, including preventive care for healthy gums.
We cannot wait to see you, so please schedule an appointment with us today by calling (954) 945-7355 and make sure to ask about the preventive gum care we offer!